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Music site, for both fans and musicians

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Intial proposal taking inspiration from MusicFans.SE and Music.SE.

The idea for the site is a place for music fans, composers, and artists to gather to discuss music. As a starting point for topics:

  • Technique: guidance on practicing or performing music
  • Music theory: notation, history, and composition
  • Analysis: Of a specific work, whether in its entirety or a specific piece (section, phrase, verse, chord progression, etc.)
  • Instrument maintenance: Tips on maintaining or repairing instruments, resources to locate professionals who can help, etc.
  • History: Of musical movements, genres, instruments, specific performers, etc.
  • Terminology: Terms for musical ideas or terms used in the music industry; what is meant by [term], or what term describes X; what genre does [this song] fall under
  • Technology: Help with music software or devices; recommendation for music software which does X
  • ID: What is the name of this [song/band]? What is the name of the musical instrument playing in [this song] at [timestamp]?
  • Purchases: Where can I buy [sufficiently detailed music-related item]?

Points to consider:

  • Is this list complete? Are there any other types of questions you'd like to see in such a site? Are there any types of questions above which you think are not a good fit for this type of site?
  • How musically-related must a question be? Should we allow questions about lyrics (and if so, English-only or other languages as well)? Music videos?
Why should this post be closed?

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FTR: I sing and play 8 instruments at various skill levels; my main instrument is piano, which I've been playing for almost literally my entire life. I compose my own music and write arrangements of songs as well. As the president of my college's music club, a position which involves arranging both my own music as well as others', coordinating practice sessions, and performing for my school. Needless to say, music is a large part of my life, and I'd be very active on a site like this. ‭DonielF‭ about 2 months ago

Consider making song/band identification questions a category of its own, since I suspect such questions will take up a significant amount of the site content otherwise. ‭Lundin‭ about 2 months ago

@Lundin Maybe? If and when this gets off the ground that’s certainly something to consider, and we can always play it by ear (pun absolutely intended). ‭DonielF‭ about 2 months ago

We know from SE experience that all sites that include some manner of identification service get lots of such traffic from casual/first time users who don't always post good quality questions. A separate category would filter out all such posts from stealing all the attention and distract those who are there for lower traffic topics. ‭Lundin‭ about 2 months ago

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Right now we don't have a good way of identifying people who would help build a new community, so let's do this: if you are interested in helping to build this site, please either leave a comment or edit this post describing your level of interest (casual visitor, enthusiast, expert in this topic within the site's scope, something else?). I'll edit them into the post later.

The following people have expressed interest:

  • FTR: I sing and play 8 instruments at various skill levels; my main instrument is piano, which I've been playing for almost literally my entire life. I compose my own music and write arrangements of songs as well. As the president of my college's music club, a position which involves arranging both my own music as well as others', coordinating practice sessions, and performing for my school. Needless to say, music is a large part of my life, and I'd be very active on a site like this. — DonielF

  • I sing in a choir and used to lead a folk-music band. I have composed and arranged music in renaissance styles (my focus area) and collaborated on a book about 15th-century Italian dances. I play hammer dulcimer, but not more conventional instruments like piano and guitar. Within these sometimes-niche areas I would expect to be active. Outside of them I'd be more casual. - Monica Cellio

  • I casually play the piano and sing, but I don't think I'd be very active on that side of the site. On the other hand, I have music playing pretty much all the time and I take an interest in analyzing the lyrics and such (looks like I've asked 15 such questions on Literature Stack so far), so I can be relatively active in asking those types of questions and maybe even answering them. - Mithical

  • I'd love for codidact to have a music sub. I have participated in a similar initiative before. Not a big head myself but I enough to have used to play bass in a band with my friends ~50 gigs 2007-2012. — 8063♦

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I'd love for codidact to have a music sub. I have participated in a similar initiative before. Not a big head myself but I enough to have used to play bass in a band with my friends ~50 gigs 2007-2012. ‭8063‭ about 1 month ago

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Are questions about business aspects of music also in scope? Issues such as:

  • securing licenses & paying royalties when performing others' works
  • finding and negotiating for performance venues
  • managing your sales (accounting, taxes, etc)
  • agents

I don't have an opinion for or against. This isn't a request but the identification of a gap.

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I'm not in the field, but I doubt that managing accounting, taxes, etc. would be specific enough to musical professionals that "accounting for musicians" would need to go on one site and "accounting for writers" would need to go on another and "accounting for photographers" on a third. Advice would also be jurisdiction-specific. Some Other Q&A network has a site dedicated to personal finance where small-business-related finances questions aren't uncommon but are offtopic; maybe that's a niche? ‭aCVn‭ about 2 months ago

@aCVn there's a spectrum, which is why I asked. "How do I get Quicken to..." is clearly too general; "how do I report royalty income in such-and-such tax jurisdiction" isn't music-specific but is more narrow so might be in; "how does Harry Fox (a music-specific agency for handling royalties) report/pay out small-stakes creators" is too specific for a general finance site. ‭Monica Cellio‭ about 2 months ago

I think a reasonable benchmark would be not just “is it reasonable to expect that someone who knows about music would be qualified to answer the question,” but also “is it reasonable to expect that specifically someone who knows about music would be qualified to answer.” There’s no reason I would turn specifically to a musician for a TurboTax question which may happen to be used for a music group. But if I’m looking for help on Logic Pro, a musician is probably the best person to ask. ‭DonielF‭ about 2 months ago

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