This community was created for ONLY sharing music files, specifically in the realm of Avantgarde, old-school Industrial, Outsider Music, Sophisticated Novelty songs (no, Weird Al doesn't count -- think PDQ Bach), experimental rock music, avant-garde classical, etc.... (As a rule, if you don't know whether or not it would fit, consult the interests or e-mail the moderator a firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Rules: 1) All posts must contain a song or a link to songs. The easiest way to do this is to upload a song on a site like Savefile, Rapidshare, YouSendIt, MegaUpload or your own server space. Most of those sites will delete your upload after x-number of downloads or after a week, so if you want to upload it again, be our guest, just post the new link in the same post. 2) Yes, you can promote your band, post an "online flier" for your club-night or even share your SoulSeek username, as long as you provide us a way to listen to your music (or samples of music you play at the club or samples of what's in your SoulSeek share-folder) online. This means give us MP3-files! Yes, all posts must have MP3 files. If it doesn't, it will get deleted. If you ask the moderator a question in a new post without adding MP3 files to your post, your question will get answered, and your post will get deleted. 3) This is not a place to post your set lists. As mentioned above, if you want to post a flier for the club you DJ at, you can include a few songs to give people an idea of what you play (and the image MUST be behind a cut), but that's about it, really. There are more appropriate places to post your club-fliers and they'll even let you do it outside a cut and without a "must include MP3s" requirement. Of course, if you want to post an entire set-list with every song ALSO available for download, that would rule, but it may also be time-consuming to you. 4) No promoting other communities unless you get an OK fromtwentytens. He's the moderator, he makes the calls over what is and is not appropriate to SPAM the community with. 5) Songs can be anything from the early stuff that everyone has heard to brand new stuff from brand new artists. There are rare exceptions to this rule, as everybody here should be aware of what's arty-farty enough to be posted here and what isn't. If this rule needs to be refined over time, it will be. 6) Constructive criticism for a new band is great but there is absolutely no need for bickering just because you don't like the artist someone posted. After all, this is the community to post stuff that doesn't quite fit in the other prominent music-share communities (as well as the stuff just something-enough to post there despite being otherwise too art-faggy). It's posted here cos it already has a limited fan-base, so if you don't like it, shut the fuck up. 7) MP3 and WMA formats only (NO EXCEPTIONS). Zip and Rar files are okay if you're sharing a whole album. Videos are also okay. Of course, please specify what format you're posting videos in or if you're posting a .zip or a .rar -- cos not every video format can be played in every computer (though MPEGs are generally universal) and not everybody can open up a .zip or a .rar. If you really want to post in a different format, be prepared to get your post deleted. MP3 and WMA formats are the only Kosher formats cos they're universal -- that means playable on any computer programme or any digital music player. You may think M4A is "awesome," but it won't play in most MP3 players and is only partially-compatable with certain computer programmes (such as WinAmp). 8) Your post should give us this information: Band/Muso: Album: Song Title: Year: Subgenre (optional): Comments (optional): This just seems like common sense -- and, as far as listing the genre goes, it can lead to some interesting discussions. 9) All posts are automatically friends only. Please DO NOT try to change this. This is for your protection and ours. 10) Post as much as you want. Seriously, post as much as you want.
If you have a request, please post it in a comment this thread.
What is OK to post:
Old-school industrial/noise. Ambient or non-ambient -- seriously, go nuts.
Avant-Goth/Punk/Wave/Pop/etc... (think Virgin Prunes, Tiger Lillies, Diamanda Galás, EARLY Danielle Dax, DEVO when they're being REALLY WEIRD [post "Whip It" and get whipped with a herring], Current 93, any of GP-O's projects)
"Outsider" music like Jandek, Tiny Tim, Wesley Willis...
Sophisticated novelty such as PDQ Bach, Barnes & Barnes, Napolean XIV...
GoodBastard Pop (At their best, bastard pop songs strive for musical epiphanies that add up to considerably more than the sum of their parts.)
What NOT to post:
Mainstream novelty acts like Weird Al Yankovic.
EBM/Synth-Pop — I don't care what you think, it's not Industrial music and it never was.
Stuff that you just think is funny and lame (I love Vanity 6 as much as the next person, but if you don't understand why it's not weird enough for this group, just go save yourself some time and post it elsewhere).
Music performed in a language that isn't your first language — you have no idea how many people I find who think it's "weird" or "avantgarde" just cos it's performed in Turkish and they only speak English.
Mash-Ups of overplayed pop songs — oh, come the fuck on.
Apocalyptic/neo-folk is mostly fine, but like I said in modmusicshare, anything explicitly bigoted (including, but not limited to, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic....) will be deleted, no questions asked, and the person who posted it will be warned (then suspended from posting and banned, if posting bigoted music becomes a habit of hi/rs).
And most importantly: If you download something and like it, please support the artist and buy their music. I cannot stress this enough.
Breaking these rules will get your post deleted. Breaking the rules more than once will get you banned. :)