It all started sometime last year with a friend of mine, Rob Pitt, saying that he’d love it if there were a “minimal” netBloc release. However, with the netBloc series being about variety, I felt that I couldn’t release something so narrowly focused on one sub-genre. If I were to put together something remotely like that, it had to be something more varied. I decided to begin slowly pulling together instrumental netaudio gems as I came across them while developing other netBloc releases. After many months, this eclectic mix of instrumentals became what it is today — a joy for the ear. I was able to find songs that were not only “experimental” but also accessible to those of you who may not be as keen on sonic experimentation.
While I was still on the hunt for interesting instrumentals, another friend, Marco Kalnenek, began to make music again and tweeted about a particular new experiment on Twitter… I downloaded, listened and instantly fell in love with it. It’s name, as you may have already guessed, “Life on Ceres”. I wasted no time in requesting permission to include it in a future netBloc release. Shortly thereafter, Marco also released an alternate version of “Life on Ceres” – to me it sounded like a perfect reprise and I wanted to include it along with the original! From there it followed that “Life on Ceres” was an excellent title for a collection of instrumental music. With Marco’s blessing, this netBloc release was christened “netBloc Vol. 22: Life on Ceres”! This netBloc also became the very first to have a title track!
If you're turned off by electronic music that merely rehashes tired formulas… with this netBloc release, don’t expect clichés… you won't hear any! This boundary-smashing, international, sonic journey through the world of netaudio packs in artists who come to you from Canada, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, UK, and the US… how’s that for international! I hope you enjoy this one. Oh and Rob… that means you too!
As always, thanks to all participating artists and labels! Of course… also a special thanks to you for taking the time to download, listen and follow along in this PDF! Share this release with friends and strangers! Burn copies to CD, upload to bittorrent sites… whatever… just let everyone know where they can get more free music… blocSonic.com!
Thanks Mike Gregoire Founder/Curator blocSonic.com
Want high-resolution album art, liner-notes or lossless FLAC audio? Check out the blocSonic release page!
For the past decade an alternative culture of music has been sprouting up outside the wastelands of the increasingly formulaic and compartmentalized mainstream music business. This world of "Netaudio" is generally released freely, either independently or through Netlabels. As this culture continues to grow, the amount of available music grows exponentially making it increasingly difficult for folks who are new to the culture to filter the good from the bad. Each of our free releases, in one way or another, are an attempt to shine the spotlight on what we think is the best of what this world has to offer.
Consider blocSonic a filter through which you can discover this vibrant, global culture! Currently there are three ways which we spotlight what the netaudio world has to offer:
During our travels through the wide-world of netaudio culture, we find artists who stand out and who we feel would be perfect to spotlight independently in original blocSonic album releases. Each Original features:
Available in a choice of three high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3. Complete album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF. 40+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, lyrics, photos and album credits.
Each of these eclectic releases shine a spotlight on ten or so international audio gems culled from the Netaudio culture. Each netBloc features:
Available in a choice of three high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3. Complete album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF. 30+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, track credits and artist photos.
These special collections feature Creative Commons licensed tracks that for one reason or another blocSonic couldn't acquire official permission to use but find them worthy of extra attention. Since no formal permission has been acquired, links to the original files are provided rather than compiling them into a proper release. However, a cover and a tracklisting is provided in order for you to burn them to disc, if you'd like.
Why do we do what we do? We love music, we love netaudio and have found that the quality and variety of what's coming out of this culture is superior to that of much of what's coming out of the mainstream music industry. We feel more secure donating to netaudio artists/labels then we do purchasing formulaic music-product from the majors. We'd like you to also feel that way toward the netaudio culture. We realize that most people don't have the time and/or patience to filter through it all to find the good stuff, so we invest the time to find the gems in the ruff and deliver them to you in our releases.
In between releases, you can also look forward to blog posts about netaudio news or topics relating to DRM and online music.
So subscribe to our feed and discover great new openly-licensed music every month. Be sure to spread the word!