Dutch publication “Spits”, one of the largest free newspapers in the Netherlands, published an article about free music and Creative Commons-licenses today. We’re proud to be mentioned as a example of a label that releases most of its catalog for free.
Here’s the main part of the article:
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The Family Simpson, who released Montague’s Lunchtime Speciale on WM Recordings is september, was recently featured in a local newspaper:
Harold Schellinx, who contributed a track to the very first WM Recordings release five years ago under the name of DJ Harsman, has posted a very nice message about five years of WM Recordings and five years of DJ Harsman:
Happy birthday, WM Recordings! Congratulations Marco Kalnenek!
Time flies now, doesn’t it? I greatly admire what Marco has achieved in these 5 years. The extremely divers and eclectic collection of fine music that he has made available online, presented with a lot of care and much respect for the music and artists, is priceless in every possible sense of the word. Priceless as in ‘treasure’, as much as priceless as in ‘free’ … 100 x downloads x free x albums …
Every reason therefore also for me to be proud: in the guise of DJ Harsman I contributed to the label’s very first release, on november 7th 2004. That was Water, Wind and Sails, compiled by Splogman as part of his 52 Weeks project. On it you will find my Oerdvlieg, played with the ‘Geluideiland': an interactive soundmap of the Dutch island of Ameland that DJ Harsman composed when he roamed the island in may 2003.
Much has happened since.
And these very days I have a fine 5 year celebration lined up myself! For on october 7th 2004, just a little before Marco kicked off WM Recordings, in front of the Amsterdam RAI building I launched Raudio, which over the years has become a collection of 24/7 soundart and experimental one pure sound thing audio webstreams, built form several hundreds of hours of pure sound.
To celebrate Raudio’s lustrum, we made RAUDIO IIIII: a free iPhone and iPod Touch application that will bring all this streaming sound to the inside of your pocket or to the palm of your hand.
RAUDIO IIIII will allow you to tune into each one of Raudio’s twenty 24/7 audio web streams. Do it whenever you feel like, and do it wherever you are (povided within the reach of a 3G network or a Wifi connexion.) The collection includes – just to name two – the amazing 9 Beet Stretch (a recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony slowed down – with pitch correction! – to play for 24 hours …), and Het GesPreK 1982-2005, based upon a cut-up of a series of life musical conservations between 12 musicians, originally recorded in the Amsterdam Paradiso in 1982.
It is at this very same spot, in Paradiso’s “Kleine Zaal”, that on friday november 13th we will officially present our application, with a little festive speech, and performances by the ookoi and special guest Peter Zegveld. (The party starts at 17h, please do come, grab the app and join the fun!)
Meanwhile, rather than roaming wadden islands, DJ Harsman these days is roaming our cities, picking up audio tape debris from the streets and from bushes for his Found Tapes Exhibition. He is also writing a book on the noble art of foundtaping, which should be printed and available for your reading pleasure as of very early 2010. It will be partly written in english, but its main language is dutch, like is its title: “Alle Geluid Van De Wereld” …
Last but not least: let me finally start making the album for WM Recordings that I always have wanted to make but for some reason never got round to…
Harold Schellinx – Paris, november 10th 2009
Five years, 100 free albums, nearly 1000 free tracks. That’s WM Recordings in a nutshell for you.
We celebrate our fifth birthday today with the release – yes, our 100th! – of this special compilation of cover versions, remixes, and tracks about free, legal music. We hope you’ll celebrate with us.
WM Recordings artist Jan Turkenburg, known as “Meneer Jan” to his pupils, has released a great new mini album: “It Must Be One Of Those Days“. The title track is so catchy that it will stick in your head forever. Don’t believe us? Watch the hilarious video, featuring Ton Rückert:
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The release of the 100th free album download on our label is rapidly approaching. We have lots of activities coming up to celebrate this milestone. One of the projects surrounding our 100th free album will be a specially themed compilation:
We have already invited you to submit a cover version of your favorite WM Recordings tracks, but since so many people asked about it we will expand the theme of our compilation.
So, for our 100th free release please sumbit one of the following:
- a cover version of your favorite WM Recordings tune
- OR an original track based around the theme of free music downloads, netlabels, Creative Commons releases, file sharing, bittorrent sites, copyright, etc. So, wanna write a blues about the joy you get from new WM Recordings releases? Or do you have a protest song about all those evil file sharers? Please submit it for our 100th free release!
Deadline is October 20th.
The rules are simple: your track(s) should not be longer than 5 minutes and should be submitted in mp3 format (we prefer 320kbps). Mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you have more great ideas to celebrate our 100th free album.
One more request: please contact us first before sending your mp3s.
WM Recordings artist Barbara de Dominicis has recorded a great video for her track “Disremembering Echo” from the album Anti-Gone.