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Issue 2.11 - February 2000
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem Copyright Management
@-- Music Reviews - by Ben Ohmart
@-- Featured Article - FROM A DREAM TO A NIGHTMARE...AND BACK
    by John Taglieri
@-- NEW! - Song Spotlight & Critique -  Help your fellow songwriters
    improve their craft by listening to a song and making
    suggestions to the songwriter directly. Read here for more. 
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - by Irene Jackson 
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
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Another month has passed... Of course, you don't need me to tell
you that. ;-)  I *did* think I'd tell you about two songwriting
contests that have posted their 1999 results. 

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest:
http://www.jlsc.com/winner.html 

The UNISONG Songwriting Contest:
http://www.unisong.com/usic/1999/winners99.htm 

Good luck to all of you that entered!  And it's quite a month for
the start of year 2000 contests so have a look at the Songwriting
Contests & Market Information section later on in this newsletter
for more on that.  Or you could check the web site at
http://www.musesmuse.com/contests.html for the latest open (and
closed) contests.

This month's newsletter is a little shorter (though my Musings is
much longer than it has been previously.  Ack!) than some mainly
due to the fact that there is no Songwriting Spotlight.  I wasn't
able to get one together in time to make this latest newsletter & I
apologize.  The interviews are conducted through e-mail and a large
number of the people I've been trying to interview are currently on
tour, making it difficult for them to respond.  However, if you
feel you or your band deserve to be spotlighted and you have a
great story to tell about your songwriting that you think others
would be interested in hearing, please do contact me and let me
know about it, ok? Maybe I can prevent this from happening again
next month. ;-) Write to editor@musesmuse.com. 

Our winner in this month's raffle is Matthew Humphreys of Toronto,
Canada.  Matthew has won himself a copy of Moses Avalon's
CONFESSIONS OF A RECORD PRODUCER. I decided to raffle this
particular book off this month because when I asked about
suggestions for book reviews in last month's newsletter, several of
you wrote to tell me how excellent Moses' book was.  I thought the
newest winner deserved to have a look for himself.  So there you
go, Matthew.  Enjoy!  For those of you that are interested, a full
review of this book can be found at
http://www.musesmuse.com/2.4-July99.html#bookreview.  It IS an
excellent book for any performing songwriter and I recommend you
pick it up if you're able.

As mentioned to you all after last month's newsletter, there's a
new section of The Muse's Muse called "The Muse's Muse Music
Resources" located at http://www.musesmuse.com/links/pages/ .
There are already over 400 links posted there - all of them well
worth looking through.  If you know of a web site that you feel
would be useful to musicians and songwriters, that's definitely the
place to submit it to.  The Music Resources section replaces the
links pages of The Muse's Muse and is much more interactive
besides.  

Updates to The Muse's Muse continue with the creation of two new
columns!  John Taglieri (who has an article appearing here in the
newsletter this month) will be talking about digital music formats
and how they affect us as songwriters in his column called "The
Wide Wide World of Electronic Music: And How Songwriters Fit In".
Has the MP3 format helped or hindered you as a songwriter?  Do you
still prefer streaming real audio over the MP3 format?  Why?  Do
you know of any other digital music formats that you feel will
revolutionize the industry?  Have a read through John's column and
please do send him comments on it, questions or comments on any of
the topics mentioned above.  Further information on John (and his
latest article online) can be found at
http://www.musesmuse.com/musicformats.html . 

Tyler Tullock is the second new columnist.  His column is called
"Right Brain > Left Brain: Writing, Recording & Marketing".  He'll
be discussing the changing music industry and how it affects the
average songwriter who is now forced to record and market his/her
own music.  His articles will provide simple, effective solutions,
ideas, and a forum where everyone can learn from one another.  His
first article (and a great idea for those of you wanting to get
more exposure for your music!) is located in his column section at
http://www.musesmuse.com/rblb.html . 

A couple of new Songwriter Spotlights have been added to the web
site at http://www.musesmuse.com/songhome.html.  Featured are
Christina Fasano (who's also one of our newer columnists!) & Josh
Max's Outfit.  Both have produced fantastic CDs that you'll find
are a joy to listen to.  

As always, other updates to the site can be seen by dropping by
http://www.musesmuse.com/whatsnew.html . 

One more thing of note:  You'll notice that on some of the pages,
there is now a multiple-pieced banner at the top of the page that
contains three indie band banners and two sponsor banners at the
top and the bottom.  This is a new service offered by
Bandvertising.com - offering inexpensive advertising to indie
bands, labels and services catering to them, on sites like my own.
Please take a moment and click through a few of those banners if
you have the time.  You might just find a real gem of an indie band
and you'll help support the artists.  That's what sites like The
Muse's Muse are really all about, right?  Have a look at
Bandvertising.com if you get a chance.  It's a great program and
one that all of us together could really make effective for both
the sites hosting the banners and the indie bands that need the
exposure.

As always, thanks for subscribing!  If you have ideas for future
issues, I'd love to hear from you about it.  Meanwhile, make lots
of music and enjoy yourself doing it!

All the best,

--Jodi
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================================================================= C o p y r i g h t & P u b l i s h i n g Q & A : with Nancy A. Reece of Carpe Diem Copyright Management ----------------------------------------------------------------- Dear Nancy, I have a publishing company who's is interested in publishing 2 of my songs. They have sent me a separate contract for each song and have a space on it for copyright #. I have not copyrighted the songs as of yet. Is that something they can do for me, or should I do it and send the contracts back with a "pending" copyright #? --Gregg C. ------------- Happy New Year Gregg and Congratulations on what sounds to be two Single Song Agreements. You are more than likely referring to the "Assignment of Copyright" exhibit. If you have previously registered the composition, then the new publisher would need that number to properly inform the copyright office of the transfer of ownership. If you have not registered the copyright then leave it blank. The new publisher will then register the composition on their behalf and get the number. If there is a reversion clause on your Agreement, be sure to remind yourself to get the registration number when the song reverts back to you, sot hat you, in turn can re-register ownership. As with any contract, have a competent entertainment attorney look over the agreement before signing it. ------------- Hello. I don't quite understand the circular 50, it's kind of misleading I should say. I just don't understand entirely. I'm trying to help my friend copyright her demo, they are all original songs. Someone else did the music production. The first question, is she the copyright owner on the entire recording? Secondly, would this be considered a sound recording? I get that so confused because I'm thinking they are just talking about the music when they say "sound recording" or are they including the singer's voice as well? And thirdly, do I submit the lyrics just typed out along with the CD? Thanks so much for your help. God bless. ------------- Know that you can always talk to a real person at the US Copyright office if you need further assistance. If she paid for the recording and there was no written document with the producer (or any third party) that indicates that they own or have a lean on the sound recording(s), then yes, she owns them and therefore is the copyright holder of the sound recording(s) If you are filing for registration of only the sound recording, you would use an "SR Form". If you are filing for registration of only the composition, use a "PA Form". The sound recording is what is actually sonically on the CD,tape, whatever(as long as it is "fixed" onto something. You could record a bubbling brook and register the sound recording (as long as it was original in someway, like a frog every 10 sec or something) Just follow the instructions and you'll be fine. --Nancy. ---------------------------------------------------------- New Questions & Answers for January 2000 can be found at: http://www.musesmuse.com/pub-december99.html ---------------------------------------------------------- ***** Carpe Diem's owner and president, Nancy A. Reece has been involved in the music business since 1983. She was the president of an independent advertising agency for eight years as well as a successful personal artist manager for nine years. She represented the careers of several recording artists and songwriters including those with EMI, Zomba and Liberty Records as well as Benson, Starsong, WoodBridge, Temple Hall and N'Soul Records. She also represented, for a number of years, a Grammy and Dove nominated record producer. Reece has won awards of excellence in print magazine advertising and has been named as one of 2,000 Notable American Women (1995) as well as being listed in the International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women (1993). She was also named Cashbox Magazine's Promoter of the Year (1989). **If you would like to ask Nancy a copyright or publishing question for our continuing Q&A section, please send your e-mail to nreece@musesmuse.com. She can't guarantee she'll get to all of the questions, but she'll certainly try.** Back to Menu
================================================================= M u s i c R e v i e w s : by Ben Ohmart -----------------------------------------------------------------
T.C. Smythe - A Place In My Heart A half hour of pop/folk songs from 1999 Songwriter of the Year (Fort Bend Songwriters Association) Ms. Smythe. She's a nice success story - the kind I always believe in. Conquering the world is a pain in the neck, and only a handful of people can be on top at once. Best to sell over 600 cds yourself at performances as T.C. has done in Houston. The only way to really accomplish anything in This world is to do it yourself. Her musical style is basically simple guitar and voice, letting the songs themselves speak instead of huge production. 'A Spirit All Her Own' reminds me vaguely of Helen Reddy, but with a trill on the ends of some words. She's a good folksy guitar player with a fine down to earth lyrical blend. 'when I look at her, I'm really lookin' back at me / I'm remembering a child I used to know / though our differences are many, the similarities / tend to bring it home - she has a spirit all her own.' Ditto for Smythe. If folk and introspection are your hobbies, why not give this one a try, and help the arts out. jjsht@email.msn.com --------------- OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Apologetix - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-apologetix.html Adrienne Jones - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-jones.html Steven B. Eulberg - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-eulberg.html Jennifer Haase - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-haase.html Steve Hurley - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-hurley.html Friction Farm - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-frictionfarm.html Eddie Skuller - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-skuller.html VoiceBox - http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-voicebox.html --------------- ****** Ben Ohmart has had 100s of stories and poems in zines and journals, and had 4 plays produced last year. His lyrics will be on 2 CDs this year, 1 a gothic album, the other a rock album. He's currently writing films, with hopes of having one done in Malaysia soon, and is also trying to break into the prison of television. He's white, 26, single and loves British comedy. He lives in Boalsburg, PA, and enjoys watching rabbits eat his garbage. Contact him at: ohmart@musesmuse.com . **Ben has kindly consented to do music reviews for this publication and also for The Muse's Muse itself. If you have an independently released CD or tape that you'd like to get reviewed, send it off to: Ben Ohmart, P O Box 750, Boalsburg, PA 16827 or drop by his Music Reviews web section at http://www.musesmuse.com/musicreviews.html for more details.** Back to Menu
================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : FROM A DREAM TO A NIGHTMARE...AND BACK - by John Taglieri
2000, John Taglieri/Leap Dog Music. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission. ----------------------------------------------------------------- There comes a time in every musicians life when you look in the mirror and ask "Do I have what it takes to make a career out of music?" That's why we do this, isn't it?? To not have a "real" job and to play music for the rest of our lives? I asked myself that question about two years ago. I have been there, done that with most situations, from touring to studio work to cutting albums with past bands. It always seemed to be missing that one ingredient to make it successful. It always seemed that someone else made the mistake that ended what I though was another chance at making it. So, one day I was faced with the question*was it them or was it me? I decided that I had to find out, and made a decision to write, record, mix, produce, master and distribute my own CD. It took a year and a half, but on January 12th, 1999, "Leap Of Faith" was released. The CD, aptly titled, was my leap of faith to find out if I could be a real musician or a "wanna-be". Within the first few weeks, I had a great CD release party, had the CD in all the major retailers, had my own web site up and running with E commerce set up on it, got major and college radio play and was doing interviews almost daily. Everything seemed perfect. The CD was doing more than I ever hoped it would. In this day and age of the internet, the opportunities for independent artists to promote themselves are so much more available that it makes it easy for anyone willing to really work to gain some measure of success. I was finding this to be totally true. On a small scale, but one I was happy with, I had made and marketed a successful CD. It got to the point where I was having trouble keeping up. Like most independent musicians, I still have a day job and the time constraints were making it impossible to keep up with all the follow-up and responsibilities of effectively promoting a CD. I felt it was time to look for help and to me that meant management. I found a manger through an ad in a well known music paper in my area. She was looking for new talent to develop and I sent in a press kit. After speaking to her, I thought I hit the mother lode! She had been around a while, managed some major acts, had many connections and the ability to get me in front of people who could make a difference. She loved my music and said I definitely had the potential with the right game plan. I was skeptical about handing my career, which was going well, to anyone else. I eat, live and breathe my music, and wasn't sure if she would do the same. One of the first things she did was send my CD out to some connections to "bounce opinions off of". All of the opinions were great, except they didn't like my name. She advised me to change it. So I did. I wanted this to work, so I figured "hey, it's a stage name". It never sat right with me and this was the first of many questions that snowballed into what eventually happened. Over the next few months, there was much talk of bookings and agents, labels who were interested, PR Firms that retainers were needed for, Press agents that retainers were needed for, musicians union dues, and money for one thing or another. I gladly paid into what I thought was an investment into my future. But then things just started to not make sense. Every time something was supposed to happen, it was canceled. Fortunately though, as one canceled, something else bigger came up to keep my attention. Little by little, I began to suspect that something was really wrong. I had never spoken to anyone she had told me was interested and all I ever saw were memos that came from her, never the person that they were said to have come from. This is when i found out she was lying and stealing from me from day one. I know that one of the rules is you don't go behind your manager's back and check up on what they are doing, but I had far too many questions and more everyday. I started calling some of the people to whom she had supposedly spoken, only to be told that they didn't know who I was or who she was. I called the booking agents who were booking my upcoming tour, only to find out that they too had never heard of me or her. Everything I checked on was the same, so now what? I was under contract and couldn't just go and accuse her of these things. So I carefully collected evidence and started keeping detailed notes of everything that happened. After a few months, I confronted her, only to be hung up on. I went to my lawyer and presented him with all I had. He was surprised and we immediately looked over the contract to see if I had a way out. Luckily I did. Letters were sent to her to terminate our agreement, only to find that her P.O. Box had been closed, her phone disconnected and her web site taken off the web. She had run for cover. I had her home address and luckily the letters were delivered. She was gone, and I got scammed, and I learned a good, hard lesson. If you have a belief in your music, stick to it. No one can tell you what your music should be or what your dreams and visions of your career should be. Only you know that. It's what is inside us musicians and it's what drives us to want to succeed at what we do. I let someone make promises that clouded my vision of why I started this whole journey in the first place, instead of sticking to what I knew in my heart was what I wanted for myself and my music. Since I left her, I have gotten back to why I did the CD in the first place. I am now on a good course and happy with my career. I am back to using my name and I am in the process of hiring a solid PR firm who will help me take it to the next level. I have label interest from some indie labels. I am getting great press and reviews again and the CD was named "Male Pop CD Of The Year" on one independent web site, and made the Top 5 on another. Is my CD a success? Absolutely. Did I sell a million copies? No. But it has done more than I hoped it would and answered all the questions I ever had at the start, which is what it was all about. I learned to not let anyone ever take control of your career if they don't have the same visions, dreams, goals and hopes that you did from the start. If they don't, they're not the right person and you don't need them. I may never have a gold record, but if I'm happy, my career will be a success. And to me, doing my music my way and being happy is what it's all about. Keep The Faith!! ****** John is our newest columnist and will be contributing new articles about the digital music revolution and how it affects songwriters. Check his section at http://www.musesmuse.com/musicformats.html for more details. And please do send him questions! ****** John Taglieri is a 32 year old singer, songwriter from NJ. He has released several albums, toured, written jingles, and had songs used in independent movies. His current CD, "Leap Of Faith" (which can be purchased from his web site), was just voted "1999 Male Pop CD Of The Year" on Kweevaks Tracks website, and has been getting great press all over the world. Stop by his web page at http://www.leapdogmusic.com/ and be sure to email him with any opinions on this article at Jtaglieri@aol.com .
Back to Menu ================================================================= New! S o n g S p o t l i g h t & C r i t i q u e : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Unfortunately, I didn't receive many responses from last month's critique - though I'm hoping that Luana did, and the individuals who wrote to her simply neglected to cc' their comments to me. That's ok. We'll give this another try. In fact, I'm happy to just keep giving you guys urls to check out, even if I never see any e-mails from anyone about them. I still think it's serving a useful purpose and that these folks should get some encouragement and constructive criticism to help them along. So here we go again. :-) If you're going to respond to this latest offering, please make sure that your criticism is constructive and that you cc' your messages to me at critique@musesmuse.com if you don't mind those comments being printed in this newsletter or on the web site. Here's the Spotlight for this month: ********************* Michael Bracey - Heaven Lyrics & Music are in the same location at: http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Cafe/1427/HEAVEN.html Send your critiques to Michael Bracey at mickeyminor@vision.net.au ********************* Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s i c a l N o t e s : Songwriting Contests & Market Info. In the interest of conserving space, I will only be including changes to this listing in this newsletter. All other contests and market information that have already been listed here, are displayed at http://www.musesmuse.com/contests.html & http://www.musesmuse.com/markets.html . Please check there regularly for updates! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 2000 SONGWRITERS CONTEST The 2000 Songwriters Contest is now open for all unsigned original songwriters, composers, bands, singer-songwriters and solo artists. There are 13 categories (see entry form) that will be awarded. There is a $30.00 (U.S. currency) per song entry fee. Entries are accepted up until June 30, 2000. No entries will be accepted after that date, no exceptions. All qualified entrants (see rules) will receive one copy of the winners on CD. Winners will have their songs distributed to the top 25 radio stations in the US and top 2 stations in the UK for play in those areas. A management contract will be awarded to all winners. We will send the winning songs to several record labels A&R Departments. Also the winners will receive a certificate with their name and category. For Official Rules and Regulations and printable entry form e-mail encoreproductions@worldnet.att.net Or send SASE to: Encore Productions Inc. 5402 Brantford Rd. Memphis, TN. 38120-2440 ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST 2000 is an innovative song competition designed to help songwriters open doors in the music business. This contest provides various networking and educational opportunities, and features a long list of prominent music-industry judges--hit songwriters, publishers and recording artists. Entry fees are low. Multiple awards and prizes are provided in every music category so more people can win! Contest Highlights: ALL participating songwriters receive helpful and clearly useful benefits; ALL entries are thoroughly reviewed by qualified professionals in the music business; ALL participating songwriters receive individual evaluations of their work; ALL participants receives a summary of the contest and a complete list of winning songs. The Great American Song Contest is sponsored by Songwriters Resource Network. To find out more, visit our website at: http://www.greatamericansong.com/ Or e-mail SRN at info@songpro.com DEADLINE : October 18, 2000 ----------------------------------------------------------------- NEW YORK MUSIC & INTERNET EXPO COMING SOON! This event to be held at the New Yorker Hotel Grand Ballrooms on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 3,4 and 5th, will focus in on productive promotional opportunities for the musician and music industry. It features some of the top leaders of the music and Internet worlds - focusing in on the music. Keynote speakers include: Ice-T, Herbie Hancock, Robert Fripp, Thomas Dolby Robertson, plus special appearances by artists such as Chuck D of Public Enemy, Chris and Tina of the Tom Tom Club who performed with Jerry Harrison (currently of Garageband.com) in the Talking Heads. Industry keynotes include people such as Les Garland, (who with Bob Pittman helped shape MTV and VH1) and whose company Sputnuk 7 is making waves in the new media worlds--- people such as Al Teller who ran Columbia Records and MCA Records and who gravitated to the Internet World to create Atomic Pop---and people like Danny Goldberg who ran Atlantic and Mercury Records, managed artists such as Nirvana and Bonnie Raitt, who created Artemis Records--and people like Gene Hoffman whose company, EMusic.com, is making a major splash in the music community. For more information on how this expo can help you with your music career, drop by the web site at http://www.newyorkexpo.com/ . Tickets can be secured at the bottom of that page or by going to www.newmediamusic.com/ushop/ . Tickets are $50 for a three day pass and $20 per day per person for those who can only attend the event for one or two of the days. But hurry - attendance is limited and the tickets are going fast! If you're serious about promoting your music career, this is one conference you don't want to miss. ----------------------------------------------------------------- LAYER III CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL On the behalf of the Layer III Conference and Festival, we are proud to present our conference and festival to held at Jacksonville, Florida June 22 through the 25 of the year 2000. The Conference is to be held June 23 to the 25. The conference is about the music industry and where it is going on line as well as off line in the near future. It is open to the independent artists through the national known record labels artists, as well as the general public. The conference is going to be a three day event. The conference will cover topics of the music industry, promotion, gigs, press kits, and more. The festival part is for the bands (unsigned and independent labels musicians)that wish to play for this conference. The festival is going to be a four day event with all styles of music to appeal to anyone and everyone. To be held at the Jacksonville Fairground in Jacksonville, Florida June 22-25, 2000. The Fairground can hold up to 50,000 people with one main stage. We are looking forward to this event and the future events to be held here. Please contact me if you are interested in either events for speakers or sponsorship. Thank you for you time. E-mail: layeriiicorp@usa.net Phone: (904) 278-6986 Web Site Address: http://www.layeriii.iwarp.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- SONGWRITING WITH JASON BLUME 1. BMI presents "Cruisin' For a Latin Song," a songwriting cruise geared to the Latin market March 31 - April 3rd. Sailing on the "Sovereign of the Seas" from Miami to the Bahamas, the participants will have seminars on publishing, music law, creative writing sessions and demo critiquing. For information, contact dalmodovar@bmi.com or visit www.jasonblume.com. 2. Songwriting with Jason Blume Seminars, March 4 in Los Angeles and March 11 in San Diego, CA. Based on the lessons in his book 6 Steps to Songwriting Success: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs (Billboard Books), Blume covers the steps in depth with examples and exercises. The afternoon session includes critiques of selected songs brought in by the participants. For more information, visit http://www.jasonblume.com/. ----------------------------------------------------------------- ONLINEROCK IS A WEB-BASED COMMUNITY FOR MUSICIANS, MUSIC PROFESSIONALS & DIE-HARD MUSIC FANS: Visit OnlineRock and build your free Web site, post classifieds on our musician's 'sounding board,' learn about the latest music gear, recording technology and more. OnlineRock's mission is to empower musicians so that they can promote, distribute (and soon sell) their own music to fans anywhere in the world. Drop on by http://www.onlinerock.com/ when you get a chance. (You can sign up for a free web site with OnlineRock directly through The Muse's Muse! Have a look at http://www.musesmuse.com/onlinerock-form.html ) ----------------------------------------------------------------- ONE LYRIC A MONTH CONTEST (OLMC) http://www3.sympatico.ca/charles.crepeau/Lyricont.html This year first monthly subject for the Songwriters 'Drive-In OLMC contest is: "It happened last Night" No entry fee and a free evaluation to all contestants. Check the rules at the URL above. And good luck to everyone. Back to Menu ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have two sites to recommend this month for songwriters who still haven't figured out how to put their wonderful songs on the internet! Though you may only want to put up short clips of your songs, you still need to figure out how to create them, upload them, and make them easy to play for anyone wanting to check you out. Even if you've never worked with audio files, if you've been on the internet for any length of time Real Audio will be familiar to you. It's a relatively easy-to-use software program that will allow you to create audio samples that take up less space than many of the other audio file types do. Not only that, but you can make them "stream"...in other words, rather than downloading a whole file first, it will play as it's being downloaded. This is something that hasn't yet been made possible with the more recent and popular mp3 format. The first site is from North Carolina State University: http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/cc/pub/multimed/realaudio/tutorial/create .html This is an easy-to-read explanation and "how to" website that begins with the creation of a .wav file, using software that is already built into your PC, and a microphone. It then takes you through the process of making the .wav file into a RealAudio file and ends with an explanation of how to put your audio files onto a website. A site that I came across quite awhile ago has been a great help to me in using Real Audio and another audio editing software program called Cool Edit '96. Jim Hartley's site is a good tutorial for both of these, including screen samples...sometimes the pictures make it easier to understand :-) You'll find it at: http://www.jimhartley.com/ratutor.html Cool Edit is a great audio software program that I've used quite extensively. It looks very technical, but it's actually quite simple, and one of the ways I've used it is to create a medley of songs by editing pieces of them together. Not only that, but it also has a "noise reduction" option to take the hiss out of those cassettes you're trying to record from :-) Just like RealAudio, there is a free version, but you can also purchase a version with more options. Jim Hartley's site above, has a link to download both Real Audio, the Real Audio Encoder, and Cool Edit. Songwriters are now using software to compose and write together online, sometimes in real time, and the technology seems to change faster than it takes to write a song these days! Now you can jump on the bandwagon and expand your own possibilities! ****** Irene Jackson is a performing songwriter from Victoria, BC in Canada. Aside from writing, recording and performing, she also maintains a website for songwriters that includes tips, articles and more links of interest. 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