Aural Sculptors - The Stranglers Live 1976 to the Present
Welcome to Aural Sculptors, a blog aimed at bringing the music of The Stranglers to as wide an audience as possible. Whilst all of the various members of the band that have passed through the ranks since 1974 are accomplished studio musicians, it is on stage where the band have for me had their biggest impact.
As a collector of their live recordings for many years I want to share some of the better quality material with other fans. By selecting the higher quality recordings I hope to present The Stranglers in the best possible light for the benefit of those less familiar with their material than the hardcore fan.
Needless to say, this site will steer well clear of any officially released material. As well as live gigs, I will post demos, radio interviews and anything else that I feel may be of interest.
In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.
Your comments and/or contributions are most welcome. Please email me at email@example.com.
Saturday, 14 July 2012
To Pay Or Not To Pay, That Is The Question
On 4th July, this site passed its first anniversary and seems to have been quite successful, not just in terms of site visits (which massively exceeded my expectations when I started) and in the number of downloads that have been snatched in that time from the site. In this respect, I think that I have achieved my aim of bringing the music of The Stranglers to a wider audience as the site statistics indicate a very widely dispersed audience.
Now that the furore over Megaupload seems to have subsided and hopefully the other file sharing sites have done enough to persuade the powers that be that their intentions are nothing but noble, the environment for fan blogs like this may also be a little more secure.
This being the case, and in order to ensure that availability of these files for as long as possible, I have invested in a 2 year subscription to Rapidshare. At this point, whilst a significant (€99.90) investment has been made, I think that this is the best way forward for the site.
It is for this reason that I have deliberated long and hard over adding a Paypal donation button to the site. In doing so, I am only interested in covering the cost of the Rapidshare subscription.
Should you wish to make a contribution to cover this charge, then please do so (button appears at the bottom of the page), but understand that there is no obligation here, the site will continue regardless. It is entirely up to you. When, and if, the cost of the subscription is achieved, I will remove the button as this is not in any way, shape or form, intended to be a site that makes any money.
Thanks for your continued support of the site.