Open Your World forum preview: Q&A on music and Creative Commons

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This Thursday at the Open Your World forum (have you registered?), we'll be welcoming three people from the music industry to answer your questions about their work and releasing music under a Creative Commons license. Here's a sneak peek at who you'll be talking to.

Daniel James, 64 Studio Ltd.

Daniel James is the director of 64 Studio Ltd, a company developing custom GNU/Linux multimedia products for OEMs. He was the founder of the consortium, which promotes the use of GNU/Linux and Free Software in the professional audio field.

Daniel is also the author of Crafting Digital Media: Audacity, Blender, Drupal, GIMP, Scribus, and other Open Source Tools (Apress). The book is a foundation course in photographic manipulation, illustration, animation, 3D modelling, publishing, recording audio and making music, DJ’ing, mixing and mastering audio CDs, video editing, and web content delivery with open source tools.

Curt Smith, Tears for Fears and solo musician

Curt Smith, pictured at top, is a musician, singer and songwriter, who provided the lead vocals for some of the biggest hits ("Mad World," "Pale Shelter," "Everybody Wants to Rule The World," "Advice for the Young At Heart") of Tears for Fears, the group he co-founded with Roland Orzabal in 1981.

Not only does TFF continue to tour, Smith also has a flourishing solo career. And his most recent album, "Halfway, pleased," was released under a Creative Commons license. He's also embracing the rest of the technology that 2010 has to offer. From his blog:

...even a decade ago, none of this might have been possible. Without social media, I might never have known of or met Zoë. If either of us used a label to release our music, it might have hampered our ability to collaborate. With today's technology, Charlton and I can record and mix in his garage (literally), on our own schedule. If the digital marketplace hadn't been created, it's highly unlikely I could have (or would have) released a standalone single. And without Creative Commons, I'd have to spend a fortune on lawyers protecting my copyright against inadvertent infringements.

So rather than join the chorus of those blasting or lamenting the state of the music business, although I've no love lost for the major labels, I'd rather celebrate the opportunities, potential, and artistic freedom that technology gives us. While doing so, I'm busy working on my next song.

> Twitter: @curtsmith

Brad Sucks, musician

Brad Sucks isn't just a one-man band--he's a one-man music production. He writes, records, and produces his songs and releases them under Creative Commons licenses. 

Brad's songs have been licensed for television, played on commercial and campus radio. He has released two CDs: I Don't Know What I'm Doing and Out of It.

Brad also designed the default sounds for the open source instant messaging client Pidgin and has released some open source packages for musicians.

> Twitter: @bradsucks


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Ruth Suehle is the community leadership manager for Red Hat's Open Source and Standards team. She's co-author of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O'Reilly, December 2013) and a senior editor at GeekMom, a site for those who find their joy in both geekery and parenting.

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