Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Details are scarce at this time, but there will also be a special mystery release coming soon to a select few customers, likely the first x-amount of orders. The artist has specified his name to not be released until the work is sent, and there will be a limited amount of releases as per his request. Just know that "for some of you," and I quote, "it'll be a blast from the pASSt..."
EDIT: All copies of said secret release are gone.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
*Dick Move, Grim and Nekro PeniSSucking, MC00, 2011.
- [DFN022] Churner, Monowall, MC30, 2012.
- [DFN023] Mansfield Deathtrap Rerecordings, untitled, MC60, 2012.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This is a template for a microcassette j-card insert with 4 panels:
Personally, I would not go over 4 panels with normal printer/copier paper (15-20lb.) because the insert becomes too thick and the case doesn't close all the way.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
-Dictafawn is an underground music/noise label that releases microcassettes (which are awesome).
-You are responsible for pitching your release to me; I will NOT follow up on your progress or your proposal of your release unless it's already well into development. If you want to release something, get me your masters/art and I'll ladly update you as soon as I can for any relevant updates; it is YOUR responsiblity to see that I get those files, in your best interest to have your work released.
-Contact at email@example.com
Dictafawn is an underground music/noise label producing releases exclusively in the microcassette format, with a potential internet archive page for discontinued or net-only releases in the future.
First of all, Dictafawn will do it's best to produce a product that looks and sounds professional, given the limitations of the format. Dictafawn is also dedicated to matching the artist's intended aesthetic(s) as closely as possible, and as such I expect submissions to reflect an adequate amount of effort and a reasonable sense of satisfaction on the artist's part in releasing his/her material on my label. Due to the increasing scarcity and costliness of microcassettes, it wouldn't make sense to keep on producing the same lackluster passive cutup curiousities as is the apparent tendency of many noise artists today.
Please only submit original works for the label, or re-releases of discontinued or exceptionally rare works (preferably updated or altered from the original in some way, though I'll do my best to work within the artist's visions). If I scratch your back, please scratch mine.
__________________________________________________________________________A NOTE ON AVAILABILITY, LIMITATION AND TIME LIMITS:
Frankly, microcassettes are getting more and more expensive, and less and less common. I'm always hunting for deals and I can't always find a product consistent in quality or even space. Thus, unless the artist specifies a limitation, I will likely make copies based on demand, unlimited, until either the artist would like to upload his/her work for free or I run out of the appropriate materials for the release.
In regards to the comment on space, I can ONLY do 30 minute or 60 minute microcassettes. Please keep this in mind when sending in a master.
When recording under a specific time limit, please keep recordings down to the alloted time for each side minus a few. For example, if you want to release a 30 minute microcassette and don't want any of your material cut off by accident, please keep each side no more than fifteen minutes apiece. This ensures I can cue up the master so nothing is lost on the copy.
I can record in two speeds: 2.4 and 1.2. The standard is 2.4 though if the artist choses (and if there is enough capacity) I can record a release in 1.2. In essence, 1.2 doubles the time capacity of a microcassette, but the dynamic range is less than a 2.4 recording.
Dictafawn accepts and encourages a variety of genres: noise, experimental, black metal, folk, hip-hop, post rock, pop... if I like it and/or you put your honest effort into it, chances are I won't turn it down. Of course, don't expect to become the next Justin Beiber using this label as a launchpad. This is a place for independents, for home tapers, for people with a genuine interest in the underutilized microcassette format.
If you plan on making your own artwork or even packaging, please let me know. I can provide a digital template for a standard microcassette insert and up to three additional panels (think of how compact cassettes sometimes have multi-paneled j-cards for additonal info). If this isn't necessary, then please send artwork electronically, either by email, photobucket or a file-sharing service, in print ready form.
Basically, print ready means I can print it off my computer without it looking like shit (unless you want it to look like shit). Technically, this means images should be 300 dpi minimum resolution. I can only accept JPG files; if you need to transfer a gif or other format to jpg, there's several free websites that should allow you to do so.
Please leave room for me to add relevant label information, or I'll dictate to you via email what to type. Otherwise I can type or add text/pictures myself; in which case, please tell me the font(s) you used.There's only three colors I print in: black, gray, and whatever color the paper is. I mention grays because your artwork doesn't have to be threshold i.e. midtones are okay.If you want a certain color paper, I'll do my best to find what you're looking for. If you can provide the materials yourself, see me for further info.
I can make art for your release aswell, if you're so inclined, but this will slow down the process.
All Dictafawn releases, unless otherwise noted, will have custom stickers applied to the actual microcassette tape, bearing the name of the artist, release, the Dictafawn logo and/or any other relevant information. The labels will be plain black-on-white text to save money, though I could use non-printing mateials to color them i.e. markers, crayons, blood, etc.
SOUND QUALITY REQUIREMENTS:
Dictafawn accepts master recordings in the following formats:
-compact cassette ("regular" tape)
-MP3Mono sounds ONLY: do NOT send recordings in stereo or recordings with stereo effects (panning, etc.) as one of the two channels will be lost when recording to the mono microcassette format.
I do NOT accept FLAC.
Microcassette and tape masters will be directly transferred to microcassette copies.
While microcassettes are inherently lo-fidelity, covering roughly the human vocal range, I do my best to retain high fidelity recordings with the advent of a direct box and a low-voltage power source for master players.
With some exceptions, again pending the artist's vision, I will require minimal, general info for each release. Namely,
-Name of release
-A brief description of your sounds/genres
-Web address/Website (if applicable)
-Date(s)/year(s) recorded (NOT when released)
ON THE DICTAFAWN NAME & LOGO:
Because this is bound to come up, the [current] Dictafawn logo uses the Futura typeface (in homage to a later Dictaphone company logo) and a cropped public domain clipart image from FunDraw.com (http://www.fundraw.com/clipart/clip-art/3661/Fawn---Line-Drawing/). According to the site,
-My Lovely Figment