« on: October 04, 2009, 02:38:52 PM »
First and foremost, I'd like to see some new artists who are original and not trying to sound like someone else. I'd also like to see the "innovators" continue to innovate, not just rehash 10-year-old ideas.
As it is easier for ambient artists to release their music these days, there is simply too much of it (and much of it substandard or too similar to previous releases). I agree 100% with Mike's comment about hitting the record button and giving it a fancy title! Seems to me back in the early/mid'90's an artist would release one or two discs per year, and they were something special. Now we get five or six from the same artist with uninspired music and fancy titles that sound good but don't deliver. You know, the "Destination to the Upper Realms of the Stratosphere", and you're like "WOW, that sounds COOL!". Then it arrives and it's a boring 70 minute synth drone.
I would also like to see ambient/electronic labels not go too "hi-tech crazy" by releasing download-only albums, or limiting the number of copies of their CD runs because they figure people can download it from iTunes instead. The worst offender of this is Fax. Most of their releases are now limited to 500 (used to be 2,000 or 1,000), but you have to pay close to $30 for a DTS surround disc included in the package. I don't want to download, but I also don't want to pay twice as much for something I'll never use.