Indaba Music is featuring Vinyl Life‘s Phil Moffa as their new “Artist in Residence” to educate potential music makers on production methods. He’s already got to work, even making an interesting post in the studio blog about the continued importance of vinyl in electronic music (His group is called “Vinyl Life” after all, so no surprise there).

From the Website:

In an age when most electronic musicians and DJs rely on computers to do the work for them, Phil Moffa believes that the best sounds are created through the use of physical hardware and analogue signal paths. Based out of his own Butcha Sound Studios, Phil Moffa uses a growing arsenal of hardware equipment to craft the unique electronic sounds for his group Vinyl Life. In addition to his work with Vinyl Life, Phil teaches at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College and is a regular writer for DJ Times and Club World Magazine. As Indaba’s very first Artist In Residence, Phil will be sharing his vast knowledge of sound design, synthesis, and electronic music.

Indaba Music is a social network and web application launched in 2007 to let artists from all over the world to find each other and collaborate on projects. The site boasts 125,000 registered users in over 170 countries and has at the very least spawned a few minor record deals from resulting collaborations on the site. Indaba Music has been successful in hosting remix contests where users remix tracks from major label artists and have the songs judged by the artists themselves for prizes.

Now, that’s a lot of information to get to my main point about this: do not underestimate what a great move this is for Indaba. From the outset, Indaba has set out to create a platform that serves artists beyond the usual means of production and distribution, encouraging collaboration and the exchange of ideas. In the time they’ve made their site they’ve created a very powerful engine (although the flash program used for production is subpar to even GarageBand), and users have been creating a plethora of remixes from their collaborations.

But the internet is already LITTERED with remix after remix of just about every song ever published. Now, it’s not a bad thing that people are using Indaba to make remixes, the site has responded in kind with weekly remix contests featuring (and judged by) major label artists like Alkaline Trio, Kanye West and the Derek Trucks Band. The establishment of an Artists In Residence program however, is a step towards seperating Indaba from remix sites like Splice and Jamglue.

The website states:

The Indaba “Artist in Residence” program is designed for experts in a particular field of music to share their unique knowledge with the Indaba community.

Although the site hasn’t announced any plans yet for other artists, the language suggests that they’ll be partnering with more than just DJ’s in the future. Indaba has already generated a lot of interest from musicians while it’s in beta, but bringing in artists to be participating members of the community is going to strengthen it’s dialogue and creative exploration.