Is Slcnc a record label ?No. A record label takes a part of the artist's income. We don't. Nevertheless we suggest our featured artists to give back between 0.5 and 10% of their music related income in order to support this project, but this is just a suggestion. Also, a record label takes care of the publishing process. We don't. We let the featured artists self-publish their work, and simply link to them on this site.
Is Slcnc a netlabel ?No. A netlabel focuses on distributing music over the internet, for free. Although we have some free releases, we also may feature commercial ones. And, a netlabel takes care of the publishing process. We don't. We let the featured artists self-publish their work, and simply link to them on this site. Outside of this, most if not any netlabels focus on Creative Commons or other free license licensed work. We do not limit to these licenses, although we feature some works under them. We do also accept standard copyrighted works.
What is Slcnc then ?We let you decide.
I'm in a band/I'm a solo artist. Which benefits will I get from being featured here ?A page for your project. A page for each of your releases. A 'News' category for your project in which we will post what you send to us. But we can refuse to feature some releases or projects, and to post some news, without explanation.
Will you send me some money to pay the studio fee and to hire killer studio musicians ?The kick answer is : no. It's up to you to deal with this. But if you nevertheless need a few bucks, please fell free to contact, there may be exceptions. At a minimum, we will be happy to run a donate-to-this-band-to-have-it-entering-the-studio campaign just for you.
Will you be listening to my work ?Yes and no. We consider that every artist/project wishing to be featured here is sensible enough to look at what we already feature, to listen a few songs, and to decide if his/her/their work does fit. And also to read and agree with this full faq. So, no, we won't listen to your work. But we're actually curious people, so to be true we will be listening to your work once it's available.
What are the requirement for a release to be featured here ?The release must either be or has been available in some way, even if it's only a tape you gave away to your friends when you were 12. We do not accept growing albums, only finished releases. You must send us a cover picture. Note that we may in the future run out of disk space for storing cover pictures, in this case you will have to provide us with an hotlinkable link to your cover picture. You must indicate us the year and the month of the first issuing of the release, or at least the year. If you're unsure you'll have to decide for a probable year. Also, it is strongly suggested, while not mandatory, that you provide us a complete tracklisting. The length in minutes would also be useful. Your release can be either, available, no longer available, distributed by any means including the oddest ones, as an example you can sell cds or other medias sent by mail, sell cds trough a self-publishing site such as CDBaby, sell digital files trough any available service (like, say, BandCamp, which is the best for this) or by your own, give away your whole release in digital format or by other mean, etc. You release can be licensed under any kind of license. Please note that we will not feature a link to the license on the release page, we will simply mention its full name (including version and juridiction if any).
What kind of links can be featured on a release page ?Exclusively links to websites that either sell your release or distribute it for free.
Will you feature a link to my Reverbnation/Myspace/Facebook/website on my release/project page ?No. See the previous question for the only kind of link we feature on this site.
What are the requirement for having a project page featured on this site ?That we accept to publish it. That's the only requirement. Your project don't have to release anything to be featured here.
What are the requirement for having tracks streamable on this site (streaming) ?We no longer provide this.
What are the requirement for visitors to stream the streamable tracks ?I just told you we no longer provide this.
Will you post my Reverbnation/Soundcloud/Youtube widgets ?No. We want to keep this site as flash-free as possible. There's, nevertheless, two exceptions, since we don't live in Middle Age : we accept BandCamp and Dogmazic widgets, since widgets for these two sites are clean, and both sites are ad-free.
What about the videos then ?The only kind of video embedding method we used to accept was HTML5 video tag. Now, we're a little more flexible and may consider embedding a Flash video if we really like your project.
Do you have recommendation to make about the publishing process ?If you issue a CD, be sure to upload .wav or lossless files (if your publishing platform supports lossless formats) to have an optimal CD quality. It is also a good idea to make your release available in flac format, which is a free lossless format, and in ogg format, which is a free lossy format. We prefer people avoiding the use of mp3, which can someday requires to pay a fee for your listeners to listen to your work. If you want to provide mp3, it is definitively a good idea to provide flac and ogg too. Do not convert your mp3 to flac, your converter cannot create the extra quality and your flac files will then be in mp3 quality. Convert to flac from your wav or aiff masters.
If you are looking for a publishing platform, you may want to use BandCamp. In the past we would have suggested you to use Lulu, but this services no longer features downloads and CD production... Unless, for download, if this is a multimedia ePub file, which is still a nerdy format. We won't make a speech about Bandcamp, there site is pretty much informative and you can learn anything you need to be aware of from it.
If you plan to release under an open-license, Dogmazic.net may be a nice place to go ; but remember this site currently (December 2011) does not support lossless formats such as Flac.