Gas 0095 remastered now on CD

Gas 0095 CDWe are proud to announce that Gas 0095 will be available on CD for the first time in more than ten years, and the first time for the (Bob Katz approved!) remaster.

The CD is available for pre-order today and set for release on 14th July. All pre-orders will come with a special and limited gift, we will give more details on the blog in the coming days. (Free Minimoog offer now extended).

Also, for instant gratification and to save you time converting for your computer and mp3 player, it will come with the 320k mp3 version of the album as an instant download when you purchase the CD.

Buy CD now
Listen to previews

One of the Best Dance Records of the Decade

iDJ magazine this month published their list of the top 100 essential dance records of the decade. Congratulations to Charles Webster whose ‘Born on the 24th of July’ album sits at number two…

  iDJ Top 100 feature
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This includes the track ‘Forget the Past’ co-written by Charles Webster (Presence, Phurry Phreaks), Sara Jay (Massive Attack) and Mat Jarvis (Gas, High Skies). Mat programmed on every track of the album which also includes the track ‘Gift of Freedom’ which was remixed by Mat (High Skies mix) for the ‘Remixed on the 24th of July’ album.

Born on the 24th of July


Forget the Past.mp3

This appears to be the week for Webster, Jarvis, Jay news

Napster <3 MP3

Napster <3 mp3Napster today announced that it’s going MP3, and will be the largest MP3 store with 6 million tracks.

Napster, the pioneer of digital music, today announced the launch of the world’s largest and most comprehensive MP3 store at www.napster.com/store.

Napster’s download store is more than 50 percent larger than any other MP3 store and boasts not only the largest major label MP3 catalog in the industry, but also the largest library of independent music available anywhere. All Napster download sales in the US will now be in the user-friendly, DRM-free MP3 format, which is compatible with virtually any MP3 player or music phone including the iPod and the iPhone. Napster is the first music subscription service featuring major label content to offer 100 percent of its catalog in the MP3 format for download sales.

Pricing for download sales will remain at 99 cents for single MP3 tracks and $9.95 for most MP3 albums, Napster confirmed. The vast majority of the MP3 catalog, including all major label content, is available at a high-quality 256kbps bitrate, and downloaded tracks include high-resolution album art. Consumers can visit and browse the download store with no obligation or commitment, and can also choose to subscribe to Napster’s on-demand streaming service, which is web-based and can be accessed from any Internet-connected computer without downloading software.

This is interesting because although Amazon and Zune both offer MP3 downloads, they could have been seen as an experiment by the larger labels, but I think that this move shows there is no going back back now. Amazon MP3 and Napster MP3 are still U.S. only, but I think it’s only a matter of time before they spread. This is only a good thing for music; who wants to rent their music (without even knowing it)?

Of course there is still the massive problem of piracy, which plagues us and other indie labels. We have more people visiting our site just to download the Gas 0095 artwork for their pirated copies than those coming to check out the music. There are also more sites selling illegal copies of Gas 0095 than legal ones.

Gas 0095 has always been drm free, from us, iTunes plus, Amazon MP3 and now Napster

How to Protect Your Promos from Pirates

Must stop evil pirates...Pirating, or ‘sharing’ is a huge problem, especially to the smaller independent labels. You have to send out promos of your record to press and DJs before it’s released, so how do labels stop pirates from bootlegging and uploading for everyone to download before that release date?

 

Solution, kind of…


Lo;Rise – Observer (High Skies mix) Drop-out 1 mp3


Lo;Rise – Observer (High Skies mix) Drop-out 2 mp3

 

…you add in gaps/ dropouts to the promos, or in this case, a voiceover. It’s far from perfect and can get in the way of the people trying to write a review, but at least it’s ‘some’ kind of protection.

There are about three dropouts per track and 39 tracks on this 3xCD album, making well over a hundred dropouts, so you wouldn’t want to listen to the album too many times on repeat.

 

I should stress that this is only on the promo copies…
Mix contains dropouts...

Robot image credit: Blake C. Himsl Hunter

Gas – Microscopic Film, 100k views

The ‘Gas – Microscopic’ film has just broken through the six figure barrier on YouTube, with 100,000 full views.


View film on YouTube

The short film is based on the IBM classic mixed with Microscopic, from the (Bob Katz approved) remaster of the Gas 0095 album.

Gas – Microscopic downloads…
High Quality DivX version (190mb)
Quicktime/ iPod version (60mb)
Microscopic – remastered full mp3 (14mb)

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New Gas vidThere will be a new Gas short film coming very soon, it’s at the opposite scale to the Microscopic film. We’ll post it here shortly.

Gas Vapourware

Long Lost Gas / High Skies Remix

A long lost Gas / High Skies remix once thought extinct has been found in an old attic. It’s been dusted off and released on the great new Charles Webster 3xCD album.

Lo;Rise – Observer (High Skies mix) (download mp3 preview)

Originally recorded in the late 90s, it’s a dark downtempo remix with lo-fi electronics over an inexorable drum machine, backing the child-like voice of Sara Jay (Massive Attack). Lo;Rise are legendary house DJ Charles Webster (Presence, Furry Phreaks, Symetrix (Emit) etc) and Sara Jay (Massive Attack). Mat has previously worked with Charles and Sara for many years on various projects…

Continue reading Long Lost Gas / High Skies Remix

Welcome to the New Microscopics Blog

Welcome!

Microscopics MiniMoog Model 204DOur aims for the blog are; mainly news about new releases from Microscopics and Mat Jarvis (Gas and High Skies), but also about things we find amazing in the worlds of music and making music, including the odd interview; science, technology and sci-fi. General awesome music and geeky stuff! We also plan to share the tips we have learned running the label, which may benefit other musicians trying to promote their music. We hope to hear your experiences in the comments too. There will also be the odd give-away and competition too.

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Mat

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Mat in the studioWe are a small English music label and the home to Mat Jarvis and his Gas and High Skies projects. Our aim is to release quality electronic music experiments.

Written from the set of Blade Runner, this blog is mainly for news about Microscopics and Mat Jarvis, but also music and music technology, science and sci-fi, plus the odd interview and give-away. We will also be posting tips we have picked up running the label that will hopefully benefit other independent musicians.

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