Monday, July 16, 2012

Episode 9: Cartoon 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 cartoon music.

Washington Post (2:39)
Flight Of The Bumblebee (1:19)
Hungarian Dance No. 5 (0:45)
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (4:42)

That was Washington Post by John Phillip Sousa and performed by the the United States Marine Band.  It's available from Wikipedia or from the US Marine Band's website at  After that was Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms, both performed by the US Army Band and available from  Finishing up was Overture to The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and performed by the NTNU Chamber Philharmonic.  It's available from Wikipedia by permission from the orchestra.  All four of them are licensed as Public Domain.

Just like the last Cartoon Music episode, each of the artists in this episode have graciously dropped just about any kind of restriction from this music and released their recordings to the public domain.  I still want to make sure they're credited - I feel they deserve it even more for not forcing people to do so.  For many years now the public domain has not grown like it used to due to the ways the copyright laws changed near the end of the 20th century, so it's nice to see some new stuff entering it.  It's a pretty awesome thing for them to do.  I really think that a lot of the reason so much of this is so recognizable is that, since the original
music for these is now public domain, they're used more, and I'm very much looking forward to the future where some of the currently-copyrighted music's copyrights will expire so it'll be reusable the same way.

This is a pretty good long episode, so let's listen to some more music.

Overture to William Tell (11:01)
Night on Bald Mountain (12:13)

That was Overture to William Tell by Gioacchino Rossini and performed by the United States Marine Band.  Finishing up was Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky and performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra.  Both of them are available from and are licensed as Public Domain.

Today's app-of-the-day is Synergy.  Synergy is a neat little system to let you use one keyboard and mouse to run multiple computers.  So, for example, in my normal computer setup I have my desktop running Xubuntu Linux with its two monitors set up with the keyboard and mouse, and I have Synergy set up on my Gentoo Linux laptop so the cursor and keyboard smoothly move right over to it without having to plug in or unplug anything.  Basically when my mouse hits the edge of the desktop's screen, it pops over onto the laptop's.  And the great thing is that the computers involved don't have to run the same operating system.  They have downloads for Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and iOS for iPad and iPhone devices, though I have little doubt there's a port available for BSD, OpenIndiana, etc.  It's available from and is very simple to set up.

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

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Grand Fantasie from Die Walkure (14:59)
Overture to the Light Cavalry (6:59)

That was Grand Fantasy from Die Walkure by Richard Wagner and performed by the United States Marine Band.  It's available from  Finishing up was Overture to the Light Cavalry by Franz von Suppé and also performed by the United States Marine Band.  It's available from Wikipedia.  Both are licensed as Public Domain.

So, that's all for today.  I still have more cartoon music lined up for another episode.  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, Audacious for organizing playlists, and Leafpad for notes, and is licensed under the Creative Commons Public Domain license, thanks to all of the music being available as Public Domain from and Wikipedia.  I would much rather distribute these episodes under more permissive licenses and will be doing so when I can.  At any rate, 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 music in Japanese!  See 'ya!

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