New website (again)

We don’t really care about Christmas.

However, since Streams of Europe’s latest album, Degenesis, is finally complete, we thought it would be nice to make everything available for download in the same place.

During the last few years, we’ve tried a lot of music distribution networks. All of them were interesting in their own way. All of them also had their own limitations.

  • Soundcloud is awesome, but  expensive, especially for long tracks. And ambient music means long tracks.
  • Bandcamp is great too, but lacks customization and community features. While it allows very long tracks, it’s still not enough for one-hour-long works.
  • Jamendo keep spamming you about selling your music, and the random friend requests are sort of annoying.
  • The 61 is a nice place, but it’s not really adapted for experimental and ambient music.
  • MySpace is dead (and that’s a relief).
  • Last FM is where the adventure started. You’ll find awesome people here, but it’s still more a radio than a distribution network.
  • Facebook is, well, Facebook. A soulless place made to suck your soul.
  • Google+, iLike, Bebo, ReverbNation, PureVolume… We don’t care enough to check if they still exist.
  • Diaspora holds a special place in our hearts. Our most web-addicted member, lectronice, even participated to #diasporanoise2011. But Diaspora isn’t a music distribution network.

The truth is, there are simply too many places to upload and promote music, and not enough time. We want to stop wasting time on various networks, and focus on what Streams of Europe is about.

Hence this new website. You can already listen to everything in your browser. Try the top right menu on the Streams of Europe page, or hit play in the albums category for a full playlist.

You may also enjoy some minimal wallpapers, available for download in Art of The Rain.

The Christmas gift, which may or may not be available on Christmas, will consist in Streams of Europe’s complete discography encoded in 320kb/s.

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