Switchboard Of Souls (SOS) is primarily led by Christopher Quintos, a Fresno, California-based musician who puts together darkwave and industrial tracks that smell like they come from a parallel universe in 1986. His music is modern and synth-driven, but the musical structures, melodies and sometimes even lyrics are throwbacks to a past age.
SOS is one of the QED artists we’ve never met in person, but who has contributed a massive amount of music to the archive: as of September 2009 he has 5 releases in the QED Records catalog. We caught up with him via email soon after the release of his 10-track album “Don’t Bother Me – Remixes” [qd-4257] to ask about his music and his process.
Full interview after the jump.
QED Records loves you. Because you’re downloading from us.
Well, after a long long hiatus, and a complete rethink about where we want this netlabel to go, we’ve decided that the only way to maintain the site without headaches and design problems is to migrate the data to a Content Management System. In this case, we moved the data manually from large collections of HTML pages and onto the WordPress platform which will make updating and posting much easier for us. It also allows comments, and tags, and search, and a zillion more neat things that we wanted the site to do years ago. Well, here it is finally.
Also, note that I’m using plural pronouns like “we,” and “our.” This is because I’ve asked assistance from others in the Electronica Manila community to help maintain QED Records. As of September 2008, we now have Mark Redito (Spazzkid/Cocolulu) as community evangelizer for streaming media and social networks, and PJ Ramos (Ixiz) as community evangelizer for email and webfora. QED Records is a community effort now. And if you want to volunteer to help us, you are more than welcome to email us at qedrecords[at]gmail.com to raise your hand.
We’d love to hear your comments.Tell us if we’re on the right track.
Q E D N E T L A B E L
THUS IT IS PROVEN
Gaz E-Zine Interviews QED Records Netlabel. September 2004.
Reprinted from Gaz E-Zine.
Recently, in the United States, a grand crackdown on illegal filesharing via peer-to-peer networks has brought numerous individual MP3 downloaders like you and me to the courts. It’s a scheme that the big record labels have initiated in order to discourage copyright infringement of the hit songs on their label. The songs they spent so much money promoting and advertising.
Well, if this raises your hackles as much as it does mine, then maybe the alternative to those copyright shenanigans is music that is released into the public domain free of charge, with a limited license. Maybe the answer lies in what netlabels are doing in the face of the watered down commercial music offered by major labels: giving away quality music for free.
One such netlabel recently sprouted in my homeland, touting to offer the finest electronic music from the Philippines for free download. The name of the netlabel is QED Records and it is run by electronic musician and arranger, Lionel Valdellon, a.k.a. Acid42, a.k.a. the founder of Philippine electronic group CLONE.
We recently caught up with Valdellon via email and chat, and picked his mind for Gaz Webzine.