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Ektoplazm Metamorphosis: Update 3

Blog | November 19, 2013 | Posted by Basilisk

I am happy to report that the vast majority of the perks from last year’s crowdfunding campaign have been sent out. Qualifying backers received an advance copy of Ektoplazm’s Greatest Trips in June, limited edition asphalt grey Ektoplazm t-shirts in July, and hand-written postcards sometime last year. Everyone who contributed now has their name on the community supporter list. (Note: if you are missing any of these perks please contact me and I will sort it out!) Apart from launching a beta version of the new site I am only left with a few special perks to polish off for some of Ektoplazm’s most generous supporters. I will be working hard to finish off the last of these campaign promises in the weeks and months to come.

The Ektoplazm redevelopment effort proceeds, slowly but surely. I outlined some of the reasons for being so far behind schedule in the last update. To recap: I moved to Vancouver to partner up with a technical lead for the redevelopment effort but it didn’t work out. Since then I’ve been learning a whole bunch of new skills to do the work myself and even relocated to Taiwan to drastically reduce my cost of living. This way things will get done, though not according to the schedule outlined on the original campaign pitch. It may take a while yet—but I am doing everything in my power to make this project a success.

This brings me to another challenge I have been wrestling with all year: how to keep the free music flowing while I work on the redevelopment effort. As I explained in the last update, running Ektoplazm in its present state is a full-time job. After the crowdfunding campaign was a success I hired someone to handle “content management” duties, a role encompassing almost everything I had been doing behind the scenes for the last few years. This did not go well, to say the least, and I reassumed control of the distribution process this summer. Since then I have worked long hours to clean up the mess that was left behind. I apologize to all label and artist partners for the delays and difficulties experienced during this tumultuous period—I am personally handling releases again and mean to provide the same high level of service that you have come to expect from Ektoplazm.

A month ago I found myself back where I began: with two full-time jobs and not enough time to do them both effectively. Rather than outsource content management again I have streamlined the distribution process and published the requirements that I have been working from all these years. Previously I did a lot of extra work behind the scenes to prepare each and every release—now labels and artists can prepare release submissions to Ektoplazm standards on their own. Actually, this means anyone can do so. If you’d like to help all you need to do is contact your favorite labels and offer your assistance in preparing their release submissions.

With any luck this new process will dramatically reduce my workload so I can return to working on the redevelopment effort at least four days of the week. I need to focus—and this means I might not be able to stay on top of non-essential emails and social media contacts in the near-future. I intend to time box anything related to the existing distribution process by setting aside one day of the week to handle emails and check release submissions. Apart from that I will be deeply engaged in the metamorphosis project.

I truly appreciate everyone’s sustained support and enthusiasm for Ektoplazm 2.0 and regret that it has taken so long to get here (with so much more work to do). Thank you for sticking with the project and I hope to bring you good news in the future. Until then, please continue to enjoy the free music provided by Ektoplazm’s many label and artist partners!


23 Comments

  • Fyrewolf says:

    This site has literally gotten me through some major dark times. <3 the work you do! Many thanks from one humble listener.

  • KC says:

    Sounds like its been a long ride for you so far, good luck with the changes! We are all very patient, and love the work that you do. Thank you so much.

  • Blue Phoenix says:

    Keep up the good work Basilisk! Hopefully your work load will ease in the near future.

  • zeltmacher says:

    good luck to you, appreciate your efforts and precious work!!! :-)
    wish I could help somehow…

  • Thank you very much for keeping Ektoplazm such a wonderful place for music and going beyond that to update it as well!

    It seems like you’ve had quite some obstacles to overcome in this adventure, I wish you smooth sailing from now on.

  • DJ Lorn says:

    Absolutely stellar service you provide to this community of users. I’m in awe of the time and energy you put into this.

    Pax,

    Lorn

  • George says:

    Good luck mate!

  • sandesh says:

    keep up bro… you are the best so far… full support and respect!!! :)

  • alex.neon says:

    Woah, man, much respect! Your dedication is inspiring…! This is the future! Thank you!

  • Spiral Lines says:

    Ace work man keep it site is on it for me daily listenin to stuff on here for the past 4 or so months and looovin every bit of it transformed my life take care man will stay surfin the psy waves as long as im in existence

  • IkVomSticK says:

    Many thx @ Basilisk – your work is amazing, keep the spirit alive!

    Ive had sooo many good times listening all the music released on Ekto – its fantastic!

    Keep rokkin hard, all the best for u*

  • Lex says:

    No matter when the Metamorphosis is completed, you have a huge community here that are grateful for all the effort you put into this. Don’t let the challenges and stress get you down! I will be forever thankful for the music you have introduced me to, and I’m sure there’s many others out there that feel the same.

  • edvin says:

    you are the best! Your dedication has been the has been given me so much, Ektoplazm is a main ingredienz in my life. Im gonna be thnkfull to you for all eternity!

  • Ethosphere says:

    You dedication is very admirable! Keep up the good work!

  • Tchud Trance says:

    Remember, ever since I found this site in 2010, it has changed the way I felt about certain styles of music I would never have listened to. Not only that, but you educated us about so much in the process, and revolutionized the production of Goa, Psy-Trance and everything else in between. This is coming from a guy who has traveled the world, listening to and following the Goa trance movement since 2000 in about 15 different countries. So keep it going!! We are here to support you.

  • It’s absolutely incredible, the passion and the amount of work that you are putting into this site. Massive respect to you for making this happen! :)

  • Eddyo says:

    E daqui do Brasil estou desenvolvendo um trabalho de disseminar o ektoplazm para aquelas pessoas que não conhecem! VIDA LONGAAA!!!

  • Josh says:

    Viva la Trance and Music !!!

  • Sean says:

    Thank you for the free music and keep on with the great work guys !

    BOOM :)

  • Love Ektoplazm ! Viva La TRANCE !
    B00M!

  • Encore un post effectivemeոt passionnant

  • Rabbitfrog says:

    Oh man, I can’t even remember last time I checked in here, was it last year ? … I swear I am in some sort of black hole and time just moves around me, I have no idea what’s right what’s wrong who’s attacking and from what direction. Just really trying to hold out. It’s been quite a trip since the first post I ever made on Ektoplazm looking for contact… That’s it … If anyone finds me, don’t shoot me, I have findings, reports and observational data that could alter the the war. Rabbitfrog out.


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