Sunhawk – Great Idea, But Perhaps Too Far Ahead Of Its Time

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sunhkBrent Mills calls Sunhawk Corp., the company he co-founded, “the second wave of the Internet.” That’s because Sunhawk’s products, development process and marketing are all completely digital. Using innovative software, Sunhawk produces and markets multimedia sheet music that can be downloaded, read, rearranged and even played over the Internet. The foundation of the virtual organization: an intranet that is the glue between software programmers in Canada, music editors in Russia and Sunhawk’s official “headquarters” in a Seattle house.

After people log on to Sunhawk’s Web site and download special software, they can buy sheet music that goes far beyond anything available in music stores. Users can see the individual notes on the score light up as they listen to the music. They can change the instrumentation and pick up the tempo. Musicians can even turn off part of a song so they can play or sing along.…