Franz Schubert: Winterreise - a story about the internet (2006)
I want to tell you a story about the internet - a story, which would not have been told a few years ago. Perhaps this story is also interesting for other musicians to make their own productions.
In 2002 I performed a Lieder Recital with the "Winterreise" by Franz Schubert in Berlin. In summer 2004 a German collector of the "Winterreise" visited my website and asked me to get a private recording of this Lieder Recital. I had recorded this Lieder Recital with my Sony Professional and I sold a music cassette for 10 EURO to this collector. I really had not made this recording for the public. The collector liked this recording and he sent me a selfmade CD made from this music cassette with thanks. On this CD he had removed the white noise of the music cassette (but he had also removed a lot of the sound!).
At the end of 2005 I got an email from an English music-lover, that he had heard about my "Winterreise" - CD from a Dutch music-lover and that he wanted to buy it. I got a huge shock, because I was afraid that the German collector had distributed his selfmade CD of my recording all over the world, and I made inquiries. But the collector was a gentleman: He had not distributed his selfmade CD, but he had told the other music-lovers about my recording. I contacted all the "Winterreise"-lovers and I promised to make a CD from my recording by myself.
I got myself different sound programmes, experimented with them and now a CD is generated from my analog live recording! I have removed the white noise and other bothering noises. I have made an effort to get the analog sound of the live recording as true to the original as possible. This is very important for me, because I prefer the analog sound to the digital sound.
When the CD was bought by the different "Winterreise" collectors, I remembered a talk with a collegue about CD Baby. The Website http://cdbaby.com offers a chance for independent musicians to sell their CDís in the USA. I have bought an UPC-Barcode from CD Baby and now my CD "Franz Schubert: Winterreise" is available on CD Baby and on iTunes (and other digital distributors). You can listen to all my songs for free here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/hoogklimmer. If you have installed iTunes on your computer, you can click on this link to see my CD: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=164021987&id=164021978&s=143441
The digital selling is a very easy way for independent musicians to sell their music. You donít need a record company, external sales and distribution etc. You only need your MP3ís and a jpg-file of your cover.
I hope you will enjoy this story!
And by the way, if you are interested in MySpace, you are welcome as my friend: http://www.myspace.com/wiebkehoogklimmercontralto.
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