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"Open Source Bach" Project Completed; Score and Recording Now Online 110

rDouglass writes "MuseScore, the open source music notation editor, and pianist Kimiko Ishizaka have released a new recording and digital edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The works are released under the Creative Commons Zero license to promote the broadest possible free use of the works. The score underwent two rounds of public peer review, drawing on processes normally applied to open source software. Furthermore, the demands of Bach's notational style drove significant advancements in the MuseScore open source project. The recording was made on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial piano in the Teldex Studio of Berlin. Anne-Marie Sylvestre, a Canadian record producer, was inspired by the project and volunteered her time to edit and produce the recording. The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign that was featured on Slashdot in March 2011."
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"Open Source Bach" Project Completed; Score and Recording Now Online

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @08:32AM (#40141053)

    What's the betting that YouTube immediately starts tagging this work as belonging to a big record label when people use this as background music to their videos?

    When the inevitable story breaks that WMG (Warner Music Group) have taken down some videos that use this work, feel free to link back to this post.

    Videos reinstated on a case-by-case basis (meaning that 95% stay down). I hope I'm wrong.

  • s'wonderful (Score:5, Interesting)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @09:05AM (#40141277) Journal

    MuseScore and MusicXML (or mXML) are fantastic projects and wonderfully useful products. I use both all the time and donate cash on a regular basis. I've used them for professional, high-end projects and for little personal projects that will never go beyond my four walls. mXML is yet another open source project that was just so smart, so good that all the the big proprietary music editor developers had to incorporate it into their own products, because none of them had been able to come up with a flexible, portable, rich music language or format of their own.

    If anyone who has contributed to either of these is around here, you need to stand up and get a little round of applause.

    I learned about mXML and MuseScore when I was searching online for lead sheets to some jazz standards to learn on my chromatic harmonica, and stumbled upon wikifonia (also a very worthy project). It is a shame that wikifonia is having such trouble staying up lately. I'm sure they're getting the full scorched-earth treatment from music publishers, who have so badly failed at making any good use of new technologies.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 29, 2012 @09:16AM (#40141379)

    Well, I uploaded a copy of the first mp3 out of curiosity, and ..... surprise!

    Kimiko Ishizaka Bach Open Goldberg Variations 01 - Aria
    Your video may include the following copyrighted content:

            "Ragna Schirmer-Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria", sound recording administered by:
            Kontor New Media

            "Audun Kayser-Aria Da Capo E Fine", sound recording administered by:
            [Merlin] Phonofile

            "Remi Masunaga-Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria", sound recording administered by:
            IDOL (Independent Distribution On Line)

    What does this mean?

    Your video is still available worldwide. In some cases ads may appear next to your video. Please note that the video's status can change, if the policies chosen by the content owners change. Learn more about copyright on YouTube.
    This claim does not affect your account status.

    Try it yourself and see.

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