Thursday, July 19, 2012


A 2006 interview posted on the GarageSpin web site spells out part of the story behind my choice this week. Disillusioned with the path and procedures of, part-time/amateur musician and programmer Gideon Marken decided to take action. He gathered input from other users that informed his plans for a replacement that would better serve musicians' needs. Thus was born

The service still appears to be very much a one-man project. Musicians are able to upload tracks, mark them as Creative Commons/free or copyrighted, build dedicated sections to promote their bands/music, collect "tips" etc. Users are able to download or stream selections and buy selected tracks or tip musicians that offer free downloads.

Although Marken's project has been in service for nearly 10 years in one form or another (as ArtistServer since 2005), the site offers somewhere in the range of 15,000 songs. It appears that Marken is soon set to launch version 2.0 of the service.

The music available here comes in many, many genres: some with many more selections, some with considerably fewer: Country/Bluegrass lists only 3 songs; Jazz/Fusion has 49. The quality is ... mixed. There is plenty that is good - and some that is considerably weaker. This is fitting for the stated goal of the site: the site aims to provide a resource for musicians, and musicians are responsible for what they post.

You can find music by the acclaimed Dutch group Klimt ! String Quartet (in the Jazz genre) that is (as AllMusic notes) "a delightful release combining experiment and entertainment in a way at which the Dutch seem to excel."

Klimt! String Quartet: Kiss The Guitar Player

You can also pick up your own free copy of music by "chongjohn57", a musician you'll also find at Jamendo (last post) and SoundCloud (another previous post). Here's a link to I Got You.

ChongJohn57: I Got You

I think you'll find it worth your time to do your own deeper digging into ArtistServer


  1. Hi - thanks for the post on - it is so nice to hear others promoting the artists and spreading the word.

    Version 2 of the site will unfortunately be delayed - I don't have a time frame yet, but will certainly make an announcement once I have an idea. Some things have come up causing me to refocus my time and attention on my family to help get through some events. Things should settle and improve in a few months, and I'll be back on track again.

    One small correction to your post - ArtistServer does not provide a means to sell music. The store/classified section of the site only provides a means for artists to link to other online stores where they sell music.

    Thank you again for posting about ArtistServer - I appreciate it!

    - Gideon admin/owner

  2. I think that many of us who go online for this kind of "work" realize that it involves trade-offs wherein we juggle our priorities: making time where we can.

    I am sure that all of us appreciate your time and effort, Gideon. More power to you.