Indie Electronic Dance Music has been stewing for decades, although it saw one of it’s largest spikes in popularity after The Postal Service released Give Up in 2003. The collaborative project between Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and producer Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel and Headset), was appropriately named after the practice of recording their individual ideas for a track and then mailing them between each other until the track was completed. This would be considered an antiquated process today, although many challenges are still present in modern electronic collaboration.
Splice aims to fix the problems created by simply sharing project files between email or dropbox by utilizing project sharing through your dedicated DAW.
“Trying to work on software without version control is impossible: you’re overriding files, you don’t know what changed, people can’t work on two things at the same time,” says Splice co-founder Steve Martocci in an interview with Billboard. “Splice gives collaborators the ability to view and open previous revisions of projects while automatically downloading all missing files, sample packs and plugin presets.”
The collaborative music platform is currently in a closed Beta format, although it has already boasted some promising results. OWSLA‘s Parisian Duo Alesia have made a track using the Splice technology and it is available on the Splice website (link).
Splice is currently only available for users of Ableton Live and its 500 Beta testers, but you can sign up to land a spot on the waiting list by following the link above.