Lately, I have become interested in the concept of the netlabel. I have downloaded music from various netlabels of different genres. For those unfamiliar with netlabels, a netlabel is basically a record label, except it releases its music mainly, if not exclusively online- free for digital download (often under the Creative Commons license). You can find a listing of different netlabels at Netlabels.org. One of the most interesting (note that interesting does not mean good) netlabels I have come across is the dramacore netlabel. This netlabel releases "dramacore music" a self-defined genre. The sound is a mixture of noise, industrial, chiptune, and hardcore. The only artist that I actually like from the site is ehafh, who uses some interesting sampling techniques in his works. Though I cannot claim to be a giant fan of the music, I love the concept- that one can create a new genre and release new, interesting works.
My question is why the concept of netlabels hasn't crossed over to publishing. I wonder why there are no "netpublishers" that publish free books/stories online. Why are there not new, experimental, genre-pushing publishers? Setting up a netpublisher would not require any effort, nothing more than a blog and an archive.org account. I would love to see the creative works that would come out of such an effort.
P.S. More reviews coming soon.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Jonay is a rapper straight out of Sweden, and very proud of this fact. His album The Darker The Sky Is The Brighter The Stars Shine, is a great mix of hip-hop, R&B, and genuine heart. He raps about life, love, and Sweden. The beats have an ethnic/exotic flavor that blends beautifully with Jonay's mellow voice. Swedish Ladies is a fun track about the women of Sweden (they sound lovely), and is probably my favorite song on the album. Even if you are not a fan of hip-hop, I recommend this album for its original lyrics, catchy rhymes, and killer beats. Enjoy.