The Dynamic Album Project
The Dynamic Album Project is a new kind of music record. Rather than static audio tracks that never change (such as physical media or digital files), The Dynamic Album Project has tracks that change on each listen - it can change between night and day, days of the week, weather conditions, etc. The tracks also can have random variance, i.e. have multiple performance behind a track. The purpose of the whole project is to remember that a song is not a single performance. Up until now, every album has had the following formula: Album Track = Performance, when really each album track should be multiple performances. Different arrangements, orchestrations, solos, performances can all coexist on the same record - highlighting each musician's creativity and divergent thinking. It's available for free to everyone at www.dynamicalbumproject.com.
The first album release on the Dynamic Album Project was Craig Alston: Live in Baltimore on December 1st, 2017. It was created during a two-day live recording session at An die Musik right in Baltimore (on November 7th and 8th). It features many of the city's top jazz musicians, including: Craig Alston, Gary Thomas, Todd Marcus, Greg Boyer, Dana Hawkins, Cory Baker, Theljon Allen, Blake Meister, Todd Simon, Alan Blackman, Lee Pearson and Aaron Hill. It also features up and coming talent Ebban and Ephraim Dorsey - two young jazz saxophonists who are just beginning their careers. You can read more about the event from Ian Rashkin's article with the Baltimore Jazz Alliance: http://baltimorejazz.com/2017/11/the-dynamic-album-project/.
I singlehandedly produced, recorded, mixed, and engineered the entire project from one small grant from Stanford University. I custom engineered the web application using Ruby on Rails, launching it on Heroku. Using the web application, I can find meaningful data for the musicians, including number of users, locations of users, most favorited track, most listened to track, time during song in which users hit next or pause, etc. This data is extremely valuable for the musicians to find new markets and connect with their fans. It is not possible with physical media.
I'm looking to expand this further, create more albums in many genres, and use this platform to spread Baltimore's musical talent throughout the world.