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  1. ★EARTH ENERGY 5月17-18日 PSYCHEDELIC ART, MUSIC & ECOLOGY FESTIVAL 玉川キャンプ村, 山梨 (Tamagawa Camp, Yamanashi) Gates Open 05月17日(土)15:00pm Full Info: http://earth2008.info Promo Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwB5fq4Lueg OPENING CEREMONY SPECIAL PERFORMANCE ★HARATOMI 太鼓 (和太鼓 WADAIKO / FROM YAMAGATA) ★新宿雑技団 SHINJUKU ZATSUGIDAN (FIRE SHOW) with special guests SHINAGAWA DJEMBE POSSE & DIDGERIDOO INTERNATIONAL GUEST MUSIC NAVIGATORS ★LAUGHING BUDDHA (3hrs live & DJ, NANO RECORDS / U.K.) ★HYDRAGLYPH (NEXUS MEDIA / SOUTH AFRICA) ★VISHNUDATA (PSYHARMONICS, SPACE BOOGIE / FINLAND) JAPAN BASED MUSIC NAVIGATORS ★IRY (NAMASTE CAFE / NAGOYA) ★DAIJIRO (DIGITAL BLOCK / JAPAN) ★HARVEY (PSY16 / U.K.) ★BATTA (MANAS / JAPAN) ★KEMIX (SONIC TRAVELER MUSIC / AUSTRALIA) ★YK (PSY16, 24-7 Records / JAPAN) ★EIJU (PSY16 / JAPAN) GUEST ARTISTS ★VALKYURE - MAIN STAGE DECO DESIGN ★MIZUE KATAOKA - DECORATION & INSTALLATION ART ★OTTSU - MIRROR BALL ART ★GAIA - DECORATION ART ★TIVATIVA.NET - HAND PAINTED U/V BATIKS ★ESSENCE - STRING ART ★D-MENSION - LASER ART SOUND ☆FUNKTION ONE ¥6500 -早割前売券 EARLY ADVANCE (04月05日 - 04月26日) *only from http://sonictraveler.biz/(Limited 200) ¥7500- 前売券 ADVANCE TICKETS (04月27日 - 05月16日) Available from: •SONIC TRAVELER (Webshop) http://sonictraveler.biz/ •QUINTRIX (渋谷) 03-6415-6678 http://www.quintrix.jp/ •PSYCHEDELIC GARDEN (新宿) 03-5925-2588 http://www.psychedelicgarden.com/ •SPACE CAKE (上野) 03-3837-2667 •NAMASTE CAFE (名古屋) 052-916-8815 ¥8500 - 当日券ON THE DAY MARKET SHOP & EVENT STAFF Call 03-3987-2290 (English) Call 090-1858-1925 (Japanese) Email: info@earth2008.info Keitai Web (Access & Timetable Info) - http://earth2008.info/e-web.html
  2. This article is from the March / April issue of Sonic Traveler Magazine http://sonictraveler.biz/ Some interesting points and a lot of food for thought. Just wondering what others think about this? The Age of Digital Music Downloads The Digital Music Era has arrived. 2007 marked a dramatic fall in music CD sales around the world... especially in Japan, regarded as the highest selling and most important psytrance CD market in the world... some estimates say sales dropped by 50% - 60%. Meanwhile, digital music websites like Beatport and Cytopia are on the rise. And new stores like our own Sonic Traveler Digital Downloads (STDD) have opened. So what can we expect from this new digital music era? How will it reshape the scene? How will artists and labels survive in this new frontier? We examine some of the issues and give some advice to those venturing into this new era... Why did the CD market fail? There have been many reasons offered as the answer to this question. The truth most likely being a combination of the various reasons. Let's have a look at some of the reasons... Illegal Download Sites: Many argue the illegal download sites are to blame, offering a huge range including the latest releases for free. Quantity over quality: Some blame the large number of releases and the poor quality of many releases. CD production costs came down to levels that made it affordable for people to produce their own CDs. Computer software that made it cheaper and easier for musicians and novices a-like to produce music. This combination together with greedy distribution companies flooded the market with poor quality CDs. Over Priced: This point is related to the previous one. With the low quality of releases, many consumers felt that CDs were over priced as there was only 1 or 2 tracks that they really liked from a 10 track CD. Poor Promotion: Many new labels were operating on very small promotion budgets - if any. Email shots that went straight into junk mail folders, forum postings with friends of the artists saying "good luck, all the best with this release" was the style that characterized PsyTrance promotion over the last few years. With all these factors taken into account its no wonder that consumers stopped buying CDs! How will the system change in the Digital Download Era? Individual Tracks One of the main differences is that customers will be able to buy individual tracks. In a sense the EP is back! Sound Quality MP3 is a compressed audio file. So, even if its encoded at 320kbps, it is not CD quality. Wav files are ofcourse CD quality. For ordinary music fans who listen to music on their MP3 players with small earphones, the difference is not really noticeable. For the maniac music fans and DJs who play this music on big systems then Wav is a must!!! Unfortunately, most large music download shops like iTunes only offer 256kbps MP3 which is poor quality compared to Wav. Cover Art Many people like the CD packaging, cover art and information. This is a very valid point. For me, I love reading books. The feel and smell of it as I turn the pages. In Japan today there is a craze amoungst teenagers, they are reading romance stories written by other teenagers on their mobile phones! Many people loved the feel and packaging of vinyl too before CDs became popular. I see digital download packaging as having great potential: you can include anything digital with the download... pdf booklets and flyers, videos, interviews with artists, movies, even the individual elements of the track. Unfortunately, at the moment, customers usually only get a jpeg of the cover art. As the market develops it will be interesting to see what other digital content is packaged with the music. Time It takes time to download music. With the world becoming more and more wired and connection speeds getting faster and faster, we feel this is not a major issue. In fact, digital downloads may save time for the customer. It takes time to travel to the CD Shop and listen to tracks. This way, customers can listen to tracks in their own time and let the computer download the track when they are out or busy doing other things. We tested Sonic Traveler Digital Digital Downloads on a broadband connection... (the test song is 7:57minutes long) Approx. 4 minutes download time for 320kbps MP3 Approx. 8 minutes download time for Wav Payment The security of using credit cards online is still of great concern to many people around the world and especially the Japanese who still very much prefer the "furikomi" system. I think attitudes are changing and internet payment solution companies lilke PayPal are becoming more accepted. A tip for users is to look for the "lock" next to the URL or at the bottom right of your browser window when you are entering personal information such as credit card details, this lock symbol means the website is secured by SSL data encryption. How will this affect producers and labels? Distribution Just as with the CD market, there are many digital content distributors. This can be very convenient but just as with the CD market there are many different types, and producers and labels must choose carefully as to which ones are best for them. In this new digital market, it is easier for labels and producers to distribute directly to online download sites through FTP accounts and other internet transfer services (cutting out the middle man will also increase your royalty percentage). The most important thing is the relationship between the download site and the label / producer. As we found in the CD market, the support of the shop can really increase sales. Licensing and Royalties The general rule is the same: DO NOT sign exclusive contracts unless you get advance payment for your music. The digital market is still evolving and the technology is moving very fast. If you sign away your exclusive rights, its gone and you cannot take advantage of any changes in the market. Almost all music download shops work on a royalty system; with the percentages around 50% of Sale Price and no other costs passed on. The higher royalty percentage may seem great for Labels and Producers but digital sales are still nowhere near the level of CD sales. Some predict it will still take a few years before digital sales take over CD sales, maybe less for non-mainstream music like psytrance. Making your own digital download store With CD sales hitting rock bottom and digital sales booming, why not develop your own download site. Well, lets just say its not as easy as it sounds. Developing a digital download site is far different from a normal webshop. Security, SQL Databases, Backend Admin, Design... will cost you a lot of money and time. Basic HTML knowledge and pirated flash software wont cut it. Individual Labels and Sites may develop their own digital download sites but people are still likely to visit sites where the can get a wide selection of trax. Promotion Well this has been the key for a long time, and even more important in the digital music age. This goes for producers and labels as well as music download sites. For labels and download sites to survive, they will have to have good promotion budgets and think about ways to promote beyond your standard email shot and forum postings. Will people really buy digital downloads? This is the zillion dollar question. Why would people buy digital downloads when they can get them for free. Illegal digital download sites are certainly popular but they also pose many hazards to users. In January 2008, Japanese users of Winny (the biggest P2P site in Japan), got a real shock when an Osaka student made a virus that evaded protection programs and once downloaded would maliciously delete the contents of the computers Hard Drive... and the contents could not be recovered. Apart from this danger, you have poor quality or incorrect files on these illegal download networks. Another way to get free music is to copy from friends, this avoids the hassle of using these dodgy illegal download sites. The answer to this is attitude adjustment. Fans of psychedelic trance must be made aware that by copying music or downloading illegally, they are hurting the artists and labels who produce the music they love. They are hurting the scene!!! This attitude coupled with the low price and convenience of digital downloads gives no excuse for people to download illegally. Question is... do fans really CARE? We will see. As I once said to a friend, and Damion (psyreviews) so eloquently signed off on in his last review for this magazine, "Its not the music that makes the party, people make the party" The scene will go on because there are too many people who care. Part of the philosophy of our scene is to embrace technology and also to use it for creating a wonderful future for the world. Sonic Traveler encourages everyone to embrace this new digital music era. Please use it for creating a strong and beautiful future for our scene!
  3. The Digital Download Revolution has arrived in the land of the rising sun!!! Japan's CD market has died; but out of the ashes, the first pure electronic music download site has been born... sonictraveler.biz This site is suipported by Sonic Traveler Magazine Japan and offers Wav and Mp3 320kbps downloads!!! 1.30 euro trax and 7.8 euro full albums!!! Listen to complete track samples!!! Check it out here: http://sonictraveler.biz/shop/catalog/ Below is the English translation of our first newsletter: This is the first Sonic Traveler Digital Downloads (STDD) newsletter. We hope to point you to the good tunes out of all the crap that is being released recently. In a way, it comes at an appropriate time as Damion Psyreviews.com has officially retired. We will miss him and hope to carry the torch through these dark times. PSYTRANCE We are very proud to have the Solstice Music catalog on STDD. Solstice Music is Japan’s biggest and most respected labels. There are top line quality artist’s albums like Logic Bomb - Sonic Algebra and X-Dream - The Best 1991-2001, some great compilations and a real gem that is a must get... Crunchy Punch - Maximum Velocity. Oxygen Records is also a high quality label we would like to recommend. It doesn’t possess the big name artists like other labels but has the highest quality music... Especially check out V/A - Pulsar, V/A - Parsec and V/A - Satellite with huge tracks from Audialize - Full on chaos magic and Freakulizer - Are we there? Dacru Records have 2 classics V/A - Orientation 1 and V/A Orientation 2 with highlight tracks Alternative Control vs Bishop - Anaxadora and Digicult - In the river and Aquila - Destructive Ends. Other labels featured in the psytrance section include our own label Sonic Traveler Music with V/A - Earth Energy, Vapovent with the mindblowing music of Chromatone, Sanskara from Sth. Africa with quality releases V/A - Dexterity in Motion with the seriously funky Corona - Black Sirius and powerful debut album from label owners Hydraglyph - Kinetic. Maia Records has the high quality albums from Mexican legend D-tek - Earth Technologies & Broken Disk, Geomagnetic.tv with the beautifully crafted sounds of Atma - Beyond Good & Evil, ITP Music with ITP - Lose Your Illusion, one of the best full-on releases of 2007! Mandala Records with V/A - Energy, Morphonic Records with V/A - Psychofluid 1 & 2 and the great debut album from Swiss duo Rumble Pack - Packed and Ready, Par-2 Productions has a quality release in V/A - Mainspring Motion that has a techno edge to the sound. Proton Records from Brazil has big name artists and big sounds on its V/A - Positive Prototype and V/A - Highlights. Some nice full-on sounds from German label Psytropic Records and Austrian based 24/7 Media, Space Boogie Productions from Finland certainly is a rising star with debut releases from artists Vishnudata - Dreamforce and Astroschnautzer - The Debut PROGRESSIVE Iboga Records has a biggest presence in our progressive category so far with beautiful releases from Sun Control Species - Scienza Nuova, Antix - Wandering Remixes and Twin Coast Discovery, Ace Ventura - Rebirth and lots more. 24/7 Records has a great progressive debut album from Roomnoise Project - Light Sensitivity. Oxygen Records shows the diversity of its compilations and catalog with Soundfield - Audio Surfin and some quality progressive tracks from its compilations like Setherian & Hypersonic Whomen - Floripa Sunshine. Sonic Traveler Music has a selection of unreleased tracks from new Australian progressive sensation Tristan Boyle. DARK Meta - Ekstasis from Geomagnetic.tv is a “dark but not dark” powerful and groovey album, taking Dark music to another level. Trishula Records has Olien - Sounded Paratronic. Leading Japanese darkpsy crew Brainbusters has its first release V/A - Goods Carier. Leading Japanese Dark label Yabai Records has their complete catalog with killer releases like Toxic - Sabotage, V/A - Manga with Azax Syndrome vs Shift - How do you stop it (remix), V/A - Ministry of Chaos with Digital Talk - Acid Test. CHILL OUT Seahorse Transform - Dust from a trip is from Iboga’s chill out label Sofa Beats, a beautiful musical journey of ethnic tribal influences and instruments with an electric undercurrent. Krusseldorf - Smoker’s Lounge is another high standard release from Sofa Beats Khooman - Is a flexible liquid from Ajana Records is quality ambient music with soundscapes and textures that make you drift off into your imagination. ALBUMS The complete albums we put for download at STDD are what we consider as a complete experience. A album that all the tracks are of high quality and work together to give the listener a true journey. Something you would put on in the car on the way to a party and listen to from start to finish. In our albums download section you’ll find: Sun Control Species - Scienza Nuova (Iboga Records), ITP - Lose Your Illusion (ITP Music), Antix - Twin Coast Discovery (Iboga Records), Seahorse Transform - Dust from a trip (Sofa Beats), V/A - Earth Energy: Resolution (Sonic Traveler Music) X-Dream - The Best 1991 - 1995, X-Dream - The Best 1996 - 2001
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