The Friday Five is a list of five things worth knowing about... and a chance for you to build on the list and make it better by posting comments.
This week, it's the most influential companies in Boston's SonicTech cluster.
SonicTech is my term for all things music-related: tools, games, Web sites, marketing platforms. This list was triggered by two upcoming music-related events: Music Hack Day, on Saturday and Sunday at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge (it's sold out), and a much smaller "unconference" event that Charlie McEnerney of Musicians for Music 2.0 is organizing on December 1st in Harvard Square.
Here's my five:
- Cakewalk: Hardware and software for recording garage bands as well as mega-stars. Boston, MA.
- The Echo Nest: Helps record labels and musicians find bloggers who write about a given music genre, and analyze music itself to understand new trends and dynamics in the online music biz. Somerville, MA.
- Harmonix Music Systems: Helped define the genre of music games with Karaoke Revolution (pictured in the image up top), Guitar Hero, and Rock Band. Cambridge, MA.
- Nimbit: Helping musicians forge a new relationship directly with their fans, selling tickets to shows and CDs, managing mailing lists, and distributing music to iTunes. Framingham, MA.
- MOTU: Like Cakewalk, makes hardware and software for digital recording studios. Best-known product is Digital Performer, software for recording, editing, and mixing audio; original version released was released on the Mac in 1985. Cambridge, MA.
What other companies do you see as instrumental parts (sorry, couldn't resist) of the SonicTech cluster around Boston? Post a comment, if you would...
About Scott Kirsner
Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
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