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cheyenne_h on 07/18/2017 at 03:14PM

Basement Bohemian's "Sun Iced Tea" - WINNER of Audio Cookbook Challenge!

"Sun Tea" by Phillip Chapman-Bell via flickr. CC BY-NC-SA.

We want to extend our most jubilant congratulations to Basement Bohemian! His song, "Sun Iced Tea," not just a recipe for summertime refreshment, has won the Audio Cookbook Challenge!

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated and gave us a signal boost for this challenge - the results were difficult to judge (and, truly, every song was nominated - so the entire album is an "Honorable Mention")! The Free Music Archive is happy to bring opportunities to artists every once in a while, and we will be doing another challenge in fall/winter, so check back in a couple months for the next FMA Challenge. 

Until then, here's "Sun Iced Tea," the winning track of the Audio Cookbook Challenge: 

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cheyenne_h on 05/21/2017 at 04:26PM

Audio Cookbook Rules & Guidelines

"At The Lunchtime Wedding Banquet" by WL on Flickr. CC BY-NC-SA.

FUN FACT:

Recipes are not subject to copyright! (Yep, it's true.)

But there are just not enough songs about recipes, or containing recipes, to satisfy us. We want you to help make our songs-about-food dreams come true!

Do you have a favorite recipe (or five) you'd like to share with the world? We have just the opportunity: the FMA's Audio Cookbook! It'll be an audio compendium of recipes, all free and dedicated to the Public Domain using the CC0 Public Domain Dedication tool, so anyone can use the recipes however they'd like.

So, here's how it'll work:

  1. Choose a recipe you want to share. (If it's from a cookbook that's still protected by copyright, it's OK to share the ingredients and the directions - but any commentary or descriptive wording should be your own. Don't plagiarize, or you'll get disqualified.) Don't have a recipe in mind? Check out our resource page for inspiration!
  2. Compose a song or make a recording containing the recipe. Songs must contain a recipe to be eligible for the Audio Cookbook. Recipes must be for food or drinks; recipes for home cleaning products, for example, are not eligible. Questions? Email us at contact [at] freemusicarchive [dot] org.
  3. Submit it on the Audio Cookbook album page (along with your FMA username, the name of the band/artist, song title, and please include the text of the recipe from which your recording was derived - or a link to the place where you found it). You must have an FMA account to submit a song; if you don't have one, sign up for free here. Songs are reviewed before they are 'published' so if you notice yours doesn't pop up within a day or two, let us know.
  4. Rinse and repeat as many times as you like!

Make sure your song is original - singing a recipe to a traditional (read: public domain) tune is fine, but putting your words to a current song that's protected by copyright can get us into hot water! Please don't do it.

We will accept entries from Wednesday, May 24 2017 until Friday, June 30 2017. One lucky artist or band will be selected as the reigning Audio Cookbook champion, and they will win a prize for their efforts!

Want to record yourself givng instructions for how to make a favorite appetizer, entree, dessert or drink, maybe with some musical accompaniment? Do it!
Want to get arty and record the sounds of veggies being chopped up, or something sizzling in a pan, with narration? Sounds tasty!
Want to write a ditty with the recipe of your choice as the lyrics for the song? We want to hear it!
Want to liven up your Aunt Gertrude's recipe for zucchini bread with some harmonica and throat-singing? We strongly encourage you to do so!
Is your favorite recipe a surrealist series of instructions that results in a three-foot-tall sandwich that nobody could eat? Well, okay, that's cool too!

However, we gotta draw the line somewhere. If it doesn't contain a recipe for SOMETHING (theoretically) edible or drinkable, we won't share it. Rules is rules, and we don't want anyone poisoning themselves with your ah-mazing idea for kitty litter ice cream. Save it for another contest.

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cheyenne_h on 05/10/2017 at 06:14PM

Audio Cookbook Inspiration and Resources

Can't decide which recipe to sing about - or are you in search of unique recipes to add to our Audio Cookbook

Here are a few of our favorite places to look for public domain recipes - have a look:

NYPL's small but excellent collection of public domain books, available to read online
Project Gutenberg's "Cookery" collection
, for view online, organized by country, type of dish, and more
An online compendium of Medieval recipes, for view online
ICSA's Public Domain cookbook archive, more than 500 available as PDF downloads
Boston Public Library collection of cookbooks on archive.org, available to read online
Archive.org's massive cookbook collection from sources like UCLA Special Collections, The Bancroft Library at The University of California, Berkeley, and the Prelinger Archive

 

Hungry for more? There are more recipes and links over at the Open Source Cook blog!

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