First of all, you've got to be confident about what you do, i guess....
Better to be realistic.
This could be a good idea I guess, but what about trying to get your album released by a net-label?
Otherwise a good option, but the thing is, that is there use for official release at all? I mean, why to make an official release if the money is not what you're looking for? I don't think that the fact that an album has been released as a CD or via some record label's website makes it very popular - don't get me wrong, I don't think that any experimental stuff - in othwr words art - can be popular among big audiences, but even among the artist circles - I think the record labels are better for those who are popular among the big audiences, all the entertainers. I don't feel like an artist can really benefit from them, what do you think guys? These are just my observations.
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'...
Of course, of course. But how to market art? You see, it's easy to share art among the people that are familiar with it - if I'll release my album via Gruenrekorder, some field recording artists will listen to it. But how to share it to other people too? Not for just random normal people, it won't work, but for other kind of sound artists, not just field recordists, to every kind of minimalists and totalists etc. I mean, isn't this what art is about - spreading it? Giving ideas to other people and receiving them from those people.
Maybe I could get your attention if I would describe my album here. But like I said, there are like 20 active members here, so would I make new connections by that way? That's not likely. I know my goals are very ambitious, but I don't think hthey will come true just like that, so I'm not unrealistic - well, a bit maybe, but not too much.
Paintings, movies, literature - those have been making art in quite a popular way for a loooooong time - music never. Music has been just entertainment, which is IMO great and very valuable, but still it would be nice also to spread this art side of music. When comes the time when some sound artist will be respected just as much as Picasso, Hitchcock or Dostojevski? I guess it will come, but yeh, when, that's the question... how about speeding it up a little?
I don't want to let my art be forgotten, I mean, if people will forget it, it would have been the same if I wouldn't have released it. How to break the wall between music and the popular world of art? That's what I'm looking for. Yes, ambitious, but otherwise it would be fucking boring! Ideas?
E: What the hell. I need to gather some information about people's feelings considering my works so here's a link to the album: http://www.mikseri.net/artists/demoversion.127409.php
If you just bother to listen to it I would appreciate it very much. Some tips: download them to your computer and then listen to at one go, because of you can't know when a track ends or starts so you can't press play after the previous has ended unless you watch the meters all the time. Adjust the volume carefully because those are very dynamic tracks, especially the track Elements is extremely dynamic. And then, I suggest you to eliminate all the disturbances and just listen to it in peace, you know, field recordings don't really work if you hear bird songs or cars from surroundings at the same time. Lights off, no need to pee, just music.