Why cXc Music is rad, and you are too for supporting it.
Do you have a friend that is a REALLY talented musician. I mean, you KNOW they are here on Earth to play music. You want them to succeed, and you play his/her music in your car around town, and in your earbuds at work. You tell strangers about their latest song, your parents, and your dog wags tail when you bump their tunes?
Why doesn't this person have a million fans? Why is no one outside your town listening?
Turns out, its a pretty cold world out there for emerging artists. So much time, energy and money needs to be invested to get exposure. But why? I mean, in the past it makes sense, you gotta play shows to get fans, make merch to feed them, and hope someone discovers you. But this is 2019?!? We don't have to deal with that crap, we have the internet!!
So we fixed it.
We made a map that your friend can post their music to and anyone around the world can see, especially those right next door. The music is user-curated so that looking at one area will highlight what music has gotten the most attention recently.
Your friend is now famous, and he just called to tell you he has tickets for you for life, and you are riding together to his first big gig. All because you told him about cXc Music.
True talent prevails.
I want this just as bad as you because I have these friends, and I want to see them in big lights, too.
cXc Music Alpha
If you like to play with toys before reading the instructions, get your clickers ready.
We have launched the Alpha web app of cXc Music (music.cxc.world). Users can place their music on a map, where it shows up in colors according to the Mood and Genre of the song. Search by mood, genre, and format, and add your music just by double clicking a location. We are adding the rest of the features as we go, so it is only getting better!
Here's some instruction-y things!
Read the full cXc Music How To
And Now, Your Feature Presentation!
The World is Yours
Our revolutionary cXc Music mapp* (Alpha Online @ music.cxc.world) allows you to find and share music in your local area, or anywhere in the world. Our tools put you on the map, metaphorically and literally. Listeners: Find new and hot music made in your area. Artists: Share your music with the community instantly. cXc Music provides free tools to share your music, and climb to the top of the charts in your area code and beyond.
cXc Music allows artists to geotag their Spotify, Soundcloud and Youtube tracks on our map, as well as events, giving local listeners an easy way to find new local music and music event. Listeners get to vote on the music they like and help the artists they love climb from local acts to global chart-toppers, all without record labels or Billboards. Artists get the exposure they really want and get their music out in their community with little effort. Listeners can easily find what music created in any area has the most buzz in each genre.
* - Mapping Application
Creators of all kinds, from musicians to cartoon artists, have a hard time getting their ideas out there in a way that gives them a fair chance at making it big.
This problem stems from distribution channels, and although online tools help artists get their music published, successful distribution is still largely pay-to-play, know someone, or hit it viral.
The problem is mirrored on the consumer end, for example our difficulty finding good music until it ends up on a playlist somewhere, or finding local music at all, even when it’s next door.
We have designed the world’s first geotemporal (Location + Time) cryptovoting system to organize the world’s digital content, starting with music on cXc Music. Geotagging music and events and putting them on a global map allows people to load a city and hear the best music created there, plus see all the events happening tonight. Top Charts for every genre in every zip code ensures listeners can find high quality local music and artists get a fair chance for exposure, climbing bigger charts. Cryptovoting runs the chart system, and artists that receive votes can trade them in for exposure on the app or PRP, worth real money.
Want to learn more? https://currentxchange.com/cryptovoting
Please note: This Kickstarter is to build the app without the crypto. Money from this Kickstarter will not go to blockchain development or anything to do with a cryptocurrency because it is against Kickstarter policies, just everything else. This is to inform you of plans for the future, after we make the full app.
Power to the People (That's our slogan)
Power to the People is a strong slogan. We mean it 100%.
All cXc Mapps empower people to control global & local information exposure through their vote.
Users get 288 votes (called UPs) per day. Collectively, these votes control what music shows up when anyone loads a Mapp. Content has a location, and competes against other local content. Each locality, (zip code, city, county, area, state, region, nation, continent, globe) has its own chart. Votes have a “time”, a 5-minute monad they belong to, and the most current map shows the results of the last 5 minutes of voting.
Learn More about the voting system: currentxchange.com/cryptovoting
Let’s Change The World
Through fractalizing the geometry of information transfer we allow a framework for a unified world to develop. By creating the framework for this fractal transfer of information through Mapps, a unified world can exist through the uniqueness of each part. Each part will advance the whole and benefit from every other part, growing together as a planet and as a universal consciousness.
The Economy of Attention
Attention is not just the currency of the future, it is the currency of the universe. Many agents are vying for our attention, from creators, to marketers, to the people in our personal life.
Attention translates to connections, love, money, fame, and more through views, sales, votes, and transfer of ideas.
We give our attention away everyday, but we don’t know how much impact it has. cXc Music allows you to pay artists with your attention (not money), and them to receive that attention in exposure and money.
Starving Artists, Starving Listeners
Today, local artists aren’t the only ones starving. Listeners are starving for good music. The music they want is out there, but the tree has fallen and no one heard it.
There may be musicians you would love right in your town, but discovery is left up to chance. When songs are released in your area, you only know if you follow the artist on social media.
When you combine the idea of a running a chart granulated to 5 minute blocks with a similarly granulated system of locations, you have a multidimensional fractal system of attention accounting. The system is propelled entirely by the viewer in a fair and provable way, offering a new system to organize all of the information on the web.
Fractals ~ Bringing Nature to Technology
Fractals are all around us. In us. We are a fractal, and so is everything in nature. Life moves in fractals, time passes in fractals, and our consciousness is fractal too.
Propagation of content through a location-based fractal network makes a system that spreads like the light you see in the below image. This is a similar geometry to that of a tree, with a trunk leading to branches, to smaller branches and so forth. All things in the universe are like this, from the shape of the galaxy to that of our brain, and even an individual brain cell.
As above, so below
The technology driving all cXc Mapps is based on the universe itself. We believe that by manifesting fractal systems they will start to re-organize the information (light) on this planet in a more natural harmonious way. We believe fully in the human being as a divine being of light, a multi-dimensional expression of love. We are betting on the loving future of the planet by empowering people to create. By creating, we become more true and we start to shed the illusions that have kept the knowledge of our divinity as the one, the all, hidden.
We Don’t Need Another "Music Platform"
Today, the problem is no longer being able to get your music online and sell it. The problem is there is so much music available and being created, but no effective way to curate it. Listeners and artists are at a disconnect, with only music promotion services benefiting, making their money promising musicians radio play and more, often with little effect on popularity.
Anyone who has fallen victim to Youtube’s autoplay sending them on a wild ride of music ending without fail on one of the few ”chosen” artist’s videos knows exactly how it feels to be “forced” to listen to “chosen” music. But who makes these decisions? Corporations, marketing budgets, and historic popularity from artists are a likely answer, but who knows? The music industry is very hostile for newcomers, and requires a lot of investment to even get a foot in the door.
Automatic Curated Playlists
Listening to the music in an area is super easy. Instead of clicking each song and playing it, you can load any current display into a generated Youtube or Spotify playlist. You can save this playlist for later, or just add individual songs to any of your playlists.
Mobile App Design
Above we can see a default Hip-Hop map display (center). You are able to set search options (shown right) and load a custom area, or just the area of your current map location (shown).
On the right we can see the Main Menu, which gives you notifications about your received chips, shows you how many chips you have, links to the BLU/PRP exchange, and lets you post your content on the map.
Here you can see the Chart Display, containing three display options to let you see an overview or all the deets. Any search results you see on the map you can also see here by tapping the icon in the bottom right.
There's a lot we couldn't fit here, like Spirit Fingers and profiles, but you can read about that and more here: https://currentxchange.com/cxc-music
Beyond Music: cXc Media
We have Earth-changing applications planned, like cXc Ideas and cXc Pueblo, as well as a whole suite of media Mapps. Find out more.
Why curate like this anyway?
A three-part system allows a fair, democratic curation system
This system allows creators to influence the system with the votes they receive, or make real money by trading BLU for PRP and then PRP for money. Creators, no matter how big or small, can start making money (or accruing voting power if the prefer) just by making content that gets votes. They are funded by those people who UP (vote on) their content.
Please note: Money from this Kickstarter will not go to cryptocurrency or blockchain development because it is against Kickstarter policies, just everything else. This is to inform you of plans for the future, after we make the full app.
"What do I get for backing this project?"
By supporting this Kickstarter, you get an application that brings together music from around the world! cXc Music provides an opportunity to destroy cultural barriers, empower musicians, and most importantly, help you find great music!!
In addition, you get super-cool exclusive swag like stickers and tanks and bonus promotion for your posts on cXc Music.
We need backers to take cXc Music from an Alpha web app to a full-fledged, Earth-vibrating catalyst for global change. We thank you for your contributions, for using the app, and for sharing in our vision of a more connected world.
We Want Cool Stuff!! (Shirts, Stickers, and more)
This app is all about community, and we want to show our love to the early supporters with some awesome stuff!! I have been designing shirts for years, so it only makes sense to give you awesome swag for cXc Music!
We hope you will support this project to get involved and support musicians everywhere, but who doesn't like cool stuff?
Redbubble is known for having some of the best stickers in the game. You will receive this limited-edition sticker available only for those who support this Kickstarter.
Tanks & More
Printful makes awesome stuff. You will receive products from them. Here are our first 2 shirts! We will make at least 1 more design for you to choose from. You will get a survey to tell us what you choose!
cXc is about more than organizing the world’s content and music. We founded the Current X Change LLC to empower the people to come together as one. We know there is only one battle at any time, the battle between love and fear. We are on the side of love, the side of unity, and believe that creating this system is the best fit for evolving conscious at this time on this planet.
I (Douglas) designed this app to empower people to colaborate, create and share their creations.
Current X Change is the result of an idea growing over more than half a decade. The idea of geo-democratic curation for music has been refined and expanded over and over until it's final form. I have built and rebuilt our curation system over and over for the past 5+ years until I got everything just right. This is not a half-baked idea. This is a twice baked potato at a Thanksgiving feast.
So who am I? I am a messenger of Love. In addition to recording songs and designing graphics, I love creating apps and have for a while. I designed, developed, and launched my first location-based app, a social network for high schools (myhs.us) in 2008 at the age of 16.
You can read the full creation story here.
Our core team includes one jack-of-all-trades, one artist and musician, one expert mapper, and two blockchain programmers. Meet them on our site.
Not Pictured: Nicolas Kouri, Graphic Artist
How can I get involved?
We want your music and your friend's music on our site. Start by adding tracks to music.cxc.world. You can add your friend's tracks too, because he might be bust being a born rockstar. I listen to every track posted, so I thank you in advance for the tuneage!!
We have a document we call a Purple paper that tells all about cXc's plans to change the world with democracy for the 21st century. It's a bit of a read (over 60 pages), but getting behind our vision makes you a full-fledged part of the new world we are co-creating. You will find information in the Purple paper, or our site, about an Ambassador program that makes you 100% officially on the team.
We are stoked to have you in our army of peaceful warriors.
Roadmap Highlights for cXc Music and Beyond
Alpha cXc Music Web App - December 2018 (Update: music.cxc.world was launched 12-18-18)
cXc Music iOS and Android App Launch - Summer 2019
Events Launch on cXc Music - Fall 2019
Collaboration Tools added to Music - Winter 2019/2020
cXc Music is Top 20 Music App Globally - Spring 2020
cXc Media Launches: cXc Video, cXc Lit (Literature), cXc Art, cXc News, and cXc Games - 2020 (throughout)
cXc Music is Top 5 Music App Globally - Winter 2020
cXc Solutions and cXc Ideas - 2021
cXc Pueblo - 2022
Where’s The Money? How we will spend funds
The team coded the web-app, and are continuing to add features. Although "we got this," we do need help to make the mobile app, and that help will cost money.
70% of money from this Kickstarter campaign will go to the development of cXc Music mobile and web applications, with the remaining 30% to advertising the cXc Music web app. We think that getting the web app popular will lead to a rush of adoption for the final app (including full web app and mobile).
The team is not taking any money from this Kickstarter for current, future or past work. All funds will be used to propel us forward.
We are at a stage where we need a 'push'. Without it, the project will have trouble surviving. The funds you provide can and will give us this push into the global app-sphere.
Where we are now: Progress Report
Done: The web app is here!! It's in alpha, and still growing, but we are excited and happy to see artist already benefiting from the exposure. The web app currently has Steemit integration through Steemconnect, UPs, posting, sharing, three map styles, and more!
The mobile app has been designed, with most design and technical considerations laid out.
In Progress: We are adding features to the web app. Just the core features are available and we have a long way to go! It's incredible how awesome it is already!
Needs to be Done: The app has not been developed for mobile. This is primarily what we are raising funds to do.
The Voting System
Done: The voting system has been designed and redesigned to be a working model that makes sense ideologically and programmatically. The alpha of cXc music currently incorporates UPs simplified as one-per-5-minutes.
Needs to be done: We will make the system of UPs true to what it is, allocating 1 unit of 288 UPs per day max to each user. We will not build the full Purple Cryptovoting system with these funds because it is against Kickstarter policies.
Done: We are on social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more. We have planned promotion through our beta application posting all content to Steemit with a back-link to the beta site and project page.
In Progress: We are focusing on promoting cXc Music to musicians and helping them get their music on the map.
Needs to be done: Organic promotion by bloggers, tubers and more who try the beta app or read the Purple paper. We are still a quiet tapping, while we need to be 10,000 808s!
This is a Kickstarter to build cXc Music, nothing more. All funds go to development and promotion of this app, not cXc, nor other cXc applications, nor Purple.
This Kickstarter has nothing to do with any token, even Purple cryptovoting system, and does not involve any cryptocurrency as a reward. Crypto is not a mechanism needed for cXc Music to be built. Currently, cXc Music is up without any token, and 0% of funds will go towards tokenizing it. We will add the full voting system, but not for months to come, and not with these funds.
Note From Founder Douglas James
This idea did not come from me. This idea is written in every atom and galaxy of the universe. This idea is unity, community, connection, expression, and creation. I know we are here on this planet for much more than to make money, procreate, collect stuff, and die. We are here to learn, experience, grow, enjoy, and to embody love. This app speaks to the universal essence of every human: love, sharing, creation, abundance, and unity.
Thank you for being you!!
Risks and challenges
We believe we have budgeted plenty of time, but there are always unaccounted for variables causing the mobile version of the app to be pushed back. Remember, the web app is already online, so that will not change, only improve.
There is a chance that the app will change from the prototype images shown, and functionality may differ slightly than the information provided. We will do our best to follow our plan, and make the decisions needed to get the best app possible out on schedule.
There is also a chance that either the Android app or iOS app gets pushed back. We plan to work on the web app more first, then iOS, then Android.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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