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pyrdiscos on 02/01/2017 at 05:40PM

netlabel interview project update

Hello netlabelers and everyone interested in netaudio, free culture, open culture, etc.

I just wanted to let you all know that I have begun adding the interviews from this project here: 

https://netlabelinterviewproject.wordpress.com/

There are 18 interviews there as of today, including the following labels: 45 Echoes Sounds, 56kbps, Absence of Wax, Anything Records, Audiotalaia, Breathe Compilations, Comfort Stand, Control Valve, Dusted Wax Kingdom, Etched Traumas, Impulsive Habitat, M.I.S.T. Records, Nebular Silence, Spettro Records, Treetrunk, Underpolen, Vuzh Music, Webbed Hand. 

If you would like to participate, there is still time. This is an open-ended project without any deadlines. You can find the questions here. Feel free to copy, paste, answer and send them to me at pyrdiscos@gmail.com

I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to participate, to read, and to share. Thank you!!!

Best,
Keith

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pyrdiscos on 11/21/2016 at 03:13PM

netlabel interview / history project

Hello there. In addition to running the pan y rosas discos netlabel, I am also an archivist and community history nerd. For a while now I have been thinking about documenting and archiving netlabels, the culture of netlabels and the work that goes into them. After struggling to come up with a perfect solution I finally decided to abandon the perfect and just start with some questions. A text based interview is better than nothing and much more realistic in terms of what I have time and capacity to do. It is also the least difficult for participants! I hope. 

So, do you run a netlabel? Or did you run a netlabel? Or do you know someone who did, or does? What you do is important and I want to hear from you!

Although I run a netlabel, I am by no means an expert on netlabels and I want to make sure I cover as many scenes, regions, voices and perspectives as possible. I would like to know if there are any topics or questions you think should be included in this project going forward. And if you have any leads on other people working to document the history and culture of netlabels, I would be grateful to learn about them. 

I envision the end result of this project to be an online archive - website or blog - containing all the interviews. Possibly also a printed zine or something. But, the most important thing right now is to capture the information.

What follows is an overview and the questions. Please feel free to share this wherever you feel is applicable! Thank you netlabelers!

Netlabel Survey / Interview / Archive Project
November 2016.

Please return answers to Keith Helt at pyrdiscos@gmail.com

The purpose of this interview is to document the history and culture of netlabels. The responses will serve as a resource for researchers and anyone interested in the topic. As such, the responses will be made public in some way - as a website, a zine or something else. By answering the questions and sending them back you are consenting to your responses being made public, please keep that in mind.

For the purpose of this project I am defining a netlabel as a label that distributes music without a physical version and for free. I am aware that some labels do both, or began as a netlabel and transformed into a paid label or vice versa. If you run a label that began as a netlabel but isn’t one anymore or if you run a hybrid label, I’d still like to hear about your experiences running the netlabel portion of your label.

I know there are a lot of questions, but there is no deadline to this project. So take as long as you need to answer them.

I also want to say, please feel free to write your answers in the language you are most comfortable with. I do not want to privilege english responses just because that is my first language.

If you feel uncomfortable with any question, you are not obligated to answer it.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Questions after the jump:

 


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cheyenne_h on 06/15/2016 at 12:27PM

Radio Free Culture #68: For The Love Of Sound, Erik Schoster

Photo by Bryan Teoh. Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts.

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, was joined by Erik Schoster, musician, former netlabel runner, and new addition to the project team for Audience Engine, a project currently underway that seeks to create open source tools for media organizations and libraries. He's also helping with the Free Music Archive! 

You can find out more about his music here and here, his netlabel LuvSound, or the man himself here.

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes!

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netlabelday on 05/21/2016 at 03:07AM

New compilation!

I didn't know exactly how to let you know about this, but yes... We're making a new promo compilation for FMA with music from the participating labels and it will be amazing. As you may know, this isn't the first time that we do something like this, because last year we made a lovely compilation (that you can download right here).

I can't tell you yet when it will be released, but... June. That's all you have to know by now.

 

Cheers, everyone. Remember that Netlabel Day 2016 is happening once again on July 14, but every day can be Netlabel Day. Support them and show your love to them!

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cheyenne_h on 03/02/2016 at 03:27PM

Curator Highlight: Black Planet Records

Black Planet Records is a Serbian independent alternative DIY (do it yourself) label and FMA curator whose aim is to promote diverse music and forward-thinking artists from Serbia and the Balkans, especially their hometown Niš. The label was formed by Serbian industrial pioneers Figurative Theatre and Crocodile Tears. In their own words:

”We had plenty of our own music, and a lot of interesting people around us who have made interesting music, so we wanted to archive it all in one place. FMA seemed like a great place because it skipped all the mediators. We also have all the releases in higher quality on our bandcamp page (https://blackplanetrecords.bandcamp.com/). We decided that music we release music should be free (under CC licence) as a karmic debt payoff. :)

Our releases gained praises from underground music critics from regional music sites, webzines and Black Planet attracted some of the most eminent alternative artists from the area (Borghesia, Nikola Vranjković, Mizar, Goribor etc.) – even though it is a non-profit organization. We also record video and radio shows, organize concerts, book DJ nights, and produce other cultural events in our hometown.

Each of us has done a lot of research in music and always encountered something really good that was from our area. After a few of our own releases, we came up with the idea that it was time for a compilation that would be a cross section of the music and vibe that we represent and that represents the environment that we live in - and so it was.

 

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