MixMatchMusic is a newcomer in the web-based music collaboration scene. This site has many interesting and innovative features compared to others and I’m pretty curious to know how musicians will react to the services it offers.
A part from a sequencer and networking capabilities, MMM (MixMatchMusic for short) brings forth three key elements you don’t find in other sites:
- A media library where you search for tracks using tags.
- A marketplace where bands can sell their remixed tracks.
- And a widget you can embed in social networking sites and blogs.
The media library is pretty neat. MMM is a place to meet artists, but their search engine also helps you look for tracks to add to your mixes. This is a good idea but the community will have to grow before you actually get a chances of finding a track with the same tempo and harmony as yours.
You can sell the songs you mixed with tracks of people you’ve never met, nor probably ever even communicated with. Songs are sold for $1 and an automatic compensation system distributes 85 cents to the contributors.
On the royalty thing I’m pretty skeptic. Not a bad idea to introduce a feature helping artists make some money, but I don’t see people buying the remixed tunes. I don’t think MMM’s aim is to become a music-store either. The idea is to have bands connect with their fans by giving away or selling tracks for remix purposes, kind of like what Radiohead did with “Nuke” from In Rainbows. Following that model, bands can publish the mixes in the Remix Wizard widget where votes are cast on the best versions. The viral part is that this widget is embeddable on many social sites and blogs (I’ll be uploading some ideas on GigDoggy’s MySpace. Woof!).
Competition has been tough this past year for these collaboration sites. We see them poppin’ out of nowhere! MixMatchMusic has a nice twist to it so maybe it’s worth a shot to try it out.