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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: The End of FSM: Countdown to 250 CDs by Lukas Kendall
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2011 - 3:03 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

A sad moment in history for Film and Television soundtrack aficionados.

There will definitely be a HOLE to fill, probably the BLACKEST of all.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2011 - 10:57 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Let's face it, if a few more of us had bought FSM product at the time of release just as we were doing with 1000 limited editions, from other companies, FSM MIGHT not have shut up shop.

The power of the market. frown

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2011 - 11:10 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

It is unfortunate that the "golden age" was not the cup of tea for many of you. It must have been frustrating to Lukas to see sales fall off quickly on those releases. I was there to buy. Where were you?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2011 - 2:59 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

It is unfortunate that the "golden age" was not the cup of tea for many of you. It must have been frustrating to Lukas to see sales fall off quickly on those releases. I was there to buy. Where were you?

Well people are only going to buy what they want to buy. I like golden age scores, but then only buy the scores I really want. The motherload was those 50's good sounding stereo scores, but there can't be many left.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2011 - 11:51 PM   
 By:   felix_kreuter   (Member)

This is my first entry on this forum, because until now I was only a avid reader for many years. So hello everybody, hello FilmScoreMonthly community!

The end of FSM will be a black day in filmmusic, because FSM is no ordinary CD-label, FSM has become a religion for me, and to learn that FSM will shut down in the beginning of 2012 this comes very hard to me.
So I spent Mr. Kraft my full permission “It is like Santa closing down the North Pole”!
With FSM I filmmusically grow up and I vividly remember the day in 2001 as I received my first bunch of FSM CD’s from Screen Archives. It was such a gift! and more than a hundred have followed.

So where will we be in filmmusic without FSM? Without the many “Holy Grails” which Lukas and his Team have released affectionately and in all these years! Scores which I’ve never have heard before and now they are my Holy Grails. Scores which would never have become the chance of an officially release because no other label would be prepared to release the score of an unknown B-movie of 1972.

But it makes no sense "to mourn about unlaid eggs" and Lukas Kendall has told us he will keep an active hand in producing and co-producing “the unlaid filmmusic eggs” for the various speciality labels.
And dammit, Lukas can do this now without the headache that an own filmmusic-label will bring with it. Now he can spent more time and power to his life’s work the filmmusic and he don’t need to grapple with CD-piracy, illegal downloads etc.

So let’s hope for the best and let us delight on the previous releases of FilmScoreMonthly!!

After all I know in spring 2012 when FSM is shutting down I will be so so sorry
and yeah “it will be like Santa closing down the North Pole”.

I have MANY FSM CD’s in my collection (more than a hundred) and nothing else remains to be done as I will give my best to catch the missing releases which are still available, to honour the legacy of FilmScoreMonthly!!

So Lukas I wish you my best for the next phrase of your career! and thanks a lot Lukas and FilmScoreMonthly for the many marvellous scores you’ve give us in all those years!
Their such a gift!!
Thank you again for all your terrific work! and I will miss the FilmScoreMonthly-label so much!!

Good luck Lukas!

Andrea


 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2011 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Eva   (Member)

Dear Lukas,

I just wanted to thank you for what you have done, all those marvellous scores you underearthed and brought us.

I have felt not skilled enough to enter this board for many years [I just LOVE film music...that's all I can say] but I really wanted to thank you. And I am sure you will go on performing such art.

Because you are an artist.

LYCKA TILL !

Eva Ljongström

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2011 - 2:58 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Dear Lukas,

I just wanted to thank you for what you have done, all those marvellous scores you underearthed and brought us.

I have felt not skilled enough to enter this board for many years [I just LOVE film music...that's all I can say] but I really wanted to thank you. And I am sure you will go on performing such art.

Because you are an artist.

LYCKA TILL !

Eva Ljongström



Eva,
Welcome to the board.
I think your comments echo what alot of us are thinking. There will be a huge gap when FSM closes it's doors, but I look forward to reading about the future releases Lukas will be associated with.

Regards,
John.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2011 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

To Felix-like you i was looking in on this board along time before i became a member and it is a shame Lukas- the great will be leaving this position, but to be honest, for him it is probably a smart move, he staying with what he loves with lesser headaches.As for this board in the future i will say to Lukas as i said to him, about 20 years ago, my wallet is open for him, if for some reason [money reasons] this board in the future can't keep going, i am gain and probably there are other board members who might agree with my sentiment, as i have told many people, Lukas and Richard Klemenson, there the tops.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2011 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   samlowry   (Member)

All the best Lukas and thank you for years of devotion to film music.

You have taken risks and put your love of music before $, knowing that you would not have as good a return on investment on some Golden Age titles you chose in comparison to easier more recent scores that would appeal more the youngest generation.

But times are changing, for everyone... For me, as a collector, for example, I stopped buying cd's two years ago (bought 70% of FSM titles up until then) as I simply don't believe in the CD format anymore.

In that sense, as some other member suggested as well, it is my hope that you will lend your talents and expertise to the studios to release proper digital Lossless files of our favorite scores and why not take it even further in terms of technology and start offering us 20 and 24 bits albums in terms of sound quality (basically the Blu-Ray of audio, compared to Laserdisc-like equivalent quality with 16 bit cd's).

This would also make it easier for those who are buying a cd today, then have to rip it, fix metadata fields, verify accuracy, embed a front cover and then import it into our digital player... Plus scan the artwork which is so time consuming.... in other words a big pain the in the butt in addition to the money spent.

My wish is that we can download all of that in FLAC let's say with logs and .cue sheets and with full size digital artwork. Then offer one version in 16 bit quality and for more money a 20 or 24 bit version for the audiophiles among us.. and that's it. Plus much better for the environment (no polution and ressources depletion with printing, packaging and shipping).

I'd love to hear what you think about my ideas Lukas...

So good luck again and May The Force Be With You!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 29, 2011 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   jland   (Member)

Please go out with a bang. By "a bang" I mean an absurdly large Ennio Morricone box. You've done such a great job on his previous releases. I would love to see FSM give Morricone the Bernstein treatment.

Jon

 
 Posted:   Sep 29, 2011 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

Please go out with a bang. By "a bang" I mean an absurdly large Ennio Morricone box. You've done such a great job on his previous releases. I would love to see FSM give Morricone the Bernstein treatment.

Jon


Alas, Lukas has already said there will be no more box sets.

 
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