RYAN BARTER: Discography & Book Collection Data Disc: CD-R

May 05, 2015

I am not sure how to approach this material, but Ryan Barter wants to share his work for free. Also available for download via his website are many of the included items on this CD-R, which range from full-length books to screenplays and albums. Musically, his interests are more metal than punk, although it’s definitely punk-friendly. His writing is mainly about underground metal in Europe, including a fascinating book on present-day Romania. I’d rather listen to his best band, Vulture Locust, on vinyl, than as part of a densely packed data disc, but it’s hard not to recognize the boldness of this unique, egalitarian distribution methodology. 

 –Art Ettinger (Self-released, bigshinyprison.com)

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