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elliotharmon on 12/14/2012 at 05:00PM

#cc10 Europe Mixtape

In celebration of Creative Commons' tenth anniversary, members of CC's European affiliate network have put together an awesome mixtape of their 20 favorite Creative Commons–licensed songs by artists in 20 European countries.

This music runs the gamut from electronic to folk to classical, and yet, there's something cohesive about it all. The entire album rings with obsessively creative complexity; that is, it's the kind of thing you can imagine a bunch of CC affiliates listening to while having a heated discussion about license compatibility.

Most people reading this blog post are probably familiar with Creative Commons. If not, here's a refresher in Swedish. Creative Commons is committed to making it easier for creative people to share their work with each other. If you like what you hear, support the artists, and consider supporting CC too.

For more information, read this blog post by CC Portugal's Teresa Nobre about how the project came together.

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janeparkcreativecommonsorg on 12/21/2011 at 01:00PM

2011 Favorites by Jane Park at Creative Commons

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Many fantastic CC record labels already release and curate free music, making my job of creating an end-of-year list easy. I also browsed various CC music communities to end up with the following, somewhat eclectic, mix. If you're a west coast transplant like myself, this might be perfect for the east-to-west cross country flight home for the holidaze. It's definitely not exhaustive, so enjoy, but be sure to check out all the other great artists and tracks on FMA.

By the way, the world of free and open music is made possible by Creative Commons licenses, which are developed, supported, and stewarded by Creative Commons — an actual nonprofit organization! To ensure that the legal and technical infrastructure by which you access, share, and remix music remains robust, please consider donating to CC's Annual Campaign today.

Happy holidays!

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janeparkcreativecommonsorg on 04/01/2011 at 01:00PM

Creative Commons Mix for Japan Relief by Jane at CC

I searched various CC-enabled music communities for tracks created specifically for Japan relief, especially album compilations that were created in the days following the tsunami. I also included tracks that were Japan-themed, such as field recordings, that lent to nice transitions between musical tracks. I hope you enjoy this mix and visit the album and artist pages that contain links to where you can donate to the Red Cross and other charities!

For more CC related ways to help Japan, including contributing to other music albums, see CC's blog post on Japan relief efforts that use Creative Commons.


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superhumanoids on 12/15/2010 at 01:00PM

2010 Favorites from Cameron Parkins of Creative Commons

End of year music lists are always incredibly difficult and 2010 is no different. More than ever it feels like there was a new release every day and a new artist to check out every week - keeping up with the pace can be daunting for even the most seasoned music lover. As such this mix is by no means exhaustive - rather, it highlights some of my own personal favorites from the past year. All of these tracks are available here on the FMA along with a vast catalog of other CC-licensed music - so listen, explore, and digest what has been a great year for progressive, independent music.

-Cameron Parkins, Creative Commons Culture Program Assistant

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Spark on 04/21/2010 at 06:00AM

Spark: Creative Commons Playlist

The latest addition to our guest curation series comes from Spark, "a weekly audio blog of smart and unexpected trendwatching" from CBC.


My name is Dan Misener, and I work on Spark, Canada's national technology/culture show from CBC Radio. I'm delighted to have been asked to participate in the Creative Commons curation project at the Free Music Archive. From its first episode in the fall of 2007, Spark has extensively featured CC-licensed music. Let me tell you why:

What the Web Sounds Like

A few years ago, the staff of Spark were preparing to make our very first episode of the show. We knew we wanted Spark to be more than a traditional broadcast radio program. We wanted it to be a collaboration and a conversation -- a platform for exploring the intersection of technology and culture. We wanted to embrace the values of online culture to talk about online culture. And as we worked on our first episode, one question we kept asking ourselves was, "What does the Internet sound like?" As it turns out, the Internet sounds an awful lot like the best CC-licensed music: collaborative, remixable, and constantly evolving.

Equality for podcasts and broadcasts

Here in Canada, using music in podcasts can be tricky business. Though rights and licensing agreements are in place for terrestrial broadcasts, that's not yet the case for podcasts. The result is that many over-the-air radio programs use commercial music, which must be removed or replaced for the podcast version. Usually, this means extra work, recutting a show so it's "podsafe."

When we started Spark, we were very keen to create a single, definitive version of the show for online and on-air. We didn't want our podcast to be a watered-down, "lite" version of Spark. We put a lot of time and attention into researching, writing, editing, and mixing Spark every week, and the quality of the end product shouldn't suffer because of the distribution mechanism.

Spreadability, linkability

One of the great unintended consequences of using CC music on Spark has to do with the Attribution condition. Of course, artists deserve credit for their work, and each week, we post links to the music and artists featured on the show. If listeners hear a tune they like, they can easily find out who wrote it and download their very own copy. This is a win-win-win for the listener, the show, and the artist. Listeners get pointers to great CC-licensed music, Spark gets exposure on sites like CCMixter (via trackbacks), and the artists get heard by hundreds of thousands of people on Canadian public radio.


Dan Misener is a producer on Spark, the national technology/culture show from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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superhumanoids on 02/12/2010 at 03:24PM

Creative Commons Presents: Machtdose's Mix

Continuing Creative Commons' guest curation series at the Free Music Archive is Machtdose, a German podcaster with an incredible ear for CC-licensed music. A feature in Phlow Magazine gives some welcome background on the Machtdose team, framing the influences - musically and otherwise - at work in their mix. From Machtdose:

The Machtdose team is honored to be invited to the Creative Commons curation project at the Free Music Archive.

We discovered the wonderful world of netaudio and netlabels some years ago. From the start we were fond of the idea of freely distributed music and how Creative Commons gave license models for it. Since 2005 we have done a monthly podcast, presenting our favorite tracks from netlabels all over the world. The netlabel scene is so rich in terms of sounds, styles and personalities that we're always coming back for more..

Our selection highlights some of the true gems we found over the last years. We recommend not only the single tracks but especially the full albums where we have taken them from - they are all worth a full listening. Enjoy!

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superhumanoids on 01/12/2010 at 12:57PM

Creative Commons presents: Catching the Waves' mix

Catching the Waves writes:

Catching The Waves has been reviewing free netlabel and/or Creative Commons albums since 2006. That's pretty much it. The catalyst was a desire to thank CC artists for their marvellous free music and to further the cause of free and legal CC music. The reviews, which are the work of one lone idiot, are infrequent, short and badly written yet undeniably sexy. Visit CTW and you'll find reviews of anything from rock to IDM, trip-hop to minimal and even Country to Western. (I've used that joke before – I'm all for recycling.) You won't be bothered by fees, hidden or otherwise, advertising, requests to register or even recommendations for teeth-whitening regimes. However, there is a rather decent collection of links to netlabels and CC music portals.

I am deeply honoured to join in the fun at the FMA. My mix consists of some of the best tracks from some of the best albums that have been lassooed (SP) at CTW. It features lots of different genres, tempi and moods (rock, IDM, trip-hop, minimal, folk, ambient, etc.,) from as far afield as Germany, Japan, Colombia, the United States, France, Canada, Italy and the U.K. It was murderously difficult to whittle the mix down to a still unwieldy twenty tracks. It would be wonderful if people who were new to netlabels, and CC music in general, stumbled upon these songs and realised, as I did, that there's a whole world of wonderful music just waiting to be discovered – and that it's all free, legal and made by artists who want their music to be downloaded, copied and shared. Catching the waves can be fun...

My dirty secret: I've compiled this mix specifically to cause arguments in the FMA and in Creative offices around the world as they argue as to which is the best track. Let the chaos begin!

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superhumanoids on 11/25/2009 at 02:38PM

ccMixter Curation at the Free Music Archive

ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.

This Monday, we began a guest curation series at our Free Music Archive portal. Rather than attempt to distill the vast landscape of CC-licensed music on our own, we thought it better to reach out to those on the ground working to support and expose these type of artists in their given communities. What better way to start then with a selection of tracks from ccMixter admin/developer/mentor Victor Stone:

For all the activism in the Open Music movement, nothing pushes the ball forward like brilliant, evocative music. While there is plenty of underground music of all sub-genres at ccMixter, there is also a growing collection of mainstream, above-ground producers who understand the value of sharing as a means of boosting their own creativity along with their exposure.



Original Mix at ccMixter

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superhumanoids on 08/12/2009 at 06:09PM

Creative Commons on the Free Music Archive

Gilbert Gil listening to a presentation by Creative Commons' founder Lawrence Lessig (photo CC BY Joi via Flickr)

It has been just over four months since the Free Music Archive launched as a destination for high-quality, freely  licensed music. Since that time, the site has developed an avid community and grown to include a number of fantastic curators all while expanding upon the site’s initial catalog to host over 11,000 tracks. All told, the FMA has, in a very short time frame, become an indispensable destination for music lovers looking for freely-licensed music to download, share, and reuse.

The FMA has always offered and promoted CC licenses as a means to share the majority of music uploaded to the site. Today we are ecstatic to announce that CC has joined the FMA’s curatorial ranks! We’re celebrating with 50 great tracks that will be both familiar to the CC community while hopefully offering some new names as well. The launch is split into two mixes – our FMA Inaugural Mix and The WIRED CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.

We’ll be doing regular updates to our collection over the coming months and our next featured mix will highlight some of the great community-driven artists and collaborations found at sites like ccMixter, Jamendo, Beatpick, Sutros, and more. We are on continuous lookout for great CC-licensed music to add to our page and would love to hear your suggestions on tracks and artists in the comments.

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