The first album from AllThisIsMeaningless is a long time coming – five years, and arguably as many as eight or nine, the approximate age of the oldest song on the album, “Gate 36.”
The album will be made available in multiple formats. CDs will be available in extremely limited quantities, and only after I am certain I have the money for them. These will most likely be duplicated (CDR) rather than replicated in order to save costs. I am doing this with a heavy heart, for though I love having a physical product, I hear the death knell for the CD. I hear the beloved format I grew up with gasping its last breaths.
I will be pushing downloads, some of which I will make available for free. However, I am encouraging everyone to purchase custom USB drives, which will contain the complete album as well as numerous extras: album artwork, extensive liner notes, remixes, tracks that didn’t make the cut, acoustic versions of tracks, and hopefully video. I further hope that those of you who love me enough to buy it will also love me enough to share it with friends who are broke or have something against supporting poor musicians. My goal here is publicity over financial gain.
In addition, as an advocate of paying for access rather than product, purchases of the USB drive will come first access to all songs and remixes for the following year (I may make it two years), as well as bonus content and preview mixes for the album after Hijacking Your Fiction, which I’ve already begun (I haven’t quite worked out the logistics of any of this yet). The USBs will be more expensive than the CDs, but will be sold at minimal profit (likely no more than one or two dollars over cost, depending on the cost – I deserve something for my work and if you share it with friends maybe you can have them make donations toward your purchase).
Finally, I’m considering working out something with cassettes – perhaps if you send me a cassette (any cassette, really, though I’d prefer not to use one that is a copyrighted recording from an existing label) and return postage, I’ll simply record the entire album onto your cassette. This will be time consuming, and nearly free, so I will not guarantee quality, fidelity, or even that a song won’t be cut off mid-way as the first side of the tape ends (If this happens, I’ll do my best to continue on the second side as close to that point in the song as possible).
In Google news, I’ve noticed that AllThisIsMeaningless can be difficult to find. A year ago, as long as one entered the name as one word it would show up. But now Google is too smart for you and it separates the words unless you tell it you specifically want to search for AllThisIsMeaningless as one word.
AllThisIsMeaningless is a deeply personal project, and I want this blog to reflect that. I also intend to make greater efforts toward updating my other sites and to personally reply to everyone that takes the time to comment (something that has been incredibly easy thus far). This site will also receive an overhaul.
Ultimately, it is about the music. I only hope the music is worthy of your ears.
More updates should follow soon.