I’M BACK.

Greetings. It feels like an eternity since I’ve posted here, and perhaps for good reason: the last review I posted was back in March 2013. Four years is nearly half a decade. An extremely long time. Here’s what you need to know since that last review:

In 2010, I started The Death of CDs as an outlet for curating the music I was enjoying. At the time, I was in high school and actually graduated three months after the last review. I took a semester break working temporary help at a pipe organ restoration shop, and in the past three years, I was soaking up the sunny state of Florida for college at Stetson University. The past year, I worked long hours on an interactive audiovisual installation for my senior thesis, and it was successful enough that I received two awards for it. As of Friday, I finished my Bachelor’s in Digital Arts, with an emphasis on Computer Music, Audio Recording/Production, and Interactive Art.

In short: I’ve been uber-busy. As much as I’ve wanted to continue this site, I had to put my studies first. Sacrificially, the site fell by the wayside. But as much as that is the truth, it is just as much true that I could have abandoned this site completely. So why am I back?

While the site may have been on hiatus, the music hasn’t. As an independent musician, I’m constantly in contact with new artists and music on a daily basis. All one has to do is peruse online forums and SoundCloud to find it. But as most artists know, the general public usually relies on curators, promoters, and music reviewers. That’s where the audience is at. Over the past several months, I’ve found enough music that I feel needs to be heard. Remembering this site’s existence further helped me to come back to what it was I was doing. While The Death of CDs was and still is about my own musical tastes, my ultimate goal for it is to be a platform for discovering new artists and music. Therefore, as someone who is passionate about the music community, it only makes sense that I return to this.

So here I am. I’m ecstatic to be back, and I’m excited for what’s in store for the future of The Death of CDs.

The website will be majorly redesigned within the next week, and shortly thereafter, I will be posting one review a day. It might become a type of schedule where there’ll be a New Track Friday, EP of the Week, or something to that effect. I have yet to plan it out, but as soon as I do, you will know. I also have plans to focus on interviewing artists in the future, as well as help promote artists through SoundCloud reposts. I know as much as anyone else how important music promotion is, and I want to be able to provide as many avenues as possible to help musicians out.

That’s what you can expect for now. If you would like to have your music reviewed, please feel free to send me an email at thedeathofcds@live.com. If there are more announcements, I will be sure to let you know. Otherwise, the next post will be a new review!

Have a great week!

– Ian

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