Skrillex's OWSLA DJ Duo Alesia Debuts New Song Via Splice Beta Program: Exclusive
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.”
A tech music entrepreneur and a fan of live music himself, Steve Martocci has a solid background in the space, having built a ticketing platform Bandwidth used by Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza and most recently, group concert messaging app GroupMe which sold to Skype in 2011 for $85 million.
Splice, his next project, is aimed to become the “Github of music.” Github is a web-based asynchronous collaborative version control system used by programmers as both a code publishing service and as a social network for programmers.
This type of organization doesn’t exist for music yet, and with $2.75 million in seed funding from Union Square Ventures and other investors, Splice has the potential to build a new framework where artists will create a workflow with the handoff collaboration process in mind.
Available as a lightweight downloadable client, Splice acts as a bridge between the web interface and the music creation software. Splice makes collaboration work not by just sending files to fellow song collaborators, but by identifying the plugins, samples, and changes made during each save so collaborators can better track changes and learn from one another’s production techniques.
Nicolas Petitfrere and Lemuel Dufez are Alesia, a French DJ duo currently signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA label, have created a new song exclusively on Splice. By sharing a session file, fans and musicians alike can observe their production style, organization, settings and more. As a part of an exclusive for Billboard, Splice is giving out 500 beta invites for access to Alesia’s Ableton project.
And of course, head over to Splice to check out a new track by Alesia.
Follow these steps to enter:
1. Sign up and set a username here.
2. Tweet your new username in this tweet: [Insert Username] wants to #getspliced with @ALESIAmusic, @splice and @billboard: https://splice.com/explore/7E3C4841-D381-4B3E-B751-C0D19D81D5E1
**note: Splice is currently available for Ableton on Mac with Windows and Logic support coming soon.