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Wud Records: wtf is wud?

Posted by Wudmaster on 16/09/18

We have been asked – wtf is wud? What does it mean? Over the years many people have asked who we are, what we are about, what we are like and why.

It seems that we never particularky bothered to explain ourselves very well before, so a new page has been added to the Wud Records website that hopes to answer some of these questions.

By clicking here, you will go to the ‘About Wud Records’ page. There you can read an explanation and definition of what wud means, how to pronounce it correctly, a brief history of ourselves, and our list of personnel, both present and past.

We don’t wish to appear to be too evasive or aloof or mysterious to our fans, although a certain air of mystery is probably not an entirely bad thing. Hopefully these words will bring us all a bit closer together and maybe we can have a big intercontinental group hug. Who knows.

Meanwhile, we have a lot of great music to bring you and as such we will be beavering away in our studios trying to make things fit for public enjoyment! Lots more news to come on this subject and more in the coming days.

Wud Records: August 2018 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/09/18

A brand new playlist of all the favourite musical discoveries of the Wud Records team has been published at SoundCloud. All of the artists on it are amazing independent unsigned artists who are making great music that simply aches to be heard. These artists are not associated directly with Wud Records in any way. We simply accumulated songs that we all liked during August 2018 into one agreed playlist and published it at the end of the month.

Tracks have been arranged according to the number of plays at the time of publishing, starting with the fewest. Tracks that are early in playlists tend to receive more plays than later tracks, and we feel that the ones with fewer plays need the best chance of exposure.

Can you complete the challenge of listening to every track?! If you manage it, tell us, tell some of the music makers involved, and tell the world on social media how you feel about what you heard. Everyone concerned would love to hear your thoughts. If you find some new favourites on there, why not shout about them on social media as well? We are sure the artistes responsible for creating the music will welcome such word-of-mouth exposure and your friends and followers would probably love to enjoy hearing it too. At the very least you might end up making an indie musician’s day.

There is a vast amount of great music on SoundCloud if you have the time and inclination to filter through it. If you happen to be looking out for some great new music, we’ve already done that filtering for you!

If you are one of the bands from which we recently liked, shared or tweeted a track at SoundCloud, there is a chance that one of your tracks might be on this new playlist.

Towards the bottom of the page is a list of featured artists and tracks. The artist name is clickable and links to an external website where you can find out, hear and see more of the artist in question.

If you are the artist and would prefer us to use a different link to the one we added, please send an email to info@wudrecords.co.uk so we can fix it for you. Generally we try to use the artist’s own site where possible. We only linked to SoundCloud as a last resort when we were unable to find anything else, as users can already click the track and go to the artist’s SoundCloud page for themselves.

Are you a member of SoundCloud? We always follow back if you have your own tracks and we always listen eventually, even if it takes a few weeks. So if you would like the opportunity of a bit of free publicity you could follow Wud Records on SoundCloud. It’s even free to join with a basic membership!

We hope that a lot more people will find and listen to the wonderful songs on this new playlist of musical discoveries. Each and every track has something that we felt was special or interesting in some way. In many cases it was a tough job to choose just one track from an artiste.

The playlist is very eclectic, so there is probably something on there to suit every taste. If the track you are listening to isn’t quite doing it for you, skip to the next one and perhaps that will please your ears more. Sometimes similar tracks end up next to each other, and sometimes extremely different tracks do, so we recommend you just try it for yourself.

If you would like to listen to this special new playlist of August 2018 Musical Discoveries over at SoundCloud, please click here.

To enjoy this new playlist of great music here at the Wud Records website, please click here.

If you would like easy access to all 25 of our previous months’ musical discoveries playlists, please click here and bookmark the page, and remember that we publish a new playlist full of undiscovered gems every month!

Wud Records: August 2018 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/09/18

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for August 2018 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity and take into account plays, comments, likes and reposts. The algorithm we use gives greater weight to likes and reposts than it does to comments and plays.

Tracks published at Musicoin and Bandcamp have been omitted from the SoundCloud statistics. This is because we feel these results require separate treatment. Archive tracks and bonus tracks are also ignored.

Only you, the listener, can influence our September 2018 playlist. So if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it!

Massive thanks go out to everybody who helped to support all of us during August 2018 by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud, as well as other platforms. SoundCloud‘s popularity seems to be waning following a rather uncertain time for the company, a downgrade in sound quality across the entire platform, a downgrade in customer service standards and the emergence of new blockchain-based music streaming platforms such as Musicoin and Choon.

Musicoin is currently offering what we believe may be the best pay-per-stream deal on the internet and a far more credible deal than any of the established industry players.

The Musicoin currency itself is a rather new and turbulent form of currency and at present somewhat complex as well, so we will all have to see how these new Crypto services pan out in the coming months and years. However, we believe that these platforms may be the way ahead for many independent musicians and we definitely recommend trying them out and seeing which ones work best for you.

A special mention needs to go to Atom Collector Records. Their service continues to help us achieve consistently and significantly better activity. If you have tracks on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify, ReverbNation, Musicoin, dSound, Choon or FanBurst, you too could see considerable growth in activity. It’s even free to join. Just click here to go to their site.

Congratulations to Alchemeon for achieving four spots in the August 2018 top ten for their re-released Winter 2008-09 collection of live tracks.

Born tops our chart as a new entry and is a wonderful song, full of mystery and questions. The recording was a bit broken on on the right hand side to start, but fixes itself when the groove kicks in. By applying mastering to these old Alchemeon tracks, they are now sounding better than ever.

We anticipate there may be the second Live in Session collection from Alchemeon, from the spring of 2009, coming soon. We shall let Alchemeon fans know of such developments in our News service and on Twitter.

Also appearing on this month’s chart are Dark Company, with four tracks, and Wud and Clonk! with one each. No more artists managed to break into our top ten this month.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in August 2018, as played, liked, commented upon and reposted by listeners, please click here.

If you prefer to listen here at Wud Records, you will find that it is the new default music player. You will find it on all non band-specific pages at the site, such as our News service or homepage.

Alchemeon: Live In Session Winter 2008-09 re-released

Posted by Wudmaster on 23/08/18

Alchemeon Live In Session 2008-09 has been re-released to SoundCloud. We are still waiting on the finalisation of the artwork and for one more rather troublesome track to be repaired. Once those things have been done, we shall release the album to Bandcamp as well, so that Alchemeon fans can finally download these wonderful songs.

This collection of ten classic tracks from the mighty foursome has received a considerable amount of treatment in our studios. All of the tracks have now been mastered so you can enjoy them all at a consistent and loud volume.

Following the demise of the old Wud Records in-site mp3 player, the now dead Flamplayer, these files languished for some time in our vaults. This was due in part to the technology we used at the time to digitise the recordings. The interface we were using was not particularly good and has long since been abandoned. It made the sound like the comedy ripping of trousers when somebody in a Carry On movie would bend over.

This was not something we particularly desired on the finished recordings. It was a source of great irritation and confufulation. We spent many hours re-drawing the wave forms by hand to remove the worst of these unwanted sonic disturbances.

There is one more track to be re-released to this collection, Born of Stars. Unfortunately this one is still on our slab. It has many instances of the aforementioned troublesome analogue-to-digital anomaly. It requires a considerable amount more work to clean it up. When we have finished this work and added it back into the Live In Session 2008-09 playlist, we shall let Alchemeon fans know via our News service and on Twitter.

We hope to be able to do a similar mastering job on the later collection of Alchemeon tracks, Live In Session Spring 2009. This collection may be re-released in September, depending on how other work goes in our busy lives.

If you would like to hear Alchemeon Live In Session 2008-09 right here on the Wud Records website, please click here.

Should you prefer to listen over at SoundCloud instead, please click here.

Alchemeon: out-takes and blorts repaired

Posted by Wudmaster on 16/08/18

The Alchemeon out-takes and blorts have finally been repaired amd re-uploaded to the appropriate page on our website. This bizarre collection of comical absurdities also has a presence on SoundCloud.

We are currently engaged in re-mastering the old recordings of Alchemeon from deep within the Wud Records vaults. These out-takes are simply a comedy taster of some truly epic progressive rock that all Alchemeon fans will be delighted to hear again, and a celebration of the forthcoming releases.

We are fairly confident of being able to upload the missing recordings in the coming days. Following on from the mastering process they are sounding even better than ever! These tracks have not been heard since our website’s previous mp3 player, the Flash-based Flamplayer, fell into terminal disrepair and we were forced to seek an alternative solution.

Initially the tracks will only be available to listen to on SoundCloud. However, we plan to release them for download later this year on Bandcamp as well, once we have the artwork for the albums finalised.

Any further updates regarding the Alchemeon recordings will be posted in our News service and on Twitter.

Alchemeon were a fantastic band whose existence was far too short. We are fortunate to be able to bring you the incredible pieces of music they crafted a decade ago with a new polish to them.

If you would like to hear the celebratory out-takes and blorts by Alchemeon here at the Wud Records website, please click here.

Should you prefer to listen over at SoundCloud instead, please click here.

Wud Records: July 2018 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/08/18

A brand new playlist of all the favourite musical discoveries of the Wud Records team has been published at SoundCloud. All of the artists on it are amazing independent unsigned artists who are making great music that simply aches to be heard. These artists are not associated directly with Wud Records in any way. We simply accumulated songs that we all liked during July 2018 into one agreed playlist and published it at the end of the month.

Tracks have been arranged according to the number of plays at the time of publishing, starting with the fewest. Tracks that are early in playlists tend to receive more plays than later tracks, and we feel that the ones with fewer plays need the best chance of exposure.

Can you complete the challenge of listening to every track?! If you manage it, tell us, tell some of the music makers involved, and tell the world on social media how you feel about what you heard. Everyone concerned would love to hear your thoughts. If you find some new favourites on there, why not shout about them on social media as well? We are sure the artistes responsible for creating the music will welcome such word-of-mouth exposure and your friends and followers would probably love to enjoy hearing it too. At the very least you might end up making an indie musician’s day.

There is a vast amount of great music on SoundCloud if you have the time and inclination to filter through it. If you happen to be looking out for some great new music, we’ve already done that filtering for you!

If you are one of the bands from which we recently liked, shared or tweeted a track at SoundCloud, there is a chance that one of your tracks might be on this new playlist.

Towards the bottom of the page is a list of featured artists and tracks. The artist name is clickable and links to an external website where you can find out, hear and see more of the artist in question.

If you are the artist and would prefer us to use a different link to the one we added, please send an email to info@wudrecords.co.uk so we can fix it for you. Generally we try to use the artist’s own site where possible. We only linked to SoundCloud as a last resort when we were unable to find anything else, as users can already click the track and go to the artist’s SoundCloud page for themselves.

Are you a member of SoundCloud? We always follow back if you have your own tracks and we always listen eventually, even if it takes a few weeks. So if you would like the opportunity of a bit of free publicity you could follow Wud Records on SoundCloud. It’s even free to join with a basic membership!

We hope that a lot more people will find and listen to the wonderful songs on this new playlist of musical discoveries. Each and every track has something that we felt was special or interesting in some way. In many cases it was a tough job to choose just one track from an artiste.

The playlist is very eclectic, so there is probably something on there to suit every taste. If the track you are listening to isn’t quite doing it for you, skip to the next one and perhaps that will please your ears more. Sometimes similar tracks end up next to each other, and sometimes extremely different tracks do, so we recommend you just try it for yourself.

If you would like to listen to this special new playlist of July 2018 Musical Discoveries over at SoundCloud, please click here.

To enjoy this new playlist of great music here at the Wud Records website, please click here.

If you would like easy access to all of our previous months’ musical discoveries playlists, please click here and bookmark the page, and remember that we publish a new playlist full of undiscovered gems every month!