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Have I blogged about SellaBand before? Basically an artist signs up and then tries to get 5,000 people (“believers”) to donate $10 towards the recording of a CD.

It’s been getting some decent press so I was wondering why I’m not doing it. I went to sign up tonight and read the following in the conditions:

  • Once an Artist has officially reached the Goal of $50,000 he/she is obliged to fulfill the recording commitment with SellaBand. Of the $50,000, $30,000 will be used for recording the CD. SellaBand will assign an A&R- manager who will book the producer, studio and mastering facility. The rest of the budget will be used for manufacturing, packaging and posting the 5,000 CDs for your Believers.
  • SellaBand will own the Album Master for 12 months after completion of the recording of the CD. After one full year you will get the full rights to the Album Master.
  • Only for the songs you will record with SellaBand you must sign a Publishing Agreement with SellaBand. In this agreement 60% of the publishing rights of these songs go to you. 10% goes to the Production team. The rest (30%) goes to SellaBand.

That seems crappy to me. So I raise $50,000 and SellABand decides who my producer, studio and mastering facility is? So the artist has no input into that? And no doubt they’re not paying them the full $30,000. ($30k is a shitload of recording and I assume they’re only going to refer you to studios and producers they have previous deals with.)

SellaBand owns the masters for 12 months so you’re not doing jack with it outside of SellaBand for a year. And then you’re tied to giving SellaBand and the production team 40% of your songs forever.

I dunno, I want $50,000 as much as the next guy, but it doesn’t seem worth it to me.

Posted on - March 30, 2007 [at] 7:59 pm by Brad
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This is probably a nightmare a lot of electronic musicians have had. (via GetLoFi)

Posted on - March 30, 2007 [at] 6:50 am by Brad
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Way back I posted my hesitation about using a Firewire audio interface. While I love technology, years of abuse at the hands of SCSI, USB and many other acronyms has made me scared and wary. After dual booting my laptop and stripping XP down to its most efficient, I wrote to M-Audio asking why my Firewire 410 inputs kept hanging whenever I, like, used them. This was the reply:


You’ve seen a lot of problem with the newest Dell laptop. The new dual processor have made computer to go faster than ever, but when there is IRQ sharing (or if the IEEE 1394 adapter is on a virtual IRQ), the chipset seems to be less robust with resource sharing.

I would recommend you to try a PCI firewire card (or PCMCIA or ExpressPort Firewire cards) to get rid of any IRQ conflict.

If I give a hundred dollars to everyone on the planet will all my problems go away?

Posted on - March 29, 2007 [at] 4:50 pm by Brad
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Set this up in the living room last night:

The neighbors can clearly see it from the living room window, so I’ll be expecting the police any day now.

PS: You’re all invited over to get wasted on some 100% organic salad in a few months, dudes.

Posted on - March 29, 2007 [at] 3:45 pm by Brad
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That is my hip-hop name. Some stuff:

  • I’ve been hearing that Making Me Nervous is playing on Sirius Satellite channel 24. I declared that to be sweet.
  • I bought a wireless monitor and transmitter (PSM-200) for live shows.
  • Brad Sucks Magnatune ccMixter compilations are in the can, just waiting to get all the remixers’ tax forms into Magnatune.

Things I’m trying to avoid working on because I have a lot of stuff to do:

  • New songs.
  • A WordPress page-to-wiki plugin so awesome people could update my guitar tabs page for me.
  • Turning temple of ego thing into something usable for other humans.
  • A to-do manager that looks and works almost exactly like Gmail.
  • A better Google Desktop email (or Gmail) gadget that updates faster and doesn’t show me all my sent mail and MySpace invites and other crap I don’t care about.

Today I re-partitioned my laptop and stripped Windows XP down to its bare essentials. That took a frigging fortnight and a half but it’s dual-booting now so I can have my nasty regular laptop Windows XP and then my stripped down Ableton Live only XP.

Posted on - March 28, 2007 [at] 9:46 pm by Brad
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Posted on - March 25, 2007 [at] 12:15 pm by Brad
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I would like to see many Beatbots dancing in unison. Possibly I would set them to my music, film them and call it a music video. Everyone would love it because Beatbots are so awesome.

Posted on - March 22, 2007 [at] 8:22 pm by Brad
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So bands on MySpace are limited to posting 4 songs. Lame in this age of massive affordable bandwidth but OK. I can’t change my songs around because lots of people have them added to their pages and I’ll break those. But OK. Then there’s this Myspace announcement today:

You know how you can list four songs on your band’s MySpace page? Well, thanks to the fine peeps over at Bodog Entertainment you can now add a 5th song. More music means more ears, more ears mean more plays, and more plays mean way more exposure. Add Bodog Entertainment as a friend and up your band’s song list to five on your MySpace Standalone Player.
Get your 5th song heard.

Wow, that’s ballsy. I mean it’s one thing for everyone else to treat the MySpace friend system as the dumping ground of the internet, but for MySpace itself to just whore it out like that takes some nuts. They must really not care.

Update: Ryan points out that when you Google your new “friend” Bodog you find out he’s really into online gambling. Check their Wikipedia page. I’m still surprised MySpace did this and now even more surprised News Corporation (MySpace’s owners) are cool with potentially being accused of marketing gambling to the kids.

Maybe we can all add Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man as MySpace friends for a sixth and seventh songs on our musician pages! Hooray!

Posted on - March 21, 2007 [at] 10:39 pm by Brad
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They sexified REAPER while I wasn’t paying attention:

There’s a real nice purplish theme here as well. Looking forward to playing with it…

Posted on - March 21, 2007 [at] 1:21 pm by Brad
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Jason from Insomnia Radio sent me word of an interesting service they’re partnering with called Magnet Media. Something I’ve been wondering about for a while now is how an independent artist (or band) is supposed to keep up with all the online services that allegedly promote a band.

For $50 a month Magnet Media hooks you up with a “Personal Promoter” who according to the promotional services list does the following:

They’ll manage your email lists, post to blogs and music sites, send out MySpace â„¢ bulletins, and communicate with you directly to find out where you’re playing next. In addition they will:
Add to
Add to
Add to Podsafe Music Network
Add to Purevolume
Add to
Add to Podsafe Audio Network
Add to Sonicbids EPK (pending artist approval)
Add to Last.FM (under artist name AND Magnet Media group)
Add to SonicGarden
Add to YouTube (music videos)
Add to Google Video (music videos)
Add to
Add to Muze
Add to SnoCap-sell music directly from Myspace
Submission to select Live 365 DJ’s
Registration for ”Global Battle of the Bands” (artist approval)
NACA (National Assoc. of Campus Activities) Entry for Conventions/Showcases (artist approval)
Add discography to
Add band wikipedia entry
Add information to which Last.FM pulls data from.
Submission to Association of Music Podcasting (over 85 music podcasters)
And more…

It’s an interesting service idea, though many of the services listed I’ve never heard of or consider to be fairly worthless from a promotion aspect. I’m also not sure why you would pay $50 a month for this as about 98% of the items on that list are one-time submission services.

They also offer an artist website (domain name included) and fan email lists. Who owns the domain? Is hosting included? If you quit Magnet Media do you keep all your accounts and email lists?

They also list press releases. Are those free? They list “distribution opportunities” but don’t say if they’re included or you have to pay extra. “Opportunities” sure sound extra to me.

I think there’s a fair amount of money out there for this kind of service, much like what’s going with the smaller advertising services like FM Publishing and The Deck.

Lately I’m into the idea that record labels should be services that musicians subscribe to. But I’d have to feel they actually know what they’re doing for me to invest in them and put myself and my email lists into their potentially inept and/or evil hands. Uploading my bio and video places is convenient but not really worth paying for (disclosure: I’m cheap.)

Posted on - March 20, 2007 [at] 9:39 pm by Brad
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