This is the official trash can and mouthpiece of Rifflet.com, the home for unfinished songs. Rifflet came about for two reasons: 1) I play the guitar and 2) I have a terrible memory.  When I come up with something I like, I head over the computer and record it as fast as possible;  as a result, I have hundreds of 45-second unfinished guitar riffs sitting on my hard drive. It only seemed natural that other people who play different instruments would have the same problem and we could all benefit by sharing our bits of unused songwriting, either to use as inspiration or to combine into new songs.

Fortunately, I wasn’t alone.  After an initial mention in Gizmodo, Rifflet received thousands of hits, and hundreds of people signed up for accounts and posted their creations.  (Rifflets can be also posted anonymously.)  The site is continuing to grow in 2009 with a new community-based album project and a series of incremental site redesigns that help usability and make it easier to post and find new music.

Built on Open Source

Rifflet is built on Drupal, an open-source content management system (CMS).  It has great out-of-the-box functionality for a community site and provides all of the necessary tools for users to create accounts and upload content.  In addition, there are thousands of community-created plugins (modules) for Drupal that add lots of other functionality, such as allowing users to save favorite content or add a Creative Commons license when uploading their work.

This blog is built on the WordPress platform, another open-source CMS designed primarily for blogs and magazine-style sites.  It, too, has tremendous community support and thousands of themes available for adaptation.