It’s not just the Internet which you should be wary for. It is even more so for cats. CATS!
They are the gateway of doom, especially if you’re a writer.
Working for yourself, especially while working alone from home, requires a great deal of self-discipline and commitment. A thing often put at risk with Internet in your reach. It’s so easy to ‘quickly look something up’ and quickly get distracted from there, into comparable subjects, finally YouTube -> ye random link -> social media. Now get back to work you!
(Oh my, what am I doing here? quickly gets back to work himself)
I would totally, fully, whole-heartedly welcome the showing of sales info to be optional – as the author choses. I myself am in a quite exceptional situation due to clashes of the Dutch rule system – my situation doesn’t fit in any box which often leads to complex and quite impossible matters and even lawsuites between various parties. This in turn makes the situation even more difficult. For privacy reasons I really cannot go into further detail, but the opening post pretty much addresses some of its essence in its Legal section. Again, I cannot go into detail here, but I would very, very, VERRRRRRRY much welcome such feature.
On the other hand I suppose authors could change their username, post invalid personal information here, but that wouldn’t really work with regards to net-presence, marketing and payment related things. The latter being why changing a username has no effect as it can still be traced. On the other hand authors could ofcourse choose to just stay away here altogether, but I don’t think that’s what we want.
Check out the Mi.Mu gloves: it’s a product in development, which allows you to wirelessly control (currently through WIFI) MIDI-enabled gear with it through gestures. You can for example control pitch, program changes, controllers, faders, effects, modulation, etc. by just moving, bending, turning (pitch/yaw/roll) and tapping you hand palm, fingers and finger tops. It can basically be used for anything, so also for beat making. The software is open-source by the way. It’s quite pretty brilliant and exiting, especially for techy live performers.
YouTube: Imogen Heap talks about her gesture-control Mi.Mu gloves
While I probably cannot participate for another 6 weeks, I really do like this idea a whooooole lot. Anyway, here are some things that crossed my mind:
- Synth1 seems like an excellent choice.
- I think you should not limit the contest to a particular style. Different authors have different preferences and also different skill levels for different genres. I think the contest should be about the participant’s fun and creativity and to see what one can manage to squeeze out of the instrument. I vote freestyle.
- Additionally, I don’t think the track should necessarily be viable for AudioJungle. For, like being style-bound, that would limit creativity. For example, while I absolutely love Synth1 and similar synths, I outright hate ye typical corporate/positive stuff in music as well as any other artform (no offense to the many who like it, I can still value production value). Not that I can participate at this moment, I’m just trying to express my opinion on my preference for there not being any limitations to creativity – that is other than the instrument of choice. I vote freestyle.
- One could think of giving a plus-score to participants who, next to the resulting MP3-track, also make their MIDI data+instrument settings available. I realise this can be undesirable, but on the other hand I also see positive things for it.
Congratulations on the well-deserved silver paw. I can only imagine the great and rewarding feeling.
Keep up the good work
Coca Cola. The only free time I know is sleep (no drink) and going out, during which it’s a good pint of beer.