I love music. I love it so much. So, so much. I love it so much that I can't bear the thought that musicians who worked hard on their compositions don't get their dues paid. I love music=I hate music piracy. That being said, those recording artists at the forefront of the music paradigm understand what attracts potential fans and gains long term support for their music: the free download. In other words, letting fans sample a fraction of their tracks in the hopes of gaining extra sales or publishing all of their work for free and letting the goodwill and generosity of their fans support them. They're undermining music pirates in order to establish a downloading equilibrium.
This is a place to post links to your favourite music that anyone can download for free (legally) and for expanding your own musical tastes.
Let's be clear here: if I see even the slightest possibility that a link posted is not legal and had the artist's consent, I will come down on you so hard you will wish I was a mod. I don't want to see anyone putting this forum in legal jeopardy. I sure don't want music piracy occuring on these forums and I know the mods don't want any illegal activity of any sort taking place here. I wouldn't have to say this, except I'm aware of the potential for this thread to go downhill fast. This isn't your twenty-seven-and-a-half-chan.
I'll start you off:
Bandcamp. Oh my gog Bandcamp. This is an audiophiles heaven. Our very own Andrew Hussie uses it himself (I'm sure you've purchased an album or two off What Pumpkin), so you know that site's legit. A common feature of Bandcamp is for artists to offer their albums on a "Name Your Price" model, where you can choose how much you'd like to pay for a track or a whole album even. The great thing about Bandcamp is, if you're not sure about paying for an album, on this model you can download it for free and if you enjoy it and want to give something back to the artist who put the hard work into the tracks, you can go back and purchase the same tracks again, effectively paying for the album you already have. Some people would say that's folly and why would you bother, but those of you who are generous will get what I'm saying.
I thought that the first "Pay What You Want" album should have some sort of significance of some sort, so it's aptly titled The Hass Effect by Electrocado.
Electronic, trance, ambient, whatever you call it I don't even know. You can listen to all of the tracks online to see if it's your sort of thing. Don't be put off by the first track; it takes a minute to really get going. I'm not a massive fan of electronic music, preferring to lean to the ambient or experimental side of things when I do purchase anything, but I can appreciate this album for its technical skill and not falling into heavy repetition (often). It's not "in your face" music, more "bobbing your head along to the beat while you browse forums music. It's a great soundtrack to everyday browsing or writing Grand Battle posts. *Click*!