While I wait for Imprint to reach the major online retailers such as iTunes and Amazon, I’ve made it and enigmatics available on Bandcamp and Amie Street.
Listeners can download a free version of both releases encoded at 128kbps from Bandcamp. Of course, I do extort your e-mail address from you when you download. The site also offers the album in higher quality encodings, including FLAC and MP4, for a price — $4.95 for enigmatics and a minimum donation of $8 for Imprint (in the unlikely event you want to pay more.)
Amie Street is also offering both releases free, but if either of them gain in popularity, the site will start charging for them. The more popular they get, the higher the price.
For the time being, I’ll still make Imprint available for download from the official site, but when the next project in the Work Release Program starts getting posted, I’ll redirect those free downloads to Bandcamp.
And one final bit of Web 2.0 news — check out Eponymous 4 on thesixtyone, a social network music game site. In other words, gambling with no money on the popularity of a certain song.
With the last track of Imprint ready to post, the next installment of the Work Release Program is ready to begin. 「風の歌を聞け」 is a five-track EP containing some pretty experimental pop music. The first track, "A Simple Song", will be posted on April 20, and subsequent tracks follow every Monday thereafter.
After all the tracks have been posted, the EP will be available through online retailers. In anticipation of the release, two tracks, "Downtown Downpour" and "Rescuer", are available for streaming on Myspace, Facebook, Last.fm and iLike.
The first two volumes of the Work Release Program, Imprint and 「風の歌を聞け」, will be available from online retailers in the next few weeks.
Imprint is currently under review by CD Baby, which will deliver the album to online retailers in the next week or two. It could hit iTunes and the Amazon MP3 stores by the end of April.
Tracks from 「風の歌を聞け」 will start being posted to the Eponymous 4 official site starting April 20. After all the tracks have been posted, it too will be sent to CD Baby for digital distribution.
While you could certainly go to iTunes and other online retailers to buy these two releases, they will also be available in their entirety for free here on the site and over at Bandcamp, where you can also purchase downloads in higher quality formats. Of course, should you decide to go for the free files, please consider leaving a donation if you like what you hear.
It seems odd to offer something for sale and for free at the same time. If I happen to listen to an album for free and end up liking it, I’d show my support by buying a copy. I’m probably not alone in this regard.
At the same time, I don’t really consider these recordings definitive. They’re still pretty much demos. I wouldn’t mind earning some cash from them, but I don’t feel totally justified in charging for them either.
So, you, the listener, gets the best of both worlds. Assuming you like this kind of stuff …