Saturday, July 24, 2021

Surviving Spiders and Creepy Crawlers at ccMixter

Looking for free music? Lots of folks are, and some spiders too.

Spiderbots that is, also known as webcrawlers. They crawl and scour the internet looking for any and all information that may be useful for good or bad intentions.

Because ccMixter provides music free to share, download and remix, we are out in the open and wild frontier of the internet.  

Free music can be a juicy meal for spiderbots.  Free comes at a cost, however.  Cost in time, bandwidth, overages, and programming updates. 

That's why we rely on contributions like yours to create a vibrant, sustainable source of music that can be used and shared under open licenses. ccMixter helps nourish creators, and we're trying to avoid an onslaught of expensive, poisonous spider bites.

Spiders can be good, and they can be bad, depending on their motives.  Help ccMixter survive the sticky webs and venom by contributing to our site.  There are many ways you can give back to the community that gives music to the world for free.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Magic Hour


“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.~Edgar Allan Poe

The Magic Hour Secret Mixter is all about sharing the sweet spot. It’s universally known as that special time of day when the light from the sun casts a glow on the scene. When the sunlight matches the streetlights. It happens just before sunrise and just before sunset, where the moment seems to hang in the balance. Where time stops and the magic starts.

In music, the magic hour could be defined by those times when you catch a fire, when you meet the muse, when you transcend expectation and mark the moment with resonance.

From one perspective, the magic hour happens twice a day. From another perspective, there’s a magic hour always happening somewhere. May that somewhere be where you find yourself while mixing your Secret assignment!

Explore the creativity of your own magic hour and give the gift of a remix — shhhhh, keep it a secret until upload day.

Sign up between June 20-July 3
Assignments go out July 4
Upload day is July 18

Join us in the Magic Hour!

(New to Secret Mixters? Read this first before you sign up.)

Whale Songs Remix Event


Humpback whales are some of the most mysterious creatures in the universe.  So are their songs.  With Whale Songs, ccmixter takes a deep breath and dives deep into their world with the source recordings of Oscar Frey. (Read more about his work here.)

With 47 original remixes generated, listeners are invited to discover the voice of the Humpback Whales as interpreted by producers the world over.  Headphones suggested, but not required.  Just an open mind for magic and mystery under the waves.

(free to share, download and remix under using cc licenses.)

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Yin of Yang Secret Mixter


“Yin and yang give birth to all things… The complete whole is the complete whole. So also is any part the complete whole… But forget about understanding and harmonizing and making all things one. The universe is already a harmonious oneness; just realize it.” ~Laozi

From Speck's experimental "Starman, Send Me A God" to the EDM funk of 700P3D's "Menthol", this secret mixter spins the Yin of Yang around into a portal of sound discovery.  The diversity is rich, and the balance is found in the sharing, where we all are one.

Yin of Yang has garnered multiple Ed Picks from the ccMixter editorial team, including:

The Moon and The Stars by Stefan Kartenberg
Wishing Well by Loveshadow
YOY Mix by Martin Cee
blackSnow by airtone
Notice by Sackjo22
Menthol by 700P3D
Ghosts In The Room by Darkroom
Notice Me by Snowflake
Run Out Of Time by Scomber

As Laozi observes in the quote above, the complete whole is the complete get centered and find yourself in the vast balance of these 30 remixes that Yin of Yang shares with you.  From the world of Creative Commons remixing we send out peace and blessings.

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