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SpinningMerkaba on 04/10/2018 at 03:48PM

Surf Rock Sing Along

"Sing Along with Blue Wave Theory" is a twenty-song collection of remixes that not only bends the mind and ears with its range of genre diversity and production, but it also drops in on the waves of open sharing culture. How does this happen? It happens because collaboration breeds innovation.

In summer of 2016, this New Jersey based quartet was the featured artist for the “Ride the Wave Remix Event” within the global ccMixter music community. Talented artists from around the world created and produced dozens of outside-the-box remixes, which BWT later curated into Sing Along with Blue Wave Theory, a multi-genre release that is the group’s fourth.

We've posted a few tracks off the album here, the full album is available at Bandcamp.

Visit Blue Wave's FMA page for more details about the band.

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SpinningMerkaba on 12/14/2017 at 12:58PM

Winter Under The Tree

This year we've curated 3 albums for the winter season to showcase the remixing events we hold each year during December.  Winter Lights is an 18 song collection of uplfting seasonal tracks.  Winter Nights is a 13 song collection of remixes that say humbug to the holidays.  And Christmas Hope is a collection of curated songs by ccMixter artist Snowflake.  All three releases are available at Bandcamp, TuneTrack and Jamendo.  All remixes are available under Creative Commons licenses.

We've uploaded a few tracks here and hope to inspire FMA artists to join in this year's remix event "Under The Tree."  We love collaborating with the Free Music Archive and wish everyone a great season of new music to end the year and begin 2018 with some original music that will add to the collection of cc holiday tunes.

Get the full albums at Bandcamp

Visit our Under The Tree remix event!

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SpinningMerkaba on 11/03/2017 at 04:19PM

To Mix and Be Remixed

Free music shared feeds creative culture. image credits cc-0

2017 has seen a renewed collaborative effort between ccMixter and the Free Music Archive.  In July of this past summer, we helped generate original Creative Commons remixes to raise awareness in the fight for Net Neutrality.  And most recently we again collaborated on the Halloween remix event Ghost Notes, creating 54 remixes using CC source materials.

In both cases Cheyenne Hohman curated FMA materials that would work for the themed events, posting sample tracks on ccMixter for artists to use in their productions.  Cheyenne also created playlists for FMA listeners to hear what was being used to create and share.  These collaborations highlight an effort by both the Free Music Archive and ccMixter to keep Creative Commons music innovative and fresh.  As an artist, I enjoy hearing how other artists feature my material.  I'm sure you will too.

How can you as a Free Music Archive artist, get in the mix?  ccMixter has several tutorial videos that quickly outline best practices for contributing to the community.  We've included one here to get you started.  You can also contact us by leaving a comment on this blog or e-mailing either admins here or at ccMixter. 

At ccMixter, we're glad to be active once again collaborating with the Free Music Archive.  Check back often to connect with upcoming events and music shares.  We'll keep you updated.

Here is the FMA playlist for the Net Neutrality remix evemt

Here is the FMA playlist for the Ghost Notes remix event

Here are two examples of remixes resulting from the colaboration between the Free Music Archive and  For more remixes visit the Free Music Archive on ccMixter.

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SpinningMerkaba on 09/08/2015 at 03:14AM

A new hot mix curated by Spinningmerkaba

Check out this collection of remixes specially chosen for the FMA by veteran mixter Spinningmerkaba to school you in the art of creative commons remx.  Guaranteed to raise your GPA by 2 points (if you share it with the class)

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hfayekay on 06/04/2014 at 02:42AM

ccMixter's BIG Music Festival

This summer FMA curator ccMixter-whose main squeeze is embracing remix culture via the way of Creative Commons- is putting together a virtual version of the Coachellas, Bonaroos, & Primaveras of the world: the BIG Music Fest. The event will be comprised of 7 "stages" rotating throughout the Summer beginning May 30th running through til August 30. Each week artists (you!) will be creating content for specific genre-d stages (this week it's songwriter/unplugged/folk/bluegrass/ country but hip hop/triphop will be up at the end of July!) culminating with a live-streaming event mixing all genres. You can also participate by curating playlists, hosting podcasts, & assembling the highest quality of sounds for eventual releases to be distributed on the likes of iTunes & Amazon.

The FMA is happy to provide artists & ccMixters with a playlist of remix-worthy tracks & sounds with summer-y dispositions ideal for incorporating into your submissions to the BIG Music Fest. Listen to the playlist below & for more details on the event click here (& here's a press release too!)

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jason on 04/05/2010 at 03:00PM

ccMixter's Secret Mixter

ccMixter is a community music website, and a big inspiration to our work here on the FMA. ccMixter focuses on remix-friendly audio, and its users offer sample packs, a capellas, and stems under collaboration-friendly Creative Commons licenses. The site has built up a thriving community that ranges from up-and-coming amateurs and hobbyists to worldclass professional producers. 

Victor Stone -- the major force behind ccMixter since its inception in 2004 -- wrote a fascinating memoir about the first four years (which you can read here, CC licensed naturally). In one section, he recalls that the site originally came about as a place to host the results of the Creative Commons/ WIRED remix contest. The site would go on to host contests by the likes of Vieux Farka Toure, Fort Minor (of Linkin Park), and the Copyright Criminals documentary. Over time, the community started to suffer from what Victor calls "remix fatigue"; more importantly, the idea of a remix contest that promotes a certain artist seemed at odds with the community-oriented nature of the site. As Victor puts it in his memoir, "contests were a construct of the commercial economy and simply didn't fit into ccMixter's sharing economy".

The last couple years, ccMixter has found some really cool ways to engage the community in projects that are better suited to the sharing economy. Last month's March Mixup Madness, the Secret Mixter, is a great example.

MC Jack in the Box, producer and host of ccMixter's Cool Music Show podcast, explains what the Secret Mixter is all about:

The Secret Mixter is a semi-regular feature the artists of ccmixter have created to bring them together as a community, and the resulting music is testament to the fact that as a whole, this is a labor of love. You remix somebody secretly and you get remixed secretly. It's that simple. There is no prize, nothing to win, and the most you can hope for your time and involvement is to be reciprocated back in a similar fashion. It brings out the best in its participants, as they are creating a gift for someone else, and the gift to the listener is a wealth of great music from an incredible array of diverse talent.

I've picked a dozen of my favorite tracks from the most recent version of the Secret Mixter, in a variety of genres, which I think truly represent what this project and the community is all about.

The full results of last month's mixter are available here. And if you want to dig deeper, ccMixter recently launched the beta version of their new music discovery tool, dig.ccmixter. Dig is a great way to tap into some of the amazing sounds coming out of the ccMixter community, with advanced filtering options and featured picks. So "dig in" if you haven't already, and we look forward to more ccMixter-curated mixes on the FMA.

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