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Its a difficult thing to balance, allowing fans to listen to the whole album is a good idea, as 30 second clips don't give you enough to get a feel of, and as a fan I like to listen to the whole thing and then buy it if I like it.  On the other hand as an artist it is sometimes a little worrying that people can treat it as a "radio", but Bandcamp aren't going to change that policy. So it probably boils down to which would do the most damage to your sales, giving people access to the whole album, or short clips of each track. I suppose as Anthony said above , the labels and artists who sell well, are trying to protect their income and themselves, and although a lost sale is important to everyone, be it a major artist or a small independant artist who sells less than 50 (me), in this day and age I can't see what the answer can be, I think the general attitude of people today is that music should be free, and it is not just limited to music either, and the steps in technology are towards streaming music, film etc rather than owning outright. :'(

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 27, 2014, 05:37:27 AM »
Agreed, all the tracks on the first album are superb, but for me the one most affecting is A Symphony Pathetique, absolute bliss.
One hopes they will release a DVD of that Barbican gig, unfortunately the video on You Tube is no longer available. :'(

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 25, 2014, 01:11:27 PM »
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Bought these on the strength of that video posted earlier, both albums are absolutely stunning, and highly recommended.

Yes Bandcamp lumps it together as CD, it is up to the artist or whoever to specify somewhere on the release page that it is a CDr.

I agree with APK, I don't think there is a "pro" CDr, but some are a better quality than others. If you are going to release on CDr then you should go for the highest quality. I myself use Taiyo Yuden with a white full face inkjet printable label. I burn the discs at 16X or less. I print them in a Canon inkjet printer, and this time printed all the booklets and tray cards on the same printer, would probably have been cheaper and less of a headache to outsource the booklets, but thats another story! ;D
Taiyo Yuden seem to be held in high regard by many, and to date I have not heard from anyone who have bought my albums that have had a problem playing them. We may only sell small numbers but in my opinion you still have to be as professional as possible with everything, as if you were a major record company, not just an individual independant artist, speaking for myself that is.
I would think Projekt would be absolutely sure about the CDr discs used were of a good quality, as they have a big reputation to uphold, plus Sam has offered to refund money if the CDr goes bad, so he must be pretty sure they won't.

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: October 09, 2014, 05:00:14 AM »
Yeah Pete, agreed, but Gary's blues stuff is amazing, so much emotion and feeling.
Schenker is great, I wanted to be Michael Schenker when I was younger, but I didn't have the blond hair ;D. I think the UFO Obsessions album was when he was at his best, when he formed MSG, there was so much potential, but disapointingly, it was never reached imho.

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: October 07, 2014, 12:31:09 PM »
Yeah Pete, I know what you mean, you just don't seem to get those super guitar solos anymore, one great solo merchant who is no longer with us, Gary Moore, when I listen to him, he still sends shivers down my spine. IMHO he was the best guitarist ever.
This guy isn't bad, band is a bit naff though-

Everything and Nothing / Re: Electronic Music Flow Chart
« on: September 28, 2014, 12:26:39 PM »
I think that is based on early 70's EM  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 28, 2014, 12:24:39 PM »
It is a great place, its friendly, you can discover new artists and you can get excellent advice, both directly and indirectly, on just about anything to do with music, not just ambient, although ambient is the reason I came here. There are musicians here who I have the deepest respect for, although they may not know it.
I look upon Hypnos as a "serious" forum, that is "serious" in a good way, the advice you get will help to steer you in the right direction.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - Sector Four
« on: September 28, 2014, 11:18:26 AM »

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - Sector Four
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:39:22 AM »
First review of Sector Four by Bert Strolenberg (Sonic Immersion)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - Sector Four
« on: September 07, 2014, 10:23:43 AM »
Hi Phobos,

I'm interested knowing what hardware synths did you used?

Hi Cosmic Fabric,
On this album there is only one hardware synth used this time, that was the Blofeld Keyboard, and not exactly a synth but an Akai S5000 sampler. The rest was vsti synths and sampler.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - Sector Four
« on: September 07, 2014, 10:17:52 AM »
Listening to it right now. Liking it so far.

Thanks Castleview 8)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - Sector Four
« on: September 06, 2014, 12:07:37 PM »
Thanks Antdude, hope you are enjoying it.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Phobos - Sector Four
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:01:40 PM »
Phobos - Sector Four is now released.

Comes as a limited Taiyo Yuden CDr in a standard jewel case with clear tray, 8 page booklet, 2 sided tray card, and on disc print.
Available from :-

A download version is also available and comes with all artwork as bonus files.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Online Mastering ?
« on: August 29, 2014, 11:51:36 AM »
Interesting article from Sound On Sound from 8 years ago

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Phobos - Sector Four Montage
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:11:57 PM »
Montage from the soon to be released new album Sector Four

I only use headphones for everything as well Tomas, so can't help with this one.
Beyerdynamic DT250, very old and worn.

Everything and Nothing / Re: The funniest Man that ever lived is Gone!
« on: August 16, 2014, 03:34:38 PM »
A truly unique and funny guy. Very sad news indeed.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 14, 2014, 11:40:43 AM »
Good luck with this Andy, and yes artwork is very nice.

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