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Open-source noise?

By andrewhy in MLP
Tue Sep 25, 2001 at 05:45:10 PM EST
Tags: Music (all tags)

Whilst exploring the mysterious genre known simply as "noise" (which one might do when one gets bored of most music in general), I came across the experimental noise project known as Xome.

While we are all mostly familiar with the tenets of the open-source software movement, Xome has become probably the first open source music project. That means that all of Xome's musical(?) output is now in the public domain, and anyone can join the band and release material under the band's name.

From the Xome page: "In late 1998, Xome became an "open-source" music project, (based on the same ideas of the open-source software movement) and publicly announced that all audio and visual work created up to that point by Xome was officially released into the public domain. Also, becoming a member of Xome would be open for anyone to join. As a non-obliged member, one can freely release their own material, perform publicly or do what they will under the Xome name. There are 45 Xome members from all over the world as of August 2001. Xome has performed with these new members in venues in places like Japan and the United States."

You can see a list of "members" here, or even join if you feel so inclined. For the truly adventurous, you can check out their audio output on mp3.com or Negatron Heavy Industries.


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Open-source noise? | 5 comments (5 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Open source noise? (3.90 / 22) (#1)
by qpt on Tue Sep 25, 2001 at 04:14:19 AM EST

Look no further.

Domine Deus, creator coeli et terrae respice humilitatem nostram.

AHHHHH!!! (2.33 / 9) (#2)
by Dlugar on Tue Sep 25, 2001 at 11:21:35 AM EST

Goats link above. Mod parent down!

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There's been Open Source music for years... (3.66 / 3) (#3)
by Macrobat on Tue Sep 25, 2001 at 11:56:35 PM EST

...and it's called jazz. Okay, there are some licensing issues when cutting an album or publishing the sheet music, but consider: in every other way, the jazz community resembles OSS. People take a standard melody/chord progression and have the freedom to arrange, interpret, or improvise around it in any way they see fit. The power of the music grows as people take it apart, add to it, and groove on what they've made. Jazz is all about freedom (as in speech, not as in beer), and also all about collective creation.

True, putting the sheet music in the public domain would make it true Open Source, but in actual practice people playing in clubs don't pay royalties to Duke Ellington's estate every time they play "Satin Doll." And it seems like playing jazz is closer to the hacker spirit this way than it would be by just saying "oh, I'm a member of the Count Basie Orchestra" or something just because you could.

"Hardly used" will not fetch a better price for your brain.

Jazz license fees (none / 0) (#4)
by sonovel on Thu Sep 27, 2001 at 06:07:17 PM EST

Look out or the Jazz police will get you!

Slightly more seriously, clubs do pay licensing fees. They pay them to organizations that distributes them to labels/artists.

These organizations include BMI, ASCAP, and SESCAP in the U.S.

Check out:


for more info.

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Free music, unfree encoding (none / 0) (#5)
by mlinksva on Fri Sep 28, 2001 at 03:53:07 AM EST

I hate to be a zealot, but somebody tell these guys to dump mp3 for Ogg Vorbis.
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