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"Session" for session musician; "Master" for ease of usage; and "i" for marketability.
I write music as a hobby, and usually the arrangements I desire for
my penned melodies require a guitar or bass. Since I don't play either
of the aforementioned instruments, it's hard for me to record these
songs without using synthesized instruments, which often lack the
effect of an actual
real-life recording. Of course, I don't really know
that many people who play these instruments, and none of the
players I do know are really interested in playing someone else's
What would be useful would be a website where trained musicians
can register their services. Players of different instruments could
advertise their skills on a marketplace, and songwriters who require
session musicians can send available musicians sheet music to play
from. The musicians would then record the music and send it back to
the writer in return for a fee. The website could provide recording
equipment and advertising space in return for a part of the
musicians' earnings through the service.
If you've written a symphony but can't play the viola, or you have the
best polka melody ever but don't own an accordion, or if you want to
record a death metal song but can't sound like cookie monster whilst
singing, then this is the website for you.
eMelody: An extremely similar idea of mine of which this is a continuation. [DrWorm, Oct 27 2009]
||Build a community with reputation/feedback system.
Some sort of auction system for contracting it. Budding
session musicians (from all over the world) could do some
free work to build a reputation.
||With the cost of recording so low, this could actually be
done. The website shouldn't pay for any recording, that's
too expensive/complicated. Writers should provide a click
track for session musicians.
||This is cool and I wonder if it could be expanded to cover other art forms. (+)
||I remember having a very similar idea back in my undergrad days (during a business case-study class) - we called it MusicPool. I think it's a go-er.
||I've done this (minus the website thing) and at various times have had access to all sorts of pro musicians, but of course you realize you're just establishing a lower rank of studio musicians, and one without unionized standards.
||The real problems occur when the people who advertise themselves as "musicians" aren't up to the quality that the people who are sending in 2gb .wav's of themselves humming a melody off-key, expect.
||Well, that's the point. Amateur musicians for amateur
songwriters. I imagine that if someone submitted a tape of
them burping the alphabet instead of playing a guitar riff,
they would be banned.
||//banned// more likely there'd be a new sample-set of burps. I like the idea, but the logistics would be a pain as a business. Doable as a freebie site.