Triple J Unearthed is a website where up-and-coming Australian musicians can have their music listened to by a global audience. Through this platform artists build a fan base, perform at music festivals and record professional standard music. This source is relevant to the digital artefact as our blog aims to promote local musicians and gigs in the area. Therefore this is a good source as it has essentially the same objective but on a wider scale. Where Triple J unearthed includes music from all over Australia, our blog focuses on up-and-coming gigs and musicians from the Illawarra and Sydney areas.
The Deli mag is an American site that locates gigs and performances according to specified areas. It covers the twelve North American music scenes through twelve different blogs, focused on exposing unknown musicians to American audiences. As our digital artefact is a music blog dedicated to finding new and up-and-coming artists this is a relevant source. Although this source is less effective in terms of location relevance, the general idea of the Deli Mag can be utilised within our digital artefact through the incorporation of tags and categories for the different area and subjects we are covering.
Chattr is a Wollongong University based website that posts weekly Vox-Pop videos related to different topics. This is a relevant source to our digital artefact as we want to post Vox-Pop videos onto our blog but with questions focused on music, such as favourite road trip songs or a musician gone too soon as examples. Therefore this source is useful as we intend to incorporate music-related Vox-Pops into our blog to make it more appealing and entertaining. This is also a useful source in terms of online presence as Chattr have a strong presence on all social media outlets and we intend to do the same thing.
Periscope is an app available on Android and Apple, which enables people to experience events as they are happening through live-streamed video. This effectively offers audiences a first- person experience of the events taking place. This source is extremely relevant to our digital artefact as we can integrate live footage from the gigs we go to, along with our reviews of the gigs we attend. Therefore this source is highly useful as we are able to show audiences these performances as they are happening, allowing our readers to form their own opinion of the music we review.
This is a web article that provides readers with advice on how to build an online fan base from scratch. This is a relevant source for our digital artefact as we are curating a local music blog and in order for our blog to work as intended it is reliant on a local, online following. Therefore this source while predominately directed at businesses is still fairly useful to our digital artefact, as we intend to build a strong online presence and audience through the incorporation of various social media platforms. This will make our blog more engaging and achieve more web traffic to our site.
This website locates local gigs by typing in your area and country. It shows you all the artists and details about the gigs they are playing. This source is highly relevant as we will be reviewing and informing people about upcoming gigs. Therefore it is important to have accurate details regarding when and where they are performing. The only concern with this source is while it is useful for more well-known bands, it would be impossible to know if this site covers every possible gig in the area, especially new bands. It would also be interesting to know how often this website is updated.
SoundCloud is a website that offers musicians a free platform to post their music and have their content listened to by wider audiences. This is an extremely relevant source to our digital artefact, as we want to preview the music of the bands we review so readers can form their own opinions. We will also be using SoundCloud to interview bands and to explore the topic of music itself more broadly through podcasts on specific topics. This source will be of use to us if the bands we review have a SoundCloud artist page, if they don’t then the music can be sourced by other means.
This is a short YouTube informational video by Alex Miotto, which provides advice on video editing. Miotto gives a rundown of the basic editing technique using iMovie. This is an extremely relevant source to our digital artefact as we have not had much experience with video editing and we definitely want to incorporate video content into our blog. This is a relatively useful source as it gives a first person perspective on editing techniques. However, in this same respect it is a limited source as this is just one person’s opinion and there are many different techniques and styles of video editing.
NPR is a music website which encompasses a wide variety of genres and aggregates them into a musicians network where like-minded people can share and discuss musical content in the form of video, articles, interviews and podcasts. This is a relevant source for our digital artefact as we intent to utilise these different platforms to get people’s attention about what gigs are happening in the area as well as fostering conversation about music in general. Therefore this is a useful source as incorporates all the different elements of music that we likewise want to include, particularly the versatile range of genres discussed.
This is a YouTube series by Vogue that asks famous celebrities 73 questions while the interviewee goes about what they are doing. This is relevant to our digital artefact, as we want to incorporate interviews with the bands we see and I like this particular natural style of interview. There is a hand-held camera, impromptu questions and one-answer responses. Therefore in consideration of those elements, it’s a good source. However, there are aspects I didn’t like and would change, such as the irrelevant questions. We would have questions focused on their music such as what their influences are, when they first started playing an instrument etc.