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Remote Collaboration for Music and Media: All Our Podcast Coverage

Working remotely in music and media comes with its own challenges. Dmitri is talking with the tech founders who have already been at work making remote musical collaboration smoother, faster, and more social.

We're bringing you a wave of podcast episodes on the music tech solutions that are keeping the music flowing. Since our podcast focuses on seismic shifts in the music industry, we decided that the best way to help our community in this time of rapid change is to share more information, faster. Stay tuned as this post updates with new episodes, or subscribe on your favorite podcast platform to listen to new episodes every week.

Social Distance Jams: How Musicians Play Together Online with JamKazam

For musicians in lockdown, trying to jam with friends or teach lessons on a videoconferencing app like Zoom or Skype is like putting toothpaste back in the tube: it’s just not built for that. Find out how JamKazam was built for musicians to play together in real time from CEO David Wilson, now on the podcast. Host Dmitri asks what makes JamKazam so different from those video call apps? How does JamKazam deal with the latency issues that make synchronous collaboration challenging? Learn how Wilson’s experience with a videogame streaming startup, a passion for music, and a yearning to jam with his brother on the other side of the country inspired him to found JamKazam. Long before COVID-19, JamKazam helped bands stay together even when members moved away. Find out how JamKazam is saving the sanity of many more musicians sheltering at home, especially with a new live broadcasting feature that lets them earn tips and ticket revenue. Learn about JamKazam’s tools that remove the friction from playing music online for professionals, amateurs, teachers alike- before, during, and after self-isolation. Listen to the full episode here on our website, or wherever you pod your favorite casts.Try it out for yourself at it’s free to play!

With the unprecedented pandemic, musicians are looking for new ways to collaborate across long distances. They’re finding that the Trackd app already offers a lean, mobile recording and collaborating experience. Grant Tilbury explains how Trackd lets artists capture moments, edit multi-track audio, and release “Virtual Vinyl” to social media all on one’s smartphone. Learn how Trackd was born out of the innovative spirit that made London’s Trident Studios famous, and how Trackd is reviving that legend. Find out how artists are using Trackd, from releasing unheard demos, to writing collaborative songs for kids to sing at Buckingham Palace, to collaborating with Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame).

Imagine you are editing sound for a TV program. You work together with the show runner, music supervisor, and director to get the sounds just right. You play portions back together several times discussing how every note and every effect should be timed with the video. But what happens when those teams are immediately dispersed for weeks thanks to COVID-19? Ameen Abdulla had already created a platform for just this type of remote collaboration. It's called Soundwhale. He schools Music Tectonics host Dmitri Vietze on all the tools you need--from video chat to remote synced audio-video review--to keep the work flowing, even when team members are far apart.

The founders of SoundStorming join Music Tectonics host Dmitri Vietze to talk about how their music collaboration app cracks open the song making process. Their vision is to allow fans and artists alike to collaborate at the point of creation. Capture an initial musical idea on your phone and before you know it someone across the ocean will add a layer that makes you think about your snippet in a whole new way. SoundStorming is already being used as an A&R tool to find up-and-coming artists or for collaborators to find each other and cut a record. The company is also finding traction with schools, where students from afar can record and archive their progress over time. While other collaboration apps are half instrument, half studio, SoundStorming is specifically for creativity for anything you can capture on a mobile device.

Long before COVID-19, Ivan Talaychuk pivoted from artist to tech startup founder because it was such a challenge to collaborate with his bandmate in Kiev, Ukraine. He was tired of the tangle of emails, Dropbox, Google Drive, and text messaging to share and comment on music tracks while they were in process. He literally traded his synthesizers to fund his company Pibox at first. Now it's one of the favorite collaboration tools on the web. Now that everyone is on lockdown due to a worldwide pandemic, Music Tectonics host Dmitri Vietze interrogates Tavaychuk about the features Pibox offers to musicians, educators, and industry teams as they are thrown off course and forced to collaborate remotely. Find out about commenting on waveforms, in-line chats with cloud storage, and folder integration that makes sense for talks between band mates, artist and label, or teams and clients of production libraries. And hear tips for any artist looking to collaborate remotely for the first time on this timely episode in our series about remote collaboration, live streaming, remote education, and more.

There is a new generation of apps and platforms for listeners to become musicians and many of them allow you to collaborate remotely. What will make them reach the next level? A worldwide quarantine! Sounds like a perfect time to launch an app, right? Tim Exile — electronic artist turned tech founder — rocks out some tunes on this episode, jamming across oceans, while he explains to podcast host Dmitri Vietze just how looped collaboration sidesteps the latency challenge of working across the planet. He tells how users from four countries formed a band and even though they have never met in person are about to release a new record. He describes how artist Flux Pavilion is sharing an Endlesss track a day for the month of March. And he says that while some people are wasting away their lives playing Candy Crush, others are obsessively making music for the first time on Endlesss.

With isolation and remote work looming last week, we recorded a podcast conversation about communication and collaboration. Irregular host Tristra Newyear Yeager (and rock paper scissors writer / strategist) tells Eleanor Rust, rps marketing director, about essential lessons she’s learned from collaborating with people scattered around the globe, and how to maximize listening while minimizing distraction. How could music creation change as tech solutions for synchronous collaboration develop? What might the future of music creation and collaboration share with our past? Peek into rabbit holes ranging from traditional blind minstrels in Ukraine to Soundwhale to Breughel paintings.


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