Answers to the most frequently asked questions 

  • by stuart mclean
  • 01 Aug, 2017

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Answers to The Frequently Asked Questions : 

No, I can't accept any music that has been previously released no matter how much it would be be perfect / how good it is / how few copies it sold/downloaded.  The rule of thumb is basically, have very few people ( you know, friends / family / pets / livestock ) heard it ? If yes then it's as good as aired. If not, then no.  Even if it's something you made that you really hate and never want to hear ever again for as long as you live - if nobody else has heard it, then it's perfect.  Nobody will know it was you as the only record of what's on at what time is when someone happens to ask me 'Who's that by?' 

The music is yours, not mine.  I just delete all trace of it from any devices once it's broadcast. Some people choose to delete it,  some choose to release it, no idea what happens to the rest.  

No, any genre / subgenre / style / anything at all is welcomed. It's not all about my personal choices as, lets face it, that might not be fun.  I don't even have to like it - it's not the point. The point is that you chose to send it.

Any format is fine - whatever you choose to send is what will be used.  

Yes, you can come and perform. Just that we might not be able to pay you anything and there's no pa system. It's all radio. So yes, you can turn up and do whatever you want to do for as little  - or as long as you wish to whoever happens to be there  - or not be there if you just want to do something to nobody in particular.  

Yes, there are goats near by. You can feed them - just not bread as it causes laminitis.  If you like, you can go on a short drive and feed the red deer who likes to stick his head in the window of the deer station.  

No, I'll not be offended if you choose not to listen - there's other things to do apart from taking in the scenery, walking around the forest , feeding goats or deer - The Dark Outside is one small part of SanctuaryLab -  https://sanctuarylab.org/  which has all manner of odd, interesting and fun things

Yes, everything gets deleted afterward using the Guttman method - which deletes things way beyond the point of forensic recovery. Previously tracks sent via gmail have had to be manually deleted but this year the darkoutside2017@gmail.com account will be deleted taking everything with it in one go. 




 
by stuart mclean 01 Aug, 2017
More will be inevitably added to this as I remember 

Jon Brooks
Pye Corner Audio
Moon Wiring Club
Drew Mulholland
Cursor Miner
Felix Kubin
µ-ZIQ
Mogwai
Dustin O'Halloran
A WInged Victory for the Sullen
Algiers
ólafur arnalds
Diamanda Galas
The Acid
Nightwave
Blancmange
Fader
Marissa Nadler
Be Forest
Drokk
Beak>
Banks
Christ.
Cuts
Emma Pollock
Debukas
Eccentronic Research Council
Enya
Tom Ellard
Ela Orleans
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Nils Frahm
John Foxx
Finitribe
Robert Gorl
Ganzheit
Githead
Goldfrapp
Gwenno
Grumbling Fur
Jimi Goodwin
Grimes
Geneva Jacuzzi
Garry Bradbury
Goat
David Holmes
Heaven 17
Hox
Holly Herndon
Human League
Paul Haig
Hannah Peel
I Speak Machine
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Julia Holter
Kemper Norton
Kubler Ross
The KVB
Liars
Antoni Maiovvi
Marnie
Xarah Dion
Austra
Wrangler
Oszibarack
Karin Park
Land Observations
John Maus
How to Destroy Angels
Martial Canterel
Xeno & Oaklander
Nun
HNN
SVPER
Jim Noir
by stuart mclean 01 Aug, 2017
Answers to The Frequently Asked Questions : 

No, I can't accept any music that has been previously released no matter how much it would be be perfect / how good it is / how few copies it sold/downloaded.  The rule of thumb is basically, have very few people ( you know, friends / family / pets / livestock ) heard it ? If yes then it's as good as aired. If not, then no.  Even if it's something you made that you really hate and never want to hear ever again for as long as you live - if nobody else has heard it, then it's perfect.  Nobody will know it was you as the only record of what's on at what time is when someone happens to ask me 'Who's that by?' 

The music is yours, not mine.  I just delete all trace of it from any devices once it's broadcast. Some people choose to delete it,  some choose to release it, no idea what happens to the rest.  

No, any genre / subgenre / style / anything at all is welcomed. It's not all about my personal choices as, lets face it, that might not be fun.  I don't even have to like it - it's not the point. The point is that you chose to send it.

Any format is fine - whatever you choose to send is what will be used.  

Yes, you can come and perform. Just that we might not be able to pay you anything and there's no pa system. It's all radio. So yes, you can turn up and do whatever you want to do for as little  - or as long as you wish to whoever happens to be there  - or not be there if you just want to do something to nobody in particular.  

Yes, there are goats near by. You can feed them - just not bread as it causes laminitis.  If you like, you can go on a short drive and feed the red deer who likes to stick his head in the window of the deer station.  

No, I'll not be offended if you choose not to listen - there's other things to do apart from taking in the scenery, walking around the forest , feeding goats or deer - The Dark Outside is one small part of SanctuaryLab -  https://sanctuarylab.org/  which has all manner of odd, interesting and fun things

Yes, everything gets deleted afterward using the Guttman method - which deletes things way beyond the point of forensic recovery. Previously tracks sent via gmail have had to be manually deleted but this year the darkoutside2017@gmail.com account will be deleted taking everything with it in one go. 




 
by stuart mclean 16 Jun, 2017
Every year I have a wish list of bands and performers who I'd dearly love to have something of theirs drift amongst the trees before the geology of the site vanquishes that signal, hemming it within it's border.

You think, trees, forest, dark ( actually incredibly dark can't-see-my-hand-in-front-of-my-face dark.  it's Scotland so anything can happen weather wise so you can add wind / sun / rain into the mix too.  Now what would sound, to my ears, perfect for such a place.
Where to start..

1. Since day one, back in 2012, Boards of Canada have always seemed ideal for the location.  Emailing to that ridiculously long email address buried in their whois data for their website was a dead end, contacting the Windish Agency who claimed to be their management was a dead end, leaving a message in the probable abyss of endless messages in their facebook page was a dead end, hand written letters to a mailing address for registered companies in both names was also a dead end.  So I'll leave this here, if anyone who knows someone who knows someone and so on reads it :

Free reign in a forest setting to do as much or as little, whether in person or remotely in control to air as much or as little as they seem fit.  Nobody would know if you did until it was too late.  

2. Likewise since day one I have been after Bill Drummond to introduce proceedings, addressing the forest and land below Murrays Monument  - There is a BBC4 clip on youtube that shows Bill at more or less the same spot the transmitter is based talking about Alexander Murray.  It's worth a watch.  I did get Bill to sign my copy of 45 when he was in Wigtown for the Book Festival  - I missed his event as it was on the same day as the broadcast but you can't have everything.  
Now what's this got to do with the forest ?  This being the 23 years after KLF  / K Foundation sort-of return.  Same thing applies as before - free reign to do as little or as much.
by stuart mclean 22 May, 2017
Fingers crossed ( funding decisions permitting ) we are a GO for Saturday September 23rd which as fate would have it is the first weekend of the Wigtown book Festival and the Dark Skies Conference which takes place at Gatehouse of Fleet. ( Well, I say fate, but it's all interconnected)
The Dark Outside will once again be part of Sanctuary which in all fairness does make 24 hours in a forest listening to music you've never heard before a bit more entertaining and interesting. 

As always, the same rules apply for anyone considering sending anything in - 
1. Be under 15/20 minutes long ( unless it's spectacularly epic that includes a full orchestra or something )
2. It has to be something that people outwith a lucky few have ever heard before.  It can be music, spoken word, field recordings, rejected remixes, demos, re-edits, unedited, unmastered, remixes, re-remixes, specially recorded, forgotten gems that have been locked away for years, any genre or subgenre.  
3. If it can be found online consider it rejected.  Doesn't matter if you sell millions or you did it for a laugh. 
4. You can send in as many things as you like although I can only use one. 
5. Format is irrelevant as everything sent can be converted for broadcast.  Whatever you are happy sending is good enough for me. 

Everything will be deleted beyond the point of forensic recovery afterward. There will be no online version, no archive. 
I delete everything but you don't have to, in fact, several things that were broadcast previously have turned up on singles or online. It's always good to hear these again. 

The final date for submissions will be Sunday the 17th of September.
This allows me to not cram everything into the night before as rendering 6 hour audio files is never fun. 


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