Since man gained a notion of self, creative work has been haunted by the idea of ownership. Yet isn’t it in the nature of everything that one creation breeds the next? In essence, everything you see in this world is a copy or a remix of some kind.
Whether you’re considering the origin of a tree, a human being, or this article, everything comes from something and nothing is created in a vacuum. It thus makes sense to release ownership and freely share your creations with everyone. This is where the idea of Creative Commons comes in.
All music featured in this edition of Sound Sunday comes with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. This means you can copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format (Share) and remix, transform, and build upon the material (Adapt) for non-commercial purposes, under the condition that you give appropriate credit (Attribution) and distribute your contributions under the same license as the original (ShareAlike). To be 100% correct, one album, Skinned Knees by Bogsey and the Argonauts, does not impose the ShareAlike term.
Genre: melodic, punk, rock, noise
This DIY punk band describes itself as international and nomadic. When we featured their debut physical release Rust, they were based in Dubai. Who knows where singer and guitarist Chris Ryan and his compadre Mike Priest are roaming right now.
Genre: alternative, garage punk, garage rock, punk rock, rock and roll
“Garage-punk band from Moscow. Founded in 2007. The idea was just to play raw punk and rock-n-roll as we all heard on New York Dolls early demos. Andrey worked in music mag and played bass in friendly heavy metal band. And suddenly understood – he’s got something to say.”
Genre: indie, folk, punk, rock, americana, bluegrass
Skinned Knees is Bogsey and the Argonauts’ debut album. Created during a difficult time, it’s become a test of perseverance, one they passed. Each song’s background story is documented along with the lyrics; together these stories give an insight into the bands life. Fun facts: Most songs were recorded and produced in the singer’s bedroom and tapes were paid for in Star Wars toys.
Genre: folk, rock, blues
London-based singer-songwriter Wayne Myers has been recording and performing bluesy folk-rock under the name Fit and the Conniptions since December 2005.
Genre: alternative, rock
Loud rock music from the UK and the only female vocalist in this edition.
Genre: independent, instrumental, post rock
Broken Cities are based in Oakland, California.
Genre: indie, rock, pop, dreampop, lo-fi, psychedelic, shoegaze
The sound coming from this DC-based basement invokes feelings of melancholy, like an evening passed with red wine and old memories. Prozac & Merlot is the latest release of The Sea Life. All their music comes with a CC license.
Genre: acoustic, mellow, pop
Carl-Otto Johansson is a Swedish singer-songwriter who lives in Kalmar on the South-East coast of Sweden. He was the leader of Swedish indie band Eyedrop who released the critically acclaimed album “You And Me Vs. The Machine” back in 2002 on Swedish indie Dead Frog Records. Eyedrop split up in 2005 in the early stages of recording their second album and in the aftermath of the break-up, Carl-Otto got single custody over the songs left behind – his “Orphan Songs”.
Genre: alternative, indie, piano, psychedelic, pop
While listening to this album, I browsed photos of the artist who shot the cover for this album. In his project “The Lost Places“, he visits abandoned houses and documents their decay. The music provided the perfect backdrop for this virtual tour.
Ambient / Electronic
Genre: ambient, experimental, folk
While this album is licensed under the same condition as all other music in this list, the artist asks you to be in touch with them, in case you want to use their music and promises, that even for commercial projects, something can be worked out.
Genre: electronic, symphonic, orchestral, rock
“It is through trials and struggle that a character is born. The title of this piece is addressed to those who set new records in firmness of the human spirit, who challenge their endurance, to all who by their heroic deeds and achievements inspire people to live and create. There are Titans walking among us that we can hardly match…”
Listen to this entire edition in one, quick go. The playlist contains one song from each featured album. Before you know it, you’ll have an overview of all the great music in this edition.
Will You Be Using It?
Let’s hear what you thought of this week’s music in the comments! Do share if you used it for any of your projects and don’t forget to include a link.
Featured image credit: CC Music Sheet by opensourceway via Flickr