Earlier this month, a massive project was launched to bring almost every single Ongoing History of New Music program online. The platform is called Flink, which is best described as an ever-growing online coffee table book-type thing that’s fully interactive. (A full explanation can be found here.)
The Ongoing History section of Flink is growing every week and will continue to grow for years to come. In short, this will be the repository of everything the show has ever covered since 1993. The task is daunting, time-consuming and expensive–but I’m 100% committed to making it happen.
However, this won’t work without help from OH fans. In the short term, I’m looking for 100 superfans of the show to contribute to the stories with additions and comments. The goal is for the archive will continue to grow and grow and grow by being constantly updated.
For example, if you’re a fan of Tool, you can become part of the story by offering extra analysis and insight on their lyrics, music and mythology. And when there’s news about the next Tool album–There’s one in the works! Honest!–and you’re the first to hear about it, you can report on it.
Another example: if you’re a Foo Fighters fan, I could use some help tracking down all the different projects which have featured Dave Grohl. There are already dozens, but since the man will work with just about anyone, it’s a work in progress.
And because of the way Flink is built, anyone can become a music writer. And if you’re in a band–no matter how big or small–you can sign up for an account so you can promote yourself and your music.
Flink is also unique in the way you can earn status within the Flink community (the whole thing is gamefied)–and there’s even a way to earn some $$$ for yourself by sharing stories on Facebook and Twitter. This is very new, very different and hopefully very disruptive to the way music history works online.
But like I said, it won’t work without your help. Could you do me a favour and give it a shot? And please let me know what you think, okay?