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Music Tech Accelerator Finals: The Place To Be Today #SXSW Or Watch Online

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Almost 700 companies submitted digital services to be compete fourth annual SXSW Accelerator presented by Microsoft BizSpark, and today is the day that the top handful of music tech finalists compete.  Here's where and when to watch if you're in Austin or even if you're stuck in your office. 

  • Live: Today 12 – 6PM Austin Convention Center Room 10 A/B
  • Online: Watch here 12-6 CST.

I've been honored to serve on the advisory board and first round jury for both years.Judges for music tech finals at SXSW range from musicians Michael Franti and Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses, co-founder CashMusic) to music tech xecs Jed Carlson of ReverbNation and Ian Rogers of Topspin. (Full list of judges after the nominees below.)

The music finalists will be showcasing during SXSW on Wednesday, March 14th in Austin. The 2012 finalists:

Tampere, Finland
WildChords by Ovelin is an iPad game that makes learning to play the guitar fun, addictive and motivating. It is played with any real guitar, and requires no additional equipment. Ovelin is the #1 music app in 34 countries, iPad game of the year (Tilt TV), Best European Learning Game 2011 (LUDUS).

Palo Alto, CA
AudioVroom is your music discovery genie. Let AudioVroom create a profile based on your activity on social networks and devices. Invite friends, genres and artists to a virtual or real room you DJ, where music is based on the intersection of all profiles. Monitor your dashboard on any device.

San Francisco, CA
ConcertCrowd is a Facebook app that uses your location, music likes and friends list to help you discover live music in your area. Combined with integrated streaming music, live music fans finally have all the tools they need to find their next favorite show.

San Francisco, CA
Onesheet enables entertainment professionals to create a beautiful, simple, maintenance free website in under two minutes. It's used by tens of thousands of musicians, actors, comedians, DJs, and a myriad of other types of creative individuals.

San Francisco, CA
Rexly is an iPhone app, which helps people share the music they love with, and discover new music through, their friends. Users of Rexly can play their on-device iTunes music, share songs to Facebook and Twitter and see what their friends are listening to in iTunes and Pandora.

Venice CA
VenLabs combines professional expertise in music, gaming and technology to create new methods of expression through interactive audio. With our work, we aim to advance the expectations and enjoyment of music fans everywhere. Our flagship product, DimSong, creates custom remixes of existing music based on your touch, movement and surroundings.

45 Sound
Dublin, Ireland
45 Sound helps bands & artists tell their live music stories by making fan-shot concert videos sound great.  Our technology replaces the (usually poor) audio of fan video uploads with high quality live audio provided by the band. Connect with your fans and build your concert video archive!
Sydney, Australia gives you super-human listening ability. It compliments your normal discovery and listening routine with smart technology and deep personalization, to help surface music you’ll love, all the time. Because good music is non-negotiable.


San Francisco CA
Tastemate is a new mobile platform for engaging fans and selling merchandise at concerts. Tastemate connects fans with special deals on merchandise, tickets and contests available only during the show. Our mobile merch table helps fans engage directly from their seats and provides valuable data to the bands.

New York, NY
CrowdStream is a mobile event network that connects artists directly with fans at events. Artists using CrowdStream include Duran Duran, Motley Crue, Smashing Pumpkins, J. Cole, Neon Trees, Bush, Chevelle, Buckcherry, and Wale.

Fried Green Apps
Atlanta, GA
Fried Green Apps, Inc. has created Mix Me In a new social media streaming and distribution model for music. Mix Me In2 Taylor Swift was nominated by Billboard as Best Music Engagement App. The technology is now available as a Facebook Social Music Player.

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