Anyway, being a PC musician is problematic, whether it be because of clashing timezones for performances, the nature of there being barely any instruments, or the nature of the music your PC makes.
I'm proposing something like cassettes. A character would "record" their music onto these cassettes similar to how a tailor adds messages for a piece of cloth (possibly by slotting a blank cassette into an all in one recorder or something similar so it makes more sense).
A character could then add separate songs by first deciding on a title, then adding separate lines to describe the progression of the song. Each side of the cassette could have a flat limit of songs (something like 4 maybe?), as well as possibly a short few lines describing the cover art (or lack thereof) when someone looks at the cassette.
These cassettes could then be inserted into either:
- Personal Speakers(can be heard by you and anyone who watches it)
- Jukebox (can be heard by everyone in room and produces *you can hear loud music coming from x direction* in adjacent rooms, and also has the ability to insert multiple cassettes)
- Personal media players (can only be heard by you)
There could also be two versions of the cassettes:
- Pacwest/bootleg variant - cheap, supposedly lower quality, used widely in the mix
- NLM variant, topside, more expensive, supposedly higher quality, NLM automatically owns the rights to anything recorded on these cassettes no matter how bad the music is
I'm sure with the help of scripters, we could get some themely music cassettes circulating in the markets so that owners of speakers/media players have even more stuff to play, on top of PC created cassettes.