Monday, May 21, 2012

Episode 1: Electronic

Hi, and welcome to the Open Licensed Music Podcast.  I'm Ralph Wacksworth, and today's episode is highlighting electronic music.

Magic In The Pyramids (artist's new site is available here, though licensing may be different) (3:47)
Ghostrider (Take Control Mix) (5:02)
Crystal Warriors (5:50)

That was Magic In The Pyramids by Android Automatic, followed by Ghostrider (Take Control Mix) by Electric Zoom, and finishing up, we had Crystal Warriors by Pretonika.  All of these are or were available from Jamendo and are licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license, though Magic In The Pyramids has since been removed from Jamendo.

As you've probably noticed, I've got a bit of a goofy voice and accent, so I'm going to try and keep the segments of me talking fairly short from here forward.  But I do want to let you know a little about the motivation behind this podcast, so here we go:

I was introduced to open-licensed music by an open source program called iRate Radio, which is still around but has been kind of dormant for quite a while now.  They have music from both Magnatune and Jamendo, as well as many others, in a very easy-to-use and convenient format.  When the project finally ran out of music it thought I would like, I switched to commercial music for a while.  But somewhere around 2010-2011, I finally decided I was sick of funding the continual barrage of lawsuits and free communications-threatening legislation coming from or being supported by certain organizations in the music industry.  I generally listened to a lot of indie music anyway, but when I started my outright boycott of certain large labels and their subsidiaries, the difficulty of finding good new indie music led to me to seek out other options.  There's a lot of good stuff out there, but few places to find it that guarantee the record label is small.  And so I rediscovered open-licensed music.

This podcast started due to the realization that many of my friends and family either did not know about or did not have the motivation to seek out open-licensed music.  This podcast largely consists of some of the best music I listen to on a daily basis.  Each episode will highlight one particular category of music.  You'll also probably notice that many of the songs from each episode will come primarily from one site.  This episode, all of the music is from Jamendo.  There are many sites that distribute
open licensed music, but in certain cases some sites will tend to have a lot of really good music in a particular category.  Jamendo has a ton of electronic music, ccMixter has a lot of really cool vocal music and unusual instruments, Free Music Archive and are both really good for chiptunes, and Magnatune is great for world music.  I'll try to mix it up a bit once in a while, but I don't want to have the source take precedence over the music.  And if there's one thing you can count on being consistent it's that episodes will not be posted with any regularity.

So, without further ado, let's continue on with a bit more music.

beginning (dedicated to buzz part 1) (4:57)
Johaness Gilther - Better World (5:49)
joy with us (3:13)

That was beginning (dedicated to buzz part 1) by _voice, then we had Johaness Gilther - Better World by 2Inventions, and finally joy with us by Sekula Wieslaw.  Once again, all of these are available from Jamendo and are licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license.

Today's program-of-the-day is Audacity.  Audacity is a fairly full-featured open-source audio editing and effects program.  It's what I used to record my voice and edit this podcast together.  One of the features I like about it most is its noise cancelling functionality, which I've been able to successfully use to remove noise even in situations where the noise was about as loud as the signal, and even when commercial solutions have fallen flat.  It's cross-platform as well, so whether you're running Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, or I think BSD, you can still use it.  Download it today at

Now for a short noncommercial break from one of our non-sponsors.

Wookey Hole (4:10)
Jonathan Araldi - Air For Trance (Original Mix) (8:38)
Lost In The Streets (artist's new site is available here, though licensing may be different) (3:28)

That was Wookey Hole by Farfetched, then we had Jonathan Araldi - Air For Trance (Original Mix) by Jonathan Araldi, and finally Lost In The Streets by Android Automatic.  All of them are or were available from Jamendo and are licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license, though Lost In The Streets has since been removed from Jamendo.

So, that's all for today.  Remember - piracy of commercial music only proves your dependence on that model and justifies further censorship and restriction.  So don't pirate it - replace it with something better.

This episode was made using Xubuntu Linux, Gentoo Linux, Audacity, and gedit for notes, and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license.  Feel free to give it to your friends, or if you didn't like it, your enemies.  Links to the songs in this podcast are available on the website.  Listen in next time for some chiptunes!  See 'ya!

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  1. Perfect music . . . Love your music selection and I really appreciate your conviction to support artists not record labels!

  2. I like your podcast. Keep up the good work.