Friday 17th July 2009
The Star and Shadow Cinema

Bands, musicians, producers and DJs perform covers, versions, remixes or interpretations of the 1920s and 30s out-of-copyright folk, blues, jazz and music hall from the Open Music Archive as a series of live plugged and unplugged performances. Gho st Trace Stellar features specially created sets of covers along with archive DJ sets and a discussion with Open Music Archive - Ben White & Eileen Simpson examining the implications of Free/Libre and Open Source models of creative production and distribution.

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• Call for participation: deadline closed- 19 July 09

Featuring live:

Onoma -

The Fishery Commission -

Bryonie Isabella Danby

Emily Portman -

Bridie Jackson -

Les Cox Sportifs -

Nathalie Stern -

Graham Mitchinson & James Hutchinson

Cathode -

pre-recorded remixes by Posset -

This event opens up a temporary channel for music, exchange and discussion that operates beyond individual proprietary and commercial interests. The performances from the event will be recorded and licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike, generating a new resource - free for use and reuse.

The Open Music Archive established by artists Eileen Simpson & Ben White in 2005 is situated within the current discourse surrounding notions of authorship, ownership and distribution, reanimated by a porting of Free/Libre and Open Source software models to wider creative contexts. The Open Music Archive concerns itself with the public domain and creative works which are not owned by any one individual and are held in common by society as a whole.

“The music industry sees the public domain as a wasteland of material with no value. We on the other hand, see the potential in these collectively owned recordings. By activating this public resource we bring together a constellation of neglected melodies and lyrics to reanimate the ghosts in the archive and build a new resource – free for reuse in the future.” The Open Music Archive

Under copyright law, a music recording has two automatically assigned property rights: A musical composition has a property right and a recording has a separate and independent property right. These property rights are limited by term. In the UK, the term of copyright in a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work is limited to the life of the author plus 70 years, while the term of copyright in a sound recording is limited to 50 years from the date of recording. The archive attempts to gather recordings and information about recordings whose proprietary interests have expired and make them accessible to a wider public.

Previous related projects include Free-to-Air, Cornerhouse, Manchester; Clips, Blips and Loops, Stockholm; Declose, Gasworks, London and Nought to Sixty, ICA, London.

Organised by Polytechnic & Kate Sweeney.

Thanks to:
The Star and Shadow Cinema-
Urban & Eastern-
Lindsay Duncanson -
Dave De La Hay -

The Arts Council England - Lottery Funded.