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Advice Needed On Where to Have CD Manufactured
« on: August 09, 2008, 11:12:53 PM »
I am in the process of creating artwork for my brother's upcoming cd. He is self-releasing it, and we are searching for a duplication and packaging company that doesn't suck. Primarily, I would like to find someone who can do an artisanal style, quality job, and do justice to the highly detailed art I am making. The one place I called up here in the Seattle (I think their name was Paragon) was not even able to tell me what kind of special card stock I could get. In short, I would like to find someone up here in the Northwest who can give a personal touch to this project. I think we will go for a 4-panel digipak with plastic tray, but I am also open to doing some kind of paper sleeve or gatefold design (maybe like Essence Music or Important Records).

Any advice on this, or general suggestions about having albums made, would be very much appreciated.

Once we get this whole thing firmed up, I will drop the info on where to hear samples and such. Some very fascinating work little bro is creating! He is a pro upright and electric bass man, but his older brother seems to have driven him (or would like to think so) into ambient territory. I've heard the demo of the album, and it is all instrumental, with some dark drone bowing and electro spices carefully implanted. I describe it with difficulty as a kind of loungified, slightly tiki-infused journey through a territory of dark alchemy and sublime leisure...with mandolins and washboard weirdness floating around...

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Re: Advice Needed On Where to Have CD Manufactured
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2008, 08:38:22 AM »
Stumptown Printers here in Portland do a lot of really great letterpress CD packages.  They're not a CD duplicator, just a printer, but if you like what they do you could get bulk CDs elsewhere and insert them yourself.  They won't do digipaks... but if you're talking digipaks you're not really talking "artisinal style" any more, and any regular CD manufacturing company could do that.  For that sort of thing, Hypnos uses NW Media (also in Portland) and for that matter, Soleilmoon uses them too.  I imagine you can get special paper when you order digipaks, since I get special paper with our regularly packaged (booklet + tray card) Hypnos CDs.

http://www.stumptownprinters.com

http://www.nwmedia.com
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Re: Advice Needed On Where to Have CD Manufactured
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2008, 04:15:44 PM »
Many thanks to you Mike. Stumptown Printers is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for, and NW Media will likely be used for the duplication and printing of the disc itself. Great suggestions!

Well, back to the art dungeon. I hope we can get this out in the early Fall...

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Re: Advice Needed On Where to Have CD Manufactured
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2008, 06:23:54 AM »
with mandolins and washboard weirdness floating around...

I think I speak for the whole ambient community when I say that what the genre has been crying out for is more washboard.

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Re: Advice Needed On Where to Have CD Manufactured
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2008, 07:08:02 AM »
with mandolins and washboard weirdness floating around...

I think I speak for the whole ambient community when I say that what the genre has been crying out for is more washboard.

 ;D

Yes indeed. The Experimental Skiffle sections of our music stores have long been starved of their rightful occupiers. Already, though, there’s quite a buzz developing around this whole Ambient Washboard thing (or Drum’n’Basin, as the media have dubbed it). Aswespeak, I've heard tell, Steve Roach - in a Modernist Revisiting of his pre-civilisation explorations - is already engaged in recording a follow-up to Vine, Bark and Spore, to be entitled Pan, Lid and Horn.
 


That’s an exclusive shot of the artwork for the liner notes showing Jorge Reyes’ percussion set-up for the session:

And Roach has ditched his didge in favour of the more tempered resonances of…:






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Re: Advice Needed On Where to Have CD Manufactured
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2008, 07:37:01 AM »
Alan!!!!!!!!!!!!      :D

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Re: Advice Needed On Where to Have CD Manufactured
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2008, 08:42:27 AM »
...that's hilarious.
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Re: Advice Needed On Where to Have CD Manufactured
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2008, 08:59:00 AM »
I bow to Mr. L's undisputed genius!!
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Re: Advice Needed On Where to Have CD Manufactured
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2008, 11:11:49 AM »
NOOOOooooooooo!!!!! I meant washTUB!! Washtub bass that is...

http://www.projectsandhobbies.com/washtubbass.htm
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Re: Advice Needed On Where to Have CD Manufactured
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2008, 01:13:32 PM »
And a little bit of this action in the mix as well:


No joke. And it works delightfully well in my opinion. Very emotionally warm music and some curious instruments. Though it fuses so many styles that I am still at a loss to describe it without being confusing...