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Steven Black
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Ten Years Ago: Where would I like to see myself in 10 years?
It feels like fairly recently that I was complaining that I couldn't clearly see what the future held in store for me. Well, this is something I wrote 10 years ago, thinking about the future and how I could achieve what I wanted. Where would I like to see m...
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My cousin has outgrown his mobility rig, and the upgrade requires a new set of wheels to move his wheels. This is a big, mandatory, and unsupported expense. Let's go with the dough, folks.
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`Hello!     My name is John. My brother, Andrew, has a DMD, (Duchenne muscular dystrophy) a muscle disease that stops the body from making chemicals that rebuild muscle. Thus far, we have been struggling to transport him and his scooter with our SUV, and we are soon getting a even harder to trans...
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Shipping Containers is an experimental art album exploring copyright in the guise of filk hymns.

The premise is a lonely space traveler thinks about what might be in store for the colony ship when they get there, but due to copyright restrictions only music made before 1923 is available on-board. So, he combines the two.

This is #hymn #filk . The 12 song album is released with a #CreativeCommons Attribution license as well as a complete #songbook . (Along with MIDI tracks for each song. We try to make it easy to re-use.)
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Just in time for 50/90. The new album has been released.

Or, the songbook with attached demos...
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Notes for the future.
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I released a filk hymn album. It includes a complete songbook and is released with the Creative Commons Attribution license. The topics covered include references to common and obscure science fiction and fantasy fandoms, but the names themselves are gently scrubbed.

Shipping Containers is an experimental art album exploring copyright in the guise of filk hymns.

The premise is a lonely space traveler thinks about what might be in store for the colony ship when they get there, but due to copyright restrictions only music made before 1923 is available on-board. So, he combines the two.

(Is it an album with an included songbook? Is it a songbook with included demos? Whatever it is, it is free and you can use/abuse it as you like.)
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The categories on the side list neither "Music" nor "Filk". Is that an omission on purpose or accident?
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Wow! Nice! I'm going to take a listen.
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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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Amateur writer and NaNoWriMo participant.
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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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I drink water-based beverages.
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