"GO NUTS. NOT LITERALLY, AT LEAST NEAR ME. I “BORROWED” THESE SONGS TO BEGIN WITH AND NEVER MADE MONEY ON THEM. IT COST ME HOSTING MONEY BUT THAT WAS FINE. RAPIDSHARE USED TO BE WHERE YOU FOUND EVERYTHING. NOW IT’S CHARGING A BUTTLOAD TO PEOPLE WHO FEEL THEY HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE MAYBE?
IT WAS A PROJECT I DID ON A WEEKLY BASIS FOR OLDPUNKS.COM, WHICH I DID FOR 13 YEARS. I LOVED, COLLECTED, AND DECIDED TO COMPILE THESE THINGS BEFORE I EVER KNEW IT HAD NAMES LIKE SYNTHPUNK AND MINIMAL WAVE. I’M AN OLD FUGG AND KNEW THESE SONGS AS NEW WAVE, POST-PUNK, AND SYNTH. BECAUSE OF THE MINIMAL WAVE CRAZE I WAS ABLE TO FIND AN ENDLESS AMOUNT OF SONGS TO PICK THROUGH - AND LORD KNOWS I HATED MOST OF IT. I’M NOT INTO DISCO AND NEW ROMANCE, AND 90% OF IT IS. I STOPPED BUYING THINGS A LONG TIME AGO AND I ONLY MISS IT AS A TIME-FILLER. THE INTERNET GIVES EVERYTHING AWAY FOR FREE AND CLUTTER IS NO LONGER MY BEST FRIEND. YOU’RE PROBABLY STILL IN THE HOARDING STAGE OF THINGS AND MORE POWER TO YOU. ON MY END I PAID MY DUES WITH TIME AND MONEY 80 TIMES OVER.
THESE SONGS AND COMPS WILL BE AROUND FOR A WHILE. AFTER THE FIRST 12 ANYWAY IT’S A BOTTOMLESS PIT OF SONGS NOBODY WITH A LIFE COULD WORK THROUGH. UNTIL IT WOUND UP ON A REDDIT FEED MY FEW VISITORS FOR IT WERE FROM GREECE, RUSSIA, OR COWDUNG USA. ONCE THE REDDIT POST FADES DOWN THE LIST NOBODY WILL CARE AGAIN. THIS IS A BLIP. YOU’RE BEING TO RESPECTFUL TO ME AND THESE SONGS. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT’S JUST STUFF. STUFF I LIKE, STUFF I THINK HAS VALUE, BUT STILL ONLY OBJECTS. IT’S FINE TO DEFINE YOURSELF BY WHAT YOU’RE INTO BUT AT A CERTAIN POINT IT CAN BECOME A COSTUME OR AN EXCUSE TO BE A SMALL-“E” ELITIST D-BAG. BE A NICE PERSON FIRST AND A NUANCED, ENLIGHTENED FREE-THINKER SECOND. I GUESS THAT’S ALL I’M SAYING. YOU’LL FIGURE IT OUT. JUST TO SHARE A LAUGH I’VE HAD LATELY, I KNOW SOMEONE WHO THINKS EVERY BOOK IS OF VALUE AND MUST BE PROTECTED. 90% OF BOOKS ARE CRAP, JUST LIKE MUSIC, FILM, AND ART. HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT 90% FIGURE DEFINES HOW YOU SEE THE PRIORITY OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THINGS."
to those of you coming in late: a few days ago mendelpalace uncovered, through the winds of internet cratedigging (you know how it goes), a now-defunct archive of music calling itself “analog cyberpunk”, curated by a guy named emerson shiff as part of his old punks web zine. a very small number of people, myself included, got in touch with him about keeping the archive alive, and in the process of working out delivery and such i asked him about whether it was all right to keep circulating the files, out of respect to his effort in compiling them in the first place. he wrote me this email in response. yes. in all caps.
reader, reader: i wept.