Sorry, I simply can't keep my mouth shut. But this may well be the last time, here at the once wonderful ELECTRONIC COTTAGE. It is about time to make some definite statements.
Once upon a time it was a thrilling and inspiring moment to follow the ELECTRONIC COTTAGE link, the one I have on my link list. The link list that takes me to my carefully choosen positive parts of the internet, the internet that in general became a dirty world of horror, pain and exploitation. I had found some nice, informative, truly independent isles to visit. One was ELECTRONIC COTTAGE.
Today a visit to ELECTRONIC COTTAGE leads to a feeling between sadness and being reminded on the negative. Lets face it - the original ELECTRONIC COTTAGE was murdered by FACEBOOK.
The very moment the EC FACEBOOK group was established, ELECTRONIC COTTAGE started to die a quite sudden death.
A generally accepted attitude towards social media should be known. More and more articles in the normal mainstream press define what would have to happen, to make social media a positive aspect of human society.
It is recognized that the current state of social media is spreading hatred and and even homicide. Every picture sent to grandma via FACEBOOK supports and consolidates this state. Every move in FACEBOOK may kill something outside of FACEBOOK. Either a politician, as it happened in Germany, or a small alternative online magazine, as it happened with ELECTRONIC COTTAGE.
As usual, those responsible do not react, so the situation gets worse and worse. Remember 50 years ago it was already obvious that we have to change our behaviour towards the nature of planet earth ... nothing happened - it continues to be exploited.
I just always have to move on. I'll delete the ELECTRONIC COTTAGE link from my link list. I don't want to be reminded on the negative of today on a daily basis - I'll keep looking for the positive minded alternatives.
There is always a alternative - I wish more people would realise and act. I'm moving on ...
If you want to find out what the world lost, visit this link at archive.org's Waybackmachine - https://web.archive.org/web/20190404123255/https://www.electroniccottage.org/
I receive more and more unpersonal bulk mail. Zillions of *very important* musicians and labels with new releases offering download for airplay. I'm not going down that road.
Instead I'll adjust my work to the many good/timless quality physical releases I received in recent years that I still regard as *new* releases.
So if you send a physical release (which I know is a financial effort!) you can be sure it will get a very long time of *promotion* here - any sound, any style.
A good example of what happened to the so called *independent / alternative* scene in recent years, is the development of *The Indie Bible* ( https://indiebible.com/ ), which was a great idea in the beginning. I remember the CD David Wimble (who later founded The Indie Bible) sent in 1999. A fresh, unique, non-fashion folky sound. David realised that it would be very important to have a source to give the *indie* musicians contacts needed. Venues, labels, radioshows etc. The first editions of the Indie Bible reminded me on my own address collections I sent out in the 80s/90s. It all was very sympatico and I wrote articles for the Bible for free.
Look at the Indie Bible today - a big biz kind of internet venue, that keeps sending countless reminders on biz related subjects. The more I received this, the more I was repulsed from this developement in the now *so called* indie/alternative world.
I fully understand that you all want to make your music heard (and sell it) but as usual something is going very wrong these days. Everything seems *bigger/better/more/more/more* orriented, which always was a misslead way.
I'm not really judging anything here - if you want to go *big*, there seem to be ways on today's internet. If you want to go *personal* with your music - come to me.
I stopped cooperating with KWTF.net. After some incidents that made a closer communication important, I tried to establish this ... and it did not work at all. No real cooperation possible without any communication. So after producing a weekly show for the station for 8 years, they became the biggest disappointment I ever experienced in the *alternative underground*.
So I decided to start producing a monthly second hour for Radio Marabu ( http://www.Radio-Marabu.de ). A reliable station in Germany. I'm cooperating with them since the early 1990s. This second hour will often have a special *theme*.
Plus there is sure still the more bizarre/experimental_ish Lord Litter's Radio On Berlin show ( http://www.Radio-On-Berlin.com ), which gives me space to explore.
All shows will be also made available via archive.org - https://archive.org/details/@lord_litter
My own (solo) music is still on some kind of almost hiatus. It seems after 40 years I perhaps need some kind of break ... but ... then it probably just slowed down a bit. Forthcomming is a release with Didier Leboz - it will be an electroacoustic concept work about the update times in german langugage. We were in Das Freie Orchester (DFO) in the 90s. I joined the band the day the wall came down in Berlin ( DFO movie: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_freie_Orchester_(Film) - DFO music with and without me: https://soundcloud.com/dasfreieorchester ). Plus I have produced all kind of experimental_soundscape compilation tracks for cassette/cd-r releases for labels like STAALTAPE ( http://staaltape.com/ ).
PS: After sending out parts of this with my emails, I received some very fine in depth reactions by a small dedicated crew - the *alternative* is alive. You know my email address - I'm here!