As someones may remember, some months ago I asked here about record labels' procedures. That has caused good, I have been in contact to some of them, learned a lot about uncommercial music "industry", found out who shares the same view as me etc. Thank you very much who helped me
But now the situation is that I have realized that maybe the record label isn't a good thing for me. I mean, you always should check your goals before acting. What I'm trying to achieve? First I had this little dream of earning couple of euros, but now I have realized that I can't get even five cents with experimental stuff - art doesn't make money (expect the painting business that I can't understand!). Anyway. My goal now is just to share my art. To reach people with the same ideas and views, to get friends around the same interests, to give ideas for other artists so that they can develop my ideas so that I can improve my own art. That's what I'm looking for. How to do it?
Thank God we have internet. I would have killed myself 30 years ago. But it's still not so easy... let me explain. I have been working with field recordings and I have now completed a sixty minute concept album, that is quite a unconventional. It contains just pure field recordings but also some other sounds and the entirety is not just some traffic noise. If I would just give you a link to my stuff at this site's "Self promotion" -subforum, what do you think, would it work? Hell no. There are like 10 active users on this forum and if I'm like, maybe two or three of them don't immediately puke when they heard field recordings - I just mean that not many share the same interests when it's about experimental art that is very strange and difficult to absorb. I'm not the one you should play track that contains just white noise - I could find it somewhat interesting, but I wouldn't really get excited, I guess.
I think and think and think all the time this thing. How to share my art? I want to be a part of the community of art music. How have you progressed? I know it's common to release albums via such labels as 12k, but does it really help me to reach my goal - I mean, how many people actually listen to these recordings? So few... it's not very popular if twenty copies are sold! I want to share my stuff for as meny persons as I can. My brother has released many (~30) songs for free in internet on a Finnish music sharing site, and they have been listened to hundreds of times, but guess what - all the listeners are some normal people, his drinking buddies, that listen to his songs with one earphone while talking to friends, and then describe the music as "fucking weird shit" and advise him to consult a doctor. Can you recognize this situation?
We have Youtube, we have Myspace, we have Facebook, we have many things that help us to be in contact. But I've seen so many times how someone releases something via Youtube, and the video will be watched 100 times - it sucks! 10 000 would be ok. I want to do that. And now to the practice:
How about hosting a personal web site where the music would be released and then advertising that site in every place that might have some people who would be interested in same kind of stuff? It sounds like a good idea to me, but I often realize that in the end my ideas suck, so let me know if this is a bad idea too. I just don't really know any other way. The idea of going through complicated arrangements, spending a lot of money, flattering some quarters, and as a result getting a CD that will be bought by five collectors that won't even listent to it, doesn't attract me. It won't give me any publicity among the artist circles.
Help me guys. How to get your attention?