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cheyenne_h on 04/25/2017 at 06:58PM

State Of The Commons: 2017 Annual Report

Screenshot from the Report's website; CC BY, Creative Commons 2017.

The commons is the largest collection of free and open knowledge in the world, and the Free Music Archive is proud to be part of it! To get some idea of how vast this amoeba of media, tools, and knowledge is, you should take a look at a report that was just released: the State of the Commons Report!

The numbers are in, and according to Creative Commons, there are more than 1.2 BILLION works shared with CC licenses floating around the web now. 65% of these works are shared under "Free Culture" licenses, which are CC BY, CC BY-SA, and CC0 (as well as other Public Domain tools). All CC licenses grant anyone who encounters a work certain permissions; "Free Culture" licenses are the most permissive and open, allowing for remixing, use in audiovisual projects, and more. The other licenses, which still allow for various types of use and access that standard copyright does not, make up the remaining 35% of the commons.

All of the licenses (aside from public domain tools) are built with cooperation and citation in mind, so if you use CC material, please follow the licenses and be excellent to each other (by giving attribution, for starters - here's an easy example).

Some notable additions this year are the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, which added 375,000 works to the public domain using CC0; The Global African Storybook Project, which crowdsources translations of children's stories in languages not often considered by publishers to broaden access and encourage literacy; The British Museum, which released 128 models to Sketchfab; and our very own Freeharmonic Orchestra got a shout-out in the highlights section!

Other sources for CC audio listed in the report include Jamendo and Wikimedia Commons, but there is also a wealth of CC-licensed music in the Internet Archive and lots of free, re-usable sounds over at freesound.org.

Do you have other favorite spots to look for audio in the Commons? Comment below! And don't forget to read, excerpt, share, and tweet the report at http://stateof.creativecommons.org with the hashtag #sotc.

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cheyenne_h on 03/20/2017 at 11:57AM

FMA Q&A: Public Domain Wonders from Monplaisir

Monplaisir: A one-man public domain music machine. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Monplaisir is a man of many bands, and if you've ever cruised through the Public Domain offerings at FMA, you're likely to have encountered a project or two of his! He is devoted to sharing his music as openly as possible with a CC0 license, which allows for any type of re-use, and is internationally recognized as being dedicated to the public domain. Of course, it doesn't hurt to give credit when you use a Public Domain track, but there are no limitations to what you can use this music for. You can find some "Best Of" tracks in this collection: "Let's Hear That Crap!

FMA: Tell me about your music projects on the FMA - you have a few. (Monplaisir, Alpha Hydrae, Komiku, etc). Do they each represent a different style or approach to music?

Monplaisir: I've started producing music under the name of Alpha Hydrae and after few years the name became boring so I've changed to Monplaisir. Monplaisir is like my nickname for everything that fit in noise rock/folk, Komiku is dedicated for the soundtrack of videogames that don't exist which can have some similarities with work under the Monplaisir nickname, Demoiselle Döner is for harshnoise/remix/cold electro, BG du 72 is french noisy songs about love and kindness. With this, I've some bands, SUMMER, frontwave/noise rock, Cuicuitte, a brut folk band with my friend Otite Noire, Pas Dans Le Cul Aujourd'hui, a heavy noise & guitar band, U-Man, improvised french songs... All those names are different ways to approach the music and reach the flow.

FMA: Do you collaborate with others or do you prefer to make music alone?

Monplaisir: I love to collaborate with musicians and to do music alone. Doing music alone is really cool to make fast and precise music, but sometimes it's difficult to make new music because of the lack of chaos and influence. I often collaborate with musicians to do improvisation like in U-Man and Pas Dans Le Cul Aujourd'hui, it's sometimes a pain but really surprising and rewarding.

FMA: Where do you get ideas for songs and albums?

Monplaisir:
Most of the time I get my ideas by trying to do the same kind of music as other bands I listen often (like Cindy Lee, Vampillia, Xinlisupreme, Natural Snow Buildings...). Also I love to have challenges, like, to produce a maximum of music in a short time (Baisers de Sonora was recorded in 26 hours for the FAWM2017), to only use one instrument or two, or like for my project Komiku to create a soundtrack for something that doesn't exist. And when I'm stuck, I look for new guitars and effect pedals.

FMA: Why do you choose to license your work with a CC0/Public Domain license?

Monplaisir: I've chosen the CC0 licence for multiple reasons. First, because I hate the copyright logo, a little C alone in a bubble, so sad. Second, for obvious political choices. I find the actual copyright in France and USA completely absurd. It's based in a philosophy I really don't like, an old individualist way of seeing the culture, which is really sad and greedy. So I want to participate to the alternative. I've seen how it's hard for some people to remix stuff for their own project because of copyright. If I can help to save other artists some time and money to express themselves, all the better. Also, I really don't care about what people do with my music, except when people are oppresive against other people and using my music to do so. I find that a bit rude.

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cheyenne_h on 04/28/2016 at 12:19PM

A Ton of Public Domain Songs

via Flickr Commons/State Library of New South Wales. Long live the Public Domain!

We know you've seen them floating around our pages... PUBLIC DOMAIN SONGS! But... then, you lose track, and they're hard to find again. Well, we updated our search filters to include CC0 content in our Public Domain results -- so now you can find all the Public Domain songs on FMA. These are either ones whose copyright has expired, a la Antique Phonograph Program, or songs which have been dedicated into the Public Domain using CC0, such as our Masters Remastered entries and microSongs, as well as some generous artists who want their music to be heard, shared, and used free of limitations!

To find these songs, just click on the "Public Domain" box at the bottom of our search filters. Currently, we have almost 1,500 of these tracks!

Are you interested in sharing your music with us under the Public Domain dedication? Get in touch.

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cheyenne_h on 03/05/2015 at 04:45PM

Who Will Remaster the Masters?

original image from Wikimedia Commons

Ever thought Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” would be better as a speed-metal guitar solo? Or perhaps Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” would sound great performed by a kazoo-and-firecracker ensemble? What about “In The Hall of the Mountain King” as a chiptune odyssey?

Great ideas, right?! We know.

We want these things to exist. And we need your help in this Masters Remastered Challenge!

First, choose a composition from the public domain. If you’re stumped (or can’t remember the original name of the composition), check the list below for some ideas. Though you can find sheet music in a variety of places, we recommend the Petrucci Music Library, which indicates public domain status of its contents. Entries will be released back into the public domain with a CC0 license, so that others can use them, too. But make these your own. Remix them, play them with instruments the composers couldn’t have dreamed of, make them as long or short as you want. Do as many (or as few) as you please.

Here are some recommended pieces you can extract from, re-work, play backwards, etc, that are in the US public domain. We've included links to the sheet music and at least one downloadable file that you can riff on:

BachToccata & Fugue - listen here - archive.org - wikimedia
BeethovenSymphony no. 9: Ode to Joy - listen here - wikimedia - freesound
BizetToreador Song - listen here - wikimedia - archive.org
GriegIn The Hall of the Mountain King - listen here - freepd - wikimedia
OffenbachOrpheus in the Underworld - listen here - wikimedia
PonichelliDance of the Hours - listen here - wikimedia (BY-SA)
RossiniWilliam Tell Overture - listen here - wikimedia
Tchaikovsky1812 Overture - listen here - wikimedia
WagnerRide of the Valkyries - listen here - archive.org

If you submit a song that isn’t on the list, please make sure it is in the public domain before you proceed. Submissions that are not in the public domain in the U.S. won't qualify for judging.

We'll accept entries from March 9 until April 3, 2015

One winner will be chosen by our panel of judges, and they will win a Moog Etherwave Theremin and a "Classical As F*ck" shirt from Le Poisson Rouge

The Masters Remastered Challenge is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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cheyenne_h on 02/19/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #37: Playing in the Public Domain with Nicky Case

image courtesy of Nicky Case, from the Coming Out Simulator

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, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Nicky Case, a game developer who has chosen to license everything under CC0, a 'public domain' license available via Creative Commons. We talked about recent work, including the Coming Out Simulator, the Parable of the Polygons, the Public Domain Jam, and more! 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen right here: 

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