- The audio-only platform allows artists and users to experiment with live streams that disappear after 24 hours.
More than 150 artists, including Carl Craig, Steffi, Matthew Dear and The Juan Maclean, are supporting a new tool for musicians to create and share audio in real-time.
Blast Radio consists of a mobile app and a "Blast Box" that allows artists to stream or DJ live. The resulting broadcasts will be available for only 24 hours. It's described as a "low-pressure way to experiment and play what you love right now without worrying about it existing forever."
Craig will start a weekly broadcast tonight, June 9th, with Matthew Dear doing a live mix of tracks that inspired his Audion and Brain aliases on June 10th. The Juan Maclean will play an ambient live set later this month, while Steffi plans to DJ from her new studio in the Portuguese countryside. Other participating artists include Barker, Surgeon & Locked Groove.
Users can broadcast by connecting to a Bluetooth-operated device called the Blast Box, which can be plugged into any audio equipment with an RCA cable. It'll stream uncompressed audio to the Blast service at a 16-bit 48kHz sample rate via Wi-Fi. Artists can toggle broadcasts on and off with a single button.
Blast will not identify songs or directly license music, according to Pitchfork. The broadcasting box will retail for $199. The app, meanwhile—which allows users to follow and tune in to artist broadcasts live—is free to use, but users can tip broadcasters, with 50% of proceeds going to artists and a small percentage going to Blast.
For more information, visit the company's website.