More Cowbell? Let the crowd decide!

Unless you’re Bruce Dickenson producing the Blue Oyster Cult, creating the perfect mix when recording music isn’t always as easy as “more cowbell“. Recently, the concept of crowdsourcing has been powering some interesting developments in how music is mixed, produced, and shared in the social sphere.

In 2008, Nine Inch Nails shared their album The Slip under a Creative Commons license. The band invited fans to remix the tracks of the album and share them at the band’s remix site. The concept has since been picked up by other bands and by communities such as ccMixter, a music remixing site featuring remixes and samples licensed under Creative Commons licenses.

Earlier this month, another music community site called Indaba Music and Wired.com partnered to lay down the first of what will be many tracks of a crowdsourced music project. The experimental project gives Wired.com readers the opportunity to add to the work-in-progress using Indaba’s digital-audio-workstation platform, Mantis. After a few weeks, the resultant track will be presented on the blog and they’ll likely open a contest for best remix of the posted audio.

It’s not clear how the project will be moderated. One has to wonder how the track will avoid turning into an aural traffic jam… but maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised. Wired.com seems hopeful. Considering the possibility of success, they write that “if this works, our biggest problem will be how to fit everyone in the van when we go on tour”.

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Was this video crowdsourced? Not really. But it’s pretty cool.

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