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Your introduction to the world of netaudio…

For the past decade an alternative culture of music has been sprouting up outside the wastelands of the increasingly formulaic and compartmentalized mainstream music business. This world of “Netaudio” is generally released freely, either independently or through Netlabels. As this culture continues to grow, the amount of available music grows exponentially making it increasingly difficult for folks who are new to the culture to filter the good from the bad. Each of our free releases, in one way or another, are an attempt to shine the spotlight on what we think is the best of what this world has to offer.

Consider blocSonic a filter through which you can discover this vibrant, global culture! Currently there are three ways which we spotlight what the netaudio world has to offer:

Originals

During our travels through the wide-world of netaudio culture, we find artists who stand out and who we feel would be perfect to spotlight independently in original blocSonic album releases. Each Original features:

  • Available in a choice of three high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3.
  • Complete album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF.
  • 40+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, lyrics, photos and album credits.

Xtended Editions

Each of our Xtended Edition (XE) series is essentially a re-release. A re-release of an album that blocSonic found to be an exceptional example of the quality that the netaudio world is capable of producing. These re-releases contain the original album as well as at least a bonus disc worth of material (remixes, demos, outtakes, new material and/or other unreleased material). They also feature fresh album art and as with all our releases an extensive PDF booklet.

Each Xtended Edition features:

  • At least 1 disc worth of bonus material
  • Available in a choice of three high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3.
  • Complete new album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF.
  • 40+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, lyrics, photos and album credits.

 

netBlocs

Each of these eclectic releases shine a spotlight on ten or so international audio gems culled from the Netaudio culture. Each netBloc features:

  • Available in a choice of three high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3.
  • Complete album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF.
  • 30+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, track credits and artist photos.

 

Xtras

These special collections feature Creative Commons licensed tracks that for one reason or another blocSonic couldn't acquire official permission to use but find them worthy of extra attention. Since no formal permission has been acquired, links to the original files are provided rather than compiling them into a proper release. However, a cover and a tracklisting is provided in order for you to burn them to disc, if you'd like.

Why do we do what we do? We love music, we love netaudio and have found that the quality and variety of what’s coming out of this culture is superior to that of much of what’s coming out of the mainstream music industry. We feel more secure donating to netaudio artists/labels then we do purchasing formulaic music-product from the majors. We’d like you to also feel that way toward the netaudio culture. We realize that most people don’t have the time and/or patience to filter through it all to find the good stuff, so we invest the time to find the gems in the ruff and deliver them to you in our releases.

In between releases, you can also look forward to blog posts about netaudio news or topics relating to DRM and online music.

So subscribe to our feed and discover great new openly-licensed music every month. Be sure to spread the word!

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blocsonic on 06/18/2014 at 11:42PM

Announcing #projectEqualize

Imagine a social-networking site that caters, specifically, to the Creative Commons community. One which only allows you to share Creative Commons licensed content… books, images, videos, audio, games… free or commercial. A centralized location for creators to share with like-minded individuals.

All social networks contain a certain amount of noise that you need to sift through, however, by making a strictly Creative Commons oriented network, a very significant portion of the global social noise is filtered out, leaving you with only content that is sharable… or remixable… or just plain human friendly. We love to share what we love… it’s time we create an infrastructure that allows us to do just that. An infrastructure that cuts out the mega-corporate attitudes regarding copyright and sharing. An infrastructure that also utilizes the APIs of well-known Creative Commons oriented community sites like Free Music Archive, Jamendo & ccMixter to help tie the existing community together.

In addition to providing a platform for sharing what you create or love… discovery tools will be built into the site… with search that sifts through all the shared CC licensed content and allows creators to find exactly the type of licensed content needed. If you need a remixable, rewritable, derivative friendly book, photo, video, song, game or whatever… it’s at your fingertips. The project will also feature extensive charting capabilities… as Billboard does for mainstream music… all content types will have their own weekly… monthly… yearly charts gauging the popularity of shared content. There’s currently nothing like this for the truly independent creators… and there’s a huge need for discoverability, in the CC community. There’s a vaccuum, I want to fill it.

I look at this project as providing an infrastructure for CC licensed content sharing and discoverability… it's time we forget competing with mega-corporations on an unequal playing field. Let’s equalize things a bit. Corporate greed is increasingly making it more difficult for independent creators to earn a living and share their creations. Soon it may be impossible. Let’s not wait around for that to happen.

This is something I originally intended to be more music oriented and part of blocSonic, but I feel it needs encompass multiple data types and as such, it’s own entity. I’m a GRAPHIC DESIGNER who can program, but that is not the same as a programmer who PROGRAMS or a DB administrator who KNOWS DATABASES… I feel that it’s time that I put this public call out to you to pull together a small, talented team of experts who can truly make this project happen.

I’m looking for individuals to build this with… contact me via the blocSonic contact form with an informal CV, if you’re interested. Come… be part of that thing that comes from left-field and shakes things up. I’m looking for a project manager, frontend/backend programmers, DB administrator and a marketing & promotion writer. If you have an unlisted skill set that you feel may be beneficial for a project such as this, then please let me know.

Peace
Mike Gregoire
Founder/Curator blocSonic.com

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blocsonic on 11/01/2012 at 03:35PM

Public Enemy producer C-Doc bum rushes blocSonic and Free Music Archive!

David 'C-Doc' Snyder

It’s been quite a year for blocSonic. We released our 100th release. So far we’ve released a staggering 34 releases and we’re not done with 2012 yet! We welcomed a few new artists to our humble netlabel and a number of them were new to Creative Commons licensing.

Among the CC newbies is C-Doc, a man who wears many hats… director, producer, MC & musician. As producer and director, he’s had the opportunity to work with one of the biggest names in hip-hop… Public Enemy. Among the work he’s done for PE is what’s become a modern classic from their post Def Jam era, “Superman’s Black In The Building”. He not only produced the song, but he directed the video, as well. Check it out below:

You can also find tracks of his on both PE albums released this year “Most Of My Heroes STILL Don’t Appear on NO Stamp” and “The Evil Empire of Everything”. Check them out below:



We were psyched this year when Doc showed interest in re-releasing a project of his that didn’t originally receive the attention it deserved. That project was for his and partner in rhyme Tirade’s LOWdown. In May their album dumpTRUCK received the Xtended Edition treatment and got released at blocSonic with a bonus disc of material from that album’s sessions.

We were even happier to find out that he wanted to release a new solo album! That album, “Divided We Stand” along with it’s four singles were finally released this past month and contain a stunning array of hip-hop for the discerning listener. Real hip-hop, my friends. You definitely shouldn’t sleep.

As with all our free releases, the LOWdown and C-Doc releases all made their way to the FMA. Below are a few highlights. Thanks for listening!

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