December 28, 2011

And The Hits Just Keep On Comin'...

by Chris Randall

Just put away another 64-bit update, this time to Automaton. Every platform is now 32/64, and there are some minor bug fixes, stuff you probably wouldn't have noticed anyhow, but will definitely not notice now.

Free update, in the store now; if you're an owner, go grab v1.1.0, and don't say we never gave you anything.

In entirely unrelated news, to add insult to injury I seem to have gotten the Mother Of All Colds. Or a fairly mild flu, possibly. So I am once again bedridden. This has given me plenty of time to just sit and think, time I would normally spend doing shit without thinking about it, so everyone is probably better off.

One of the things I thought about today was as follows: the vast majority of AI readers are musicians with the ability to output some interesting music. I am pondering the idea of doing an AI compilation album. Now, when I say "album" I mentally picture an actual vinyl record, but there's no way I could afford to have such a thing made myself. (Believe me, I've been trying for years now.) But if we all threw in... well, something to consider anyhow. Is there interest for such a thing? It would be for a suitable charity, of course, not a cash-generating enterprise.


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Dec.29.2011 @ 7:37 AM
I'm in, if you're not afraid of some serious porn-jazz.


Dec.29.2011 @ 9:07 AM
AI comp would be fun. you would obviously have to be the 'curator' of the release or come up with some clever voting/poll for people to vote on which tracks got included on any physical release... then maybe the digital version could have all the other tracks that wouldn't fit on a record. but perhaps your hatred of design by committee should override that and you should be "the decider"

anyway - i think it's a fun idea to kick around and think some more about while you smack down the flu, sick, health funk you're in.

feel better btw. maybe this means you are getting rid of all your sick for the next year or so.. getting it all at once.

when i moved from east coast to west coast 15+ years ago i got the mother of all flu bugs... but thankfully no desert fever.

they need to invent a neti pot for the immune system.. a whole body douche or something.

Dec.29.2011 @ 9:20 AM
I'm in, with moneys and music. How will quality control work?

i'm prepared to submit a track called body douche, thanks boobs

Dec.29.2011 @ 10:16 AM
Chris Randall
Whole Body Douche really should be the name of an indie hipster band. If it isn't already.

The reason I get like that is that I usually work on 5 or 6 different things throughout any given day. When I'm under the weather, my loving and forbearing wife turns in to Torquemada, and makes me stay in bed. As a result, I can only do stuff I can do on a laptop. Like post lengthy rants in 140-character bursts on Twitter and come up with whacky ideas like this.

In any event, I think limiting it to Audio Damage products would be, while intriguing from a strictly capitalist viewpoint, not exactly in the spirit of the thing. If it was going to be on vinyl, it necessarily needs to be limited to 10 tracks, so some A&R would need to take place. I don't like to have a "vote" on something like that, as you just end up with a list that offends the smallest group of people, so some other mechanism, perhaps a group of Elite Analog Industries members like boobs, shamann, Chad (Beauty Pill) and myself could sort it or something.

The actual mechanism of manufacturing and shipping a record is pretty well-worn territory, and one I know well, so that's no problem. So here's what I propose:

1. A paradigm for track submission is agreed upon (general genre so it isn't too scatterbrained).

2. Of the submissions, 20 make the grade and go to a Bandcamp release. Any income from the Bandcamp page goes to a charity we vote on.

3. Of those 20, ten get to be on the vinyl. Those ten have to agree as to how to pay for the vinyl. First in, first out on the vinyl's proceeds, of course. Anything remaining goes to the same charity.

This seems to be the simplest mechanism for pulling this off, and the vinyl aspect isn't a deal-breaker.

Another way to do it would be the old-fashioned way. I just A&R all the releases, pick the ten I like, pay for vinyl to be made, then do it via Bandcamp where you can just buy the digital release for whatever, or buy the vinyl. Anything past the pressing itself goes to charity. This is far simpler, but less community-oriented.

And the third option would be for one of the many record-label operators that read this site to contact me and say "hey, I can pull this off" and we can do it through them, with a similar A&R process. This would obviously result in a smaller charity donation, because the record label would need a little something to grease the skids. But it'd be a path of less resistance.



Dec.29.2011 @ 10:42 AM
Sounds like a cool idea and I would be up for putting a track forward. Plus I can help out with PR in the UK and some of Europe.

Dec.29.2011 @ 10:56 AM
i'd be willing to help any way i could and let the scope of the project and evolution of the process sort of naturally determine my part in it if i'm needed :)

currently, i don't think i could 'take the lead' on something like this but that could change depending on how various projects come together this year.

i think it's rather obvious that an AI branded comp for charity would have CR as the person who directs and delegates and shapes the thing.

also, i think first step would be deciding on a general genre and getting a bunch of tracks in the works and then see how they shape up and if they fulfill the initial inspiration

Dec.29.2011 @ 11:11 AM
Chris Randall
I'm of the opinion that "experimental electronic" should cover a multitude of musical sins. That describes the vast majority of the readership's output, in any event.


Dec.29.2011 @ 11:43 AM
Hey Chris,
first of all: get better soon! And have a good new year.

I'd love to submit a track for a compilation, perhaps a version of this track (entirely done with AD plugs ;)) - link []

About the vinyl: do you have a company for doing it? We released some tracks on a 10" in 2000 and the company is still in business. The company resides in the Czech Republic and the quality of their products was great. I just found their website: link []

Dec.29.2011 @ 11:54 AM
Great idea! I'd submit and chip in...if it went well, maybe it can even turn into an annual AD 'volume x' type thing?

Dec.29.2011 @ 1:15 PM
Sounds like a great idea. I think without the help of a label would be good, but if working with someone in that regard helps speed/smooth out the process, then go for that.

I'm not an often commenter, but long AD fan, and would try to bang out a track for this.

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