Grooves Magazine goes digital-only


One of the inspirations for Cyclic Defrost being a print mag – the Canadian (oops, New Jersey-based!) Grooves Magazine – has gone digital only, completely dropping its print version.

It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I am announcing that after six years, Grooves will no longer be a print publication, but will become an all-digital magazine effective with our next issue. There are a number of reasons for this decision, but I have determined this is the best way for Grooves to continue forward.

I hope this is not an omen.

There was something special about print magazines – especially when they are done well, as Grooves was. The tactile nature, their portability to places where internet and computers do not (and should not go – the toilet, for example), and their permanence and resulting ‘authority’ – the inability to be revised, updated makes for a certain commitment from both reader and writer.

I know from bitter experience how hard print magazines are. We do Cyclic Defrost as a print magazine, a PDF magazine, and as a database driven website to try to meet the different preferred styles amongst our readers. Every issue Dale and I think hard about dropping the print version, but for some reason we keep coming back. If we were a pay-for magazine like Grooves things might be different.

We wish Sean the best of luck with the all-digital version of Grooves.


About Author

Seb Chan founded Cyclic Defrost Magazine in 1998 with Dale Harrison. He handed over the reins at the end of 2010 but still contributes the occasional article and review.

1 Comment

  1. Hey Sebastian and/or Dale,

    Thanks for blogging on this. The decision to move away from print was not easy, and based on a number of factors. The bottom line was that going digital was the only way we could keep Grooves going in a form I would be satisfied with.

    I’m with you that print is and has been a superior medium. That said, one of the biggest frustrations I had publishing Grooves was how difficult it was to get overseas distribution and reach English-speaking IDM/experimental electronic music fans outside North America. Even when we could, people had to wait weeks to get a new issue.

    So now anyone anywhere can get a new issue immediately. Considering an issue of The Wire can sometimes cost $8 here, $10 for four issues isn’t so bad. I hope people check out the free trial issue we’ll have available in a weeks and continue to support us.

    BTW, we’re firmly located in New Jersey, so we are not Canadian.

    Thanks, Sean