March 4th, 2005

Redwire Station

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The auto shop replaced my CD player, but quoted me a price sufficiently high enough for the minor detailing my car needs to ensure I will not use their services. The service fellow knew that when he quoted the price, as he said they referred people to a detailer they used. I was not disappointed--when something is arguably outside the warranty, one presents it to the dealer to see if it will be done as a courtesy, and then one smiles and moves on. I will find one of those inexpensive but fun detailers for the minor scratches and paint touch-up.

I went last night to the Garland Bar Assocation, where the County Court at Law judges spoke. I actually appear sometimes in these courts, so I regretted not being in a suit, a bit. I enjoyed talking to my fellow Garland bar lawyers. One is finishing a documentary, which interests me.

I took advantage of my new CD player to listen to mgriffin's new CD, "Sounds are Hidden Inside Objects". Mike Griffin is a minor hero of mine, because he founded the Hypnos.com record label. Hypnos releases CDs in the ambient field, usually more "space music" but sometimes also "dark ambient" and, thankfully never or rarely "new age". My ambient tastes run more to sound in space than scraping in imagined hells, more to cerebral than tribal, and more to distilled melody than pure dissonance. But that's not to say that I don't enjoy a tribal pounding of hellish dissonant noise from time to time. I like sound as sound, as ambient music folk are fond of saying. I like what mgriffin has done with hypnos, because he pretty much invented a label from whole cloth, and runs it with as much class as any major label, but far more verve.

Tomorrow I go with my brother to visit my father. Yesterday I got cool song icons. I am almost ready for my attempt to blitz the soundclick charts. Last night I did well at on-line blitz chess. Maybe someday my skills will return. I like the expression "mad skillz", but not as well as I like chess.
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A foray into promotion, or Breakfast of Champbots

Today I posted my song, "Robot Breakfast", at:

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/3/gurdonarkmusic.htm

I am trying an experiment with this song, a rather rangy exhibition of lo-fi comic noise. Thus far, my highest chart position has been number 18 on the Electronica: Noise chart. I have higher hopes for "Robot Breakfast". So I launched this comprehensive DIY promotional campaign:

1. I ran an ad for the song on Soundclick.com. These ads are not very expensive, and they seem to really increase listenership.
2. I ran a "blatant self promotion" post on the soundclick.com message boards, which have also proven effective in getting listeners to the song.
3. My eBay ad for "Vibrating Electric Fields" has been restarted, along with much sillier (and hence more satisfying) ad copy, directing curious shoppers to the soundclick site; and
4. I got a really cool artist to draw me a "Robot Breakfast" illustration, which is featured in the icon to this post, and which will give the song the sense of personal destiny it deserves (oh, and many thanks to that artist, who knows who she is).

Now let's see if I'm Buddy Holly, or William Hung. I certainly seem to be more self-promoting than Buddy, so I'm afraid that may make me more like Mr. Hung.
Of course, I have my musical collaborationist, Scott_M, who makes my music listenable, for whom I am always grateful.
  • Current Music
    "Robot Breakfast", by gurdonark