06 March 2005

Musicmakers' Communities and Collectives

The results are in folks! The 2nd Annual February Album Writing Month [FAWM.com] has wrapped up for the year. This year 68 people posted at least one song, 7 made it at least halfway there with 7 songs, and 25 met the 14-song minimum 'album' goal.

The goal isn't to record an album, it's to write an album. We're only posting demos, which likely means a live recording in one or two takes just to get down the feel of an embryonic song. This also allows fellow FAWMmers and visitors to post comments for feedback, which may influence future directions of the song (arrangement, lyric changes, etc.) Ultimately we'd like to make more polished recordings for our albums, but for now we're focusing on the writing process.

I checked out Andrew Grimm [who is living in one of the many towns where I grew up, oddly enough], and his country folk work brought to mind early REM, the Eagles, and Gordon Lightfoot. Quite a tale is told in his Pope of Mexico.

The 28 Days of Rock challenge is also complete. There were 6 men and 168 songs. Each challenger recorded a brand new song every day for the entire month of February. They were permitted one cover song each week. Brought to you by the filmakers of Bootlegrobot.com.

More Online Musicmakers' Communities and Collectives
[get involved or just enjoy the harvest!]

:: Songfight - "a title is given, songs are submitted, the public votes on their favorite, the artists cavort, bicker, and blather on the message boards. A new fight every week." [Glenn Case posts his 365 favorites, one a day all year]

:: Tapeworm Collective - "a consortium of underground composers, dj's, and musicians united in the purpose of forging new sound. Members swap audio files and collaborate on various projects over the Internet. The goal of this site is to promote the collective works of our collaborative efforts, as well as the talents of each independent artist." [hear them on Comfort Stand, too!]

:: The Art Conspiracy - "an online community of artists who have come together to share their talents with the world"

:: Panospria - Canadian artist collective featuring a top-notch netlabel

:: Cultural Foundation - a music collective based in the North York Moors loosly based around reggae band Culture, but creating all sorts of music

:: Chain Tape Collective - collaboration of over 50 musicians, originally begun as a chain tape group whose members recorded music by mailing a master tape throughout the United States and Europe.

:: Some Songs - directory of free online music; artists post song link and users rate and comment on the works

:: infinite sector.org - "a non-profit collective and netlabel dedicated to sharing and promoting free experimental music, noise, and electronica"

:: SoniCabal - "a free-form collective of rule bending musicians and sound manipulators. About once a month, this group will converge to exchange information and ideas, share works-in-progress, and occasionally collaborate on specific projects"

:: Tapegerm - open remix projects, "download tons of free loops and create some new music with us"

:: Album-A-Day - the original Crap Art project, centered less on quality, more on quantity.

:: Pandemonium Symposium - "a collective for electronic musicians in the NJ area. It's goal is to facilitate collaborations and bring artists together for jams, recordings, and performances"

:: Invisible Agent - an electronica collective in Ireland

:: Trummerflora Collective - musicians collective dedicated to the performance, distribution, and promotion of creative music

:: alpha CAT boogie - an experimental musicians collective bent on a communal approach to sound creation, archived on the Internet Archive

:: Iron Chef of Music - Kracfive Records hosts battles with the most insane samples provided, like this one

There are so many more out there, to say nothing of the mashup/remix communities. Netlabels are often looking for artists with whom to collaborate, as well. If you want to get involved, you will find countless opportunities. Go get the world!

1 comment:

  1. This post was inspired by Kongbalong, music and stuff by Craig T


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