raf / Raf Fiol
How am I spending my time in quarantine? Thinking about and working on Kompoz. I have some exciting ideas that I am exploring and fleshing out. I'd love to hear your ideas too. The "Kompoz Studio" experiment has fizzled. While I am disappointed, I am also encouraged by what I have learned. I plan to apply those learnings now to Kompoz.com. I've decided to go all-out and rebuild from the ground up. I am not interested in simply patching what we have. This will be an entirely new platform. I don't want to be constrained by the architecture or design of the current platform. I'll work towards a "North Star" goal, then figure out how to migrate users and collaborations over to the new system later. I am calling this Kompoz 3.0 Here are a few of the ideas I am exploring... Today on Kompoz, all tracks in a collaboration are visible and downloadable to all registered members. This has scared a few prospective musicians away. The standard way to address this currently is to make a collaboration private, but then that limits who can contribute to your project. The plan under Kompoz 3.0 is to hide all project tracks. Only the project owner and any accepted/approved collaborators can view the tracks. So how does someone collaborate if they can't access the files? The answer can be found in the next idea below. Today on Kompoz, the "Help Wanted" feature of a collaboration is broken. Help Wanted listings never expire. And individual Help Wanted posts have no details -- no individual creative brief. Finally, they are not searchable directly. They are searchable indirectly, but search results lead you to the collaboration page, where you then have to figure out 1) is the Help Wanted request even still needed, 2) what specifically does the project owner want, and 3) what files do you need to download in order to provide a sep. With Kompoz 3.0, the Help Wanted feature will be elevated in importance. I plan to rename the feature to "Track Requests". As a project owner, you'll be able to create one or more Track Requests for your projects. Each will have a Track Type (Guitar, Bass, etc.), a creative brief, and zero or more file attachments. Track Requests will also have an expiration date (which can be easily extended by the project owner). The expiration date will make sure abandoned projects do not appear in search results. By the way, "Open to Anything" will be a valid Track Request type. I mentioned that Track Requests can have file attachments. This is how we solve for the first idea mentioned above. The project owner can attach -- let's say, for example -- a rough mix to the Track Request. A potential collaborator could then use this to work with to provide a sep. This approach has two primary benefits. 1) The project owner does not need to expose all of the project tracks to members -- just files that are needed in order to fulfill the request (more to come on mix/master requests). 2) The potential collaborator does not have to spend time trying to figure out what tracks are needed to download in order to work. It's also time to update the site's audio player. Under Kompoz 3.0, the audio player will be more like Kompoz Studio, whereby it attaches to the bottom of the screen, and slides up/down as needed. With the new Audio player, you'll also be able to mark and comment on regions of the waveform. The current Kompoz platform has a similar feature, but it's not easy to use. What about incentives? How do you get people to contribute to your projects? This is one of the biggest challenges on Kompoz today. With Kompoz Studio, we attempted to solve for this with money -- paid "gigs". This worked extremely well for those who created them, but I recognize that not everyone has the means or the desire to pay others for work. Kompoz 3.0 will not have paid gigs (at least not initially), but I am exploring other incentive options. There are many patterns that can be found online: points systems, badges and gamification, reciprocal work arrangements, etc. Building the right "social" model into Kompoz will be important. Which leads to the next point. Community features are important for collaboration. I am exploring chat options, better moderation, social media sharing features, and push notifications. --- These are just a few of the ideas on a long list of ideas I am tracking. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. This is your chance to influence the next iteration of Kompoz -- our collective platform. Let's make it awesome-r. --- Oh, and just for fun, I've included an optional Dark Mode, to make it easier on your eyes while in the studio.
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