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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Greetings from Denmark, Nyborg
« Last post by The-Environs-Project on September 17, 2015, 07:09:22 AM »
Hi guys
Here is a short presentation of my musical project: 'Environs is the pseudonym of Danish ambient composer André Grande Zarkovic, who started making music on his laptop in 2013. He is inspired by the interplay between the human spheres of activity, and the natural surrounding habitats'.
I recently published my first EP entitled; In the Halls of Venus.

Here is the link to my YouTube channel:
And to my Soundcloud:

Hope you all like it!
Appreciate this is maybe a wee bit off topic for you,however thought I would just mention that I use spotify over here in the UK. Upgraded to premium so I can also stream in high quality, think it's 320 kbs. Can also download albums to check them out offline. That lasts for about 30 days or so.

I am astounded at the amount of MY music that is on there. Ambient, Electronic, Prog Rock Etc etc. Really quite amazing.

I am unsure of the financial rewards for artists, it won't be much no doubt, however I have purchased many CDs and downloads as a result of streaming on spotify.

I would suggest that it is a great way to get your music out there.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by thirdsystem on September 17, 2015, 05:25:38 AM »
Eeem - Peregrenation and Ishvara - Under a Hexagon Sky ......... Been on permanent rotation here. Both are really superb. So glad to have discovered both. Thanks for the Ishvara tip Chris. Much appreciated.

Also just listening to Riverside - Love, Fear And The Time Machine on spotify. Obviously non- ambient but just wanted to mention it as it really is a cracker. Some beautiful melodic prog from a band I need to listen to more often. When I heard Second Life System on release, a good few years ago now, it completely blew me away.

Now checking out Onyx on cryochamber. This is sounding very good indeed !!! Looking forward to hearing track 6 ;)
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by phobos on September 16, 2015, 11:29:57 AM »
Hoped you would notice that one, Pete   ;)
Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« Last post by Bill Binkelman on September 16, 2015, 09:19:07 AM »
I admit to becoming more and more withdrawn here simply due to time constraints and spending my online time in other places. I use Facebook a lot to network with artists, but those are seldom ambient artists...almost all of them are in the new age/contemporary instrumental/world music genres. I also run a Facebook group with over 600 members where the BUSINESS of making music is discussed, i.e. no promotion, no asking for opinions of your music, etc. Topics such as royalty payments, int'l distribution, etc. are discussed by artists from all over the world. And I am not promoting it, just relaying where my time goes. Plus, my full time job has just blown up in the last 1-2 years and I usually don't even have time to listen to music during the day much - which sucks and makes it harder than ever to write reviews on a timely basis.

I so much want to plug back into the ambient scene, but man, finding time is hard these days. I have enjoyed being here and participating over the years, although certainly I found myself embroiled in more than a few flame wars and sometimes regretted voicing strong opinions here. Nonetheless, the few times now and then when I do drop in, it is nice to see some old timers still hanging out. I wish more was written about movies and other stuff and not just music, but OTOH, I don't drop by that often. Maybe I can try to make it more frequent.

The music scene (from when I started the magazine in 1997) has changed SO much that it's hard to even recall how it was back then. Change is inevitable but I have to say I miss the days when the scene (not the music but the online community) was vibrant, enthusiastic, and populous...even if flame wars seemed to erupt on a regular basis (not just here but on various USENET (later Google) groups and Yahoo groups. Those really were the days. (sigh)

Now I should go listen to the Mary Hopkin's single "Those Were The Days" I suppose!  ;)
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« Last post by ffcal on September 16, 2015, 09:12:39 AM »
I recently picked up Thomas Koner's Tiento De Las Nieves, which I liked very much.  I also picked up Oophoi's Penumbra Recollected 1 (Databloem), which combines Gigi's three Penumbra EPs with the Italian electronic musician L.E.M.

Interesting topic, John.  I know that Sam at Projekt recently used Patreon.  I don't think a subscription model would work well for me because my musical output tends to be irregular.  I've gone through extended periods when I'm not really creating anything, and then for some reason unknown to me I'll suddenly be inspired and will record steadily until the creative pull recedes and the cycle repeats again.  I think the subscription model would generally appeal to listeners who are either huge fans of the artists or who like purchasing their music in a physical form with a personal touch from the artist.

Everything and Nothing / Topic of the Day: "Subscription Services"... Bandcamp, Patreon, Drip
« Last post by jkn on September 16, 2015, 08:28:04 AM »
posted originally to ello this morning - but totally fine to discuss here and not there....

Topic of the Day: "Subscription Services"...

Bandcamp Subscription
What do you think? Have you used them? Are they good for the fans? Are they good for the Artists?

It's back on my radar this morning because Bandcamp just emailed me about setting one up for my artist page.

I thought this part of their Subscription Details Page was interesting:

Is this yet another crowdfunding platform?

A few years ago we noticed many artists using Bandcamp to fulfill the digital piece of crowdfunding campaigns, so we asked them whether they wanted crowdfunding built right into Bandcamp. Their response surprised us. As they described months spent focusing on campaign rewards, the word we heard most often was “unsustainable.” At the same time, our own experience contributing to crowdfunded projects was that we were motivated by a desire to help an artist we loved, not by a wish for a t-shirt, signed plastic disc, or potpourri sachet. Our hunch is that your biggest fans are less interested in funding studio time or mastering for just one album than they are in supporting you in a sustainable way. Speaking personally, we don’t want you to knit us a beer koozie, we want you to keep making more great art.

Another one that's been around is Patreon.

I don't see a lot of musicians getting much backing (unless you're @amandapalmer - and she's awesome more power to her). But if you look for ambient musicians - you won't find many.

There are cool projects there. For example - awesome Elloer @kseniaanske has supporters on her Patreon - $157 / month right now. She's a writer (follow her - I love her posts).

Finally we have Drip.

Drip was created by Ghostly International (fans of ambient techno, Tycho, and a ton of great music will know them well). Another way for you to subscribe to an artist and get exclusive content from them.

You can subscribe to someone, for example Christohper Willits for $5 per month.

Or They Might Be Giants Dial a Song... 52 weeks / 1 song a week...

@atomtm has 95% of his massive catalog online:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by petekelly on September 16, 2015, 05:51:32 AM »
Great title for track #6 :)
Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on September 15, 2015, 07:24:56 PM »
However it goes down John dont stop what your doing over at ello ambient...I check in regularly and that last big post on music labels was phenomenal. I discovered a great deal that I did not know about.....Im enjoying the exhibition!
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