Abigail Foster's Photosynthesis Machine, Family, Fidelia Hall, Libraries, Life, Music

WEEK OF MUSIC: “Monsters”

Playing music with my friends for the “Everyone C’mon Get Happy” album release party really inspired me. What came out of my final year in the studio (before having children with Haley) was an album titled Monsters. For me, that album brought it all back full circle…once again I was working on music alone in my room. I got a drum machine and I was listening to almost exclusively Prince, so I wanted to try my hand again at putting together an album by myself. It was fun to write songs around drum loops and to experiment with keyboards instead of just playing a lot of guitar.

After I finished up this album, I continued to write music but nothing ever really got recorded or finished….that is until 2016 hit and from that year came a new album which will be released TOMORROW! Stay tuned!

You have a few options with how you can listen to and download these albums:

  1. You can purchase the albums at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website. The albums are $7 each and any money made from the purchase of these albums goes into one of two things: Arbacarba Records, which will invest the money in making these albums available on streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) or Fidelia Hall, which will help with the repairs and restoration of this 144 year old community center. Once purchased, you can download the albums in a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, and more) or stream them via the free Bandcamp app (iTunes, Android)
  2. You can stream the albums for free at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website.
  3. If you are a library (public, academic, special) and you wish to add any of the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine albums to your digital collection, you may do so by contacting me at justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com and I will gladly share these albums with you as MP3 or WAV formats. Once you have these files, your library will be able to provide your library card patrons with these albums for free by adding them to your library digital music collection at no cost to you.

I hope you enjoy this album!

 

Abigail Foster's Photosynthesis Machine, Family, Fidelia Hall, Libraries, Life, Music, Week of Music (2017)

WEEK OF MUSIC: “Everyone C’mon Get Happy”

I wanted to do more as a band with Aaron but for some reason that didn’t work out. I got a laptop and a digital recording interface and went to town recording another album titled Everyone C’mon Get Happy. It was a straight up pop rock album that didn’t have any big concepts or ideas behind it. They were just songs and they were fun and that was it. To celebrate the album, I got together with Kristel Bastian, Dustin Miller, and Dave Washousky to perform some of the music I had written since 2004. It was a pretty awesome event!

I enjoy just how fun these songs are. There’s nothing big behind this album…no giant concept, no deep meaning…it’s all just a bunch of pop songs. I need to remember this album in the future and do my best to add a bit of fun into every recording that I make.

You have a few options with how you can listen to and download these albums:

  1. You can purchase the albums at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website. The albums are $7 each and any money made from the purchase of these albums goes into one of two things: Arbacarba Records, which will invest the money in making these albums available on streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) or Fidelia Hall, which will help with the repairs and restoration of this 144 year old community center. Once purchased, you can download the albums in a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, and more) or stream them via the free Bandcamp app (iTunes, Android)
  2. You can stream the albums for free at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website.
  3. If you are a library (public, academic, special) and you wish to add any of the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine albums to your digital collection, you may do so by contacting me at justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com and I will gladly share these albums with you as MP3 or WAV formats. Once you have these files, your library will be able to provide your library card patrons with these albums for free by adding them to your library digital music collection at no cost to you.

I hope you enjoy this album!

 

Abigail Foster's Photosynthesis Machine, Family, Fidelia Hall, Libraries, Life, Music, Week of Music (2017)

WEEK OF MUSIC: “The Sun And The Moon”

In the spring of 2004, I began recording and writing music again. Earlier that year, the band I was in (Zomo) sputtered and fizzled out after about 4 years of work. I moved across the country and decided to try something new in my life. I wanted to desperately be in a band but I didn’t know how to start one up and I was itching to do things. I had a cassette four track recorder, some ideas, and a bunch of time.

I made The Sun And The Moon that year and put it out under the name “Belsapadore”, which was a completely made up word I had come up with many years before. I used the name because I always hated band names that were boring and plain. I wanted something that was unique and had meaning to me…..and we’ll get to the part later on as to why I no longer use that name.

The Sun And The Moon is an album about the five trips I took across the USA in 2004 and the emptiness in between the towns and cities that I observed. Up to that point in my life I had always wanted to be in a very loud rock band. Now I wanted to explore those quiet and empty moments. That desire came out on this album.

I spent a lot of time in a room which I had painted black making this album during the wee hours of the night/morning. I wanted to get into the head space I felt when I was driving across the country: a feeling of being completely alone and isolated with only my thoughts to get me through the day.

You have a few options with how you can listen to and download these albums:

  1. You can purchase the albums at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website. The albums are $7 each and any money made from the purchase of these albums goes into one of two things: Arbacarba Records, which will invest the money in making these albums available on streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) or Fidelia Hall, which will help with the repairs and restoration of this 144 year old community center. Once purchased, you can download the albums in a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, and more) or stream them via the free Bandcamp app (iTunes, Android)
  2. You can stream the albums for free at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website.
  3. If you are a library (public, academic, special) and you wish to add any of the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine albums to your digital collection,you may do so by contacting me at justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com and I will gladly share these albums with you as MP3 or WAV formats. Once you have these files, your library will be able to provide your library card patrons with these albums for free by adding them to your library digital music collection at no cost to you.

I hope you enjoy this album!

Abigail Foster's Photosynthesis Machine, Family, Fidelia Hall, Libraries, Life, Music, Week of Music (2017)

WEEK OF MUSIC: Introduction

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Between Monday and Friday of this week, my musical project ABIGAIL FOSTER’S PHOTOSYNTHESIS MACHINE will release five albums. The first album will be available later today at 3:33pm EST

You have a few options with how you can listen to and download these albums:

  1. You can purchase the albums at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website. The albums are $7 each and any money made from the purchase of these albums goes into one of two things: Arbacarba Records, which will invest the money in making these albums available on streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) or Fidelia Hall, which will help with the repairs and restoration of this 144 year old community center. Once purchased, you can download the albums in a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, and more) or stream them via the free Bandcamp app (iTunes, Android)
  2. You can stream the albums for free at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website.
  3. If you are a library (public, academic, special) and you wish to add any of the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine albums to your digital collection, you may do so by contacting me at justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com and I will gladly share these albums with you as MP3 or WAV formats. Once you have these files, your library will be able to provide your library card patrons with these albums for free by adding them to your library digital music collection at no cost to you.
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Digital Resources

I don’t post  a lot about digital resources in libraries anymore because 1) I really don’t care for debating the pro/cons of every digital resource 2) I’d rather focus on doing something cool for the community than talking about stuff all the time 3) I just really don’t have the time.

However over this past weekend I signed up for a 48 hour trial of Spotify Premium and felt compelled to write something.  I downloaded their app onto my iPhone to take advantage of the new Spotify Radio, which is free for all Spotify users to use .  With that, I also got 48 free hours to listen to all of the music in the Spotify catalog.  I can only use one word to sum up how I felt about this: awesome.

I came to a few conclusions about digital resources this weekend:

  1. I’ll be signing up for a Spotify Premium account soon.  Who doesn’t want access to as much music as they can digest at all times?  I’ve also got Netflix at home and while I don’t have access to everything that I want at the click of a button, I’m more than happy with their selection.
  2. Libraries have very little place in the world of streaming content.  I can’t imagine any scenario where any kind of library product (Freegal, Overdrive, Alexander Street Press) would be better than something like Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and even YouTube.
  3. Having access to Spotify for 48 hours reaffirmed  just how important these excellent words from Mick Jacobson are when it comes to libraries moving forward.

I dig the fact that I can share music with the click of a button.

The snag in my argument: all of these services cost the individual money (plus some kind of internet/data connection) and some people may not be able to afford these services (like all of the teens that I serve).  The only comeback I have to this: in the grand scheme of things, these services are relatively cheap (Spotify is $9.99/month, Netflix streaming is $7.99/month) for the amount of quality things you get.

Conclusion: I just can’t see any reason why I would want to invest any of my library budget in any kind of digital resource at this time when there’s so much better stuff out there that isn’t tailored towards libraries.  I’d rather pay $18/month for Spotify and Netflix and move the library towards a place where cool stuff can happen.