Posted by: charmedquark | February 7, 2008

It’s happening.

‘The thing RIAA is scared of is that their billion dollar backbone can no longer shelter people from exploring music themselves. Their business plan had evolved into telling the world what they will want to listen to and buy, and now they’ll have to actually compete with talented artists again. As the people regain control of the market, music will be judged by it’s content again and will be subjected to it’s own Darwinism. It is a very interesting time for the music industry…and since my entire life is devoted to making music, bring it on. I hope that this situation with my new record proves to other labels and artists that giving people exactly what they want is the smartest way to conduct any business.’
– Benn Jordan, from an interview by TorrentFreak

The revolution is here. We live in magnificent times.

Alphabasic – the first record company to release an album in FLAC (lossless) and V0 format via torrents for free. For those of us who have and/or St Music, you’ll already be on the ball but for all you members – sorry you missed out.

Basically Alphabasic have released an album called Soundtrack to a Vacant Life by the Flashbulb to and more recently St Music. There are also non-exclusive mirrors here, from which you can download the album.

With the album is a html file containing this message:

Hello listener…downloader…pirate…pseudo-criminal…

If you can read this, then you’ve more than likely downloaded this album from a peer to peer network or torrent.

You probably expect the rest of this message to tell you that you’re hurting musicians and breaking just about every copyright law in the book. Well, it won’t tell you that.

What I would like to tell you is that my record label understands that a large portion of people pirate music because it is easier than buying it. CDs scratch easily, most pay-per-download sites have poor quality and shitty DRM protection, and vinyl is near impossible to find or ship without hassle.
In many cases I wonder why people buy CDs at all anymore. A few like the tangible artwork, some haven’t adapted to MP3s yet, but most do it because they have a profound love for music and want to support the artists making it. Kind of restores your faith in humanity for a moment eh?

So, now what?
Like the album? About to go “support the artist” on iTunes?
Well, don’t.
Alphabasic is currently in a legal battle against Apple because NONE of our material (Sublight Records included) receives a dime of royalty from the vast amount of sales iTunes has generated using our material.

Want to buy a CD just to show your support?
If you don’t particularly like CDs, don’t bother.
Retailers like Best Buy and Amazon spike the price so high that their cut is often 8 times higher than the artist’s. Besides, most CDs are made out of unrecyclable plastic and leave a nasty footprint in your environment.

If you do particularly like CDs, buy them from the label (in our case, After manufacturing costs are recuperated, our artists usually receive over 90% of the actual money coming out of your wallet.
In addition, all of our physical products are made out of 100% recycled material.

Want to show your support?
Go here and browse our library of lossless, DRM-free downloads.
Already have that?
Then feel free to donate whatever you want to your favorite artist. 100% will go directly to them.
Hell, you can even donate a penny just to thank the artist.

If you really like ‘The Flashbulb – Soundtrack To A Vacant Life’ and want to show your support without it going to greedy retailers, distributors, and coked-up label reps, then click the button below.
If you send us your mailing address, Alphabasic may occasionally send you various goodies (overstocks, stickers, even rare CDs) in appreciation and encouragement for your support.

Thanks for reading.
Who knows if my little business plan here will work to fund new releases, but even failure is better than the crappy label/distributor/retailer system musicians have suffered from for over 50 years.
We hope you enjoy the music as much as we do releasing it.
Finally, if
you plan on sharing this release, please include this file. The only reason it is here is to show the listener where he can support his favorite artists!

Benn Jordan
CEO – Alphabasic Records

Album’s really good. Listen. Genre is electronic/jazz. And I will be donating. Think of it as funding the revolution. If other record companies/artists see this works then they might be willing follow suit.

Game over.
OiNK wins.



  1. iTunes very expensive

  2. I still buy CDs because I want to support the musician who creates the music. I like having tangible discs that are artwork themselves. I get around the CD scratching issue by burning a copy of each CD I purchase and copy the exact album art and label the burned CDs with my Dymo DiscPainter. The labels on the new copy look exactly like the original. I keep the original safe in my collection display and use the duplicate if I use it in my car or let someone sample it to see if they want to buy their own CD. It truly is exciting that artists who’s music previously would not have seen the light of day may now finally get discovered.

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