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Contact: Preston [at] PressedEngine [dot] com

Recent Events

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Click here to go to the YouTunes mini-site featuring participant photos and songs from YouTunes 1.0 and 2.0.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: YouTunes will perform a benefit “Email/Tele/Stream-a-thon" for Neighborhood Public Radio at Baltimore's Contemporary Museum on Sunday, February 21 from 3-5:00pm EST.

To participate, please email or telephone your answers to our simple questionnaire to or phone it in to 720.207.1145.

We’ll spontaneously write, play, sing, and record your personal custom song — on the spot — LIVE!

We are asking everyone to send our usual 99¢ fee (or more!) to Neighborhood Public Radio via paypal, check, or money order as a contribution to thank NPR for their amazing dedication to keeping the airwaves free of commercials and full of creative content for artists and listeners.

For more information on Neighborhood Public Radio, please check out their website, and thank you for your participation.

Please enjoy a live stream of our performance on Sunday, February 21 from 3-5:00pm EST by clicking here. The link will open in iTunes or your online music player.

Live performers will include (but may not be limited to) Preston Poe, Kyle Hester, Kristen Anchor, David and Tara Gladden of the Near East Family, and other special surprise guests…!

Saturday, October 10, 2009 @ OTO — Brooklyn, NY

On October 10, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present YouTunes: a performance sound project with Preston Poe and Kyle Hester featuring special guests David & Tara Gladden and Clinton Wilkins of The Near East Family.

YouTunes is a personalized song customization and distribution system. Poe and Hester invite you to participate by filling out a simple primarily multiple-choice form. Based on your answers, the artists will craft a custom-made song just for you.

“We’ll write, play, sing, record and burn a CD just for you on the spot — all for 99 centavos”

In an effort to compete with iTunes, the artists will be charging 99 cents per song. You bring a dollar bill and they will give you back your very own song burnt on CD and penny for your thoughts change. Choose your themes, rhythm, key phrases, and musical style, and they will match it to a carefully considered, spontaneous, personally crafted melody — with lyrics to boot!

The cache of musical YouTunes styles and instruments includes (but is not limited to) Theremin, electric “micro” pipe organ, washtub, fingerpickin’ guitar, ukulele, various percussion instruments, and many other surprises.

Free beer and wine will be on hand as well as a variety of international culinary tastes that will appeal to one and all.