Are you a composer of modern classical/art/post fill-in-the-blank/electronic/experimental/etc,etc,etc.. music? Want your works played on the air (and in turn the interwebs)? Then you've come to the right place. Chances are I'd love to play your latest string quartet/chorus and percussion work/ambient atonal laptop piece/etc, etc, etc...
But first, let's talk alphabet soup.
Here are some delivery options and file format guidelines if you'd like your works to be considered for airplay.
My preferred method of receiving music is digitally. It's easy, it's free, it's green and ultimately I'm just going to convert physical discs to digital anyway.
Please send the highest quality audio you have available. Storage space and bandwidth are not an issue these days so why not go for the best quality.
AIFF and WAV are my preferred formats. They are both truly cd quality and are full, uncompressed formats. AIFF has a more robust metadata wrapper than WAV, making it my absolute first choice.
FLAC or Apple lossless (ALAC) Both of these are very good choices as well.
If you absolutely must use either MP3 or AAC please make sure it is at a bit rate of at least 256 kbps. Works at a lower bit rate will only be considered in certain circumstances, and works lower than 128 kbps will not be considered at all.
Other formats will be considered on a case by case basis, although Windows Media files will never be considered.
As for actually getting those large files to the Music for Internets World Wide Headquarters, there's a number of options. The following websites all allow for the delivery of large files and are relatively straight forward to use.
sprend.com allows up to 2GB files and is a one time use code sent only to one person so you don't have to worry about your files floating around in cyber-space.
yousendit.com While their homepage mentions "Pay-per-use options" there is a free option that is fine for most purposes.
And even those of you who would rather send a physical disc have some options to consider. The fastest, most reliable route is to send packages to my office:
Music For Internets
c/o Justin H Brierley
50 Powel Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
If you have a commercially released cd, one of the stations I broadcast from (WRIU) has both a permanent library and multiple show hosts, so there is a chance it might get played by someone else as well. Be aware though that the address below is a college radio station and sometimes packages get lost or stolen.
ATTN: Justin H Brierley
326 Memorial Union
Kingston, RI 02881
If you have any further questions about formats and/or delivery don't hesitate to contact me at musicforinternets at gmail dot com.