SXSW For the Rest of US: How to Experience it
if You're Not There
By: Spacelab Research Staff
The entire musical world and music press has collectively paused and migrated to sharpen its focus on the SXSW Music Festival. Almost every music publication is going live to the festival to tell you all about the great shows, speakers, and late night exploits that you're missing. So what's an indie kid to do? Simultaneous experience through the web. Sure you're not there, but you can still check out some of what's going on.
There's a SXSW radio available from the SXSW web site that broadcasts in QuickTime. You can launch the player and let it stream with few hassles. It won't always tell you who you're hearing, but you can experience the music.
If you need something a little more substantial and on demand, download the BitTorrent they're offering - it's over 700 MP3's of pure chewing satisfaction with a lot of the bands that are playing at the festival. You can then listen to any of them whenever you want, and your iPod might explode in anticipation of all of those files. There's also videos of some of the stuff from the film festival.
And if that's not enough, SXSW is pioneering the virtual conference experience with vlogs, and podcasts, and downloadable video clips of all sorts of events. Check it out at http://2006.sxsw.com/coverage/