[linux-audio-user] Music made with Linux

Jan Depner eviltwin69 at cableone.net
Mon Jan 16 17:24:35 EST 2006

On Mon, 2006-01-16 at 21:33 +0000, james at dis-dot-dat.net wrote:
> On Sat, 14 Jan, 2006 at 08:30AM -0600, Jan Depner spake thus:
> >     I wrote this about a week after the storm.  Later my daughter worked
> > on the melody and a bit on the lyrics.  It was recorded in Ardour
> > (qjackctl/JACK), mastered with JAMin, and trimmed with Audacity.  It's
> > in mp3 for my poor benighted Windoze using friends.
> > 
> >     It is dedicated to Sam who didn't die in the lower ninth ward but in
> > Pass Christian, MS with his two year old son.
> > 

    BTW, my wife corrected me on this.  It was actually in Long Beach,
MS, 5 blocks due south of my house.  Sam was one of my coworkers.  I had
used the name Charlie first and that's why that verse was set in the
ninth ward.  When I found out Sam had died I changed the name but (not
being a very good poet) I couldn't come up with a better line.

> > http://myweb.cableone.net/eviltwin69/katrina.mp3
> I didn't get chance to listen to this for quite a while, but I'm glad
> that I managed it.
> One of the best tracks I've heard on these lists - although I have to
> echo what a few people have said about the vocals.  They just need
> bringing out a little more.

    Did you get the copy after I updated it yesterday?  I brought them
up and dumped some of the effects.

> I also like the idea of songs that speak plainly about important
> events, if done properly.
> Badly done (which this isn't), they sound quite naive, cheesy and
> depthless.
> Done well (which I think this is), they feel like an alternative way
> to record history.  Which, of course, songs have been doing for as
> long as there were singers.  One of the more beautiful incarnations of
> oral history.

    This was written in the dark, sweating out a 3 week power outage
with just a floor fan, in south Mississippi, in the summer (which lasts
through November around here ;-)

> Thanks for sharing.
> Another criticism, and one I think is more important than quibling
> over small changes to vocals, is the copyright.
> You obviously want people to hear it, so why restrict copying?  I
> can't mail this to a friend, make a copy for my walkman or do any of
> the many things that would get this listened to by a wider audience
> than the list.

    I'm terribly sorry.  I meant for you to be able to copy it and/or
send it to your friends.  All I did was place the copyright notice in
it.  This doesn't really restrict you at all.  It's the license that
does the restriction.  Just like all GPL software is copyrighted.

> Why not use creative commons? http://creativecommons.org/
> If you want to keep it "pure", use the no-derivatives option.  If
> you're worried about people not knowing it's yours, use the
> attribution option.  If you don't want people to use your song
> commercially without seeking a separate license with you, use the
> non-commercial option.  Or mixtures of these.

  I guess it is under the non-commercial license although every time I
look at the creative commons page I get confused ;-)  I'm really easy
about commercial too (in most cases).  If you (or anyone else) would
like to cover it just give me a yell and we'll talk ;-)

> But I'll just make sure that the main theme in this mail is the one I
> intended at the start: Wonderful track!  Absolutely wonderful!

    Many thanks to you and all who commented.

Jan 'Evil Twin' Depner
The Fuzzy Dice

"As we enjoy great advantages from the invention of others, we should be 
glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and 
this we should do freely and generously."

Benjamin Franklin, on declining patents offered by the governor of 
Pennsylvania for his "Pennsylvania Fireplace", c. 1744

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