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From 15th to 25th July 2007 Eileen Simpson & Ben White were resident at Cornerhouse, Manchester's international centre for contemporary arts, as part of ARTRADIO.

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

Live sessions included performances by 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 presented 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.

See full schedule

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.

Click here for photos by Caroline Edge


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. See the sources below or email us for more details: freetoair[at]openmusicarchive[dot]org

Live Schedule

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Long Night
As an introduction to the Free-to-air project, Eileen Simpson & Ben White invite guest DJs Jon K (Eyes Down/Fat City) and Upstate Rockers to explore sampling, reworking and exchange via the cover version - from Reggae Elvis and a Dubstep Prince, to a kid's cover of Slade via Detroit HipHop. Both DJs present special sets made entirely from cover versions, bootlegs and mash ups.

10pm - 11:15pm Jon K

11:15pm - 12:15 Upstate Rockers


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Free-to-air live LA77
5pm Gallery 2 / Live on 106.5 FM or artradio.fm

sound file LA77 - Listen Again 11.7MB MP3 12:48 (Right/Ctrl click to download)


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Free-to-air live The Travelling Band
5pm Gallery 2 / Live on 106.5 FM or artradio.fm

sound file The Travelling Band - Listen Again 12.3MB MP3 10:47 (Right/Ctrl click to download)


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Free-to-air live Magic Arm
5pm Gallery 2 / Live on 106.5 FM or artradio.fm

sound file Magic Arm - Listen Again 12.3MB MP3 10:47 (Right/Ctrl click to download)


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In Conversation: Open Music Archive and Anna Colin
Artists Eileen Simpson & Ben White will be in conversation with curator and critic Anna Colin. The artists will discuss their new project for ARTRADIO free-to-air, Open Music Archive, and the implications of Free/Libre and Open Source models of creative production and distribution.


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Free-to-air live Liz Green / Lady Caroline Mary
5pm Gallery 2 / Live on 106.5 FM or artradio.fm

sound file Lady Caroline Mary - Listen Again 12.3MB MP3 10:47 (Right/Ctrl click to download)

sound file Liz Green - Listen Again 12.3MB MP3 10:47 (Right/Ctrl click to download)


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Free-to-air live Homelife Duo / Graham Massey (The Sisters of Transistors)
5pm Gallery 2 / Live on 106.5 FM or artradio.fm

sound file "Vexations" Sisters Of Transistors - Listen Again 4.9MB MP3 5:22 (Right/Ctrl click to download)

sound file "Let Us Go Unto The House Of The Lord" Sisters Of Transistors - Listen Again 9.7MB MP3 10:34 (Right/Ctrl click to download)

(mixed by Graham Massey)

sound file Homelife Duo - Listen Again 14.7MB MP3 16:00 (Right/Ctrl click to download)


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Free-to-air live Sirconical / MC Strategy (Broke 'N' English)
5pm Gallery 2 / Live on 106.5 FM or artradio.fm

sound file Sirconical - Listen Again 8.3MB MP3 8:58 (Right/Ctrl click to download)

sound file MC Strategy - Listen Again 12.2MB MP3 13:18 (Right/Ctrl click to download)


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Free-to-air live Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band (Sundowner cancelled)
5pm Gallery 2 / Live on 106.5 FM or artradio.fm

sound file Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band - Listen Again 11.6MB MP3 12:36 (Right/Ctrl click to download)


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Free-to-air live Peek Adore
5pm Gallery 2 / Live on 106.5 FM or artradio.fm

sound file Peek Adore - Listen Again 14.6MB MP3 15:52 (Right/Ctrl click to download)

Sources

One Dime Blues
written by Blind Lemon Jefferson

sound file performance by Blind Lemon Jefferson

Lyrics

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I'm Sober Now
written by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith (1904-1929)

sound file 1928 performance by Pinetop Smith

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Goodbye Booze
written by Charlie Poole

sound file performance by Charlie Poole and The North Carolina Ramblers

Lyrics

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Waiting For A Train
written by Jimmy Rogers

sound file 1928 performance by Jimmy Rogers

Lyrics

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Six Cold Feet In The Ground
written by Leroy Carr

sound file performance by Leroy Carr

Lyrics

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Deep Blue Sea Blues
written by Clara Smith (1894 - 1935)

sound file performance by Clara Smith

Lyrics

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Evil Minded Blues
written by Virginia Liston (1890-1932)

sound file 1926 performance by Virginia Liston

Lyrics

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Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me A Bow Wow
Written by Joseph Tabrar (1857 - 1931)

sound file 1892 performance by Silas Leachman

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