For me too it is exactly the same, for the same reasons as those mentioned by scottm2.
@forrest, the 2008 compact disc is for me also the
release of Maalbeek
. The re-release is an exercise, using the same source to create another listening experience. I didn't intend it to be superior, definitive or the only one
to listen too. It also isn't supposed to invalidate the compact disc release. To me creating ambient music isn't about telling people what to like, think or agree with so I find it impossible to explain what version is the one you should listen too, and how you should listen to it or even what it means. We're adults and Ambient is an adult genre, even if it relies highly on a childhood developed imagination. Auwch, now it almost sounds as if I am
trying to explain it ; )
The re-release was an opportunity. At the time of release, I was so pre-occupied with my work that I took a few decisions towards release too hastily and I have always regretted those. That's not the same as saying they where bad decisions persee, just that I shouldn't have tinkered with the album only days before sending it off to the presses. Any decision takes time to settle before it can be examined to conclude if it was a good decision or not.
In other words, it takes time to know if a decision wasn't made for the sake of making another change, for the sake of staying close to the material. Perhaps the artists on this thread can recognize such a "longing" to keep on working with something? There's a strange sort of comfort in that.
I know that the changes I made aren't as big they might seem, you'd probably only hear it on a side by side comparison. It's an interesting subject though, can you go back to your past work, should you leave it alone? I don't think there's a definitive answer, perhaps just a purist one.
The mere mention of Mp3.com brings back memories indeed. What a great place that was, the first time more people than just my friends heard my music. Also the first time I heard such diverse and interesting music genre's. I was introduced to the sound of DreamState
(hello scottm2!), found a kindred spirit in Mindspawn
and Darren Scott. He even release my first album; GrijsGebied
in 2001 after mp3.com had gone bust. Darren really wanted to release a prior one to that (Sprook
) and I think he still regrets not being able to have done that.
When they began paying money for music though, it all imploded. People started spamming everyone, genre's got "stuffed" with tracks by popular artists just to get more hits. I think part of my dislike for getting paid for my work comes from seeing a great place go up in flames. Money ruined everything, it certainly wasn't about music and meeting people any more. And I know I felt corrupted by it too, seeing how easily money could be earned.
Now....I almost dare not ask, but what are audible muffs?
ps. next week Friday I'll upload a video called Meinweg, named after one of the albums tracks. It's a series of photographs taken in the nature reserve of the same name located in the south of Holland. The soundtrack consists of a lot of field recordings from the surroundings. The soundtrack also uses layers from the album's track Meinweg.