John Option: the source code of the music
  • Hi!
    A few months ago I started with a friend of mine a musical project called John Option
    that has particular similarities to the philosophy of free software. I would like to tell you about it in this post and I'd love to read your feedback.

    With our band John Option we published two single My monkey, You fill my soul. Of course the songs are published under the terms of the Creative Commons License (CC-BY-SA) and they are completely produced only with free software: Ardour, Hydrogen, Jack, Qsynth, CALF, and many other great free audio software that we used under a GNU/Linux system.

    You can find the song on Jamendo and here you can see the videoclip
    My monkey: http://youtu.be/GdsyGlPkfEg
    You fill my soul: http://youtu.be/0hwTZgo808E

    But with the project of John Option we have done a little more in the direction of freedom. As for the free software the source code is accessible for the users, we decided to do the same thing for our music. So we published the single recording tracks of the songs and the complete Ardour sessions. All this material is published in our official website[1] under the CC-BY-SA license so that anyone can use our tracks to produce a remix of our song or even a new song
    that have to be published under the same license.

    You can find all about our project here: http://johnoption.org

    I hope that you like our choice of freedom. If you feel like I'd love to read your feedback, because the encouragement of the people who listen to us and appreciate the philosophy of our project is a fuel for us to continue.

    Ciao,
    Max-B - http://www.jamendo.com/it/artist/443418/john-option
  • I guess for many of the artists on jamendo doing electronic synth pop stuff, "releasing the source code" would raise interesting questions because they're not necessarily using open licensed samples/instrument files. We'd assume that copyright law isn't so strict to prevent them releasing their finished tunes under an open license, but some of bits of their source code might be more awkward.

    For you guys you're using your own instruments and all this fee software. So it's no problem. And a very cool idea. "a little more in the direction of freedom"... quite extreme freedom I would say! I guess downloading the "Ardour2 project file" would give us a good view into how you use the software. Maybe useful as an example for learning how to use it.
  • Thanks very much for your comment Harry!
  • Hi,
    today we have published our third single Any. As for the previous songs it's completely produced using only free software and we published also the single recording tracks of the songs and the complete Ardour sessions with a CC-BY-SA license.

    Here you can find the single:
    https://www.jamendo.com/it/list/a140461/any-single

    and here the video:
    http://youtu.be/lXbUKeo-PFY

    Ciao,
    Max-B - http://www.jamendo.com/it/artist/443418/john-option