(post by Joseph)
It’s a sad fact of an artist’s life that at least 80% of what you do to earn a living is something other than actually making work. So it is with great relief that I finally sat down in my studio a couple of days ago to edit and deliver the digital version of the album release of In A Shetland Landscape, which will be available on free download in April, courtesy of Green Field Recordings.
You may ask, how I can make a living from this if I give the work away? Well, it’s complicated… The release on Green Field Recordings, a well-established and respected label based in Portugal, will get the work to a much wider audience and if the listener wants to buy a high resolution copy (rather than the mp3 version available online) then they can pledge now and receive a copy of the CD along with the project catalogue which will be published in September. Getting distribution and making money from sound art is not easy, with sound art labels proliferating online in recent years but many existing as labours of love rather than profit-making businesses.
The other thing I’ve done is to offer a completely different set of ‘high quality’ (full resolution sounds) to download as part of the indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. These sounds will not be available anywhere else and anyone pledging support in this way gets to own an exclusive set of immersive binaural soundscapes, as a secure download digital limited edition.
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