Foetus Products Shop Open
In preparation for our next release, Spookhouse, I’ve set up a proper shop to sell it! Our intention is to sell everything ourselves via this sole outlet. (Click image for the UK shopping site.)
Kicking off the shop I’ve reworked (…er…shouldn’t that be ‘am in the process of re-working?…) all tracks from the two previous CD issues. Finally I’ve had a decent handle of the articles…
Some have been substantially changed which may upset the purists, my current modus operandi being to imagine myself back then using the current software and equipment I now have at my disposal, then to change the existing 2-track recordings to best fit this basic idea. After all, they’re already in the digital domain – so I may as well try and make them something like how I/we wanted originally, but was thwarted by technology.
In tandem with this, I’ve whipped out some jam and hidden parts in tribute especially to Paul, Jeff & Garry, because this was the core of many creations that appear on those two releases and turned them into something dark and tragic, as that’s how I currently feel about their absence from the planet.
As Steve Jobs once said,
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Close observers will spot the “new” tracks. They are there to highlight our jollity, our bleakness, the tiny hidden gems of deftness in improvisational Jeff’s playing and Paul’s lyricism, the randomness of Gazza and the end that must come to us all.
All this stuff is competitively priced compared to the muffled output from the usual on-line stores.
The Spookhouse design is currently being set. Downloads from the CD will be available following the CD release.
These will be released, mainly as download, for other artists wanting to contribute to to the Foetus Products collective sound resource. This isn’t a joke. We really mean it folks!
I’ve set it up using open-source software on the foetusproducts.co.uk domain. All links are secure where they need to be using a SSL Certificate I bought from GoDaddy.com, as they were had a special offer going…! It’s security level is the highest you can get (it uses a 2048 bit key), which means folks should have no qualms about their bank getting raided or whatever if they buy from us.
Users will have a choice of two financial transaction processors – PayPal and Google Checkout for which I’ve set up merchant accounts. They’re ubiquitous and most people are familiar with their operation nowadays. I thought about using Amazon, but they don’t currently process for digital items.
The reason that we’ve gone this route harks back to our (i.e. Crawling Chaos’s) independence of spirit – and because our returns will be on par to going the iTunes route, say, for distribution. We lose about 10% commission in the transaction process compared to a lot more through online download stores.