Really like the notion of this bit in opposition to a web player.
A release could be more of a digital “package”, (i.e. a digital version of labels like dauw or Fluid Audio). Could definitely make the notion of a digital download much more interesting if there wasn’t a definite notion of what would be in the download package. Releases could include patch notes, graphic scores, videos of performance, interviews with the artist, or art books, and it opens up the possibility of a release just being a generative executable file or max patch. This community and our conversations are super varied, so I don’t see any reason that releases need to limited to just audio.
Honestly, I’m all for the no-streams, no-art site proposed by @tehn. The enjoyment and aesthetic of the release can be saved for the download, and the site can be more of a consistent teaser and hub for all projects. The album art there could be either a pure color or maybe something like a 9-pixel cube with the colors of the actual cover art.
Anyway, just my thoughts. Really feel like this has the potential to be a much needed antithesis to streaming culture and encourage true appreciation of digital media, which is increasingly rare.
I will definitely be contributing to this project as an attentive listener.