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"Songs of Freedom and Struggle" (Online Swap)

  • 07/17/2020
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/live/


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Registration is closed

Performances through Zoom

PMN members and invited comrades wishing to perform in this Online Song and Poetry Swap must use this registration form to sign up to share a song or a poem during the event.  Registration alone doesn't automatically mean you will be in the final performance line up.  All PMN members who register to perform will receive an e-mail message with a link to PMN's Zoom video conference account.  Everyone performs through their own computer connection.

Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00 PM.  The order of performance will be released the following morning.  You may register for this event after the deadline, but you'll be added to the wait list.

The Topic

In this video conference event, PMN members are invited to share songs of Freedom and Struggle.  At the heart of PMN traditions is a desire to be relevant to the times we're living in.  We welcome songs about the pressing current issues of today: the pandemic, the climate crisis, racist violence, and economic crisis.  We also welcome songs that life our spirits whether they come from this age or not. 

Eligibility to Perform

Performers in this swap must:

1)   be invited comrades and/or PMN members in good standing* 

2)   register using this form.

3)   have a computer with functioning video camera and microphone.

* If you are not a PMN member, you may join here: https://www.peoplesmusic.org/join-PMN

How we Select the Performers

Every PMN member wishing to perform at this event is invited to register and to do so sooner than later.  Selection for the final performer list, however, is not first-come first-served.  Instead, we give priority to new PMN members as well as PMN members who have not yet performed in one of our previous online swap events.  Since this event focuses on a specific topic and genre, the relevance of a submission to the topic at hand will also be considered.  We hold these song swap events regularly.  If we can't fit you in this time, anticipate more opportunities soon!

Tech Run Through

If you are a PMN member selected to perform in this swap, you will receive an e-mail invitation to a tech run through taking place on Thursday, July 16, from 7:00-8:00 PM.  We will discuss how to get the best sound when sharing music on Zoom (more about this in next section).  Each person will have a chance to sing a verse of their song and receive feedback on ways to improve audio quality.  While perfection is not expected, artists who are new to zoom are strongly encouraged to attend this, because it can be a big confidence builder to learn how to use these tools. 

Improving the Audio Quality of your Performance

  • Learn the Basics of Music on Zoom.  Watch a 10 minute webinar on "Improving Audio Quality for Live Musical Performances on Zoom".  This video distills the basic tips and tricks that first timers need to know.  The key elements are microphone quality, internet connectivity, Zoom advanced audio settings, and microphone placement. 
  • Explore more about improving the audio quality for your performance.  Using your computer's built in mic with Zoom's default audio settings is sufficient to participate and be heard, especially if your performance involves just the human voice.  The sound of a person singing or talking normally comes across on Zoom somewhat better than a telephone.  Zoom applies audio compression filters to the sound of meetings by default.  These filters are effective at reducing background noise, but they also recognize the frequencies of instruments and backing tracks as background noise, causing the frequencies they use to sound distorted.  It is possible to significantly improve the audio quality of both voice and instruments by using an external USB mic or a USB audio interface device.  (See PMN member discussion forum on, "What kind of External USB mic are you using to play music live online?").   Once you have the hardware in place, there is a setting in Zoom called "enable original sound", which removes Zoom's default audio compression.  Learning these tools helps improve the sound of your performance.  Please see here for a useful and simple tutorial about how to enable original sound in Zoom.       
  • Compare your sound with other set ups.  You can create a free account on Zoom that allows you to record videos and hear how your sound comes across to others when using different settings and equipment.  I recorded a video that shows how audio quality improves by enabling "original sound" and using an external USB microphone, starting with the worst set up and moving steadily to the best set up. (Enter this password to unlock it: P9.0v1!B).

The Show is Broadcast and Archived through Facebook Live



Friday, July 17, 7:30 - 9:30 PM (EDT) 

(Note: The livestream post won't pop up at the link above until a few minutes before the event beings.)

**After the event, click the link above to access a recording of the event.

Help Publicize!

Tell your friends how they can tune into this online musical event for progressive culture.  Share this event on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/971003333357599/

Also, this is the link where you can find the performer list, which becomes available by the morning of Thursday, July 16.

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