Capitalism. I pretty much hate it.
Capitalism. I pretty much hate it.
Although I know it is the middle of summer. This really still part of my attempt to come to terms with my back catalogue of music, and organize it to make sense of it. Just as I think YouTube might be the best way to get everything in one place in an order that makes sense, I get other ideas. You see, the problem with YouTube, is everything has to be made into a video. Too bad I can’t just decide on something and stick to it. That is how I got this unorganized in the first place.
At least, I’m fairly confident that YouTube isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Too many social media sites, and not any of them with the kind of “success” (whatever that would really mean) to say, “this is the place.”
Meanwhile, I will still attempt to get my old Jamendo albums up on bandcamp, and maybe post more songs to my AIFF page at the Internet archive. I’m still not trying to sell anything on this blog, by the way, as this is all for free.
I feel as though I can’t move forward with new music until I come to terms with the old.
This originally was written over at one of my tumblr blogs, but probably should have been posted here first instead. I will quote a long part of it, and then provide a link for the rest. Any feedback from those who might come across this would be welcome:
“I’m facing a dilemma, which is that I never had that one consistent place to stash my music, so that in the future (which is now) – I would be able to keep creating music without feeling disorganized. Like, where have I placed all of my music? Some of it is in one place, some in another. Always, this was done in different formats, sometimes as “albums” but other times as individual tracks.
There is a certain site where I have my music more organized (but still not to my satisfaction), but it still uses flash, and lately browsers have been marking it “not secure.” I won’t mention the name of the site, because I think it is quite good, and maybe over time I will be able to use it more again.
Anyway, the point is, I need to find that one sort of low key (low stress?) place to stash my back catalogue, so I feel like I can continue on in the present. I’m thinking like a page with a list of audio files, and of course one that I feel like it wouldn’t be a bit much to upload massive gigabytes of audio files quickly. I have a few ideas, but I’ll have to think about this some more. ”
This is the latest of my attempts to “recreate” my old Jamendo albums that are no more. It is mainly for my own peace of mind, in that I feel the need to get more organized about my old songs, and have a single place to stash them in an order that makes sense. I am grateful to the Internet Archive for actually saving all my old Jamendo albums. This isn’t because I’m special, only that they appear to have been cataloging Jamendo albums. In these attempts, one of my goals is to improve the sound of the albums using the little I learned about production over the years. I think I am able to make the songs louder and more even at the least. I always include the link to the Archive version as well.
This is the second “recreated” collection of songs that once was a Jamendo album. It was a good thing that the Internet Archive saved all of my Jamendo albums that are no longer posted there, and haven’t been there for years. So, even if only for my own peace of mind, I have been “remastering” the songs as best as I can, and posting each album on my bandcamp page. I will also include a link to the Archive version.
This is another one from my younger self (although by then I wasn’t really that young I suppose). This is from roughly 2010. I used to have an account with Jamendo, and posted several albums. As I explained in an earlier post (and also here), The internet Archive seems to have saved my old Jamendo albums from no longer existing on the web. I’m glad they did, because I needed to be able (even if just for myself) to organize my music, and remember exactly what I did over the past several years in that way.
So, I now have two recreated. Only about ten (maybe more) to go.
Here is the link to the archive version: https://archive.org/details/jamendo-064134
Maybe if you have a Google account, you might not know how many photos are being stored by it in the “photos” app they have. I’m not sure if I like that part entirely. (In fact, I know I don’t like that part.) However, they also include a pretty cool animated GIF maker with the app. This is a two picture graphic I did as a test.
Recently, I remembered that the Internet Archive had saved some of my older albums that are no longer up on Jamendo. This made me feel better, as I have become kind of overwhelmed by the amount of music I have created over several years, and was feeling not only unorganized (like feeling as though I may have even misplaced some of my songs) – but also questioning why I keep doing it. My music is seen and heard here and there, but I haven’t had any great breakthrough of success with it. Anyway, this gave me the idea, at least for my own desire to have the recorded back catalogue in one place, as close to the original way the songs were collected and presented, to recreate these albums for my Bandcamp page.
All of the ones on the first attempt come from either the original recordings, or alternate recordings, but I insisted to myself that I would not re-record any of the songs. I have, however, “remastered” the tracks, because I have gotten better at making tracks louder and more even, and even using effects. So, otherwise, even if a song seems not good enough by the standards of how I do things now – I have used the already recorded tracks. For each album I get around to, I will also leave the link to the original copy saved by the Archive.
As net neutrality looks to be in a dire situation, you would think that the Democrats would focus on that. No. They would rather go on about Russia non-stop 24/7. It is almost like they want to lose.
Meanwhile, I think it is time for the tech gurus (especially the politically aware ones) to show us the way to the next technology. There has to develop another medium for the people, because the internet is slowly being turned into corporatized garbage, along the lines of what happened to radio and then TV. Although, I don’t want to be too hard on radio which glimmers with hope occasionally, and there still is shortwave radio – even in spite of the fact that shortwave isn’t what it used to be.
Alright, rant over for now….
Some of my old Jamendo albums had been saved by Archive.org, which is good because they have not existed on Jamendo in a long time. I had been just struggling with how to preserve my back catalogue in a way that makes sense. Currently, I am trying to improve the sound on many of my old tracks, and have started the process of putting them on a bandcamp album called “Best Copies” in AIFF format. I also am placing them as I go on a page of the same name at archive.org. However, I might recreate some of these albums with better audio in between, and put them up on Bandcamp.
It is sometimes hard to write the code for embed and audio as I want it on WordPress, but I’ll do my best.
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