Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Finland: A Local Music Library Universe?

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Finland: A Local Music Library Universe?

Article excerpt

Hitlantis is one of the many new attempts to promote new artists without a record deal. This Finnish based company has launched a service, that utilizes so far unused techniques while illustrating the status and popularity of thousands new artists.

Hitlantis (www.hitlantis.com) was introduced to Finnish music librarians in April by Petri Kotro, co-founder and designer of the new service. While Hitlantis is there to help new artists to find audience and sell their music, their basic technique is something that also music libraries could utilize.

The idea of Hitlantis is to use graphics, colors, and a 3D "universe of spheres" to display how popular artists within the service really are. If your sphere is large, you have a large interested audience. If your sphere is large and near the center "sun", you are also "hot", i.e., recently listened to. In addition, if there is a "satellite" going around your planet, someone is listening to you right now.

It is quite easy to imagine this musical universe as a part of the web service of a public library. The dynamic universe of different colored spheres could show what artists or composers have been borrowed or just searched for recently. …

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