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Crunch time. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Mixing the album. Did a mixing meeting with Rob and am back on track with the album. Actually excited about getting it out, which is strange for me. It’s really taking an embarrassing amount of time. You would think this would result in exponential improvements and new material and awesomeness and you would be wrong. Just a lot of coordination and logistic delays.

I’ve been reading a lot about the album being dead and all I can think is: THANK GOD. I’m not sure I ever want to do this again. But what to do instead?

Getting ready for Harvard + the show in Cambridge. Looks like there’ll be a Metafilter meet before and during (and after?) the show on the 12th. I think I’ve got my show pretty much down, new Firewire card = improved stability, blah nerd blah.

The big thing lately has been packing all my gear to get down there. Do you know what a custom guitar flight case costs? I will tell you: around $500. That’s five HUNDRED dollars. It would be cheaper for me to fly to Boston, buy a $250 guitar and throw it in the garbage on my way home. I honestly haven’t ruled that out but for now I’ve ordered an SKB Freedom case which apparently “smells” (read the reviews) but works good.

If my guitar is shattered on the way there, I’ll buy a cheap one for the shows and give it to a homeless person before I leave.

Getting the website ready for the new album. I’ve been re-jiggering all my store stuff for the new album and beyond and that should go live in the next week I hope. Due to lack of sales I’ve decided to drop the OGG format and limit it to MP3 and FLAC. Simpler for everyone. OGG fans can always get the FLAC and convert it as it’s lossless after all. I want to support open formats but I’d rather it not feel like a waste of time, energy and resources.

Posted on - January 31, 2008 [at] 10:56 pm by Brad
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5 Comments on this post

buildingonfire on Various updates
February 1, 2008 at 12:15 am

If you buy a shitty guitar ‘on location’ you should sign it and auction it off at the show.

Dave Page on Various updates
February 4, 2008 at 7:59 pm

I’m not entirely surprised that Vorbis didn’t sell as well as MP3 – there’s a lot less brand recognition there, despite its superior quality:filesize ratio.

I don’t mind buying FLAC and re-encoding provided it doesn’t cost me more; how much time, energy and resources would selling Vorbis involve?

Brad on Various updates
February 5, 2008 at 4:20 pm

It’s not costly, just a hassle to maintain. And I didn’t expect OGG to sell as well as MP3 but it’s really like 1%. FLAC even vastly outsells OGG, which makes me think that if you’re an OGG fella and FLAC costs the same (which it does), you go for FLAC.

Darg on Various updates
February 25, 2008 at 1:06 am

Do you travel with your SG? It’d be a shame if it broke after all that work for the snazzy blue finish.

Chris on Various updates
March 1, 2008 at 8:35 am

Brad, you are absolutely correct. If I am buying a digital audio file it will be either Vorbis or FLAC, preferably FLAC for archival purposes. I can always transcode it because it is lossless. Additionally, if (and more importantly when) a new and better format arises (read: patent free, open source, better quality:compression ratio) I can always switch to that and still have a lossless copy of the album.

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