Back in August, I had the chance of talking to Dimitar Dimitrov, EU Policy Director at Wikimedia. On their website, Wikimedia is described as a global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world. By now, it is one of the top 10 websites traffic-wise globally and it is arguably the biggest community-driven project online. It all started with the amazing Wikipedia, but as knowledge kept getting compiled, their projects also kept on multiplying. Today, the Wikimedia Foundation hosts a dozen projects with the joint goal of sharing knowledge – Wiktionary, Wikimedia Commons and their latest baby Wikidata are just a few of them.

Being a content superpower is not easy, though. Surely a hot topic at the minute, the upcoming EU copyright reform is something under their radar but this legislation is far from being the only thing with a deep impact on Wikimedia’s work. For a long time now, they have been facing a variety of challenges that go from censorship in certain countries to court rulings that place double-standards in terms of what people can do with content online and offline. To find out more about these things and, of course, how you can get involved with Wikimedia, just press play.

Aritus – For you [Soundcloud] // CC BY
YeahRight! – San Francisco [Soundcloud] // CC BY-NC-SA
Taseh – Down Roller [Monster Jinx] // CC BY-NC-SA
Luck & Doc – To My Recollection [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-SA
Oranjada vs. North Beach Crew – Zora (2010 Druzhba session) [mahorka] // CC BY-NC

All the songs from “Plays Guitar” and “Plays Guitar Again” by Gillicuddy have been used as background music for the interview. All tracks available under a CC BY-NC licence; download on Bandcamp or FMA.

.: Photo by Wikimedia Foundation :. CC BY

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


 

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

 

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.

 

This week something quite unusual happened: I featured not only one but several netlabels that I had never played on the show. Netlabels used to be quite common when I first started the show in 2008, but with services like Bandcamp and Soundcloud, they seem to have fallen a bit out of place. There are exceptions, of course, but it’s almost ironic that the Netlabel Day initiative only became a thing last year. Maybe it’s just my European perspective. In fact, if we look at South America and Japan, the movement seems to be booming and netlabels are a crucial part of the local music scenes. And that can only be a good thing.

Yunomi & nicamoq – インドア系ならトラックメイカー [Soundcloud] // CC BY-NC-SA
Rafael Aragon y El Malito – Despegate [Cassette Blog] // CC BY-NC-SA
DJ Caso – Payback [001 Records] // CC BY-NC-ND
Formula – Weebles (Featuring Dabbla) [blocSonic] // CC BY-NC-ND
The Cream Canteens – Enid [Djummi] // CC BY-NC-SA
Neon Bicycles – Hard Times [Jamendo] // CC BY-NC-SA
Monarques – It’s All Over Now [Needle Drop] // CC BY-NC
Monk Turner – A Strong Foundation (Athena’s Song) [FMA] // CC BY-NC
dustmotes – Plainsong [Dusted Wax Kingdom] // CC BY-NC-ND
ykymr – Fall In Blue [La bél] // CC BY-NC-ND
E T I L E – Fourth Delights [Sólo Le Pido a Dior] // CC BY-NC-SA
Faex Optim – The Ocean Congress [Kahvi Collective] // CC BY-NC-ND
Flower Crown – Hypnausea [Flowerpot Records] // CC BY-NC-SA

.: Photo by Thomas Hawk :. CC BY-NC

Today is Netlabel Day and we are, of course, celebrating it properly. This week’s session featured exclusively music that was released for this year’s most exciting netlabel event, and we even had an interview with Manuel Silva, from M.I.S.T. Records, who is the main person behind the initiative.

ELYA – Chinese Calendar [La bèl] [CC BY-NC-SA]
Small Colin – Program VCO [Rec72] [CC BY]
Endocarb – Mindfactories [FutureDraht] [CC BY-NC-ND]
Droopy Electro – Levitar [CeroUno Records] [CC BY]
Get Bass – Be Here [Fax Records] [CC BY-NC-ND]
TURBOMEX – Lover of the Day [Caballito Netlabel] [CC BY-NC-ND]
Jeebz ft. Slim Dee – No Time [Sólo Le Pido A Dior] [CC BY-NC-SA]
Donnie Ozone – Banana Run (original mix) [blocSonic] [CC BY-NC-SA]
Captive Portal – Don’t Tickle Me (Mas&Delayer Remix) [mahorka] [CC BY-NC]
Jersey City Players – Abstractadelic [OMEAC] [CC BY-SA]

I have been wanting this for years and it finally happened: I did a blocSonic special! Not only that, but I actually had the opportunity to talk to its creator, Michael Gregoire.

I got to know blocSonic when I was still doing this in Portugal back in 2008. Back then, blocSonic was releasing the amazing netBlocs – compilations of greatly-curated free music. Seven years have passed and their commitment towards Creative Commons-licenced music has only increased. Having an incredible collection of original records released in an astounding variety of formats, blocSonic remains not only as one of the most important names of free music, but also an example to independent labels all around the world – allying a great catalogue to an incredible work of marketing and archiving.

During the interview, Michael and I talked about how blocSonic got here and what are their plans for the future. There was also time to find out how long it takes to prepare a release, how a part of Public Enemy got involved in blocSonic and how Michael finds time to run this amazing corner of the web that is blocSonic.

At the time we recorded the interview, the latest volume of the netBlocs series, #48 “Still…”, was not available yet. It is now, so make sure you go and check it!

Vita and the Woolf – Asha*
Nic Bommarito – Apace
Cheese N Pot-C – Old School My School (Featuring CM aka Creative, C-Doc, 34Pro & Kat Wahamaa)
Pimpstrut Local #13 – The Life and Death of The Party (Radio Edit)

*This song is no longer available on FMA, due to artist request.

We’re back to the music after two wonderful sessions with interviews – one with MEP Julia Reda, the other one with the director of the Free Music Archive, Cheyenne Hohman. This means netlabels are back, Bandcamp is back and basically I am offering you a full hour of unbelievably amazing free music.

Emerald Park – GO! GO! GO! [23 Seconds/blocSonic]
Arcade Island – Refugee (remix) [Bandcamp]
Six Umbrellas – She Does Her Best (feat. Small Collin) [Soundcloud/FMA]
Broke For Free – Summer Spliffs [Bandcamp]
Blue Ducks – Do Not Touch My Slow Jamz [Records on Ribs]
Plurabelle – Athens OH [Local Records]
Quechuaboi – La Vida como un Disco [Cabeza Netlabel]
Sunsplash – Delfines [Bandcamp]
JPB – Levitate (feat. Joe Erickson) [No Copyright Sounds]
Microwave – FOSSIL (Ches AUSStyle Remix) [Microwave Netlabel]
Hot Diggity Dog – You fool [Bandcamp]
Gi Gi Giraffe – Picture [Tanukineiri Records]
Nación Funk – Psychosoul [Bandcamp]

.: Photo by Dennis Skley :. CC-BY-SA