Thursday, July 6, 2023

BSOTS 179 - In Conversation With Douglas Whitfield (pt. one)


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This episode's track list (title / artist / source / license):

 1.  Beached (Featuring Martin Bogren, Johannes Hehrmann & Jero Castella) by Spiedkiks [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) (2022)

2.  Senseless Song by Natasha Beller [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) (2018)

3.  Ideas Of Singularity by ƘÏÐ ƉΔŦΛ [Abstrakt Reflections] (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) (2021)

4.  On The Edge (featuring Javolenus, SackJo22, Ezra Skull, Kara Square, & The Concept of Energy) by Wiseman [ccMixter] (CC BY-NC 4.0) (2023)

5.  Potzilla Inda Middle (Featuring Pot-C) by Spiedkiks [blocSonic]  (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) (2022)

Alongside my lifelong obsession with sound and an undying allegiance to music, there is a genuine interest in that place where technology, copyright, and music all meet up.  The life that I want to live involves three things:  music appreciation, sonic curation, and media preservation.  The more that I hang out in the world of Creative Commons licensed music, the more it seems like this world covers all three of those factors.  

This episode just fell into my lap suddenly.  It was three weeks ago that Douglas Whitfield contacted me about appearing on the podcast and making the rounds to a few shows prior to Netlabel Day.  It was the perfect opportunity to learn more about Creative Commons music and the licenses that these works are released under from someone who is immersed in that world far more than I am.  Doug is one of the co-founders of the CC Community Music Awards and used to co-host the Music Manumit Podcast alongside Tom Ray of the band Lorenzo's Music, interviewing other CC musicians and tech developers for several years.  He also works as a contracts manager for blocGLOBAL alongside Michael Gregoire (founder and owner of the blocSonic netlabel).  On top of that, he's also a co-host of the weekly CCCMA Listening Party on YouTube, showcasing videos from CC musicians from across the globe.

Admittedly, there are times during this interview where things can get a bit technical, particularly when talking about the CC licenses themselves and how they function.  However, I hope that this episode (along with the next one) can serve as a beneficial resource for those just finding out about the world of CC music and want a more intricate explanation of how it all works.  Speaking of music, a handful of tunes break up the conversation here and there, including an introspective electronic tune from the Abstrakt Reflections netlabel, a bouncy and sample-happy groove from the CCMixter community, and three from blocSonic (including a pair of tunes from 2023 CCCMA winners Spiedkiks).  This one's a bit different from how things usually go on the BSOTS podcast feed, but I think that the change of pace is one that came at the right time.  I certainly hope that you enjoy the featured musical selections and that the information shared on this episode is both interesting and helpful.

Other key info:
Tha Bloc Report Episode 30: The Doug Whitfield Episode
Ryno The Bearded
Headphonica netlabel
Queue Points Podcast

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