[ANN] The Viberavetions Project : A Call Out To Artists/Musicians, Music Industry Professionals, and Pure and True Fans Of The Art and Music These Same Folks Create
DISCLAIMER: This is not an anti-label project. This is a pro-Artist/Musician and pro-Fans of these same Artists/Musicians. There is nothing about this that suggests that the labels can’t be a part of this… In fact we hope that MANY, if not ALL of them embrace these ideas, while gaining a real-world understanding of just how much power exists when the ideals of a free culture are embraced and built upon.
[NOTE: Please see Russ Miles modified version of this post @ http://www.russmiles.com/home/2006/6/15/an-announcement-and-a-call-for-participation-all-in-one.html . While the core areas are the same the “story behind” is from his perspective/style and adds some cool side points that are not a part of this post.]
ANNOUNCEMENT and CALL FOR PARTICIPATION:
Last July Russ Miles and myself began to brainstorm on some ideas on how we could take podcasting, create some tools and such, and create a new medium in which artists and musicians could develop, collaborate, and distribute both their music and their message in ways that would allow these same folks to quit their day job at Kinko’s (I know, HORRIBLE cliché… but hey, I grew up in Seattle during the grunge scene… A lot of the folks I knew DID work at Kinko’s! ;) And become full time musicians without having this mean signing with a major label to make this possible.
At first we were somewhat limited with our overall vision. Then Russ had a breakthrough:
This is S>U>B P<O<P for Podcasting!
It was this monumental moment in time that we both began to get REALLY excited! I blogged about this a while back, but with each of our schedules the way they are, it can be difficult to accomplish all that we want to accomplish in addition to all the other things we need to do to be able to afford extracurricular activities such as this.
But things have picked up as of late (progress wise :) As such, we are both proud and excited to stand side-by-side with the following group of fellow hackers and ask the question that then follows:
To the music communities at large: Below you will find a general overview of this project. You can access this same overview @ http://dev.extensibleforge.net/wiki/Viberavetions as well as the actual site @ https://viberavetions.com where you can click “stay tuned…” and gain access to the project Atom feed which will be the primary location for ALL major and minor project announcement.
Most, if not all of the underlying code base  is built to get this project into a beta release. An existing sample of a work in progress User Interface can be found @ http://extf.net. But what we might think is best, may not be what is best for the community as far as tools, and channel development (we hope to make this VERY localized-focused… more on that later)
The question: What do you want us to build for you?
We have some ideas, and with folks like Dan and Russ (both musicians) coupled with the rest of us who in varying degrees have been involved in music at almost every level, I think we have some pretty good overall ideas on how to help make this a fun, exciting, and successful project.
But we only represent six viewpoints. We want to build for the communities at large, not what we each personally feel is best.
With this in mind,
First off, the following summary and overview, which follows with a bit more at the end.
Viberavetions is a decentralized, community-based, and localized system of rating services that is accessible by anyone and can be used to rate anything, anywhere in the world, virtual or physical, as well as access the combined ratings for any linked item via a standard web interface or programmatically via rest, soap, xmpp, llup, and other web-focused protocols.
Viberavetions (.com, .net, .org, .info, .name, .ws) is a decentralized web-based network with a focus of providing the ability to easily rate any person, place, or thing (more info) via a simple [yes|no] voting mechanism making the accumulation of these vote freely available, programmatic usable, mirroring-like reproducible, and indexed in a way that allows for the sorting of this data via any combination of columns [rating, genre locale, etc…] while at the same time providing the ability for folks, particularly musicians and other creative sources of audio and video files the ability to create a node [hosted or simply pointed-to] in which they can manage these files that they would like to make available for streaming, download, both, or neither.
Viberavetions is founded upon similar ideals in which Creative Commons is founded upon. In fact, all of the content that we personally produce will be licensed under a CC Attribution 2.5 license. Part of this project includes a broad array of streaming audio channels in which, based on a community-based voting mechanism, will contain the audio content that the rest of the world feels is the best for a given genre, in real-time. While the length of the “loop” is undetermined at this point, the list of files that feed the streaming mechanism for each channel will represent the top X titles in each given genre -based channel. With this in mind, the mentioned real-time attribute will actually represent (real-time + length of loop).
The final piece of the viberavetions project is focused towards decentralization and localization of content. We feel that an important part of this network and the content contained within will best serve visitors and members when this content is both developed and hosted by the local members of any given geographical community. In many cases this content will come from the weblogs of those who are closely affiliated with each local community. This also helps keep things inline with the notion of Atomic control (see footnote one), ensuring that nobody but the original copyrights owners of any given content can control this content in any way that each individual copyright owner has not given permission, explicit or implied, to do so.
one - via a fully “Atomic” management system in which artists maintain full control allowing the ability to easily manage the distribution of their copyrighted content while at the same time annotate the licensing terms using existing standards set forth for each media type. The term “Atomic” represents a collection of content in which they hold the primary copyrights. The primary focus is to allow for full and complete control of this content such that, for example, one could easily move this content to another system/machine whether this be to another hosting provider that is part of the the viberavetions decentralized/localized network, or elsewhere, ensuring no one but the rightful copyright owners has any level of implied control over this content nor the Atomic interface and management system in which manages this content.
PLEASE NOTE: This level of control SHOULD NOT be confused with a Digital Rights Management (DRM)-like system in which extensive control of this content is invoked in such a way that makes it difficult, and in some cases, impossible to view, listen to, or watch this content based on software and hardware “locking” mechanisms. While we maintain that each individual copyright owner has the right to implement these types of controls, to then distribute this content on this network, this project will in no way build and subsequently distribute any type of software or hardware that builds into any given type of content any level of DRM-like control that can be seen as destructive to the creative communities, both specific, and in general.
So, with all of this, we are looking to establish a core of up to fifty(50) folks who would like to help shape and design this project at whatever level you feel you can help with. As such, please contact one of us (listed below again… contact info is located in each of our O’ReillyNet profiles (or in Don and Sylvains case, each of their linked blogs) and suggest to whomever that is in no uncertain terms,
Add me to the list or the next batch of flyers gets it!
Whoa! That’s big time… Okay…well, I can only speak for myself, but depending on the tone used, that would pretty much do it for me…
Now put down the stack of flyers and step away from the machine!
Slowly… ;): D
Now go tell your manager what you…. well, maybe not quite yet… But soon.
We hope :) With your help, that hope can be increased proportionately.
With this in mind, thanks in advance folks! We look forward to being a part of building something truly spectacular, as a community, for the community.