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blocsonic on 06/18/2014 at 11:42PM

Announcing #projectEqualize

Imagine a social-networking site that caters, specifically, to the Creative Commons community. One which only allows you to share Creative Commons licensed content… books, images, videos, audio, games… free or commercial. A centralized location for creators to share with like-minded individuals.

All social networks contain a certain amount of noise that you need to sift through, however, by making a strictly Creative Commons oriented network, a very significant portion of the global social noise is filtered out, leaving you with only content that is sharable… or remixable… or just plain human friendly. We love to share what we love… it’s time we create an infrastructure that allows us to do just that. An infrastructure that cuts out the mega-corporate attitudes regarding copyright and sharing. An infrastructure that also utilizes the APIs of well-known Creative Commons oriented community sites like Free Music Archive, Jamendo & ccMixter to help tie the existing community together.

In addition to providing a platform for sharing what you create or love… discovery tools will be built into the site… with search that sifts through all the shared CC licensed content and allows creators to find exactly the type of licensed content needed. If you need a remixable, rewritable, derivative friendly book, photo, video, song, game or whatever… it’s at your fingertips. The project will also feature extensive charting capabilities… as Billboard does for mainstream music… all content types will have their own weekly… monthly… yearly charts gauging the popularity of shared content. There’s currently nothing like this for the truly independent creators… and there’s a huge need for discoverability, in the CC community. There’s a vaccuum, I want to fill it.

I look at this project as providing an infrastructure for CC licensed content sharing and discoverability… it's time we forget competing with mega-corporations on an unequal playing field. Let’s equalize things a bit. Corporate greed is increasingly making it more difficult for independent creators to earn a living and share their creations. Soon it may be impossible. Let’s not wait around for that to happen.

This is something I originally intended to be more music oriented and part of blocSonic, but I feel it needs encompass multiple data types and as such, it’s own entity. I’m a GRAPHIC DESIGNER who can program, but that is not the same as a programmer who PROGRAMS or a DB administrator who KNOWS DATABASES… I feel that it’s time that I put this public call out to you to pull together a small, talented team of experts who can truly make this project happen.

I’m looking for individuals to build this with… contact me via the blocSonic contact form with an informal CV, if you’re interested. Come… be part of that thing that comes from left-field and shakes things up. I’m looking for a project manager, frontend/backend programmers, DB administrator and a marketing & promotion writer. If you have an unlisted skill set that you feel may be beneficial for a project such as this, then please let me know.

Mike Gregoire

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blocsonic on 04/16/2013 at 08:08PM

From Def Jam to blocSonic and the FMA

The Impossebulls (From left to right: C-Doc, Marcus J, Chuck D, DJ President Ike)

Thirteen years ago, if you were to tell me that I’d be running a music label now and releasing an album by a rap squad featuring Public Enemy’s legendary Chuck D among its ranks, I’d tell you to go write a book, ‘cause you’ve got one hell of an imagination! Thirteen years ago, I was still in art school and blocSonic wasn’t even a kernel of an idea yet. At the same time The Impossebulls began as a group of international Public Enemy fans joining forces with the Hard Rhymer himself, Mr. Chuck D, fellow PE member Professor Griff and long time PE collaborator Kyle Jason on a song railing against the major music industry entitled “We Don’t Need You”. At that point in time, the internet was still such a new entity that never before had a major music artist virtually collaborated with a group of fans. Actually… never before had a rap squad virtually collaborated, period. Thus, The Immpossebulls became the first virtual rap squad to collaborate online and distribute their music digitally.

Fast forward to today and you find that over the subsequent years The Impossebulls released music via Chuck D’s SLAMjamz and are still doing their thing. You’ll also find that members of the squad have made their way to this humble label, blocSonic, which began its story in 2007. If you’re familiar with blocSonic already, you might be familiar with names such as C-Doc, LOWdown (C-Doc and Tirade), Marcus J, DJ Def Chad & DJ President Ike who’ve already made their mark here on releases by C-Doc & LOWdown. They now all return as part of their core unit, The Impossebulls.

So who are The Impossebulls? The ‘Bulls are Marcus J, Tirade, Chuck D, DJ President Ike, DJ Def Chad, C-Doc, Mportd Flows (who we’ll hear more from later this year), Kyle Jason, 2DN, Pvt Militant, Jeff 10 as Bigg Jimm Slaade, Xeno, Dels Digglah & Wildman Steve. Over the years, they’ve developed a rich body of work that this retrospective does a great job of shining a light on. With blocSonic as a partner to help them get their incredible hip-hop music out to the world, they’re ready to continue to bring you the REAL. Get to know some of what they’ve already done and get ready for what they’re going to do! For a group who began it’s existance with a song that was in fact a big F*CK YOU to the major music industry, it only seems appropriate that they’ve made their way to a label that exists as an antithesis to that bloated, sleazy, music-product pumping industry.

Thank you to Chuck D, without whom the ‘Bulls wouldn’t exist! Thank you to the ‘Bulls for being a part of what blocSonic’s doing! It’s truly an honor to be able to help you get your music out to our listeners.

Of course, as always, thanks to YOU for continuing to listen to what we’ve got for you. If this is your first time listening to a blocSonic release … extra thanks to you for giving us a shot! I hope you continue to check us out. If you dig what you hear, be sure to support the artists however you can. Please, also spread the word about blocSonic, if you enjoy what we do. Remember… everything we release is cool to share! Always keep the music moving… share it… blog it… podcast it! If you’re in radio… support independent music and broadcast it!

— Michael Gregoire, Founder

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on 02/15/2015 at 10:35PM
Great work
on 03/30/2014 at 07:15PM
You are so welcome! I love all the music from your label and artists!
Peter Sharp
on 01/02/2012 at 11:27PM
A wonderful 2012
on 12/21/2010 at 06:38PM
Thank You! Good to be here!
Peter Sharp
on 12/19/2010 at 01:44PM
thanks to be my friends
Jaan Patterson
on 08/04/2010 at 03:39PM
thank you VERY much!! X
on 09/21/2009 at 12:16PM
hi blocSonic! great to see you here.. greetings from Indoensia!
on 05/22/2009 at 02:54PM
Bloc Sonic is responsible for ridiculously good compilations. Thanks for all the great work.
on 04/17/2009 at 10:31AM
YES!! i was hoping you made it here. great to see Just Plain Ant's album as a part of this archive. BLOCSONIC IS THE MOVEMENT, Y'ALL! RECOGNIZE!!!