dBV.0 Version Zero

Dylan's finally making an album… and you're going to help!


Over the past couple of years, I’ve written and recorded about 17 original tracks, and the writing’s still happening. Style-wise, it’s all over the map: everything from classical-esque choral a cappella, to rock, to world/jazz, to a satirical “children’s song” about the economic meltdown.  No-one in their right mind would try to sell this as a typical album. Where would you put it in the record store… if you could find one these days? Yet, music is still marketed and sold in “albums” , so I still have to take the best of it, and put it in one package.

The thing is, to a songwriter, songs are like kids… you love ‘em all for different reasons, and you can’t really play favourites. You love them for who they are, and may be a little blind to their shortcomings.

This is where you come in.

For a limited time, I’m making all my tracks available as free downloads. I’m looking for feedback on the pieces in order to put out the best album I possibly can. I need expert opinions… and you’re an expert! You’ve been listening to music all your life. You know what moves you, what seems to “work” in a song, and what leaves you uninterested. I’m looking for all sorts of input from an everyday listener who might say  “that song was moving… but it feels too long”  to the music nerds who might say “you need a little less 4Khz on the 2nd guitar part”.

So here’s what you do:

  • LISTEN to the songs. Download them so you can listen to them whenever you want.
  • TALK to me: let me know your opinion by taking my little survey.
  • SHARE my music: email the songs you like to your friends, post them on Facebook, et cetera… and ask them to do the same. Just click the "share" button on the album page.
  • I’m calling this project “Version Zero.” Why? I’m glad you asked!

    In the old days, an artist would lock herself away, toil for ages on her latest recording project, then “release”  it as a fait accompli. No changes, no adjustments… and no help from her audience. She had to cross their fingers and hope that their fans liked it… or at least liked a couple of songs enough to buy the record. Then the listener would have to buy the whole record… and hope that they liked enough of it to make it worthwhile.

    The whole thing seems so… twentieth-century.

    Enter the internet. Add mp3s, iPods, and music sharing. Subtract the demise of the Major-Label system of music delivery. Multiply by a few social-networking sites, and you have the scene today. Nobody really knows how it all goes together, and we get to make up the rules as we go along. So, I’m doing something different.

    I figure that if movies and products have focus groups and market research, I may as well use these new internet tools to bring people into the process of shaping my new record. In software-lingo, this is Version Zero, and you’re my beta-testers.

    I have no idea how long this will take… but I’ll stay in touch every step of the way.

    Thanks for being an integral part of the new way of making music!

    Yours in Harmony

    Dylan

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