We're going to go with Kunaki again. The ease, speed, and cheapness of it makes it a no-brainer. When Volume I took up until a few days before Christmas to finish, it was only their system that made it possible for people to get their CDs before 2010.
The Music Panel will be formed from scratch. If you want to be a part of it, just say so and unless everyone thinks you're a jerk, you're in. I want to go ahead and install Green Baron and precenphix on the panel unless they object, because of their efforts on the first volume up until the very end. The panel is responsible for choosing which tracks go on the CD in the event that there are enough submissions to warrant it. Members of the panel, including myself, don't get to vote on their own tracks. For the sake of not pulling my hair out and wondering what's going on, I'm going to master it again and while I'm doing so I'll set a track order. However, the final track order must be approved by the panel. The panel also gets final say on the artwork, including fonts and organization of information on it.
The guidelines will be more concrete going into the project than they were last time.
- The deadline for new submissions is November 15, 2010.
- Maximum song length is 8 minutes.
- Only WS members can submit music. One WS member can offer up to 3 submissions.
- Any style of music or listening material (even artful, ambient noise) may be submitted.
- If you question the quality of your submission, either don't submit it, or submit it with a request for advice on how to make it better. We'll post it on the MySpace and give you feedback.
- All music must be your own original work, or else you must obtain the permission of the original artist/ publisher to cover or remix their work.
- Submissions must be in the form of .mp3 for the sake of evaluation.
- If your track is chosen for the CD, it must be sent again in the form of a 16-bit stereo .wav file at 44100Hz.
- Final .wav file submissions should be unmastered with peaks at -6dB or quieter. A little louder is okay but if it is reaching 0dB at any point it is unacceptable.
- Nobody gets money; merely recognition and their work published. The few cents to a dollar of profit made off of each CD sold after fees goes back to WS. This is a dismal amount of money, not enough to be worth splitting up or setting up contracts for payments, etc.
- Everyone retains ownership of the compositions and the recordings they submit. You can't change your mind about having your music on the CD after it is published, but you can use your composition and recording for any other purpose you desire.
- It is preferred that submissions not be previously published elsewhere, but this is not set in stone. It is okay for some material to be pulled from other albums/ compilations but the bulk of it should be composed specifically for this compilation.
- If we get more submissions than can be put on a CD and your track doesn't make it, don't despair. It doesn't necessarily mean it sucks, but perhaps that it doesn't fit the other material, or conversely sounds too much like another track. Or if you've submitted several items, we may only choose one or two of your tracks in order to put as diverse a range of artists on the CD as possible. If your submission is not used on this volume, offer it again for the next one.
For album art:
- The deadline for artwork is December 1, 2010.
- Only WS members can submit artwork.
- If multiple people want to submit artwork, that's great. If this happens then it is possible that only portions of one person's work will be selected, such as just their front cover or CD image.
- Artwork must fit the Kunaki CD template There is a single panel insert with the front cover and an inside page on it, plus a back panel and CD art. The tray is opaque black so there is no artwork under the CD. Total of 4 pieces of art needed.
- All artwork must be in .jpeg, .jpg or .bmp format at 300dpi, RGB, 16 bit colour. No bleed areas necessary.
- Artwork must leave a space at the bottom right-hand corner of the CD's back panel for a UPC code.
- Artwork must be your own work. If you use somebody else's photography or artwork you must first get their permission.
- It is preferred that the disc art be a 2 franc absinthe saucer, either photographed or illustrated. This can be stylized.
- Nobody gets paid for this, either. Sorry.
Happy recording, everyone.