Metempsychosis.com was founded to
promote quality music on the internet. One of the objectives of
Metempsychosis is to provide 100% quality entertainment to you,
the listener, and to provide free publicity and air-play for the
unsigned and talented electronic musician. This, in our eyes, creates
a feedback-loop, where we give you quality music for free, and you
support us with your attention. It is this symbiotic relationship
that forms the foundation of Metempsychosis.com, and it is this
relationship which is making us strong. Metempsychosis.com is 100%
free, and 100% ad free, and will remain that way.
We believe it is our responsibility to set an example,
and maintain integrity in everything we do.
Metempsychosis (me temp' si ko' sis) n., The passing of
the soul at death into another body; transmigration
Metempsychosis was founded
waaaaaaay back in the twentieth century, in the good year of 1999
(of "Party Like It's ..." fame). Two men are to blame
for its arrival on this great terrestrial sphere. Namely, one Luke
Sutton and one Samuel Gilbert, two intrepid Aussies also known by
the names of Mr. Eel and orpheus, respectively (yeah, he likes the
"o" lowercase). The idea was simple: create a place where
independent musicians could store their tunes online, similar to mp3.com
but free of said service's gratuitous advertising and commercial coercions.
To this end, our heroes posted a request for musical submissions to various
electronic music mailing lists and communities. The responses were
few, but promising. Among them were one Daniel Burzynski (aka C0ntaX)
and one Matt Wright (at this time referred to as Klunko, later to
be pretentiously reincarnated as Comma). Sam and Luke were silly
enough to actually put some faith in these buffoons, and so they
were sworn in as the inaugural members of the notorious Metem Krew
(mind the "k"). The lovable minusbaby (aka Richard Caraballo)
followed soon after, and then there were five.
This feisty clique remained solid for quite some time, setting
up the groundwork for what Metem was to be. As this process unfolded,
something neato (for lack of a better term) began to happen. The
project moved form the initial concept of file hosting, to an idea
of a musical collective, sharing ideas and techniques. We (screw
this third person shit) became a sort of Oprah's Book
Club for each others music, except that we were all young males
and rarely ate solid food (hint: beer/sake).
No really. Metempsychosis
became a feedback loop from which we all gained new perspectives
on the sounds we were creating, and grew as a result. Along the
way we remixed each other, chatted with each other, jumped double-dutch
which each other, and generally bonded like hell. This whole process became
so exciting that for a second there it looked like we were going
to implode into ourselves, forgetting the whole website concept
altoghether. Luckily for you, this did not happen.
What emerged from this whole process was the real Metempsychosis:
A group devoted to the betterment of its members as people and musicians,
and to sharing the musical results. With this idea firmly in place,
Metem began to grow, recruiting new members, and thereby receiving a much needed injection
of new ideas, new sounds, new hairstyles. They came by the mid-sized
boxfull with names that ring timeless upon the land (cue "Chariots
of Fire"): Satori, Dr. Awkward, Martin Saunders, Ptolemy, Linc
(now Switchback), Mikrosopht.
And Metem continues to evolve. There will be new members, some
will leave, some already have (DJ C0ntaX, 4-ever Metem to da core).
Regardless, the peculiar entity that is Metempsychosis remains
organic and human, at times annoyingly so. Sometimes she (to get
gendered about it) is lazy as hell. Other
times she is just sorta lazy. And then there are times, when she
wakes up hungover, drinks lots of coffee, and goes running through
the streets turning cartwheels. Stay tuned.