Suddenly mid-January, 150 additional visitors showed daily on Continuo after a post on Nau Pyrata. For several weeks, they rummaged through all my files, downloaded whatever they could and left no comment whatsoever. They behaved like chinese people, grabbing everything in sight, as if deprived from mp3s for ages. They’re gone now and I can breathe again, feeling at home with the more or less 300 dedicated readers following this blog since the beginning. I assume the kind of music championed on Continuo cannot really attract many hundred readers on this planet and 300 visitors a day is more than I could dream of. I know the blogosphere is like real life: a majority of passive people and a few proactive ones. But with the blogosphere almost completely dead at the moment, and too many bloggers eager to serve the interests of major companies and mainstream musicians, I’m afraid passivity is ultimately going to enhance the scarcity of good music released and distributed. Anyway, thanks to the dedicated followers who’ve been visiting regularly since last autumn.
Both Cora Emens and Hessel Veldman (All Chemix Radio and FNTC members) have been extensively commenting on the FNTC ‘Opera’ cassette post, between last January 21-25, 2008. Cora provided historical information helping those interested getting an idea as of how the All Chemix Radio and the Fanatic/FNTC’s episodes were born. Cora and Hessel slightly disagree on the early days of this extraordinary adventure, though. Finally, it would be useful to have Willem De Ridder’s point of view, unfortunately he doesn’t reply to my emails.
I’ve been asked to contribute to Ubuweb’s new Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine archives. At first, I was interested but I have mixed feelings about the result. Basically they took my mp3s and uploaded it over there without further comment or introduction, safe for the cassette blurb (including subscription rates!). I’ve been asked to write a new introduction and an updated cassettography but this hasn’t appear on Ubu. Kenny Goldsmith uploaded several additional issues of those mighty tapes, so a visit to their Sound page is mandatory. No one is to complain when hard to find good music is being made available, but the way it is done is quite perplexing. Additionally, Tellus #13 ‘Power Electronics’ have been posted on Shards Of Beauty blog, and has yet to appear on Ubu. A picture of the cover can be found here.