I did post on this thread just before the website fell over but it obviously didn’t make it into the site backup.
‘Mir’ won’t be released on Twisted but only because I’ve decided to have a go at doing it myself. I haven’t fallen out with Twisted, we’re still friends and there is every chance I’ll release my future albums with them - if they like them, obviously.
Things have changed a lot in the world of music distribution since ‘Skylon’ was released and in a spirit of experimentation and curiosity I’ve elected to make ‘Mir’ available from my website http://www.ottsonic.net via Bandcamp and through the usual digital channels [iTunes etc] via an online digital distributor called Tunecore.
I think Younger Brother had the same curiosity with their new record when they got involved with Pledge Music and I’m looking forward to catching up with Simon and Benji to compare notes.
In other news, as jazzbjorn says, there won’t be a vinyl release of anything of mine ever, mainly because I think vinyl is a dreadful medium whose only redeeming feature is that the sleeves are big enough to roll a joint on. Aside from the fact that it crackles, rumbles, warps and wears out, there are way too many technical limitations inherent in the way music has to be mastered to work on vinyl. I like the dynamic range of digital and the fact that you can, if you want, record things which would blow up a vinyl cutting lathe. I do miss the excitement of watching the engineer cutting the vinyl master but not that much.
That’s not to say I’m a fan of mp3 either - all lossy digital compression sounds pretty awful to me and CDs are bullshit too. I have a 160gb iPod full of 16bit 44.1khz wavs and that seems to be the best medium for now - at least until music players start supporting FLAC natively.
There aren’t any samples of ‘Mir’ because I haven’t finished making the record yet. That’s not an oversight, it’s just the way I wanted to do it. My goal was to make a record and then make it available with the minimum of fuss. No samples online, no pre-orders and no promos to journalists. So, on March 8th it’ll just suddenly appear and be available to everyone who wants to hear it. I’m finishing up the mixing this week, mastering on February 28th and releasing it one week later. That’s about as uncomplicated as I could make it.