Thursday, February 25, 2021

One Love Worldwide Remix



“The best time to show love is when life is forcing you to show hatred.” ~Mitta Xinindlu

With mixes already coming in, the new music being generated during Black History Month 2021 ranges from 80's experimental, to spoken word, to of course reggae.  The diversity is dynamic, but the message is centered around one theme.  Love.  One love.

Remix artist Michael Burnz's vocal upload strikes a chord with his message "Don't forget your roots, don't forget your culture."  Scomber gives us a roots rock infused vocal from down under with L.O.V.E. spells love.  You can listen to, download and remix all the vocals submitted by going to the Pells Playlist.  

Fran Lebowitz recently spoke on the power of music and it's ability to create happiness in the heart of the listener.  That power is like no other form of art.  The power to instantly convey emotion.  

Today's world is filled with negativity, but the feeling of One Love is alive in the music.  Listen. Create. Enjoy.  The music, and the world,  is in your hands.

 One Love Playlist

Friday, February 05, 2021

Don't Wait, Remix!


Have you been waiting for some new music?  Well, wait no longer.  The first remix event of 2021 brought in a whopping 45 new remixes to dig into.  Even if you wait to hear it, there'll be something to discover in this playlist.  Wait, you want to know more?  Read about it here.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Best of ccMixter 2020: Spin's Picks


2020 is behind us.  As I listened to the uploads that came in this year I was blown away by the depth and intensity of music and how it directly correlated with the eye widening drama of our humanity in crisis.  These songs, cc remixes, are collaborations that come from across the globe and that resonate with Climate Change, COVID-19, Racism, and Political Corruption.  They speak personally of love and hope and loss.  They are a slice of what we lived through and will never forget.

I've tried to order these 100+ tracks in a way that flows as a listening experience, grouping the songs in genres or in ways that thematically made sense.  I hope these songs serve as a way to dig deeper into the ccMixter archive, or to introduce you to artists whose catalogs are deep with other mixes to discover.

Always free to listen, to download, and to share non-commercially under Creative Commons license with proper attribution, these tracks are a curated slice of ccMixter has to offer.  I encourage you to "dig" in and create your own.

Yes! 2020 is over, but the issues raised are still with us as we move into the future.  Let's make 2021 a year of healing, awareness and renewal.  Let's hold on the humanity we rediscovered and let go of what we no longer need.  Let's stay connected. 

If Jaco Pastorius was right, and Music is the only thing keeping the world together, than ccMixter is playing an integral role in creating that sonic glue.  Keep the remixes flowing y'all!
Happy New Year!

-Jason aka Spinningmerkaba

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Come Together Secret Mixter


“People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts.” 

Paul Hindemith

Coming together during 2020 has taken on new meaning.  Virtual gatherings, social distancing, elbow bumps and Drive-In Concerts have become the cornerstones of connecting.  Here at ccMixter, we've been connecting through music online for over a decade, coming together to share stems, pells, and remixes in cyberspace.  

Our world has changed forever and revealed what is at the core of our humanity.  We are all in this together, and together we will find a new way to remain connected.

Scomber, one of our most active artists, had this to say about the event:  

"I was really pleased to see this Secret Mixter’s theme of “Come Together” because this is what ccMixter is really all about and I’m sure we all really need this now.  No matter where you are in the world, ccMixter allows us to share something intimate with a person you have never met thousands of miles away and get a great insight into another artist’s inner creative world."

We all have a singular gift to give that resonates with the whole.  That is what is at the heart of this Secret Mixter.  Thirty six participants coming together to create a collection of music that is unique and speaks to the time.  

We hope you enjoy these remixes as much as we do.  The spark of creation is alive an well.  It's what keeps us coming back together again and again.  

Explore, Listen, and Share "Come Together"  Here

Friday, December 11, 2020

Santa In A Snow Globe: ccMixter Playlist


It's the time of the year, and this year Santa is in a Snow Globe.  Enjoy these ccMixter seasonal classics from the safety of sheltering at home, knowing all the while that the mixter elves are hard at work creating new music under the Starry Night.

From all of us at Ccmixter, we send health, hope and holiday cheer!

Best Wishes,

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

CC Global Summit Launches Rebirth of the FMA

I attended the Creative Commons Global Summit this year in my PJ's from the comfort of my Southern California living room and enjoyed every minute. Granted, I had to wake up at 6 in the morning since the Summit was held half way across the globe, but I'm not complaining. With a warm cup of coffee, I took the opportunity to check the pulse #ccmusic, which was especially interesting since the Tribe of Noise relaunched parts of the new Free Music Archive during the summit.  

Yes, the Free Music Archive is back and it's being funded in part by a grant from Grant for the Web, an organization that is interested in funding projects working in the open web space. Quick reminder here, the FMA was acquired by Tribe of Noise last year and they basically put it on ice while they worked on a plan to keep it alive. Until now, we've all been sort of holding our breath to see what would happen to one of #ccmusic's strongest outposts. So, I poured myself another cup of strong coffee, sat back, and watched Hessel Von Gorshot, Meghan Lacle, and Christopher Lawrence guide us into the future of the FMA, the future of music, and how it's tied to fluid data/cash flow.

I'm not going to go too deep into the details here, because you can find out more on the FMA's twitter page. I will say, however, that I was excited by the news and what it might mean for Creative Commons music in the near future. Most of us in this space are familiar with The Long Tail by Chris Anderson and what his work predicted. Well, it seems like we're are fast approaching "music like water" where transactions are fluid and ubiquitous.

In a glass is half full world, this means we'll able to keep the data servers running, offering free music in the #ccmusic cultural domain without ads, without gatekeepers, and without selling out.  

Imaging a world where this is possible is exciting and I loved every minute of it. ccMixter is the place where we not only imagine it, we remix it!    

Thanks CC and everyone who made the summit possible. I think I can speak for all on our team and say, we look forward to participating in the rebirth of the FMA.

Stay Inspired and Keep Creating!

Jason Brock
aka Spinningmerkaba

Monday, October 05, 2020

Time of Terror Remix Event


“I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.”

― Bram Stoker, Dracula

The Time of Terror Remix Event is here, a haunted place where we create terrifying music to share the dark side of our collaborations.  We're drawn to the music that pulls at our curiosity for what hides in the shadows, and lurking in this playlist will be songs that chill you to the bone.

To find out more, knock three times on the castle door.

Or, now that the Time of Terror remix event has ended, you can listen explore all 57 submissions here.   

Looking for more terrifying music to use in your haunting productions?  Start by searching "halloween" at