We have often talked about online collaboration websites for musicians on this blog, and today we’re going to review yet another platform that just came out. The new twist that Minimum Noise brings to the collab scene is that it’s the first site that cuts to the chase and involves money. Musicians offer compensation for the collaborative efforts brought to their projects.
What I like about Minimum Noise’s approach is that there’s no bling-bling to it. Sure, it’s great to have a beautifully CSS-styled site like Indaba with widgets, players and mixers, but most of those tools are gimmicks to some extent. We don’t need them to get the job done, and overall they often constitute a source of distraction. Minimum Noise doesn’t offer a whole production suite to lure users in, but it involves money, which is all the motivation musicians need to start collaborating in a concrete manner.
At the risk of sounding capitalistic, we need sites like these. 2007 and 2008 have brought us tons of services and platforms for musicians filled with social features that are maybe great for networking on a friendly level, but not so much on a professional level.
For now, online music collaboration has yet to prove it’s worth. Maybe Minimum Noise’s compensation model is one of the right steps to get the ball rolling.