silence (82 seconds of) + Throw Your Arms Around Me v2

BBC Radio’s ‘Desert Island Discs‘ speaks with Maurice Hopper, of Exeter, UK. As a peace observer, he carried eight pieces of music to the Middle East. Transferring music from CD to computer some spaces in between got lost. “It emphasized the huge importance of silence in musical performances,” he says. This track is a “silence” break before encore, “producer’s cut”, versions on “Spiral“.

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On this, a second version of the Hunters & Collectors’ anthem Throw Your Arms Around Me on Allison Crowe’s “Spiral” album, producer Kayla Schmah’s mix enriches the encore – bringing Allison’s vocals to the fore – after they’d been immersed in the pub-style-group-sing-along that wraps the first. Building up to one more, final, gorgeous, song production…

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Spiral

Allison Crowe and the same musical team that came together for the gentle “Oceans” dive into rocky territory with the album title song, “Spiral“. The character of Allison’s 100+ year-old upright grand piano is also a key element.

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Double-Edged Swords

Allison Crowe switches up with “Double-Edged Swords” – riding the rails geographically and emotionally. On board with Allison, the band, and producer Kayla Schmah is long-time musical partner, Turtle Studio’s Larry Anschell, engineering the instrumental tracks. There’s no ‘sleeper‘ on this trip…

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Dearly

Spiral” is Allison Crowe’s newest album – w. gorgeous cover paintings by Netherlands-based Tara Thelen + graphic design by Florida’s Alix Whitmire. Billie Woods contributes photographs & acoustic guitar, alongside a rhythm section of Dave Baird and Laurent Boucher. Arranging, orchestrating and producing in full cinematic splendour is Kayla Schmah, of L.A. by-way-of-Salt Spring Island.

Curtains rise on “Dearly“…

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Canada – “Tributo a Allison Crowe”

And, now, from Rita Mercedes Chio in Argentina – a tribute to Allison Crowe, and Allison’s homeland, Canada. The song is “Going Home Tonight” – with the gorgeous scoring and production by Kayla Schmah on Allison’s album “Spiral“.
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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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