The Tapegerm Collective Blog
Contributing Source Files & Creating Tapegerm Projects
In order to upload individual source files to Tapegerm you'll need to have a special Source Contributor profile added to your main account. Just ask via the contact link at the top of every tapegerm.com page.
You may upload sources at any time. You may choose to assign them to projects or not. All the sources you upload via your Source Contributor profile are available on your own Open Source Page, along with compositions which utilize any of your sources.. Here's David Fuglewicz's page
Assigning source files to a Tapegerm project is open to many methods.
You may assign sources to projects individually by including "project-37" somewhere in the credits or description (where 37 is the project number indicated on a project's page). You can do this at any time, even retroactively. You may also assign a source to multiple projects if you wish.
You may assign sources you have anywhere on the web to a Tapegerm project by creating a "blog" post. Here's what a blog post might look like. This is a screenshot of Dave's contribution to the Free Loop Pack 16:
As you can see, the source has been uploaded to archive.org. Here's what this looks like as it appears on the project page:
You could enter a longer description if warranted. Everything you enter in the "Entry Text" field will show. Feel free to play around with it. It's made to accommodate options we probably haven't anticipated.
You may also start your own Tapegerm project. The options there are just as open. Click on the Projects link in your Main profile control panel. Here is what the entry for the new Free Loop Project looks like:
This project had no source files to begin with since the project was about taking sources from other contributors. Another project might have sources uploaded into the project vault (zip, wav, mp3, etc. are allowed) while allowing or disallowing additional contributions. Or you could choose to feature sources you've uploaded elsewhere by linking to them in your Entry Text field. It's up to you.
Tapegerm Projects are made to accommodate a variety of methods, probably possibilities we haven't anticipated.
HTML5 Audio Added
We've programmed HTML5 Audio into your song pages, so you can access the audio from most devices now. This audio is not currently supported in the system Tapegerm uses to count plays. Let us know if you see any bugginess in the output.
As it is, we will probably eventually move everything toward HTML5 and figure out a different way to track trending songs. We're not concerned much with charts and rankings, obviously, but it's useful to know what is being explored by our strange group of artists at any given time.
"As of October Firefox is developing native mp3 support for their browser. In the meantime, we will be adding a fall-option to Flash for those browsers that don't support mp3 natively."-- Blind Mime Ensemble (on 10/22/12 04:16:58)
"I have Firefox and Chromium in Linux. Firefox does not even show the player. Chromium shows it yet it will not play. However, I agree with the progression toward html5. Therefore, I have created my own alternate site for any outdated browsers or os that would still like to stream. "-- Michael A Cosma Sources (on 10/21/12 21:28:07)
"I've started building a HTML5 playlist onto your profile home page, so you'll notice some odd things going on there for a few days."-- Blind Mime Ensemble (on 10/19/12 09:14:30)
We are considering putting together a regular podcast of Tapegerm music and discussion. You can help by sending a link to an mp3 of you talking about making a composition or something about Tapegerm collaboration in general -- or really whatever you might want to spout off about. Send the links to the Contact form at the top of Tapegerm.com.
Please do contribute!
Past projects are now accessible
It is now possible to access past projects via the Projects button at the top of the site.
There are some very old calendar events which are currently showing as well. That should be fixed at some point.
For now, old project source files are still accessible. Feel free to continue using them for new compositions. Just be aware that old projects may already be archived as albums on archive.org and elsewhere.
Handmade hydrophones and contact mics by JrF
You can purchase these hydrophones and contact mics directly from JrF in Great Britain at reasonable prices. Lots of sound samples throughout the website, Along with an album of material on Soundcloud.
Visit the website.(115)
Guitar Tunings Database
The Guitar Tunings DB has over 100 online guitar tuners. All guitar alternate tuners have their own page. Each guitar tuner page links to Chord and Scale charts and respective song lists which use the guitar tuner. This is really pretty amazing how deep this resource goes.
Visit the website.(126)
Open Music Labs
The goal of Open Music Labs is to create a central web location where people who are interested in using analog and digital audio equipment can go to find ideas, histories, parts, and like-minded others.
We want to create a resource that people can use to share ideas and learn new ideas about hands-on audio creation, manipulation, and interaction.
Open Music Labs is a subsidiary of Sparkfactor Design (no relation to Sparkfun, though we are big fans!)
Visit the website.(112)
AudioCookbook.org is a non-profit resource for music and sound enthusiasts made possible by contributions from Unearthed Music. The content has a slant toward the avant-garde or experimental side of audio production. Whether you have years of technical experience or you are just getting your feet wet doing sound design, you’ll find unique, interesting and useful information that might inspire you, give you an idea, or simply entertain.
Visit the website.(214)
Sonic Circuits Festival of Electronic Music
Sonic Circuits is a Washington DC area promoter for experimental music. Sonic Circuits seeks to expose audiences to cutting edge contemporary music that defies genres, and offer artists new platforms to present their music and opportunities to network and collaborate with artists from around the world. In addition to organizing an annual festival since 2001, Sonic Circuits programs performances year round. Sonic Circuits is presented in part by Improv Arts Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting the artistic and career development of artists and creating new markets for contemporary music.
Visit the website.(91)
The Chain Tape Collective
The CT Collective was originally started by Michael Klobuchar as a chain tape group; that is, as a group whose members recorded music by mailing a master tape throughout the United States and Europe. The finished tape was then cleaned up and distributed to the members as a CD. No one got paid for any of this, and the organization, mastering, and mailing of our collaborative projects was done by members who volunteered their time and resources.
Since then, we've started to do more than one project at a time, and we've also decided to streamline the recording process by having people simply mail their contributions to the person mastering the project. After this stage, copies go out to other people who have volunteered to duplicate CDs and distribute them to the contributors and to other interested parties.
As part of our effort to streamline what was otherwise a rather cumbersome process, we have organized a main mailing list through which all projects are now coordinated. As projects get underway, they get their own mailing list.
To join the CT Collective, suggest projects, and contribute music and/or labor to the cause, go to the links page and click the mailing list link.
Visit the website.(84)
Cementimental - Experimental Music and Circuit-Bending Links - record labels, musical instruments and equipment, gear, artists, bands etc.
An extensive list of links to sites about circuitbending, noise, experimental and electronic music.
Visit the website.(120)