We stumbled upon a site, actually an “albumsite” – an on-line LP you could say – which we like because of the striking graphics design, but also because of the concept of sharing and listening to the music itself. As the author, musician and designerÂ TunÃ§ Ak puts it “The new format of the “albumsite” is boldly embraced with the commitment that music is offered to the public for free, available anywhere and at anytime.”
The site It’s a Beat is the album, merging the music, the player, the album art and the distribution, into one package, through the Internet.
What we like about the site is that it offers everything you would expect of any music player, but it allows even more with your personal participation and contribution:
â€¢ PLAY / listen online anywhere. The site “lights” up when the music isÂ played with hypnotically changing colors (use arrow keys for songs).
â€¢ DOWNLOAD album for free in four formats of your choice: MP3, AAC,Â AppleLossless, or AIFF. Delivered in (app installer like) DMG les thatÂ launch when downloaded. The electronic “record” package.
â€¢ POST a widget of any song to any site. The ability is by a hidden menu that reveals when scrolled over to the left of each song.Â
â€¢ REMIX. For those who have gone ape for iTsAbEaT and are musicallyÂ inclined, have the opportunity to be part of it by remixing any songÂ from the playlist. The raw and pure nature of the music encouragesÂ creative elaboration. Stems for every song are available in a hiddenÂ menu that reveals when scrolled over to the left of each song. TheÂ completed remix is then submitted to the site where it can be playedÂ on the musician’s blog with its own site number and itsÂ own generated widget that can be posted to any site.
Check it out. AsÂ TunÃ§ Ak describes it isÂ iTsAbEaT is an urgent, stereoÂ imaged, tribal, electronic beat psychedelia… coined â€œRock.Tronicâ€,Â constructed in the atmosphere of Pink FloydÂ and The Beatles psychedelic musings, butÂ composed under the influence of Peter Gabrielâ€™s tribal PassionÂ soundtrack, with cues from Eric B. & Rakim and spacing out on theÂ 3 note bass groove progressions in James Brown jams.