I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Lively Life Day and Sparkling Solstice.
Thank you for your support during the year, and special thanks to my amazing Patreon subscribers.
So here’s a quick list of what you might have missed from Camp Craven over the last few weeks:
From the ProgAustralis show earlier this year, Tim Bennetts and I unleash the latest version of Spy In The Sky (featuring William Shatner), now with more Star Trek!
We also tease with a bit of Sorrow. Next time we’ll learn the whole song.
The lost second episode of the FrankenOpenDiscussion podcast, confusingly masquerading as the third episode. Opening enthusiasm for Rick Beato and the recent Tool album swiftly transforms into a rousing debate about how artists can get paid for their work in the age of streaming.
Behind the music! The making of “Turn Out The Light” and how the ‘Fido collaborated to record one of the most significant* songs in the history of music itself.
*Your definition of “significant” may differ from that of Frankenfido, its subsidiaries and shareholders.
Have a wonderful break and remember – kids, don’t do drugs.
I’ve been experimenting with binaural surround sound.
We only have two ears, yet we can still determine if a sound is coming from behind us, above us, below us, and so on.
What this means is we should be able to experience full surround sound using a normal pair of headphones and a standard stereo music file.
For this test, I’ve taken an excerpt of the 5.1 surround mix of Frankenfido’s “Turn Out The Light”, virtually placing the speakers around the sound field using Ambisonics, and converted the output to a stereo file for headphone listening.
Unfortunately, not everyone shares exactly the same ear canal and ear shape, so our individual brains all process sounds slightly differently.
This is where you come in!
Please take a listen – using headphones – and let me know if the surround effect works for you.
For instance, the solo guitar at the beginning of clip pans all around the listener. And the voices in the next section appear from behind the listener. (Possibly!)
According to a survey of highly-intelligent music enthusiasts who have actively purchased music in the past (and also happen to listen to Australian progressive-rock artist Ben Craven), it appears that the humble CD is far from extinct.
Participants were asked their preferred format of choice for Craven’s forthcoming album.
Given the options of using streaming services, downloading digital files, purchasing CDs or purchasing vinyl, 60% of respondents expressed their preference for CDs, followed by 27% for vinyl.
In a surprise twist that will warm the hearts of independent artists, no respondents favoured streaming only, and several suggested Craven boycott major streaming services altogether due to the minimal royalty rates.
Progressive rock would seem then to be one of the few remaining music genres whose listeners appreciate lavish packaging and artwork, and enjoy the tactile response of the physical object, be it CD or vinyl.
First up .. On Friday 5 July I’ll be playing a secret gig at the Junk Bar, Ashgrove (Brisbane) as part of a new duo called ProgAustralis. Tim Bennetts and I will perform the music of Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson and .. Ben Craven! Please head to our website if you’d like to grab tickets, or just want more information: http://www.progaustralis.com
Next! Filling the airwaves on all good Australian radio stations as we speak, is the new track Turn Out The Light by my other band, Frankenfido. It’s a gothic tale of a man beyond redemption, with a loving nod towards 80’s production values. I really had a lot of fun with this track. Check it out at: https://frankenfidosongtraks.bandcamp.com
And finally, a question for you. A new Ben Craven album will be coming out very soon and I’ve started thinking about options for physical release. I’m leaning towards ditching CD altogether this time and going for vinyl only. Of course, a high-resolution lossless digital download would still be available separately. But I’d really appreciate your feedback.
What’s your preferred format for purchasing or listening to music?
1 – CD only (with download)
2 – Vinyl only (with download)
3 – CD and vinyl (with download)
4 – Download only. Who needs physical!
5 – Streaming only. No purchase!
You might remember last year I released a compilation of my music specifically for streaming services (like Streamify and Apple Records).
The logic was:
Get them hooked on the short versions for free.
Jack up the price for the original full-length album versions!
Well, it turns out I had multiple requests to make this collection available on CD as well. You asked and I listened!
The CD version, featuring the stunning artwork of Freyja Dean, is now available directly from my Bandcamp page. Order now and you’ll also receive, absolutely free, a high-definition 24-bit 96kHz download of the collection!
Still not convinced? Just listen to these testimonials:
Definitely worth the investment. I am so pleased with this product. – Willey K.
“The Single Edits” is the most valuable business resource we have EVER purchased. – Rodolph V.
I want to get a t-shirt with “The Single Edits” on it so I can show it off to everyone. – Dugan Q.
While the legitimacy of these testimonials is yet to be determined, the official story behind the CD release is available … below.