La Plus Belle Guerre, 10 more netlabel/net audio gems plus one

As promised, fresh from the Amadeus Pro development file, I announce netBloc Volume 3 (La Plus Belle Guerre). What we're currently witnessing IS the most beautiful war. A war for the ears of music lovers worldwide. A war between the RIAA/Major music industry and it's former and soon-to-be former customers.… Read more

netBloc Volume 3 out Friday

This is just a quick post to let you all know that volume 3 will be released on Friday... just in time for the weekend. Thanks again to everyone for visiting blocSonic and checking out the releases. I hope you've enjoyed them. Peace Mike Read more

What's the blocSonic process for finding netlabel gems?

Yesterday Martin at DRM Alternatives asked a few good questions regarding blocSonic. A couple of them were answered in a comment, the remaining one I'd like to expound on today. First, I'd like to clarify what I mean when I describe the included compilation tracks as the 'best'. Of course… Read more

Jamendo just got better, Archive.org should take note

I first heard about Jamendo when their interface was only available in French. It was still a bit underdeveloped and as such didn't hold my interest all that much. Recently I began to hear wonderful tracks available there being regularly featured at Black Sweater, White Cat. I just had to… Read more

DRM & Digital Music Pricing (Upgrade 'The White Album'... AGAIN!)

The manipulators of the major music industry are masters of manipulation. They've had 100 years to perfect it to a science. Though, like anything else... even masters of any domain can slip up occasionally. Their blunder was going digital in the first place. Of course, the industry's short-sighted money grab… Read more

Shout outs, thank yous and blocSonic news

Well, it's now been two releases and I have to say that I'm quite pleased with traffic so far. It's been increasing at a comfortable pace. I want to take time out and give a shout out to all blogs/sites who've posted a review/article/post or link. Here's where I throw… Read more

Music industry is past the tipping point, according to long-time industry insider

Whether or not DRM killed the music-product machine may be up for debate... but according to music industry veteran Bob Ezrin, the music industry is not on it's death bed, it's already dead. No surprise to me, but definitely validation of what I've been thinking. Ezrin stated during his keynote… Read more

The ever-growing importance of professionalism for netlabels

With the release of the 2nd netBloc, there's one thing that's come to mind – the apparent effort that's taken by various artists/netlabels in presenting their releases. This apparent effort varies greatly and at times belies the quality of the music provided. When I venture out on the wild wild… Read more

Announcing netBloc Vol. 2: DRM killed the music-product machine!

blocSonic is proud to bring you another compilation featuring ten exceptional tracks from the world of netlabel music. netBloc Volume 2 features rock, calypso, trip-hop, hip-hop, reggae and electronic. Contained within the PDF booklet, you'll find another essay written by myself. This time about the current state of the music… Read more

Processed Music Product

(Originally published in netBloc Vol. 1 PDF, January 2007) Being a child of the 70s, I clearly remember a time when music was alive. Radio playlists weren’t limited to 10-12 tracks endlessly played over and over. Yeah kids, there was actually a time when FM radio was relevant. You could… Read more