Did I understand correctly - that I could now send a field recording from this day to that address (firstname.lastname@example.org)? I could do that, but I'm not sure if I understood correctly, bad knowledge of English you see.
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One thing that selling your art does, I've found, is it connects you with more a loyal and responsive audience. The people who have bought one of the three albums I have for sale have generally bought all of them. The music that I've given away for free has gotten a lot more listens and downloads over the years, but I have no idea who most of them are or what they thought of the music (and no doubt many of the downloaders are those weird MP3/spam bot sites). The people who tend to give me feedback on anything I do are also the people who tend to buy the commercial works.
I agree with the DIY approach rather than waiting on someone else to take up the cause for you. My experience with working with others is that the most successful endeavours are with people I've developed a relationship with over time. Cold contacting various labels, radio services, blogs or promoters seems to pan out for some folk, but for me it rarely has, and the few times it has, the relationship kind of went nowhere.
Doubtful you'll get rich going DIY, but it's also doubtful that you'll go broke or get ripped off. Just based on what people have said around here over the years, it strikes me that Taylor has most successfully turned music and art into a career (makes sense since he is also our benevolent host) but I gather that he has multiple sources of revenue to get by, that it's a tough slog, and that he's been building the necessary reputation and relationships for a good 15 years.
been following this thread and i think people have been spot on with recommendations.
as for the below.. yes, it is indeed complicated. if you want to make art your life and career (like i try to) then, yes, you have to make money at it.. if you have another job and career and art is a side thing, then it's great because you don't need to make money at it. i guess it really comes down to what you want to do with your life!But got to say that even if I could make money with art, I'm not sure if I'd want to do it - if I ask money from people for listening to my material, it lessens the amount of listeners. So it's complicated.
Quote from: machinefabriekFirst of all, you've got to be confident about what you do, i guess....
Better to be realistic.
well, if it's better to be realistic and I see that you are already realistic that your ideas suck, why bother presenting it to anybody. why ponder how to market it if you consider it rubbish? imo, you are saying straightforwardly that you are aware of the fact that what we are going to listen is not worth a broken penny. it looks like you are doing some terrible marketing form the very beginning.
not to mention that you if don't find confidence in your work/art, and be stone cold realistic all the time you might not find satisfaction in your art, no matter how many people listen to it. i totally agree with Rutger - you need to be confident.
and does it really matter how many will listen?
First of all, you've got to be confident about what you do, i guess....
This could be a good idea I guess, but what about trying to get your album released by a net-label?
In all honesty, the phrases 'field recordings' and '60 minute concept album' isn't exactly going to make many peoples ears prick up...
Maybe you should be more realistic about your goals. I can't imagine that 10,000 people actively listen to many of the artists who post on this forum. This isn't because what music/art they create is bad, it's because its fairly specialised and only caters towards a niche (and for the want of a better word) 'market'...
My experience with the preamps on the Fostex FR2 is that they're not as quiet as the ones on the Zoom H4n.
I haven't done hundreds of tests, but that's my experience so far.
The built in mics on the Zoom are ok too (though you'll need windshields to use them outdoors)
Ps. That Zoom H1 looks futuristic.
in my opinion.. this is what mastering is about, and it applies to any music, really...: