Conventions & Awards

7 Standout Startups From SF MusicTech

image from The SF MusicTech Summit never has a shortage of innovative and ambitious attendees looking to stir things up within the music and tech space. This year was no exception, with a plethora of new and forward-thinking ideas being shared between the halls of the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco's historic Japantown district.  Here are some of the standout companies / attendees who reached out to Hypebot during the event:

WebDoc – A social platform where conversations arise spontaneously around people, events, and topics – emulating real world scenarios. Participants can put nearly any kind of content in their personal “webdoc”, such as pictures, videos, music, and also interactive applications like games, polls, slideshows, or web services such as Google Maps and Twitter. Users are given access to subjects that interest them and are given the choice to participate in conversations or observe passively. – Think Pandora meets Spotify, plus personal webcasting. With this personalized streaming player, users can share their screen and can interactively DJ to other listeners, while creating their own perfect personal radio station. -  A new kind of music company that connects emerging artists, entertainment services providers, and audiences worldwide. The company produces exclusive HD video content for artists at no cost. In return, the artist then gives a global license to distribute and monetize the content. Working with 11 partners in 150 countries, artists then receive a portfolio of revenue systems while splitting earnings 50/50.

Fusicology -  A “wiki for global events and nightlife”, Fusicology also serves as a multi-faceted marketing entity for influencers that are heavily engrossed in music, fashion, style and subculture. Fusicology specializes in providing relevant information across multiple platforms and also offers special event production services that include concept-to-completion, as well as an array of online / offline marketing campaign creation and execution.

The Family Crest – What began as a collaborative recording project in 2008 with a vision to change the way music is made, The Family Crest is a gathering of musicians, music fans, and non-musicians alike. The group began to record songs in bars, churches, streets, and other unconventional locations. Their collaborative approach quickly grew steam, evolving into a seven-piece orchestral indie rock band with over 100 ‘Extended Family Members’ participating in recordings, live performances, and media projects.

Rock Prodigy -  Using any real guitar and an iOS device, this mobile app essentially lets you be a guitar hero… with a real guitar. Users gain real guitar playing skills, learn single notes and chords, and even learn advanced techniques such as bends, slides, and alternate tunings. Additionally, users hear the original master tracks from famous artists and see how to produce the sound they’re hearing, all while learning in real-time.

LoveTech  A community supporting the pioneers of live electronic musicianship, LoveTech combines “musical innovation and inspired celebration” to produce an immersive & multi-sensory experience. The organization includes engaging playshops, interactive art, and a hands-on “Digital Jam Lounge” – all of which help create an optimal environment for education and collaboration.

This post is by regular Hypebot contributor, musician, and music marketer Hisham Dahud (@hishamdahud).

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  1. Wow, WebDoc seems pretty cool. It would be great if this was full screen and the comments/additional content was on a sidebar that could be hidden. it would be like an ever updating one sheet.

  2. Hiya David,
    At the moment, comments actually do behave rather like you said, though “commenting” is a different function on webdoc than is a “Reply.” It’s ALSO good to note that – should you wish – you can actually disable replies when you make a new webdoc.
    The discussion on the size of a webdoc however, is ever continuous. The way I (personally) see it is this:
    If a webdoc were full screen, we’d be providing what was another drag and drop website builder, but what webdoc is meant to be, is the power of the web, as a DOCUMENT, just like your word document is usually created for an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper, a webdoc is 500 pixels wide, which is compatible with most web standards out there, like a multi-column blog, or the tabs on a Facebook page.
    -Jonah Price
    If you would like, I’d love for you to share any more insight you have with me at 😛

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