Monday, June 11, 2012

Episode 4: Xylophone and Marimba Music

Hi, and welcome to the Open Licensed Music Podcast, the show where we highlight music from artists who let you share their music.  I'm Ralph Wacksworth, and today's episode is featuring xylophone and marimba music.

The Annual New England Xylophone Symposium (ft. spinning merkaba) (3:18)
Mushroom Dance (1:22)
Dubakupado (3:32)

That was The Annual New England Xylophone Symposium (ft. spinning merkaba) by DoKashiteru, which is available from ccMixter and is licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial license.  After that, we had Mushroom Dance by bart, which is available from and is licensed under an Attribution license.  And finishing up was Dubakupado by Kevin MacLeod, which is available from his website and is licensed under an Attribution license.

Which brings me to an interesting thing I found in the process of rounding out this episode.  To back up, most of these episodes are based on playlists I've put together for my own listening enjoyment, which I end up organizing and publishing as this podcast.  The problem I've run into is that I've discovered that a bunch of the music I've got is under either an Attribution Share-Alike license or some form of a No Derivatives license, neither of which combine nicely with other licenses. If you remember, I ran into that quite badly with the chiptune episode.  Well, this one was another one.  But I found a new site that is quite awesome for just general instrumental music - the aforementioned from Kevin MacLeod.  A bunch of the songs this week are from his site.  In fact, I dropped a few other songs I had on the list because his just generally fit the feel really well.  Basically, he's got it set up where the songs on the site are, by default, under an Attribution license unless specified differently, and I have yet to see *any* that are specified differently.  So, you'll probably hear more of his stuff played on here in the coming weeks.

Also, fair warning: this episode has a couple songs with lyrics.  If that bothers you, feel free to download the alternate all-instrumental version available on the website.  That'll be after this next set, though.

So, with that said, let's continue:

The Long Goodbye (2:14)
Night Cave (1:53)
gentle marimba (1:44)
Invariance (3:36)

That was The Long Goodbye by John Pazdan, which is available from ccMixter.  After that was Night Cave by Kevin MacLeod, which is available from, then gentle marimba by Alastair Cameron which is available from Free Music Archive, and finally Invariance by Kevin MacLeod, which is again available from  All four of them are licensed under an Attribution license.

Did you know you can build a marimba yourself with scrounged parts?  That's what an Instructables user named RocketScientist did.  He built his because he wanted to be able to practice at home without spending multiple thousands of dollars to purchase one, so he built one using largely scrounged materials including a bunch of wood from a tree that was struck by lightning.  It looks and sounds awesome.  His instructions are available at

Now for the two songs that have vocals but are cool enough I figured I'd include them anyway:

And Broken Again (5:27)
Straight To The Light (ft. Snowflake) (4:58)

That was And Broken Again by Psychotropic Circle and Straight To The Light (ft. Snowflake) by Zep Hurme.  Both are available from ccMixter and are licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial license.

You want to hear something cool?  This is a neat little instrument a picked up a while back.  I'm not exactly sure what it's called, but it's essentially a resonant
wooden box with panels on the top you can hit with mallets to play different tones.  I figured it fits this episode pretty well.  Take a listen.

(Recording of wood box instrument)

Isn't that cool?

Now for a bit more music:

Infados (3:46)
Kalimba experience (2:40)
Constance (2:20)
Yusupov (8:49)
Marimba interlude II (1:02)

That was Infados by Kevin MacLeod, which is available from and is licensed under an Attribution license.  After that, we had Kalimba experience by mmb digidesigns, which is available from Jamendo and is licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license.  Following that was Constance by Kevin MacLeod, which is available from and is licensed under an Attribution license.  The long song after that was Yusupov by Zimbalista, which is available from Jamendo and is licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license.  The last song, which was very much freeform, was Marimba interlude II by Hammer of Hathor, which is available from Free Music Archive and is licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial license.

Yusupov and Kalimba experience are the only two songs in this episode with the Share-Alike term, and as such, they're the only reason this episode isn't just Attribution Noncommercial.  If you'd like a version of this episode that's just Attribution Noncommercial, let me know, and I'd be happy to put one together.  Don't know if anyone else finds that important - I'd be happy to hear your thoughts on the subject in the comments section on the website.

Today's app-of-the-day is Battle for Wesnoth, a turn-based strategy game for just about every platform you can think of.  Travel to a fantasy world, recruit, forge alliances, and battle shared enemies while taking into account terrain and the speed, strengths, and weaknesses of your troops.  It has both single-player, network, and single-computer multiplayer modes, with both competitive and coop.  The included campaigns provide hours upon hours of gameplay, with tunable difficulty, and if you beat
all of them, they have many more available on the website.  As is, it's a fun game to play with friends with laptops for a couple hours.  And to give you an idea of the platform compatibility, and having done programming for years I find this admirable mixed with a bit of insanity, but it's available for Linux, BSD, OpenPandora, Solaris and OpenIndiana, AmigaOS and MorphOS, Syllable, BeOS and Haiku, RISC OS, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and it's been ported to and is available for purchase in the HP webOS, Android, and Apple app stores.  There are probably more platforms than that, but that's just a quick run-down.  Anyway, since basically if you're listening to this, your device is probably capable of running it, you should download it and try it out from

Now for a short noncommercial break from one of our non-sponsors.  And for anyone listening to this - please consider putting together a commercial for something you like.  There are not nearly enough commercials for open content or open source projects out there, and there are even fewer which are licensed under an open license that I can legally include in this podcast.  I'm sure a number of you can think of something cool that you use that could use some recognition.  Send it in to them, post it online, or just send them to me at openlicensedmusic (take out all of this and put an @ in instead)  There are lots of good open music podcasts and open source review and info podcasts out there, and I'm sure a number of them would love to help you promote your project.

Anyway, after the noncommercial, we'll have a couple more songs.

Nonsense Novels
Feel good island (1:52)
Chee Zee Beach (3:23)

That was Feel good island by Brandon75689, which is available from  After that was Chee Zee Beach by Kevin Macleod, which is available from  Both of them are licensed under an Attribution license.

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.  Listen to open licensed music, donate to the artists behind it, go to concerts, and buy music from artists whose record labels don't see you as their enemies.  Support artists where your support actually counts.

This episode was made using Xubuntu Linux, Gentoo Linux, Audacity, and Leafpad 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 action/adventure music!  See 'ya!

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(Instrumental version coming soon)

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