I’d like to propose–or at least begin a discussion–about opening up the release category to releases that aren’t sound-based in nature.
I’m going to make this a poll. It’ll be my first poll so let’s see…
- The “release” category should remain exclusive to works of audio.
- The category should be opened up to non-audio releases too (books, objects, visual works, etc. that members release)
I don’t make music or sound art, but don’t really think a person needs to be working soncially to appreciate this forum. Often ideas about process, and the thinking behind a work, are interesting besides.
I find myself releasing books lately–really as of about three years ago. I remember some time ago posting about one of these books, thinking the thread should be categorized as a “release” but then that being amended to “open”. The reason given that only works of audio were considered “releases”.
Now that I’m about to finish another book, I think I want to challenge this a bit. Surely a book is a release…? And I know many other members of this forum–some highly visible/active–also make releases in the form of books. It’d be cool if these were included, rather than free-floating in the “open” category. Also, it feels a big weird/ego-y to just make an “open” thread about something I’m promoting. The release category kinda is already about promotion so it feels less weird.
So yeah, I’d like to propose a change here.
And I’m not even saying it should be exclusive to works of audio or books. Maybe someone comes up with an amazing little object that they consider a release. I’m saying it should be opened up to all those possibilities.
The exclusivity of the category just feels…I don’t know…
It definitely establishes a hierarchy that says works of audio are more valued or something.