this is a working document. please make suggestions and i will make edits.
l.llllllll is a netlabel curated by the llllllll.co community
monthly releases are posted (on a specific day of the month) from a queue of projects initiated by community members.
a new project can be initiated at any time, when two members with regular status arrange to curate a third artist (who need not be within the community).
this is the fundamental concept for the netlabel, which sets it apart. it is group-curated, by people that have become familiar through their engagement with this community-- an experiment in extending the open-source philosophy into cultural production.
further considerations, up for discussion. to facilitate clarity of purpose i suggest staying concise.
what does it mean to curate?
curating in this case is similar to sponsoring. two members decide to ask an artist to produce something to be released on the netlabel. this can happen at any time.
the level of involvement can be determined between those engaged per project-- but fundamentally the two curators are simply engaged with the artist in discussion about the work. to provide listening feedback.
the curators will submit the release to the queue when the work is finished.
what constitutes a release?
a collection of tracks with a qualitative sense of completion. the curators and artist should agree on completion.
new releases are announced on http://llllllll.co for further discussion, starting with text from the artist and curators.
quite a few proposals have been made to offer creative constraints to releases, which have not yet been agreed upon:
- fixed number of tracks
- no titles
- no art
- art confined to a template
as a guideline, the netlabel requests the release will be available exclusively via the netlabel site for a full month (until the next release), before the release is reposted on soundcloud, bandcamp, or other sites.
releases are free. perhaps work out a pay-as-you-will with a patreon link.
the netlabel will not deal with payments directly.
the netlabel microsite will host releases using free services: github.com and archive.org
new releases will be managed via a queue of pull requests.
a custom player will be designed for streaming. full .zip downloads will be available. formats to be determined.
focus on content.
visual design will lean towards minimal.