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

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  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:
(use search words like "halloween", "scary" or "nightmare")
To stream the Tunetrack playlist from the ccMixter vaults:
To hear/create new Halloween music go to Ghost Notes remix event:

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  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 and  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
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'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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CcMixter's Patreon Campaign Remixes How Music is Valued.

Launched in March of this year, ccMixter's Patreon page is providing a way for fans of Creative Commons music to show their support of the site and it's artists.  This is a big step for the future of ccMixter, the site that helped launch the world of free downloads, free sharing and free use of source material.  With Patreon, ccMixter's rich history and archive of #ccmusic has a future where the music is still free, and the costs to maintain and expand the community that create it are provided for.

watch Jack Conte speak about Patreon and artist support

I asked Kara Square, who is at the forefront of this effort, a few quick questions about her thoughts on why Patreon is a great fit for the ccMixter community.  Kara runs her own record label, Thinkroot Records, writes and produces her own music under the pseudonym Mind Map That, and serves on the admin team at ccMixter.  She basically embodies the culture of music that is at the core of ccMixter's community, and thrives as an independent artist and entrepreneur.  This is what she had to say:

Q: Why is Patreon a good fit for the goals of ccMixter?

Kara: ccMixter artists love collaborating to create music. We pool our skills to make our music better than it is when we go it alone. Likewise, Patreon gives us the chance to pool our resources to keep ccMixter online and make it an even more awesome site.

ccMixter is one of the few spots on the web that doesn't have distracting advertising or mandatory subscription fees to participate, but the site still needs money to cover basic expenses and updates. Patreon is a platform that allows anyone who loves ccMixter to contribute financially and become a patron. The cool thing about it is that you can become a patron of ccMixter at whatever level you are able. With the different levels, rewards are offered to express our gratitude. Even contributing $1 each month adds up when we pool our resources. As more and more people join Patreon, ccMixter will have a sustainable income that can be counted on and used to make the site better and better.

Q: When ccMixter reaches it's initial goal, will there be future goals to hit, other features released?

Kara:  We have created 3 goals for ccMixter based on the sites needs. The initial goal is $770, which will cover our monthly server costs. The second goal is $2100, which will cover all of ccMixter's monthly expenses including: server costs, domain and email fees, accounting and tax fees, and personnel. It will allow ccMixter to regularly pay two part-time admins and one part-time tech director. Our third goal is $3000, which will be used to finish updating ccMixter's websites to keep everything relevant and functioning.

Q:  Many of the initial Patreon contributors are ccMixter artists, why is that?

Kara:  I think ccMixter artists are joining Patreon because they find the site personally valuable. They have experienced the magic of collaborating and connecting with musicians from all over the world. They have received the support of the community and want to keep it alive. And they know that they are expanding creativity by creating music that can be freely used by other creators.

Q: Who benefits from the contributions made at Patreon?

Kara:  Everyone who is part of the ccMixter community benefits. Everyone who visits ccMixter to find remixes, samples, and pells benefits. Everyone who visits Dig to find music for their projects benefits. Everyone who listens to ccMixter music all over the web benefits. Everyone who watches videos online that use ccMixter music benefits.

To visit ccMixter's Patreon page, follow this link.