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The blog is being migrated and merged with multiple Imphenzia blogs so the format and content will be inconsistent for a while.

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.

Promoting my sound effects page

In order to boost the probability of people finding my new sound effects page I have created a script that automatically generats static HTML-files for every sound effect in the library. The script also creates a simple main index page for containing links to all the individual HTML-files so that the engine crawlers can find the individual pages correctly. It will be interesintg to see if this generates any additional traffic.

Here is what the index page looks like: http://www.imphenzia.com/soundtrack/soundeffects.html (click on a sound effect to see the generated indivudual pages too).

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.

New Site launched

Many many hours of hard work finally resulted in the launch of the new 2009-look for Imphenzia.com. All previous sections (music, games and soundtrack) have been united and also a new addition is the section textures which is a searchable database of textures for game makers and modellers.

The new site has cross functionality between the sites and it was developed in PHP with a MySQL backend. The sections now share a common user account feature which will enable anyone who has previously purchased a track, mp3-album or registered a game to access this content at all times.

Another feature is that it was designed with the ability to skin the site so it can be customized, maybe becuase you want a different look or because you want a bigger font or narrower page size etc. There is only the default skin available at the moment but now that the site is launched I may find some time to create some skins.

I hope you like this new site and please feel free to give me feedback or comments. You can also discuss it in the Imphenzia forums :)

Working hard on new imphenzia sites

Just an update to say I've been working extremely hard on the new Imphenzia site structure the past week, probably put a good 40+ hours of development into the sites the past week and I hope to be able to make the results visible over the coming week :)

I've also added the blog to
Nynäshamn
bloggkartan.se :)

Updated the soundtrack section

I've changed the terms and drastically reduced the licensing fees for non-exclusive tracks along with some cosmetic changes to the site. I received some really great feedback from the people at the Blitz community and it may take a few days getting the site just right - so all the comments and feedback is very welcome.

One comment was that I may have covered the site in a few too many google-ads, but this is my backup plan should nobody every license any of the tracks for their commercial projects :) If the section is successful I'll be able to reduce the ads on it.