Free! Music! Contest 2011 Winners and Music

Free! Music! Contest 2011, run by Musikpiraten e.V., and for which Jamendo was among sponsors, announces its winners and releases a cornucopia of tracks displaying the rich creativity of the remixer community. Allison Crowe, one of the world’s musical ambassadors of Creative Commons licensing, is Musical Patron of this year’s “FreeMixter” event. A 19 track sampler can be downloaded free at Bandcamp. And, at remix portal ccmixter.org enjoy remixes of tracks from Allison, Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), DJ Vadim, the Beastie Boys and many more.

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Bauerfeind – zdf.kultur features Allison Crowe and remixers

Christian Hufgard (Musikpiraten e.V.) sends word on a program broadcast by German tv channel zdf.kultur. He notes:
“German tv produced a spot about remixing/mashups and the FreeMixter. Allison Crowe as its patron has been featured – and a couple of remixes:
http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek/beitrag/video/1408600/Bauerfeind-am-14.-August-2011 (Starting at 08:17)”
Bauerfeind am 14. August 2011
Von angesagten Nerds, digitalen Gutmenschen auf Soforthilfe-Suche, Samples und Kopien mit Recht und der wunderbaren Joy Denalane. Schaun wir mal, dann sehn wir schon!
The Beatles, Danger Mouse, Jay-Z,  Allison (a clip of her “Hallelujah” video appears at about 11:43), and sounds of remixers Jeris, Salvatore-J, Incoherent Mumble Train and more.
Wunderbar! Danke Christian, ZDF and to all involved! Enjoy :)

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Free! Music! Contest Salutes Creativity and Evolution

This weekend, Canada Day, “north of the 49th”, and Independence Day in America, marks the international launch of “Free! Music! Contest 2011”. Organizer Musikpiraten e.V., explains this year’s focus is on “free” as in “freedom” rather than in “free beer”. Considering the strong European flavour to the community involved, though, it’s win-win however you brew it.

FreeMixter” is the motto of this event and, as that suggests, emphasis is on enabling remixes – via ccMixter, the remix portal where many artists, including such high-profile creators as the Beastie Boys, Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), and DJ Vadim, release tracks that others can use to make new music.

Allison Crowe’s posted the vocal and piano tracks for “Spiral” to ccMixter, saying:

“Creative Commons is, in my opinion, the best way to license your music!

You can choose what you’re most comfortable with, without someone choosing it for you – in a sense rendering it the most personalized, realistic and human way to do things – sharing art, and joining artists, all together from all around the world. That’s what it’s all about!

All the best with this year’s Free! Music! Contest :) Can’t wait to hear what happens!”

Allison Crowe is delighted and honoured to be designated Musical Patron for this year’s celebration of creativity – following previous F!M!C Patron, author, journalist and Boing Boing blogger Cory Doctorow, a prominent advocate of Creative Commons licensing, an increasingly welcome alternative to traditional copyright.

Artists, academics, everyone, in today’s evolving environment, can tune in, and turn on to the greater flexibility and compatibility with digital realities afforded by Creative Commons aka CC licensing.

Here’s to “The Power of Open”. Prost!

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