Wunderbaustelle released for the 3rd time
The only existing album of Berlin’s open source music laboratory Girls United called “Wunderbaustelle” got released on handmade CD-r in Feb. 2003 at first and sold 350 copies in just a few months.
A completely improvised mix of synth outbursts, vocal synthesizing, breakbeats, done with a strong phantasy, not waiting, had gotten them a sudden fanbase, mostly in Berlin and around at this point, leading to 40++ live shows in the area within the first year of their existence.
In May 2007 the Florida-based record label dPulse Records then picked up on it, and put the album up on iTunes, ‘distributed’ by Sony/BMG.
As expected, Sony didn’t work for this then. They say it’s been because of restructuring, but obviously it is,
because they only care about a very small percentage of what they release every month in total,
and because their product managers are not music fans, but sales agents. They even think it’s hip to work in the music biz.
Nevertheless, when they were done ‘restructuring’ (dinosaurs!) 8 months after the digital release they suddenly realized they could release the album again.
Working at amazing speed so to say.
So well, since Feb 18 one can find the Girls United debut released for the third time (2nd time digitally) on iTunes and other major online stores again.
Girls United reportedly think, that at least now one can buy the album on iTunes in higher bitrate and without DRM. Otherwise they don’t want to comment on what’s happening, besides they seem to be quite happy, that dPulse released them at all.
It shows again, that reaction times of major labels today are in no way properly following the speed of making and loving of fans and musicians.
I think that’s good.
It’s 2020 now. You may listen back on their Bandcamp site.
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Jane is K.O. aka jayrope is a Berlin-based composer, producer and musician.
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