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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby NorthWood MediaWorks » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:33 am

Well, it did at first.... I checked out the station a few times in the past couple of days, the stream sounded good. So of course today, I tune in and it was in overdrive mode, nasty distortion... luckily they have a phone number on their website, and I figured we cant have it sounding like sheet, I called, Todd answered!

I nearly fell out of the chair when he said what he did on the air! :lol: Those fellas would be good to share a few brews with!

Ya done good Larry... 8-)

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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby foolomon » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:01 am

Tonight's radio show is now on Bandcamp at http://soundofhumanity.bandcamp.com . Thanks to Robin for recording it in the first place, and thanks to Bandcamp for providing unlimited bandwidth for streaming and a maximum filesize that exceeds the largest of the chunks that I uploaded. :lol:
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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby Strophoid » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:26 am

Nice work chaps. Will listen to the recording this afternoon!
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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby foolomon » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:35 pm

Jeff wrote:Hi Larry: Just linked to your page on my company's page - Knitting Fever INC ---- which is mostly independent fiber artists & enthusiasts. I felt they might be interested in the music & donating. Hope it gives you a 'bump'.


I wrote:Thanks! We already received 2 new Likes this morning so hopefully that came from your efforts.

Did you listen to the radio show last night? Tom Zartler (the mastering engineer) was texting me mid-show and said I should drink more coffee next time. LMAO


Jeff wrote:We have nearly 90,000 fans on facebook ... so I hope maybe you get a few hundred likes :)


These are the types of messages I like to see. We already received 4 new Likes to the page, which I am assuming is due to Jeff's efforts!
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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby Strophoid » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:12 pm

Shared it around a bit. Don't use facebook myself but I'll get some people to like it :)
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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby Sherz » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:38 am

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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby foolomon » Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:37 pm

T minus 1 day! :D

Spread the word!

Individual tracks are $1.00. Buy the entire album (8 tracks) for $7.00! Of course, if you or your friends want to pay more Bandcamp will let you do that too. :mrgreen:
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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby foolomon » Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:04 am

Tom wrote:Hello Everyone,

The first collection has been completed. Have a listen to them if ya like. Since we had such a vast range of genre, I separated songs of similar genres so that both discs would bare similarities to each other. I didn't get crazy with the mastering process. I just did some spatial and a few different ways of eqing using static and dynamic eqing, various types of compression and compressors as well as limiting. Some songs like Lenny's, Robin's and Nicola's needed very little where others I spent some more time on them to make them a little more playful to the ears. Have a listen to your song if it is in the first collection. If for some reason you disagree with my decisions when you listen back to your song let me know. I know this is short notice, but I need to know asap since we go live tomorrow.

Overall, i am very happy with how the first collection turned out in layout of the songs on into the treatments I gave them. Level-wise, I used the most compressed song (Lenny!! ya gotta back off homie :) ) as the barometer of where the other songs would be raised to, which wound up averaging around 10db of dynamic range. The cool thing is, you can strap a compressor on pretty much any of the songs and squash them more and they still sound good which is a good barometer that the songs took well to the treatments so I was able to balance things spectrally pretty well in the short time I had with them all which was about 4-6 hours including the 2-album song layouts.

That is all. I hope you are all happy and have a great weekend. Cheers to the group effort we have here.

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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby wodehouse » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:35 am

Hello - is there any other way to hear the songs - rather than Box?

I ask because, as you know, I've been unable to access the folder on their site (owing to some permission error) and even now, if I try to log in it, I end up in a constant loop asking for me to enter my email address. When I do enter my email address, it asks me to enter it again (owing to not being valid!!!) - I use the email address all the time and have never had issues with it for 18 years.

It would be good to hear what everyone has been contributing.

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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby foolomon » Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:41 pm

The album will be live today. You'll be able to stream from Bandcamp for free. You only pay for the tracks if you want to download them.
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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby foolomon » Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:33 pm

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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby wodehouse » Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:44 pm

Excellent - I've listened to all of Vol 1. What a great job on the mastering side of things. Mind you, the quality of songs possibly made it easy anyway!

Great work folks and for a good cause.
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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby wodehouse » Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:45 pm

When is Vol2 available?
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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby foolomon » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:47 pm

The date for volume 2 is yet to be decided. Tom thinks it mayyyyy be possible to do it 2 weeks from today, but he didn't want to commit to it until after he had a chance to look at his studio schedule.

Don't worry: I'll be sure to post the date here.

And...we already have our first purchase of the entire album. They donated $10.00 instead of the minimum of $7.00. :party:
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Re: IMPORTANT: Album to Benefit Sandy Relief Efforts

Postby Strophoid » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:44 pm

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Re: Hope Springs Eternal (Vols 1 and 2) - NOW WITH SALES FIGURES

Postby foolomon » Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:31 pm

Disappointing first day.

I will be updating the first post in this discussion with daily sales figures.
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Re: Hope Springs Eternal (Vols 1 and 2) - NOW WITH SALES FIGURES

Postby foolomon » Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:15 pm

I should have done this from the get-go. Thanks to Philter for the suggestion.

We are now on Twitter as @humanusic. Follow us that way or via #sandyrelief or #hopesprings .
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Re: Hope Springs Eternal (Vols 1 and 2) - NOW WITH SALES FIGURES

Postby Strophoid » Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:24 pm

Just shared the whole thing on the EU communities I'm in. We'll see how it goes, but I don't expect too much from it, here in Europe we already forgot about Sandy.
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Re: Hope Springs Eternal (Vols 1 and 2) - NOW WITH SALES FIGURES

Postby foolomon » Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:38 pm

Sadly it seems we have too in the States. :/
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Re: Hope Springs Eternal (Vols 1 and 2) - NOW WITH SALES FIGURES

Postby Guest » Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:42 pm

Unfortunately, if this type of thing isn't done by high profile acts it comes off as being self-promotion more than anything.
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Re: Hope Springs Eternal (Vols 1 and 2) - NOW WITH SALES FIGURES

Postby foolomon » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:51 pm

Not true. I've worked in media companies before. It's not what you're doing but who you know. Our biggest problem right now is the reach of the message. We can promote all we want but unless it gets picked up by media outlets with a decent sized listener / reader / viewer base we aren't going to get a lot of donations.
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Re: Hope Springs Eternal (Vols 1 and 2) - NOW WITH SALES FIGURES

Postby Guest » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:36 pm

Don't get me wrong, wish you guys raised a million dollars. Fact is, though, everything's against it. You won't get the mainstream media because you aren't a big name act. They won't back unknowns just due to the fact of them risking their reps on the unknown. With all of the scammers out there (not implying you are one) they won't take the risk. Add to that all the other major charities with their hands out ahead of you in the line. Add to that the economy which snugs purse strings. Add to that it being the holiday season and people's money is going towards that expense, the list goes on. There's just too much competition for every dollar.
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Re: Hope Springs Eternal (Vols 1 and 2) - NOW WITH SALES FIGURES

Postby foolomon » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:02 am

Agreed on all counts. [Sigh]

It's time to try to coerce my sister-in-law to help out. She's an award winning PR person, but she's flaky unless it's work related. Since we just signed up on Twitter I'll send out a blast to see if I can get some help on the evangelizing of the message.
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Re: Hope Springs Eternal (Vols 1 and 2) - NOW WITH SALES FIGURES

Postby NorthWood MediaWorks » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:44 pm

All we can do is try, better than doing nothing. I've reached out to a few university radio stations locally who are more likely to be willing to broadcast details of our project, but it is a battle to get large media to even look at it. Go for it Larry.... take her for a drive through the worst of the areas.....
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Re: Hope Springs Eternal (Vols 1 and 2) - NOW WITH SALES FIGURES

Postby foolomon » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:53 am

Well she lives in Hoboken so not much convincing needed. But there are historical reasons for her personality that I won't go into here.

Still, I'll try.
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