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cheyenne_h on 11/27/2014 at 09:45AM

Radio Free Culture #25: WFMU's Secret Weapon with Ken Freedman

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, current Director of the FMA, spoke with Ken Freedman about WFMU, a well-known noncommercial & freeform radio station in Jersey City, NJ. WFMU created the Free Music Archive, and Ken talks about its origins, copyright laws of yore, and more. 

You can find more information about WFMU at their curator page

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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cheyenne_h on 10/23/2014 at 01:45AM

Radio Free Culture: Orphan Works

"Orphanage No. 3" Moscow, Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. Modified w/text. Unknown photographer.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

For this episode we spoke with John Bergmayer from Public Knowledge about Orphan Works. An orphan work is a work for whom the copyright holder cannot be identified or contacted.

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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jason on 10/13/2014 at 05:03AM

Player Piano: The First Digital Music Revolution

Using light to read player piano rolls at MakerFaire Detroit, CC BY Marty McGuire

I made a 2-part Radio Free Culture about the player piano's legacy on music, copyright and digital culture

Part 1 feat David Suisman, Lisa Gitelman and Michael Simon - The transition from sheet music to piano rolls transformed our understanding of copyright. 

Part 2 feat Nick Seaver, Aaron David Ross, Michael Connor and Nick Yulman - The player piano's influence on digital music, including MIDI, Disklavier Super MIDI, Black MIDI, MIDI-powered automata and mechanical pop.

 

Some classic player piano performances have been recorded and compiled by Kazoomzoom for the Frog Legs compilation. Below, enjoy one from Scott Joplin, a Ragtime legend who you can read more about in this feature story by Joe McG.

 

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ladymock on 07/12/2012 at 02:53PM

The Investigative Musicologist Radio Show: The Public Domain

What do you think of when you hear the term "The Public Domain" in relation to music?  Really old pieces?  Music that has no copyright?  Works in the Creative Commons?  Perhaps even one or two specific genres come to mind?  The label is a fluid one, to say the least, and complete consensus on it appears unlikely.  In this episode we'll explore some of the ways the public domain has been understood and misperceived, and listen to music that's not only representative of these ideas, but also delivers the usual multi-directional jumble of music heard on the show. 

Full playlist info and episode streaming options here.

CIUT show page.

And check out extra goodies related to the episode.

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katya-oddio on 11/09/2010 at 02:00PM

Hiss, Crackle, Pop

The release This Is The End, Beautiful Friend by File Under Toner is a public domain treasure trove of album noise for all artists wishing to add the authentic warm crackle of old recordings to their new works. These sounds were culled from the end of the groove of vinyl, acetate, and even cardboard records.

recording the silent final grooves of records. not so silent after all. playing them loud enough to capture the hiss, the pops, the clicks. adding a couple of digital delays, some EQ and filtering, a little reverb here and there… not much, really. it’s all in the records if you know where to listen....

if you have the means, stamp these tracks on a three sided LP. you will have three free extra end grooves, and a blank side to needle-surf.

Are the hiss, crackles, and pops on records protected by copyrights? This controversial project by File Under Toner (Anki Toner, founder of Hazard Records, the free public domain label) posed the question and got into some trouble.

photo: "Golden Turntable" by Neil Ian of Nimble Photography [license]

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