Trax in Space
(a.k.a. TiS) was an online community of musicians from every corner of the globe. A large chunk of these musicians were trackers
, while many others use different methods of creating music and others used conventional methods. It was founded by CyberLegion Artist Network in 1992, but soon became a solo project of Mysterium (Saurin Shah, born 1977), and grew from 1997 into one of the largest Internet music communities until its collapse in 2001. At its peak it had over 30,000 musicians and over 100,000 songs. The site had over 1.5 million unique visitors per month. The staff consisted of: Mysterium (Saurin Shah), Ronald "roncli" Clifford, Vincent Lau, Martin "Slammin Vinyl" Kilner (now known as slammy), Zola, Lisa Lindstrom, Marty Pickering (M.P. Productions), Solo, Sunny, Mike (Evolution), SBR (xylyx), Idaho (DotSPF), and many more. Its fame as a pioneer of the online tracking scene (TiS even occasionally gained coverage in the mainstream music press) was only matched by its infamous funding problems, which eventually caused the site to crash around September 2001 (the site having run out of money by August 2000 and Shah being in debt).
Artists submitted their musical creations to the site, where they would be hosted and queued for review. Staff and many other contributors would then assess the quality of this music (usually in their spare time) by rating elements of its composition (e.g. structure, sound quality, musical skill). These... Read More