Bandcamp is great. Not only because it allows artists from all over the earth to share their tunes and albums with the inhabitants of that same earth. No. There’s plenty of other ways to do that. Bandcamp is great because if you pay for the music, the artist gets most of the money directly. Not a record shop, their label or big-ass distribution companies. The artists get your money. Those guys that make the tunes. Sweet.
It’s like walking up to their door, ringing their doorbell, getting their latest record out of their hand and giving a crumpled-up banknote from your side pocket in exchange. It’s exactly like that! Except the walking up to their door, ringing their doorbell and getting a physical record part. But you are giving them your cash. In lots of cases you can even decide how much exactly. So that’s nice innit?
Here’s some cool stuff I noticed is up there. Even if you’re not willing to shell out one of those crumpled banknotes, there’s plenty of free stuff up for grabs too.
Space invaders. Probably one of the first computer games I ever played on a console. The blocky invaders have turned into pieces of geek culture all by themselves showing up all over the place from graffiti to tattoos and post-it art. So at one point I ran into this image on Flickr with yet another space invader on it and thought it would be great to use that as a desktop wallpaper somehow. I tried it out but didn’t like the result enough so I decided to make my own. From there I had a template to create some more and now I’m putting them up here for you to download. Yay!
All images are Creative Commons licensed so you can use them quite freely and share them with anyone you like. To maintain the crispness of the awesome gradient backgrounds (yeah, that’s about how far my Gimping skills go) all images are saved in PNG format for maximum quality. I’m also sharing the original GIMP XCF project files with these so that you can go ahead and create your own smashing mash-up of the space invader wallpaper suited to your own personal taste. There’s a template in there with the space invader ranging from very small to rather large. New backgrounds, new resolutions, new compositions, it’s all within your grasp if you get yourself a free copy of GIMP. Don’t forget to link back here if you create something truly awesome btw. I don’t mind some kick-ass wallpapers myself.
All files are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike license just to keep things a tad fair and make sure that everyone finds it way to the source files and gets the same chances of being creative with them. It’s all about the sharing baby!
Images are available in a blue, gold and green background and in 1024×768, 1280×1024, 1440×900 and 1680×1050 screen sizes.
Click the images to get a larger preview. To download you just click that little blue arrow appearing in the right upper corned when hovering the thumbnail.
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It’s turning out to be quite the musical week in posts here, but I just had to post about this one as well. Do you remember that 60×60 Buzz compilation I started last year? Well, since the Buzzchurch forum turned out to be a live bunch of music producers supplying the main source of tunes coming in for that entry, Owen Gilbride aka Cryptowen thought it would be cool to start up a new compilation. This time the theme was to write a soundtrack to the End of The World. How about that?
You can guess where the chaotic vs calmer tracks will be at right? Anyway, this collection is another one containing a wide variety of tracks in genre and style, which makes this one great to listen to and explore some new sounds. No matter what style you are in to, you’re bound to find some gems in here that you’ll like. It’s free anyway, so nothing is wasted if this turns out to be not your thing at all, but I doubt it.
Feel free to leave some comments here, or at archive.org if you like this release. I’m sure the folks who participated in it (like me) will love it (like me).
Update: there seems to be a problem with the VBR versions of some disks, which results in the VBR zip-file not being complete. Every file seems to be available in OGG format however.
A project that has been sucking up quite some time lately, but was well worth the investment is something I thought of doing after running into the Subvert Central 60×60 compilation.
I thought it would be great to have a similar compilation with tracks from people using Jeskola Buzz as their music software. I thought this would be great because I use Buzz myself, and it would be a way of forcing myself to actually write and release something again. Another reason is that I know there are a lot of people writing great stuff using this underrated piece of free software, and this would be an excellent way of getting some of that stuff out there.
After launching the idea on several mailing lists, spamming some folks over email, bending a few arms, and getting other volunteers on board to make some cover art and do the mastering, the final result is now online on archive.org. It turned out into something I’m quite proud of. The quality of the tunes submitted by the contributing artists are in general outstanding, ranging from poppy tunes, to chill ambient, crazy breakcore, techno and some industrial rock. I’ve listened to the compilation for a few weeks now and I have to say it still doesn’t bore me. I can’t help but cranking the volume up to insane levels with some of those tunes. They are simply t3h awesome!!!!11.
One of the best things about this for me personally is getting to know a lot of people from the Buzz scene by doing this. I found the Buzzchurch forum to be a real driving force for this project, as it’s full of positive energy and open-minded people. Props to you all, this wouldn’t have been possible without you guys.
So if you feel like downloading a quality compilation of 60 tracks, each 60 seconds in length by a ton of artists using Jeskola Buzz in one way or another… then get your butt over to archive.org and start downloading that free hour of sweet sounds!