About blocSonic

It all began back in 2006 with an idea to promote musical gems discovered in the then burgeoning netlabel scene. After a few months of planning, coding & designing, I launched blocSonic with the debut release of the netBloc compilation series.

A couple years later, after having been featured in a netBloc, Ant The Symbol fka Just Plain Ant asked if I’d be interested in releasing an album. I was honestly surprised by that. At the time my intention hadn’t been to run blocSonic as a “music label”. It was a hobby started as a way to help other music fans discover great music by netlabels doing their own thing. However… almost instantly as I considered it… I realized how much I loved the idea of running a label. Throughout my life, no matter what kind of creative endeavor or project I took on, I tried to find a way to connect it to music. Plus, as a professional graphic designer, what could be better than being the primary designer for a label?!?

Little did I know, that decision in late 2008 would set the wheels in motion for the future. After a few years of organic growth, continuing to release original music and expanding the digital release format selection, blocSonic found itself in a right place, right time situation. Opportunity knocked on multiple fronts… the stage was set for another organic transformation.

In 2017, a decade after the debut netBloc, another idea began to take shape. An idea shaped by myself and partners… Chris Cory (owner of the eclectic Mind’s Ear Records), Shawn Franklin (audio mastering and restoration guru, co-founding member of The Scallions), David “C-Doc” Snyder (Filmmaker, member of The Impossebulls and overall music producer extraordinaire) and Douglas Whitfield (co-founder of the Music Manumit podcast).

The idea took form as we asked ourselves some key questions. What if blocSonic could take our attention to detail and quality to physical releases? What if we could build a successful hybrid music business? What if we could sell music licensed under a Creative Commons license and still provide free mp3 and FLAC audio downloads? What if we could give artists a platform and label that treats a “music deal” like a partnership? No advances that later leave the artist indebted to the label when those costs later have to be recouped. No “percentage point” schemes where the artist earns fractions of pennies on the dollar for each copy sold. Instead… production costs are recouped and then the label and artist split profits down the middle… 50/50.

In 2019, we began to answer those questions and more. We did so along with our sister label Mind’s Ear Records as blocGLOBAL. In addition, through a key partnership with Traffic Entertainment Group we moved into retail distribution to get the music you love into the stores you love. That’s right, your favorite netlabel in your favorite physical stores.

We kicked things off as a hybrid with our debut physical release, which was also a Record Store Day exclusive! That release was original Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley’s Joe Haze Session #2, a 7" containing two intimate acoustic cover songs… unfortunately his final recordings. On Side A, a cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U and Side B, a cover of Faith No More’s Take This Bottle, interestingly, a Mike Patton era song.

After the Record Store Day release, we went on to release something a bit more eclectic to help reinforce the fact that we’re a record label that does things differently. What we released was a limited run cassette by UK experimental act Renaldo & The Loaf. A deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition of their D.I.Y. debut release Play Struvé & Sneff.

So from here on out, this Old Orchard Beach, Maine based record label / netlabel has everything to prove and it will do so in ways other independent music labels haven’t.

Listen. Get to know us.

— Mike Gregoire, Founding Owner / Head of Operations


Want more information? Want to release music via blocSonic? Contact us… we’d love to hear from you!


Originals

During our travels through the wide-world of netaudio culture, we find artists who stand out and who we feel would be perfect to spotlight independently in original blocSonic album releases. Each Original features:

  • Available in a choice of three high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3.
  • Complete album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF.
  • 40+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, lyrics, photos and album credits.

All our original releases are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Please see individual release pages for the specific license details. Regardless of the license, we explicitly authorize the use of our original releases during for-profit DJ performances, radio broadcasts and in online DJ mixes. We do ask that you notify us of your use for our own curiosity and that blocSonic and the album artist are attributed and linked to where possible.

fortyFives

fortyFives are blocSonic’s take on the classic 7" single format. An A side, a B side and tracks no longer than 6 minutes in length. Because of this, it’s the perfect format to allow us the freedom to quickly surprise you with new music any day of the week by any current and future artists. They send us the music, we quickly get it to you. Each fortyFive features:

  • Available in a choice of four high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, OGG, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3.
  • Cover/Insert art and a short PDF booklet

All our fortyFives are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Please see individual release pages for the specific license details. Regardless of the license used, we explicitly authorize the use of our fortyFives during for-profit DJ performances, radio broadcasts and in online DJ mixes. We do ask that you notify us of your use for our own curiosity and that blocSonic and the album artist are attributed and linked to where possible.

blocSonic Re-releases

blocSonic continues doing what it’s been doing since 2007… delivering incredible music. With the re-release series it’s giving incredible previously released albums a much needed return to retail!

maxBlocs

These fantastic releases are blocSonic’s brand of promotional maxi-single and EP. As with traditional maxis, each of our maxBlocs feature 3-6 previously unreleased exclusive tracks! You can expect us to release 2 singles per Original/Xtended Edition release. We’ll also occasionally surprise you with original EP releases! Each maxBloc features:

  • Available in a choice of four high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, OGG, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3.
  • Complete art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF.
  • PDF booklet

All our maxBloc releases are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Please see individual release pages for the specific license details. Regardless of the license, we explicitly authorize the use of our maxBloc releases during for-profit DJ performances, radio broadcasts and in online DJ mixes. We do ask that you notify us of your use for our own curiosity and that blocSonic and the album artist are attributed and linked to where possible.

uniDrops

A special single track release series that allows for our artists to surprise blocSonic listeners with music that perhaps may not fit into the context of any of our other release formats.

  • Available in a choice of four high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, OGG, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3.
  • Cover/Insert art and a short PDF booklet

All our uniDrops are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Please see individual release pages for the specific license details. Regardless of the license used, we explicitly authorize the use of our fortyFives during for-profit DJ performances, radio broadcasts and in online DJ mixes. We do ask that you notify us of your use for our own curiosity and that blocSonic and the album artist are attributed and linked to where possible.

Mind’s Ear Re-releases

blocSonic sister label Mind’s Ear Records specializes in delivering incredible eclectic underground music. The Re-release series focuses on re-releasing underground gems that greatly deserve another physical run.

Xtended Editions

Each of our Xtended Edition (XE) series is essentially a re-release. A re-release of an album that blocSonic found to be an exceptional example of the quality that the netaudio world is capable of producing. These re-releases contain the original album as well as at least a bonus disc worth of material (remixes, demos, outtakes, new material and/or other unreleased material). They also feature fresh album art and as with all our releases an extensive PDF booklet.

Each Xtended Edition features:

  • At least 1 disc worth of bonus material
  • Available in a choice of four high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, OGG, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3.
  • Complete new album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF.
  • 40+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, lyrics, photos and album credits.

All our Xtended Editions are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Please see individual release pages for the specific license details. Regardless of the license used, we explicitly authorize the use of our Xtended Editions during for-profit DJ performances, radio broadcasts and in online DJ mixes. We do ask that you notify us of your use for our own curiosity and that blocSonic and the album artist are attributed and linked to where possible.

Sevens

This is blocGLOBAL’s high-quality, direct to retail Traffic Entertainment distributed 7" format for blocSonic and Mind’s Ear Records. If you’ve been digging what we do in the digital space, get ready to enjoy what we do with physical formats!

improvBlocs

Experimentation at blocSonic, lives here!

This release series is designed to celebrate improvisational music creation. Each release is a 20-40 minute improv session that, while improvisational, still retains some loose connection to traditional song structure… think Jazz… but not necessarily JAZZ. Knowhadimean? Each improvBloc features:

  • Available in a choice of four high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, OGG, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3.
  • Complete art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF.
  • PDF booklet

All our improvBloc releases are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Please see individual release pages for the specific license details. Regardless of the license used, we explicitly authorize the use of our improvBloc releases during for-profit DJ performances, radio broadcasts and in online DJ mixes. We do ask that you notify us of your use for our own curiosity and that blocSonic and the album artist are attributed and linked to where possible.

samplePacks

At blocSonic we have always embraced Creative Commons licensing. We've recently begun moving to a more sample friendly license for all our releases. In addition to that we are giving back to the CC community by releasing our own special sample packs that feature a very liberal Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that can even be used for commercial releases!

netBlocs

Each of these eclectic releases shine a spotlight on ten or so international audio gems culled from the Netaudio culture. Each netBloc features:

  • Available in a choice of three high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3.
  • Complete album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF.
  • 30+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, track credits and artist photos.

Intros

A new compilation series in which we curate a selection of favorites from an individual artist’s body of work. The same care goes into each of these as you’ve come to expect from our netBloc series. Each Intro features:

  • Available in a choice of four high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, 320kbs MP3, 192kbs MP3 & Ogg Vorbis.
  • Complete album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF.
  • 20+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, track credits and artist photos.

Xtras

These special collections feature Creative Commons licensed tracks that for one reason or another blocSonic couldn't acquire official permission to use but find them worthy of extra attention. Since no formal permission has been acquired, links to the original files are provided rather than compiling them into a proper release. However, a cover and a tracklisting is provided in order for you to burn them to disc, if you'd like.