Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Creative Commons Search Engine

Searching for new Creative Commons content is often like a treasurehunt: We either start from scratch and use a regular search engine or go directly to the websites where we know we can get our stuff. Finding nice new content requires following blogs, keeping up with your favourites on the big platforms and similar efforts. Of course big sites like archive.org offer quite a large choice of music from netlabels for example, but how about a special search engine just for Creative Commons stuff? Where you can choose between music, video, images and documents? Enter let's CC, the first search engine only offering content under the Creative Commons license. The results mostly come from typical sources like Jamendo, Flickr or Slideshare. This is still quite limited but more and more other sources are added so that this platform really has some potential.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Music: Lounge Grooves From Mexico

CC BY-NC-SA 
Our latest discovery in Creative Commons music is a very well-produced lounge/disco album by Mexican musician Fhernando. "Falling Down" is an EP featuring 9 tracks and 40 minutes of elegant groove ranging from latin disco to highly elegant  lounge tracks. Especially "Seduction/Surrender" is definitely a highlight in this musical collectian and does deserve the two additional mixes on this EP: Chic music for decadent, yet relaxed moments. Lounge on!


"Falling Down" can be downloaded from Jamendo

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Datalove Dance Vol. 1

Welcome to te first edition of Datalove Dance for your ears and shaky booty. There is not much more to say than enjoy the free download, all legal and clean as a whisltle. This music actually wants to be downloaded, spread and talked about. 

Download Link (Mediafire) 





Coming Soon: Datalove Dance Compilation

Datalove Day has been accepted quite well today, many people on Twitter have started to talk about the importance of sharing and how vital it is that culture is free instead of being locked behind legal bars. Carry on!

So that you can feel some groovy datalove, we hereby announce the release of the first DataloveDay Dance compilation tonight. Eight hand-picked tracks, of course published under the Creative Commons license, will be out for you to enjoy. This compilation is all about melodic groove and occasional vocals. There is a subtle nineties eurodance touch to it, mixed with electro vibes and the odd nod towards eighties synth pop. The download link for the compilation will be up in a few hours, including a full track list with full attributions. 

Looking forward to giving you more Datalove <3 




Friday, February 10, 2012

Secret Ingredients?

Picture by Keenan Pepper 
Everybody knows about the wonderous "secret ingredient" in the famous "Coca-Cola" beverage. It is jealously guarded, yet there are enough competitors around selling dark, cola type fizzy drinks. Industrial espionage, clever flavour hacking or just simple common sense analyzing and re-creating the type of drink to sell with one's own recipe? All of this is realistic. Since there are so many different companies selling mostly the same type of drink, this has become more of a genre than a brand, with one red and white American company sticking out as the "originator". Most cola drinks do have thier own style and taste, may it be cheap, indie or just sugary mainstream bubbly, there is more than enough of this stuff around. 


It was only a matter of time for cola drinks to become something you can actually make at home like baking a cake or cooking up your own tomato soup. The Canadian software company Opencola developed its own recipe, just to publish it under a free license and make it possible for everyone to use the recipe free of charge or buy the finished product. This was thought to explain the nature of free free public licenses to the general public. The company though became more famous for the OpenCola soda cans than the software it produced. The company is now out of business, the fame for presenting an open source cola recipe, yet remains. 

The Wonders Of Freifunk

Freifunk, another nice German word like kindergarten, realpolitik or doppelganger. Freifunk, or wireless community networks, is a global idea that is currently being very strongly developed in Germany. It pushes for free access to wireless networks and communication for everybody. Mostly these are neighborhood networks starting to grow from one person setting up a WiFi router and then connecting this to other peoples routers in the vicinity. 

The main objective behind these freifunk projects is making accessing networks and communications and of course the internet possible for everyone. May it be a pedestrian passing by with a mobile device or someone who cannot afford their own access to the net.

 These community networks set up for municipal use also present an alternative to commercial ISPs, mostly operated by volunteers. They do not always offer direct internet access and often focus on providing a local network as a type of virtual meeting point for the community. Modern, urban life does not have to be anonymous or expensive to participate in. Freifunk offers a new way to form a close-knit neibourhood from the comfort of one's own home or wherever you chose to put your laptop. 

More information about Freifunk or wireless community networks can be found at freifunk.net and also trusty old Wikipedia