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DJMantra

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Dear DJ Mantra -

Take heart - this is not all bad (as you have already observed). Think of the downloads as "modern radio." Whereas in the past an artist had to struggle to get their new work heard via "official" channels, now the fans themselves are taking their consumption into their own hands. If your music is creating a buzz in the on-line communities, all the better for your official releases and touring. In the old days, the concert was the "loss leader," and the album was the payoff product. That model - for better or worse - is now on its head. The studio music serves as a promotional item to draw people to your work and to your concerts. The experience of being with the musician live cannot be pirated.

From what I have heard in the 1st sample clip you provided (I missed this thread last August), your stuff is great! When you release the surround version, I will buy an official copy. If you come through Denver (try to play Red Rocks), I will attend your show.

When an unknown (to consumer x) artist comes along, they NEED some kind of introduction to the masses to gain popularity. The downloads feel like theft, but in fact you are getting into the consciousness of people who give a shit enough about music to bother downloading. Trust me, if they are torrenting files, they have enough music on their hard drives that they do not need any more. If you are getting past the indifference of the general public, you are winning. It just might not feel like that now.

Take heart, make your music, and focus on the joy of creativity. If that comes through your work, downloads will help you to find your audience.

Good luck!
Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, I know you are right, it just feels a bit flat after all the effort. I know I shall be very happy once we can get out and tour which shouldn't be too far away.
 

DJMantra

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That's very true. I am working on the official Video for Youtube to monetize it this weekend. I will also do the whole Spotify, iTunes and download site thing. Might as well just go for mass media coverage.
 

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UPDATE

The stereo version CD of this album is now available either from Marquee Records / Belle Antique as a Japanese import.

It is also available as a stereo download from www.noochoon.com

I am presently getting ready for final surround 5.1 mix which should hopefully be out by the Autumn.


UPDATE


The album is now available as a stereo CD release from Belle Antique / Marquee Records.

It is also available as a stereo download from
www.noochoon.com

I am preparing for the surround mixes at present and hope to have this out by the end of the Summer.

Mostly, I have been fighting pirates this week!

Within the first 24 hours of release two "stolen" versions of the album were uploaded to Youtube. I know the files were stolen because an additional 17 minute track which has not yet been officially released or sent out to anyone other than band members was included as a bonus track. The rest of the uploads were individual tracks without the adjoining concept pieces and the real Japanese bonus track. I successfully managed to get the two Youtube videos down but this was just a drop in the ocean. I have now found more than fifty torrent uploads of the same files all over the place. Sites with download counters are pointing to tens of thousands of downloads within the first twenty four hours!

It took two years of our time and great personal expense to get to this stage and now it is there free for the taking to the whole world. It makes me wonder whether it is worth producing anymore although I know we will. We are about half way through making the second album (would have been more if someone hadn't stolen 17 minutes of new material).

The music business is finished as far as recorded works go. All hail to the days of vinyl when piracy was one to one, poor quality and real-time.

We have had some amazing feedback and are readying the stereo version CD for sale outside of Japan. The best of it is people have even given us great reviews on the pirate sites! One even complaining that the bonus track should have been a side of an album in itself! It was supposed to be.

We have also been called "the next Pink Floyd" by a number of people, which is at least reassuring.

Oh well, at least there are genuine music lovers who will be honest and buy the product and to them I salute and thank for their support.

I'm sorry to write this rant but it has just hit home in the hardest of ways as to how bad the state of all digital media is.
I'm up for the multi-channel album as well as down-load or on a physical disc. :51QQ

It must be ****ing frustrating to put all that work in and have it stolen :mad:. The trouble with the digital world and internet is that things can be hacked, in the old days somebody would have had to have stolen the tapes, even some firewalls are now relatively easily breeched. Was somebodies email compromised - that is the most common route into servers.

I'm also not a fan of the streamers as they don't pay the artists enough and keep the biggest slice of the cake for themselves. We're heading back to the days when the only way a band earned was to play live, and the number of venues seems to be dropping as well :(
 

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Your video won't work, but I usually take a chance on stuff like this. Progressive music always appealed to me, going way back to my school days before it was even called prog.
 

DJMantra

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Your video won't work, but I usually take a chance on stuff like this. Progressive music always appealed to me, going way back to my school days before it was even called prog.
The pirate version had over 800 hits in a few hours before they were taken down, not much but at least it would be a legal access to the music.
 
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