The Cambridge Podcast - An Open Letter
'An open letter on Independant Music in Cambridge'
Dear Cambridge musicians, independant-music lovers and talented people,
I - like you - know that there is a massive amount of musical talent in this little city of ours. There is also a massive amount of people that want to hear each others music. But the mechanism isnt in place to make the most of it. Open Mics happen all the time, CUR1350 plays local music and bands are formed in every college by everyone with a guitar and a mate who plays drums. Just recently we've seen indie soc putting in time and money to help out charity and independant music through the indie soc cd. And this is brilliant. But whilst these things mean that some of the music talent in this city is being heard, it still seems that the vast majority is not. And even when the music is heard I think it could be heard a great deal louder. And thats a crying shame - but there is something we can do. I think there is a solution.
I, like so many on this list, am part of a band in Cambridge. I write my own stuff, I record it and I would desperately love people to hear it - and we all love music and think it would be amazing to hear what people are doing. As members of this list you already know that there are a lot of people in Cambridge doing a lot of work for independant music. But i think there is room for more - as of yet there is no central, easy, free way to hear independant music made in the city.
So shall we make one?
The solution is a 'podcast'. An mp3 broadcast, that would be released onto the internet every week and would contain the best of home-grown independant music in Cambridge. Podcasting is the new way to broadcast music, without relying on old-style radio waves and commercial stations. The shows are recorded onto hard-drive and uploaded straight to the net, free for anyone to download. There is no need to pay adverstisers, hire equipment or fit a show into an hour and hope people are by a radio to hear it.
Podcasting is revolutionising radio, and will revolutionise independant music in Cambridge. Shows would be free and could last as long as the content allowed - there is no need for advertising, no need to cut links down to "sound bites". We could give real information - interviews and live sets couild be recorded and played in full. And if you were bored by what you heard, you could just skip it - because its not live radio. Using a program like "IPodder" (http://ipodder.sourceforge.net) the show would automatically arrive on your computer every time it was released. Then you could walk around town listening to it on your white bud-earphones and your non-branded mp3 player. And then you would look awesome.
Podcasting is a brilliant way to get peoples music heard, get bands noticed and amp our sadly-under nourished gig scene. All we need is the support of musicians and listeners. Send us music you have made and want us to play. We will play it. Make a commitment to at least try and listen to the show. This is an open call to musicians of any kind (jazz, indie, rock, punk, comedy, acoustic, country, metal, country-metal, whatever) to send material for inclusion into Cambridge's first ever mp3 broadcast made up purely of cambridge talent. I know the talent is out there - and so is the hunger to hear new bands - so lets do it. Lets make something happen, send your stuff, listen and tell me what you think. It's as simple as that - and together we can make the music scene in this city really something to be proud of.
Cambridge isnt just full of talent. We are carrying it around in massive buckets. Talent is spilling over the metaphorical edge, but no one is using the metaphorical mop to soak it up before it runs off into the drain. So instead of letting me rant on with kitchen-utensil metaphors, send me your music. Let's get this going. Let's change independant music in Cambridge forever.
I await your collective approval,
mike rundle, trinity college, firstname.lastname@example.org"