Saturday, January 26, 2013

"Excursions in Time & Space" is a FREE DOWNLOAD NOW!

BOOM! Da bomb has just exploded. After releasing the "Dub Antiquities" album, the mails started to drop in, first slowly then more and more. A big part of the mails were just congratulations and thanks by people who desperately wanted the old tracks during the past 2 years and couldn't find a way to get them. But I allways say "Work causes more work"... and so it was here. Because of the simple fact that "Dub Antiquities" is a selection of the best bits of the alionsonny musical past and in fact one which reflects my very own taste & perspective, it was just a matter of time until some folks told me, that her/his favorite song from the past was not in the selection. So i spent quite some time during the past 2 days, discussing how to handle the left over 26 tracks from the past, which were not selected for "Dub Antiquities". Should I make another "blast from the past" album? "Dub Antiquities Chapter II"? However I planned to solve this, I couldn't, because I simply didn't have enough of the old tracks in suitable quality to get them on an album of a quality which would be accepted by the retailers/shops.

So yesterday evening, over a glass of good red wine I decided to give away the discontinued album "Excursions in Time & Space" from 2006 for FREE. No, not just for a limitited time, no sweepstakes here. FREE means just free. the album is released under a Creative Commons License and so you can just download it and do with it whatever you want. And without any further words, here's a direct download link. Have Fun!

So, now we have found a solution for 26 of the 39 tracks of the 3 "problem albums". I'm sure, we'll find a solution for the leftover 13 tracks also, eh? ;)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

alionsonny's "Dub Antiquities" - A new old album

A while ago, i told you about a little problem I have with my older albums. Because of different reasons, i do not have MP3 versions of all titles on those albums in a quality suitable for the online shops. For example, my distributor Routenote only accepts MP3s in a quality of 192 kbps or better. To make it short: I cannot distribute my old albums "Early Xperiments in Dub", "This is not really Reggae" and "Excursions in Time & Space" in their current form via Amazon, iTunes etc. Still many people ask where they can buy the old albums. Problem...

Or not a problem at all, because I now made a very easy and logical decision: All tracks from the old albums of which i do not have a sufficient MP3, a wave audio or the original project file will be soon released on a FREE album, which will of cause please all the freeriders. Yes, this will be a absolutely free download. And what about the other tracks? They will be published on one ot two new albums. If i like the sound of the existing versions, they go directly on the new album, otherwise they will get a remix. Some of the old stuff sounds really awfull and needs some work.

And now REAL good news: I allready compiled the traditional 13 tracks for the first "new old album". It is 9 tracks from the album "This is not really Reggae" and 4 from the album "Early Xperiments in Dub". 5 of the tracks have more or less been remixed and got a more or less extensive overhaul.

The album will be out in the shops, depending on how fast the folks at Routenote get the album pushed to the shops this time. If you can't wait at all, you can order allways directly from me.

The album title is "Dub Antiquities" and it will contain the following tracks:

01. Individuality (Original)
02. Terra (Original)
03. Malina Dub (Original)
04. Mountainbiking on Mars (Original)
05. Fyah pon everything (Original)
06. Revolution NOW! (Original)
07. Versionist Dub (Original)
08. Walking Dub (2012 Remix)
09. Drunken Joe in Space (Original)
10. Flying Dutchman dub (2012 Remix)
11. Interstellar Travel (Original)
12. Mandala (Original)
13. Walking Dub (2012 Remix)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What's goin' on?

Well, everthing which is not going off ;) Dunno if that "joke" makes sense in English language in German it does ;) So, there were no news posted on this Blog for quite a time. And because most of you do not read my news on Facebook, Twitter etc., it is most likely, that by now some of you ask themselves if everything is going smooth here at the alions den. Well, it does. Since my last post indeed some stuff happened. Not as much as I would have liked and some stuff happened not the way it was supposed to. Well, here's the story. I try to keep it short...

On New Years Eve a wonderfull friend (and even bigger Willma Poppen Fan) remembered, that she did not give any gifts for Christmas to me this year. You know: I do not give much attention to all that gifting stuff, even tho I like to receive gifts. But gifts aren't a must here. Well and that amazing lady has also a very amazing memory. And so she remembered that recently I answered her question about what I still want for my computer with "SSD and 8 GB of RAM to upgrade it to 16 GB". And so she dragged me to my trusted hardwaredealer and we bought the components. Now the experienced PC builder asks himself what troubles may lay ahead when installing those components... and the PC builder, experienced in trouble knows: "A lot!". And so it happened: After installing the components, my former system disk (which was to be replaced by the SSD) was no longer recognized by the system. This caused a little loss of data, which... well .. complicated some stuff. A rather lengthy data recovery process and some secondary problems with the new system also stole some time from me. Well, so far the decription of that little desaster, which caused quite a slowing down of my work at the start of the year. And still I got some stuff done, of which I simply forgot to report some here in this blog also:

1. Most of you will surely be happy about the fact, that the introduction part of "AlionLive Return 2 Madeira" is finally finnished and online. Ok, it is just an introduction, which consists of 99% me talking into the camera, but a start has been made. Now the rest will go rather smooth. There was not much of an opportunity during the hollidays and new year to turn my small flat into a videostudio and this, amongst a few other things, kept me from getting further with this. For the upcomming parts of ALR2M I must ask for your patience again, because the ammount of raw video material is gigantic and I will put more effort this time in the cutting and postproduction. But here's the introduction part for now. Have fun!

2. The "ghostproject", how friends call it, also did a big step forward. Which "ghostproject"? Well, TUBENWURST of cause! That project, which is, so to say, the sequel of the album "Electronic Spacerock" released it's third track so far. And this one is dedicated to a very special person I met on my next-to-last day in Madeira. And because of that the track is named after that person "Beatrice". Want to hear it? Of cause...

3. Around Christmas the first track of Willma Poppen after the release of the Album "Heroes of the Popp-Culture" was released. So, this is the first track for an upcomming second album by Willma Poppen. You can read more about that in the official Willma Poppen Blog. Wanna hear the track? Here it is:

4. Around New Years Eve I startet a sweepstakes, where you can win one of five free downloads of the Album "Heroes of the Popp-Culture" by Willma Poppen. Due to the IT-desaster described above, the promotion of that event was nearly completely trashed. Because of that, i decided to delay the drawing of the winners to the 30th of January. So you still have the chance to participate. Read the details in the official Willma Poppen Blog.

5. And what about the relaunch of all alionmind websites? Simple answer: Currently nothing! Due to the IT-desaster described above that got...complicated. Once everything is again up and running here, I'll work at it with full force.

So, what did I forget? Of cause something. Once I remember everything I forgot to write here, there will be an update. Until then: Be well and heads up, this winter will also be over one day ;)