Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Madam Snowflake's Debut Album Highlights ccMixter Culture


Honey Valentine is a sonically-seductive, 15-song collection featuring many of your favorite ccMixter artists, all remixing Snowflake's vocals, and all mastered for high quality sound.  We are proud to feature this work as a hallmark of what can be accomplished through open sharing of creativity and talent.  Honey Valentine is a sign of what's to come from the collaboration within our community of remixers.

Here is an excerpt from the Honey Valentine Press Release:

 "Madam Snowflake delivers vocals that drip with sweet emotion in her new release Honey Valentine -- designed to spark and caress the souls of lovers.  Consistent with her dedication to collaboration and attention to production quality, Honey Valentine stays true to Snowflake's passionate artistry by seamlessly creating a soundscape that burns softly throughout the 15 track collection. By harnessing the production talent of remix artists from the global community at ccMixter.org, she once again showcases a culture that is truly fueled by love and gifting."


(video of the single Whole World Circling)

Read The Press Release

Listen to the Album

Visit Madam Snowflake's website

Download Honey Valentine at Bandcamp

Visit Madam Snowflake's ccMIxter page

Friday, December 29, 2017

CcMixter 2017: The Year In Review




2017 brought in some great remixes that highlighted not only creativity and experimentation, but also expressed through music what is going on in the world around us. Mixters from around the world uploaded songs about love, death, horror, and hope.
There were remixes about climate change, border crossing, and net neutrality. We received
soundtracks, dance tracks, and spoken word tracks. Every one of these uploads has heart and soul from artists that range from beginner to professional. It’s what makes our remix culture great: diversity and acceptance.


Best Remix: "Just Beginning . The Six O Mix 2017" by Loveshadow


Best Pell: "Falling" by Zutsuri   
Honorable Mention: "Secret Beers"  The Spin Wires  


Best New Mixter: John Bozi   
Honorable Mention: Victoria Choice


Editor of the Year:  Texas Radio Fish
Honorable Mention: Stefan Kartenberg


Mixter of the Year:  Speck


Happy New Year, and thanks for keeping creative commons remixing alive and free to share all over the internet!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Winter Lights, Winter Nights




'Tis the season to be jolly -- or melancholy.  Whether you're green and red, or blue and grey, there are songs on these two albums that will ring your bells, keep you warm and make you smile.  It's our way of sharing the gift of music from the community that remixes the holidays for everyone, Grinch and elves alike.

Winter Lights is an 18 song collection featuring remixes of traditional holiday music and uplifting songs of the season.  Winter Nights is a 13 song collection of remixes that would make Scrooge smile in ironic glee.  Both collections were curated by the staff here at ccMixter, and mastered by ccMixter team member and producer Zep Hurme.  These holiday compilations are available at Jamendo, Bandcamp and Tunetrack.net.

Winter Lights and Winter Nights were compiled from the archives of holiday music that ccMixter artists have generated from previous holiday remix events.  Currently, we are holding this year's remix event "Under The Tree."   If you like what you hear on these albums, be sure to check out the new mixes as they come in (or contribute one!).  And don't forget to get your copies of Season of Gratitude and Peace of Winter to make your winter holiday music collection complete.

Happy Holidays from all of us at ccMixter!

Relevant Links:



Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Halloween Music 2017

“During the day, I don’t believe in ghosts. At night, I’m a little more open-minded.” ~Unknown

Deep in the vaults of ccMixter lurk hundreds of Halloween songs that will add a certain, shall we say, rotting addition to your scary playlists.  Like grave diggers on a full moon night, you will find what you are looking for, all you have to do is dig.  Dig until you hit the sound that is hollow and cold.  Dig until your bones are creaking.  There is Ghostly music down there.  And all of this haunting music is free to share and download.

Some of the ghouls working for the dark lord have brought us back a few tasty tracks already.   These servants have sacrificed themselves so that you may stream them for free online at TuneTrack.net.  But be careful, the dark lord of ccMixter is cunning, and soon you'll find yourself enslaved to the tunes created here.

There are also mad scientists, musical genius gone awry, making new nightmare songs, Ghost Notes that will rattle the cages of your mind.  This new music pleases our master, though no mercy will ever be shown.

Like Frankenstein was created from pieces and parts, all this haunting music is created from source material uploaded under Creative Commons licenses, scary music is brought to life, stomping around the internet like the monster Mary Shelly created.  Join us and we will rule the world.  Happy Halloween!

Relevant links:
To Dig in the Vaults:
dig.ccmixter.org
(use search words like "halloween", "scary" or "nightmare")
To stream the Tunetrack playlist from the ccMixter vaults:
http://tunetrack.net/jason-brock/blog/posts/758/halloween-curation/
To hear/create new Halloween music go to Ghost Notes remix event:
http://ccmixter.org/thread/4013


Thursday, August 10, 2017

CcMixter and Jamendo Rekindle Relationship

Royalty Free Curation Released on Jamendo Features Best Instrumental Tracks for Video.

The appetite for new music is growing with each video producer hungry for source material to use in their creations.  To feed that demand, ccMixter  has released Best Instrumentals for Video, the first in a series of curations culled from the over 44 thousand original remixes in the vaults.  The 20 song collection of royalty free music is available now at Jamendo.com.  Listen to it here.

CcMixter chose to feature these tracks because of their popularity on YouTube.  These tasty remixes are what producers are looking for, and they keep coming back for more. Releasing them as a collection on Jamendo made perfect sense.  Jamendo and ccMixter have worked together in the net audio space since the beginning, expanding the availability of independent music released under Creative Commons license.  

"We're excited to be releasing these curations with Jamendo," says Emily Richards, founder and CEO of ArtisTech Media.  "This next chapter in our relationship benefits us all, especially the musicians who created the remixes we're sharing with the world."  ArtisTech Media operates ccMixter.org and Tunetrack.net.  Both Jamendo and ArtisTech have ushered in platforms for artists to generate revenue from their works.  So when a producer needs a license, they are able to purchase one that will cover the use.  This is especially important for commercial use, and also for attribution.

With Jamendo, creative commons remix is on the menu in six languages to over 3 million members, and more curations are on the way.  Thanks to Jamendo we're meeting the demand for royalty free music, and we'll keep 'em coming back for more. 

Relevant Links:
Best Instrumentals for Video
Jamendo.com
ArtisTech Media

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Remix Net Neutrality-The FMA Sample Pack


If you don't pay attention, and make some noise, Telcom companies will restrict your internet access even more by creating a tier-based connection systems.  That would give big money players legal right to limit what you have access to.  How? By giving priority to those who pay more, ISP's will effectively shut down the Unicorns, the Cats, Willy Wonka, and even Morpheus by slowing down the access to them.  Why?  Because innovation isn't as cool as regulation.  It's called Net Neutrality folks, and the rabbit hole goes deep. 

Luckily, we've got friends who stand up to these ISP agents.  Friends like Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, Greenpeace, Amazon, and our friends at the Free Music Archive.  Free Music keeps the beat of the free internet.

So we contacted Cheyenne, one of the Free Music Archive (FMA) overlords, and asked her if the FMA would be willing to create a playlist of samples to use in Creative Commons remixes for Net Neutrality, and she said yes!  It's available now as a .zip file at the FMA's ccmixter page.  The FMA's sample pack features excerpts from a podcast they recorded with Michael Weinberg, formerly of Public Knowledge.  It's tasty stuff for remixing, so jack in and help us protect our network!

We'll be posting mixes from out twitter account @ccmixtermusic and we're using the hashtags #battleforthenet and #netneutrality.  Please do the same and share the music.  Slowing down the tempo is cool, but slowing down our internet connections is not.  


Relevant Links:
Free Music Archive Sample Pack
Free Music Archive Blog
Michael Weinberg
Battle For The Net



Monday, June 19, 2017

Dig The Soundtrack 2017


It's time to create more soundtracks, more instrumentals and more samples for the internets to share, remix and edit.  It's time for Dig the Soundtrack 2017, the remix event that populates our archive with fresh tracks and educates listeners and producers about the in's and out's of CC Music.

As a remixer and as a active member of the CcMixter admin team, I've seen how the music we create in the commons, under cc licenses, permeates the internet in thousands of different ways.  From Vimeo to Youtube to Amazon and iTunes, creative commons music is keeping the beat for artistic productions the world over.  It's doing exactly what the Creative Commons founders expected...it's culturally diverse, open for experimentation, and free to share!

Lawrence Lessig, who helped usher in open culture with "Some Rights Reserved" is an impassioned advocate of an open creative culture. "If the Internet teaches us anything, it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons, where they're free for people to build upon as they see fit." I see this in action everyday, when I track attribution for remixes being used in YouTube videos. The archive of #ccmusic at ccmixter alone is being tapped for creative productions thousands of times a day at least. I'm sure the Free Music Archive and Jamendo are seeing the same explosion of requests and uses. It's hard to keep track of it all.

Now more than ever, creative commons music is in demand.  Some Rights Reserved music give video producers options they never would have had before.  Thats what Dig The Soundtrack is all about, creating the music that keeps the internet free, fun, diverse, and wild.  So dig in and share the music!

Relevant links:
Dig The Soundtrack 2017
Dig ccMixter Archives