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Six months after the latest session of my beloved White Market Podcast, here I am again. First of all, for those of you who kept asking about new episodes, I can only say thank you and that I am sorry I vanished (along with show) without any notice. As you know, WMP is a non-profit endeavor, one that I maintain solely by myself. Despite all my love and will to do the show, this means that sometimes the rest of my life gets ahead on my priorities list and WMP has to be put on hold. In the last 8 months, I have finished my Masters degree /with a distinction thanks to this), I have relocated back to my home country (Portugal), and I have started a full-time job. As such, the amount of time I have available for personal projects reduced dramatically. I tried to keep the show by making it a fortnight event instead of a weekly one, but I still struggled and eventually I had to accept the fact that it was time for a break.

I have already written here about the effort that goes into creating each episode. Using WMP as my final masters project wasn’t accidental. After nearly ten years of on and off production. I was quite aware of the time and work it requires. Making it my final project was my way of giving it dedication it deserves and requires. For nearly three months, I was able to work almost exclusively on the show and it definitely paid off. Without a doubt, WMP’s latest season was the best to date. Without detriment of music-related content, I managed to transform WMP into what I had long hoped for it to be: a show that actually advocates for change. There were more interviews than ever from different fields of the open/free culture universe, various special features and overall better content.

So, what’s next?

This is not the first time White Market Podcast has had a long hiatus, but every pause demands careful considerations about why I had the need to stop and whether I’ll be able to keep up to the challenge. I am pretty certain I won’t be able to keep the show on a weekly basis; to be totally honest, I am at a stage where I feel like I probably shouldn’t come forward with any specific deadlines since I am not sure I am ready for commitments of this nature at the minute. Despite that, here I am trying to justify myself and trying to bring WMP back to life. For now, that’s my promise: White Market Podcast will come back sometime during this summer.

Stay tuned.

 

Photo by WillSpirit SBLN

I have been wanting to do this for a long time, but somehow the opportunity only arrived now. This week’s show is a Monster Jinx special! Monster Jinx is a Portugal/Internet-based label specialised in hip-hop and electronic music. They are also an artist collective, and identify themselves as an indie label, having dropped their first record back in 2009. In the last few years, they managed to grab the attention of the Portuguese media, get some airplay on national radio stations and play at big festivals. Despite these big achievements, they remain humble and focused on putting out great music. With an enviable roster of MCs and producers, Monster Jinx are a great example of how Creative Commons licenses can boost the reach of a work, and how releasing music for free doesn’t mean a product is any less appealing.

If you’re a regular listener of the show, you probably know at least part of their work by now, as I have been a long time supporter of their work. In the last few years, I have been uploading a great part of their music to WMP’s curator collection at Free Music Archive.

Putting Lisbon’s great weather to good use, I sat down with Darksunn (co-founder, manager and do-it-all) to find out more about how the label started, why they picked Creative Commons as their licencing system, the challenges ahead and their strategy for the future. For the first time in White Market Podcast’s history, this interview was actually recorded on location, which may explain some of the sound issues on this episode. Nonetheless, please sit back and enjoy the vibes of the purple monster.

Darksunn – Sidestep
NO FUTURE – NOMONO MONEY
Monstro Robot – Gata Borralheira (feat. Pulso)
Monster Jinx – Venera o Diabo (Faz Festas a Gatinhos)
J-K – Despedida
Pulso – Estalo os Dedos

All the tracks are available under a CC BY-SA licence. I will be posting the list of background music tracks soon.

On this week’s show, WMP celebrated Public Domain Day. Public Domain Day has been happening as an initiative for some years now, being held on January 1st every year, as this is the date when each year new works go under the public domain. Except, of course, if you’re in the US – sadly, there won’t be any works going into the public domain there before 2019 at least.  In the European Union, though, the rights of authors are protected within their lifetime and for seventy years after their death. This means that after that period the works become available for anybody to use them for any purpose. This year, for instance, this included the works of HG Wells and of the economist John Keynes.

As a celebration, the music played on the show was mostly published under Creative Commons Zero, the public domain licence.

Alpha Hydrae – Won’t see it comin’ (Feat Aequality & N’sorte d’autruche) [FMA] // CC0
Cuicuitte – Viville à l’horizon [FMA] // CC0
Hussalonia – Like Tetanus In A Wound [Auboutdufil] // CC0
Wowa & eckskwisit – Just Cool [Wowa.me]  // CC0
ZAIRE – Twitter de Amor entre Androides [FMA] // CC0
MANWOMANCHILD – Bach Prelude in C BWV 846 [FMA] // CC0
Accou – Gymnopedie No.1 (Erik Satie) [Musopen] // CC0
Kimiko Ishizaka – Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 [Bandcamp] // CC BY
Future Sauce – Gymnopedie No. 1 (Erik Satie) [FMA] // CC0
Katapulto – Zero Rythm Dollar Boy [FMA] // CC0
Breuss Arrizabalaga Quintet – Mount Fuji [FMA] // CC0

Psalms – Hideaway (feat. Tinariwen) [FMA] // CC0

 

 

There are various podcasts about Creative Commons music. For those of you interested to know a bit more about specific projects, Music Manumit podcast is certainly one not to miss. Every week, they interview different players of the CC music scene. From Jamendo to musicians like Electric Mirrors, Doug and Tom have it all covered. So, I am quite honoured to say that White Market Podcast is featured on this week’s episode of Music Manumit podcast.

Tom and I talked about Creative Commons music, my professional background, how WMP is a radio show that is also a podcast, why this season of WMP became the best so far, professional conflicts of interest and many other details. You can listen to the show below, but make sure you don’t miss another episode and subscribe to their feed. You can also show some love by liking the project on Facebook and following it on Twitter.

Subscribe to Music Manumit: via iTunes | Other via RSS

 

As this is our very last show of 2016, I thought it’d be cool to do a recap of White Market Podcast’s best moments of 2016. In case you haven’t listened to all the episodes, this can be sort of your guide to go back and catch up with something you might have missed and be of your interest. With 8 interviews, a couple of special features and even a mini-documentary, I’m sure there will be something up your street.

This has probably been probably the best season of White Market Podcast so far. Since July, I have celebrated the 25th anniversary of Linux and the 2nd edition of Netlabel Day, I have talked to netlabel managers and representatives of different institutions linked to free music and free culture, and, of course, I talked a lot about copyright. However, the big learning curve happened mainly due to our guests, so I decided to highlight them all, as sort of an appreciation gesture. You can find them all on our website, along with detailed credits on background music. Here’s a a list of all the guests on the show this season in order of appearance on this week’s show.

Oh, and since it’s Christmas time, I also played the holiday tune of the season. Merry Xmas, everyone!

Donnie Ozone – Christmas Shopping at the Dollar Store [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-SA

This week, I had the opportunity to talk to Joris Pekel, Community Coordinator for Cultural Heritage at Europeana. On top of talking about their wider work of making artworks and cultural piece from all over Europe accessible to the public online. During the interview, we also talked about the Europeana Sounds Conference 2016, their Policy Recommendations for improving online access to audio and audio-related heritage in Europe and their brand new page on Soundcloud.

On a side note, White Market Podcast is becoming a fortnight event. Our slots on Soundart Radio and Spark Sunderland remain the same, though. The next episode will be online on December 18th and regular broadcasts can be expected every fortnight from that date onwards.

LUKA$ – PCH (feat. BUSE) [Bandcamp] // CC BY-NC-ND
The Impossebulls – A Roller Skating Jam Called Saturday Nite [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-SA
Conscious Thoughts – Daydreamer (feat. Le Real) [Club Coral] // CC BY-NC-ND
*Light-foot – Reckless Elect [Soundcloud] // CC BY
George Bizet – L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) [LNB/NLL via Europeana] // CC BY-SA
Mattias Westlund – Winters Call [Auboutdufil] // CC BY
Ruido Selecto – Talismán [Monofonicos] // CC BY-NC-SA

All the tracks used as background music during the interview are taken from Jon Luc Hefferman’s album “Elian Mor“. These tracks are available under a CC BY-NC licence.

*Starfrosch Hot Track of the Week


 

After many technical difficulties, a lot of travelling and a week of unstoppable rain in the North East of England, the show is finally online. Being very honest, I would have liked it to have some extra content, but it was impossible after a series of unfortunate events. In a near future there’s still a European Commons Assembly special to come and a Europeana special as well!

For now, here’s this week’s free music mix for you.

François – Bem-Vindo [Sólo Le Pido A Dior] // CC BY-NC-SA
Matt Kelly – 4 U (Single version) [Soundcloud] // CC BY
Husky – I’ll be there for you [Soundcloud] // CC BY
Vinze is Dead – Annexagone (What runs away never returns) [Kahvi] // CC BY-NC-ND
Max Jahn – Satellite Circus [Broque] // CC BY-NC-ND
Rag and Bones – Paralyzed [Jamendo] // CC BY-SA
The Homeless Kids – Broadcast [FMA] // CC BY-NC-SA
* She-Wolf – Circles [FMA] // CC BY-NC-SA
Themed Restaurant – All the time [Bandcamp] // CC BY-NC-SA
Woodland Associates – Cheap Date [Advanced Materials] // CC BY-NC
Alex – Disconnect (feat. ducket) [CC Mixter] // CC BY-NC

*Starfrosch Hot Track of The Week

This week we dive into yet another music-only session! From hip-hop to post-rock, from new music to great throwbacks, this episode come jam-packed with amazing tunes to suit all your needs. This episode also marks the beginning of a new feature called “Starfrosch Hot Track of the Week“, which is a collaboration with Starfrosch. If you want to know more about their Creative Commons chart, make sure you listen to our interview with Markus Koeller.

The Impossebulls – No Country for Old Men [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-SA
Severin – I Really Adore You [Needle Drop Co.] // CC BY-NC
waterpistol – The Look You’re Giving Me [Jamendo] // CC BY-NC-ND
Monkey Warhol – Waiting [FMA] // CC BY
Ziegler Co. – Clarity [Foof Records] // CC BY-NC-SA
*meltycanon – Romeo [Soundcloud] // CC BY-NC-SA
ALMUNIA – Nisida Shores [Bad Panda Records] // CC BY-NC-SA
Fodiator – Fodi Scope [Southern City’s Lab] // CC BY-NC-SA
VUKOVAR – The Three Shades [Vulpiano Records] // CC BY-NC-ND
As Above So Below – Exile [Enough Records] // CC BY-NC-SA
Time.Space.Repeat – World Awake [Lost Children] // CC BY-NC-ND
Hermelin – …Sharp Teeth [FMA] // CC BY-NC-SA

 

It’s been a rough month at White Market Podcast’s HQ. As I prepare to move back to Portugal, I have been confronted with a few drawbacks producing the show. Hopefully, this will change soon enough, and the real good news is that there will be some exciting things happening on the show in the near future. Well, my laptop charger just died on the way here, so maybe I wrote this a bit too early?

The first thing that you will notice on the next episode is our long-term collaboration with Starfrosch in the form of a weekly feature on the podcast. Starfrosch Hot Track of The Week is a weekly highlight of a track I particularly like from their Hot100 chart for that week. This feature will already appear on this week’s episode, which should be online tomorrow (fingers crossed!).

As I am writing this post already in Brussels, next Sunday’s session will be dedicated to the European Commons Assembly that is taking place this week at the European Parliament. I am still not sure about how the show will come together since there is so much to cover, but if there’s anything in particular that you’d like to see covered, tweet me @WhiteMarketCast.

As a final note, I’d like to show my tremendous appreciation for all the help and feedback I got from the free music community while working on the show as my final radio project for my Master of Arts in Radio Production and Management at the University of Sunderland. I can now reveal that I graduated with a distinction. I will be sharing my final evaluation of the project on the blog soon. Thank you for all your help.

After mentioning the project several times on the show (and on the blog as well!), this week, I finally had the pleasure of talking to Markus Koller, the person behind the wonderful Starfrosch. Starfrosch is a Switzerland-based project that runs simultaneously as a podcast, a blog, an automated radio playlist and, last but definitely not least, as a Hot100 chart for Creative Commons music.

Markus is a pioneer of Creative Commons music, having been an active member of the community for more than a decade now. So, it didn’t come as a surprise to find out that he knows quite a lot about the licences and some of the issues major CC music sharing platforms have. On top of that, we also talked about how he developed the website and the project over the years, and some of his own favourite music genres and platforms.

Starfrosch is currently looking for bloggers who are into the most mainstream side of Creative Commons music to help them keep their blog alive and fresh.

Let’s Eat Grandma – Deep Six Textbook [FMA] // CC BY-NC-ND
Francis and The Lights – See Her Out [Soundcloud] // CC BY-NC-SA
Starover – A Flower in Space [Needle Drop Co.] // CC BY-NC
Starfrosch – Serie3 [Real Audio] // CC BY-NC-ND
Javier Gómez Bello – Palabras [Jamendo] // CC BY-NC-SA
Wowa & eckskwisit – Just Cool – [Wowa Music via Soundcloud] // CC-0

As background music for interview, you can find all the tracks of Circus Marcus album “Kalimba Session 2016-05-07“; all tracks available under CC BY-NC.