Competition and diversity
'Dear friend, my name is Salvador Clofent and since you seem to be
involved in the business of music I've taken the liberty to tell you about
www.orquestas.info . This is a totally free web portal for
the promotion of any sort of musical ensemble as well as related companies
and services -- recording studios, sound & lighting, management, etc.
We need your participation in order to improve, so please visit us and sign
up (altas de usuarios --> Registro de Artistas --> input
name ...) if you'd like! You'll then be able to post your info, upcoming
gigs, or particular offers. Give us a hand and we'll have a great site going.
We won't disappoint you! Thanks very much!'
Salvador writes from Barcelona with news of a new musicians community
site ... yet another new site with its hopes, aspirations, promises and
requests for participation, and triggering my current thoughts about the
nature of the net -- especially the musical bits of it -- and in particular
the community aspects of web portals, information sites, help sites and
In one sense the increasing diversity can be seen negatively ... each
new site makes it more difficult for the survival of those that came earlier,
competing for the attentions of that elusive real visitor -- the one
per week that isn't a search engine robot, an email-spamming robot or a
promoter of someone else's website -- whilst we bravely maintain our public
face with fabricated stories portraying millions of readers and page impressions
until ... our money runs out! Where are you now, arioso.com ?
Conversely, though, each new site adds to the variety, the choice, the
available perspectives and languages in a way that deepens our experience
... or at least it should do, if we could all cooperate, share information
and help each other, rather than concentrating on that fast, ever elusive,
I actually still believe in the internet as a medium ... it's exciting
like no other so far, and seems to have no bounds other than those of our
own imaginations. So, presumably, does our friend above ... maybe the fact
that his press release is in three languages bodes well for the success
of this new site. We do all need each other in order to improve. Moltes
gràcies, and good luck, Salvador!
Another example now of a start-up web business -- this time a record label,
CD store and community site, including concert listings and other information.
Jan Hart is known to many in the UK classical music world for her musical,
promotional and organisational skills, and she has worked for the BBC and
for English National Opera.
Jan's new, clean-looking site is based on a simple principle -- to recommend
to her visitors the CDs she likes herself. Two or three CDs plus a string
quartet are featured each month.
The domain name of this next site says it all ... this is Duane Peck's
information-rich and busy-looking USA-based resource site for composers.
... and having used this to help you write your fugue, you could do worse
than submit the result to a new site from Italian composer and pianist A
Gioele Simonetto which specialises in the art of fugue and which is called,
wait for it ...
If your compositional abilities are not quite so far advanced, though,
you might like to try online composition lessons from Bristol Music Services,
or even get them to write the music! On this friendly looking site, various
bits of moving text and auto-play music jump out to greet you ...
Someone who does have composition sorted is Japanese composer Tsutomu
Tagashira. Whilst the world looks to his country for its sporting entertainment,
Tagashira will presumably be putting together and promoting his next classical
piece or film score in Tokyo, via this MP3.com site which contains
some rather interesting downloads. Don't miss the gorgeous Rei for
Copyright © 31 May 2002 Keith Bramich,
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