pages

2010-03-31

starfrosch it!

The "Copy feast" sampler is a compilation which netwaves published on the occasion of its 3-day festival 'Kopiefeest' in favour of free and open culture.

Now, you have the opportunity, after 6 months of residency on Starfrosch to vote the album to the frontpage, where it will receive immortal eternality.

Just surf to its Starfrosch release page, and simply click on the star.
Then, one day, i will click on your release's star.

why music sounds worse nowadays

While supermarkets used to play 'muzak', nowadays they blow me and my caddy away with their overcompressed shit: well, it's good for my wallet.

Click on the image to read an instructive article about 'The Loudness Wars' in npr-music.



full poster of 'A Visual History Of Loudness' by Christopher Clark

Jamendo's playlist of the week

  
Free music for professional licensing


2010-03-28

don't miss these!

A few albums struck netwaves' ears: don't miss them, and share them with your friends.

If you're into post-rock, dig this album by 'Korine Conception' - "Glow In Transparancy Aurora" (on BFW Recordings):


If you're an old-skool electro addict, dig this album by this young guy from St. Petersburg 'Neonicle' - "Synthetic Voodoo Night" (on Russian Techno)


If you want some adventurous Oriental influenced, hip-hopish, dubstepish dub, then you will definitely love the album by 'Metastaz' - "Orient Dub Express" (on Tazart Music Label)


Finally, share this album with the younger in your family: 'postom' - "teaching manual" (on Bump Foot)



"Intellectual Property is the oil of the 21st century"

an old project:


2010-03-27

China blocks Archive.org?


On his netlabelsite ZhangJW, who is the netlabel owner of the Bypass Netlabel, wonders aloud if his mother country China blocks the Internet Archive for its citizens. He also notices that his blog which resides on Blogspot/Blogger (owned by Google) is unreachable for himself.

He's afraid things are going the wrong way these days in China: "That's what happend in China. Everyday Chinese people's Internet activity under the control of Golden Shield Project, with stringent surveillance and freedom limited. If you try to type a keyword "BBC news" on google.com and trying to visit the results, well then yours google access will be blocking immediately."

Zhang concludes: " "St. Augustine said "An unjust law is no law at all and, it can thus be no crime to violate" Well, that exactly is what i will going to do."

via noCo...mment

Relisten to netwaves in China (unfortunetaly no Bypass stuff).






a new commercial platform for CC-music

From Germany comes this new business model for the commercial use of Creative Commons licensed music: PRIMA.fm.

Their scope is to "enable musicians and labels to earn money from the commercial use of their music while they remain free to decide about its non-commercial use and the licensing to third parties."

They want to offer a full alternative for hotels, bars, caf�s, retailers, gyms, media-agencies, production-studios, ...

Amongst the initiators we recognise Saskia from the netlabel-brasserie "das Breipott" (which recently moved to a new address in Berlin), and Volker Tripp, co-owner of the iD.EOLOGY netlabel.

2010-03-25

Jamendo time

  
Free music for professional licensing

new episode with a zest of dubstep


Netwaves plays the best recent netlabel tunes on 220/230 volt. This week with a focus on dubstep.

Downloadpage of the compilation and podcast.

Listen to [nws137] netwaves 4.23:

.

Subscribe in iTunes

Playlist:

1 She's sleeping - Ocoeur
2 Aurora - Sephirot
3 The Emperor feat. Mc Miscellaneous - Metastaz
4 Distress Call - Below Bangkok
5 Bloody Dream - Digidep
6 Hole - Molez
7 Bass Rebel Front (Bonus track) - Normaa
8 Final Frontier from Beyond K's Remix - Wahn
9 Orillas industriales - Pisu
10 OTAN VS Nature - Normaa
11 Badness Can't Work - baroquedub
12 Detras del ultimo no va nadie - Kebiin




2010-03-21

the Open Library redesign

The Open Library project aims to create a web based catalogue of all books available, with the ability to add and correct books and add libraries to the records.

The Open Library announces the next step, a revamp of their website:
"We’re very excited to announce the “soft launch” of our brand new Open Library site! This is version 1 of a reconstructed Open Library, and we’re going to keep it “soft” at a special URL until we’re sure it’s stable enough to make the final transition to openlibrary.org. We’re hoping that will happen soon."

Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, and has been funded in part by a grant from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.

2010-03-20

essential classics

from the vaults:

"So, why record-stores? Why collecting-societes and distributors? Why the n-th copy of your average pop-trash? Why launch-parties with champagne and caviar-appetizers? Does music need an industry? Or does an industry merely use music?

Start the download ... and decide for yourselves."

Or, as Dirty Harry would say:
"But being as this is the 25th iDEOLOGY release, the most powerful netlabel in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?"

Release page to [iD.025] Never mind the industry ... here�s iD.EOLOGY

here is our subjective list, what are your favorites?:

1 You go without me - NK
2 Oscillar-controlled voltage - Dual Perception
3 Bungaloo - Broke Lovers Sextet
4 Walkman Song 2.1 - Broke Gringos
5 The Revolution - Ate One
6 Blackboard Jungle Dub - Disrupt
7 Beam of Life - Bangguru

your toaster's favorites

Netwaves plays what your toaster likes: crispy electronics with a zest of hip-hop.

Again, we offer this episode not only as a podcast, but we upload also the seperate tunes: this way you have a weekly netlabel compilation.

Download them seperately at the netwaves episode page, or download podcast and tunes in 1 zip file.

You like it or not? well, let me know:
e m a i l: input @ netwaves.org .

Download or listen to [nws136] netwaves 4.22:

.

Subscribe in iTunes

Playlist:

1 She's sleeping - Ocoeur
2 black and white negatives - KaostapesKain
3 Key to pleasure - F.AN
4 tHe uNdErToW - Awaycaboose
5 Laxative - Chud
6 Breakfast with Jesus - Digi G'Alessio
7 No Rap, No Reggae - Padawin
8 Sale - Da Krew
9 Colapso - Andreia Dacal
10 crystallinity dub - dj def
11 Dementia - Niedermeier & Whitehead
12 dirty sheets - walker barnard




2010-03-19

2010-03-12

those magnificent slow beats

This episode is full of slow beats, and convincing melodic ambient sounds. Netwaves has already nominated 2 releases as essentials of 2010: Hoax and Mon0.

Again, as a way of testing, i've included the original tracks, so you don't have to listen to the Dutch talks in between. This way you have a weekly netlabel compilation.

Download them at the netwaves episode page.
Let me know what you think about it:
e m a i l: input @ netwaves.org .


Download or listen to [nws135] netwaves 4.21:

.

Subscribe in iTunes

Playlist:

1 Groovemospherica - Slow noise
2 Ka7 - Uchujin
3 Fluxosphere - Kosmonaut
4 radiator - lilliehorn
5 December's Shadows - Iambic
6 Fusion - mon0
7 Crash - Hoax
8 Progress - Hoax




het einde van de cd - deel 3

nieuwe stop motion clip van Zjef Crabb� & Arne Van Eyken:





het einde van de cd - deel 3



2010-03-10

Jamendo saved!

Sylvain, one of the founders of Jamendo, came up with good news (on 17th of feb., not so recent, sorry, but i have not enough time): Jamendo got a new partner which is 'able to secure the financial future'. Together with the announcement, Sylvain also promises new improvements: removing of all ads, more openess and interaction, better release process, .torrents with open trackers, a special forum for ogg, ...
Read the whole announcement on Jamendo's forum.
I hope to meet these guys once on one of the following netaudio festivals (Berlin or Lissabon).

2010-03-08

shit de la shit!


"Six of the most original netlabels have teamed up for one release � each label presenting three of their favorite tracks from their own catalog � to celebrate the idea of free music, and to simply bring you the shit de la shit!

Up it up (Italy, Germany, U.K.), Ego Twister (France), Peppermill (Canada), Proot (France), Cock Rock Disco (Germany) and WM Recordings (Netherlands) share similar backgrounds and philosophies, and they are proud to present their "Greatest it"." Download 'it' from the mothership, the Internet Archive.

Listen to Rafter with "Long Ago, A Rodent As Big As A Bull Lurked In South America":



cc:by-nc-nd

2010-03-07

vinyl kills the mp3 industry


a classical one: the cover of Even Tuell's "Power Of Needles" (netlabel Broque)


2 essentials

Last month 2 albums have caught my attention, because of their search for the borders of minimal drones, resulting in intriguing slow trance with layers of ambient and soft techno beats. Supreme dubtech in sloooowmotion.



mon0 - Monoplex: Fusion (cc:by-nc-nd)


Download

Hoax - The Insomnia: Lament for Techno (cc:by-sa)


Download

This reminds me of the legendary 'metal box' (1979) from P.I.L., where one announced the end of punk and the beginning of post-punk new-wave, by dissecting the remains of 70's rock and disco beats, and resorting these elements into a whole new genre.

Hoax and Mono are also dissecting techno-beats and ambient noises to create a new experience, a kind of relaxing slow trance. There are no references at all to the overproduced, overcompressed mainstream 'alternative' rock that comes out of the commercialised, overmarketed radiostations. On the contrary this is the opposite of the allday radio-noise, and for me this is the perfect reaction against the over-commercialised mainstream alternative rock and its guitar cliches. I call it post-punk 2.0, whereby the DIY philosophy of punk is reactivated, this time with simple, quiet drones in 'monoplex' structures.

These are not masterpieces, but these are very strong, important signals from something that's happening. This is possible thanks to all the netlabels and artists and their engagement in music rather than business.




2 essentials

Last month 2 albums have caught my attention, because of their search for the borders of minimal drones, resulting in intriguing slow trance with layers of ambient and soft techno beats. Supreme dubtech in sloooowmotion.



mon0 - Monoplex: Fusion


Hoax - The Insomnia: Crash


This reminds me of the legendary 'metal box' (1979) from P.I.L., where one announced the end of punk and the start of post-punk new-wave, by dissecting the remains of 70's rock and disco beats, and resorting these elements into a whole new genre.

Hoax and Mono are also dissecting techno-beats and ambient noises to create a new experience, a kind of relaxing slow trance. There are no references at all to the overproduced, overcompressed mainstream 'alternative' rock that comes out of the commercialised, overmarketed radiostations. On the contrary this is the opposite of the allday radio-noise, and for me this is the perfect reaction against the over-commercialised mainstream alternative rock and its guitar cliches. I call it post-punk 2.0, whereby the DIY philosophy of punk is reactivated, this time with simple, quiet drones in 'monoplex' structures.

These are not masterpieces, but these are very strong, important signals from something that's happening. This is possible thanks to all the netlabels and artists and their engagement in music rather than business.

2010-03-04

what the funk!

This week netwaves digs in netlabels' funky shit. Let's shake these free butts!

As a way of testing, i've included the original tracks on the respective archive.org page, so you don't have to listen to the Dutch talks in between. This way you have a kind of a "Best of this week netlabel tunes".

Though i'm still figuring out the presentation: 1 zip file or several files? the discussion is open. Let me know what you think about it:
e m a i l: input @ netwaves.org .




This one is also something experimental: i've put the 'listen to' audio file in the new html5 tags, looking like this (link html5 doctor):

<audio controls >
<source src="link.ogg" />
<source src="link.mp3" />
</audio>





































Browsers supported:
Browser Ogg Vorbis MP3 WAV
FireFox 3.5 ? ?
Safari 4 ? ?
Chrome 3 (beta) ? ?
Opera 10 (beta) ?





So, here's the magic player in brandnew html5 (if you don't see any player, just buy a new computer):
Download or listen to [nws134] netwaves 4.20:

.

Subscribe in iTunes

Playlist:

1 Step Up (Feat. Arnossi) - Titus Twelve
2 Dont You Know Who I Am? - Swin Deorin
3 Luces LED - DrXL
4 Fakerska Zika - Enggenier
5 Ion Funnel - Sudio
6 verso ?sin esfuerzo? - menuda coincidencia
7 The Glass Bead Game - Sephirot
8 Believe - Flux & Vega
9 By Any Means - Small Radio
10 Freeze The Cut (Opolopo's Emotional Draft Remix) - Comfort Fit
11 Technician (Preview) - Das Blaue Monster

what the funk!

This week netwaves digs in netlabels' funky shit. Let's shake these free butts!

As a way of testing, i've included the original tracks on the respective archive.org page, so you don't have to listen to the Dutch talks in between. This way you have a kind of a "Best of this week netlabel tunes".

Though i'm still figuring out the presentation: 1 zip file or several files? the discussion is open. Let me know what you think about it:
e m a i l: input @ netwaves.org .




This one is also something experimental: i've put the 'listen to' audio file in the new html5 tags, looking like this (link html5 doctor):

<audio controls autobuffer>
<source src="link.ogg" />
<source src="link.mp3" />
</audio>





































Browsers supported:
Browser Ogg Vorbis MP3 WAV
FireFox 3.5 ? ?
Safari 4 ? ?
Chrome 3 (beta) ? ?
Opera 10 (beta) ?





So, here's the magic player in brandnew html5 (if you don't see any player, just buy a new computer):
Download or listen to [nws134] netwaves 4.20:
.

Subscribe in iTunes

Playlist:

1 Step Up (Feat. Arnossi) - Titus Twelve
2 Dont You Know Who I Am? - Swin Deorin
3 Luces LED - DrXL
4 Fakerska Zika - Enggenier
5 Ion Funnel - Sudio
6 verso ?sin esfuerzo? - menuda coincidencia
7 The Glass Bead Game - Sephirot
8 Believe - Flux & Vega
9 By Any Means - Small Radio
10 Freeze The Cut (Opolopo's Emotional Draft Remix) - Comfort Fit
11 Technician (Preview) - Das Blaue Monster

souvenir from Berlin

As a kind of souvenir, Tropic's D.Soul has rereleased the special compilation his netlabel offered at Berlin's netaudio fair. Tropic had created 50 limited compilation cds that they gave away for free at the festival. Now, by popular demand, you can download and listen to some typical Tropic stuff, ranging from microhouse to chill house.

My favourite track is the disco-nouveau from Andreas Heiszenberger 'Feel so A' (sorry no link, it's part of a zip-file).
Go to Tropic extra release page.















2010-03-03

new kid on the blog

well, euh ..., new (first blog says 'Mai 27, 2009') = i just encountered this blog / i don't know anything more than this; but it looks promising? Let's have a look (German only):

netlabels.cc

2010-03-02

ears wanted

According to Electronic Music Anonymous these are a few more 'amazing net labels':

"I can't get enough Dub Techno. Recently I came across some amazing net labels that make the majority of their albums free to download under a creative commons license. Most of the releases share similar qualities to the artists found on Echocord, and provide many hours of late listening pleasure and throbbing kick drums. Great to see such amazing collections of music forming in very different parts of the world.

Istanbul, Turkey - http://www.sublimeporte.net/
Smolensk, Russia - http://www.cismsound.net/
Vancouver, British Columbia - http://www.silentseason.com/

My favorite artist of the lot is Ohrwert http://ohrwert.blogspot.com/
This video of him doing his thing explains why. Plus most of its analog. Wish I had hardware."



After reading this exciting news - i'm also a dubtech fan - i'm going to the ear-shop to buy some extra ears.
What i want to say, is that there's nowadays an explosion of new netlabels and netlabelism. The difference with 5 years ago is that recent netlabels are getting more professional and finding an 'identity', but this needs also a few extra professional ears ... help! Maybe somebody can lend some ears?