April 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Amazon Server Fail: The Remix Contest

amazon cloud failCloud-based recording app Indaba, like many sites, is offline due to a failure with some of Amazon’s “Elastic Compute Cloud” (EC2) servers, responsible for delivering Foursquare, Hootsuite, Indaba Music, Quora, Reddit, and others.

Indaba Music reports that it has a novel solution to the problem. In lieu of its cloud-based recording platform, the company posted the foundation of a song, available as individual instruments (bass, drums, glockenspiel, and synths) and as a full mix. You can listen to that here:

Indaba Site Down Jam


indaba is downMembers of the Indaba community and any other musicians who are looking for something to do, while all of these sites are down, can download the beat and use it to make songs expressing how they feel about Amazon’s fail.

Once Indaba is up and running again, the company plans to launch a contest (with details as yet to be announced) to see who made the best beat during their site’s Amazon-related downtime. They call this approach “remix[ing] lemons into lemonade,” and we’re inclined to agree.

Update: Amazon’s EC2 servers are back up. Indaba is offering a $100 Amazon gift certificate for the best “Site Down Jam.”

(Image courtesy of Flickr/Jesse Fletcher)