Belatedly discovered Bleep.com, an electronic music site specializing in, um, bleepy dance music of recent vintage (and some classics). The mp3s cost money, but I'd pay a little for decent quality DRM-free mp3s of such things I've been looking for (or just came across on their site) as: A Guy Called Gerald's Black Secret Technology, miscellaneous early Black Dog, previously unreleased Swayzak tracks, Elektroids Elektroworld, CiM CDs I don't have, and Lab Rat XL (a Drexciya alias). The site is all about labels, which I don't really get at this point--with no CD printing or promotional costs, why is another middleman between musician and the public necessary?
I think at that point labels just become curators / editors. I am enjoying bleep quite a bit as well, although I think that they just increased their prices(?). Ah, inflation.
there is actually a tricky way to get access to the entire mp3 of the preview. If you install firebug for fire fox, and go to the "net" tab, you can see the link to the mp3 (it might be labeled as php or something like that). I was thinking about doing a mixtape of just those preview mp3s at some point.
If that mp3 is the same quality as the ones they're selling that seems like a pretty big security hole. Let me know if you do your mix, I'd like to hear it!
yah, it seems that it is quite a bit lower quality, giving it a "taped off the radio" kinda feel to it.
Ah, thanks for the info, shows how carefully I listened.