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Well then i'll try to keep you up to date here ;D.

TDRS artists, music and related topics / Re: Hey Travis, what's new?
« on: April 25, 2017, 09:20:03 PM »
Hey, Thanks for your interest. Iíd say from the looks of this place little has changed. Weíve talked about this before. Basically itís the indy music business has so radically changed, the way people hear, buy and distribute music, that the little label I started and did somewhat well for the last 20 years no longer can operate the way it used to. It costs more to record and produce music then it can make. Simple as that. I still make music for myself and produce and play on other peoples records. Because it all comes out of my pocket the pace has slowed to when I have the free time to work on stuff. I still have a record Iíve been working on with Vince DiCola, itís a great record but its production has to come after I pay for the lights and rent. Same with the record with DJ. Iím still making records with my brother, DJ and Paul ill. We have a couple more songs Iíll post soon. The thing you posted with Bob is something Iím recording for him, heíll tell you about it when the time is right.  I just recorded the basic tracks with Vince DiCola and Rick Livingstone for a project called SagAstar weíre getting to the overdub stage now. Iíll try to make a little more effort to post here just so anyone who looks here once in a while can get updates. But I would encourage anyone interested to friend me on Facebook, I tend to post news there more than here just because more people have eyes there then here now.

I don't know for sure, Perceval Press did the pressing but I would think 500 or less.

All said i do think this will all get worked out. This is a transition period. I don't blame the downloader anymore than taking fruit off a tree thats out in public or even not so public. It's human nature. I blame the service providers and the lack of repect for intellectual property, actually not respect but consequences with teeth. It will be up to congress to address the problems of copyright issues that addressed the circumstances of decades ago. Then i think it will be a matter of ISPs being responsible for content that passes through their pipeline and streaming services paying a fair share to the creators of their content.

Yes, I'm always working on something. I do have a handful of projects that I would love to finish and I'm working on some new things as well. The inactivity here is completely related to the death of the CD. Without the revenue from CD sales there is no money to pay for musicians, the studio or the manufacture of hard copies of anything including back catalog. That leaves artists to do the least expensive option for producing music and whatever works in terms of distributing it and not much does. So that has slowed everything. Collaborations means those meager earnings are split to the point of why bother. So it's kind of been every man for themselves. The last CD i released and probably really the "last" CD was Requiem and that probably never will recoup expenses. Viggo continues to release hard copies because he likes to and can. I've enjoyed the vinyl LP process but there is no way it will save the music business. Unlike a lot of my musician and music professional friends, I am still here. I manage keep the doors open but a lot and I mean most of the production studios around me are gone. In the meantime, because it's what I do, I will continue to record and film music, I just don't know what I'm going to do with it.

Probably not. The T-shirts we used to have were left overs from tours. I don't think they even made t-shirts for this years tour.


Viggo and I just finished our first venture into the world of vinyl.
This is a compilation of tracks remastered from other releases for vinyl. There is one original track just for this release. Mostly Viggo on solo piano but Buckethead and I play on a few tracks. There are just a few hundred of these pressed and as Viggo likes to do, will probably not be repressed. Just a guess on my part but like "One Less Thing To Worry About" this will probably be a collectors item. Pressed on high quality vinyl, 17 songs, double LP set. More information here:!/Viggo-Mortensen-double-vinyl-LP-Seventeen-Odd-Songs/p/68031187/category=818120.

Lindy's new EP is now available on CD for $10 and available for download on Bandcamp for $6 here:!/Lindy-Dickerson-Rubber-and-Bolts-download/p/50090174/category=818126

TDRS artists, music and related topics / Re: Thanatopsis "Requiem"
« on: August 19, 2015, 12:37:35 AM »
We stalled at just a few above 100.  That means i didn't end up out of pocket to press them. Unfortunately many fewer then i had hoped but i wasn't totally shocked given the state of CD sales and music sales in general.

TDRS artists, music and related topics / Re: Travis-Live Shows?
« on: July 17, 2015, 01:58:09 PM »
One of the reasons we started doing live in studio videos is any interst in seeing us live is spead pretty thinnley outside the LA area. We have thought of doing some live stuff here recently, it would be fun. Thanks for the interst.

TDRS artists, music and related topics / Re: Thanatopsis "Requiem"
« on: June 08, 2015, 05:10:43 PM »
Thanks to you, almost 100. A few to go and the pressing is paid for. I would not hold my breath on the next milestone however.

TDRS artists, music and related topics / Re: Axiology Repress?
« on: May 11, 2015, 07:22:48 PM »
I'm talking about here. Cd sales here. No lie, I can assure you!

TDRS artists, music and related topics / Re: Axiology Repress?
« on: May 03, 2015, 04:15:53 PM »
Just to beat a dead horse a little longer. For those that say money is in touring here's a good read:

Most musicians I know, it doesn't pay to take a band on the road. iPod back up sound familiar?

She talks about streaming in the article too.  10 years ago in my Artist support page I mentioned the ISPs will have to take some responsibility for copyrights. I think the Youtube model might be the way.  It's needs to pay a hell of a lot better but the way it works now is like file sharing, anyone can upload anything. The artist has the option to have it taken down or monetize it. In the case of Youtube ads are placed on your copyrighted stuff and you are paid revenue. It works because the finger printing that recognizes songs identifies the copyright. Just like Facebook can use facial recognition to identify you in a picture someday posts of you.  I can image ISP identifying copyrighted files as they  in anyway pass through an ISP.  Then a fraction of a cent would be paid to the copyright holder, either by billing the ISP account holder or more Netfix like, working it into the monthly fee.  Now it wouldn't matter who uploads what where. It's a global library monetized by the ISP using file recognition software. If everybody who downloads any copyrighted file paid a fraction of a cent for it, it could be a bargain for the consumer and add up for the copyright holder.

TDRS artists, music and related topics / Re: Axiology Repress?
« on: May 02, 2015, 08:42:46 PM »
Mulder, Im just riffing off our conversation. I know your a software developer and you know all this stuff so I'm not really addressing you but I get asked about this a lot and I'm just taking advantage of this thread to vent. You and I may be from the same generation and I feel the same as you about  a lot of this. HoweverÖ.

It's true this site and in fact most independent music relies on the networking of fans. I don't need to reach all the fans here at this site, just enough so that it networks to other fan sites, forums, Facebook and so on. We have always worked that way and without a label thats the only hope. If I can't spread the word by networking it means I have no fan base, no interest in what I'm doing. As I said before, I know the word is out, just Google Thanatopsis Requiem and you get page after page of the CD posted on download sites all over the world, bless their hearts for spreading the word. This isn't just about this CD. All CD sales are down to nothing, touring band or not. Downloads are down over last year globally as well.

I was really speaking more universally about the music business than here locally about the trends, though I see the same things here. I had just finished a few articles on Forbes about them. Like it or not there is no doubt that streaming in the next few years will be the dominate means of music delivery it's already half way there. You will stream to your computer, mobile devise, car , shower head, everywhere. No worries about transporting anything, everything will be networked. Not just music, the cloud is here, video, gaming, music, applications absolutely everything. World corporations don't want you owning anything, they want you to suckle the pipe and pay for the service. Don't pay, no pipe.
There is already a universal cloud library with all the music ever recorded, one stop shopping. It's called file sharing and the price is right. If there is any hope for making money off music it has to compete with that.

I know I'm sounding a bit jaded but really I'm not. None of this is new, I've been posting about this for years. I'm only speaking about it now because we started talking about re-pressing CDs and this comes up often.  This is all part of a global revolution that will sort it self out. Its one of many technological revolutions that came before. Try to find a good tube radio, icebox, or powdered wig. I'm old enough to say I had a good run. I made my living in the music business and will work to retirement. I don't think that can be done any longer for someone starting out.

Really it will come down to the value of intellectual property rights and finding a way for people who create things to make some of the money everyone else is making off their creations. That will make for a healthy music economey.

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