So with new technology regularly comes speculations of grand new utopic worlds and the death of old ways. iTunes has basically made the industry (or those at least who claim to be "in" the industry) to speculate on if selling albums is worth it anymore. Afterall, you can just jot on over to iTunes (or whatever), download only the songs you like from every artist you like and be done with it!
Of course there are people like that. But they could (and did) buy 45's, cassette singles, and CD singles back in the "old" days. Some people just like buying albums (like me) because they want the full experience. Yes, some bands just produce collections of songs with no real forethought on the "experience" an album will take you on, and that's fine. But longer multi-part experiences are an important part of music and have been for some time. I'm not sure that's going to change! Symphonies were written in movements. Each movement you could say was a "song" and the whole symphony was an "album." It was the same concept. Teevee analogy: singles are the "episodes" and albums are the "season" (or "series" if you are from across the pond).
So anyway, I'm tired of hearing that the album is dead. The CD may be on life support, but the album is not dead. It will just be bought as a chain of singles off the iTunes, to be listened to in a specific order. Is that such a stretch? You can even leave cross fading intact!
Okay so enough babbling. Back to Avian Waves. CD coming soon (I'm serious this time). I finally found a reasonable manufacturing price (via Discmakers) and will be distributing via CD Baby. Let's hope I can make it onto the iTunes and others from that. Cross fades will remain in those versions, so if you buy them there you can run them back to back and get the "album experience" minus the artwork. The SNOCAP order form on my web page is for the "singles" versions where songs will not crossfade.
Of course if you buy the CD, I make more money (support your local starving artist) and you get something tangible to hold onto. It's also better quality.
Now if you are a TRUE audiophile, like me, you will really be excited to hear that all my music will eventually be available via DVD-Audio someday. Not sure when exactly. Not sure anybody cares! But basically the benefit of DVD-A is that it will store the ORIGINAL MASTERS in its full brilliant 96Khz 24-bit clarity. That means no resampling, no dithering, and no loss of quality from the master recordings! I work exclusively in the 24-bit 96Khz domain when recording, processing, and mastering (never leaving that domain for any reason), so listening to those high quality masters is absolutely the best quality recording available for my music. Hit me on the contact page if you are interested in a DVD-A format. It will only play on DVD players, of course (includes your computer). However, unlike CDs, you can losslessly rip the audio and store it and then play it through your media player whenever you want. However, copyright laws prohibit you distributing it (please, I really am a starving artist - feed me).
Yes, if a new high def audio format standard replaces the rarely seen DVD-A. I will embrace it and long as it is not prohibitively expensive.
DVD-A orders will be custom short runs (I anticipate very little demand lol), but for those of us that appreciate the sonic clarity that only high quality analog tape and 96Khz 24-bit (and above) digital audio can bring, it will be a welcome treat.