I decided to offer all my music for which I own the copyrights* for free, now and in the future. “Free” means all music I have on my own label (L2 Music) can be downloaded for as low as zero (all currencies, smiles preferred) or for whatever amount you think is right, in the best possible quality! There are no hooks, eyelets or hidden conditions. There is just music.
You can either stream my music for free via Spotify or stream and/or download at Bandcamp.
*Digital downloads, not physical products, of course. I have no influence on the price of my music that I have signed with other labels, hence I can not offer this for free. But all of my albums are on my own label, and most of my non-dance-music productions.
Of course, I will still do paid remixes (and receive royalties for those), and sign my music to other labels, mostly dance music productions. But music on my own label (my albums etc.) will be free from now on.
Why am I doing this?
It’s simple, really. There is no point in asking you to pay for the download of music files anymore when you can stream it for free already. Those who like to listen to music in top quality (the audiophiles among you), there are the free or pay-what-you-want downloads at Bandcamp.
Nevertheless, I would like to ask each one of you to support me by becoming my patron:
Thank you, no matter if you’re just a listener or paying subscriber/downloader. You’re all equally valuable to me.
I’ve done around 30 different mixes, tried like 10 different guitars, mixing the drum kit and making it sounding right has taken an incredible amount of time, I’ve tweaked the tiniest bits of sound to total exhaustion.
Should the grand piano have more mechanical noises… should the timpani have slightly more reverb… should the guitar have a delay or not, should I add the cello on top of the full orchestra, or an oboe? Should I widen the acoustic guitar or leave it as is? Is this chord harmonic enough for the one before? Is the Oberheim too loud? Should I use the Gibson EB0 or the Les Paul bass, finger or pick? Stratocaster or Telecaster? This or that cabinet, or none at all, what amp? Distortion or slight fuzz, tremolo?
Questions like that are bothering me all the time. And the production is so huge that my DAW crashes at least 3 times a day. Plus, anxiety, doubts… because “is it all worth it? Will they understand it?”. Sleepless nights. Then again: “fuck yeah!”. It all sounds absolutely heavenly, I get goosebumps all the time. And nothing is even mastered at all.
I have half of the album sounding as perfect as it gets, with the needed amount of imperfection to become perfect. I open parts of it again, again and again… stuff that I did a year ago that doesn’t sound right today, and may sound not right next week. You get the idea. 😉
No worries, it’s all good. It’s finished very soon. Once it’s done I have nothing to do with it anymore. Then it’s a product with a life of its own, and I will watch it learning to walk.
I will reply to all of your questions in a video that I’ll upload to Facebook and YouTube, very soon.
And so all day this Friday, February 3rd (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time), for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working tirelessly to combat these discriminatory and unconstitutional actions.
The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” Short: they were the ones that sued Donald Trump, and they deserve all our support. Plus, you get some great music.
Here’s something to get you started with, my latest album from 2014:
85% of what you pay for my music will go to me. Also not a bad thing, if you ask me. 😉 Thank you!
First of all, this is the original track which I’m offering you to remix:
This remix project is open for everyone, meaning: everyone who feels the tune and would love to remix it may do so. There are some rules attached to that, of course…
You’re totally free regarding the style, length, tempo, keynote(s) of your remix. Do with the stems whatever you like, or add your own composition.
The provided stems are under copyright of L2 Music (my label), and they’re only to be used for this remix project. All rights on this are reserved, so use for other purposes is strictly prohibited.
This not a remix contest or competition! I will release ALL good remixes in form of a full remix release called “Babylon Revisited”, no matter how many it’ll be in the end. If your remix meets (my) quality standards it’s gonna be released in all important music stores in the world.
I will share 50% of all net revenue of sales with you.
When your remix is not part of the release, you’re free to offer it as a free download. Selling it is not allowed.
Please, submit your remix UNMASTERED, meaning: no compression, no limiting, no maximizing on the MASTER BUS! Please, leave at least 6db headroom, because I will master it before release. Submit a 48khz/24bit WAV file. Other formats will not be accepted.
Submit by uploading your remix to your SoundCloud, make it PRIVATE and DOWNLOADABLE (just as the remix pack files), and send me the link to it (and ONLY ME!). I understand that you’re excited about your remix to be heard by the entire world. But when everyone knows it already the thrill for the release is gone. Balloon > needle > PUFF!
Submission deadline for your remix is: 30th of June, 2016. No exceptions. It’s a hell of a work to get the release properly set up and on the way, so I really can’t accept anything after that date.
Last but not least: original tempo is 121, keynotes are (basically) C major and F major. When your remix is a different tempo, please, make sure you use the best time-stretching algorithm you can get a hold of. Same goes for pitch shifting. 😉
You agree to the rules/terms above by downloading the following remix pack:
L2 Musics 003 EP “Far From Here” offers a powerful pair of tracks by talented South African producer Ryan Sullivan. The title track features well-rounded layers of sound that cover multiple levels of space, creating a full yet intricate soundscape that is finely pieced together. The elements of tech give a bit of edge to the seamlessly flowing rhythm, creating a finished, balanced result. “Open Your Mind” is another balanced and beautifully produced track that begins with a dark intro, taking you under from the very start. Deep and funky highlights are added slowly, pulling the track up from the depths and into a rolling groove. Its easy flowing energy evolves softly, taking the listener on an all encompassing journey that combines light and dark into one.
Tired of “Café Del Mar Vol. 1729″ or “Buddha Bar Your Mother”? What about some real deep and innovative Ambient, Psychill and Electronica from your label of trust (that would be us)? We think that’s a great idea, and that’s why we plan to release amazing compilations under the label’s new “Blue” flag.
We’d love you, the advanced producer, to send us your demos! As soon as we collected enough ass-kicking material we’re going to release the first one.
Also, “Blue” will be our new general color for all releases in that genre, meaning: we’ll release EP’s, singles, albums and whatnot under this. Again: send us your stuff!
Dieter Meier von Yello hat eines der klügsten Interviews gegeben, dass ich seit langem lesen konnte. Darunter Statements wie dieses:
Ja, es gibt Streamingportale wie Spotify. Da macht die Industrie auch wieder den Fehler, dass sie nicht transparent ist. Man weiß nicht, welches Geld woher kommt und wie es verteilt wird. Wenn du eine Million Mal gespielt wirst, verdienst du zehn Euro. Man weiß also nur eins: dass man im Grunde nichts bekommt. Es wird oft gesagt: Heute wird mit Live Geld verdient. Aber wenn du unterwegs bist als neue Band und 300 Leute sind im Publikum – und da hast du es schon ziemlich weit gebracht – dann rentiert sich das nicht. Dabei ist Streaming eigentlich ein wunderbares Medium und es wäre ganz einfach, die Einnahmen transparent zu verteilen. Es ist einfach ungerecht, mal abgesehen von der Geldverteilung: dass der Musiker nicht einmal weiß, was er überhaupt für einen Mehrwert schafft!
Ich bin auch auf Spotify vertreten, sowohl als Künstler — gleich 2 mal, als “Vogelmann” und “Ingo Vogelmann”, was ich selbst Schuld bin, übrigens — als auch als Label. Als Label werde ich meinem Distributor sagen, er möge dort nichts mehr veröffentlichen, weil ich Spotify für Verbrecher halte. Präziser: Betrüger und Diebe.