Words and projects remembering Aaron Swartz‘s legacy are all over the Internet. In his memory, the DJ, hacker and electronic musician Jairus Khan started the #MP3Tribute, where he wants to collect over a 100 CC-licensed music albums to release on Swartz’s memory, for his involvement in the first steps of Creative Commons licences.
The idea is simple: Khan is asking artists to contribute with their work, which should be “commercially available at some point” but NOT already released under Creative Commons or any other similar open licence.
By contributing, artists would make those albums, that previously were illegal to copy, available to audiences worldwide under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivates (BY-NC-ND) licence.
The game is tough. Only literate music listeners from old and new music stuff will be able to complete the challenge. But you can give it a go. Maybe not by yourself, invite friends on a Friday night. This is probably the best time to play this game.
The term mashup refers, in the music vocabulary, to songs created by blending pre-recorded songs to make a new one. You can find that with no more than two songs – where usually the vocals of one song are combined with the instrumental of another – or you can find music creations done from samples of several songs.
One of the current masters in the mashup universe is the American Gregg Gillis, better known worldwide by the feminine nickname Girl Talk. He is not a DJ, not a rockstar, but something in between and he has travelled the globe making people dance with music creations built from samples of old and new music hits. This is what the game is about.
His latest work, “All Day” it’s being around since 2010, released by the sample-based music label Illegal Art, but if your ears haven’t enjoyed yet, you should listen to this gem of 372 different samples played in 71 minutes.