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Another analogy that might say something to this issue.
Pornography -- its just not the same now there is so much of it freely available.
It loses its potency.


Mike: I do release only a few free things, so maybe I'm only a little hypocrite  :)

But seriously, I see free releases pretty much the way you do ... you can hopefully reach a wider audience. And as such it's also a form of promotion.

My primary concern, though, is with how free releases set up expectations in the public mind. As I said in the previous post: the growing expectation that all music should be 'set free', and be freely available and freely passed around and copied with little or no regard for copyright or the sheer work of the artist.

I'm not against free music per se, and i also believe its good that the artist has gained lots of freedom in this digital web-world.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 11, 2008, 12:00:58 PM »

- Off The Sky: Subtle Trees

Yep, this is yet another excellent free release by Jason.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 10, 2008, 05:58:51 PM »
Thanks, Joe  :)

And good to see you picking up the Kwook  -- its a mighty fine thing.

There is an analogy to be made with the realm of photography.
There are lots of sites where people post their photographs and holiday snaps and so on, and you can view and download them for free.
But professional photographers only put up small, lo-res versions. Their full size prints and images are only available for sale.

A lot of people stringing samples together and making some music in their spare time are happy to just put it out there for free.
You won't see, for example, Steve Roach doing that. He's a professional musician who puts a LOT of time and work into his music. He expects to be paid for that work just as people do in their own types of daily 9-5pm jobs.

Yep, I do think all the free stuff dilutes the pool and can divert attention from the best in a genre.
When stuff is free or cheap it will attract an audience on that basis alone, rather than on quality. Its like people attracted to fast food because its cheap and easy to obtain.

Free stuff, when it becomes the norm, leads people to think it should ALL be free. Which leads to file sharing and mindless posting of artist's works as though its some amorphous unattached product and not a work of labour that took time and skill. It's like thinking all paintings, photographs, and other works done by artists should be offered for free (or pretty much anything made by individuals for that matter). Which is clearly not the case.

That's my current state of mind on this 8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 10, 2008, 01:51:02 PM »

- Philipp Weigl: Land and Water

New release on Magnatune.
Its GREAT ... if you like Weigl's style of sullen rhythmic electronica and almost spoken vocals.

Have a listen to the whole thing here:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 01, 2008, 02:21:29 PM »

- juxta phona & offthesky: !escape kit!  (Somnia)

Every bit as good and quirky and fascinating and enjoyable as I thought it would be.
Seriously recommend this if you are an Off The Sky fan.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 01, 2008, 02:17:10 PM »
Christopher Bissonette - In Between Words

New purchase, which I like...but...does anyone else have a disc that, on track one, has some really scratchy sounds showing up about 5 minutes into the piece (and continuing for 2-3- minutes), or do I have a defective disc?

You know we've entered a new paradigm when you can't tell whether the stuff on the disk is supposed to be there or not  8)

The samples sound excellent !
Good to see a digital version for sale ... off to grab one  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: BeatMaker for the iPhone
« on: July 31, 2008, 11:45:16 AM »

The first half of this century will be known as
the Era of Gadgets.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 30, 2008, 02:19:31 PM »
- Marconi Union: A Lost Connection

If you liked Distance, you will enjoy this too.

For the unknowing:
Marconi Union is an easy-listening beat driven duo from Manchester, UK. Its friendly, listenable, pleasantly rhythmic, sometimes dubby, usually with guitar, synth pads, a good dose of melody and a smattering of quirky little sounds. It's well-constructed music, and flows in a predictable and non-grating way. Shortish (5-7 minutes) tracks. I think of it as chill music that could easily have pop vocals over the top, and can be imagined behind many films. It's certainly heading towards ear-candy, but remains interesting enough for repeats. Great as non-distracting background music, despite the beats. Excellent for the car where you want something attractive, with movement, but not annoying/distracting. A tad on the pretty side for many deeper ears. Quality stuff though if this style is your cuppa tea.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What does this music do to you?
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:37:37 AM »
"I do believe we are capable of a deeper appreciation of art."

Of course, Bill, you surely can't disagree that he believes this  ;)

You actually think his belief is wrong/misguided.

But the thesis is far from being easy to either prove ... OR disprove.


Now available for free download from DataObscura:

The Circular Ruins: A Treatise On Navigation
This is collection of the very best unreleased tracks from 2007.
And they make a fine 42 minute album.


- A Treatise On Navigation
- Cerulean Blue
- Looking Glass
- Waterfront
- By The Telling Of It

It's MP3 encoded at 256kbs.

You can find it, along with other free downloads, on this page:

Or you can download the zip file directly right HERE



Looks like a fine mix.
Shall certainly listen.

Oh yeah, it's a good one. Anthony comes through in the clutch once again!

 :)  I wouldn't let you down, Joe.

And .......
very soon there will be a free The Cicular Ruins ep to download.
Next couple of days on the DataObscura site. Just putting it together now.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2008, 06:49:05 PM »
And now

- Jonathan Coleclough: One Hour as Sixty Million Years

Solid, gutsy, drone material. Intense, and with strong visual sci-fi associations for me.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2008, 05:28:08 PM »

Gotta fire this up at least once a year:

- Captain Beefheart: Strictly Personal

I corrected your URL.

Many thanks for listening, guys.
And great to hear you are enjoying the music.

I think you will enjoy this set quite a bit, Joe.
Let me know.

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