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  • iMatik Reveals iPhone's Electronic Soundscape

    The list of functions - regardless of how useful - provided by the iPhone seems to get longer by the day. The latest unorthodox application of the iPhone's potential comes by way of the musical stylings of Tom Freeman, who may very well take the genre of "electronica" to a whole new level.

    Freeman is getting noticed for releasing a new album consisting of tracks composed entirely on the iPhone. Available now on his personal website (no, it isn't offered through iTunes yet), the twenty-five tracks on the album called "iMatik" were inspired by Freeman's tinkering with apps and various components of sound modification found therein. A sound engineer by trade, Freeman says the quality of the album's "songs" is on par with the quality generated by professional hardware synthesizers.

    According to Freeman's website, among the apps used to produce the album were Beatmaker, iDrum, Flare, and Jasuto. Further illustrating the original intention to "just have fun" with this project are the wacky and pop culture-friendly titles of some of the tracks. They include such names as: "Donuts Are Awesome," "I'll Kill You Leonard Nimoy," "Beer Coma," "Urine Idiot," and "Operation Vacuu-Suck." It should be noted, however, that the majority of songs are one minute or less in length.

    Freeman says his album is an "awesome psychedelic hip hop and electronic music experience." He's selling a physical CD for $8 and the download for $5. Something tells me Mariah Carey won't lose sleep over this one, but many iPhone enthusiasts will likely be curious to see their beloved handset used in yet another innovative fashion.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iMatik Reveals iPhone's Electronic Soundscape started by Michael Essany View original post
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    1. Freematik's Avatar
      Freematik -
      Hi confucious,

      It's a good question, and in fact since I'm kind of a student of the music industry in general, it's a tough question that all artists, PR people, label owners, etc. have to deal with now in this current situation. The music industry as it used to be is dead. Nobody really buys music like they used to. While there is still a market, it's really not feasible to put something out independently and expect to even make your money back, unless you really keep expenses low (which luckily I did).

      So while I was getting tens of thousands of plays for my songs, and inquiries about the album internationally, which by the way feels great and I can't thank everyone enough, I wasn't getting very many sales at all. I couldn't find any opportunities for distribution or licensing, which is not surprising. I thought about it, and like many many other artists now, I decided I am not going fight the reality that I won't make much money, and just would rather get this album in more people's hands, hopefully making some people happy along the way.

      Luckily I have a decent day job, and also since I'm a recording engineer in my off-time, I already had all the expenses paid for, so I can let it go that easy. I feel sorry for artists that really do have something to say, and are hoping their art can somehow provide income, because at least as the music industry is concerned, the days of small independent artists making a decent living are pretty much over. There are exceptions, especially for artists that play live frequently, but in most cases there isn't the phenomenon of the regional hit that there used to be.

      Long story short, I am doing what most independent recording artists are doing, which is just doing their art for the love of it, and hoping someone out there really digs it. And at the end of the day that isn't such a bad thing at all!!!

    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Good for you (and everyone else). Maybe people will like this enough to actually pay for your next album, who knows? Either way, it's a nice thing for you to do.

      If you hadn't made your offer to refund people then someone would have complained, but I really hope no one is mean enough to take you up on it.

      It must be nice to do something people like and make them happy - even if you can't make money at it!

      Good luck in all that you do.
    1. Freematik's Avatar
      Freematik -
      Thanks confucious!

      BTW- my experience on this forum, even just reading other threads, has been very positive... much different than other forums I've been part of, nice change of pace!