Rock Band Opening Up (Slightly) For Indie Musicians

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While some record labels and groups like ASCAP are telling musicians they should hold their music back from video games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero without larger upfront payments, most smart musicians recognize that getting their music out on these popular platforms is a great way to build up a much bigger (and more loyal) following. But, of course, the process to get into these games has been pretty difficult. So it's neat to see an effort from Harmonix and MTV Games to make it easier for independent artists to get their music into the games, if in a somewhat limited fashion. It still involves something of a hassle, but opening up the platform further is a good idea. You would think that one of these games would one day go fully open and trump the other by having a much wider selection of content -- with plenty of bands focusing on that provider, rather than the more limited one.
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    hegemon13, 20 Jul 2009 @ 6:59am

    An open platform already exists

    "You would think that one of these games would one day go fully open and trump the other by having a much wider selection of content -- with plenty of bands focusing on that provider, rather than the more limited one."

    One already did. It's called Frets on Fire, and it is open source freeware available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It has a forum with monthly "fretting" and "drum fretting" competitions and literally thousands of available songs. Lots of the songs are certainly illegal, but there are also a lot of independent songs posted there officially. The game ships includes independent music at download, and they have official featured bands on their Web site.

    Being open source, it of course won't have the advertising that the commercial titles do, but it's out there, and it works great.

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