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Ektoplazm Update: Summer 2016

Blog | August 16, 2016 | Updated: December 24, 2017 | Posted by Basilisk

Hello everyone! I hope everyone out there is having a great summer in the northern hemisphere—and a fine winter down south. It’s time for another update of what’s going on behind the scenes here at Ektoplazm.

Ektoplazm t-shirt sample from Redbubble

First up, last summer I had to close the Ektoplazm t-shirt shop after the manufacturer I had been working with discontinued the service. Since then I have tried several alternatives but none really satisfied until I discovered Redbubble. So, I am happy to announce that Ektoplazm t-shirts are once again available, albeit from a different supplier—which means different garments, print quality, and so on. They aren’t exactly the same t-shirts but based on what feedback I’ve received the quality is comparable so I encourage everyone to check out the new Ektoplazm t-shirt shop on Redbubble!

By request I have also opened a page for Ektoplazm on Patreon, a web site that makes it easy to support content creators, movers, and shakers. For years Ektoplazm has accepted donations via Paypal and Bitcoin but this approach isn’t particularly transparent. Since people don’t know how much it costs to operate and develop Ektoplazm nor how much money is coming in it isn’t uncommon for there to be a shortfall that I end up covering out of my own pocket. Patreon offers the potential for more transparency. Here I will be able to set funding goals and everyone will be able to see how much support the project receives. At the very least, having Ektoplazm’s monthly web hosting expenses covered would be a great first step! People sometimes joke that if everyone who downloads from Ektoplazm chips in a dollar or two I wouldn’t have money problems any more but there’s more than a little truth to that—and Patreon makes it possible. If you support free music and my ongoing work on Ektoplazm 2.0 please feel welcome to make a pledge!

Finally, a word for my label and artist partners: these days I am only accepting a limited number of new applications with several conditions outlined on the distribution policy. I regret having to make these changes but I am limited in how much I can work on the project at the present time and being more stringent with what applications I accept will allow me to help more labels and artists than I would be able to otherwise. I am trying to devote more of my time to the redevelopment effort. Feel free to hold back as your releases will still be welcome when the site moves to more of a self-serve model. You are welcome to drop me a line and talk about it if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your understanding! And thanks to everyone else for your continued support. That’s all for this time and stay tuned for more great music from Ektoplazm!


  • Spirit says:

    I don’t get your fear of Bittorrent…

    And https://archive.org/ is always there for hosting free media on gbit/s.

  • Basilisk says:

    Spirit: I like BitTorrent. Actually, Ektoplazm started out as a BitTorrent tracker. The issue is that it’s more work on my side without really solving any problem I have since my bandwidth is unmetered. For users it’s a different story; BitTorrent is useful on slow connections and to ensure downloads complete without errors, but you can achieve the same effect on the client side by using a download manager plugin (just keep it to no more than 3 concurrent downloads). Once Ektoplazm moves to a more automated form of distribution I’ll revisit BitTorrent and see how easy it is to integrate into the new system. You can read more about my reasoning in this post from 2011:

  • gogiARC says:

    I got a t-shirt from Redbubble for a friend and for myself, really nice :)

  • Dj Celteric says:

    Thanks for the update!
    A bit off-topic: Sorry. Maybe there’s a better way to bring up a discussion on this, but I was wondering if you would want to encourage producers to submit NI Stems format on Ektoplazm?

  • Omnichrome says:

    Thanks for all the work, and for not using bittorrent! I’m just a dj so I dont know why, but every album that anyone i know has gotten off there has been missing tracks, out of sequence, horrible audio quality, or all of the above. ekto is so stable and clean! Thanks again

  • Basilisk says:

    DJ Celteric: stems might be an option later on… but I’ve got a lot of work to do before then and don’t want to complicate the current system any further.

  • Omnichrome says:

    While We’re on the subject of impossibly huge jobs, ableton live packs with stems or instruments would be awesome as well… Someday in a perfect world :)

  • random fan says:

    The reason releases from bittorrent have issues is actually not bittorrent, it’s just that ppl just do half hassed releases; think of how many fake releases there are for mainstream movies.
    The thing I like of ekto is the high quality releases, both in good music and audio quality (lossless), well organized and simple.
    If basilisk goes the torrent way I think it would be more work for him with little gain if he has a real unmetered connection for the releases.

  • Spirit says:

    Well, my suggestion was meant as addition to the direct downloads, not to replace them.

    The unmetered connection costs.

  • Pete5 says:

    Hi, for a youtube video with monetization enabled i look for dark psy. Has Ektoplazm any dark psy or psy trance releases, published for commercial usage, or which grant usage for commercial use on YouTube? Thanks!

  • Warri says:

    Thanks basilisk, pledging tonight! Buying shirt this week! Making a compilation for fellow anti nuke activists featuring ektoplazm downloads, so will be donating once it’s made..

  • Gregory Daerr says:

    OK- I just want to say that ‘MIE GOD’ I love what your doing. I love this site. I love the way it’s educated and enabled me to find music that I like with SUCH HIGH QUALITY.

    I was able to listen and listen and HONE my musical tastes, in ways I might never have been able to otherwise.

    It’s enriched me. I am a music lover of all types – but have been on a two year plus adventure in the PSY trance world and do not see myself drifting from it any time soon.

    I feel that for what you do- donations or monetary help is not enough. Sure – the material support is great – but I want you to know is that your doing a great thing here and please keep my info handy if you need any help. Material or otherwise. I won’t list my skill sets here but I think I may have some things up my sleeve that may benefit……… perhaps we can discuss those DDOS issues you mentioned. ;)


  • kayesem says:

    Hey bud, only just found this post.

    Really pleased that you found RB for t-shirts, hoodies and acrylic blocks. It’s easy to get stickers done via the site also.

    I was going to suggest the site last year but having had so many personal hurdles to jump I just never got around to it. I am so glad you found it and will definitely be ordering some more clothes.

    Thanks for the note to feel free to hold back releases, takes some of the pressure off. Also good to see you making use of Patreon, it seems to be doing a lot of good for many of us creative types recently.

    All the best, keep up the good work : )

    – Kayesem

    – Spirit Level Studios

  • KIBARG says:

    Hello t-shirts is good but the six-pointed star has a hint of belonging to carbon and from it nothing good is better not to wait since
    nobody will like it if oil or coal makes it

  • KIBARG says:

    you do not understand what kind of attributes you wear! under the guises of exotics lurking
    program error, because this mutant in the picture should not have hands, only legs. And you will have to get your hands to him. This is a carbon life form and it is capable of any lies. I write through the “translator” because I know English superficially (I do not want to study in detail, since The language is very stingy for nuances

  • serres says:

    super ektoplazm en plus un tres bon français . ektoplazm 5 étoiles

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