Free to Air - Open Music Archive
Eileen Simpson & Ben White

Artists Eileen Simpson & Ben White often work in public spaces: online, in clubs, magazines, shops and cinemas. They recently established the Open Music Archive - a collaborative initiative to source, digitise and distribute out-of-copyright sound recordings.

Free-to-air, their new project for ARTRADIO, centres around an invitation for bands and musicians to perform covers, versions and interpretations of 1920s and 30s out-of-copyright folk, blues, and jazz from the Open Music Archive. A series of live plugged and unplugged performances will take place in the Cornerhouse gallery at 5pm daily and be broadcast live on the radio and streamed online (106.5FM / artradio.fm). Performances will be recorded and licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike, generating a new resource - free for use and reuse in thefuture.

The artists will also present a series of radio broadcasts featuring copyleft licensed audio material from the Open Music Archive, and discussions about free culture. Free-to air will open up a temporary channel for music, exchange and discussion that operates beyond individual proprietary and commercial interests - a series of truly free broadcasts.

Live sessions include performances by: (all link to external MySpace pages) LA77, The Travelling Band, Magic Arm, Liz Green, Lady Caroline Mary, Homelife Duo, The Sisters of Transistors, Sirconical, MC Strategy, Dr Butler's Handstand Medicine Band, Peek Adore, Sundowner.

The artists also present a series of radio broadcasts featuring copyleft licensed audio material including: new music, film soundtracks, archive material from the Open Music Archive and discussions about libre culture. (Free-to-air Matinee 2-4pm daily & Free-to-air copyleft mix 8-10pm daily. Tune in: 106.5FM / artradio.fm)

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For two weeks Free-to-air opens up a temporary channel for music, exchange and discussion that operates beyond individual proprietary and commercial interests – a series of truly free broadcasts.

Opportunity for bands and musicians
The invitation is still open for bands and musicians to respond to the rare out-of-copyright folk, blues, and jazz from the Open Music Archive. It’s a unique opportunity to get to know and work with forgotten lyrics, chords, melodies and beats - to make covers and new versions of old tracks.
Email for more details: freetoair@openmusicarchive.org