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Bandhub: collaborative music production tool and others at NY Music Tech Meetup

Demos at the NY Music Tech Meetup by Applauze, Bandhub, Fantrotter and Moodsnap.

Musicians have been hacking since the first hollow log became a drum. With all the new digital tools out there, lots of new music related technology is getting invented. That’s why the NY Music Tech Meetup never seems to have any trouble finding projects to demo. We covered their holiday party at their home in the Brooklyn Knitting Factory.

This latest meeting took place in Williamsburg on Feb. 9th.

Applauze, an event ticketing tool, was presented by David McKay, the startup’s New York based business development staffer.

  • An app built to make the event ticket buying experience as good as it can possibly be.
  • Covers lots of different kinds of events and addresses most aspect of an event you might be interested in, such as getting there and inviting friends.
  • The app has an in-app customer support system, run by four people based in Nashville.
  • Users can enable push notifications for when the price drops.
  • Applauze is not working as a broker; it gives people with ticket inventory a better way to sell tickets.
  • New version of their app launched in the app store on Feb. 9th.

Bandhub, a collaborative music production tool, was presented by Pablo Osinaga.

  • The team lead is an amateur musician who found that he couldn’t convince his music friends to collaborate with him on other collaboration sites.
  • The system works asynchronously.
  • YouTube is the prevailing medium for amateur musicians, so they built a site that allowed musicians to add tracks using video.
  • The way it works is multiple videos can be played at once so that they come out as different tracks in a song.
  • They launched a few months ago.

Fantrotter, a fan experience tool, was presented by Mike Coletta.

  • It’s an app built to help fans who like to travel for their bands, interests, shows and etc.
  • Revenue comes in part from driving clicks to travel sites. There’s also a revenue share program where events can put an embeddable widget on the event site and it will share revenue earned by driving ticket sales with Fantrotter. He gives an example of one Facebook post and one tweet earning an event planner $30.
  • Ideas going forward: helping fans plan together, share trips, maps for the venue and etc.

Moodsnap, an image-orientated radio tool that is Spotify compatible, presented by CEO David Blutenthal. We met his cofounder Matt Green at the holiday bash in December.

  • Moodsnap is an image driven radio app, where you set a radio station by clicking an image that reflects your mood.
  • There are no genres, tags or keywords.
  • You can give the system feedback on whether or not the songs it picks fit the image. Which means they are dynamically evolving stations, vetted by the community.
  • There are also ways to tell the app how much energy you want in the song.
  • Premium members can contribute songs to a given station.
  • Each user has a taste dashboard, which shows you how many likes you’ve gotten for your picks, what you liked, etc. You can also find out how valuable you are to the community through its leaderboard.
  • Since they are communicating through photographs, brands could create a station based on an image that reflects their brand and songs they think match ups. They will also learn what sorts of songs people add to that station and what it says about their brand.

See the whole meeting on YouTube:

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