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Steven Black
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We're avid fans of #FAWM . We have not posted much about it over here, but we'll be releasing a concept album within the next few months. (It was developed during FAWM and needs to be released before the start of 50/90.)

The concept album is #filk music to public domain #hymn tunes, as a way to explore copyright. The premise is that a lonely space traveler is wondering what he'll find when they get to his destination, and due to copyright restrictions the only media they have with them is public domain (mostly before 1923) so he combines the two. While every song relates to one or more fandoms, they've all had the clear identifications scrubbed, (because of copyright, trademark and brand dilution -- which fits with the theme). Also, some of the songs are related to relatively obscure books.

The album will be released with a #CreativeCommons Attribution license and will include full sheet music. This means folks can take the sheet music and perform the songs for profit to live crowds or create a derivative of the song and add it to their album. The hymns came from MusicXML and ABC sources, but #Lilypond is nice enough that we standardized on that.

When the album is released, we're thinking of posting the source to Github so that folks can fork it. The organization we're using allows the files to be compiled in different ways as it isolates music, lyrics, and format in to three different files. We like it well enough, that we're planning to use a similar approach for the Christmas 2015 stuff. (If we're lucky we'll release the Christmas 2015 stuff with full sheet music this year.)

It is getting pretty exciting. We're reaching a point where we're actually thinking of beta readers for the song book.
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I'm adapting my February Album Writing Month concept album in to a musical. Because I'm a nut, I prefer to write everything in plain-text. I've confirmed I can make this happen.
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This is what I like: "The songs on this album are instrumental, secular, or explicitly focused upon Santa Claus. Suitable for use in all households! " It is also CC-BY licensed and free to download! Sweet!
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I have an idea for a politics-related website. It simplifies the issue of special interests in to one of trust. Citizens rate special interests in order of trust. Special interests have opinions on issues. They can either support, oppose or have no opinion ...
I have an idea for a politics-related website. It simplifies the issue of special interests in to one of trust. Citizens rate special interests in order of trust. Special interests have opinions on issues. They can either s...
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I've been toying with some ideas on music aggregation. The problem: I don't listen to music I can't share with my children without fear of violating copyright. This means I listen to a lot of CC licensed music, a lot of music...
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I was looking at public domain sheet music the other day, and I was struck by the number of songs that used to be written regarding the death of children.

I mean, a person could release an entire album of public domain songs about the death of children...
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These are some friends of mine. Their daughter (seen here as a preemie) is trying to raise money for their March of Dimes team. There are two days left in the fundraiser. This little girl had a twin sister that didn't make it. I'm asking simply for a #signalboost ... If the cause is something you feel strongly about, please consider donating to their team or directly to the organization.

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US Government says, "We won't prosecute you for violating rights if you, you know, violate rights for us."
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I am a part-time philosopher, and a full-time polytheist. I am a father and a sociable introvert. I like to think, and I like to write.

I do not value being unique. I believe that being unique is something sold to the masses of the US in a (successful) attempt to fragment the population and to create artificial division.

In my nightmares, I am the only human that is like me. In those dreams, I fear for the human race.

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