Here's the thing....
As far as I can tell, people who want to listen to music don't go to Soundcloud. It generally seems that only other people who make music will listen to your stuff on Soundcloud. And that's great. But ultimately self-limiting.
People who want to listen to music go to Youtube.
From the very small number of subscribers I have seen on my Youtube channel over the last 6 months I have only recognised a handful of names as Caustic content creators. It seems that most people stumble across a track by accident and subscribe if they like what they hear.
And guess what. There is nowhere on YouTube where you can find the best content made by the best people using Caustic 3 in one place. And I think there should be.
Within this website there is a huge repository of great music which is essentially only transiently accessible on the 'show and tell' forum. Only other Caustic users are ever going to hear them, and in a very short space of time, your track is on page 2, page 3, etc and then no-one will hear it again. As far as I can tell, there is no way to search archived tracks. And even if there were, as more SCS members use this site and upload more and more content it gets increasingly difficult to filter the wheat from chaff.
It needs to be easy to access good music. I want to be able to go to a single Youtube channel and hear all the most recent and previous tracks by all the best Caustic content creators. I want to be able to play compilations of the best Trance, Chillout, etc made with Caustic. I want to be able to listen to playlists categorised by artist. A good model to follow would be the PrimeCronus Youtube channel which posts epic/orchestral music by assorted artists. This has been run by one guy for the last 4 years and has almost 250000 subscribers with 120 million views in total. Clearly, it isn't just other classical/orchestral composers who are using this channel to listen to music.
A Caustic version of this would be a great vehicle to showcase user's individual talents to the general public (as opposed to just other Caustic users) and would also be a great showcase for the brilliance of the Caustic 3 app itself.
It would need someone to administer the channel, generate the videos from submitted tracks and, most importantly, act as a gatekeeper for quality control. I don't think that this would necessarily be a major undertaking and one of the founding fathers of the Caustic community here would seem to be the most appropriate candidate if they were willing. This community has already established a regular radio show which basically fulfils a similar purpose so I see no reason why this shouldn't be feasible. Rej's Caustic app channel on Youtube has over 11000 subscribers but he obviously feels the purpose of his channel is to disseminate tutorial videos rather than showcase Caustic-generated content.
As I 've mentioned elsewhere, I don't know if Caustic and mobile-based composition is the future of music or not. But I'll tell you this, it feels like the future of something. For me, it feels like the democratisation of making music in that you don't need thousands of pounds worth of pro audio hardware and software and multiple degrees in computer science to make pro-audio quality music and understand what you are doing. It will open avenues of musical self expression to people who would otherwise have no recourse to do so. You want to write a song but can't play an instrument or not in a band? Do you know what, you're already walking round with everything you need in your pocket. It's crazy. I wish I'd have had Caustic and the mobile technology to use it when I was a kid.
Thoughts? Am I just talking nonsense?