Thursday December 18th 2014

Can we copy? Yes, we can!

Copy Feast 24 – 25 – 26 september 2009, City Library, Leuven, Belgium

The ‘Copy Feast’ is a three-day festival during which the copyright, and more specifically the copying of creative works is taken under consideration. Using music, film, debate and workshops the Copy Feast teaches the public that downloading and distributing certain works indeed can be done legally. The Copy Feast is a collaboration of the radio program “netwaves” (Radio Scorpio) and the City Library of Leuven (BE).

Previously, copyright protected works were hard to copy. The digitization of information and the emergence of the Internet made content easy to download and copy. This way the protection of copyright turned into a problem. Publishers and other stakeholders (record companies, film studios, ASCAP/RIAA/GEMA/BUMA/Sabam, …) started to speak of ‘illegal downloading’, ‘piracy’, ‘theft / stealing of artistic works “, etc. Their aim is to protect these artistic works, i.e. to keep them closed while making them accessible, provided you pay a fee.

At the same time, the internet has a growing number of independent, public initiatives who want to keep cultural works open for current and future generations. The authors of these works think it is okay to copy, download and distribute their content. Their primary aim is to protect these works, but yet keep them open and free. The copyright remains protected thanks to the Creative Commons license.

The Copy Feast is a tribute to the artists who keep their work open to the community.

Kopiefeest Leuven

A Copy Feast CD – including a track by WM Recordings artist brunk – can be downloaded from the Netwaves website. When you distribute this music, always mention the name of the artist and the license “CC:NC-SA”.

In the lobby of the library, a “Burn Station” will be available during the festival for copying music to CD or memory stick.

The program: http://www.netwaves.org/node/479
Admission is free (except Cinema ZED).

Komakino reviews Barbara de Dominicis

Komakino Zine has published a nice review of “Anti-Gone” by Barbara de Dominicis:

“Elegant, soothing, often mesmerising, exotic and vulnerable: Anti-Gone is Barbara De Dominicis, and viceversa, pop electronica and avant-folk meet the greek myths, along the coordinates of early Goldfrapp, Portishead, Zero 7, just to help You to find the way for Her Olympus.

Native from Naples, formerly in underground projects Cabaret Noir, The Body, Exposed, – singer and songwriter, Her music identity turns international thanks to a crew of talented Musicians coming from New York, Berlin, Naples, Paris and so on, until the Netherlands based label, WM recordings.”

Read the full review here.

New Claudio Nuñez album online now

New free album download, online now:

Claudio Nunez – Odd Times, Uneven Dreams

Claudio Nunez was born in Buenos Aires in 1959. He studied classical guitar during the 70s, composition with Hilda Dianda and obtained a choral conductor degree in 1980.

Claudio lived in the USA between 1981 and 2004. He has released 7 CDs: “Algunas revelaciones sobre el tango chino”, “La zappatilla de zappa” “El zen del tango – el tango del zen”, “Paseando por lomas”, “Solos en la madrugada” “Freejazz on monday” and “Freejazz on sunday”.

“Odd Times, Uneven Dreams” is Claudio’s second release on WM Recordings. It focusses on his qualities as a guitar player.

Submit your cover version for our 100th free album!

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 the release of an album of cover version of tracks from the WM Recordings catalog.

Pick your favorite WM Recordings track from www.wmrecordings.com and… cover it!

We’ll post submission guidelines on our site very soon, but you’re already invited to start submitting your cover versions. Deadline is September 15th.

The rules are simple: the track(s) must have been released by WM Recordings and your version should not be longer than 5 minutes. Also keep in mind that a remix does not count as a cover version. Mail info@wmrecordings.com if you have any questions or if you have more great ideas to celebrate our 100th free album!

Keshco news

Our friends from Keshco in the UK report:

On Saturday 1st August we do another live session for Vombat Radio, from 5-7pm UK time, direct from our living room. We’re hoping to play a lot of new tracks. More info on Vombatradio.com.

On Wednesday 5th August we will be putting on another TROLLEY CRASH night, in South London.

The line-up is:
Keshco – our set may yet be electronic or acoustic
Jude Cowan – a songstress of finely twisted wit and acoustics
Dead Cowboy Culture – unorthodox, eclectic tuneage from Leicester

Also there will be some comedy mayhem and sweets, lots and lots of sweets.

The venue is:
The Cavendish Arms, 128 Hartington Road, Stockwell, London SW8 2HJ
Entry is £5 and the event is from 8pm – 11.45pm.

There’s a promo clip for the night here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5Q1flRhevo

New on WM Recordings: Claudio Nuñez

Our latest free album release:

Claudio Nunez – Barking At The Wrong Tree

Claudio Nunez was born in Buenos Aires in 1959. He studied classical guitar and composition. He has released 7 CDs and has worked with Charles Gayle, William Parker and many others.

“Barking At The Wrong Tree”, which features three piano improvisations, is the first of two albums by Claudio that will be released by WM Recordings.

FMA reviews Manuele Atzeni

The Free Music Archive [FMA] has posted a very nice review of our release by Manuele Atzeni:

The Miyazaki Tour E.P. represents some of the best 15 minutes available on the FMA to date. With hip-hop as its backdrop, the production takes on the stutter-step programming of leftfield R&B akin to Timbaland and the Neptunes, which is especially evident on songs like “Crezima” and “NeVe”. “Bonacisi” and “Ouch The Couch” are both packed with a flurry of scratches and cuts over whimsical electronic beats.

Read the full post here.

Our most popular releases on Mininova

As you may know we distribute part of our catalog of free album releases through Bittorrent site Mininova. We have made 30 releases available through their site so far and we continue to add older releases.

Here’s an overview of the most popular WM Recordings releases on Mininova so far:

1. Various Artists – Wakka Chikka Wakka Chikka: Porn Music For The Masses 2
2. Happy Elf – Loose your head
3. Sminky – Lizard’s Tale
4. Manuele Atzeni – The Miyazaki Tour EP
5. brunk – so lo so fi
6. Happy Elf – Sexmachine
7. Noteherder & McCloud – The Tail
8. Meanwhileproject.ltd – Today is Sunday
9. Keshco – Trolley Crash
10. Panicphobia – When Eggs Burst

Happy Elf is a sexmachine!

New free mini album by Happy Elf, available now:

Happy Elf – Sexmachine [WM096]

More grooves, more lyrics and another guest vocalist: welcome to SEXMACHINE, a mini album filled with sounds of legendary synthesizers and dirty guitars.

Willem van Dullemen, a famous blues guitarist/singer from Rotterdam joins Happy Elf’s hitmachine on two tracks. This album features songs about relations, sex and dreams. But don’t take it too seriously: it’s Happy Elf!

New on WM Recordings: Manuele Atzeni

New free download, available now:

Manuele Atzeni – The Miyazaki Tour EP

Manuele Atzeni a.k.a. Miyazaki is a dj/producer from the underground music scene in Florence, Italy. Born as a hard-techno dj, since 2001 he has been spinning and scratching in parties, clubs and festivals around Italy mixing hip hop, funk and drum ‘n bass.

Manuele Atzeni’s music is heavily hip hop/electro influenced with a strong jazz/funk taste.

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