a new "new music" music site

Subject: a new "new music" music site
From: John Nowak (john_nowak@mac.com)
Date: Tue Jun 08 2004 - 02:07:52 EDT

(x-posted to reaktor_romp... I'm posting this here to try and gauge
interest, or perhaps have someone whack me over the head because a site
like this already exists)

"Would any of you be interested in a website featuring -only- the
latest, bleeding-edge, ground-breaking computer music? All artists who
would be interested in joining would either mail a CD along with an
artistic statement, or email a few links along with a statement. The
artists would retain all rights to the music... completely
non-exclusive, etc. All songs offered would be free and available for
download (no streaming nonsense). Users of the site would receive a
newsletter once a week via email introducing new artists and songs,
along with the respective information, etc. Real personal-like. The
site would require no signing up, no logging in, no cookie nonsense,
etc. Just an optional subscription to the newsletter. Received
materials would be screened to ensure that the artists definition of
bleeding edge isn't "techno with a twist", but something actually
attempting to do something new... something actually experimental.
Regardless of weather the reviewers actually like it or not doesn't
matter so much. The idea behind the site is to allow artists who are
trying to break down walls an opportunity to share their work with a
community. The site itself would be white, clean, and free of any sort
of style and imagery that might take away focus from the music.

I would also possibly be interested in allowing artists to submit video
works, flash works, etc. I would definitely also like to get some
articles written by the artists giving their opinions and viewpoints
about anything and everything. I have no interest in running a site to
keep people up to date though on the latest happenings... there are
sites like rhizome.org for that. It would be strictly for showcasing
work, be it musical, textual, or possibly visual (bandwidth is a

Does anyone think there would be an interest in this sort of thing?
Perhaps even interested in contributing music? If enough people say
yes, I could get this site up and running in about a week."

- John Nowak

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