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ange on 09/06/2013 at 04:24PM
Collecting societies do the work music copyright holders can't do on their own, like tracking and distributing radio royalties. But in Germany there's only one collecting society, called GEMA, and they're known to impose exclusivity over artists who want to share their music publicly. This is why many creators from Germany and other parts of Europe don't have the option to use Creative Commons while also participating in a collecting society.
From this need emerges the Cultural Commons Collecting Society (aka. C3S), an artist-friendly, transparent, flexible collecting society. Wolfgang Senges, one of the project's co-initiators, recently presented about C3S at the Creative Commons Global Summit (slides here), and the project will be legally founded September 25th, during the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.
So far on their crowndfunding page, C3S has raised over 80,000 € in addition to the 30,000 € already raised for their legal founding. Senges points out that the crowdfunding effort still needs to reach the 200,000 € goal in order to have the resources necessary to meet the requirements for starting a collecting society. Here's where you can pledge your support, and even purchase a "share" to have your music administered by C3S after their launch.
In celebration of C3S, the Free Music Archive is proud to host the C3S Ignition Mix featuring GEMA-free music under Creative Commons licenses.
wmmberger on 09/05/2013 at 05:18AM
What makes a great grind band? Doing as much as you can in an average of 43 seconds' song duration, flexing those ferocious chops from all angles, and, though this may be hard to explain to someone whose ears are attuned to pop music and the traditional song form, a certain "catchiness," an anthemic propulsion that will make the listener/receiver want to propel oneself into the pit without a care for personal safety. Psychic Limb have all these qualities, in spades.
I've liked these guys from the second I heard them, they stand out mightily from the pack of late 2000s grind on bandcamp and elsewhere, and they make records that stand firmly amongst the classics of the genre. And yes, they can and do reproduce it all in person.
undRess_Beton on 09/02/2013 at 12:46PM
Classwar Karaoke is an online label primarily based around an ongoing series of quarterly surveys - in effect, largescale compilations - published online mainly through the Free Music Archive, on each of the last days of February, May, August and November. It hosts material culled from the experimental scene, including electro-acoustic, improv, free jazz, acusmatic, soundart, field recordings, cut-up, avant-rock, noise, ambient and sound poetry.
Classwar Karaoke was founded by Anthony Donovan in March 2008; with the first survey appearing a few months later. The label only truly came into it's own, however, when Jaan Patterson joined as co-curator later the same year. Concerted efforts to expand and professionalise the label ensued. At the same time, Patterson founded suRRism-Phonoethics, as a platform for full-scale releases. Many crossovers in personnel and outlook were evident between these projects, and, after a two year hiatus, upon his return, Patterson invited Donovan to similarly co-curate at suRRism-Phonoethics. Between them, and via these two projects, Donovan and Patterson have, by now, released hundreds of pieces of music and short-films, attracting many tens-of-thousands of hits.
Included in the Classwar Karaoke and suRRism-Phonoethics roll-calls are internationally-recognised artits such as Bob Ostertag, Fred Frith, Rhys Chatham, Bryan Lewis Saunders, Leif Elggren, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker, Geoff Leigh, Otomo Yoshihide, Terry Bozzio, Nate Young, Michael Giles, Keith Tippett, Jaap Blonk, Jochen Arbeit, Steve Beresford, Leafcutter John, Ludo Mich, Gino Robair and Zoviet*France, as well as an impressive array of lesser-known but equally innovative artists. Live gigs, mini-festivals and specialist multi-media releases have also featured, and physical releases, of limited edition CDRs and audio-tapes, are planned for the future.
Listen to our newest Survey 0023 here.
AS220 on 08/31/2013 at 01:00AM
Dive in the Narragansett, drinking a Narragansett, listening to this comp on waterproof headphones.
The community arts center AS220 in downtown Providence has curated another great seasonal mix showcasing local musicians who have performed at their space. Settle into your favorite pair of yellow rubber pants and get chummy with this great seasonal sampler, reeling in great tracks from Rhode Island bands The Low Anthem, Harry and the Potters, Lolita Black, Trip Dicks, and Humanbeast.
DaveBombay on 08/27/2013 at 05:37AM
Hailing from Brooklyn, Born Loose brings the intensity of a car crash and the catchy energy of Fucked Up or GBH while delivering real and raging rock 'n' roll. These live tracks from Three Chord Monty with Joe Belock leave you pumped up and ready to start a fight or lift a car. Singer Larry May’s vocals tie this energetic four-piece together with some solid guitar work from Suke. Keep an eye out for Born Loose's S/T full length alubum out on Drug Front Records.
CJSW_Music on 08/23/2013 at 09:30AM
Born on the island of Jersey, John Wort Hannam brought the independent spirit of his birthplace with him when he settled in Fort Macleod, Alberta. Releasing albums on his own and with Black Hen Music, he has been spinning tales of the working man that resonate with each listener. Every songwriter has a tale to tell, and John Wort Hannam has a gift for weaving narratives about his new home in Western Canada.
Our team at CJSW's The Morning After are proud to claim him as an Albertan, and as an incredible talent very close to home.
DaveBombay on 08/19/2013 at 05:25AM
Skin on the Clock by Secret Boyfriend is another solid release from the Price Tapes label based Providence, RI. Skin on the Clock is a drone-y experimental mix of songs that take you on modulated journey through the land of mono magnetic music that slips in and out of catchy territory. The spectrum of sounds and samples used are skillfully assembled into a good album that is ripe for your tape deck.
Ryan Martin, the solo-artist behind Secret Boyfriend, hails from Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC where he is helping to keep the low-fi/expiremental/noise game alive and well. If the digital download provided here isn’t enough to whet your tape palette, mosey on over to pricetapes.tumblr.com to get a physical copy.
CJSW_Music on 08/15/2013 at 01:30PM
Calgary has seen many bands come and go, but for many, there remains a special place on our iTunes playlist for psych-pop experimenters Hunter-Gatherer.
Taking the swirling cacophony of Animal Collective and channeling it through the fuzz of early-90's guitar pop, Hunter-Gatherer quickly amassed a devoted following, playing Sled Island and other high-profile gigs, before members went on to other projects (including The Cable-Knits, an outfit with a similar sound). On their sole release, a four song cassette from 2009, the band's pairing of dreamy vocals and spiky guitars laid the groundwork, along with Braids and Women, for many of Calgary's young indie bands (Gretchen, Faux Fur, et al). You might have to "hunt" for their tape, but once you find it, I "gather" you'll fall in love.
ange on 08/07/2013 at 05:09PM
The annual Primavera Sound Festival took place this May at Parc Del Forum in Barcelona, Spain. The festival's line-up is consistantly impressive, bringing together a mix of artists from across genres and generations.
These recordings wouldn't be possible without help from WFMU staffers who occupied the mosquito-infested double-wide broadcasting tent during the coldest Primavera festival yet. This includes WFMU's Liz Berg (you love her FMA podcasts and weekly mixes), Brian Turner (thank him for our recent live Mudhoney session), Scott Williams, Evan "Funk" Davies and Scott Konzelmann. You can explore the rest of the archived, streamable (non-downloadable) sets here and here.
All of these artist-approved live recordings are being offered under a Download Only License, which means they welcome you to listen but not remix or use in videos.
theradius on 08/05/2013 at 09:33AM
PATCH is a series of curated playlists selected from the Radius episode archive. Each playlist is organized around a specific topic or theme that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum. PATCH serves as a platform to illuminate the questions, concerns, and complexities of and within radio-based art practices.
PATCH 02: Memory
Seventy Seconds is Harold Schellinx’s sound diary for the year 2011, a prime year. Schellinx recorded 10 seconds of sound each day of the year at various times of day. The ensuing avalanche of sounds, extracted from Schellinx’s private soundscape, mirrors the relentless passing of time. The sounds captured are often highly personal, but due to their briefness, remain abstract.
Seventy Seconds follows and documents the lines of (unfinished) drama and euphoria, hopes and fears, as they continue to unfold. In that sense, Seventy Seconds truly is a diary. It also is simply a work made out of sound, the “intangible and uncanny ghost that always travels half a mile ahead of its own shape" (William Faulkner, Light in August, 1932).