Since we launched Swarm two months ago, it’s been growing really fast. Currently, about 75% of people who check in now do so on Swarm. It’s been pretty intense keeping up with the growth (Foursquare didn’t have that many users for a few years), and you guys have sent a ton of feedback, both to firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been a year since we started working to make music collaboration possible on the web.
We talked to musicians from the U.S, Mexico and England trying to get knowledge and resolve common problems they had. In this path, we had discovered so many things we didn’t knew where to start.
Wavestack, in the past months worked as a site for crowd music creation. But, we realised, we where getting too further too early. This is why we’d closed the site, and started building a new product that will resolve TWO big problemo’s in the music industry:
- Project organisation
- Collaboration on the cloud
In the next 5 days we will be listing the features that our new product will have, so, we expect to have lots of questions from you.
If you have any comment please tell us. Your feedback is very valuable to us.
Hi, we expect you’re having a super duper week, rocking and giving your soul in your music.
We are a bit sad, but 100% passionate about what is coming. We have bad and good news (more good than bad):
The bad news: Wavestack’s open collaboration community it’s closed.
This decision was made in order to follow the main vision in our company, which is to “ALWAYS provide the best and most valuable tools for musicians in order to collaborate and create music”.
The good news:
1. We have a new product, we called it “the ‘Dropbox’ for musicians”.
We are building a Windows and Mac APP which will help you organise your music projects, with the ability to sync them in real time on the cloud. App will be released in 33 days by now. To see all features: http://bit.ly/1hVYO9p
2. We are giving away free storage
- We are offering you a 3GB account for free and a 50% discount in the producer account (100GB).
- Also, you can obtain more free storage sharing Wavestack with your friends. For each person you refer to Wavestack you will gain an extra +500MB of cloud storage when they sign up.
Enter www.wavestack.com and sign up for free.
A brief take on the music industry
From live music to published music to recorded music. Not satisfied with hearing the superb concerts in a theatre, the aristocracy sought to buy music sheets to have virtuosos play in their homes. Then many theatres with their orchestras could play works of composers from afar -all thanks to the music sheets- , and thus the published music industry was born. But when Thomas Edison went one step further from Leon Scott’s musical transcribing machine -a little invention that could transcribe to a piece of paper the music played-, he created, accidentally, the recorded music industry. All you had to do was to record a band who played to your taste -assuming you were one of those rich people with enough money to record- and hear the song over and over again. Technology kept getting better and vinyls appeared. Enter the record labels.
The birth of the first band to successfully achieve worldwide fame -and tons of money- came from four english boys. The Beatles wrote their own songs, promoted themselves by playing live and inspired the youth to follow their dreams of forming bands -garage bands arose-. Record labels seemed to be the only viable choice for getting yourself known in the musical world. There was a problem, though. If you didn’t manage to make your label even more rich, you were most likely to end way down in an abyss of debt. So these companies ended up getting millions of dollars -they still do- while most of the artists get much less, and this infuriated not just the artists but the audience as well. As the digital era arrived -and the music industry insisted on charging an incredible amount of money for their CDs- people looked upon this as a chance of benefit. Now you could make your own studio easier.
Home recording, indie studios
Les Paul made history way back in 1948 by creating the first multi-track recorded song -called “Lover (when you’re near me)”-; the music industry began to morph. This meant you could record yourself playing the piano, then add some drums, maybe some vocals, and Presto! You were now a one-man band. Much later smaller labels were able to start, all thanks to the digital era, which cheapened and accelerated the process. Major labels always took successful artists away from the smaller labels that gave them a chance. That was about to change. Musicians are always desperate to make something out of their creations, and the smaller labels gave them this chance. Indie rock became popular and more bands accomplished their dreams of fame. Something was wrong, though. The major labels were charging incredible amounts of money for a single CD -as if the price of a CD player wasn’t high enough already-. This resulted in a new problem for the music industry: Piracy. Software like Napster allowed audiences to download shared .mp3 files, thus avoiding the high costs of the CDs. They managed to shut down Napster, but the idea of sharing music online remained. Streaming sites like Spotify, Pandora, Rdio are nowadays the best legal response to online music sharing.
A peculiar case occurred in 2001, when Ben Gibbard added vocals to a song on Dntel’s Life is full of possibilities. They wanted to keep collaborating, but since the distance between them was quite long -Ben lived in Seattle and Tamborello (Dntel) in Los Angeles- they opted to send their contributions to each other’s works in DATs by mail, hence the name The Postal Service. This was an amazing product of music collaboration, which would become easier in the years to come. With the different services available, you are now able to receive in a couple of minutes someone’s contribution even if they’re all the way down in Asia, or Oceania. Cloud storage sites like Dropbox has similar stories as the ones of the postal service. There are many cases of bands getting themselves known -such as Grizzly Bear, starting with a great solo album by Edward Droste, or The Smiths from the 80’s-, and many of these think more or less like this: ‘If I make minimum wage working at a coffee shop, I’d much rather earn it by doing something I love, creating music’. This encourages indie bands to try and make a living out of their favorite hobby. We personally think music collaboration is the best way to achieve the ‘musical dream’. In the present there are sites and services that are, undoubtedly, helping music collaboration. An example would be GitHub, which is essentially a site for sharing coding projects. Musicians saw it also as a site for musical composition for it is compatible with editors -GitHub does not have a built-in editor for music-.
Youtube has also been a great site for music enthusiasts to get to know each other. There’s been some collaboration projects -like Darren Solomon’s ‘in B Flat’-. In 2011, Youtube hosted an event in Carnegie Hall for users who were previously judged with a musical video of their own. The winners got to play in Youtube’s streaming event.
If you’ve heard music collaboration before, then you know how fun it is. Day by day it is easier to communicate with people from all over the world, and so is contributing to a song. Imagine forming a band with guys from the UK, Japan, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Canada, or simply put, anyone with internet access. Maybe you have a great composition that would go along great with some vocals from a Scandinavian girl. Who knows? As technology progresses, so does the need of forming bonds with all different kinds of persons, and what better way could there be than to communicate using the universal language of music?
By Sebastian Rodriguez