White Market joined the celebrations of International Women’s Day on Spark Sunderland with a live full hour of free music by female artists. On top of that we gathered the voices of some inspirational women that are actively involved in open content, digital freedom and activism. The show included messages from MEP Julia Reda, who is behind the current revision of the copyright legislation in the EU; Free Music Archive director, Cheyenne Hohmann; and Jen Wike Huger, content manager at OpenSource.com.

Playlist will be updated soon! In the meantime, you can listen again here.

Today, we had a special session about the CC Summit 2015.

“The Global Summit brings together the community of experts, academics, and activists who comprise the Creative Commons affiliate network in a different country every two years.”*

CC Summit 2015 will take place in Seoul next week, from 14th to 17th of October. It’s a once-in-every-two-years event that brings Creative Commons enthusiasts, advocates and users together to share experiences, challenges and expectations regarding CC licences and everything that can be related to them. On this show, I had the great pleasure of talking to Paul Stacey, Senior Project Manager at Creative Commons HQ team and one of the people behind the organisation of this year’s CC Summit. We talked about some of the programme highlights, some of the challenges Creative Commons have yet to tackle and we also took the opportunity to talk a bit about the recently-funded Kickstarter project of writing a book about Open Business models, in which Paul is also involved. During the rest of the show, we brought to daylight some of the best free music on the web, as usual. This time with a lot of new releases!

You can find more about the summit here, and more about the book here.

João Picoito – Heavy Falling Feather [FMA]
One in a Googolplex – Den [Bandcamp]
Red Trees – When the Rains [La bél]
Pasaje a Bombay – Polizón [Solo le Pido a Dior]
三毛猫ホームレス – そばが食べたい (Masayoshi Iimori Remix) [Maltine Records]
Maria Sonora – Luomo Cumbia [Cabeza!]
Tyler Twombly – Club [FMA]
Glassio – Try Much Harder [Soundcloud]
Neon Nite Club – The Dream Machine [Jamendo]
BitBurner – Not Any Kind of Program [Soundcloud]

*from CC Summit 2015 website.
.: Photo by Kristina Alexanderson :. CC-BY-NC-ND

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