Music for Children

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We found Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman’s 1958 vinyl record Music for Children in the personal record collection of architect Luis Barragán, whilst on an artists’ residency in Mexico City in 2012. We love the record because it works as a kind of audio source code for teaching music to children, in the mode of play.

Treating the found record as an artefact, as an object to be excavated, we detect, extract and separate sounds from the original vinyl record. Although the complete rights to the music remain in copyright until 2061, we free copyright-expired sounds by dissecting copyright-controlled elements to generate a 'public sonic inventory'. This inventory contains thousands of samples from Music For Children and is freely released into the public domain for reuse.

Xylophones, glockenspiels, drum hits, crashing cymbals and fragments of children’s voices echo in the copyleft licensed work, which is pressed onto a vinyl record and offered for free download.