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dvd on 05/29/2012 at 07:30PM

J.S. Bach Open Sourced & Crowd Funded

After a wildly successful kickstarter campaign, the folks at the Open Goldberg Variations project have finally released their recordings of Bach's famous 1741 composition. Recorded in the Teldex Studio in Berlin (whose client list reads like a who's who of classical conductors and orchestras), producer Anne-Marie Sylvestre beautifully captures pianist Kimiko Ishizaka's performance of Bach's masterpiece. It is not every day that someone puts so much time and effort into a classical recording only to turn around and offer it up to the public domain free of charge. In fact, according to the project's creators, this is the first fan-funded, open source, and completely free recording ever produced. The recording is accompanied by a newly revised edition of the score open peer-reviewed and put together by musescore.

The recording is licensed under Creative Commons Zero, which effectively allows the recording to be used by anyone, for anything, in any way. It's the most "open" license offered by Creative Commons and is designed to assist artists who wish to waive their creative rights and dedicate their works to the public domain.

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We're very excited to share this monumental work and we can't give enough kudos to the Open Goldberg Variations team!




Catching The Waves on 05/30/12 at 07:18AM
Hi Jason and the FMA Team,

Thank you very much for mentioning my silly little blog in your article about the fantastic Open Goldberg Variations project. Would it be over-fussy of me to ask you to correct the reference to my blog so that it reads "Catching The Waves"?

Thank you, and keep up the enormously good work.


Stephen (Catching The Waves)
dvd on 05/30/12 at 02:05PM
Thanks Stephen, all fixed!
Catching The Waves on 05/30/12 at 06:16PM
Thank you, dvd. Sorry to be a nuisance. :)
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