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Fake Fish Distribution - version 500 sampler

Icarus... on November 02, 2011 01:27

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    An Album in 1000 Variations

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    Icarus' new album, Fake Fish Distribution (FFD), their 9th in all, uses generative and parametric techniques to create 1000 different versions of the same album.

    This is a sampler of the 8 tracks contained on FFD version 500:

    01 - Dumptruck Cannibals
    02 - Shallow Tree
    03 - Spineez of Breakout
    04 - M.D. Skillz
    05 - Colour Field
    06 - Old D.
    07 - Three Stupidities
    08 - Two Mbiras

    Your version may not sound exactly like this.

    Music, Software, Scripting – Icarus (Ollie Bown and Sam Britton)

    Follow us: @birdy_electric (

    Released by: Not Applicable Recordings
    Release/catalogue number: NOT022
    Release date: Feb 6, 2012


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    • Icarus...
      Icarus... on February 15, 2012 09:15

      @anomalous: well, everything we had to do for this album used 1000 times more HD space, requiring 1000 times more server space and 1000 time longer to upload the files to our server. In mp3 format FFD is about 70GB. The upload of the 1000 versions to our server took about 5 days. With those kinds of time scales if you make a couple of mistakes then you can easily end up a month off schedule! With FLACs we might have completely crippled ourselves. Plus we would have wanted to make both FLAC and mp3s available, for those people listening on average audio gear who don't want to download massive files. For any normal release there is no justification for not providing lossless, but for this release the gain in quality couldn't be justified.

    • anomalous
      anomalous on February 15, 2012 02:22

      Wow! thats great work. but 12GBP for an mp3 release is pretty steep. for that kind of money i'd have thought a FLAC version would have been available, especially given the unique nature of each piece. what was the rationale behind only providing mp3?

    • point-b
      point-b at 1.06 on February 14, 2012 15:38

      totally amazing. Can't wait to get my unique copy :]

    • Icarus...
      Icarus... at 3.14 on February 14, 2012 14:38

      @nikolakolodziejczyk: buyers can join the FFD owners list to share versions. Check the small print in your email : - )

    • nikolakolodziejczyk
      nikolakolodziejczyk at 3.14 on February 14, 2012 08:40

      we need to make a community to bring together the 1000 versions and to hear it all before our death

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    • Icarus...
      Icarus... on February 07, 2012 14:40

      @Cpt. Asteroid: sorry for further delay, some info might appear soon via (in English hopefully) and we will post some more words about it soon.

    • Icarus...
      Icarus... on February 06, 2012 16:20

      @Cpt. Asteroid: damn, 3rd time lucky, 3G internet / mobile phone battery keeps cutting out and deleting my lengthy replies to your question. Let us post some more info at in the next 24 hours when we have more reliable connection. Keep an eye on twitter @birdy_electric. Thanks for the interest.

    • Cpt. Asteroid
      Cpt. Asteroid on February 06, 2012 14:56

      more info about how the versions are different/technique would be nice. only find "generative and parametric software techniques". What/how exactly? sliced+rearranged, ...?

    • aebeloe
      aebeloe at 2.58 on January 26, 2012 07:42

      Sounds amazing! Thanks for the seminar and concert yesterday @ DIEM.

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    • olie brice
      olie brice on December 04, 2011 14:38

      sounds great, really looking forward to Jan 20th!

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    • Feltch
      Feltch at 0.53 on November 04, 2011 22:04

      fantastic concept, cant wait to get a copy.

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    • Michael Terren
      Michael Terren at 7.42 on November 02, 2011 03:09

      Can't wait for this. Awesome concept.

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