28 October 2007

Sources For Creative Commons Content

Mashable.com, the impressive and wildly successful blog about social networking has a useful list of Sources For Creative Commons Content. Remixers working in the creative commons realm, will find a number of useful audio resources listed there.

CalendarGirl does CalendarSongs

CalendarSongs is a great idea of a talented songwriter and singer from London. Appropriately calling herself CalendarGirl, she wrote and recorded 12 songs, one per month over a year and made the a capella tracks available on her CalendarSongs website as well as at ccMixter.org. The year is now up, but the remixes are still pouring in.

Her invitation is "I write one song a month. You remix and feedback. We make a record." While I have no idea what making a record really means in this age of iPods and mp3 files, that isn't the point. Her song writing is great, her voice is really nice to work with and in the end there are only winners: people who love music.

This is a wonderful idea, well executed and drawing remixers like moths to a flame, including this one:

03 October 2007

Radiohead's grand experiment

Usually I don't post about stuff that has plenty of coverage all over the media or in plenty of blogs already. But this one is just to interesting to not mention: Radiohead will be distributing their upcoming album online and are allowing their fans/customers to set the price for the download of the album. And they sell two versions: downloadable music only (with variable pricing) and a fixed price box set including a variety of Radiohead swag.

This is remarkable, not because it's totally unique (it is not), but because Radiohead is a band arguably still in it's commercial and artistic prime (although the forthcoming album may prove or disprove that).

If this grand experiment proves to be successful (however they define that), it could have a dramatic ripple effect in the recording industry. It will be very interesting to observe and hopefully they will share their experiences.

01 October 2007

Nine Inch Nails Open Source Remixes at Painful Convictions

Nice to see that there's a place to listen to the best remixes from the NIN remix site. From the site Nine Inch Nails Open Source Remixes at Painful Convictions: "After months of deliberation of nearly 200 fan submitted remixes, 'The Limitless Potential' open source remix collection is finally available. This 21 track collection of the very best Nine Inch Nails remixes can be downloaded absolutely free from Painful Convictions. Thanks to Trent Reznor for providing the Multitrack files to the public to do with as they will, and the many talented artists who remixed the tracks."

In an open source environment, music gets to be made primarily for the joy of it, rather than just being enslaved to money. I'm very much in favor of artists being able to make money, but not all art should be locked up. So I would generally recommend that artists license their art liberally for non-commercial exploitation, but maintain commercial rights for their work. You can always give specific commercial rights away for free to someone you like. :-)

Creative Commons licensing facilitates that approach very nicely, one of my favorites being the
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.