by Daniel Vorhies

The first installment in a continuing series on the current state of the internet music industry, is all about knowing where to look. The growth of the net as a music resource continues unabated. Thanks to the now ubiquitous MP3 music format, people are able to download music for free from various music resources, hear things that the studios don't want you to hear and find out what a band is working on before it gets pressed. It makes the lofty world of music and musicians just a little more intimate for fans.

Early adopters of the medium, such as
Chuck D and David Bowie are pioneers in what seems to be an unending deluge of new music. The flow of new music is so effluent, that Jerry Harrison (former Talking Heads Keyboardist) in September started A music review clearinghouse,, is dedicated to finding and signing unknown artists. Each Color month, users of the site vote on which band/song is their favorite. When the dust settles, the winner walks away with a $250,000 recording contract, becomes their label and gets a cut. Not a bad deal for all involved.

Another developement that is shaking the walls in music land is the MP3 sharing software “
Napster.” This MP3 sharing software allows people to enable musicians and music fans to locate bands and music available in the MP3 music format. Lawsuits and copyrights issues aside, if you are a small band trying to get your music out, go there and see what there is to see. These and others are shining examples of how music is coming to the masses unimpeded by the recording establishment. The net innovates again! Shaking the foundation of the establishment is what rock and roll is about and it seems that with the net entering the picture, the tremors are finally hitting home.

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