Indie And Unsigned Bands Will Soon Be On Rock Band (Oh And Other Majors Too)

134551-RockBand.jpgFrom The Journal Of Dead Music Ideas:

“We’ve figured out how to make it so anybody who owns and controls
masters and publishing can put music into ["Rock Band"] at their own
pace,” says MTV Games senior VP of electronic games and music Paul
DeGooyer. “We’re talking about a set of serious professional tools to
allow people on the front line of writing and recording songs to
completely control their destiny with respect to interactive products
and then giving them direct access to the download store.”

Rather than deal with Harmonix directly, artists and
labels will submit songs to a community of Harmonix-trained freelance
game developers and other interested programmers who will prepare the
tracks for “Rock Band.” Additionally, labels can either hire trained
developers or school their existing employees to do the work in-house.

Songs submitted through this process must then be
reviewed by other developers to check for playability, inappropriate
lyrics, copyright infringement and so on. Harmonix will post approved
tracks to an in-game download store separate from its existing “Rock
Band” store where creators can set their own price (50 cents to $3 per
song) and receive 30% of any resulting sales. Gamers will also be able
to demo 30-second samples of each track.”

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.