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A professional authoring service, Rhythm Authors LLC, has been developed to help musicians wishing to find a place for their music in the newly established Rock Band Network.

Earlier this month, the Rock Band Network was announced. This development will allow musicians and record labels to author their own original recordings into gameplay files and sell their music as playable Rock Band tracks through the newly created Rock Band Network Music Store beginning this fall.

The new platform offers unique opportunity; however, anyone wishing to take advantage of it will need to first gain the knowledge required to use the software that transfers songs onto the game. Towson-based programmer J.C. Cirri and his start-up, Rhythm Authors LLC, have stepped in to prevent this software knowledge from presenting any sort of obstacle for musicians looking to get their music on Rock Band.

Rhythm Authors can be hired to convert a band’s song into a game level. The professional authoring service, which does not consider itself to be a “talent spotter”, searches for songs that would make for fun Rock Band entertainment.

According to Cirri, each of these songs requires somewhere around 40 hours of programming preparation before it is suitable for the game.
As reported by the Washington Post, after a song passes a bit of beta testing, any Rock Band player with a Web-connected Xbox can download and play the new track, which will be priced at $1, $2 or $3. The musician will receive 30% of the sale each time their song is purchased (or less if they have chosen to pay Cirri with a cut of the sales).

Potential gains of revenue and/or exposure have musicians excited for the chance to find a place for their music in the Rock Band Network. Cirri elaborated on the possibility of increased exposure:  "Album sales have gone through the roof for bands that have been featured in Rock Band and Guitar Hero," Cirri told the Washington Post. "I see it as a new distribution channel for the music industry."

Cirri’s experience as founder of, a successful Guitar Hero fan site established in 2006, offers him the advantage of understanding what it takes to create a thriving, game-focused Web site/following. This success seems to already be spreading to Rhythm Authors, which has had 16 bands sign up for its services, although it has only been open for less than one week.

Cirri's motivation for the future of this platform is illustrated clearly on Rhythm Authors' website , where he shares: “I believe this will be a success, but its fate lies in the hands of the community. Let's make the best of it!”

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Guitar Hero
By Murst on 7/27/2009 12:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
News like this can't be good for Activision/Guitar Hero.

RE: Guitar Hero
By EasyC on 7/27/2009 12:52:55 PM , Rating: 2
I feel like Activision/Guitar Hero is already losing the battle to begin with. Their selection of songs doesn't even compare to Rock Band anymore and their controllers aren't as good either....which is a shame, because I feel like the gameplay is slightly better.

I really wish they'd release a patch so I can use my ION rocker as it was meant to be used on GH...but I doubt it will ever happen.

RE: Guitar Hero
By Murst on 7/27/2009 2:36:15 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't really been into the musical instrument games until rockband came out. Since then, I've bought guitar hero, but I think I may have played it like 3 times total. I do like the feel of the GH guitar more than the RB guitar ( and its nice that I could use it in RB2 ), but other than that, it has been mainly RB for us.

Also, I much prefer the business model for RB, where they release songs on their online store, instead of forcing me to buy a new game ( although the Beatles release might change that ).

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