*pauses for effect because she can hardly believe it herself*
Of course, in this day and age I'm handing out free mp3s because they're a damn sight easier to ship than CDs! Find Dagmar 41 Backtracks here, complete with lyrics, a cover you can print yourself, and my usual random song notes. Enjoy!
You see, those files, despite what they claimed, weren't actually unsalvageable. But none of the geeks I know (and me neither, for all that I am an ex-system admin and therefore qualify for geekdom) would have thought that their apparent unsalvageability had anything to do with what the folder they were in (and remained in, through countless backups and restores) was called. I shake my head and embrace a bunch of unfinished songs that are little more than stereo piano tracks and bits of random (sometimes extremely random) MIDI with lyrics.
Of course by then Talia al Ghul, Te Wairua's more than worthy replacement in my PC corner, didn't even have a sound card, and finding a sound card that caters to musos rather than gamers is incredibly tricky these days, but lo and behold, she has one now, and after much swearing and blood loss I managed to get it to work too.
The upshot of which is: I'm going to finish those songs now. I can't promise, what with my other activities that have more or less taken over my life in the intervening five years, that there will be more than this one album, but there you are. The songs are the ones that were destined for the abandoned Dagmar 41 On Pirates and Body Parts album, though I think a rename is in order.
Seeing as my recording/production skillz are a little rusty and my instrument park is much diminished (Monty the bass guitar got sold to a young hopeful in the UK, and Magdalene the electric is currently being played by a colleague of mine), these songs will probably be closer to my four-track-tape roots than the relatively polished sounds of Unsailable. Also, since most of them are five to six years old, and I've spent most of these five to six years telling people why I couldn't get back into recording (no label, no voice, no thyroid, no files, you name it, I've had it), I think the whole collection more than deserves to be titled Dagmar 41 Backtracks.
And because this is the modern age, the album will be available as .mp3s from this here site, for free or for a voluntary donation.
More details anon, but for now I will do what I haven't done in five years and spend the Easter weekend recording vocals.
No neighbours, you see. :)
Anyway, looking on the bright side, the new ones are a bit more spam-proof - after all, I can count on you lot being humans with brains rather than bots and removing the asterisks from the addresses, right? Thought so. :)
None planned in the immediate future, though if anyone needs a custom-made Jedi robe, I seem to have inadvertently started a trade in these. Made to measure from heavy, sturdy, and above all machine-washable cotton, dyed any colour you like (yes, I do brown too... spoil-sports! :), just drop me a line.
As usual, if you'd like to be notified by e-mail about any future concerts or releases,
Bits of the old site, lovingly crafted by Adrian The Rock and completely re-coloured by me, crop up all over the place of course, and in addition you'll find stuff about the new album "Unsailable", mp3s of the recent, the ancient and the odd, pictures of mostly just the odd, an assortment of song lyrics, poetry and prose (some of this is in German), and the ultimate page for all those of you inclined to take a Bath...