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Until recently, the best place to hear live original music might have been at a local open mic at a café or other commercial venue.
But musicians at such events still had no easy way of sharing their music with a larger audience.
With the advent of mp3 files and now YouTube all that may soon change and a social change to match the new technological possibilities seems in order.
Imagine, for example, the emergence of living room sessions with original music beamed right out of people’s homes via audio or video onto the Net.
Imagine hosting an open mic party at your house instead of a Super Bowl Party packed with friends and invited musicians.
Podcasters could even be invited to capture the event live and disseminate it to the Web, so there’d be no reason to even worry about providing your own gear. Just the space.
Sites like MeetUp.com could even be used to gather the right mix of folks and musicians though, of course, great care would need to be exercised to overcome the inherent danger of such an endeavor.
Those interested, for example, might gather first in a public place to check everyone out and make sure there are no causes for concern.
For those who think this sounds strange remember that early blues singers and hip hop DJ’s played rent and house parties before larger venues were ever open to them.
And for a better understanding of how the underground club scene in New York City got started out of a guy’s oversized apartment read about David Mancuso and The Loft here and in “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jocky” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton.
If you decide to host a living room open mic, we’d like to know about it.
Drop me an e-mail and some audio or video files if available so I can share them with the network. N10ah will also be working toward having some of its own similar sessions in the future.