Questions Frequently Asked of Alien Crew:

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I am a singer/musician/lyricist/engineer/welder... Can I collaborate with you?

Absolutely.  Email us and tell us something about your art.  Better yet, tell us where we can hear/see it and we'll check it out and get back to you.

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Will you remix one of my tracks?

Absolutely.  We love reworking audio.  If you want to release the remix for sale, let us know and we'll do a "copyright controversy free" version.  Email us and let us know the particulars (including any deadlines please) and we will let you know.

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Can I remix one of your tracks?

Absolutely.  Send us a link to your previous work and we'll take a listen.  If you are cool enough, we will even send you our source files.

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Do you really do everything for free?

Absolutely.  We never take money for anything, ever.  Room/board/hardware/goats/sexual favors/combinations thereof are always welcome, and in fact are encouraged.

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...but you sell Alien Crew stuff, don't you make money off your merchandise?

Nope.  Any shirts/stickers/etc. you buy is sold to you at our cost.  We do not even take the money; the merchandise is manufactured and sold by authorized third parties with zero mark-up to you.

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Can I get a CD/DVD/other form of media of your stuff?

Absolutely, but we'll just be sending you the same files that you can grab off of the web site.  We recommend that you just download them from there and burn your own media.  If you want a CD or whatever from us, send us an email and tell us what you want, and we'll hook you up.

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Can I record your live performances?

Absolutely.  Just please send us copies if you can.

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I have a recording from a performance, do you want it?

Absolutely.  Email us and let us know where we can download it.

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Can I please trade you for/have that sample of xxx in song yyy?

Absolutely.  We have gigs and gigs of samples, so the more specific you are, the better.  Keep in mind that we make no allusions as to the ownership of the material; use at your own risk.

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Can I please use one of your songs for my xxx project?

Absolutely.  If you are doing a movie or whatever, just let us know about it so that we can go enjoy/support it.  Keep in mind though, as above, we make no allusions as to the ownership of the material; use at your own risk.

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If you're stealing everything, why shouldn't I just steal from you?

Absolutely.  The beauty here is that this is all digital.  Copies only require the resource of a slight amount of time - the time it takes for your machine to make a copy of the original that we are providing for free.  Hence, you cannot really "steal" from us.  But be careful, as above, we don't "own" a lot of the noises, and other people/entities/corporations claim to; if they don't like your use, they may bother you.  As for us:  Make all the copies you want.  We would love to hear about where you used our stuff though, it's a kick.

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Aren't you stealing from all the people you sample..?

Absolutely.  We call it cross-promotion, accretion, and fan-boy love, not piracy.  We sample things because they are the perfect embodiment of artistic genius, and we hold every bit, squeak, and pop in the highest esteem.  To the creators of those noises, we have nothing but accolades and compliments of the highest order.  The real problem here is that those people - the artists themselves - typically do not own the actual "rights" to the songs they played.  In fact, they would suffer the same legal fate as us, or you, or whoever else, if they sold the recording of their own genius.  That seems very wrong to us.  Are we stealing?  You say potato, we say bravo.

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Wow, that sample you are using sounds a lot like something I own the copyright to. Is it?

Absolutely.

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