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  • Age: 41
  • Location: Carson City, Nevada, United States of America
  • Label: uvumi is my label.

I started playing guitar in the mid '90s, learning what I could from my friends who were fortunate enough to take weekly lessons, and augmenting that with tabs to my favorite Zeppelin and Tom Petty songs. As I struggled through my teens, playing music was my primary source of artistic release, and I loved every minute of it. I even found that I enjoyed the brutal frustration that many musicians suffer through in the beginning, despite the fact that I nearly gave it up altogether many times during the first two years.

My other passions have always been computers, networks, interwebs, and the blinking lights and colored cables associated with those things. I am a geek.

I first combined these interests in the late '90s, formulating a plan to create a website that would enable amateur musicians to put their recorded music online and share it with the world. It was essentially a self-promotion tool. Unfortunately, I did not yet possess the technical knowledge and experience to bring such an idea to fruition at that time. The project was shelved before it even got halfway through the planning phase.

Years passed, and I found myself running a small web dev and consulting company with my wife and one employee. In late 2007 we teamed up with a couple of long-time friends and decided to take the biggest risk of our lives. We revisited my college-era idea of a website for musicians, and started drawing up a plan. We envisioned a website that prioritized freedom and openness for musicians and artists, and we designed a custom web platform that eliminated the most glaring shortcoming of all major music-related websites: The lack of a seamless music player. Why should you have to stay on one page to hear the music you want to hear? Why do so many sites insist on controlling your experience and limiting what you can do online? Why not provide freedom to music fans, especially considering that the technology is well within reach.

We created Uvumi.com with these concepts in mind. Everyone on the team is an artist of some sort, and we all strongly believe that the future of the music industry involves freedom of expression, freedom of art consumption, and massive self-promotion.

Uvumi is a Swahili word that means rumor, buzz, murmur, or hum. We thought that fit nicely with the DIY theme we are embracing.



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    Carrying on
    Left by Rainer Eric, on Dec 17, 2020 - 11:48
    Hi Marshall,

    Sure, Gosig and I and all the others (Maik the Mouse, Tamika ...) want to carry on. It somehow turned into an all encompassing art project. By chance!


    rainer eric
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    Left by Rainer Eric, on Sep 2, 2020 - 11:12
    Hi Marshall,

    I accidently deleted the folder "Zero". Is it possible to undo it. It contained more than 2400 pics.

    rainer eric
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    • Left by Marshall Stokes, on Oct 17, 2020 - 1:57
      Aw what a mess that must have been! Very sorry for such a late reply here. Unfortunately, in accordance with Uvumi's media licensing policy, when you delete media files from your profile it immediately revokes Uvumi's license to publish, distribute, access, and possess copies of that media; and therefore the files are deleted immediately.

      It has been ages since we designed and programmed profile photo management, but it sounds like we failed to consider a warning or confirmation step before blowing away an entire photo album.

      If you need some kind of backup solution for your photo albums, send me an email and we'll figure out a way to guard against this risk.

      Truly sorry for this, Rainer.

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        uvumi page
        Left by Rainer Eric, on Dec 13, 2020 - 11:54
        Hi Marshall,

        Now I have to say sorry for replying late. But the uvumi page keeps me so busy that I run a wee bit out of energy. I still have a regular job. And I usually spend four hours a day for the uvumi page, often more - every day. That's why I considered giving it up altogether after I deleted a whole folder. However, then I decided to carry on and to reupload many pics. It will come to an end pretty soon anyway because in 2021 the flash player seems to be no longer supported. And without it you can't listen to music on the uvumi page and you can't upload pics anymore. Until that date I try to bring some light into darkness.

        rainer eric
    • actually... :D
      Left by Marshall Stokes, on Dec 17, 2020 - 8:18
      heh I forgot we decided to limit nested replies to just 3....

      In response to your latest reply, I have good news!

      First, I am pleased to say that Uvumi will not be coming to an end. More on that soon.

      Second, I may be able to provide you with a work-around for the approaching Flash kill-switch event. We may need to work together at first, so I will email you directly about that.

      And finally, wow four hours each day? When this project launched and we saw so many people doing things with the platform that we never expected, it was instantly exciting and incredibly motivating. It meant we were on the right path in every way; from conception to release, every design and engineering decision had been true to our vision, and there truly is real value here for a vast global community.

      I'll make sure you are able to keep using your profile if it is still right for you. And if you need to find something else, I will figure out a way to package up your profile content the best I can so you aren't faced with another nightmare such as spending the next three years individually downloading 28000 photos each requiring multiple clicks.
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  • New Video
    Left by L.I.O.N., on Apr 17, 2012 - 4:42
    http://youtu.be/dvLzU1ablRM Please check this out. Very original, funny, and real life issues.
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  • New Artist Here
    Left by Opposed 1, on Dec 14, 2011 - 18:12
    Hi Marshall. I just found this website and I apologize for not coming over sooner. I am a former sixtyone.com artist who used to love the community interaction and keeping in direct contact with fans. Im uploading my music as I type. It will be under uvumi.com/opposed1 - Thanks for making this interaction possible again. I look forward to posting tons of free music!
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    Hey Love
    Left by YrralMallik AKA Larry Gordon Killam (SOCAN), on Nov 18, 2011 - 6:47
    Enjoyed Da Listen.Love it.Your Uvumi Bro.(~;Yrral Mallik of Songramp AKA Larry Gordon Killam of Facebook Group Songwriters Unite over 1800 members;~)
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    Left by Neme_pro, on Aug 16, 2011 - 9:04
    Thanks for checking it and the feed back, we appreciate it
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    Team Prolific-The Poison
    Left by Neme_pro, on Aug 16, 2011 - 6:21
    We worked real hard on this..let me know what you think
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    • Left by Marshall Stokes, on Aug 16, 2011 - 8:51
      Proper music video, story, acting, videography all done well. I hope sales blow up as this video gets around, you guys definitely deserve it!
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  • Thanks for creating and maintaining this site
    Left by Unregistered User, on May 25, 2011 - 20:15
    I left T61 for give Uvumi, to see if anyone likes my music here. :)
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    • Left by Marshall Stokes, on May 27, 2011 - 10:14
      Hey Jos, thanks for joining! Haven't heard all your songs yet, but planning on listening today at work. Let us know if you have any suggestions, complaints, etc... we try to improve the site when we have extra time :)
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      • Mobile access
        Left by Unregistered User, on May 29, 2011 - 17:08
        Hey Marshall, thanks for the friendly welcome! :)

        One suggestion if I may: I find the site not as easy to use on my Nexus One because of the Javascript continually moving popups such as the login box out of view. This is using the stock Webkit-based browser. Other than that I love it!
    • Left by Marshall Stokes, on Jun 27, 2011 - 20:26
      I find similar issues when I use the site on my phone. We're a long way from tackling the mobile platform, but your feedback is definitely helpful :)
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    Yes thanks a lot. Thanks!
    Left by Sean OLoughlin, on Apr 26, 2011 - 3:55
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    Left by Sean OLoughlin, on Apr 23, 2011 - 9:09
    Marshall - thanks for continuing to make this a better and better site. The only improvement I would suggest is not have the player drop-down go down so far. I have a fat toolbar in Firefox and it will drop down beyond the window and scrolling has no effect; the dropdown just stays where it is. I have to go fullscreen, drag the slider, then go normalscreen again and it is a real pain.
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    • Left by Marshall Stokes, on Apr 25, 2011 - 15:36
      Hi Sean,

      You can resize the height of the player queue and it will stay that way for the remainder of your session. When you first expand the player, click and drag from the bottom of the queue area (where it says "DRAG TO RESIZE") to make the drop-down shorter.

      Hope that helps!
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