Ignorantium
More reactive than flourine. Funnier than boron.
There’s never been a better time to be a poor musician

Missed my post yesterday. I participated in an interesting little improv event last night through the local Ignite group and didn’t get a chance to put anything up. (If you don’t know about Ignite events, I’ll be doing a post on them soon. I’ll be looking at the overlap between social media and Ignite and creativity and all that fun stuff. Until then, find out more here.) In order to make amends, I present a musical twofer of sorts.

ejamming logoI’ve been watching ejamming.com for a while now, ever since a talented ex-co-worker of mine turned me on to the site. I’m still fascinated by the idea and keep expecting the site to break out and become more widely known. (It’s possible that there are a ton of musicians using the site. I don’t have any numbers for them but I get a sense they’re still in an early growth phase.) Basically, you plug in to eJamming, look up fellow musicians on the network–say a drummer, bass player, whatever–and begin playing with up to four musicians from anywhere in the world. It’s as simple as that: you collaborate online in real time. (There are some technology requirements to get instruments linked up, but nothing particularly advanced or onerous.) The technology behind it is smooth enough that there’s no latency, no hiccups; you just begin a virtual jam session. Reports from the talented ex-co-worker are that it all works well. eJamming offers a 30-day trial so musicians can give it a test. After that the subscription is around $10 a month. That seems a reasonable amount for anyone looking for an online musical hook-up.

guguchu logoAnd once you and your virtual bandmates decide you want to chuck it all for rock stardom, Guguchu is there to help you deal with fame and fortune. It provides a set of tools for bands/musicians to sell merchandise and music, book gigs and communicate with their (hopefully) growing fanbase. The site is still in beta, so I’m not sure how robust their tools are, but the concept is pretty smart and I appreciate the idea. There are a ton of good local bands that deserve more attention but simply don’t have the time and resources to support their own efforts. Guguchu is a way for them to coordinate everything and hopefully make some money. As far as I’m concerned, any tool that disrupts the way music has been marketed, distributed and sold (to the detriment of nearly every artist involved) for the past 50 years deserves my respect and attention.

Even with the twofer it’s a short post. As with all posts, as I learn more about eJamming and Guguchu I’ll provide updates. And if you’re from eJamming or Guguchu, reach out to me if you have more to share. I love what you’re doing and I’m happy to help you out.

2 Comments to “There’s never been a better time to be a poor musician”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by ignorantium, James Wester. James Wester said: New post at the blog: "There's never been a better time to be a poor musician" http://bit.ly/bukpa5 — Quickie on ejamming and guguchu. […]

  2. James,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    John
    co-founder of Guguchu

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