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Artists Searching for WEBSITE Development

Music Without Labels & Beat-Play are proud to announce that one of our great artists, Te’ V. Smith from Philadelphia, Pa is available to provide full website design and development to all independent musicians. Visit his site to contact him directly. Here are some samples of work he has done in the past:

Dexter R. Jones

Thierry Lundy

S. Badiyah Austin

Hyperreal and Mididexterous – SICK Music Resource!

Hyperreal’s Mission Statement

Hyperreal is a resource and a home on the Internet for information and activies surrounding the memes of music, dance, art, altered states of consciousness, and experimental ways of expressing those memes over the wires. Information like this doesn’t want to be free, it NEEDS to be free, and it needs a place to be expressed independent of any overriding responsibility to a larger institution.

This is a home for projects involving topics and ideas that don’t have an appropriate home on an educational server or tied in with any company.

What is Hyperreal?

In 1992 I (Brian Behlendorf) started an email-based mailing list focused on the San Francisco rave scene, called “SFRaves“. Shortly after that I was granted access to a spare Sun Sparc 1 sitting in a closet at Stanford, where I was a part time sysadmin, as a host for this mailing list. The Internet was just starting to be used as a transport mechanism for different types of media (music, images, etc) – FTP and gopher were king, while HTTP was something a lot of physicists out at CERN were making noises about. I decided it would be cool to set up an archive of information related to this mailing list I had started – so I collected some flyers and scanned them in, digitized some of the music related to the scene, put up the archives from the mailing list, and suddenly this really cool (and popular) resource came into being.

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Mididexterous is a glove-based controller for musical expression.  More

GarageBand.com Takes A Dive

This morning, GrageBand.com users were informed via email of the discontinuation of the site, effective on July 15th 2010. Being a Myspace powered company along with iLike, the sites current users will be able to transfer their GarageBand accounts over to iLike. On a funnier note; people are still able to sign up for GarageBand. (Makes Sense) Here is the email that was sent to the users concerning this motion.

Dear [user],

It’s been over ten years since we started helping discover independent music on the ol’ interwebs. Things have changed a lot since then. Most of those changes have been good and some of them have been bad. Some changes are just bitter-sweet.

It’s with this bitter-sweetness that we are announcing today that Garageband.com will be discontinued as of July 15th, 2010.

The landscape of how music is discovered and delivered has changed drastically over the last decade and we are proud to have been a huge part of that change — first with Garageband.com and then with iLike.com and beyond. Sadly, that landscape will not include Garageband.com anymore.

Link your account to iLike: (action required)
If you want to continue to make your music available for streaming or download on iLike.com and the iLike application on Facebook, please go to iLike.com and login with your Garageband username and password by July 15th, 2010. This will automatically link your account to iLike so we can port your music, profile photo, and biography to iLike.com.

Finally, if you have recently made a purchase on Garageband.com and would like a refund, please email refunds@iLike-inc.com to request a refund. Valid refund requests must be received no later than July 31st, 2010.


The Garageband and iLike team

I believe this to be a start to a long chain of foldings for Myspace. They have been on a quick decline in the online community for the past 2 years now with the power of Facebook and Google flooding the internet. Cutting costs will be a big thing for the future of Myspace as they struggle to focus on the right paths to bring success once again. It will be interesting how long iLike can hold on with the huge advancements in online music streaming and promotion. They are really going to lose it when BeatPlay.com is released.

By: Mark G. Valente | Online Marketing Director | @MarkwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Chordbook.com – Awesome Interactive Guitar Chords, Tuner and Scales

I don’t play guitar (yet), but a lot of my friends and family members do and I know it can be a b*tch to find a guitar tuner sometimes, especially when you’re traveling. I’ve actually seen a couple other online guitar tuners before but this site takes it further than anyone else. They have some really sweet free interfaces with a lot of options. If you play, it’d be awesome to always know this is here, and works. Don’t know if they have an app..

Sub Philosophy – One of the sickest artist websites I’ve ever seen!

You gotta go to this site and see what I mean. It allows the user to interact both with the artist and the music…genius. Requires some web development skills, but I think the best ideas always do these days. http://subphilosophy.net/

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Aah My Indie Cred!

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It’s About Time Advertisers Started Being Useful

This was the Aircel ad in Mumbai with an real inflatable boat attached to it, the Slogan was “In case of emergency, cut the rope.”

July 15, 2009 there was flooding in Mumbai and people did exactally what was written on the billboard ad, they cut lose the rope

Big brands and advertisers need to offer their customers something in exchange for doing the marketing for them. It’s time ads were actually useful at least.

Word of mouth is the single biggest spreader of anything, hands down. If you don’t believe me, check out this quote I found in Seth Godin’s book, Idea Virus: “You cannot sell a man who isn’t listening; word of mouth is the best medium of all; and dullness won’t sell your product, but neither will irrelevant brilliance.” – Bill Bernbach, former dean of American Advertising. I don’t think this quote could be any more true, even though it’s over 20 years old.

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Record Labels Used to be Cool – Who Woulda Guessed it?

Yesterday I had an interview with Mark Cope, the Music Industry Examiner for Examiner.com. Mark has had a lot of experience in the music industry, having worked for several labels and even EMI over the years.

Mark though, has a real passion for independent artists and music, and he continues to support it as much as he possibly can. Mark and I had a chance to talk about Beat-Play and how it can solve a lot of the problems artists are facing right now. He’s planning on doing an article about us in the next couple weeks, so watch out for that. He also told me about how he has seen the music business evolve and change over the years. I thought that this perspective was worth sharing.

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The Beat-Play Experiment Entry #6

Just got off the phone with my lead developer. We are still in beginning stages of internal beta, and next Tuesday we’ll be finally uploading to our server, which is a Rackspace server, the same company Youtube used before they got bought out by Google.

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