Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly was founded in 2005 by Levi Fuller with the idea of shedding light on and creating a document of some of the wonderful music that was being made all around him, much of which without any fanfare, press, or radio play. The hope was that this series of compilation CDs and the release events associated with each would be a way to build community among musicians, whether local to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest or from across the United States and the world, while hopefully bringing their music to an audience that might not otherwise have stumbled upon it.
Every three months a new volume is released, featuring new music from Seattle and beyond, much of which is unreleased elsewhere. Each volume’s release is celebrated with a public performance, where the CD is available for free with the price of admission; following that, each volume is made available for purchase at a ridiculously cheap price.
Blog of Wax is an ongoing extension of this mission of bringing underexposed music to light. We will harness the power of the blog platform to bring more perspectives to the Ball of Wax experience and bring you more great music you’ve never heard of than you can handle.
Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly thrives on your submissions, which are encouraged from anyone (including previous contributors). We are always accepting submissions.
Submissions of any nature are encouraged, as there will be both themed and unthemed installments of Ball of Wax in the near future. Ball of Wax Volume 36 will have no theme, so just send us whatever you’ve got! Deadline: April 1.
Some future themes, should you care to submit along those lines:
- Songs about animals (for kids). Yes, in Summer 2014 we will produce a kid-targeted (or at least kid-friendly) installment of BoW, with the theme of songs about animals. Deadline April 1st, 2014.
- Pictures based on songs about animals (for kids). This is a joint book/CD project, funded by 4culture. Each song will have an accompanying illustration made by a different artist. Artists, if you are interested in participating please email 5-10 jpg samples to Levi. Deadline April 1st, 2014.
- Vocals only. This isn’t definitely happening, but if we get enough submissions/interest it probably will. No instrument, just voices/mouth sounds. Be creative!
Please send CDs (unmastered, and as high-quality as you can muster):
Levi Fuller/Ball of Wax
P.O. Box 30712
Seattle, WA 98113-0712
Previously unreleased materials are preferred, and covers are more than we can deal with (unless it’s either a traditional song or a song by someone you know, and you have that person’s permission).
Blog of Wax is also always on the lookout for new stuff to listen to and write about. Feel free to contact Levi or any of our individual writers with your music. Please note, though, that we are not here to regurgitate your press releases. A personal note goes a long way, and you should absolutely feel free to send us stuff whenever it tickles your fancy (“Hey, I just recorded this yesterday.”), not just because you’re “dropping a new album next Tuesday!” or what have you.