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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blogging, Music Production, and Experimentation - Part 4

A follow on from:

Have been struggling to come up with ideas for establishing myself within the music sector. Have been going through the possibilities and some of the following options look interesting.

When you are ready (have something worthy of selling to the public), submit your work to various music aggregators (and media outlets) for more advertising.
http://musicaggregator.blogspot.com.au/
http://musicaggregator.blogspot.com.au/p/add-your-music-blog.html
http://musicbloglist.com/
http://songtweak.com/

Hook up with relevant social groups to get you some interest.
https://www.facebook.com/AbletonUserGroupMelbourne?_fb_noscript=1
https://www.ableton.com/en/community/user-groups/
http://www.meetup.com/Ableton-Live-User-Group-Melbourne/

Other options include the usual web specific blogs.
https://soundcloud.com/
http://www.mixcloud.com/
https://bandcamp.com/ 

I've sometimes seen MIDI files being sold online. Who's to say that up and coming artists can't do the same for themselves. Even if you are just a composer or soemthing who's beginining to learn the business you still need to create stems and samples that may be worthy of selling (sample some of the discs from some music magazines) and you'll understand what I mean. Besides, a lot of the time you need composition pieces to be able to audition for music school (if you ever intend to do so). The easiest way that I can think of at the moment to gather interest is to basically, stick the sample on loop and then stick it on YouTube. You can sell it via an online market or else via something like, https://selz.com/
http://subaqueousmusic.com/free-dubstep-and-downtempo-midi-drums/
https://www.dubstepforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=193790
http://www.nonstop2k.com/midi-files/archive.php?cid=50
http://www.download-midi.com/files/genre/Dubstep
http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/midi/index.shtml
http://www.dancemidisamples.com/download-free-samples.html
http://mididrumfiles.com/
https://www.loopmasters.com/genres/49-Dubstep/products/1062-MIDI-Focus-Dubstep-Synths
http://www.dancemidisamples.com/by-genre-45/dubstep.html
https://primeloops.com/ultimate-dubstep-drummer.html
http://www.midichords.com/midichords
http://mididb.com/

You may need to think about copyright difficulties if you decide to 'cover/copy' from another artist though.
http://www.quora.com/Are-downloaded-MIDI-files-copyright-free

Sell sound samples if you have anything worth sampling.
http://www.midiworld.com/sounds.htm

Sell synthesiser patch sets. Problem is that you often may not be able to sell anything if you don't have any music to be able to advertise your 'wares'. Stick the sample on loop on a group of notes and then run it through a presets at regular intervals to provide a sample of what the customer is being offered on YouTube.
http://alonso-sound.com/dt_catalog/alonso-thomas-gold-spire-soundset/

Sell music making templates. Problem is that like a lot of other things there is a huge market to that you need to deal with. It's a bit of a chicken and egg problem here. You need music to have people want to purchase the template?
http://subaqueousmusic.com/product-category/live-packs/

Another way is to simply make synthesiser software which is easily possible via Reaktor, create sample packs via Kontakt. A lot of the required documentation actually comes with the software to enable you to be able to create.
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/community/reaktor-user-library/other/10/all/all/all/latest/1/
http://www.reaktortips.com/search/label/Practical%20Reaktor

Have been having significant troubles with regards to running CPU load when running certain software synthesiser VSTs. 'Freezing' seems like the easiest option without having to upgrade hardware.
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/nov07/articles/livetech_1107.htm
https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/reduce-cpu-load/
http://sonicbloom.net/en/ableton-live-tutorial-how-to-freeze-tracks-to-reduce-processing-power/

If you can't figure anything else for the moment try to monetise you're musical journey in the meantime.
http://www.theguardian.com/money/2011/sep/02/how-to-build-and-monetise-a-blog
http://www.wpcopilot.com.au/blog/monetize-wordpress-blog/
http://www.wpcopilot.com.au/affiliate-program/
http://www.blogmarketingacademy.com/top-10-blog-monetization-strategies-ranked/
http://www.problogger.net/make-money-blogging/

Which reminds me there are some interesting options out there for those of you looking to simplify you're blogging environment (if you're running multiple blogs. Note that some of these options are no longer relevant and some services such as Tumblr and YouTube already have such facilities builtin).

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