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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2003 11:27 pm    Post subject: Thanks For A Great Year Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thank You
The beginning of 2004 marks the first anniversary of electro-music.com. It's been a very good first year and an interesting story. What started out as a personal experiment has become a valuable resource for growing international community of artists. Many people have joined up and unselfishly given their time and talent to make this site something very special - much more than any single person had imagined. The new year provides a fitting opportunity to acknowledge some of them.

We went on the air in January in test mode; kicking the tires on some great programs - Linux, PHP, PHPBB and OSCommerce. These and many other programs are the products another, much larger, community; those that write free software. With their tools, a low cost server (basically, a PC) and a DSL link, it was possible to build a very capable web site with a powerful interactive forum and an online store.

No question about it, this site would not exist if it weren't for thousands of idealistic and dedicated free software developers. They write code for the joy of doing it, and to make the world a better place. The forum code we use was developed to facilitate communication and collaboration in their communities. We thank them. In many ways we model our community after theirs.

On January 31, 2003 the prototype electro-music.com site was running, but in a hidden place, behind an under construction page. The store and forum were not connected, and there was no front page. Bill Fox and Greg Waltzer helped me evaluate the software and test things out. In the process of trying to get the forum and the store to work together, I met Cédric Morelle, who generously gave us key pieces of code that he developed for a great French language site, percussions.org.

By the end of February, electro-music.com was an active publicly accessible URL. The site was mostly empty. I began writing some reviews for some local concerts, including Gate To MoonBase Alpha, The Gatherings, Robert Ashley's opera, Celestial Excursions, and Amy X Neuburg at The Roulette, and the American Composers Orchestra. We started with a handful of members and gradually grew by word of mouth, or of net. By the middle of March we had about 35 members, although several of them imaginary members I created to test out the software.

March 25, 2003 was a most significant day for electro-music.com. That was the day Stein Grebstad, Elektro80, joined. Elektro80 has contributed greatly to this project. He is very much responsible for making this happen. He has brought depth, breath, quality, fellowship and humor. He has reached out to many international artists and brought them to the site to be members. At this writing, he has over 1800 posts. Stein and I have become close friends. In September, my wife and I travelled to Trondheim, Norway, to visit Stein and his lovely wife Anna Irene. Stein shares the vision, and his contributions have been essential.

Since March, many members have joined. In June, Carlo Serafini, seraph, from Florence, Italy, arrived and immediately made his presence felt. He showed us how to use the forum to reference external resources relative to our discussions. He wrote a feature article, and created informative postings about many diverse subjects, such as Futurism, and electronic musical instruments. His postings stimulated the incorporation of the our excellent link feature. He became the electro-music.com Links Editor. At this writing, Carlo has more posts than I. His sense of humor has been a delight. For me, another friend. Thanks, Carlo.

There have been many musicians who have supported the site by selling there CDs on the electro-music.com store. Special thanks to Orbital Decay, by far our best sellers. We appreciate all of our artists. We certainly wish to acknowledge the people who have purchased CDs. Thanks for supporting the artists and the site. Thanks too, for those who have clicked through the link on our front page to purchase equipment and supplies at Musicians Friend.

In recent weeks, we have started up new forums for ONLINE MUSIC and INTRODUCE YOURSELF. We're working in hierarchical forums to better organize the site and to make things easier to find. CD sales are picking up, the number of visitors continues to increase, and new members are joining and contributing.

We all have the feeling that something is happening, even though we may not know exactly what it is. On the forums there is talk of a movement happening. There is excitement. We are each learning more about ourselves by learning more about each other. We are finding that there are many people making beautiful music just for the joy of it. It is becoming very clear that a community can accomplish more than any individual. Our objective at electro-music.com is to help facilitate and empower the community.

Being involved in creating electro-music.com has been personally very rewarding, spiritually if not financially. I've made many friends, and learned more than I had imagined possible. There are, of course, many people I have failed to mention for the sake of brevity, including the many members who have contributed to the forums. Thanks to all of you, for your sharing, and for your encouragement.

Thanks, everyone, for a great year, and for a great future.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Howard you want to see me cry Very Happy
Thanks to you for your intuition about this virtual meeting place that's growing at a fast pace gathering people from all over the world (do you realize that most of the posts come from DVD Region 2 Exclamation , do you Question )
Thanks to Stein Grebstad for pointing my attention here
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You only made a mistake: the correct spelling of my last name is Serafini
but it's almost new year's eve: I forgive you Very Happy
Happy New Year to all the VISITORS
(alien or earthling) of ELECTRO-MUSIC.COM

btw DVD regions are defined as:
Region 1 - U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories
Region 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, and Middle East (including Egypt)
Region 3 - Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
Region 4 - Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean
Region 5 - 5: Eastern Europe (Former Soviet Union), Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
Region 6 - Peoples Republic of China


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

seraph wrote:

You only made a mistake: the correct spelling of my last name is Serafini
but it's almost new year's eve: I forgive you Very Happy

Thanks, I just edited the post.

Yes, Carlo, DVD region 2 is tops. Glad to see DVD regional pride is strong. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

THX for the kind words, Howard.

This site has indeed evolved but you should not play down your part in this. I can think of noone better suited to be the Post Captain of this fine vessel.

The next year will show if we can indeed be able to help you into the position of Admiral of the Fleet.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2004 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yeah, well, haven't been around for long but I do have this to say:

awesome!

It's nice to have a home away from home. The attitudes on this site are truly inspiring.

May the new year bring blessings and happiness and good fortune.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2004 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Congrats all! Out of all the places I hang out on the web, this is the most eclectic & congenial. You've attracted a broad cross section of artists from techno to pop to avant garde, which is a unique accomplishment on its own. Your commitment to EM is in evidence dailey and I think you've got plenty of future celebrations ahead! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2004 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Mezmer wrote:
You've attracted a broad cross section of artists from techno to pop to avant garde, which is a unique accomplishment on its own.


They even let me in this place, can you imagine?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2004 2:26 pm    Post subject: Thanks For A great Year Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

WOW! This is awesome!
I remember when this website was just starting out.
It's incredible how it's grown in such a short period of time!
Between Electro-Music and Different Skies 2003, our electronic music community has grown by leaps and bounds in just one year!
Thanks a million to everyone involved for making these things possible.
You've opened many doors for people who, until now, only read music magazines and wished they could be part of the action.
Now we ARE the action.
I wouldn't be surprised if the editors of the magazines we've been reading are anxious to catch up with us for a change.
Thanks for keeping us posted on all the developments Howard.
It's great to be connected!
Keep it up.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Thanks For A Great Year Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

mosc wrote:
The beginning of 2004 marks the first anniversary of electro-music.com.

Howard, the beginning of 2005 marks the second anniversary of electro-music.com. Nothing to say Question

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

You are right. I've got something to say, but no time to say it. Crying or Very sad

I hope to have something soon. Thanks for the reminder.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

mosc wrote:

Yes, Carlo, DVD region 2 is tops. Glad to see DVD regional pride is strong. Rolling Eyes

you see Howard. 2 years later DVD Region2 is still on top of the game (just check memberlist >total posts>descending and look at the locations Shocked

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Another most excellent thread is being resurrected! too much coffee too much coffee too much coffee too much coffee too much coffee too much coffee too much coffee too much coffee

it is time for more more coffee!!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Well, I'm damed proud to be associated with DVD Region 2. It's a great region.

Anyhow, I'd have a ton of stuff to say, but I'm too busy working on the radio.electro-music.com stuff.

Thanks everyone for another great year.

electro-music 2005 was more successful than anyone could ever imagine. We had a huge growth of membership and page views this year. We had our first live streaming event with Mark Jenkins on October 3rd. We're rolling out the year with a tremendous live streaming event. We got the G2 patch archive in zip format. We initiatied many new forums, including the Sound Lab. We even sold a couple of CDs in the store.

It was a great year, and this is just the beginning.

Thanks again, everyone...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Thanks For A Great Year Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

mosc wrote:
Thank You
The beginning of 2004 marks the first anniversary of electro-music.com.

the beginning of 2007 marks the fourth anniversary of electro-music.com and DVD Region 2 is still going strong Exclamation Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Oh yes. Last year we had our first live streaming events - the New Years Eve Event, the AHNE, and electro-music 2006. We had a great event in Philly and the site has continued to grow and grow. Now we have over 5000 members and last month we got 1.66 million page views on the site - a record.

I'm so busy I can't even keep the list of undone things current.

This year we will for the first time have two events, one in the US and one in Europe. They are different in the details, but the spirit and values are exactly the same.

Thanks to everyone for your contributions to electro-music.com. It is quite something that we have not been plagued by much of the childish and disrespectful behavior such as have caused another significant EM forum to close recently. True, we have a great crew of devoted volunteer moderators, but we also have a membership that is committed to our values of support, encouragement, generosity and respect.

Thanks again everyone. 2007 promises to be our best year let.

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