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Custom8 has been a big success! I've been breaking a lot of sweat to process all the orders for the past 2 weeks, and now I've almost caught up with all the orders. So yeah - ready for more! Tell me what's missing in your life, and I fix it.
The idea for Custom8 is to spend no more than one hour per release. That gives me enough time to find the right songs for most orders, and maybe record a song that I might only have on a floppy somewhere. From my point of view, this is what you pay for: 1 hour of work. Not music. For me, the songs are already there.
Although, some people ask for customized songs. Perhaps the text is not clear enough here. But if I think I can do the song in around 1 hour, I do it anyway.
It's a lot of fun with the variety of orders. One guy was a Goto80-collector and took the opportunity to order some super rare releases, bonus tracks, and such. Other people ask for specific blends of certain bands and artists. Or songs that are similar to other songs I've made. Here's some examples of what the orders look like:
music for parrots
parallel universes, shuffling beats, domesticated sounds
experimental hip-hop, LA beat scene, deep house, early dubstep, german techno, sludge/stoner metal
I would like a custom album in which each successive piece of music is more complex than the previous one. So, it should start with the simplest track and end with the most complex one. The genre/style of these pieces is not important; what matters is their complexity.
cinematic love songs pure minimal *ONLY THE BEST*
dark future decadence campfire music. hypnotic sleazy erotic body synth, not too kitschy. eerie, suggestive.
Bruce Springsteen vs. Captain Beefheart drone Calypso in the Heino style dubstep David Bowie 70s does David Bowie 90s as heard by David Bowie 80s EBM Balenesian Klezmer metal Russian Pop written by PJ Harvey dub Harry Partch does breakcore on a modified Dutch Harmonica (or harmonium) glitch
the typical pop-rock sounding first album of a young parisian hipster band
tunes without 'beats'. I mean, sans sounds that imitate drums. At least half of the tunes should be slow. Make me cry.
something that gives me a boner.
Today, Custom8 is launched at Superbyte in Manchester. It's a way for you to order a custom release, with songs specifically chosen from your order. I'll dig through my archive of thousands of songs to find just the stuff you need.
The way I see it, you are not really paying for the songs. You are paying for me finding them for you. Which I think is a nice twist on the whole discussion of value, music, ownership, creativity, work, etc.
So - treat yourself! -- Get your Custom8 today!
Big thanks to OJD for the photography, C-Men for the design, Kaneel for the code, and David Lindecrantz for the Goto80-logo. Thanks for making Custom8 possible. Much <3! Related:
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