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.
- 1 Disclosures, London
- 2 Clips, Blips and Loops #2, Geneva
- 3 Mimétisme at Extra City, Antwerp
- 4 Loose Booty, London
- 5 Screen Tests - The Bigger Picture, Manchester
- 6 Who Makes And Owns Your Work, Stockholm
- 7 Feedback #4
- 8 Free-to-air (Cornerhouse, Manchester)
- 9 Long Night - Cornerhouse, Manchester
- 10 If Elsewhere - Scatter Projects
- 11 Screen Tests at Varsalongen, Stockholm
- 12 Canal Plus
- 13 Alternative film/video festival Belgrade
- 14 Screen Tests @ Brighton Film Festival
- 15 Leverage @ OpenLab3
- 16 Generosity: Broadcasting House, at Kunsthaus Graz - Live Event
- 17 British Art Show Symposium Bristol - Live Event
- 18 Futuresonic 2006
- 19 Broadcast Times: British Art Show Bristol
- 20 Screen Tests @ Canal
- 21 Screen Tests DVD
- 22 Dragline: British Art Show Nottingham
- 23 Dragline @ Swiss Institute NY
- 24 Open Music Archive presents an Evening of Free Music and Films
- 25 British Art Show 6, Manchester (28th Jan -2nd April 2006)
- 26 OMA @ Open Congress, Tate Britain
- 27 DJ Performance of Screen Tests, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
- 28 Future Projects
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:
The Declose vinyl will be available on the night in exchange for a donation.
Clips, Blips and Loops #2, Geneva
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.
Mimétisme at Extra City, Antwerp
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.
Also including; Pawel Althamer & Artur Zmijewski, Elisabetta Benassi, Charif Benhelima, Pierre Bismuth, Lieven de Boeck, Claude Cahun, Mircea Cantor, Andrea Cooper, Mauricio Dias & Walter Riedweg, Harun Farocki, Marlon Fuentes, Tom Holert, Sofia Hultén, Yayoi Kusama, Ted Gaier & Peter Ott, Ria Pacquée, Jean Painlevé, Jean Rouch, Constanze Ruhm, Tomas Schmit, Isabell Spengler, Erik Steinbrecher, Javier Téllez, Barbara Visser
guided tours with curator Anselm Franke:
Loose Booty, London
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.
After Party - featuring Open Music Archive out-of-copyright/copyleft laptop and DJ set
Downloads coming soon ...
Screen Tests - The Bigger Picture, Manchester
See Screen Tests and Broadcast Times on The Big Screen Manchester from 12th Jan - 1st Feb 2008.
The Bigger Picture screens on the Big Screen in Exchange Square, Manchester, Monday – Friday, after the news at 9.00am, after the news at 12noon, 2.05pm, after the news at 5pm, 10.35pm, and at various times throughout the weekend. Schedule subject to change. More info
Screen Tests - Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson, Ben White
Broadcast Times - Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson, Ben White
Who Makes And Owns Your Work, Stockholm
Time: 17 November 2007 12.00 - 01.00
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.
We contributed to Feedback #4 Ideas that inform, construct and concern the production of exhibitions and events. Edited by Elpida Karaba & Nayia Yiakoumaki
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.
Long Night - Cornerhouse, Manchester
Long Night 13/07/07
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
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.
The Media Centre
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 Lindt 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.
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:
Films, performance, music
Alternative film/video festival Belgrade
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
PAST PRESENT FUTURE
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
4th - 11th November 2006
Opening Event - Sat, 4th November from 4pm
Generosity: Broadcasting House, at Kunsthaus Graz - Live Event
part of Protections
Generosity Broadcasting House, Kunsthaus Graz
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
The A Bond building is approximately
10 minutes walk from Spike Island
Leverage, a new project for Futuresonic 2006, centres around the creation of copyleft licensed 12 inch vinyl records containing a range of samples, beats and extracts from the archive in a format referencing scratch tools, breaks compilations and battle records. Read more . . .
Sample Leverage at Instrument, an exhibition of artist-made instruments, noise-generators, audio-visual manipulators, and head twisters by sound artists and noise-makers.
Friday 21 July 11am
Futuresonic 2006 runs from 20 - 22nd July at various venues around Manchester
Video of Parkertron (Fingathing) testing the Leverage records using Serato Scratch Live.
Download quicktime Duration: 13 mins / 43.1 MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
Shot and edited by Kid Jenson Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5
Broadcast Times: British Art Show Bristol
Broadcast Times: The Birth of Westward - a film by Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson, and Ben White - is showing as part of the British Art Show Bristol.
As the exhibition train leaves the platform, we are taken on a documentary journey of “a happy hunting ground for tycoons” the birth of commercial television broadcasting.
15th July - 17 September 2006
Spike Island at A Bond
Screen Tests @ Canal
An evening of short films and a party to celebrate the opening of:
Canal 29 Vyner St, London E2 9QD
Friday 2 June 2006
The Light Fantastic - Ken Russell, 1960
Behive - Jim Self and Frank Moore, 1985
Screen Tests - Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson, Ben White, 2005
Party to follow
Canal is a temporary project room and studio run by Matthew Darbyshire, Anna Colin, Sarah McCrory, Olivia Plender, Melissa Franklin, Djordje Ozbolt and Celine Condorelli.
Screen Tests DVD
A project in collaboration with Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska that evolved from British Art Show 6.
The Free DVD was launched at the Anticipating the Past: Artist: Archive: Film conference on the 12th-13th May, at Tate Modern.
The DVD includes three new films - edited from archive film material, with a soundtrack made from out-of-copyright records - along with the original material and source files. The material is released under a Creative Commons license, enabling anyone to use and re-use Screen Tests for future creative exchange.
Screen Tests 1/4 Screen Tests
Screen Tests 2/4 Dragline
Screen Tests 3/4 Broadcast Times: The Birth of Westward
Screen Tests 4/4
Arts Council England funded the production of this DVD through Grants for the arts.
If you would like a copy of the Screen Tests DVD email infoATopenmusicarchiveDOTorg
Dragline: British Art Show Nottingham
Dragline and Screen Tests are showing at Angel Row Gallery as part of British Art Show 6, Nottingham (21st April - 25th June)
Angel Row Gallery
Catch a live performance of Screen Tests in Nottingham at 7.30pm on 19th May at Powerhouse, Victoria Studios (part of the Nottingham Trent buildings)
Dragline @ Swiss Institute NY
Preview of our new film Dragline - remixed archive material, with a soundtrack made from out-of-copyright records, produced 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
British Art Show 6, Manchester (28th Jan -2nd April 2006)
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:
See Screen Tests at Urbis until 2nd April 2006
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
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.
DJ Performance of Screen Tests, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Ben White performed a live remixed version of Screen Tests for the launch of British Art Show 6 at BALTIC, Newcastle.
Future live performances are scheduled for Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol