Sep 27, 2005

From Spain: The Freesound Project

A big shoutout to Asa for finding the Freesound site...absolutely amazing...I have been waiting all of my life for something like this:

Barcelona, May 2005

The Freesound Project, an internet community supporting free exchange of sounds by musicians, sound artists and researchers, has been launched by the Music Technology Group of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.
"The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License. The Freesound Project provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples..."

When they say huge, they mean huge. The database is fantastic and the functionality superb. Not only can you play the sounds, but there is some limited overdubbing possible within the collection. I have to believe that I have only scratched the surface of this wonderful contribution to networld.

Sep 26, 2005

Artist Playlist for September 24

Many thanks to Asa for researching and presenting this show. I got to enjoy some time with the family. The mp3 will get posted later this week.

1 Orange skies (image of you) by Effect
2 Manhattan Sapphire (Web Edit) by Ugress
3 (INTERLUDE) french frogs by Oyez
4 intro by Thierry Blanchard
5 tbls by Thierry Blanchard
6 Son of a Hobo by Ashwan
7 (INTERLUDE) french crickets by Oyez
8 Ramadanby Nood
9 Ezanby vanillapudding
10 would you everby itoa //
11 Hi Boys And Girlsby Fortyone
12 dutch train coming 2
13 SEVby Alexandre CHARON
14 The Love God by Martinibomb
15 Csanca by ST
16 (INTERLUDE) french bells
17 Girl by Cezary Ostrowski
18 Love Bird (featuring Lisa Debenedictis ) by callmeyang
19 Quantified by thelaw
20 Swing E Sesso (Remix) by Ugress
21 (INTERLUDE) french night Oyez
22 food story by stud //
23 That JJ Slink
by Thin
24 (INTERLUDE) french dogs
25 Rock n Roll McDonalds by The Shut-Ins - tribute to wesley willis
26 Munster Beat!by
Martinibomb & The Coconut Monkeyrocket
27 Oddio Oddballio by M.Ace
28 Oddio Shellacio by M.Ace
29 (INTERLUDE) SS Kresge Co
30 My Name is Geoff by fourstones
31 Sweet Life by ASHWAN
32 Somebody Lovedby The Weepies
33 (INTERLUDE) french crickets by Oyez
34 Bauhelm Dub by disrupt
35 King George Warmonger - Thunder Dub by Messian Dread
36 Œ(INTERLUDE) french frogs by Oyez
37 ichtio by melodium
39 Kairo by

Lawrence Lessig on the Battle between Google and the Authors Guild

From Lawrence Lessig:
"Google has been sued by the Authors Guild, and a number of individual authors. This follows similar threats hinted at by the American Association of Publishers. The authors and the publishers consider Google’s latest fantastic idea, Google Print — a project to Google-ize 20,000,000 books — to be “massive copyright infringement.” They have asked a federal court to shut Google Print down.

It is 1976 all over again. [Sony Corp v. Universal City Studios] Then, like now, content owners turned to the courts to stop an extraordinary new technology. Then, like now, copyright is the weapon of choice. But then, like now, the content owners of course don’t really want the court to stop the new technology. Then, like now, they simply want to be paid for the innovations of someone else. Then, like now, the content owners ought to lose.

This is the best case to illustrate the story I told at the start of Free Culture. Property law since time immemorial had held that your land reached from the ground to the heavens. Then airplanes were invented — a technology oblivious to this ancient law. A couple of farmers sued to enforce their ancient rights — insisting airplanes can’t fly over land without their permission. And thus the Supreme Court had to decide whether this ancient law — much older than the law of copyright — should prevail over this new technology.

The Supreme Court’s answer was perfectly clear: Absolutely not. “Common sense revolts at the idea,” Justice Douglas wrote. And with that sentence, hundreds of years of property law was gone, and the world was a much wealthier place."

Visit Lessig Blog for the complete post. Oyez has the Oral arguments for the Betamax case available at their site.

Sep 25, 2005

Check out

Ourmedia launched three months ago as a home for grassroots media. The site provides a place where anyone can upload video, music, photos, audio clips and other personal media and store it for free on ourmedia's servers forever. Uploaders have the option of making their works available under a Creative Commons license.

Recently, Ourmedia was nominated as the U.S. finalist for the UN World Summit Awards. The awards are an international competition created in 2003 to highlight the most innovative digital content being created around the world. The awards coincide with the 2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), an international UN summit that will take place in Tunisia this November. Despite having only launching in early 2005, Ourmedia was nominated as a finalist in the e-inclusion category-the UN's term for initiatives that are helping bridge the digital divide, utilizing the Internet to empower the public.

[thanks to Creative Commons]

Sep 20, 2005

BSWC is Now Online!

Thanks to the Internet Archive, Black Sweater, White Cat is now available online. The program from 9.10.05 can be found at the Archive.

Thanks to the Internet Archive for this service and the many others they provide to the Net community.

The program from 9.10.05 is also available for podcast at My Odeo Channel (odeo/3d4fb29fc2d63b94)

Sep 18, 2005

The Skinny behind WBCR-LP 97.7 Great Barrington

Become the Media! Sort of says it all, though there is more at the Berkshire Community Radio Alliance website:

"The Berkshire Community Radio Alliance (BCRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of South Berkshire residents who created and operate a Low-Power FM radio station based in Great Barrington, WBCR-LP. Our station is non-commercial and run entirely by volunteers. It provides the opportunity for all interested community members to create their own programming. We offer a broad and diverse mix of music, news, commentary, and listener participation. Our programming reflects a variety of local, national and international affairs.

We believe that the media should be responsive to the community it covers, and are part of a growing movement of Americans committed to creating an open alternative to the increasingly centralized power of the dominant radio, television and print media conglomerates. We are local, accessible, and passionate about uniting our myriad voices into a frequency unique to our community."

Become the media, become a member...the link is to your right...

Sep 17, 2005

BSWC Artist Playlist for September 17

This is what is on tap for this evening's show. Should be good. 100% cc licensed Joy!

Hijseenpipo by Nicorola
2 sidecar.mix by Lushy
3 sweatpotato.mix by Lushy
4 Ophelia's Song by Pan
5 05_Min_rosa_drom
6 02_Partydodaren
7 Dizzy ke Peeche by Martinibomb
8 Ride A Wave To Uranus by Full Load Of King
9 Time For a Change by Chenard Walcker
10 BoeseSennerin_FinalMix3_Master by Alpendub
11 Turtle Heaven by Gorowksi
12 Clint in the Eye by Gorowksi
13 The Space Bandidos by Gorowksi
14 Crazy by Beth Quist
15 Be Brave (Dub-TripHop RMX) by Antony Raijekov
16 One Loop Below by Cezary Ostrowski
17 More Than 2 Sides (Treatment) by fourstones
18 La Borracha by Lady Bombon
19 I Give Up by Gigaboy
20 Eee-Ooo by Lady Bombon
21 Hiak Toyaz by Gigaboy
22 counterfeit funk (wired freestyle mix) by jsn
23 Backside! by trifonic
24 I swim (radio edit) by Cezary Ostrowski
25 Bernard by Eloi Brunelle
26 Spread The Music by Lee Rosevere

Sep 15, 2005


Mixter creativity from Poland. Cezary Ostrowski is astounding. I found I Swim (radio edit) on and backtracked to his own website. The man is a poster child for what cc music is all about. In less than 1/4 of an hour I became a monster fan. Ostrowski is highly recommended.

Sep 13, 2005

UbuWeb Returns!

A cornucopia of media files has returned. This site is wonderful and needs to be experienced. If you haven't seen it before check it out and if you have been there, welcome them back to the web.

from UbuWeb

"A Bump in the Road: After a long summer of rebuilding, UbuWeb is back. Thanks to all our viewers who kindly encouraged our return. We'd also like to thank our new partners for making it all possible: WFMU, PennSound, The Center for Literary Computing, and Artmob. With our expanded bandwidth and storage space, you'll find a wealth of new media files, particularly in our Sound and Film sections."

A Little Help!

Say, if you are visiting and know of Creative Commons licensed music that I can link from this blog and, perhaps, feature on the radio program, please leave the link here. I am particularly interested in Copyleft content from Asia, the Sub-continent, Africa and South America. Let's get it out there.

Thanks for listening.

WM Recordings Releases Gorowski

WM Recordings brings you music that is a little "different". They do not specialize in one style, but instead collect and release exciting sounds that you're not likely to find anywhere else. Everything at WM Recordings is free and released under a Creative Commons license.

WM023: Gorowski - Summer 2005

Gorowski (real name J. Gore) has been dabbling in electronic music production for around 5 years, after a long DJing career in the sunny town of Hull, UK. He began DJing and promoting club nights in 1990, and was the first promoter to stage live performances from Fila Brazillia, at the Silhouette Club in Hull (1992/3).

Gorowski maintained contact with the Pork Recordings stable for the next decade and now DJs with the '(in)famous' Porky at the Vibe Bar in London. Gorowski and Porky run a monthly Friday night called 'Larkin Out' which has been voted 'Critics Choice' by London's Time-Out magazine on a number of occasions. The night provides Gorowski with an opportunity to play and test out some of his tuneage.

It is the positive feedback he has had from some of the public that has encouraged him to continue on this musical haunt. He says 'when I'm on that computer, building my tunes, time seems to get swallowed up...suddenly 5 years have gone by...argh!'.

[borrowed from Weirdo Music, WM Recordings]

Sep 12, 2005

New Net Release from Comfort Stand

New music from one of our favorite Netlabels: Comfort Stand

Lady Bombon Vs. Gigaboy !!!

Lady Bombon Vs. Gigaboy - Stereo-Sonico
catalog: csr062 | total time: 39:37

Formed in 2000, Lady Bombon is a boy and a girl from Mexico City who use samplers, rhythm boxes, keyboards and guitars to make a brilliant and strange new rhythm fusion. Chuchelas (the boy) and Hongo (the girl) blend punk, pop, roc, and electro, inspired by the 80s and 90s sounds they both grew up listening to. Originally, the two made music just for fun, as something that relaxed them, but after they recorded their first demo and gave it to friends, they realized it could be something more than just a hobby. The two then began to play in bars and other venues and with different bands. What Lady Bombon proposes is that taking music seriously also means playing for fun, living in the moment and making that moment feel better. Such musical play involves experimentation--developing sounds unlike the other music out there. Fun and games are a part of Lady Bombon's visual look, too--the band performs in wild costumes that rhyme with their wide range of musical influences.

Gigaboy is a project created by Chuchelas (Mexico) and his guest Sebastian Comelli (Uruguay), with headquarters in Mexico City. Its purpose is to experiment in mixing popular music (or folk music) with electronic music. While Gigaboy's influences are wide-ranging, the project draws particularly on 70s folk rock and 90s electronic music. Gigaboy has played with various DJ's in many places and often appears with Lady Bombon. A first EP will be independently released late 2005.

Sep 11, 2005

BSWC Artist Playlist for September 10

1 By Rocket to the Moon by The Raymond Scott Quintet and the Gene Lowell Chorus
2 Bongo Avenger by Eric & Ryan Kilkenny
3 A Walk Through The Powerhouse by Mr Melvis
4 The Lonely Bull by Scotch & Soda (Max McMillan)
5 Spy Perfume by Skip Heller's Hot Seven
6 Eulogy - Traveling Music by George S. Clinton
7 Electric Bread by Let's Go Bowling
8 01-christina_ricci by SPY
9 SPY said ONE by Yoshimi & Yuka
10 Crossunder by DJ Olive
11 copshop.mix by Lushy
12 Lavender Hip Mob by Lee Rosevere
13 Livet er en drøm by Pop Bisnis
14 ROCKSTEADY by Two Tone Club
15 Is She Is, Or Is She Ain't? by Louis Farrakhan
16 06 some hot lazy day by obadia
17 BoeseSennerin_FinalMix3_Master by Alpendub
18 pthomas_spacepatrol
19 Cool Fresh Apple Cider by The Bran Flakes
20 Bronx Zulu by DJ Zeph
21 Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (Stretchy-Cover Mix) by Frivolous vs DJG
22 Rank and File by Gooding
23 allThoseLetters by Brokerevue
24 Mission Control by Anitmateria (The real one)