Name Your Price

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Does Open Music have a value? It’s free, so sure it comes with several freedoms like Share, Remix, Monetize. Are listeners willing to pay for it even when it’s free? I wanted to know that and implemented a buy feature for every track you download. I wanted this like in a real life shop. You get the product, then you pay or just take it. You choose. I like the “Name Your Price” approach from Bandcamp. You choose how much to pay, even when it’s zero. Name Zero, you get it for zero dollars. You choose.

How does that work? You click the download button, the download starts and the “Say Thanks” modal with terms about crediting and a PayPal checkout button appears. You can choose from Minimal 0$, Standard 1$ or Generous 2$ or you just can ignore it. I’m looking forward how this develops.

You may ask: Is it allowed to sell Open Music? Yes it is. The CC-BY and CC-BY-SA licenses not only allows sharing, and remixing, it also allows commercial usage including distribution. That’s what I do.

I now support artists for almost 17 years. This means at least one to two hours of work a day. As starfrosch grows, the costs also grow. I like to work, but I don’t like to work and pay for it, that’s why I’m trying to find fair possibilities for listeners to support me and my work for Open Music.

hotlist.txt Specification

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To have a very simple interface for the starfrosch radios, we created a very simple specification to exchange Open Music. hotlist.txt is there to share your hottest mp3 machine readable in public, for our radios, but not limited to.

Create a text file called hotlist.txt on the root of your domain with URLs to public mp3s. You can see a working example here

That’s all. To download the files to your local hard disk simply run:

wget -nc -i
wget -nc -i
wget -nc -U "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; rv:63.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/63.0" -i

Once you’ve created your hotlist.txt let us know.

Vintage Computer Festival Zurich with Bruno Spรถrri and Tim & Kid Schurke

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The Vintage Computer Festival 2018 Zurich with computers from the last century is just around the corner. Parents tell their children what devices their grandparents did not buy. The 2-day exhibition will be accompanied by worskhops, talks and a live evening program. The exhibition is suitable for visitors of all ages.

Have a look at this YouTube video from the 2017 Festival.

Tim & Kid Schurke especially created a track for this festival with synth legend Bruno Spรถrri. You know Bruno Spรถrri, because Jay-Z has sampled him without asking and crediting, lost at court and now pays some of his revenue to Bruno.

The track was made by Tim for the Live Synthesizer Night. In an interview with Mario Purkathofer, Bruno Spoerri explains his career and first experiences with synthesizers. Tim remixes the interview and adds an acoustic track. Both, Tim and Bruno are playing live on Saturday, November 24th in the clubroom of the Rote Fabrik.

Bruno Spรถrri will play live Saturday, 24.11.18 on his SE/30-Mac (1990) and Macbook G3 (2000) with software m and music mouse.

Tim & Kid Schurke will perform live 22:30. You also know these guys because they delivered two soundtracks to the film Ghost in the Shell. They get 0.00002 CHF for every second played in the film. You can hear their songs for 16 seconds in the film.