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Back to the music

Just to let you know I’m still alive and dancing. I was mainly trying to finish my master’s thesis this month, so time was a bit short. The good news is that I did it and can now live a more balanced life.

I also would like to thank everybody who contacted me during this time and say I’ll be re-viewing the messages during this week!

Maybe you would like to experiment a bit of jazz?

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Calendar Songs Volume 1

This monday, May 26, is the official release of Calendar Songs‘ album of remixes. Calendar Songs was(is) a cool project started by the famous Calendar Girl in which she wrote a song per month (vocals and chords), and released them so that anyone could make remix.You can read more here.

Calendar Songs Volume 1

A hard copy of the CD will be available for £10.00 (PayPal) and downloadable tracks at CDBaby for $15.00 (MP3, whole set). Based on ccMixter and Creative Commons Licenses, Calendar Songs is pioneer for making a collaborative free-music-remix-culture project develop into a commercial release, where all profits [will be] equally split between Calendar Girl and each Remixer.

The streaming samples available on the site are sounding good. The “I write a song. You remix. We make a record.” became true 🙂

Here is one remix I really liked and was included in the CD:

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netBloc’s combo!

Slowly getting back…

Just here to make sure you don’t miss the 3 newest releases from blocSonic!

netBloc 11


Volume 11

the raw and the cooked

Mainly acoustic songs with a few digital touches now and then.


netBloc vol 12


Volume 12


A loosely tied release about the moon. Wonderful booklet filled with public domain texts and illustrations by Rob Pitt. Nicest booklet I’ve seen so far in the history of music!


netBloc 13


Volume 13

color in a world of monochrome

A color trip into the sound of Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii.


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Passages from “When pigs fly…”

I selected some of my favorite passages from the excellent text by Rob Sheridan:

When Pigs Fly: The Death of Oink, the Birth of Dissent, and a Brief History of Record Industry Suicide.

If you have read it already, you can enjoy it again. If you haven’t yet, hope these passages stimulate you to click the link above and read the full text, definitely recommended!

about majors

They had a chance to move forward, to evolve with technology and address the changing needs of consumers – and they didn’t. Instead, they panicked – they showed their hand as power-hungry dinosaurs, and they started to demonize their own customers, the people whose love of music had given them massive profits for decades.

an example

Newspapers are a good example: It used to be that people read newspapers to get the news. That was the distribution method, and newspaper companies controlled it. You paid for a newspaper, and you got your news, that’s how it worked. Until the internet came along, and a new generation of innovative people created websites, and suddenly anyone could distribute information, and they could distribute it faster, better, more efficiently, and for free. Obviously this hurt the newspaper industry, but there was nothing they could do about it, because they didn’t own the information itself – only the distribution method. Their only choice was to innovate and find ways to compete in a new marketplace.

lobbies and fear

But shady political maneuvers and scare tactics are all the RIAA and other anti-piracy groups have left, because people who download music illegally now number in the hundreds of millions, and they can’t sue everyone.


In this sense, Oink was not only an absolute paradise for music fans, but it was unquestionably the most complete and most efficient music distribution model the world has ever known.

majors’s lost chance

If the music industry had found a way to capitalize on the power, devotion, and innovation of its own fans the way Oink did, it would be thriving right now instead of withering.

pre-release leaks

Here’s an interesting aside: The RIAA loves to complain about music pirates leaking albums onto the internet before they’re released in stores – painting the leakers as vicious pirates dead set on attacking their enemy, the music industry. But you know where music leaks from? From the fucking source, of course – the labels!

music diversity

Through sites like Oink, the amount and variety of music I listen to has skyrocketed, opening me up to hundreds of artists I never would have experienced otherwise. I’m now fans of their music, and I may not have bought their CDs, but I would have never bought their CD anyway, because I would have never heard of them!

some compassion

But it’s not so much that they shut Oink down that boils my blood, it’s the fucking bullshit propaganda they put out there. If the industry tried to have some kind of compassion – if they said, “we understand that these are just music fans trying to listen to as much music as they can, but we have to protect our assets, and we’re working on an industry-wide solution to accommodate the changing needs of music fans”…


The press release says: “This was not a case of friends sharing music for pleasure.” Wh – what?? That’s EXACTLY what it was!


Radiohead was “experimenting,” releasing a low-quality MP3 version of an album only to punish the fans who paid for it by later releasing a full-quality CD version with extra tracks.

Radiohead was moving in the right direction, but if they really want to start a revolution, they need to place the “pay-what-you-want” digital album on the same content and quality level as the “pay-what-we-want” physical album.

looking back

Until the walls finally come down, we’re in what will inevitably be looked back on as a very awkward, chaotic period in music history – fans are being arrested for sharing the music they love, and many artists are left helpless, unable to experiment with new business models because they’re locked into record contracts with backwards-thinking labels.


full text.

[via Remixtures]

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Brand new ccNeLaS

Everything should be running smoothly now!

I invite you to have a look at the new ccNeLaS, and send me some comments or suggestions if you like. Hope you enjoy the new style and organization! I’ll update details bit by bit (e.g. links)…


If you are reading this with a feed reader, everything should be alright, if you are visiting the site, and still haven’t subscribed to ccnelas you can do it thru this address:

(ok, this was a test to see if things are working… 😉


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Some news!

Jamendo has released its whole universe at Netvibes
You can now surf thru all Jamendo features including albuns and tags plus a lot of music blogs, artists blogs, Jamendo related content from other services like technorati, flickr or and also creative commons content.
These are the default features that come within Jamendo’s universe which are completely customizable as netvibes always been! Very neat play by Jamendo and Netvibes!

Playlists from ccNeLaS hosted on WebJay will not be updated no more. They will still be working, but no new songs will be added unfortunately. If you feel like listening them please refer to this link. I decided to keep the NeLaS’s ccHits playlist, which features all songs of other playlists and its a nice way for anybody to add a song here. It might be better this way, separating songs into genres is not very healthy I guess… Jamendo Hits will also continue to exist and is the most updated one featuring today 540 songs from best albuns I listened from Jamendo.

NeLaS music has been blogged! You can check out Sonho a Vida on the very nice Free Music Podcast (including a short interview about free licenses in german and english)

netBloc 6 is out! Do you feel someone is maniacally toying with your listening habits?

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WebJay is closing down!

It has been a while that WebJay doesn’t seems to be getting much movement and today I first read an announcement on their website recommending everybody to backup their playlists files because they are going down by the end of June, 2007.

I could not find any information about it and they don’t explain the reasons for the shutdown.

Since most of ccnelas playlists are currently being hosted on Webjay I’ll stop genre playlists updates temporarily, or maybe permanently. I wasn’t having enough time to update them frequently anyway… 🙁

Playlists All and Jamendo Hits will continue normally. I’m going to clean up feeds, and probably shutdown a few of them, but I’ll let you know when changes will be applied.

If you really like a specific feed (other than main site feed) this is the time to tell me!

Other than that, ccnelas will continue to expose free music normally! Keep listening!


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blocSonic 5

blocSonic has released its fifth compilation named “The threat at Goliath’s feet…” and it is looking very promising! Now you can listen to the tracks via streaming from the site, which was one of the improvements announced two weeks ago.

Mike Gregoire also spoke about his intentions to make blocSonic a community website “rather than just a mere blog…“. Users can now send private messages to each other and add netlabels to the database. I don’t know how many users are registered, but more than 570 netlabels (=huge amount of music!) are currently listed on blocSonic’s database. The new tool called “Randomizer” helps us outputting 10 random labels for our ears!

I really enjoy random-way-of-life because it overrides your biased senses and make you face the unexpected. However, adding the possibility to make comments and put tags to listed netlabels might be a good way to organize this infinite music resources, and improve “non-directionless” browsing experience 🙂

Just a suggestion towards community transition!

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La Plus Belle Guerre

The 3rd netBloc came out this last friday inciting the audio revolution!!!

What we’re currently witnessing IS the most beautiful war. A war for the ears of music lovers worldwide. A war between the RIAA/Major music industry and it’s former and soon-to-be former customers. The revolution has been digitized.

Mike‘s point regards the recent explosion of netlabels, blogs, podcasts, and communities with the common purpose of playing and hosting free-licensed music. Songs for you to listen, download and share without licensing restrictions or costs. And obviously no DRM.

You see, there’s a revolution brewing and those who cling to the dinosaur that is the major music-industry will not be able to compete against the new crop of online broadcasters who are going to go the CC/open-license route.

What is the revolution?

There is source material produced by the artists, the whole creativity of the planet, in potential. These artists now have a good strategy to spread their work, which is using free-to-share licenses and the net. They can rely in this strategy because now there is a good infrastructure for hosting and promoting songs, albuns, compilations, and they don’t even need to host your own website (although its recommended…:-). Customers can now listen directly from the artist, thru the communities hosting music, or thru filters like netlabels and blogs. Artists still hold their rights and can release their materials thru different ways.

This means customers can get music from all over the world thru different sources, implying in higher diversity of sounds reaching our minds. And that is wonderful and inspiring.

The revolution is the collaborative network formed and sustained by all of us, people.

Above all the formalities and discussions on which is the truly-free-license to use, the important thing is that a culture of collaboration and sharing is emerging.

Can a few hundreds of people who care too much about earnings and too little about art cope with that? I think not.

ps: i love how netBlocs booklet’s editorials are inflammable! And by the way, great songs again!

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Free Music Project ! has announced the beginning of a library of the best free music the web has to offer! And they need help!

It is called the Free Music Project and they are looking for any kind of music, from any culture, anywhere, as long as it is available under a collaborative sharing license, such as Creative Commons.

Building a library of freely licensed work is our way of not only helping people discover new songs and share their favorites with others, but also providing a free-content base to help them jumpstart their own creativity.

The no-profit record label/recording collective from Boston/Cambridge, Antenna Alliance is also involved in the project, providing free recording to musicians.

The first partner of this library will be the One Laptop per Child project (OLPC). Songs uploaded to the Free Music Project will be selected and included in the first music library shipping with laptops from OLPC. These songs are expected to represent the world cultural diversity and will be the immediate source for these children to listen, experiment, remix, etc!

The deadline for the OLPC project is 1st of april, but they advise to upload the earlier the better. So, if you are a musician this is a nice opportunity to spread your music!

Remember you are encouraged to upload any song that you like (love!), you don’t need to own the song, it just need to have a free-license! But what if you like an “All rights reserved” song? They suggest you to contact the artist and talk about this project, maybe they would like to collaborate.

Check out the FAQ from the Free Music Project for more information!

We know you love music. We know you love free music.

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