Archive for September, 2011
We had a nice little post from a full-on Hater made over at our forums, and I thought we should share it with you guys who do not visit that place, just so you don’t miss out on it, coz this guy always puts his mind and soul into giving us his thoughts and feedback, something we truly appreciate. This is what he said:
“As I was trying to nod off to sleep last night the thought occurred to me, that this would be the last genuine “TPH” album. And it brings me sadness. Times have changed too much to continue on. It’s been said before, but never has it actually felt more true.
There isn’t any incentive to struggle on. The Donation Experiment will finance the recording of this album. But that’s it. Just the recording. There is no compensation for the time and effort of those involved. I have no faith in the actual profits of the model in the future (not that you’re making any from labels, either). It is only a means to release.
I know you can’t sit on your hands. You have to compose. You have to make music. But… I don’t see it being under the lustrate process you have come to know. I can’t ask those involved to give their passion to this, without dividend, without something in return. Bullshit aside, fan admiration can’t buy you lunch. Or beer.”
I believe we need to clear a few things up, hence why I want you to read my reply:
“Nope, it can’t. But my job can. My full-time job provides me those things. Music is something I create outside of working, something I live for to the fullest when I am not bringing in the dough to the household, sort of, haha…
Last TPH album? I haven’t even thought for a second about that. I see no end to TPH. Do I see an end to physical copies manufactured by a label? Absolutely. But I don’t care about that now. I have had it with labels and the insane decrease of record sales. It is what it fucken is, obviously.
Then again – you never know, perhaps a label wants to release this album if/when it gets recorded (it’s all up to the Haters who’ll finance it, you know) and it’s “there”, a finished product just waiting to be released. They don’t have to pay any studio costs and whatnot, bla bla bla… But do I feel it would be a nice thing to do – to give the album that the Haters eventually made sure came alive, to a record label, just like that? I don’t know. That shit doesn’t ring too well to my ears. Would Haters want a physical copy of it if that’d be the way to do it to make it a “real” product? I have no idea and it’s not in my sphere right now to even think about it. What happens happens.
This experiment is a thrill to follow. We are far away from the goal at the moment – then again, there’s no deadlines really. The faster the eventual funds would come in, the faster it would be recorded. But I can’t do anything about that. We’ll see if people really wants another album or not. Safe to say you’ll miss out on some seriously apocalyptic music if it doesn’t happen.
It struck me today, if everyone who’s downloaded all of our albums (or just the latest one) actually donated one fucken dollar – we’d have funds for a ton of future recordings. One fucken dollar… That shit is depressing to think about.
I will create music for as long as I am physically able to, and I see myself being that for quite some time actually.
Spread the word about the TPH Donation Experiment, raise the awareness in the scene, and well see what happens…
And just for the record: We have done this for some 12 years without compensation, so hey – that’s nothing new. Money is not what drives us, or me in particular when we’re talking about TPH. It’s just crucial to be able to record what we have created.”
Since we parted ways with Season Of Mist some people might think this is the end for TPH. I beg to differ. We all beg to differ. But we are in serious need of your help, you – The devoted Haters. It’s all up to you now. This could be pretty goddamn ground-breaking if the TPH Donation Experiment actually worked.
Time will tell.
Spread the word about this, please.
As the beautiful individuals we are, here’s another update for ya. The work on track 6 have started, but trust me when I say that it’ll be a while before this one is completed since we are just in the early stages of composing for it. This means we re just 2 songs away from completing the material I have in mind for the next masterpiece, if it turns out to be a reality in the end. In case you missed out on it, by clicking this link you will find out that our next planned album is depending on your donations. So far we have gotten 800 dollars, which means there’s a long way to go before we have reached the goal we need to record it. Nonetheless, we thank all of you who have donated so far, you who thinks donating is a great way to help out in making this album come alive. You are the best.
But back to the song writing. I have tons of stuff lined up for this 6th track, it’s just a matter of working it all out. As expected, though, we are off for a fantastic start with it. Looking back on what’s been written so far, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is the finest TPH material to date. Can’t wait to get it all in to the studios and bring this beast to the forefront if it eventually comes to that. Keep your fingers crossed for it to happen.
Again, thanx for your support. Now Ill get back to composing. We have some amazing music to deliver, you know.
Slowly but steady we might be getting there… You guys are phenoms. Thank you so much.
And there we go. Track number 5 for the next masterpiece is now finished after some long hours of insane work with the last details. Once again, this tune feels absolutely amazing – just like the other 4 completed ones. As I have told you before there’s a little different take in this one than what you are used to with TPH, but still it’s not. You’ll understand when you hear it. Get used to us pointing out the TPH Donation Experiment time and time again since the next album is depending on that. So, click the link and help us make this album a reality. The world deserves it.
With this 5th tune completed it means I’ll now head over to the 6th one, which is already started actually. I have a good idea what I wanna do with that one, so to say I am looking forward to sink my teeth into it would be putting it mildly. We are definitely creating something diabolical with this one…
But we feel it’s appropriate to give mad props to this particular guy. Why? Well. Without mentioning any names (in case he wanna stay anonymous), this fella lives in a country where the economy is pretty much fucked. Still, he sends over 50 Euros to us to help us in the quest of recording our next album. But it doesn’t end there. He says he will continue to donate that exact sum every month until we reach our goal. To do something like that, while living in a country affected by economic stability is just mind-boggling, and we seriously can’t thank him enough – just as we thank all of you other Haters who have donated, no matter how much (we have soon reached 1/5 of the target). To see that what we do means so much to some people is a great feeling, and it pushed us even further to bring the best of us into the next album.
And to mention something about the song writing again… It’s early in the morning and my AKG‘s are ready to be used for some more orchestral work with this 5th track. We are getting there, people…
Again – thank you, all of you.