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An invitation to Resonate’s first Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to invite you to our first AGM! This marks a major milestone in our development, and is a key part of democratic co-operative governance.

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Appearances + events featuring Resonate

Resonate members are speaking at numerous events in 2018. Check out the list for the full schedule and check back often for updates!

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Building the greenest platform possible 🌳

Resonate is committed to an ethical, sustainable operation on all fronts. We’re pleased to announce that we’re donating to Eden Reforestation Projects to plant trees to offset our carbon footprint!

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Resonate: past, present and future

As Resonate grows, our situation has changed substantially. Most of our staff only joined this past March, and it’s been a tricky but exciting transition to get the whole team up and running. We’ve been contextualizing what we’re working on now, figuring out how it fits into the bigger picture.

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Updates to our beta player

We’re pleased to announce that we’re launching a new version of our player! Thanks to our dev team, #stream2own beta has a host of new, exciting features.

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Who matters to you?

In our efforts to support independent culture, we’re doing a bit of research. We’d like to know what organizations, networks and collectives matter to you. Let us know who you think makes a difference — whose values you share, and whose actions you believe in.

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In pursuit of an inclusive platform

Resonate is committed to changing the music industry for the better, and we consider the wider impact of everything that we do. As we build a new, direct artist-to-fan music platform, we want to ensure that all people and communities are supported. It’s important to us to build a welcoming environment for all.

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Upcoming changes to the membership system

Our team has been working hard to deliver the co-op with a viable service that accords with our values and aims. Resonate’s membership system will be revamped later this year.

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Resonate at The Great Escape

Resonate will be appearing at The Great Escape’s AIM House, hosting a fireside chat with Imogen Heap and Matt Black. Together with Resonate’s own Terry Tyldesley, these pioneering artists will talk about the future of the music industry, and technology’s role within it.

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Joining AIM

We’re pleased to announce that Resonate has officially joined the Association of Independent Music — a non-profit trade organization dedicated to supporting independent music in the UK.

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Working with WARM

We are really excited about all the progress that Resonate is making, and today we’re delighted to announce yet another development: Resonate is collaborating with WARM Music, the first large-scale radio airplay monitor.

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Collaboration with Off Axis

We are tremendously excited to be announcing yet another partnership. Resonate will be working with Off Axis, a platform that brings brilliant artists to new audiences.

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lifeID collaboration

Resonate and lifeID are thrilled to announce a new collaboration. The ethical music streaming co-op and blockchain-based identity platform will be working together to develop a comprehensive solution for managing identity online.

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A2IM membership announcement

There are plenty of big things happening at Resonate, and today we’re excited to announce yet another: we’re joining the Association of American Independent Music.

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Blockchain dev status update

Resonate has always been focused on blockchain technology, but early on we came across a major problem: scalability. A problem solved with BigchainDB and COALA IP for our catalog and licensing system. Building towards true scalability with RChain in late 2018.

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MMF membership announcement

Resonate is continuing to build connections all over the industry. Today, we’re announcing our new role as an associate of the Music Managers Forum – the world’s largest community of professional music managers.

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AIM’s Music Connected sponsorship

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be sponsoring this year’s edition of Music Connected – the Association of Independent Music’s digital music conference, which is also the leading conference of its kind in the UK.

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Major player updates

Plenty of big things are happening here at Resonate! Last month we quietly released the anticipated upgrade to our #stream2own player, featuring a wide range of new features and improvements.

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RChain partnership announcement

Resonate is thrilled to announce a new partnership that will help us achieve our goal of building a fair, transparent and accountable future of digital music distribution. A new blockchain system called RChain is investing $1M US into Resonate through their investment arm Reflective Ventures.

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Weekly conference calls

Weekly community conference calls for Resonate, a cooperatively owned streaming service. Regular calls to discuss the RChain partnership — find out what we’re working on as part of this exciting collaboration!

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Upcoming player revisions

The #stream2own beta player has been running a few months now and due to the patience and support of the community, we’re now close to releasing our next major update. Thanks to everyone who has written in with feedback and bug reports, we’ve redesigned key elements of the player.

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The importance of tagging

While this article is primarily targeted towards our music makers we thought it would be interesting for fans to explore the topic as well. Building a robust, easily searchable music application is crazy complex. After all, look at all the different ways one common music genre can be tagged…

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The quest for accurate streaming royalties data

Recently I got into an extended email discussion with a very well known indie label that I was seriously hoping to recruit into the Resonate coop. The short version is that it was quite eye-opening to find out how much they loved…

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Blockchain for DJs + Producers

Let me drop a dazzling question, much as you might drop a track on a crowd about to hit a massive peak of orgiastic dance frenzy: What technology could usher in a new era of unparalleled creative freedom, artistic control and collaborative expression?

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Why independent labels are so important

Through all the chaotic changes in the digital age of music, one institution has been consistently the target of criticism – the record label. While it’s now technologically possible for artists to self produce and distribute, we think the role of the (independent) record label has never been so important.

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Blockchains for metadata and licensing

Imagine for a moment that embedded within music files was a smart contract that could run 24/7, sending out automated licensing, usage and payment agreements to hundreds of parties around the world without phone calls, emails or face to face contract-signing.

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Archive


July 2017 update

July 2017 updates about the development process, how the community is growing and various events around Berlin featuring Resonate.

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New features in the #stream2own player

New quicklists: top 100 tracks, most favorited, recommended by Resonate, latest songs. New “more info” showing song details and more!

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The Resonate roadmap

Explore the three main areas currently under development in 2017, including a list of planned features. Find out what’s happening with the #stream2own app, blockchain, website development and more.

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Can a streaming service be profitable?

If you haven’t read many of the numerous stories through the years about losses in the streaming music market, then the headline may seem like an odd question at first. After all, how can a company like Spotify be worth $8 Billion but still hasn’t made a profit after 10 years in business? Jeff Price […]

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The road ahead…

When I did a quick search for “road” on pexels.com this one really stuck out, because it pretty much sums up everything at Resonate right now. The view from the hill speaks to taking a moment to reflect and get a bird’s eye view on where you’ve been and where you’re going. Of course, the […]

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Exploring the next steps for Resonate

We face a number of unique challenges… building a service based on very new technology, not being of interest to the VC community that funds the majority of startups, seeking fairness and justice as a cooperative… and the fact that we’re up against competitors with essentially unlimited resources.

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Crowd campaign update

The Resonate crowd campaign launched last week. Apart from a few device-specific bugs, the biggest feedback we got was around the language for investor shares. The answer is NO. Investors do NOT get extra votes.

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Launching the crowd campaign

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for, you knew it was coming in October, so… the Resonate crowd-owning campaign is starting on the 25th! For just $5 music fans can secure their ownership share in a new streaming music service that everyone owns.

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The 9/9 mystery is revealed

We have a bit of news to reveal, but first, some back story is in order because it relates to all the 9/9 hype. People often ask “why is it nine plays in the stream to own model?” My usual instinct (but never spoken answer) is “how could it not be?” It’s not just that […]

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Building the blockchain database

A broad overview of our plans for building a blockchain for the music industry. After participating in Imogen Heap’s Mycelia project, becoming a member of Berklee’s Open Music Initiative and co-organizing a week-long blockchain lab for Music Tech Fest, one thing has become crystal clear…

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Evolution of Resonate

This post explores how Resonate has evolved from the seed of an idea to it’s current status and roadmap. Business development Began in Spring of 2015 with the seed of an idea… to solve problems of engagement and accountability in music startups by using the cooperative business structure.

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Micro-payments for video

While our main focus is on building a wicked streaming music player, we’ve always had video in mind for our long-term strategy. Thanks to a new partner, it’s looking like video may kill beat out the streaming star. Introducing PopChest.

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May Updates

Significant milestones for May… introducing Shane Morris, our new head of Artist Curator and Development, organizing a Blockchain Lab at Music Tech Fest in Berlin and lots of other juicy developments.

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April Updates

So much has been happening in the last few weeks that it’s hard to keep track of who knows what about which particular development. So, in no particular order, a list of milestones for Resonate in the last few weeks: Peter will be co-organizing the #MTFLab: Blockchain event at Music Tech Fest in Berlin at […]

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Reaching totally new markets for streaming

The streaming giants are pricing their services for the high end of the curve – those listeners that spend far more than the average of $153 a year. That’s not a sustainable business model. Ours is.

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Building a more robust music community

Contrary to the design and user experience of most streaming apps and services, music can’t be reduced to simple functions such as play, skip, shuffle and like. Music inspires movements, dictates trends in all other art forms and even shifts entire cultures in new directions.

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Crowd-owning campaign strategies

Given that all startups require capital to develop and that cooperatives cannot sell off a portion of the company to investors, Resonate will need to raise funds through the crowd. We will also need to crowd-source our own campaign, seeking volunteers to participate, contributing as little as an hour a month.

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Our first partner label – Ropeadope Records

Very excited to announce our first indie label partnership with Philadelphia-based Ropeadope Records. Ropeadope’s artists span many genres – jazz, afrobeat, hip-hop and r&b – releasing “historically significant records with celebrity names to completely unknown artists”.

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Financing strategy

All startups need money to build stuff. Fairly obvious, right? What is not always obvious to the general public is the degree to which investors exert control over the way those projects are run. Being a cooperative means that every listener, musician and worker owns a single share.

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The platform co-operative movement

A movement is building and a new global community is forming. Last week I had the great privilege of presenting Resonate to an eager crowd at the Platform Cooperativism conference in New York City.

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Presenting at MWM Conference in Berlin

We will be presenting Resonate in Berlin on November 19th at the Most Wanted Music Conference. The session is titled “New Music Business Models” and will feature other music-related startups from Berlin who will pitch their idea to industry experts, eliciting feedback and support for their projects. Session starts at 4pm in the Kino hall.

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Peter to present Resonate in NYC November 13th

Resonate founder Peter Harris will be appearing at the Platform Cooperativism conference in New York City at 6pm on November 13th. Peter will be presenting Resonate along with a number of other startups in this emerging niche. The event is free and is also being streamed live.

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About platform co-operatives and the investor problem

A new form of internet startup is emerging – the “platform co-operative” – an attempt to merge the most equitable form of capitalism yet devised with the distributed, international, software-driven ambitions of Silicon Valley.

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Information doesn’t want to be free

This speech is a rallying cry for Resonate. Cory Doctorow outlines how the internet has been locked down and the nature of the epic David versus Goliath struggle that we face in order to deliver ideas and content outside the pathways owned by massive corporations.  

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Why most musicians continue to lose online

The digital revolution forever changed the means of production for the vast majority of musicians. Producing a high-quality album in your bedroom became de rigueur just after the turn of the millennium, but that was only half the battle.

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