Target reached (and exceeded) for the Set Chopin Free crowdfunding campaign, a new initiative by the Musopen non-profit organization aiming at preserving the music of Frédéric Chopin with high-quality recordings available to the public without copyright-enforced limits: the funds collected on the Kickstarter platform have reached the final sum of $92,452, namely 123% of the 75,000 dollars requested by founder Aaron Dunn and the other Musopen volunteers.
Recently I received a mail by Ben G., a volunteer of the Musopen.org project, which reminded me their new initiative: after having freed the great classical symphonies from copyright, this time the non-profit organization is turning to the complete works of Frédéric Chopin. The target is always the same - to record high-quality versions of the works by the renowned Polish composer for everyone to listen - just as the tool chosen to reach it, ie a crowdfunding campaign on the Kickstarter platform.
The ambitious target set by Musopen founder has been reached and widely exceeded: Aaron Dunn succeeded in collecting more than 68,000 dollars for his project of freeing the great symphonies, a project that needed 11,000 dollars to be covered and that became extremely popular during the last two weeks leading to the aforementioned outstanding result. Dunn thanks the many who supported his idea and promises further initiatives with the same aim: give classical music back to the public domain.
After having experienced the largely unexplored territories of unhindered digital distribution thanks to In Rainbows, after having “shot” the entirely digital video clip from House of Cards, Radiohead continue to seek alternative ways to reach fans and innovate the music market by releasing their latest song on the BitTorrent P2P network.
As a long time fan of Kraftwerk band I always feel a particular fondness for electronic music, whether it melt with the gloomy and metropolitan rock of Subsonica or follow the northern though charming pathways of Royksopp. Unfortunately there’s a bit of electronic in any damn pop tune released nowadays, and the value of experimentation with sounds has ended up in the back burner in respect of the overexposure of mean starlets used to feed, unconsciously, a grim showbiz that first swallows and then excretes them when they are digested.
While the music industry organizations continue to pretend that the courts decide the path of technology evolution, risking moreover to take unprecedented blows, the recording labels take note of an historic first. Atlantic Records, a label owned by the multinational Warner Music Group, has actually announced that more of the half of music sales in the United States (51%) come from the digital market in its several forms.
As a post-rock group like it has always been considered, the English band of Yorke & fellows has a strong sense of experimentation toward the discovery of new territories, be they artistic or merely technological. The experiment of In Rainbows, the album offered on-line in digital format with free price or even equal to zero has deeply shaken a recording market embalmed as usual, and now Radiohead return to charge with a new “first time”, the hi-tech videoclip taken from one of the In Rainbows tracks.