Leciester-born electronic veteran Si Begg‘s latest project takes the form of a ‘new exercise in music distribution.’
Titled the 24-Bit Error Collection, the micro-site for Begg’s new project gives you the opportunity to download the Mp3s for free at either 320kbps or 128kbs digital download – but you’ll have to wait ’til September 1 to do so. There’s also the opportunity to get the tracks as high-quality wav files, via the following methods:
"1. You can search the web for someone else who is hosting them for free.
2. You can email me and we can work out between us how i get them to you.
3. Buy the box set which contains all 4 tracks in Wav format + the exclusive 24Bit Remix Toolkit, which consists of all track layers and sound samples from the 4-track E.P."
Said boxset comes in two formats:
Black box: 2 x screen printed posters / Pantone 347 custom-rubber laser-etched 12" disc / Hand sewn envelope / Project information sheet / USB flash memory drive containing music as 24bit 44.1khz wavs / DVD DJ remix toolkit containing all 4 tracks as layers & sound samples as 24bit 44.1khz wavs.
White box: 2 x screen printed posters / FSC sustainable oak, hand-pressed & veneered laser etched 12" disc / Hand sewn envelope / Project information sheet / USB flash memory drive containing music as 24bit 44.1khz wavs / DVD DJ remix toolkit containing all 4 tracks as layers & sound samples as 24bit 44.1khz wavs.
The box-sets are limited to 50 – 25 of each format, and are also available from September 1, priced at $163.99 / £100 + VAT. Further blurb-ism from Begg’s site:
"This E.P. Is free. Yes that’s right, free. (You can buy the limited edition "hand-made in Hackney" box set, but that’s not compulsory) All tracks are yours to download and distribute as you see fit. You can copy them, burn them on a CD, blog them, host them yourself, give them to your mum, whatever you want. Music in the public domain. Or put another way: Make. Upload. Share. Inspire. Crisps.
"Major labels and the bodies that represent them, such as the BPI in the UK and the RIAA in the USA would have us believe that sharing music is destroying music and the musicians that create it. We contend that the truth is, this cartel of major record companies, distributors and publishers have been systematically fucking musicians and the people that love and buy music for about 50 years. Creating, amongst other things, huge profits for shareholders, a rigorous, brutally industrialised method of music production, Hannah Montana and an inherently average, uninspiring, mainstream music scene. This traditional industry model is so close to death that we dare not entertain it here. Instead we leave it up to you to help determine how far this E.P. travels."
The 24-Bit Error Collection isn’t the only thing Begg has on his plate right now; he’s also been working with visual artist Robin Mahoney (producer and director of various music related things), as you can see below: