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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 projects using material from the archive. Use this wiki to post feedback, suggestions or project ideas.


Dragline @ Swiss Institute NY

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Preview of new film Dragline made in collaboration with Chance Projects showing at:

Swiss Institute 495 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012

Thursday March 23, 7pm


Open Music Archive presents an Evening of Free Music and Films

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Thanks to everyone who came down! It was great. Archive playlist and remixes will appear here soon.

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Archive playlists, remix samples, and photos

British Art Show 6, Manchester (28th Jan -2nd April 2006)

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We were invited by artists Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska to collaborate on Screen Tests for the British Art Show 6 in Manchester. Screen Tests is a film composed entirely of material found and released from the North West Film Archive. The ten minute film is accompanied by a sound track made from out-of-copyright recordings. These source recordings are available in the Open Music Archive to download:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Screen Tests is now showing at Urbis

On 18th February (6-8pm) at The Whitworth Art Gallery a DJ remix of Screen Tests was performed live by Ben White.

OMA @ Open Congress, Tate Britain

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Open Music Archive presented at Open Congress (Tate Britain 7th-8th October 2005)

Open Congress was Inspired by Free Software: software that challenges conventional practices of authorship, ownership and distribution. The innovative congress explored these implications for art, visual culture and cultural production in general.

For Open Congress, Open Music Archive presented a DJ set of music made entirely of samples of out-of-copyright music recordings, mainly sourced from 1920s 78rpm records. An accompanying slideshow uncovered the process of tracking this material.

Open Congress performance images

Tate Online Events Archive (video of the performance)

Listen to an excerpt of the live performance: MP3 (5.3MB) | Ogg Vorbis (3.7MB)

DJ Performance of Screen Tests, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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Ben performed a live remixed version of Screen Tests at the launch of British Art Show 6 (September 2005) at BALTIC, Newcastle.

Photos of the performance

Further live performances are scheduled for Manchester, Notingham and Bristol

Future Projects

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Future collaborations and distributive projects.