FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1 - Disques Cinémusique now concentrates on digital releases available only on the Internet. Do you really think the serious film music fans will follow you on that ground?

 

Certainly. While downloading and streaming music was first aimed at casual consumers, this option has gained popularity over the years among all categories of music lovers. They appreciate the greater flexibility of listening allowed and they don’t feel the need to keep their favorite music in a physical medium. This trend proves to be irreversible, we have to adapt to it.

 

2 - What about the sound quality of the audio files available online?

 

Sound quality varies from site to site, as the price. The user must try several of them in order to choose the most suitable one for him. Some reference websites can also provide useful technical information. As for the downloading service, one can’t go wrong with 7digital, and Qobuz which offer much of their catalog, including most DCM releases, in 16-bit FLAC format, known as lossless. This is equivalent to CD sound quality. Qobuz also offers streaming in high resolution, has a more accurate search engine and features albums covers in better resolution.

 

For another extra charge, these two boutique offer some albums in 24-bit/192 kHz FLAC, the highest quality, since these files are consistent with the original ones provided by the labels before the manufacturing process on CD. However, since the vast majority of music lovers cannot perceive the difference between a 16 and a 24-bit version of the same recording once it is finalized, we don't recommend this more expensive option.

 

3 - What about the printed CD inserts? The liner notes are a valuable source of information, the photos complement and extend the listening pleasure.

 

Booklets and tray cards for all our releases on physical support are available in PDF files on our website. They can be viewed and downloaded for free on pages dedicated to each release. Regarding our digital only releases, many websites provide information on the related movies, starting with the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com). Reference websites on film music and related forums provide specific information on soundtracks to complete and enhance the listening experience. We reommand Film Music Site: Soundtrack Magazine, which offers the most complete information on all our releases, moreover in several languages.

 

4 - On a few downloading sites, some of your digital releases are available in two versions under different covers, but the musical content seems to be identical. What justifies this practice?

 

These were long playing albums at first, offering more than 75 minutes of music. They had to be divided into smaller programmes to comply with the price structure of some boutiques. So you may find both versions – long and short - on some sites like iTunes.

 

5 - For some of your releases you use recordings that are in the public domain (PD). What does it mean for your label based in Canada?

 

In January 2016, the Canadian sound recording rights protection period was extended to 70 years to align with legislation in most other countries. We can continue to freely use the recordings produced before January 1, 1965, whether or not they have been edited by other companies. After that date an agreement with the recordings owners is necessary. 

 

Public domain recordings are not totally free of charge for all that : royalties still have to be paid according by digital distributors, for the benefit of the publishers, as well as the composers for a 50-years period after their death.

 

6 - In limiting yourself to already available soundtrack albums, isn’t a shame that you miss the opportunity to use additional music that was kept "in the vault"?

 

We never favoured the completist-approach, which consists of gathering each cue of a score as if it was a forgotten gem. Film music is not intended to be listened that way. In most cases, the leftovers from a first discographic release are just repetitions of music available in a more complete and satisfying form on the original album, or suspenseful passages more similar to sound effects than anything else, or impersonal source music. Life is too short to spend time gathering every note of a score, unless it is an absolute classic. Besides, master tapes are lost for many of the recordings that we release.

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