Today, the Erik Satie record was approved for digital distribution and will go on sale March 10 as originally planned.
I will create a new page for "Discography" with links to my CD Baby store where it can be purchased as a download or as a CD for those of you who still want to be retro and use physical media. It will also be available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other .mp3 stores, as well as steamed through services like Spotify. The price for the .mp3 version will be $9.99 and the physical CDs will be sold for $11.99 (with a 20% discount for those who buy in bulk such as retailers). Bear in mind, these are the prices I set through CD Baby, and some sites have their own pricing systems that may exceed what I chose, or be offered for a little less.
I can't thank the people at CD Baby enough for helping me with a lot of the questions I had regarding the release of public domain classical music. The responses were detailed, fast and reliable, and this would have suffered so many delays if not for their customer service team.
Now, I'm moving onto the finishing up Earwig Rising. I still have to prepare the artwork, graphic design, register copyrights and register this one with ASCAP since it's all original material. All the audio work has been completed for a few months now, having finished mastering around Thanksgiving, so it's all about the look and legalities. I'm aiming for a late June or early July release so it comes out when all the big summer dance tunes make their appearance.
Well, this took longer than expected, but it's finally set: my Erik Satie record is going to be released on March 10.
I had a couple setbacks in getting to this point. First, we've had a major snowstorm every week (every Monday to be exact) and I hate to run my computer and do work with it when there's a risk of a power failure. I've had the power go out while it was running before and it helped contribute to a complete hard drive failure and the pain that comes with reinstalling every single piece of software in the studio.
Second, I was also backing up my main studio external hard drive to my cloud account for safe keeping and I've had glitches with files that I have open or are uploading to a website while they are also being uploaded to the cloud at the same time. This can include randomly changed sound samples, disconnected plug-ins, video files becoming unlinked in Premiere, etc., so I didn't want to upload the record to the distributors while that was happening and risk a corrupt file on either their end or mine.
There were a few personal things that got in the way over the last two weeks, mainly things involving my accounts getting hacked and my identity stolen (again, for the eighth time in ten months), which delayed the funding for the release.
With this one ready to hit the shelves, it's time to start getting together artwork for Earwig Rising, the electronic EP I'm planning to release this summer!