In the mad rush to complete the CD before our trip to Taiwan at the end of March, I considered blogging about the final stages of proofreading and changing the CD text. When the proofs were returned via e-mail in PDF format, I spotted a tiny mistake that would make a world of difference. Without the original files, we had to improvise to change the small letter j into a capital letter J. This minor correction took a major portion of our travels in Taipei and Taichung.
The CD printers and pressers in Woerden had promised that the work would take just one week. Naively I expected to see a stack of plastic wrapped CDs upon my return this past week.
The CDs were nowhere in sight.
The delay was caused by a hiccup in the administration of so-called Buma/Stemra forms.
Although we recorded the works of long-dead composers, we were still required to fill out a form and pay Buma/Stemra royalties. This international guardian of musical intellectual property will determine the royalties due to any copyright still in place and refund any amount overcharged.
The Buma/Stemra forms were sent to the CD pressers who failed to forward to us, the performers.
It’s Friday, the last working day of the week. Tomorrow is our sold-out concert in the home of an artist — an event that took three years to realise. It would be a bonus to release our CD in such a special environment, but we hadn’t announced that we would in case we couldn’t.
Will we be able to release our first CD tomorrow?