The third entry in the Emergent Collective community compilation CD series has now been released and can be accessed from either Fractured Vision Media or BandCamp. As with previous collections – this release can be had at no charge as an effort to celebrate the creativity and expansive artistry of our community. The entire compilation is available as a free CD-Audio image download or as an archive of digital files. Included are cover and tray art, as well as a booklet which showcases the artists involved in this compilation.
I originally wanted to be a lot more hands-off with this release. In terms of audio contributions – I only have contributed one track. With EC2, I wanted to have an introduction and exit track to round the disc out – and I took care of both of these items. I didn’t want to do any of the artwork for this release either and was hoping someone from the community would come forward. This never happened… so I decided to just take care of it. EC1 and EC2 were a conglomeration of art styles from various contributors – so EC3 is quite different in this regard. I’m actually quite happy with the results – it feels very cohesive to me.
While working on the layout, design, and other aspects of this collection; I’ve been sharing progress on Behance through various WIPs. The final CD artwork has also been published as a Behance project. In going through this whole process… I’ve received a better appreciation for this service and have been able to fit it into my general workflow in other projects as well.
A new aspect to this release is a set of contributor interviews which are being made available in the days following this release. The interview is something I’ve asked contributors to participate in only if they want to – so don’t expect one from everybody. Check back tomorrow to read one of these new interviews from community contributors!
One other note: This will be the final Emergent Collective series release. Three is a good number to end with – and somewhat represents a community arc from 2010 to 2014. A lot has changed in that time and it is time for me to let this go. I deeply appreciate all of the contributors over these past years. You have all given something of yourselves to the world in a unified way – I am proud of what we’ve created and hope you all feel the same way.