Wednesday, October 29

NEW SITE ON TONIGHT AS PROMISED

The site is finally up with the NEW SITE BUILD . Which is no mean feat considering it is all being done for non-profit by volunteers. We will be adding more material now it is up and running. Please call in and test drive it - check out the cool new map and the events list.

We have disengaged the REGISTRATION facility while we are doing more on-line tests.

There are some new tracks by "BOTTLES of MARY", "RETOX" and "THE EARLYBIRDS" on the JUKEBOX - please give it a whirl - tell us what you think.

If you run a MUSIC website dedicated to original INDEPENDENT music please contact us so we can let our visitors reach you too. Come on you know it makes sense.

Sunday, October 26

Final Testing



Why the Delay?
Firstly the months delay from September must be mentioned. The new build was put up in August to allow participants to view, comment and make suggestions on the new build. Unfortunately this provided hackers with the opportunity of getting in through a loophole and vandalizing the new site. So the build was removed and the security issues addressed.

During this second phase a plethora of new ideas were worked on and this Blog has become one of the key parts of the overall strategy. This Blog is linked throught the new build as Site News which is what it will become. We will then only need to put news on the blog here for it to update on the site, self-archive and allow RSS feeds to interested visitors.

We have also introduced a Podcast Feed for the site which will allow an audio & visual outlet for the site. The first tester is already out there just one track at the PODCAST SUBSRIPTION :
http://feeds.feedburner.com/projectsmusicpodcast

Renewed support for Independent Music
A slight change has been our steer directly towards the music as opposed to also attempting multimedia. We believe that the Independent Musician deserves all the support possible through these more 'interesting times' . I have been talking to many musicians from around the globe and the general consensus is there is no money in directly selling music. We are looking at ways of improving this situation with others.

Content Management System
Most of the new build is complete using a Content Management System, which allows rapid changes, without the need to re-write code for individual pages. Also the possibility of allowing you to create and change your own pages. So we will see. We have been testing the security and navigation. We are sticking to a simplified Template system, which we hope will receive your approval.
. . . by the way

Happy Samhain and Happy Halloween

We are hoping to have the site on for Halloween . . . . oooooow . . . . spooky !

JukeBox on Projects

NEW JUKEBOX FOR THE SITE
Currently under development is a new Jukebox Player which we are hoping will be integrated as a Flash Console that we could perhaps put together as a widget. How this pans out we have no idea.

The JukeBox area will be a part of the SHOWCASE area for Independent Music to provide some examples. We hope to get more people in to have a look and even leave a vote.

Wednesday, October 15

Bran "forgiven"


Forgiven was written last Summer. Since then this simple tune has been left as a calling card on many sites. I don't consider it to be typical of my work at all. It is rather classical and yet has rock elements. Quite a few people have said it sounds like DireStraits guitarist Mark Knopfler, which is a compliment. However it was just a jam that I messed about with. Is it finished? ... Yes and no, perhaps. What is all the fuss about it is a tune and that's final . . . .click the little black play button on the mp3 player below.

Tuesday, October 14

The 100 Club on Projects

There are already thousands or even millions of music websites.
So why is another one needed?
I have asked myself that a hundred times.
It goes against the trend. Many music sites are closing down, due to copyright enforcement or lack of funding. Many see running an Indepedent site as a waste of time, when it is free to use many subdomain sites., although there is usually an advertising 'buy-in'.

What can our site do that others can't do?
Well if it can be done it is already being done !

Well how about aim to stay fairly small and compact, which keeps the costs down.
We are not aiming to be massive in terms of content or memberhip. In fact we aim to restrict membership to a maximum of 100 that we will call The Hundred Club. A hundred supporters which is my aim for 2009. So get in quickly because that is not a lot. And the door will close.

We can be a hub, a portal, with minimal site content,using feeds and embedded content. That way we stay lean and mean and can be updated rapidly. We know other sites already use this concept. We aim to be really selective on our feed material to provide Independent Site Feeds.

We will try to fund out of our own pockets for another year, so that we can provide a non-profit NO ADVERTISING, secure and relaxing site built to our supporters requirements.

Apart from that . . . it is all chance. We do not know what the future will bring.

Sunday, October 12

Koradubian Video

Entitled take One High the new Koradubian video is the result of long distance collaboration in the UK. Recorded using a mixture of old and new technology the track features George Lee on saxophone, guitar and keyboards by Bran, keyboards and drums by Jon Taylor. This video was uploaded on to the Koradubian You Tube Channel this week, pop in and rate !



Video and Sound by Koradubian. takeonehigh ©2002 2008koradubian

Thursday, October 9

Busy bees


New site Launch Oct 08



With our little new site launch coming up very shortly, we have had lots to do. With anything like this it is about identifying the right people. We are run voluntarily so it takes a while to get things sorted at the moment it is about learning how to get the best out of people and technology.

. . . something to be proud of . . .
Fortunately this is not a hard driven affair and our end aims are not sky high or financially based. We are hoping we can make something worthy of our efforts, somewhere people will be proud to be associated with. And we hope to find new ways of doing things. Providing an enjoyable place for our friends and visitors.

. . . a non-distracting environment . . .
We want to provide a top class experience not necessarily all 'buzzer and bells' - a non distracting environment, relaxing but focused. At the moment it is a very small domain, with a long name. If this experiment works we would like to look at opening another related but commercially viable site which would self finance on-line collaboration projects. By providing secure infrastructures to enable creative connections and exchange.

Right now we need two things and if you are reading this you can help.

  • First and most important we would like you to test drive the new site and give us your honest opinion. We won't mind criticism at all ( except no spam or profanety )

  • Secondly we are looking for small independent musicians, producers starting out, wanting to get out to a wider audience. We will provide a link connection to your other on-line networks. We also provide a Showcase area for new work, as it happens. We also produce visual material for our YouTube Channel. First video went on on September. We are trying to create a network of independent musicians and video producers.




Bearing in mind that we are trying to present clear ideas, to allow our 'people ' to shine out, we have avoided flashy css pimped-up looks. Sometimes they can be stunning, but all too often you become distracted by way too many images. So we aim to be clean lined and straight forward.

We hope to avoid the use of direct advertising on the site, however we will provide reviews with links and related feed links.




We will use tags to help for searching content.
and here is retox with balloons produced by Menchulica for YouTube
video

Yeah you got it !

Wednesday, October 8

Little Gems I keep finding

When I started this whole idea of a Music Website, I was convinced that there is great music out there and that it is worthy of a larger audience. Even if a few dozen people get to see a few of these things, it would be a success. Well as part of the plan the YouTube Account is getting a little attention and I would really like to share some of these special moments with you, right here, right now.

This first selection is by Voodoou22, this little gem is called . . . Kisses moi non plus . . .



Anyway , I am now developing a special playlist for original music that I think stands out and I really want you to see. So tune in to the Projects Channel on YOU TUBE and rate.


Wednesday, October 1

Another Art Community


Our Music and Multimedia Website is proud to be associated with Another Art Community - although only established very recently in late August by "the Humble Founder" Jess Bottles of US duo "Bottles of Mary" - the Community has already amassed a huge portfolio of contemporary video work as well as a wide range of art, writing and photography. I, Bran joined by invitation and have found the global membership to be very enlightened and friendly. It is probably the best site I have become involved with in my first year on-line. The content is of extremely high quality, featuring music and experimental art videos, from some of our favorite video artists on YouTube. If you get a few moments and want to find something interesting and different to watch check 0ut the ANOTHER ART COMMUNITY Web Site or the YOUTUBE-ANOTHERART COMMUNITY Channel !

Members Corner

Below are some of our Members - always interesting and worth a look.

Paddy Crunden

Press kits Quantcast

Music Player from our NETWORK

We will be resolving this for our Network in 2011. In the meantime here's a few tracks of mine . . .