I haven't made any official 8bit bEtty releases in what feels like forever. This is partially because I've never put together a body of work that feels cohesive. Shifting aesthetics render some songs I had prepared for a new album antiquated. Other times I'll finish a song only to realize it's not very good or doesn't say something honest, and decide it should probably never see the light of day.
While taking a basic photography course, the instructor told me that one must take 300 photos to get one good image. This sentiment has had both positive and negative effects on my musical output. On the one hand it reminds me that it's actually necessary to write really bad music sometimes in order to write something I like later. There's nothing more crippling to an artist than Masterpiece Syndrome (the state of being afraid to create something unless it will be a masterpiece that will trump your last masterpiece).
On the other hand, after you finish something and decide you don't really like it, what do you do with it? Photographers take 300+ pictures in a session, but will rarely empty the contents of their flash card onto a flickr page and call it an evening. Even the impact from the good pictures will be muted in that context. Should I release an album just because I have enough material for one, or should I release it because I actually feel its something that I would spend time with if someone else handed me the same collection of tracks?
This question has been one of the obstacles preventing anything being released since the last EP. I don't plan to find any answers any time soon. I have, however, decided that I'd like to start releasing a series of Mostly Dead Music in an effort to remind myself that at the end of the day, it's all just a series of clicks and whistles. These will be some of the pieces that I either didn't like, didn't feel for, or couldn't pair with other songs for a proper release. It will be updated arbitrarily. Click each track to get a mini description of why it wasn't released.
I intend to distribute these tracks for free. Please put $0 in the pay what you want box. However, if you'd like to make a donation, I wouldn't refuse ;)
released May 7, 2010
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