Part of our mission statement is to foster the development of good art. This means providing a platform for emergent art with interesting ideas and exposing it to the scrutiny afforded to bands with greater industry backing – but without the bloviation or commercial clout that can keep turds afloat in that particular musical pool. This also means that whilst successes are possible and down entirely to the quality of the work, risks can be taken and mistakes can legitimately be made.
This is an admission we’ve made before regarding works we’ve hosted and the artists responsible have on occasion decided to either edit the work or cut it all-together.
This time round it’s the turn of Cryosyncopy to come under such scrutiny. As a result, and by mutual decision, we’ve taken down the album Black Sea from the site. Audience reception indicated the work was not a success (though that’s not to say the audience should always be taken as a yardstick for artistic success), just as hindsight has revealed how much more the artist could accomplish in a similar stylistic vein (see Mushin for proof).
Neither we nor the artist have any regrets about backing the work in the first place. Why should we? better to try, fail and grow from it than to never try at all. This is the only way to develop artistically. We’re thankful for people taking the time to listen and evaluate.
Stay ‘tuned’ for more new music soon from hiarctow.