The source code of the music

Tobias Platen tobias at
Sun Jun 8 19:10:15 UTC 2014

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On 08.06.2014 16:39, Massimo Barbieri wrote:
> Hi! A few months ago I started with a friend of mine a musical
> project that has particular similarities to the philosophy of free
> software. I would like to tell you about it in this post and I'd
> love to read your feedback.
> With our band John Option[1] we published our first single My
> monkey some week ago. Of course the song is published under the
> terms of the Creative Commons License (CC-BY-SA) and it's
> completely produced only with free software: Ardour, Hydrogen,
> Jack, Qsynth, CALF, and many other great free audio software that
> we used under a GNU/Linux system.
> But with the project of John Option we have done a little more in
> the direction of freedom. As for the free software the source code
> is accessible for the users, we decided to do the same thing for
> our music. So we published the single recording tracks of the song
> My monkey and the complete Ardour session. All this material is
> published in our official website[1] under the CC-BY-SA license so
> that anyone can use our tracks to produce a remix of our song or
> even a new song that have to be published under the same license.
> I hope that you like our choice of freedom. If you feel like I'd
> love to read your feedback, because the encouragement of the people
> who listen to us and appreciate the philosophy of our project is a
> fuel for us to continue.
> Ciao, Max-B
> [1] Official site: 
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Hello Massimo,
Some years ago I discovered a VOCALOID[1] which is nonfree software,
and I started writing a free as in freedom replacement. Then there is
UTAU[2] which is nonfree, but I found out that someone else in Japan
had written a free software replacement that I had to port to GNU/Linux.

I also compose my own songs using LMMS, Rosegarden, MMA+Linuxband and
eCantorix[3] to create singing in a non-Japanese language. I also do
workshops at Anime conventions where I introduce people how to use the
free programs. I also work on my first con-album which I will sell
physically (as a burned CD) at those anime conventions when the work
is finished. Free does not have to be gratis.

For LMMS there is a sharing platform where you can upload your songs
in source code format. But I had no time to use that platform yet. In
the case of my free software virtual singer, I use my private instance
of GNU Mediagoblin the publish both the ogg file and the source code.
I release the source code of my music under the GPL and/or CC-BY-SA
license. However I do not know if the copyleft of the GPL can be
applied to music.



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