The 2009 album "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" was a joint project between former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Brian Eno. The collaborative effort between the two seasoned songwriters was largely done over email: Byrne or Eno would send digital copies of recordings to each other, and add changes before e-mailing it back.
But that was five years ago. Today there are more musicians using computers to write songs and collaborate than ever before. Splice, currently in closed beta, is a music collaboration platform founded by Steve Martocci and Matt Aimonetti that aims to solve this problem. Splice seeks to add value to already-existing file sharing systems like Dropbox by working directly with digital audio workstations, like Ableton, to create an interactive workflow for audio production version control.
“Trying to work on software without version control is impossible: you’re overriding files, you don’t know what changed, people can’t work on two things at the same time,” says Splice co-founder Steve Martocci in an interview with Billboard. “Splice gives collaborators the ability to view and open previous revisions of projects while automatically downloading all missing files, sample packs and plugin presets.”