Salvation: looking forward and looking back

The phased release continues

Circumstances conspired to toss out our original release schedule, so Salvation has actually been available for a few weeks now. First, it dropped here on our own site and via PeerTube several weeks early, on or about 6 November.

Next, to support the excellent RadioFreeFedi (RFF) push to enable more independent artists to set up FairCamp sites for their music, we put Salvation up on their FairCamp collective, too. Streaming or free download, this is probably the easiest way to start listening.

(An aside: If you aren’t already listening to, you are missing out on some amazing independent music.)

Finally, while we’re really concerned about the direction that BandCamp is going, we also recognize that a lot of our listeners (or potential listeners) might be reluctant to step too far from a thus-far trusted and familiar site to get their music, and there’s a lot to be said for being integrated into the BandCamp app for jamming in the car and whatnot. So Jessica elected to put Salvation on BandCamp, too.

What’s left? We promised availability on the big commercial streaming services and a very limited CD release. We are still hoping to have both of those happen before the end of the year.

Cross-posting: the collaborative process

Over at my personal (mostly music-related) site, I took a few stabs at describing the remote musical collaborative process as we did it. To quote myself from the first post:

How did we get here? All of this was just prologue to talk about our collaboration process. My purposes in doing so:

  • document for posterity: a snapshot in time that I may find quaint later;
  • generate thought to develop best practices: because some of you are going to be laughing and going “oh you poor fools, you could do it much easier if only” and hopefully you’ll actually tell me and we’ll all be a little smarter for it. If you jump on the grenade of your own mistakes, no one can throw it at you later. I don’t mind embarrassing myself by explaining our amateurish process if it leads to us all learning something.
  • show people not yet in the game how easy it is to play: music is for everyone. The tools are cheap and some are even easy. You can do this, too. We’d love to hear the song still trapped in your head.

The first post discusses (after a too-long intro) how we got started and some factors at play for us that allowed it to work for us. The second post focuses on my writing/recording process as a bass player. The third post talks about a few non-factors for us and some lessons learned and ways we might change how we operate going forward. If that sort of thing interests you, please feel free to check it out.

Coming soon

I promised Jessica I would write a sort of retrospective about what it’s like to collaborate remotely and creatively with someone who doesn’t know who (or even how many) they are and who also you think may not be alive to help you finish. You can’t just dash something like that off in a few minutes, but I’m working on it. Stay tuned.


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