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    • CommentAuthorEvJ
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2009
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    I'm in the process of applying for a place on a digital music MSc starting this (northern hemisphere) autumn. I've cleared the first hurdle, convincing the course director that I'm worth giving a place to. Unfortunately, I don't have an undergraduate degree, so if I'm to get the place the director has to have some more convincing "evidence" of my suitability with which to persuade (presumably) the admissions board than just the couple of tracks I sent him. What I'm planning on doing is signing up with various online music distribution services and radio stations, things like iTunes and Last.fm, or less famous version of the same. I want to have a convincing list of urls to send to anyone who needs to be reassured of my abilities, while gaining the veneer of respectability that comes with a number of different distribution channels carrying my music.

    I have a few weeks to play with while the on-paper application process proceeds, and I'm going to spend that time polishing up some older material and finishing off my current work. What I'm asking is, does anyone have experience of doing this kind of thing that they'd like to share? Recommendations of services that are quick to set up and will look good, and even net labels, if that might work. I'm quite ignorant of the processes involved, so even a little help would be much appreciated, as would be warnings of unforseen pitfalls. If the services would be useful in the future when I have more material to post, and a nascent career rather than a uni application, that would be a bonus.

    The style of the music is broadly electronic, if that helps, but it doesn't adhere to any particular genre, because I can't seem to stick to one for very long.The uni is in the UK, so anything not accessible from there is not useful. Commercial sites are better for my purposes than free music exchanges, though they'd be welcome too. I can post a sample of the music if anyone needs to think about it from that point of view.

    Thanks, everyone.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2009 edited
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    You could try Dead Channel, I've never sent anything to them myself but they're an awesome label who give their stuff away for free. I'm thinking of getting something similar up and running, not sure if it would be in time to help with your application, but I'd still like to hear some tracks... hit me up, email address is on my account.
    • CommentAuthorEvJ
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2009
     (5450.3)
    texture, even if Dead Channel won't take my stuff, I'll be listening to them a lot. Thanks for the link, it's just the kind of thing I was hoping for. I'm going to host some of my music over the next day or two and link to it here, rather than email it. There's a 1GB limit on the hosting, so hopefully hundreds of thousands won't deluge me and cost me bandwidth charges...

    If you get anything on the go, post it here and I'm in.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2009
     (5450.4)
    Have a quick look here, and here. Both sites to be updated / revised soon to handle more download-oriented, free-oriented type of stuff. Major work in progress though, might be a few months. Keep in touch.
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    Just upload it to Demonoid, the Pirate Bay, and share some Rapidshare links on 4chan. Everybody knows more people get music that way…
    • CommentAuthorEvJ
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2009
     (5450.6)
    texture, a few months is a bit too long to wait. I'll need this to be done by the end of April, and faster if possible. But I will keep an eye on the site.

    Baby steps, there's a last.fm page now. Very Sharp Knives. There are only two tracks up to begin with, and the compression ruins the room effects, but it's a start.

    Any more thoughts anyone?
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    upload to last.fm

    as long as you use the artist & album structure, you have a free hosting way of people hearing your music.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2009
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    If you want to put your music on iTMS, Amazon et al., there's always TuneCore.

    MySpace is a godawful pustule of a system, but it does have 100 million registered users, which is nothing to scoff at.

    I also second the recommendation for last.fm, as well as the torrents. Free music = word-of-mouth + goodwill. Oh, and if you do put the tracks up for free download, don't skimp out on the bitrate. Bandwidth is not usually a problem these days, and believe me, people will moan about the sound quality of free music.
    • CommentAuthorEvJ
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2009
     (5450.9)
    a godawful pustule of a system

    Well put. Apparently "all the kids" are on myspace these days, and I'll have to bite the bullet and do it...

    Last FM is done, as I posted above, but I don't think torrents will spread word of mouth fast enough. I'm starting form a standstill, and have to have this done by the end of April. I also need the veneer of respectability that might sway an admissions board, and torrents don't really provide that (in that admissions boards can't really be counted on to have a clue about them) . TuneCore sounds great, I'll read up on them. I may alternatively just sign up to the services they connect to myself.

    The Uni now tells me they want sixty minutes of music in a few weeks. I have much more than sixty minutes hanging around, but it's a lot to polish up and master in a short time. I will be working hard over the next few weeks...