Los Angeles, CA (May 27, 2005)–Coding Technologies has announced the formation of the Internet Surround Music Project. Additional charter members include America Online’s Winamp media player, Cakewalk, recording artist Richard Devine, Jazz Mutant, Minnetonka Software, Nasseri Music Business Solutions, Native Instruments, Steinberg, recording artist Amon Tobin and Tuner2.com.
The Internet Surround Music Project has already started an Internet forum at www.tuner2.com for artists to publish 5.1 surround music and will run contests to encourage aspiring artists.
Recognizing the dynamic that radio has traditionally driven demand for new music formats by providing broad exposure, the Internet Surround Music project has a two fold purpose. The first is to provide a way for artists to get their multichannel music heard by publishing it on the Internet. The second is to encourage more artists to produce content in surround sound by running contests where artist submissions are judged and awarded prizes based on quality, originality, and popularity.
With the specific goal of making artists aware of the opportunity in surround music, the group will outreach to musicians and encourage them to submit their multichannel music to contests hosted at Tuner2.com. Artists who register will receive free MPEG aacPlus encoder software from Coding Technologies to encode their content for electronic submission to Tuner2.com. The Internet Surround Music Project will host that content and run the contests on Tuner2.com, delivering the content both on-demand and in aggregated “radio” streams.
“Our goal in creating the Internet Surround Music Project is to increase awareness of the benefits of surround music for both artists and consumers,” said David Frerichs, vice president and US general manager for Coding Technologies. “By increasing the amount of surround content being created by artists and distributing that content on the Internet using MPEG aacPlus, the demand for surround music will increase, even beyond the PC.”