WholeWorldBand: Join an online band and monetize your musical skills

Review posted Sun 16 Feb '14  ·  53 comments
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After checking out this exciting and innovative music application for iOS I think that there is a pretty good chance that I've just seen one of the futures of rock n roll, as Springsteen manager Jon Landau was once quoted as saying. WholeWorldBand is a phenomenal concept put together by producer, filmmaker, musician and innovator Kevin Godley - the man who formed 10CC and made countless award-winning and groundbreaking videos for the likes of The Beatles, The Police, U2, Blur and Peter Gabriel. Hell, he even made the infamous and very risqué "Girls On Film" video for Duran Duran. Basically, this guy really knows what he's doing. WholeWorldBand let's you collaborate and monetize your original music - as well as contributing to others' - and record audio and video collaborations to make up an original performance. Excited already? Well, read on.
The WholeWorldBand app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is like entering a virtual global recording studio in the cloud. It is an innovative audio-visual recording app and a new way for people around the world to make music together and maybe even becoming famous. Here's how it works. Download the app and you can do one of two things. First up, you can scroll through the basic video and audio tracks on file - think of it as the roster of artists on a label - and decide if there is a tune there that you think you can add to and record your contribution via the camera on your iDevice. You can remix your work as 'hi-fi' or 'low-fi' - depending on your style. Then submit it to the artist through the app and you could benefit monetarily from the outcome. Alternatively, you can submit your own song, set the price of admission for contributors and even set the royalties for the finished product. If others like your work, they will pay to 'sit-in' and play drums, keyboards, guitar or vocals etc on your track. You can then view and listen to any number of versions of your song played with a variety of musicians.
A track placed in the hands of fellow collaborators around the planet is never really finished. It keeps growing and changing in an environment where expertise, imagination and entertainment share equal billing. WholeWorldBand offers you the chance to work with fellow musicians –many you have never met and some possibly very famous: Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones had submitted a song when I looked - and enables artists to earn money by recording their own music or adding their special talents to someone else’s vision. Quite simply, WholeWorldBand is a true musical democracy, where you get the chance to rub shoulders with some amazing musicians and enhance their track with your emerging and undiscovered talent.

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