I discussed experiment one (using pay what you want) here and it had, let's say, mixed results. After an initial boost from being highlighted on techdirt things fairly rapidly dropped back down to previous levels, thus proving that, for me at least, obscurity is by far the largest hurdle to overcome.
But I did learn something important, and that's that "pay what you want" is not a particularly comfortable experience for a lot of people. People aren't sure what's "fair", to the point that some people told me they hadn't downloaded it at all because they couldn't decide what a fair price was. I pointed out that I was quite happy with nothing, but they weren't...
I'm going to return to experimenting around pricing later in year but for now I'm starting on a different experiment. Inspired by this article on techdirt I'm intending to get take all the original multitracks (the basic wav files) and make them available for people to use whatever bits however they wish. Like the riff from Dirt? Help yourself. Want to use the whole vocal line from Welcoming arms? Go right ahead. (an acknowledgement would be nice though)
There are three challenges to this though:
1) the sheer amount of time it's going to take me to upload 55Gb of 88.2 24bit files.
2) Choosing where it should be uploaded to. I'm thinking a torrent site but with the pirate bay now being blocked in the UK (and not being particularly techy and not knowing how to get around that) the obvious target has gone.
3) Getting word out that it's there. Back to the old obscurity problem.
Now obviously no-one can help me on the first one, but any advice or suggestions on the second two would be greatly welcomed.