#ccmusicvideo – Creative Commons Music Videos

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Music is about emotions. We at starfrosch <3 videos. Long, short, queer, artistic, moving videos. That's why we were thinking about how to show you the best Creative Commons music videos.

#ccvideo starfrosch TV

First of all we tried to create starfrosch TV for you. We magically check the last 200 played tracks from starfrosch Radio and fire up a Youtube search and display you the found video. You can ZZzzap and skip forward to the next video. The result is not too exciting. To be honest, most of the videos are slideshows.

#ccvideo Playlist on Youtube

This lead us to a hand compiled real all ##music #ccvideo playlist on Youtube. We have compiled about 50 #ccvideo, which are quite entertaining and emotional. We love the result. We teamed up with cctrax.com, who helps us to compile the playlist. We will constantly add the latest #ccvideo to this playlist. If you miss a video, tweet us.

[Update 8.12.2016, 16.30] Want to join the playlist and collaborate with us? Tweet us.
Want to show the playlist on your website like cctrax or starfrosch? We’re happy you share it.

[Update 11.12.2016, 16.10] Meanwhile there are 8 great curators managing the list: @starfrosch @deeload @ronsens @blocsonic @commonsbaby @dogmazic @amsterdammack @rynothebearded

#ccmusicvideo #hot111

During December 2016, we are synchronizing our #hot111 charts with Youtube. For every of the 50’000 tracks, we do the trick to search on Youtube for a video and show it to you. We are looking forward to see the result.



What’s your vision with #ccmusicvideo. Come and share your thoughts with us.

Filosofia Reggae – Pequenininha

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Three women, three voices that is Filosofia Reggae from Brazil. They’re trying hard to spell filosofy and play, what did you expect, reggae and mix it with samba, r&b, blues, hip hop,funk and soul. They are regularly releasing CD’s since 2003 with a lot of success and airplay.

In 2016, they decided to give away their album for free.

You like reggae? You like philosophy? You like this.

Download Filosofia Reggae – Pequenininha [Creative Commons license]

Get more on SoundCloud.

CuzOH – The Jeffersons

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Nod your head. CuzOH is the up and coming Hip-Hop artist from Hempstead, New York. CuzOh has worked with some of the best musicians around from coast to coast including Grammy award winners, “The Product of G&B” & Platinum recording artist/writer Big Mike.

His extensive body of work is consistent and quite impressive. He has music placements on stations such as ESPN, CBS Sports, and multiple Cable television series.

Listen to the track The Jeffersons with heavy synths and dramatic tubular bells. It’s a hands up in the air hymn.

Just click it homies.

Download CuzOH – The Jeffersons [Creative Commons license]

Get more on the Royalty Free #hot100 Charts

Spotlight – Josh Woodward

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A guy with his guitar who probably needs no introduction for listener who are into Creative Commons music. It’s a great honour for us to have one of those rare interviews with the overly friendly and humble Josh Woodward. He’s the prototype of a new rock star with no local audience, but a huge community on the internet.

Please introduce yourself to our listeners.
Greetings! I’m a singer-songwriter from Ann Arbor, MI with 12 albums of acoustic rock music available for free under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

What’s your focus with your music?
I think that most artists, myself included, have a hard time describing their musical or lyrical focus, even when it’s obvious to everyone else. What makes an artist unique is usually just what seems normal to them. But I’d say my focus is on creating music that taps into deeper storylines and darker themes, bittersweet yet optimistic.

How do you define and measure your success?
I’ve always avoided anything that feels like aggressively marketing myself, or treating my music too much like a business. I also don’t really worry too much about how large of an audience I have. I define success as the feeling I have when I listen through a finished mix of a new song and have that feeling like I created something I’m proud of. There’s not a good way to measure that, but part of why I’m still excited about the process after over 200 songs is that I don’t worry too much about anything except what’s happening inside of my own head.

What Creative Commons license are you using and why have you chosen it?
I use the Creative Commons Attribution license. I started off long ago with the more restrictive Non-Commercial and No-Derivatives clauses, but I dropped them quickly when I realized that the exposure I would get from the liberal Attribution license would be much better for exposure. Best decision I ever made with my music!

Please pick three tracks from your work that best represents you. Why did you choose them? Can you tell us something about the creation process?
I seem to have a few primary musical personalities, so here are my favorites from those:

Upbeat Pop/Rock: “Swansong”. Back in 2003, I found a website called SongFight.org, which was a weekly songwriting competition where I got my start on the internet. I did tons of those for a while, then gave up to focus on fewer songs. A few years after I retired, I came back for a week to write “Swansong”, which is ostensibly about coming back to an old lover, but was actually written about SongFight itself.

Acoustic: “Border Blaster”. This is a song from the perspective of an undocumented worker coming across the border from Mexico. This was one of those times when I said exactly what was in my brain, just as I’d wanted to say it.

Dark: “Sugar On My Tongue”. A subset of my songs are so dark that I know they’re not ever going to be remotely popular, but I personally love them so I keep doing them anyway. This is an example of these, a song about being stuck in a house alone over the winter, and slowly losing your grip on reality.

Why do you give away the music for free?
At first, it was just a matter of my music already being online through SongFight for free, so it felt weird to charge. Plus, I didn’t think anyone would want to pay. As my audience grew, I realized quickly that it was a result of the freedom of the license. YouTube uses, in particular, have been a huge source of exposure for me. The videos using my money have cumulatively had over a billion views. Even if only a small percentage of them translate into people searching out the music they heard, that’s a huge number.

How are you connected, networked within your country and worldwide?
One of the strangest aspects of my situation is that it’s a truly international audience. I stopped playing live shows when my internet exposure had picked up around 2007, which means that I don’t have a local audience to speak of. On the other hand, I have large audiences in countries like Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Germany, and more. For the last Kickstarter I did, over two-thirds of the CDs I shipped went overseas. There’s not a huge concentration in any given city, so touring is still probably not very practical, but for my situation, I love hearing from people around the world.

Do you have new or upcoming works that can be interesting for listeners?
As a matter of fact, I’m almost done with working on not one, but two new albums. I’ve written a few dozen songs since my last release, so I’m planning on choosing some of those for a light-sounding and a dark-sounding CD. I’ve been obsessing over them the past month, and I’m planning on launching a Kickstarter in early January, and hopefully releasing the albums in February!

Looking forward to it and thank you for the interview

The Buenzli Reboot Party – Impressions

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Last saturday there was the Buenzli Reboot party, a retrospective of the last 20 years of demos coded by sceners. For those not familiar with the demoscene, that’s where short visual programs are coded as a competition. It’s a specialized form of computer art driven by reputation. The Buenzli or Demodays is a yearly gathering of 50-100 coders who participate in this Hackathon you would say nowadays.

The Buenzli invitation from 2011


Characters by various authors, Pixel People

The Buenzli Reboot party was organized by Echtzeit and soda.camp with a team including starfrosch, and presented by Oleg Lavrovsky and Jörg Berkel.

The demoscene is an amazing pool of digital creativity and will be hopefully also part of the crowdfunded MuDA, the Museum of Digital art in Zurich.

Demos initially where Cracktros, a short commercial at the beginning of every cracked program. There are still active cracking groups like Razor 1911 you might know from serial generators. Most of the demoscene split from the cracking scene and codes independently demos as an art form.

Almost every demo is underlaid with sound. This is where the Netlabel idea initially was born, out of the demoscene. There are still lots of Netlabel sounds archived on Scene.org. Netlabels very fast adopted the Creative Commons licenses and still contribute to the Free Music scene. That’s our connections to the scenes: Demo sounds, Netlabels, Creative Commons and Freedom.

The Buenzli Reboot party took place in a vintage cinema in Berne. The cinema contains a huge collection of analog projectors. In this inspiring atmosphere Oleg showed and explained us the demo collection from over 20 years. The obligatory geek and nerdy beverage and food was: Pizza and beer.

Listen to a radio broadcast from radio RaBe about the Buenzli Reboot party. It’s in Swiss German, even if you don’t understand it, you maybe love how it sounds like.

We hope you have enjoyed the show as much as we did. Here are the one, two, three youtube playlists of all shown demos.

Are you interested more into demos? Check out pouët.org, where over 60’000 demos are archived.