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What is music worth to you

It's been over 12 years since my first album, Sector, was released and back then physical CDs was how music was distributed. I know many listeners still prefer to own a physical copy of the music they purchase, but for me that train has passed a long time ago. The money wasted in pressing, printing, storing and delivering physical discs, both for the artist and for the listener, along with the environmental effects of this process, is to put it simple: unecessary.

Imphenzia MP3 Album


Making quality MP3 albums was a focal feature when I redesigned the Imphenzia.com web site and an important factor was to make sure  that the album would be instantly accessible upon purchase ready for transfer to your MP3-player. The cover and disc artwork is also available for those of you who wish to make a physical copy for your car stereo (although your car most likely plays mp3s by now as well so even that is becoming a redundant requirement). If you purchase an Imphenzia album today, you will always have access to download the music from wherever you are. Have a look at the screenshot to see how the tracks, zip-archive of the entire album, and artwork is presented.

For a long time, however, I've actually thought that the entire concept of albums is quite out of fashion as well. Why should you need to purchase a collection of tracks that may contain tracks you don't particularly like just to get the ones you do want. Again, it comes down to the extra sense of value found in the packaging and concept of an album. The obvious solution to solve this would be to purchase singles, but then it becomes a tedious work to add the ones you want to a shopping cart...

What is the music worth to you?

So what is the solution? The most recent feature developed on Imphenzia.com, available from 8th July 2009, is that instead of purchasing a single or an album, you make a donation representing what the music is worth to you - and you'll get instant access to ALL the imphenzia tracks. I've been thinking about this concept for some time and it is the time to take this step. If you feel 6 hours of trance music is worth $10 - that is what you donate to get access to the music in high quality. If you want to show extra support and appreciation and feel that the music is worth $30, then that is what you donate. I believe that the consumer is mature enough to make this decision and I think it is a way forward for the music industry to combat piracy. In all the debates I've seen about piracy, it's all been about "It costs too much", or "It's not simple enough", or "I don't want DRM" - this is a solution to solve those issues.

Three new tracks released

Three new Imphenzia tracks have been released (click to listen to clips: Liquid Generator, Liquid Generator [Crystal Edit] and Evolution [Extended]). You can also check out this video teaser I posted on YouTube for the new track:

 
The past six months Imphenzia trance tracks have been suffering attention somewhat due to being very busy with the relaunch of Imphenzia Soundtrack. The soundtrack section is a new library of music focused mainly on rapid availability of music for independent game developers (indigamers) and custominzing the site with a fully features shopping cart with automated discount bundeling and direct download access to mp3/ogg/wav versions consumed hour upon hour of development. I've also been receiving requests to create custom music for some indiegames and which has been very exciting and fun. These tracks will be available for promotional use once the games have been released.

Now that the Soundtrack site is fully functional I can focus more on Imphenzia Music again and to celebrate, I've instantly created the new trance track "Liquid Generator". It features a progressing intro (DJ-friendly I am hoping) and then launches into a digital mayhem of melodies. I wonder if it will be too much of a sound scape for some fans, but hopefully feedback will tell :) I'm happy with the result and even though the BPM is slower (140bpm) than some of my more recent trance tracks, I get the feeling that the pace is higher due to the beat and rapid transforming melodies.

Following the creation of Liquid Generator I decided to also make a slower (110bpm) chillout version of the track by extracting the melodies and making it over all calmer with an offbeat rythm. My future aim is to always release a calm version of every trance track I release as some listeners prefer the slower ones. Personally, I like both full on trance tracks and the soothing slow ones so why not :)

The extended version of Evolution was actually created a few months ago but it wasn't publically released. It's basically just a refurbished version of the track with instrument replacement and an extended less hectic layout.

I hope you like the new music and don't forget to spread the word of Imphenzia to your mates. There is no big publicity engine behind Imphenzia and I am totally in the hands of my fans when it comes to spreading the word :)

Thanks all!

New Imphenzia presence at YouTube

I have registered a new account at YouTube and THIS is the new Imphenzia Music Secion. I am creating 30-second previews of most of my tracks and using the "video response" feature to other popular trance videos. By creating two "channels" at YouTube, I release full length videos and these preview clips and I plan to keep adding to these channels whenever time allows me to. I use "Animoto" to create what could be classed as something between a video and a slide show and I'm quite impressed by their engine to quickly produce quite cool clips.

This is also part of my promotional drive to get Imphenzia more established in the trance world.

Checking out music labels of today

I have recently finished a new track that so far remains unreleased. It is more club-oriented and DJ-friendly with longer intro and outro and it's been a long while since I contacted any labels but I am eager to check for interest so I can reach the audience of established DJs and services such as Spotify that currently don't accept material from independent artists.

I have just contacted trance labels such as Armada Music (Armin van Buurens label that also contains many sub labels), Could9Dance, Maelstrom Records, Yawa Recordings, Storm Music, Mondo Records, Vandit Digital and we'll see if I get any reply :) I also sent it to Ministry Of Sound but their inbox was full so the e-mail bounced - hopefully I will get further with the other labels, haha.

Evolution Released

Another sleepless night resulted in a new track called "Evolution". It's a very upbeat trance track with a very happy melody and I found the mood quite appropriate now with it being Christmas and all :) As you may have read on the main page it's a free track so the mp3-file (in very high quality) can be downloaded.

My next focus will be to try and get my music launched on Spotify.com. I have already contacted them but they are not quite ready for indie-artists yet but will hopefully launch an upload platform next year some time. I think that Spotify finally delivers a good platform that is perfect for both artists and listeners. Not only is the songs extremely accessible for fans and listeners, but the artists receive compensation from the adverts on free accounts and from the paying members. It's like radio on demand basically :)

Imphenzia Soundtrack - Game Preview

A video showing off of a two month alpha demo of the Xbox 360 game "Duality: ZF" is available on YouTube. I'm excited to announce that this game will be featuring an Imphenzia Soundtrack! You just can't get enough of the good old 2D-shooters and this one will surely not disappoint :) Read more about the game in the comment on youtube.