Open Music Project at John Hansard Gallery

Uploaded 19 November 2015
Location: John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, SO17 1BJ (map).
Open Music Project session: 11am to 4pm, 21 November 2015.
FREE / All welcome

Eileen Simpson and Ben White of the Open Music Archive are seeking vinyl records made before 1963 in order to extract sounds from them to build a ‘public sonic inventory’. Because sound recordings made up to and including 1962 are out-of-copyright they can be distributed (in fragments) and re-mixed by anyone to create new works.TwitterOMP

For this Saturday’s session Eileen and Ben are asking people to share their record collections – specifically pre-1963, 7 inch vinyl 45s (e.g. Helen Shapiro, Adam Faith, Carole King, Little Eva etc. – also including pop, reggae, jazz, calypso). They aren’t asking you to donate your records, but simply lend them for a few minutes in order to make a copy. All records are cleaned before playing and digitised using high quality audio equipment. They then extract public domain copyright-expired elements using specialist computer software and distribute these short sonic snippets from the Open Music Project web site.

What to do:

Contact with details of your collection, then bring your records to a drop-in session at John Hansard Gallery on Saturday 21 November, between 11am-4pm.

The video:

This is an unsolicited promotional video produced using public domain music fragments from the Open Music Archive and public domain movie footage from the Prelinger Archive.

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