I am ecstatic to announce that the Ektoplazm crowdfunding campaign has reached its goal—and then some. Together we raised more than $30,000 to support the redevelopment and expansion of the site. I am filled with gratitude and appreciation for everyone who stepped in to contribute, share the link, and make this initiative a success. Thank you!
So, what happens next?
My first priority is to take care of all campaign contributors. I have sent an email around to ask everyone who qualified for a t-shirt or other physical perk to specify their desired size and confirm their address. Once this information is collected I will begin production and share some photos of the completed design. The postcards are already here and I will write out messages of appreciation by hand and send them in the coming weeks. I aim to have everything physical out the door by late September if at all possible. The digital perks—the “best of” compilation, beta access on the new site, artist accounts, and custom mixes, etc.—will take a little longer. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. I have a mountain of email to get through but I am doing my very best to attend to all relevant inquiries.
I have already begun the process of compiling Ektoplazm’s “Greatest Trips”, a massive undertaking given the sheer amount of music I have posted over the years. I have yet to settle on the exact format—whether it will be released as a single package or in multiple volumes—but track selection is proceeding swiftly. It also looks as if this project will include a bunch of lost tracks that I have collected over the years—unreleased gems by Ekoplex, Mukti, Jikkenteki, and others. Delays may occur as I wait for authorization from rights owners. (Though I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to participate!) Campaign contributors will receive an advance copy of the final release; watch your inbox for the link in the coming months.
Development of the new site is already under way. Beta access and artist accounts will be offered as soon as possible, hopefully sometime in November. I am still aiming for a public launch of Ektoplazm 2.0 in late December. This target may be overly ambitious but I will be doing my best to meet it. The plan is to get something up and running sooner rather than later—and then iterate rapidly in response to feedback during the beta period.
In the meantime, expect more free music to flow as development begins in earnest. Since I will be transitioning to full-time development work my colleague Soren Nordstrom will be taking over content management duties. My guess is that fewer releases will be posted in the coming months but don’t worry—there will still be plenty to share before Ektoplazm 2.0 is formally launched.
For my label and artist partners: the existing distribution policy will be updated to reflect any changes made to the process of submitting a release. Moving forward, please pay close attention to Ektoplazm’s guidelines to ensure your releases conform to our requirements. Submitting a release will continue to be free… but if your submission contains errors I will be enforcing a small fee (10 to 20 EUR, sliding scale depending on your ability to pay). The most common errors: sending 24-bit WAV files (we only accept 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV files), missing or incorrect BPMs, spelling errors in track listings, copyright infringement in cover art (you must own the rights to your artwork), and the use of non-standard file sharing services (don’t make it hard for us to download your release). Read the distribution policy if you have any questions about the submission process—it’s all there.
One more reminder: email is the only reliable way to reach me; I can’t keep up with Facebook messages and never check other social networks such as SoundCloud. I don’t want it to seem like I am ignoring anyone but I have an enormous amount of work to do in the coming months—and I need to focus. I appreciate your patience and understanding!
Once again, thank you for this opportunity! I am truly honoured to be able to work on a full-time basis to take this project to the next level. If you’ve read the story so far you will know just how much this means to me—and the best is yet to come!
When I have more news to share I will be sure to post something here on the Ektoplazm blog or on Facebook. Stay tuned for more announcements about Ektoplazm’s grand transformation!