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Has SoundCloud just killed itself by blackmailing it’s users?

SoundCloud is an amazing platform for sharing and listening to music – especially a perfect place for musicians on a tight budget and independent musicians looking for a place to host their tracks or share them with the world. Many bands, solo-artists, talkradio, local radiostations and so on share their audio on SoundCloud. This has come to grinding halt.

UPDATE – SOUNDCLOUD HAS GOTTEN A LOT OF FEEDBACK ON THIS DECISION AND WILL NOT IMPLEMENT IT.

What happened? SoundCloud notified it’s users they would need to pay for the services SoundCloud is offering as soon as they post more than 15 tracks or 3 hours of audio. Of course there is a simple way around this: put your albums in one huge mp3 per album.. so you can post 15 albums. But that’s not very useful. Especially for all these artist websites, studios, bands and so on that embedded their songs in their websites. Or, even worse, other websites that embedded their tracks, .. you would need to remove the tracks and upload new ones. Or, .. do nothing. Since, if you don’t upload new tracks, the old ones will stay at their service. The effect of this will be your account will be ‘frozen’. If you want to stay with the free service and remove tracks to post new ones there will be many ‘dead links’ to your songs.

For podcasts or radiostations, 3 hours and 15 files will probably enough to have their 15 most recent shows online. But still, the archive of shows will need to go if they have any.

PAY OR DIE

So, is there no other way around it? Yes, of course there is.. as I’ve mentioned: if you’re willing to pay. If you pay some money you get unlimited upload. You can keep using the service as you were used to. Currently they offer a discounted version, for around €75 for the first year. That’s still a lot of money for many people. So people will abandon ship or remove songs to post new ones.

I mean, really, do they want this to happen at SoundCloud? 404-errors all over? Dead links? I think it hasn’t occurred to them this will not only kill their website traffic but also their Google SEO-ranking… 🙁

THE END OF SOUNDCLOUD AS WE KNOW IT

This would be the end of SoundCloud as we know it and as we loved it. A 15-song limit is way to small. Especially if you have been around long, you might have build up a nice catalogue of songs as a band or solo-artist. And as soon as you want to upload you have the choice: pay or loose a (large) part of your library, effectively killing all embeds and ‘deeplinks’ to your music. This is, imho, blackmailing people to pay. It’s no problem for us to put the money on the table, it is, however, against our will. We’re being forced to pay .. and we don’t like that at all..!

The tracks by Solid Rock Blues Band and others recorded at the LoftStudio (Zolderstudio) can be found here:
https://soundcloud.com/barkingaunts

 

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Al We Talk About Is You – Official Video Released

What’s it we talk about today? You! All we ever talk about is You. Always. And I don’t mind. Let’s be clear about this. Narcissism is very good for your own EGO. Right? So let’s write a song about!

The video was created using royalty free stockvideo and edited using FlowBlade (Linux video editing). The song was written together with my friend James and features Judith S. (not the lady in the video) on vocals.

Prefer online streaming instead of YouTube? Try Drooble. Want to be kind to us? Buy the song or even the album! It’s available at CDBaby and BandCamp.

This is the new single from our latest release, “The End Of The Street“. Please see this post for detailed information about the release.

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Radio Rejects (EP) Out Now. And it’s FREE!

Radio Rejects Free Blues Country and Rock and Roll albumAre you looking for original Blues, Country and some raw Rock and Roll? Can’t afford much or perhaps even nothing for music? Pay whatever you can (“name your price”). Or download the album for free if you’re willing to allow us to add your email to our contact list at BandCamp. And we promise, we won’t start spamming you!

This is Solid Rock Blues Band’s 3rd album and we think it’s one of the best albums we’ve ever recorded! We want the word to get out and want it to be heard. So, we’re offering it for a “whatever you can afford” price.

It took us over a year, but here it is and it’s all yours for free. Although we’d love to cash in big on this album we believe in sharing the joy of music. And if you can, yes we’d be very grateful if you’d be willing to pay some for all our hard work and effort that went into the recording and production of this album.

Also available on ReverbNation (paid download) and free streaming at SoundCloud and Audiomack. However, on BandCamp ONLY there are 3 additional (hidden) bonus tracks available!

BANDCAMP [FREE DOWNLOAD]
Includes three, exclusive, bonus tracks!

https://barkingaunts.bandcamp.com/album/radio-rejects

REVERBNATION
At Reverbnation, you will get 6 tracks for US$ 5.00

https://www.reverbnation.com/5458791/album/214245

AUDIOMACK
https://audiomack.com/album/solid-rock-blues-band/radio-rejects

SOUNDCLOUD
https://soundcloud.com/barkingaunts/sets/srbb-radio-rejects-pre-release

ZOLDERSTUDIO (LOFT STUDIO)

All songs recorded, mixed and mastered at the ZolderStudio (Loft Studio). The ZolderStudio is our home recording project studio where the albums of the Solid Rock Blues Band are recorded as well as other bands/artists.

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No Limit (On Love) Hit The Charts!

Limit On Love Hits the Charts Download at Bandcamp
Limit On Love Hits the Charts at Drooble

Only 2 days after it’s release, “No Limit (On Love)” reached #12 on the Drooble Blues Charts! Highest position for the track was at #7 and it stayed in the  Top10 Blues charts for over a week.

If not on Drooble, you can find the new track at SoundCloud. And no, we didn’t pay anything for this. At Drooble, you get free radioplay. Yes, you read correct: Free.

https://soundcloud.com/barkingaunts/no-limit-on-love

Or listen for free at BandCamp, where it’s also available for download for only US$0.70.

https://barkingaunts.bandcamp.com/track/no-limit-on-love

No Limit (On Love) is the new single by the Solid Rock Blues Band project. A lovesong, but not the standard lovesong. Fast and up-tempo power chords blues-rock.

There ain’t No Limit On Love. You can’t get no speeding ticket for loving someone so much it’s almost illegal, right? All right! So here’s our new track “No Limit (On Love)”. You can listen for free on SoundCloud, AudioMack and BandCamp.

iTUNES and SPOTIFY

The single is also available on iTunes and Spotify.

 

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No Limit On Love Powerfull Blues Rock Lovesong BandCamp SoundCloud Audiomack Download

No Limit On Love – New Single

No Limit (On Love) is the new single by the Solid Rock Blues Band home recording project. A lovesong, but not the standard lovesong. Fast and up-tempo power chords blues-rock.

There ain’t No Limit On Love. You can’t get no speeding ticket for loving someone so much it’s almost illegal, right? All right! So here’s our new track “No Limit (On Love)”. You can listen for free on SoundCloud, AudioMack and BandCamp.

The song was written and recorded in high speed, just as the song itself is in high speed. It took only two days to write the lyrics and music and record and mix it(!) that doesn’t make it a substandard songs. Some awesome songs were written in studio’s “on the spot”. Remember the story about U2’s album “October”? The lyrics (for some songs) were lost (stolen), so Bono had to write some lyrics while they were in the studio!

It’s a fast song, power-chords based and recorded at the Zolderstudio Homerecording Studio. It probably would fit the Bluesrock bag or Rock and Roll. Anyway – it’s about the favorite theme of most people: Love. And this is a love-song that isn’t about Red Roses and fast heartbeats.

Like it? You can download a HQ Audio version from BandCamp for only US$ 0.70.

 

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Sing me a Song (free download)

Today I’ve recorded “Sing Me A Song”, a free song available on SoundCloud (and Audiomack also soon) in my studio. It’s less than two minutes(!) and the full lyrics are included at soundcloud. I’ve posted a short demo of it before. Including a video.

The song was recorded using Ardour Studio (here’s a video about the small and low budget studio I operate) and for the acoustic guitar I’ve used my Washburn guitar. For recording this great acoustic guitar I’ve used a (very) cheap Chinese pickup I’ve bought some time ago (video/demo). I also added a condenser mic in front of it, so it’s got two sound sources in the recording giving it more depth and ‘space’.

For drums and bass I’ve used my Digitech Trio pedal and finaclly the electric guitar is my Fender “Starcaster” Stratocaster on rhythm and lead guitar. For this guitar I used the JoYo “American” pedal. A superb pedal that works very nice with Fender guitars but also with my Gretsch of course.

Finally I recorded the vocals using my BM-800 mic. One of the best condenser mic’s you can get for the money, paid less than $20 dollar for it!

 

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New (first) single release Solid Rock Blues Band!

Today we’ve released our first, official, single at BandCamp, Audiomack and SoundCloud. The single, an original song written bij Rudy & James, is available for download for only US$ 0.70. You can stream it for free on all sites mentioned of course.

The song is a more-or-less acoustic folk-rock song, recorded at the ZolderStudio. The song was written and composed originally by Rudy, and after the first rough demo was recorded it was send to his friend James (aka “Le Jaz”). James wrote the bridge and came up wih some advice and suggestions for the chord progression. Yesterday the final version was recorded and mixed. Today we did the ‘mastering’ and here it is!

 

ALBUM

At the moment we’re still working on songs, new original recordings and covers. We expect to have enough good tracks for a debut album for the spring of 2018. We hope to be able to publish a 12 track album but it will be at least containing eight songs, including some cover songs.

LYRICS

Music & Words ©2017 R. Brinkman/J. Zheutlin
Recorded and mixed at the ZolderStudio, Noordhorn (NL)

I feel so miserable today
‘cus my girl has gone away
I feel so miserable today
‘cus my girl has gone away
I’m so lonely and miserableThere’s no way she’s coming back
she said to me
There’s no way I’m coming back
she said to me
I’m miserableIt used to be my smile
Never wandered from my face.
Now I feel like
the loneliest saddest guy
In the whole human race.
I’m miserable….
I’m miserable….

I feel so miserable today
‘cus my girl has gone away
I feel so miserable today
‘cus my girl has gone away
I’m so lonely and miserable

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