Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, speaker, and author. He is the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, one half of Viewport Industries, and an electronic musician.

Announcing... EP 1. Come and get it.

Posted on 23 March 2009 21 comments

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I’ve been waffling on about it for ages, and at long last, I’m pleased to announce that the waffling is over. EP 1 is finally out and you can get it… right now!

To download the EP, click on the big ‘buy’ button below. As I’ve said before, you pay whatever you like for it, but there’s a minimum price of £1 (because I don’t have Radiohead’s bank balance). Please note: Sometimes the ‘Fast Checkout with PayPal’ button takes a while to load, so give it a few seconds.

Click here to buy the EP and then press the ‘Fast Checkout with PayPal’ button

UPDATE: You can now buy the EP in FLAC format (for a minimum payment of £2). Either click here, or – if you’ve already bought it – email me and I’ll give it to you for free.

The promo code

At SXSW I gave out some cards with promo codes on them. If you have one of these, type in the promo code when prompted and you’ll get the EP completely free. Before you type in the code, though, make sure you’ve left the price as the £1 default, as the promo code effectively reduces the price by that amount.

A few details

All of the DRM-free MP3 files are encoded at 360kbps so the quality is very high. Likewise, I’ve included the artwork (front and back) as 1000px x 1000px JPEGs, and the art is automatically embedded within the ID3 tags as well. If you’d like to see the artwork before buying, I’ve uploaded it here: front cover & back cover.

For those of you who are familiar with the Sourhaze stuff I’ve released before, I hope you’ll agree that this new material is a lot stronger. I think that’s mainly because it’s now instrumental (read: no longer ruined by my attempts at ‘singing’), but in general I feel a lot more confident about these songs. That’s why, at least for now, I’m treating this as a new beginning; hence the EP’s title.

The Sourhaze website

A new beginning means a new website, so head on over to sourhaze.com for the full experience. I’ve actually kept it very minimal but you can play the preview medley from the embedded Flash player and – if you so desire – sign up to the mailing list. At some point in the future (perhaps after the launch of EP 2 later this year) I’ll put together a ‘proper’ new site that allows you to buy the whole Sourhaze back catalogue. Right now is just seemed best to keep things simple and focus entirely on the new release.

Feedback

Unsurprisingly, I’d love to know what you think of the music, and I thank you in advance for any purchases you make (and I thank you very heartily indeed for any purchases made above the £1 recommended price)! Please leave any feedback you have in the comments below, and spread the word to your friends and colleagues!

Lastly, thanks for all your encouragement on here and on Twitter – I really appreciate you sticking with me throughout the recording process from when it began so many months ago!

21 comments

  1. Chris Rowe

    Chris Rowe

    23 March 2009 @ 02:28PM #

    Right up my street, great work Elliot!

  2. Ian

    Ian

    23 March 2009 @ 03:25PM #

    Bought! I could do with some new funky instrumental beats to help the Monday workflow :).

    Glad you finally managed to get it out there and nice work on the new site too. Very clean.

  3. David Weatherby

    David Weatherby

    23 March 2009 @ 03:31PM #

    Hi Elliot

    Bought it just before and having a listen now it sounds brilliant, quite the trent reznor eh :)

    Well Done !

  4. Emil Nikov

    Emil Nikov

    23 March 2009 @ 06:23PM #

    Hi, Elliot,

    I am listening to the preview on the website and I must say it sounds impressive!

    Congratulations for the EP1 and for the website! Well done!

  5. Matt D

    Matt D

    23 March 2009 @ 06:33PM #

    Nice one man. Nice art by the way. Will be buying this when I have my new computer! :)

  6. Luke Dorny

    Luke Dorny

    23 March 2009 @ 06:33PM #

    This is just as good as I’d expected after you posted your sound experiments some weeks back. It’s actually a nice variety of soundscapes that are all very rich and engaging.
    Thanks for reaching this goal and uploading it for us.

    Loving it! Also, it was great fiinally meeting you in person at sxswi! Cheers!

  7. Steve Rydz

    Steve Rydz

    23 March 2009 @ 10:13PM #

    Hi Elliot,

    If you’re having trouble encodeing the files as FLAC then try Audacity

    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/mac

    It’s free and it works a treat, I used to use it for file conversion all the time

    Steve

  8. Tom Kenny

    Tom Kenny

    24 March 2009 @ 01:33AM #

    Great work and perfect timing as I’ve recently started listening to and enjoying this kind of music. I find that it helps me focus better on my work and have been listening to EP 1 while starting the design of a new personal project and it seems to be helping!

    I hope this is a success because I would love to hear more. Keep up the good work sir!

  9. Nick

    Nick

    24 March 2009 @ 09:04AM #

    Bought and loved it man. One of those that you really have to close your eyes and sit back to fully enjoy. Just ended to soon :) looking forward to EP2!

    Nick

  10. Loz

    Loz

    24 March 2009 @ 03:53PM #

    Just listening to the preview medley as I type this. Very intrigued—there’s a wide range of different sounds there. Will have to pick this up :)

    Kudos on the Sourhaze website as well. It’s beautiful! I’m a big fan of minimalist sites so I love what you’ve done.

    ~Loz

  11. Terris

    Terris

    24 March 2009 @ 07:53PM #

    Gorgeous. All of it. Thank you.

  12. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    26 March 2009 @ 01:50PM #

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the music! I’ve been completely overwhelmed by how many people have bought the EP, and how many of you have paid more than £1 for it. Again: thank you!!!

    By the way, I’ve now made the EP available in FLAC format and updated the post accordingly. So if you’re interested, scroll up for details.

  13. Haris

    Haris

    26 March 2009 @ 02:31PM #

    Please offer more payment methods!

    PayPal is not available in my country but I would love to purchase the album.

  14. Cyprian

    Cyprian

    29 March 2009 @ 01:09PM #

    Hi Eliot,
    Your instrumental music is nice for working. Keeping me creative :-)
    The flower on cover reminds me Lotus. Have a look here:
    This temple in Delhi, inspired by this flower. Amazing:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/cyprian.gwozdz/
    NewOldDelhiNoida#5306808877297972482

    Greetings,
    Cyprian

  15. Andy

    Andy

    04 April 2009 @ 10:00PM #

    Just picked this up. Sounding great too :)

    I’m a long time fan of somafm, so this kind of music is exactly what I look for when working & chilling..

    The soundscapes are really cool, and I like the inclusion of distorted guitar and ethnic instruments. Makes for a very interesting listen.

    Keep up the hard work!

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