This is one of the stranger things I’ve seen in a while. When going to realworldremixed.com, it displays on the front page this message: “Real World, Peter Gabriel and WOMAD web services are currently off-line. Our servers were stolen from our ISP’s data centre on Sunday night – Monday morning. We are working on restoring normal service as soon as possible. …”.
This points out another flaw in their model. By not allowing remixers to publish their remixes even non-commercially anywhere else than on the realworldremixed.com site, they have just taken a couple thousand remixes off the internet. Those remixers who have published there, find at least some of their artistic catalog suddenly off the air. Websites, which point to the remixes of that site, now have broken links.
While that site has fond memories for me, because it introduced me to remixing (and several of my remixes have now – at least temporarily – become “unpublished” as well), I had moved on from there about a year ago to find a better remixing home at ccMixter.org.
MI7 has announced a song contest. From the news item on their site: “… mi7.com, one of the fastest-growing communities on the internet, today opens an incredible new contest for musicians everywhere. In conjunction with the world-famous Real World Studios, MI7 is offering one lucky artist the chance to record in this legendary studio, where music history has been made over the past 20 years. Not only that, entry to the contest is free! All you have to do is create a profile at mi7.com, upload some songs, and let the other members vote on them.”
More adventures in voting ahead? The top prize looks very nice, though …
Peter Gabriel is involved with a site called we7.com, an interesting attempt at a new business model for music makers and consumers. Downloads are free, financed by advertising. Music makers get paid proportionally to how many times their product is downloaded by consumers. A subset of consumers on the site are intended to become “tastemakers”, who pre-screen all submitted music and with their votes determine if a submitted piece of music will be accepted into the we7.com catalog.
The fundamental premise sounds sensible enough, however it’s success will not only be determined by market acceptance, but by how well the site can avoid being manipulated. Let’s hope they will have better success at eliminating such manipulations than realworldremixed.com, which is also closely associated with Peter Gabriel.
Real World Remixed: “This site allows you to download our ‘sample packs’ – multitrack recordings from Real World Records and Peter Gabriel. Use the ‘sample packs’ to create remixes of the original tracks using whichever software, technology and techniques you want,”