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Internet collaboration has become a popular activity for musicians. The ability to collaborate with other artists all over the world has opened creative avenues only dreamed of a few years ago. Here at Indie Music Works, we provide easy to use tools to facilitate collaboration amongst our members. For those who have not yet taken advantage of this function, here’s a quick intro.
On your control panel, click ‘Collaborations’ at the top of the page. The first thing you might want to do is click ‘My Skills’, and list your talents. This allows others who are creating collaborations to find members with the skills they are seeking.
Click ‘Create Collaboration Session’ to start your own collaboration. You can enter a title and a description of the project. You can decide if you want this to be a private or public session, keep track of its status, and indicate what contributions you are looking for. After creating the session you can upload basic tracks that you are starting with, and other relevant files. You’re off and running! You can view the available artists, listed by the skills that they are offering, and invite them to participate. Or wait for members to contact you, after listening to your tracks. If it's a public collaboration, consider posting a blog to announce it.
Looking to join a collaboration? If you click on ‘Collaborations’ from the site home page, you can view existing collaborations that are in progress. If you see something that looks interesting, click on it to review all the activity, and contact the originator or upload contributions.
Once a collaboration is complete, let one of the administrators know, and we'll be happy to post it on the IMW Site Collaborations page. If you’d like to hear some examples of completed collaborations, visit the IMW Site Collaborations artist page, and check it out.
So dive in! Get to know and work with some of your fellow artists on the site. There are endless possibilities to create unique recordings with Indie Music Works collaborations.
Songwriting for the Novice - by Frank Northcutt
Part 1 – Rules? We don’t need no stinking rules.
So, you can sling an axe with the best of them. That keyboard is like an extension of your hands. But you’ve always wanted to find the right words to compliment some of that music. Perhaps you don't play an instrument, but have always had an urge to write lyrics. Well, as boring as it may sound, if you are serious about becoming a songwriter, it is important to become familiar with such basic rules as meter, structure, and rhyme, and understand the concepts of verse, chorus, bridge, and refrain. Just as a graphic artist needs to understand color, perspective, and composition before developing his or her own style, the songwriter cannot easily write effective songs until we first understand how a song is created. Once armed with this knowledge, we can use these concepts to our advantage, or creatively bend them to our will.
Being a novice songwriter myself, I learned by reading and listening. There are numerous books that will provide a thorough foundation in the basic concepts of song writing. “Writing Better Lyrics”, by Pat Pattison, is a small, easy to read paperback. It’s full of ideas, and is a great start. For more detail, there is “The Craft of Lyric Writing”, by Sheila Davis; written in the ‘80s, but still relevant if you can find it. Or try “The Craft and Business of Songwriting”, by John Braheny, for a more in depth treatment of writing, promoting, and selling your songs. There are, of course, many others.
Listening critically to your favorite songs is an invaluable resource – listening not only to the lyrics, but the use of melody and accompaniment, and to how the song is constructed. How are the verses, choruses, bridge, and instrumental passages tied together? How does the writer tell the story? Is it a visual song, full of sights and sounds, cleverly described? Or does it lead you through a psychological maze, full of twists and turns? Are there specific lines that bring you to tears (of either sadness or joy)? What is it about these songs that has drawn you to them? As your understanding of songwriting grows, so will your desire to unleash your own self-expression.
In the next installment, I’ll briefly discuss two simple questions that can be most difficult for the beginning songwriter. “What do I write about”? and “How do I begin”?
IMW Radio is broadcasting 24/7, presenting music from IMW artists. Here's a quick link to IMW Radio, to add to your favorites. And, of course it is easily accessed by clicking the IMW Radio tab on the home page. In order to listen to the radio programs, download the free IMW Radio app. for your smart device. Go to your app store and search for "IMW Radio", download the free app and you're all set! It's as easy as that. Now you can listen when you want to!
The app will work for all Apple and Android devices so hurry and download today and start listening!
DJ Floridamusic brings his live radio show to you every Friday night at 8:00 PM EST; bringing you some of the best Indie music on the planet.
If you haven't had a chance to catch one of the live shows you really should check it out! And come join other IMW artists and listeners in the chat room during the radio shows! A great way to meet some of the other folks on the site.
It's back! In the past we have challenged our members with crosswords and word finds, match games and scrambles. This month we present a simple word chain. We provide the first letter of the first word. After that, each word begins with the last letter of the previous word. If the previous word is CAT, the next word has to begin with 'T'. Clues are provided for each word; all related to music, of course. When you get all the words, just send your list to email@example.com, and you'll be recognized in next month's newsletter. Oh, the fame!
So, let's get started. Here are the clues;
1) A keyboard instrument
2) Another keyboard instrument
3) The basic unit of music
4) Musicians call this 'delay'
5) Recording one sound over another
6) The lowest part in a quartet
7) A half tone high in pitch
8) A small flute
Have fun, and good luck!
Just a reminder for our members that copyrighted material is not allowed on IMW, unless you own the copyright for the work, or you have licensed the work. If you have purchased a license, proof of licensing should be included in the "Info" space when the work is posted.
If it was up to us, we would allow covers. But agents for the recording industry do contact us from time to time to inquire, and remind us of the law. We risk losing the site if action was to be taken against us. This policy is included in our Terms of Service statement available here - IMW Terms of Service.
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A big 'Thank you!' to all our members who have recently donated to the site. You keep the music playing!
We would also like to welcome our newest members. Hope you enjoy the site!
New Artists - JaeMar, Dave Muto
New Listeners - NeonFisch118
There are many ways for members to contribute to the continued success of Indie Music Works.
Financial contributions - Membership is always free at IMW, but donations to the site in any amount are always appreciated. We're a non-commercial site. We don't clutter our pages with advertising. Therefore, donations from our members who can afford to do so, are what pays the bills. See the "Donate" buttons throughout the site to use PayPal. You can make a single donation, or to set up a recurring, monthly donation. You can also donate by sending a check to;
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Article writing - Have a knack for writing? We're always looking for articles about various aspects of music and the music biz, for the newsletter. Check out some of the back issues (posted on the home page) to see what we mean. Contact any of the admins with your ideas.
CD donations - Have you recorded a CD of your original music? Consider donating a few to the site, to be used as prizes on our live radio contests. It's a great way to get a little promotion for you and your music, on IMW radio. Just send them to the same address shown above. Be sure to let us know, so we watch for them, and let you know when they arrive.
Create a radio promo - Record a radio spot for IMW Radio; a simple "Hi, this is... and you're listening to...", or something more creative. It can be a general promo, or specific to one of the DJs. If you are a listener, we can provide background music. Contact one of the administrators for details.
Getting involved - Attending radio shows in the chat room, posting comments on artist pages, and engaging with other members on the site help IMW remain a vibrant and entertaining community for all of us.
Listener Comments - We want our listeners to let us know what they like. Just send a few sentences, telling us why you enjoy a particular artist or song, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post them in the next newsletter
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Thanks... and enjoy the site!
~ The IMW Team ~