22 April 2008

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Scrollwerks Remix contest

Just got a note from Jeane Goforth from Scrollworks (a non-profit organization aiming to offer quality music education for children in the local community regardless of their ability to pay, with a focus on minorities and the under-served areas of Greater Birmingham, Alabama), They are holding a remix contest featuring a recording of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra in concert performing Paganini’s “Moses Variations”.

"We've finally got it up. I know it's short notice, but, having worked now 17 (or 18) days straight and with a to-do list covering multiple tablets, it's the best we could do. The growing pains of a new organization! (0 to 135 students in 2 months!!) Info here: http://metroyo.blogspot.com/2008/04/250-prize-for-remix-contest.html
or under 'What's New' at scrollworks.org "

Very cool, Jean - and may the contest be a big success!

11 April 2008

Free Music Making Software Resources

FreeMusicSoftware.org - A blog by Crispin with the tag line: A collection of the best Free Audio and Music floating around in Cyberspace.

gersic.com - the giant free audio plugin database

KVRaudio.com - The premier news site for everything related to audio plugins. Fabulous search engine for plugins and host software, which makes it easy to find only free plugins or also commercial one's.

09 April 2008

Trifonic remix packs, interview at ccMixter

From ccMixter: "Trifonic have just put the solo studio tracks from their debut album Emergence, into the Commons. Including a cappellas by Amelia June, Christina Courtin and David Forest.

Trifonic are brothers Brian and Laurence Trifon. Their music blends manipulated ambient sounds and synths with live guitars, strings and other instruments to create an alternative electronica sound distinctly their own. After working as a guitarist and programmer for electronic artist BT, Brian teamed up with Laurence in 2007 and composed several contest winning, standout remixes for ccMixter and licensed music to TV shows including CSI."

This one has a bit of a personal connection, since I've had the pleasure of doing a bit of a virtual interview with LT and Brian on behalf of ccMixter in connection with this release of their tracks.

more free sounds: soundsnap.com

From the sound of shoveling sand to the sound of pigeons eating, there are a myriad of free sound files available at soundsnap.com, another resource and community for free sound files.

Other free sound/sample sites we have mentioned before can be found here.

06 April 2008

Reeemix.com tracks remix contests

Here's a site specializing in listing remix contests. "Reeemix.com provides you with a continuously updated link list to remix contests worldwide." Looks like an excellent resource.

Thanks to Laurent for this tip. He also says: "I'm looking for fellow producers to work with."

If you are looking for other producers, many of whom have been known to collaborate with others, I can highly recommend ccmixter.org. Or if you want to get in touch with Laurent directly, you can do so via his myspace space referenced in the link above.

05 April 2008

ccMixter - She's Got the Look

Good friend of the site and remixer extraordinaire Loveshadow just posted a note at ccMixter: "This is just a little announcement that a remix i did of Calendar Girl has been used commercially for a fashion house in Vienna.

The site looks great as does their current 2008 collection. Its very cool to be selected and proves that the world is watching and listening to sites like CC Mixter and rethinking their commercial approach.

It also shows that collorabation thru CC Mixter can lead to greater things and Calendar Girl & myself would like to thank the Kalchmann group for supporting our online efforts.

Go take a look if you get a chance: Kalchmann"

eMXR's hearfelt congratulations to Loveshadow, CalendarGirl and Kalchman!

03 April 2008

Glen Phillips / Kompoz Remix Contest

just got this note from Raf Fiol over at Kompoz.com:

Glen Phillips / Kompoz Remix Contest!

Tune your guitar. Adjust your drum kit. Fire up your mixer. Today we are thrilled to announce our second Kompoz celebrity remix contest, this one featuring Glen Phillips, singer, songwriter, and the voice of Toad The Wet Sprocket!

From April 1st through May 30th, Kompoz members can download the original studio tracks for the song "The Spirit of Shackleton" from Glen's new solo album titled "Secrets of the New Explorers". Rock it up, funk it up, jazz it up. Add a solo, sing with Glen, bang your drums. Post your entry before May 30th for your chance to win a Fender Squire Stratocaster autographed by Glen Phillips!

Five winners will be selected. The best new individual track or original remix will win a Fender Squire Stratocaster autographed by Glen Phillips. The second-place winner will receive a one-year premium membership to TrueFire.com. The third-place winner will receive a StealthPlug USB audio interface from IK Multimedia. The top five winners will all receive a "Secrets of the New Explorers" CD autographed by Glen Phillips, and a cool t-shirt from INDISTR.COM.

Finalists will be selected during the last week of May by Glen Phillips and Kompoz staff members. Those tracks will then be posted on a special Kompoz channel on OurStage.com, where during the month of June, the fans will decide the winners, using OurStage's unique "battle of the bands" voting format. Kompoz members that register on OurStage will of course be able to vote, and will receive 12 free MP3s!

Did I mention that we're giving away a Fender guitar autographed by Glen Phillips? We're giving away a Fender guitar autographed by Glen Phillips!

For official rules and details, visit the contest landing page at http://www.kompoz.com/glenphillips. To get started now, visit the contest project page.

Radiohead disappoints remixers

I just received the following email from fellow remixer DJ_Rkod:

Radiohead have invited fans to remix their recent single, "Nude," and have created a site to host said creations. It is easily navigable, the remixes are easy to listen to and many of them are pretty good.

It's also one of the worst deals I've ever seen when it comes to remixing.

The first problem is immediately apparent on the front page of the site, which states:

"Nude by Radiohead is out now. You can buy bits of it here and upload your remix here."

Buy? Really? On further investigation, I found that yes, the British band expects you to shell out your funds in order to have the privilege of mixing them. It's what I like to call a Very Bad Thing. But it gets better! A look at the terms and conditions reveals that this is in fact even worse than it appears to be. I'd like to deconstruct some of the terms below.


1. all rights in and to any remixed versions ("Remixes") of the song "Nude" ("the Song") created by the Entrant shall be owned by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd ("WCM") and to the extent necessary the Entrant hereby assigns all rights in the Remixes of the Song to WCM throughout the World for the full life of copyright and any and all extensions and renewals thereof. If requested by WCM, the Entrant shall complete and sign a formal assignment of copyright to give effect to the foregoing;

2. all rights in and to any Remixes of the original sound recording of the Song ("the Master") created by the Entrant shall be owned by _Xurbia _Xendless Ltd ("Xurbia") and to the extent necessary the Entrant hereby assigns all rights in the Remixes of the Master to Xurbia throughout the World for the full life of copyright and any and all extensions and renewals there. If requested by Xurbia, the Entrant shall complete and sign a formal assignment of copyright to give effect to the foregoing;


This essentially removes all of your rights to anything you do with the song. You do not control what Warner or Xurbia do with whatever you create. You do not own any part of it. You are essentially paying them so you can work for them, a complete and utter reversal of the way things should be.


3. Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway will be registered and credited as the sole writers and WCM the publishers of the Remixes of the Song created by the Entrant;

4. the Entrant will not acquire a copyright interest in the Song by virtue of creating Remixes of the Song;


4 is essentially a restatement of the above. But 3 is something else entirely. When combined with the rest of the contract, it means that, with or without your permission, Warner or Xurbia can sell your mix, without paying you a cent and without even giving you credit for it.

"Xurbia shall not commercially exploit the Remixes of the Song created by the Entrant without consulting with the Entrant prior to such commercial exploitation."

This is a laughable assurance, because the remixer owns no part of his own work, and can do absolutely nothing to prevent such commercial exploitation. A consultation of this type would only serve to fulfill the terms of the contract.

I do not recommend using this site (obviously) and hope that in the future remixing is thought of in terms other than monetary ones.


editor's notes:
* The above obviously isn't intended as legal advice, but an opinion of the author.
* While I may be able to tolerate somebody charging for their remixing stems (although in this case it appears to be strangely inconsistent with the "pay what you like" approach previously taken by Radiohead), I am as deeply disappointed as DJ_Rkod about what to me appears to be an plain and simple grab of IP (intellectual property) rights. I do support the notion that the original artist and their publisher shouldn't loose the rights to their work because of remixing activities. However as remixes add new IP, just grabbing that new IP without compensation seems very unfair to me. I agree with DJ Rkod that "consultation" would appear to be a bit of a weak (if any) protection for the IP of the remixer. I Count me amongst those, that refuse to remix under such terms and conditions.

I think Radiohead could learn a thing or two about creating friendly remixer relations from Nine Inch Nails.