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Petitioning SoundCloud SoundCloud: Change your copyright policy
Soundcloud was a great promotion tool for musicians. Unfortunately, with their new copyright policy, even original content can be flagged as copyrighted content, removed from their website and account from the artists can be closed. Bootlegs, mashups are not allowed anymore, despite the facts that people who make them don’t earn money from them and that some of the biggest artists support them. Account are flagged for spam even when we send just a few non-spam messages. All we want is that soundcloud change their copyright policy, users pay their premium accounts and they must have the services they paid for. All we want is a real promotion tool, like it was the case over the past years, and not a website just to have fancy audio players.
IF YOU AGREE WITH THIS PETITION, PLEASE SHARE IT ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, OR ANY SOCIAL NETWORK.
I fully agree with this stupid corporate money grabbing attempt to prevent piracy, it definitively isn’t doing any such thing! All it’s doing is preventing artists from sharing remixes or mashups, and especially, as in my case promotional DJ Mixes. Every mix I’ve put up recently has been forcibly removed for copyright infringement, which is a crock of shit. Firstly it’s a promo DJ Mix, which has the tracked mixed togethers, all of which I bought on Beatport or legally at least, and it is in fact not only promoting my DJing and events but those artists who’s tracks I use. This stupid automated system is doing far more harm than good! In the end I moved all my mixes to Mixcloud and cancelled my premium membership with Soundcloud, maybe if this changes I’ll pay to use the service again, but something really does need to change. So please share this petition and most of all get it signed!
Sigur Rós @ Manchester Apollo - Sun 3rd March 2013
I’ve been a huge fan of Sigur Rós for many years now and when I found out that they were touring again and actually doing a gig that wasn’t one night in London, I jumped at the chance to travel over to Manchester.
I’m pretty choked to express in words what a wondrous experience it was finally seeing them live, living up to all the expectations I could have had. Jónsi’s vocals are stunning live, powerful and perfect. Their smooth transitions through atmospheric heart wrenching gentle melodies to ear bleeding euphoric rock was spot on and instantly the crowd was engulfed in the emotion and soul of the performance. Enhanced by stunning visual effects and beautifully choreographed lighting, especially the sparking effect drawn by the numerous lightbulbs throughout the stage.
With a stunning mix of tracks from all their albums, including two amazing new tracks which saw a an element of dirty pounding electronica added into their classic style, I really can’t wait for the next album and for the next time I can see them live again. If you ever have the opportunity don’t let is pass!
Hitler Finds Out About Deep House
I pissed myself all the way through this, I didn’t even realise Deep House was “cool” now, does that mean I’m out of touch? Well I play Deep House and have done for the past 5 years, about time I was cool! lol.
The Cinematic Orchestra - Arrival of the Birds & Transformation
I was recently scouring my favourite tracks wondering which I could work on to do a deep house remix of for my DJ sets and instantly was drawn to To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra and while trawling the net to see if there were any acapella tracks or midi files out there I came across this piece of music that The Cinematic Orchestra wrote for a film. I’ve never heard of the film but the piece is simply stunning in its emotion and beauty, I had to download it right away, and I really insist you take 7 minutes and 43 seconds out of your day, to just stop and listen…. this is the power of music.
True it is sad to see the last big music retailer vanish, but I must admit I went digital quite a few years ago now and haven’t really looked back. I’ve not bought a CD in years. I did used to play vinyl so never made the switch, as soon as vinyl became too expensive for me to continue I sold all my gear and switched to a laptop. I think this blog post effectively sums up where they went wrong.