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cheyenne_h on 03/05/2015 at 04:45PM

Who Will Remaster the Masters?

original image from Wikimedia Commons

Ever thought Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” would be better as a speed-metal guitar solo? Or perhaps Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” would sound great performed by a kazoo-and-firecracker ensemble? What about “In The Hall of the Mountain King” as a chiptune odyssey?

Great ideas, right?! We know.

We want these things to exist. And we need your help in this Masters Remastered Challenge!

First, choose a composition from the public domain. If you’re stumped (or can’t remember the original name of the composition), check the list below for some ideas. Though you can find sheet music in a variety of places, we recommend the Petrucci Music Library, which indicates public domain status of its contents. Entries will be released back into the public domain with a CC0 license, so that others can use them, too. But make these your own. Remix them, play them with instruments the composers couldn’t have dreamed of, make them as long or short as you want. Do as many (or as few) as you please.

Here are some recommended pieces you can extract from, re-work, play backwards, etc, that are in the US public domain. We've included links to the sheet music and at least one downloadable file that you can riff on:

BachToccata & Fugue - listen here - archive.org - wikimedia
BeethovenSymphony no. 9: Ode to Joy - listen here - wikimedia - freesound
BizetToreador Song - listen here - wikimedia - archive.org
GriegIn The Hall of the Mountain King - listen here - freepd - wikimedia
OffenbachOrpheus in the Underworld - listen here - wikimedia
PonichelliDance of the Hours - listen here - wikimedia (BY-SA)
RossiniWilliam Tell Overture - listen here - wikimedia
Tchaikovsky1812 Overture - listen here - wikimedia
WagnerRide of the Valkyries - listen here - archive.org

If you submit a song that isn’t on the list, please make sure it is in the public domain before you proceed. Submissions that are not in the public domain in the U.S. won't qualify for judging.

The challenge will run from March 9 until April 3, 2015

One winner will be chosen by our panel of judges, and they will win a Moog Etherwave Theremin

The Masters Remastered Challenge is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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cheyenne_h on 03/05/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #39: Inside LizB's Playlist Labyrinth

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to FMA mixmaster and WFMU DJ Liz Berg, about how and why she mixes up a new hour's worth of FMA gems every week. Her podcast is available via her WFMU playlist page and iTunes.  

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or right here: 

 

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cheyenne_h on 02/26/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #38: Wishing You A Happy Fair Use Week with Ellen Duranceau

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

Happy Fair Use Week 2015! WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring a special episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts, for this occasion. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Ellen Duranceau, a librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and copyright/fair use expert. We talk about the four elements of fair use, how to determine if your use is fair, and talk about other issues around the edges of copyright, music, technology, and more. For more info, try fairuseweek.org, the Fair Use Week tumblr, or check out this Fair Use cheat sheet

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen here: 

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cheyenne_h on 02/24/2015 at 11:00AM

It's Fair Use Week 2015!

We know copyright is in need of some, ahem, reforms. But did you know that there's some wiggle room built in to the US Copyright Statute? This Thursday's Radio Free Culture will have a whole show dedicated to it. But until then, you might want to check out some of the resources, musings, and more related to fair use! The official definition of Fair Use is as follows: 

Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair.

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

But that's not very exciting, is it? Here are some ways that it's generally safe to use things that are still under copyright:

  1. Criticism and comment -- for example, quoting or excerpting a work in a review or criticism for purposes of illustration or comment.
  2. News reporting -- for example, summarizing an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report.
  3. Research and scholarship -- for example, quoting a short passage in a scholarly, scientific, or technical work for illustration or clarification of the author's observations.
  4. Nonprofit educational uses -- for example, photocopying of limited portions of written works by teachers for classroom use.
  5. Parody -- that is, a work that ridicules another, usually well-known, work by imitating it in a comic way.

Here are some examples of Fair Use in action! 


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cheyenne_h on 02/19/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #37: Playing in the Public Domain with Nicky Case

image courtesy of Nicky Case, from the Coming Out Simulator

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Nicky Case, a game developer who has chosen to license everything under CC0, a 'public domain' license available via Creative Commons. We talked about recent work, including the Coming Out Simulator, the Parable of the Polygons, the Public Domain Jam, and more! 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen right here: 

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ckutmusic on 02/12/2015 at 03:18PM

Joshua Zubot & Luke Loseth on If You Got Ears

Josh Zubot is Montreal's man-about-town for violin. Playing everything from free jazz to bluegrass, you can find his name in the credits of countless local projects: Subtle Lip Can, Ensemble Supermusique, Land of Kush, and the list goes on... 

But now, Mr. Zubot is giving the violin a different spin. Enter Luke Loseth: the multi-instrumentalist behind Holobody and all-around electronics wizard gave Zubot's violin the special treatment with a healthy dose of live processing. The two musicians had never met before, and in true experimental fashion were put in a room and given the sole instruction of "make something." The resulting piece finds the traditional instrument being taken in a wholly different direction, with layers of effects bending its pitch and timbre into a finale of noisy cacaphony. 

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cheyenne_h on 02/12/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #36: Adam Green's Guide to the Public Domain Treasure Trove

image via Rijksmuseum.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Adam Green, one of the main curators at the Public Domain Review, a site that brings attention to hidden gems lurking in the giant digital collections of museums, archives, and libraries the world over. We talk about the site's history and legacy, some of Adam's favorite things on his site, and some pointers on  how to search the web's archives for your own public domain jewels, too. 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen here: 

 

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cheyenne_h on 02/10/2015 at 10:00AM

CC Webinar for Educators

Hi FMA'ers of the teacherly persuasion!

If you are a teacher, a student, or parent, you might have some questions about how to use Creative Commons works in your lesson plans or class projects. Have no fear! Jane Park and Cheyenne Hohman will guide you through the basics of using CC-licensed work in an educational context. We'll also have time for Q&A after. 

The webinar will be broadcast live on the web, via our YouTube Channel, on Wednesday, February 11th at 3 p.m. EST. 

Special guest and Creative Commons expert and School of Open manager Jane Park will be co-hosting with Cheyenne. We'll show you around the Free Music Archive (including where to find license information), run through the basics of Creative Commons licenses and how to use CC tracks in various multimedia projects, and show you how you can license your work under Creative Commons (spoiler: it's easy!). 

Check it out:

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Black_Lantern_Music on 02/09/2015 at 11:08AM

Black Lantern Clan: SJ Mellia

Introducing SJ Mellia, an Edinburgh-based hip-hop, electro and techno producer with nearly two decades of production experience under his belt. To celebrate some brilliant responses from the FMA faithful to his releases with Black Lantern Music over the past few years, SJ is putting up 3 albums of back catalogue material on the site, exclusively for FMA listeners.

The first one The Predictable Split and I Pointed My Rhinophore Toward, are out now. The last to be uploaded, Neurotic Boy Outsider, will be up in a week's time.. Here's an introduction to the man, his music, and his method. Look out for more exclusive SJ Mellia tracks on the forthcoming compilation BLM100: BLM IS DEAD, the label's landmark 100th release.

Hi SJ. So, how long have you been making music, and under what aliases?
I’ve been making music for about 18 years now under a number of aliases – NBO75 for solo stuff and under the guise of Zucotic for any collaborative projects and bands. Bands I have been involved with... those were The Idiot Savants, Static Movements and MELLIA, the later being myself and my son who was 7 at the time!

 


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studio11 on 02/06/2015 at 05:30PM

Glass Lux - The New Wave Chicago Italo Connection

Glass Lux At Studio 11

BY ALEX GROSS

Some of my fondest Studio 11 memories date back to the late nineties when studio manager Dan Scalpone and I would embark on our yearly trip to Cannes, France to attend Midem, the world music convention. Here we would meet with labels worldwide on behalf of Chicago musicians to sort out licensing and label deals. Notably, I remember meeting with the Donato brothers of Italy in respect to their Full Time music label and catalog. As innovators in the late wave of disco and early house music, they emphasized that there always stood a unique and deep connection with Chicago and Italo music. Kindly, they had gifted us their entire catalog on CD's notably all "The Very Best Of Full Time" volumes. While building the second recording studio at Studio 11 in Chicago we were limited to a CD Boombox on the construction site. Needless to say, the whole Full Time catalog became the music of choice and I recall hearing the classic "Spacer Woman" by Charlie over and over. Upon attending the early shows in Chicago by Studio 11 friends and musical sensation Glass Lux, I was blown away by their supercharged cover version of "Spacer Woman" and thrilled to hear the fabled Chicago Italo connection come back to life. 

The latest Glass Lux single "I'm A Machine" was mixed down at Studio 11 in late 2014 as a re-release of the bands original demo release. The song is an infectiously catchy ride through an electronic whirlwind. 

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