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Open Music Archive initiated by artists Eileen Simpson & Ben White, is a collaborative project to source, digitise, and distribute out of copyright music recordings.

Open Music Archive Projects is a forum for related projects.

Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, Mexico

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Struggle In Jerash has been selected to be screened as part of Ambulante Documentary Film Festival 2010

The festival tours to Mexico City, Metepec - Toluca, Cuernavaca, Leon, Puebla, Morelia, San Cristobal, Oaxaca, Monterrey, Tijuana, Xalapa and Guadalajara between Feb 12 - May 6

Panel discussion: "Copyright, intellectual property and public goods"
with Brett Gaylor, Ben White, Eileen Simpson and Pablo Duarte.
16:00 Friday 12th Feb Centro Diseño Cine y TV, Mexico City

Screening with Q&A session
17:30 Saturday 13th Feb Casa del Lago, Mexico City

More info and full programme

Injerto programme curated by Eduardo Thomas

Read more about Struggle In Jerash at Catalogue Magazine

Free/Slow University of Warsaw


11th December 2009

Eileen and Ben will talk about Open Music Archive as part of OUR WAY, BY THE WAY NEW STRATEGIES FOR CULTURE

followed by an out-of-copyright/copyleft DJ set at Wspaniały Nowy Świat (former Nowy Świat cafe), ul. Nowy Świat 63 Warsaw


Conference "Our Way, by the Way. New Strategies for Culture" took place in the Warsaw University Library between the 11th and the 13th of December 2009. Lectures and discussions were dedicated to the issues of alternative strategies for independent culture and its possible transformations

Ghost Trace Stellar


Friday 17th July 2009

Ghost Trace Stellar
Star and Shadow
Stepney Bank
Newcastle Upon Tyne
T: 0191 261 0066

Organised by Polytechnic & Kate Sweeney. Part of the Polytechnic ecologies programme

We're working with Polytechnic to develop an evening of free music at Star and Shadow, an open volunteer-run social space and Cinema in Newcastle. We're inviting bands, musicians, producers and DJs to perform covers, versions, remixes or 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 will be recorded and licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike, generating a new resource - free for use and reuse in the future.

The event opens up a temporary channel for music, exchange and discussion that operates beyond individual proprietary and commercial interests.

More Info

The General and the Specific


7th March 2009

We are contributing to: The General And The Specific - a discussion that looks back at a year of international fellowships undertaken by UK-based artists.

155 Vauxhall Street
London SE11 5RH

more info

Felix's Machines

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Friday 19 December 2008

155 Vauxhall Street
London SE11 5RH


Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) play a DJ set featuring out-of-copyright clips, blips and loops sampled from 19th Century music boxes, player pianos and other automated music machines. This is followed by a performance of new compositions made in collaboration with Felix Thorn for Felix's Machines, and assembled from out-of-copyright material for the player piano.

FREE GIFT: a copyleft licensed CD featuring the new compositions and source files will be given away on the night.

Map: download a PDF

More info

Open Music Archive Outlet, London


22nd November - 14th December 2008
Coleman Project Space / 94 Webster Road / Bermondsey / London / SE16 4DF
Outlet open: Fri - Sun 12pm - 5pm & by appointment

Artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White set up the first temporary outlet for their Open Music Archive. Distributing direct to the public, the outlet makes available the out-of-copyright and copyleft material from the archive on CDs, CDRs, and vinyl. Featuring new live recordings from Serafina Steer, Hest, Magic Arm, Sisters of Transistors, Per Ahlund and Mathias Josefson (Fylkingen), MC Strategy (Broke 'n' English); studio recordings by Homelife Duo, Liz Green, Sundowner; clips, blips and loops sampled mechanical music boxes; and 1920s and 30s archive source recordings by Leroy Carr, Virginia Liston, Cleo Brown and Honey Hill and more. . .

Visitors to the outlet can browse, listen and take away the music. The CDs and records are available in exchange for a suggested donation and all material is out-of-copyright or copyleft - free for use and reuse in the future.

The outlet is set up in collaboration with designer Ismini Adami.

This is not a gateway


Open Music Archive DJ set at:

This is not a gateway festival launch
Thursday 23rd October 2008
7pm at Cafe Oto , Ashwin St, Dalston, London.


more info ...

directions ...

Free-to-air CD

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Free-to-Air CD containing 14 copyleft covers, versions and remixes of the out-of-copyright archive jazz / blues / music hall & folk from the Open Music Archive. Featuring Magic Arm, Homelife, Sisters of Transistors and more....

Send a donation of £5 and we'll post you a copy of the CD

Nought To Sixty, ICA

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Monday 29 September 2008 8 - 10 pm

Institute of Contemporary Arts

out-of-copyright archive jazz / blues / music hall & folk
covered / reworked and remixed by: MAGIC ARM, SERAFINA STEER and HEST with support from DJs DYSU and Tendraw playing a new set using the Declose copyleft battle record and more . . .

part of Nought to Sixty curated by Mark Sladen and Richard Birkett

More info . . .

Loose Booty, Zurich

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Loose Booty at K3 - Project Space
Hardstrasse 219 - 8005 Zurich
27 September - 5 October 2008

opening 27th September with Open Music Archive DJ set 7pm till late

Disclosures II: The Middle Ages, Laxton

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Saturday 6 September 2008
Laxton, Nottinghamshire

For Disclosures II, Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive) use Declose, the vinyl battle tool created for Disclosures I, to make music for a party in the barn.

Declose is a copyleft licensed 12" vinyl scratch tool containing a range of samples, beats and extracts made from out of copyright blues, jazz and folk housed in the Open Music Archive

Declose was made in collaboration with music producers from the burntprogress community.

Download the Declose record or request your free copy of the vinyl from: info@nottinghamcontemporary.org

Disclosures II is a project realised by Nottingham Contemporary in partnership with Gasworks.

Freebooter, The London Festival of Architecture

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FREEBOOTER: an evening of free music

exploring public territory in a peninsula haunted by pirates and bootleggers.
a project by Eileen Simpson & Ben White

Saturday 28th June
9pm - 1am

at: The Pilot Inn, 68 River Way, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10
nearest tube: North Greenwich

presenting reclaimed lost treasures:
out-of-copyright 1920s blues, jazz, folk and music hall reworked via an open source scratch vinyl showcase

DYSU & MAN ONE (Open Sauce)
DJ Tendraw

OPEN MIC session
hosted by THA 4ORCE (BBE / Mind Tha Gap)
MCs sign up on the night

out-of-copyright & copyleft selection from OPEN MUSIC ARCHIVE

Funktion-One sound system

The Declose vinyl will be available on the night in exchange for a donation.

part of The London Festival of Architecture

Project Manager: Heidi Pedersen

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Photosocial, The Photographers' Gallery


Photosocial [4]
29 May 2008 18:30-21:30
Photographers Gallery

See new photography with music, debate and diversion.

The next in an ongoing series of bar nights will include a debate on The Amateur vs the Professional as well as a projection of Screen Tests by Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson and Ben White.

Free, spaces limited, so come along early!

Electronic Music Festival, Amman

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Outdoor screening of Screen Tests, and Dragline with live musical accompaniment by Ben White. The music, which has been sourced from out-of-copyright early 20th Century 78rpm records will be manipulated in real-time.

100LIVE Electronic Music Festival 2008
The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts Park
6 Hussy Fariz Street, Jabel Luweibdeh, Amman

Saturday, 17th May 08 at 4:00pm


More information and lineup

Research in Amman

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We are learning about how intellectual property works in Jordan as part of an international fellowship organised by Gasworks. We have a studio here

April-May 2008

Read more

Feedback 4 Book Launch, New York


Book Launch: Saturday 3 May 2008 5-7 pm Printed Matter 195 Tenth Avenue New York NY 10011 Contact: Nayia Yiakoumaki feedbackATfeedbackprojectDOTnet


Read our contribution

Disclosures, London


For Disclosures Eileen Simpson & Ben White create Declose, a project to create a copyleft licensed 12" vinyl scratch tool containing a range of samples, beats and extracts made from the out-of-copyright blues, jazz and folk housed in the Open Music Archive.

The artists promote collaboration and seek to explore its significance and value for creative production. For Declose they invite producers and members of the burntprogress community to create new remix tracks, short vocal snippets, percussive noises, samples, breaks and beats - made entirely from the out-of-copyright music in the Open Music Archive - to make up the battle vinyl.

Declose Launch Event:

Featuring scratch routines, live experiments and improvisation using the Declose vinyl by:

Collection Society
DJ Dysu & Man One
James Kelly (Pedestrian)
DJ Tendraw

Thursday 27th March 2008 10pm - 1am
CHANGE OF VENUE: 333, 333 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LE

The Declose vinyl will be available on the night in exchange for a donation.

More info

Clips, Blips and Loops #2, Geneva

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For Clips, Blips and Loops #2, we are inviting producers, musicians and DJs to contribute to the collection of free source tools available here. This is an extension of a project developed in Stockholm, November 2007. In February 2008 all of the tools will be gathered together to produce a CD that will be freely distributed at a public performance at an event in Geneva on 13th March.

Read more

Mimétisme at Extra City, Antwerp

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25 Jan 2008 - 30 Mar 2008

Screen Tests, in collaboration with Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska, will be part of Mimétisme at Extra City in Antwerp.

An exhibition that probes an alternative conceptual framework for "theatricality" in the visual arts.

visit Extra City or download an exhibition guide.pdf

guided tours with curator Anselm Franke:
Thursday 21 February at 7.30 pm / Sunday 30 March at 2 pm.

Loose Booty, London

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Loose Booty
24 January 2008 - 16 February 2008
(opening 23 January 2008 6-9pm)

Alexandre Bianchini, Jeff McMillan, Sylvie Rodriguez, Pascal Rousson, Guy Sherwin, Eileen Simpson and Ben White

For Loose Booty, a new exhibition by Pearl Projects, Eileen Simpson & Ben White have brought together a number of different cover versions of Pinetop's Boogie Woogie, originally written by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith of Chicago (d. 1929). The various out-of-copyright versions, including those by Bing Crosby and Honey Hill, and a new track made entirely from the out-of-copyright elements, are to be burned on CDs and given away for free at the exhibition as a way of disseminating materials that are in the public domain.

Vegas Gallery
64-66 Redchurch Street
London E2 7DP

After Party - featuring Open Music Archive out-of-copyright/copyleft laptop and DJ set
23 January 9pm 'til late at Green and Red Basement Bar 51 Redchurch Street, E2

Downloads here

STOP.MOVE Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5 Track 6

Screen Tests - The Bigger Picture, Manchester

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See Screen Tests and Broadcast Times on The Big Screen Manchester from 12th Jan - 1st Feb 2008.

Screen Tests - Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson, Ben White
The film unfolds as a series of Andy Warhol-like screen tests, slowly revealing the location and the occupation of those before the camera - students and models from the Manchester School of Art.

Broadcast Times - Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson, Ben White
As the exhibition train leaves the platform, we are taken on a journey of 'a happy hunting ground for tycoons' the birth of commercial television broadcasting.

Who Makes And Owns Your Work, Stockholm

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Time: 17 November 2007 12.00 - 01.00
Place: Årsta Folkets Hus, Årsta torg, Stockholm

In an attempt to cross the boundaries of idea and practice, Iaspis and Konstfack initiated a project on production, distribution and ownership of cultural matter and artistic knowledge starting in December 2006. On 17th November 2007 the project will open itself up by letting the gathered knowledge be combined with that of invited guests, in an event aiming at an in-depth look on the making and owning of contemporary culture.

Read more

Feedback #4


We contributed to Feedback #4 Ideas that inform, construct and concern the production of exhibitions and events. Edited by Elpida Karaba & Nayia Yiakoumaki

Read our contribution

Free-to-air (Cornerhouse, Manchester)



From 15-25th July 2007 Open Music Archive will be resident at Cornerhouse, Manchester's international centre for contemporary arts.

For two weeks Eileen Simpson & Ben White will be producing a series of live events and programmes for a temporary FM radio station broadcasting across Manchester. (106.5FM artradio.fm)

We're inviting bands and musicians to respond to the rare out-of-copyright folk, blues, and jazz from the Open Music Archive; to work with forgotten lyrics, chords, melodies and beats, and to make new cover versions of forgotten tracks.

For two weeks the gallery will host live plugged and unplugged performances and one-off broadcasts by Manchester's finest upcoming and established bands and musicians.

More info

Long Night - Cornerhouse, Manchester


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As an introduction to the Free-to-air project, Eileen Simpson & Ben White invited 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 presented special sets made entirely from cover versions, bootlegs and mash ups. More info

If Elsewhere - Scatter Projects

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Simpson & White will present a DJ set featuring out-of-copyright material from the archive, live electronic remixes, and a sneak preview of cover versions of out-of-copyright blues, folk, music hall and jazz recorded by a range bands for their upcoming project Free-to-air - part of ARTRADIO at Cornerhouse, Manchester in July '07.

If Elsewhere
14th June 2007

The Media Centre
7 Northumberland Street
0870 990 5007

More info on the Scatter Projects page.

Screen Tests at Varsalongen, Stockholm


26 Jan 2007 - 18 Mar 2007

Screen Tests will be shown as part of the annual Varsalongen [Spring Salon] exhibition, curated by Maria Lind and Leira Vergara in Liljevalch's Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

See the Varsalongen website or visit the exhibition at

Liljevalch's Konsthall, Djurgardsvagen 60, Stockholm, Sweden.

Canal Plus

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Eileen Simpson and Ben White were invited to play a selection of out-of-copyright early blues, jazz and folk recordings from the archive alongside copyleft licensed electronic remixes at:

Canal Plus at Vilma Gold:
25b Vyner Street
E2 9DG

Films, performance, music
Sunday 17 December, 5-8pm

More info

Alternative film/video festival Belgrade

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Screen Tests, Dragline and Broadcast Times are showing at Alternative film/video festival Belgrade.

6th - 10th December 2006

More details on the festival website

Screen Tests @ Brighton Film Festival


Screen Tests 1/4, a film by Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson & Ben White, will be shown as part of Cine City 2006: Brighton Film Festival

Thurs 30 Nov 6pm £2.50

More details on the festival website

Leverage @ OpenLab3


Leverage will be presented at OpenLab3, an exhibition engaging with the aesthetics and politics of Free Open Source Software Culture.

Autoitalia South East London
82-86 Queens Road, Peckham

4th - 11th November 2006

Opening Event - Sat, 4th November from 4pm
Closing Event - Sat, 11th November from 4pm

Generosity: Broadcasting House, at Kunsthaus Graz - Live Event



Open Music Archive hosted an evening of free music in the living room of the Generosity Broadcasting House

part of Protections

Generosity Broadcasting House, Kunsthaus Graz
7th October 2006

more info . . .

British Art Show Symposium Bristol - Live Event


Outdoor screening of Broadcast Times, Screen Tests, and Dragline with live musical accompaniment by Ben White. The music, which has been sourced from out-of-copyright early 20th Century 78rpm records will be manipulated in real-time using samplers and DJ turntables.

Friday 15 September, 7:30 pm

Spike Island at A Bond
Smeaton Road, Cumberland Basin
Bristol BS1 6EE
More info: 0117 929 2266

The A Bond building is approximately 10 minutes walk from Spike Island

Part of British Art Show Symposium: Curating Post-Nation Rethinking the Survey Exhibition for the Biennial Age

Previous Projects


Previous Projects

Future Projects

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Future collaborations and distributive projects.