To this day, I still don't fully understand why Rom DiPrisco decided to pull all the music he recorded under the band name Bitstream Dream from the web. My guess is his new career as video game soundtrack producer began taking up all of his time, and he didn't want to set expectations for new Bitstream Dream material in the future. After all, if making music is already your full-time job, you might want to do something else to blow off steam.
That said, I still wish Rom had left some trace his Bitstream Dream work out there, if for no other reason than for archival purposes. It's one thing to pull the music out of online stores — that sort of thing usually costs money to keep up — but to leave almost no trace of the project seems like such a waste. If nothing else, just point the domain to a page saying the project is no longer active and provide a link to an archive of the music. Why try to erase art that was once part of your life?
Of course, it's his art, and he can do what he wants with it. (And if nothing else, I just found out he did leave Spiralglide up on eMusic.) That said, Dave's Lounge is my show, and if I want, I can share an old episode full of Bitstream Dream music. Because it's worth sharing.
It's been a crazy week here — parents' anniversary, work-related functions, dumping Verizon DSL for Road Runner, lots of football, etc. — and I'm still trying to sort through a backlog of music submissions. New music returns next week. Promise.
Playlist for Dave's Lounge #35:
- Bitstream Dream, “Rising Sun” Buy from: iTunes | eMusic
- Bitstream Dream, “Phantasma”
- Bitstream Dream, “Kite Flight” Buy from: eMusic
- Bitstream Dream, “Walls” Buy from: eMusic
- Bitstream Dream, “Darkest Hour”
- Bitstream Dream, “Whirlwind” Buy from: eMusic
- Bitstream Dream, “Downtown”
- Bitstream Dream, “Dectri”
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