WMP is finally back and what a way to start this fourth season! This week, I talked to Diego Naranjo, Senior Policy Advisor at EDRi, to know more about the copyright reform that is still in the making in the EU. EDRi (European Digital Rights) is an association of civil and human rights organizations that advocates for the protection of our rights and freedoms online. On top of working directly with high instances in the EU, they also work in public campaigns, providing ordinary citizens with tools to engage with policy making, such as the Save the Meme website and The School of Rock(ing) EU Copyright workshop (happening in Lisbon, Slovenia and Hungary later this year).

On the music side of things, the celebration was on in big style for this year’s Netlabel Day. With more than 200 free records out on July 14th, I picked some of my favourites of 2017 to showcase how inspiring the initiative has been.

Lasers – Amsterdam [Bad Panda Records] // CC BY-NC-SA
Fog Lake – Push [FMA] // CC BY
Go Ask Alice – The Shout [La bèl netlabel] // CC BY-SA
Michael Keefe – Reality (Feat. Travis Paul) [Amblis Records] // CC BY-NC
Nüman – Sin título [Sólo le Pido a Dior] // CC BY-NC-SA
Bottlesmoker – East Indies (feat. Kronutz) [Yes No Wave Music] // CC BY-NC
Knit – A Good Chance [Z Tapes] // CC BY
Moki McFly – Zeta [mahorka] // CC BY-NC

All the songs from “Where The Sidewalk Ends” by Roger Plexico have been used as background music for the interview. Tracks available under a  CC BY-NC-SA licence; download on Bandcamp or FMA.

 

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 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]

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

Tonight we wandered through the evening lights that now invade our usual slot at Spark Sunderland, sundays between 8pm and 9pm. With the dusk upon the studio, the songs were quite varied, with enough space for bits of house, dub and acoustic guitars – everything compiled in a wonderful collection you can download by following the links below.

Taseh – Birds of Paradise Marching Band [Monster Jinx / FMA]
Jasmine Jordan – Best I can (feat. Habit Blcx) [Jamendo]
E T I L E – Fourth Delight [Sólo le Pido a Dior]
FVLCRVM – That’s the way it is [Gergaz]
Stereoshape – Glow [Bandcamp]
Astronaut – Nobody knows [Monofonicos]
Tracky Birthday – Secretary Love [Upitup Records]
Holy Sound Crew – Holy Skunk Dub [Dubophonic]
Francisco Pinto – Boo Boo Song [Pueblo Nuevo]
Poodleplay Arkestra – Monochrome Birds [BFW Recordings]
Nick Rivera – I Try So Hard  [La bèl netlabel]
Zipp – Pour Quoi Royale [Mix Galaxy Records]
Risch – Driving in Circles [petite & jolie]
Lucid Picnic – Sparkling Dust [Tropic Netlabel]

.: Photo by Takashi Hososhima :. CC-BY-SA