What is this thing all about?
I started Opus several years ago as a mere personal homepage, as well as a way to mess around with web design (something I’d recently become very interested in). Since I spent a lot of time on-line reading about my favorite bands and finding out about new music, I though I’d try my hand at writing a review or two. Originally, it was something I did for myself and a few close friends. Of course, that’s changed somewhat. I finally got around to registering a domain name and Opus began in earnest.
Where is Opus located?
Opus HQ is located in the bustling metropolis of Lincoln, Nebraska, where I live in a house that was built in 1915 with my lovely wife, three kids, no pets, and a collection of music and movies that most folks find rather stupefying.
How often do you update Opus?
Opus is updated on an almost daily basis.
What do you use to maintain Opus?
For many years, I used a homemade content management system built with PHP and MySQL. However, I have now switched over to using ExpressionEngine for all of my content management needs.
I’ve noticed that a lot of your reviews are pretty positive. Shouldn’t you be more objective?
The vast majority of stuff I review is stuff that I’ve purchased. I’m not going to buy something I know I’m going to dislike, so that right there is why a lot of the reviews are positive. Another reason is that I simply don’t like trashing stuff. I always try to find a few good things about whatever I review. In my mind, that makes for better reading than simply writing “This sucks” and leaving it at that. Finally, Opus has always existed as a platform for me to write about the stuff I like. Simply put, I’d much rather write about stuff I love, than trash stuff I hate.
Can I send you my band’s demo/release/etc. to review?
Yes. If you’d like to send Opus a demo, contact me. Also, a brief bio about your band, influences, etc. would be helpful. It doesn’t have to be too elaborate, just something to give us more information about you and your music.
I sent you a CD a long time ago, but you haven’t reviewed it yet. What gives?
Don’t worry, I didn’t sell it at the local CD Warehouse or anything to help pay the mortgage. Please remember that this is not my job. As much as I’d love to, I can’t spend every waking hour working on Opus. It’s simply impossible for me to review all of the CDs piling up on my desk.
You're so full of shit!
Congratulations. You just stated your opinion. And that’s all I do with my writing. If you don’t like my opinions, that’s great. And if I trashed your band’s CD, then I’m sorry I hurt your feelings. It doesn’t mean we can’t be friends.
Isn't Opus a blog? Why can't I comment on your entries?
Put simply, I'm not a fan of web comments. I think that, all too often, they can be abused as an avenue for mudslinging, trolling, and whatnot. And with the advent of Twitter, Facebook, et al., they're not the only method for having an online dialog. I might occasionally open up an entry for comments, but by and large, comments are disabled on Opus.
Will you post my music/movie reviews?
Yes. Just contact me and I’ll take a gander. Your review may be edited for spelling, grammar, and general readability. However, the overall tone and message of your review will not be altered. If you feel that a review you’ve submitted has been altered wrongly, let me know and I’ll make any corrections you deem necessary. Before you send me a review, please peruse the other reviews and think really hard as to whether or not your review would fit in here.
Can I put a banner ad on your site?
In a word, no. I do not put banner ads on Opus. It’s not that I don’t want to help you out, but banner ads are eyesores and wastes of space. And don’t try to sway me with promises of money. If I think it’s cool, I’ll write about it. It’s that simple.
Can I reprint your entries?
Absolutely. If you do, however, give the original author full credit, provide a link back to Opus (or put the URL somewhere in your ‘zine), and don’t try to profit from the review without my permission.
What else do you do besides run Opus?
I work as a web developer at Firespring where I focus on usability, interface design, web standards, etc. I’ve also been known to dabble in a wee bit of freelance work from time to time.
Over the years, a number of folks have lent their time and talents to Opus by writing reviews, taking photos, etc. The list includes Ian Armstead, Chris Brown, David Clasen, Aaron Coleman, Andrew Collier, Richie DeMaria, Jonathan Donaldson, Jeff Edwards, Hans Jakup Eidisgard, Jeffrey Ellinger, Paul Fain, Matt Fink, Heather Glenboski, Lars Gotrich, Pearson Greer, Jeff Keibel, Eric Kesner, Michelle Kiefel, Tricia Krull, Richard Maaranen, Pekky Marquez, Chris Martin, Autumn Miceli, Justin McVicker, Damian McVeigh, John Morrison, Paul Morton, Jared Neher, Jon Neill, Andrew Olson, Gala M. Pierce, Jorrit Polane, Liz Root, Nolan Shigley, Roger Simonsen, Josh Spencer, Anna Maria Stjärnell, David Thorpe, Phil Troop, Steve Tudor, Ruth Williams, Jordan, Matt, Rook, and Voideth.