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 Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, Mexico
- 2 Free/Slow University of Warsaw
- 3 Ghost Trace Stellar
- 4 The General and the Specific
- 5 Felix's Machines
- 6 Open Music Archive Outlet, London
- 7 This is not a gateway
- 8 Free-to-air CD
- 9 Nought To Sixty, ICA
- 10 Loose Booty, Zurich
- 11 Disclosures II: The Middle Ages, Laxton
- 12 Freebooter, The London Festival of Architecture
- 13 Photosocial, The Photographers' Gallery
- 14 Electronic Music Festival, Amman
- 15 Research in Amman
- 16 Feedback 4 Book Launch, New York
- 17 Disclosures, London
- 18 Clips, Blips and Loops #2, Geneva
- 19 Mimétisme at Extra City, Antwerp
- 20 Loose Booty, London
- 21 Screen Tests - The Bigger Picture, Manchester
- 22 Who Makes And Owns Your Work, Stockholm
- 23 Feedback #4
- 24 Free-to-air (Cornerhouse, Manchester)
- 25 Long Night - Cornerhouse, Manchester
- 26 If Elsewhere - Scatter Projects
- 27 Screen Tests at Varsalongen, Stockholm
- 28 Canal Plus
- 29 Alternative film/video festival Belgrade
- 30 Screen Tests @ Brighton Film Festival
- 31 Leverage @ OpenLab3
- 32 Generosity: Broadcasting House, at Kunsthaus Graz - Live Event
- 33 British Art Show Symposium Bristol - Live Event
- 34 Previous Projects
- 35 Future Projects
Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, Mexico
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.
Screening with Q&A session: 17:30 Casa del Lago, Mexico City
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
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.
The General and the Specific
7th March 2009
Friday 19 December 2008
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
Open Music Archive Outlet, London
22nd November - 14th December 2008
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
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
Monday 29 September 2008 8 - 10 pm
out-of-copyright archive jazz / blues / music hall & folk
part of Nought to Sixty curated by Mark Sladen and Richard Birkett
Loose Booty, Zurich
Loose Booty at K3 - Project Space
opening 27th September with Open Music Archive DJ set 7pm till late
Disclosures II: The Middle Ages, Laxton
Saturday 6 September 2008
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: email@example.com
Freebooter, The London Festival of Architecture
FREEBOOTER: an evening of free music
exploring public territory in a peninsula haunted by pirates and bootleggers.
Saturday 28th June
at: The Pilot Inn, 68 River Way, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10
presenting reclaimed lost treasures:
Funktion-One sound system
The Declose vinyl will be available on the night in exchange for a donation.
Project Manager: Heidi Pedersen
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
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
Saturday, 17th May 08 at 4:00pm
Research in Amman
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
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 MimÃ©tisme at Extra City in Antwerp.
An exhibition that probes an alternative conceptual framework for "theatricality" in the visual arts.
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
Screen Tests - The Bigger Picture, Manchester
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
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 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.
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