Boston: The Hidden Hub of Music and Technology

10/17/07Follow @wroush

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AdME
Headquarters: Somerville, MA
Year Launched: 2007
CEO: Peter Eggleston

AdME (for Advertising-driven Mobile Entertainment) is a spinout of Sonivox. The company makes “advergaming” content for cell phones, and is best known so far for its games GuitarStar and DanceLord, available over the AT&T Wireless network. In GuitarStar, which takes some inspiration from Harmonix’s Guitar Hero videogame, users attempt to capture a guitar pick flying across the screen, and can use musical cues to help synchronize their actions. The games include ads, but “with AdME applications, everything delivered to the end-user is consumer-aware and context-sensitive, giving customer something they want and replacing interruption with value,” the company writes on its website.
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  • http://www.theinformati.com J Mark Inman

    This is all true, as a Boston area musician, I can say that there are much more opportunities here for musicians than most anywhere else. I believe Boston has the most shows than any other city on any given night. The technology is also very true, with MIT, etc. however, it is a very tough business to be in. I own a record label and just released an album for the band theINFORMATI http://www.myspace.com/theinformati And we believe it will explode because of the Boston/Cambridge scene.

  • http://www.sturtevant.com/contact Reed Sturtevant

    Don’t forget Tourfilter, the most popular concert notification service: http://www.tourfilter.com

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  • gary

    In addition to Tourfilter, there’s also http://tourb.us and http://bandsintown.com. Boston appears to be a concert tracking hub!

  • Kyle

    In terms of local area software companies with some sort of music/media technology, there also is Peermeta (www.peermeta.com) in Acton with a mobile content / Web 2.0 twist.

  • http://www.venueczar.com Michael Howe

    So it seem like after Venue Czar conquers Vermont, they should target Boston? Venue Czar is the ultimate localized online booking platform.

  • http://www.conduitlabs.com Nabeel Hyatt

    You could add us to this list as soon as we’re out of stealth mode. (http://www.conduitlabs.com)

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  • http://backbone.com Paul Kamp

    Backbone Networks is another local company in this space. We provide internet radio automation systems and is the system behind the IBS Student Radio Network. There are over 30 station on the network and a number of them are local including:

    Simmons College
    New England Art Institute
    Babson College

    Separately, a non-profit start up is the Public Radio Exchange in Cambridge. They are the online clearinghouse for Public Radio content.

  • http://www.EccentricNewEngland.com Glen Peladeau

    New England has a great recource of musicians who have many opportunites and folks who are ready to help them with their careers. The cites Boston, Providence & Worcester all offer great venues and support services.

  • http://www.artistir.com Derek

    I’m from the Boston area and am in the process of creating a music promotion website, Artistir. It’s not just for local musicians or bands either, but we’re steadily getting more and more.

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