The Post-album dream.

The world of Cosmograf is currently flatter than a Yorkshire man’s cap.  Celebr8.3 came and went in a blur and it was the pinnacle of a massive year of effort and achievement in releasing Capacitor and bringing a show live to the world.  Since then, it’s all been a major anti-climax.  The album is selling about as well as a good independent prog album does these days.  i.e. just enough to cover the cost of making it.  The reviews have been brilliant, but Capacitor it seems, is destined to disappear into the spirit world from whence it came, leaving a few more dedicated fans with their spirits captured.  Promoting Cosmograf is like trying to roll a stupidly heavy ball up a very big hill, just when you think you’ve overcome the inertia and have some momentum, it stops moving, then rolls backwards over your head.

It’s stupidly frustrating being a tiny artist with big dreams.  When you wake up and smell the coffee, it becomes abundantly apparent that to collectively move the consciousness of the Progerati you need to be ‘someone’ already or have to do something really special like one of the following;
1) release an album of the musical equivalent of magnolia (as long as it’s being pushed by a really big record company you’ll have everybody waxing lyrical how cool magnolia is.),
2)have a long and stunning career of 30 years or more, and promise to release a new album of yet more old bits that weren’t good enough the first time around).
3)have a long and stunning career of 30 years or more, and release an album so gut wrenchingly awful that it has critics and reviewers racing to fill the blank bits of the internet with their shock and disgust (there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right?).

In short, same old, same old.  This time though I’m not that keen on putting myself through the mill for another album so soon after the last, so will be taking a musical break to both get my mojo back and more importantly join the real world again where people actually get paid a reasonable wage so I can keep my family fed and watered next year.  The big problem is this ‘real world’ is generally incredibly monotonous and rather dull.

Your guess is good as mine whether boredom will win or I’ll be committing new sounds to hard drive storage near you anytime soon…

8 Responses to The Post-album dream.

  1. Tom Slatter Wednesday 16th July 2014 at 19:19 #

    ‘It’s stupidly frustrating being a tiny artist with big dreams. ‘ <- I can definitely empathise with that. It's pretty much only the 70's leftovers who are turning a profit. And I assume not many of them. Of course we don't do it for the money, but that doesn't mean money doesn't matter.

    • John Young Thursday 17th July 2014 at 11:15 #

      Hi Rob… with you on that , name me a new (last 15 years) professional prog band …. there are 108 pages of people saying why they don’t like the Yes album on progressive ears…kind of says it all really … you can lead the proverbial to water …but xx

      • Cosmograf Thursday 17th July 2014 at 11:35 #

        Hi John, yes, that’s a great comment. I can’t think of one.

  2. Moz Tuesday 5th August 2014 at 09:13 #

    Only discovered Cosmograf recently and have just ordered WAHDID to complete the collection. Without doubt it represents some of the finest music that I own and the collection currently weighs in at nearly 3000 albums. Its shameful that such an original artist is not properly rewarded for the enormous efforts needed to produce such great works. We live in a society where music of extremely dubious quality is force fed to people who never seem to get the chance to absorb real art. Quantity seems to triumph over quality every time thanks to the desire to consume rather than learn and appreciate.

    I still believe that a resurgence of proper record shops could work, creating places where people can cross pollinate and spread the word about the vast amount of great music that exists.The increase in the sales on vinyl would indicate that I suspect?
    I used to work in a record shop in the 70’s and every one of us was passionate about music. Not about a specific type, just music. I’m afraid that pigeonholing artists is a problem, immediately separating them from narrow minded folks who believe that they must subscribe to one genre.

    Education is necessary. Keep up the good work Cosmograf and know that you have created some simply wonderful music

  3. Joel Saturday 9th August 2014 at 04:06 #

    Love your music. I was stuck in the 70s then my neighbor showed me prog. Thank god!

  4. David Mayer Sunday 7th December 2014 at 18:14 #

    Bought Capacitor download upon recommendations from fellow proggers on Facebook.
    My jaw just dropped. Am currently on my second listen of TMLIS, I am still gobsmacked. I do buy the albums of artistes I want to support. As for the Spotify conundrum, I have no idea…it leaves me so sad as to the potential state of future music funding….

  5. David Mayer Sunday 7th December 2014 at 18:16 #

    Those were paid-for downlaods, BTW! Is there a downloadable copy of the “sleeves notes” and credits for your albums, or must I wait til I can afford the CD’s? 😉

    • Cosmograf Sunday 7th December 2014 at 20:39 #

      Hi David, Sorry, the sleeve notes are only on CD I’m afraid, it’s one of the only ways we can continue to protect the value of the CD.

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