How to Curate

Sign up from the top of any page. It's free. Include as much information about yourself as you care to. Please use your name -- whatever you go by -- rather than a handle. To curate/recommend any given person, go to their page, click on the VECTOR BACKWARD tab, and click on the little grey crosses representing that person in that category. The crosses will turn green to show that you are making that recommendation.

You will appear on that person's VECTOR BACKWARD tab (you'll have to reload the page to see your image/link immediately), and the person you are recommending will appear in the curations on your own VECTOR FORWARD tab. You will also appear on your recommended person's curation page (which can be reached by clicking on the grey category buttons on their VECTOR BACKWARD tab.

It's all very simple, and extremely powerful.

Who Can Curate?

Anybody can be a curator, recommending others for what they do. Then we are free to choose whose recommendations we deem worth following. It might be somebody well-known and highly respected in their area. It might be somebody relatively unknown to the general public, but who was recommended by somebody well-known and highly respected. It might be a friend of ours, or somebody recommended by a friend. It might be somebody we just came across who seems like they might have interesting opinions. It might be somebody ten generations down a worldline of recommendations. Whatever the case, we make the choice in a vastly more open music universe.




Q: Why are there so many Brazilians in this thing?

A: Because Salvador Central is located in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The site began as a guide to Salvador.

Q: What does a guide have to do with music and musicians?

A: Music is big in Brazil. And it's especially big in Bahia. Since the days of African slavery it's been the people's primary cultural manifestation.

Q: So why not just write about and recommend musicians in Bahia. What's the point of having, say, a piano player in New York City sign up and create a page.

A: From these pages people can recommend other people. That piano player can recommend Bahian musicians. Then people who know the piano player, or come across the piano player's page, can follow those recommendations to the Bahian musicians' pages.

Q: But what if the piano player doesn't want to recommend musicians in Bahia or in Brazil. What if that's something the piano player doesn't care about? What if he wants to recommend gypsy guitar players in Europe? And balalaika players in Russia?

A: It's not that we love Brazilian music. We love music. We are located here in Brazil and work in various capacities with musicians here, but there are wonderful people making wonderful music in a wide range of styles all around the world.

Q: So the network is limited to musicians then?

A: No. It's not necessary to be a musician to appreciate music and recommend people who make it.

Q: But it is limited to music?

A: No. It's limited to the creative arts widely speaking. When people create their pages they create the categories for which they might be recommended, or described. For example somebody might create "Trumpet" and "Jazz" and "New Orleans". Then they will be listed under these categories. People can look into these categories and they'll be there, the people with more recommendations for these categories rising closer to the top. Some musicians write books about music, so it makes sense to allow them to create the category "Author" or "Writer". Some make documentaries, so it makes sense to allow "Documentary Filmmaker". Then of course there are documentary filmmakers who aren't musicians, so it makes sense just to open things up to the arts in general.


Q: What if I just want to recommend? And I don't want anybody to recommend me? Can I do that?

A: Yup. Recommendations/curations are always for categories (Santa Claus as a Sleigh Driver, for example, or for living at the North Pole, etc.). If you don't add categories to your own VECTOR BACKWARD tab, nobody will have anything to recommend you for.

Q: Is the site/network run by a highly financed international consortium? : )

A: It's run out of a record shop in Salvador (Cana Brava Records). The shop was opened to divulge powerful and important music here (Brazil's highly moving analogue to the blues in the United States) which is for the most part unknown even to Brazilians. The shop is also devoted to Rio-style samba, and choro, and the music of candomblé, etc.

Q: Why do you call the network a "matrix"?

A: The original sense of matrix was something which gives rise to something else, quite literally the mother of something (from Latin). In this sense a matrix is a source. Our network is a central source of knowledge, information, and the fruits of artistic creation. As Johnny "Guitar" Watson put it, it's a real mother for ya.