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

 

 

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

 

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.

This week, White Market Podcast steps on the dance floor with classy beats and groovy bass lines. Between hip-hop, house and even a bit of drum ‘n’ bass, there’s a bit for almost every dance move set.

Cheese N Pot C – Home Base (feat. Long John) [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-SA
Mokhov – Midnight Love [Dusted Wax Kingdom] // CC BY-NC-ND
Astronaut – Nobody Knows [Monofonicos] // CC BY-NC-SA
Miami Slice – Cloud Nine [FMA] // CC BY-NC-ND
Ramón León – Yeah [Plain Productions] // CC BY-NC-ND
Phish Funk & Dave Kent – Hold On [Toucan Music] // CC BY-NC
Dany F – Casiandó [Bandcamp] // CC BY-NC
Self-Help – O Ella Me Llama [Cassette Blog] // CC BY-NC-SA
Sunsplash – Delfines [Bandcamp] // CC BY-NC-SA
SWIM – We Are Young [Soundcloud] // CC BY-NC-SA
Neon Niteclub – I Want You [Jamendo] // CC BY-SA
Chump Change – Footage [Yarn Audio] // CC BY

.: Photo by Ewan Topping :. CC BY

This week, I had the chance to talk to Maarten Zeinstra, from Amsterdam-based think tank Kennisland, to find out more about the project Copyright Exceptions. We already know copyright law is particularly complex, but things do get even more confusing once you look at the different regulations each one of the 28 European Union countries has.

On a completely different side note, I would like to thank to Starfrosch and Musique Libre for helping me out in finding the CC licence of This Mess is Mine release, which allowed me to play it on the show. They are both great resources if you’re into Creative Commons music, so make sure you check them out.

Bembe Segue – Safa Solo [Bandcamp] // CC BY-NC-ND
Maxwell Powers – After All You Say [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-SA
Nick Vivid – Nothing’s Sacred Anymore [FMA] // CC BY-NC-ND
Alpha Brutal – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright [Bandcamp] // CC BY-SA
wecollectskies – Last Word of Home [Lost Children] // CC BY-NC-ND
The Dandelion Council – Starry Nights in the Geodome [Archaic Horizon] // CC BY-NC-ND
Heskin Radiophonic – The Suffolk Owl [Fwonk*] // CC BY-NC-SA
This Mess Is Mine – Picture Postcard [Aerotone] // CC BY-NC-SA
Janina & James – Good Man [Foof Records] // CC BY-NC-SA
IZE – stick around [Z Tapes] // CC BY
ISRA – Truthtellers [Jamendo] // CC BY-NC
Jon Luc Hefferman – Upbeat [Needle Drop Co] // CC BY-NC

The interview includes the following tracks as background music: “Clocks“, “Vacuum” and “Solitude” all by Jahzzar and available under CC BY-SA.

 

After two very special episodes, today we go back to a full music session. We have bedroom pop and undiscovered netlabels, as well as some older loves.

As my dissertation is coming to an end, I will continue to release new epiosdes of White Market Podcast on a weekly basis. I have a few interviews and features planned, and I still have a White Market in Context I’d like to share about the show in relation to its community. For now, I would like to express my tremendous gratitude towards all the interviewees in this season (so far), to Soundart Radio and Diane Gray for their immense help with the radio broadcast side of it, and, of course, to all the artists and labels that keep releasing their music under Creative Commons.

beat.dowsing – Knowns [Self-Published] // CC BY-NC-SA
Dimitri Palikaris – Black Hole [Phonocake] // CC BY-NC-ND
Broke for Free – tabulasa [Soundcloud] // CC BY
Taseh – Caramella Peak [Monster Jinx / FMA] // CC BY-NC-SA
Luz Safari – Tour [Fax Records] // CC BY-ND
Safir Nòu – Land-Escape [La bèl] // CC BY-NC-SA
bedbug – forgetting what its like to feel bad <3 [Z Tapes] // CC BY
moving in – strawberry [Z Tapes] // CC BY
Omar – Pescoço de Túlipa [Lixo Records] // CC BY-NC
waterpistol – blue waters [Jamendo] // CC BY-NC-SA
Small Colin – You & I Will Be [Rec72] // CC BY-SA
Indian Wells – Racquets [Bad Panda Records] // CC BY-NC-SA