Our spiritual 2nd home has for a long while been ccMixter, I joined in 2005, that’s almost 10 years ago. _Ghost a few months before me, CDK a few months earlier still. Time rolls on, we really do need one of those time machine things! (ten years? …maybe it should be a Tin Machine?!)
ccMixter, in spite of us three being a bit rubbish with our contributions, has come a long way. Some real quality folks have contributed to an ever increasing pool of music, all there for the taking / remixing. Fill up your mp3 player of choice, it’s all free to download and share. Fire up your DAW, load up your virtual decks, it’s time to party.
Over the years ccMixter has been so much more than just the place we choose to host our files, it’s somewhere to find great source material for a mix, it’s somewhere to find people we find interesting and engaging, it’s somewhere to share opinions and skills. Peer review is such a wonderful thing when it’s done right. A pat on the back, confidence gained from a simple kind word can do so much to encourage and flourish.
Then there’s that whole ugly copyright thing. Without ccMixter many youtubers would be faced with infringement notices galore, or face the consequence of a return to the silent movie era. We gained a lot of exposure for Ghost K Stop through AudioSwap, youtube’s snappily named rando-rithm to replace copyright audio with a free alternative. So we thank the idiotic corporate fat cats for making such a situation possible, but not even 0.00001% of the amount we thank the ccMixter folks for all their hard work over the years.
ccMixter are currently running their first ever fundraiser the project. After ten years, it’s been a long time coming. They need our help…
…if you like free music, go throw those guys a few dollars/euros/pounds/yen/bitcoins – money well spent. If you don’t want to, or can’t spend, then just share the campaign, help with promotion, spread the word.