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Music Manumit Podcast: Mutual interviews, Part II

As usual and as promised, here’s another full interview I did for my monthly column in Cologne magazine Stadtrevue, this time featuring Doug Whitfield of the superb Music Manumit Podcast.

When did you start producing Music Manumit?

In the footer of the home page (and I think every page), there’s actually an archive where you can pick by month. This is our first episode though: http://www.musicmanumit.com/2010/06/first-episode-music-manumit-podcast.html. As you can see from the date, it was recorded in May. We now date our shows by release date rather than record date. I don’t know when that change happened.

How long do you think you will continue to produce the podcast? I guess there’s a lot of enthusiasm behind, as far as I can see it’s fully non-commercial …

I have never really contemplated it, though we are currently (the month of March 2013) experimenting a bit with our format to see how we want to go forward.

In a US Constitutional sense, the word “commerce” has a very broad definition and under that definition non-profits are commercial. I think probably the definition in the Creative Commons word is slightly narrower. Of course the CBC is not in the US, and I don’t know all of the facts of their situation, but I don’t think they needed to stop playing Creative Commons music.

I mention the above simply to note the ambiguity in the term non-commercial. Currently we do not have any revenue, which I think is what you are getting at.

It’s probably worth noting here that I am working on a incorporating a 501(c)(3) with some other individuals named the Netizen Empowerment Federation (NEF). Our website is still woefully bad, but if you want to check it out it is www.netizenfed.org. It’s possible that only the Lawcast will join NEF. I suspect that NEF will be incorporated by the end of the year, but it may be longer than that before Music Manumit decides to join, if we decide to join.

I like your concept of different formats (Talk Show, Music Show, Law Show) under one label – how did you come up with the idea?

Well, the law part is simple. Tom doesn’t want to be involved. The full story of the Lawcast is actually a little more complicated, because my initial co-host had to quit due to health reasons, but that’s a story for another day.

The talk/music split is also pretty simple. I don’t like talking interspersed with music. Most music podcasts have way too much talking for my tastes. Even the relatively light Open Metalcast gets on my nerves sometimes. I listen to music while I work, but I am completely and utterly incapable of listening to talking while I work. However, we might be changing this. That’s part of our March experiment. Essentially, after ~2.5 years (3 years in May) I realized it didn’t really matter what I liked. I thought maybe there was a reason every other show does it another way. So, we are going to see.

Please describe the status quo of netaudio and free music in just a few sentences.

Interestingly, these are really two things on which we don’t focus. We focus on remixable music. Some of that falls under the free culture definition, some of it doesn’t. We’ve played a few historic tracks from the 1920s and such that are in the public domain and aside from the fact that those tracks are now on the net, I have a hard time thinking that’s what people think when they use the term netaudio.

That said, I don’t know that I have much to say. Projects like Reuse Aloud (http://www.basic.fm/?page_id=2516) keep popping up, so I have to say things are looking good. Between starting the 501(c)(3) Netizen Empowerment Federation and school, I haven’t kept up like I’d like. We seem to never have trouble getting interview guests though, so seems like things are good strong.

Tell me a bit of your general motivation behind the Music Manumit podcast.

This is probably the one where Tom and I differ the most. Partially that is because of our different backgrounds and partially that is because of where we were in our lives when we started the project. I knew I was ready for something different, but I had not yet decided upon law school. Suffice it to say that the seeds of the project were born at OpenCamp in April 2009 in Madison, WI. The thing that keeps me going when I get busy is the great music and the great people we talk to almost every week.

Music Manumit Podcast: Mutual interviews, Part I

Green dice

Image credit: Krdan/Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY.

This weekend, I was interviewed by Doug and Tom from Music Manumit, a US-american podcast on Creative Commons music and news. Music Manumit has several formats: Talk Show, Music Show, Punk Show – these names speaking for themselves – and Law Show. “Law Show?” you may ask. Yes, Law Show, as music and other creative goods have a lot to do with Copyright and Licencing nowadays, Doug as a law student decided to release yet another format of the show.

Anyway, I was invited to the talk show, hence you can hear Doug, Tom & me gabbling on netlabel Der kleine grüne Würfel, current and future releases, Creative Commons, continous optimisation of licencing, Cory Doctorow, Nine Inch Nails & CC, Cologne Commons, C3S, GEMA, distinction between Creative Commons culture in Europe and the US and much more for about 50 minutes or so.

Listen if you dare: der kleine grüne Würfel – 130721 – Music Manumit Podcast

Addendum I

A while ago, I interviewed Doug for our monthly netaudio column for Cologne magazine Stadtrevue. I still owe posting the full interview here in my blog, this is upcoming.

Addendum II

Directly after the show, I was hijacked by Ryan Breedlove aka RynoTheBearded for his #Unformatted podcast to which you can listen here. Ryno runs a 24/7 live CC music station and livecasted the Music Manumit episode I was taking part in.

re:publica 2013: a (personal) resumé

Starting off I have to say that this certainly was the best re:publica ever since I attended it for the first time in 2010. So well done! Many thanks and lots of respect to everybody who made this possible.

Following a rather light and entertaining panel discussion entitled “Tweeting from Space for the Digital public” I held in 2012, I had the chance to curate a couple of sessions on Space Science within the Open Science Track together with programme coordinators Geraldine and Sandra. Although in the end just four (or respectively three) of nine planned sessions took place, these have been terrific. Let’s begin with one of my highlights of the Open Science Track:

I have been following Carolina’s Blog and her work for quite a while now with growing interest, so I was really lucky. Not just because we coud invite her, but also because she and her family including her baby undertook the long travel from Cape Town to Berlin. Carolina’s talk on crowdsourced stronomy, citizen science and hacking projects was equally inspiring and raising awareness. Many thanks to Geraldine de Bastion who made this possible.


Furthermore, I recommend watching the following three media reports:

3sat nano



Side note: as a musician and netlabelist I of course liked Chromotone, kind of an astronomy sound hack:


Let’s continue with Part Time Scientists: Karsten Becker, Robert Böhme and their international team of about 100 people are among the favourites to win the Google Lunar XPrize. The goal is to safely land a rover on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 metres and send high resolution images and data back to Earth – as well as the first SMS an email from the moon. Google offers up to 30 Million US dollars as reward. Although launching rover Asimov on board a russian Dnepr rocket will cost just as much, Part Time Scientists (PTS) don’t even think about shying away. I think that gives an impression about the fact PTS have to manage not just enormous technical but also administrative challenges. But if Robert, Karsten and team will tackle these challenges with the same enthusiasm as they delivered their talk I have absolutely no doubt they will make it.

Part Time Scientists are supported by DLR, or more precisely by the DLR Institute of Robotics and mechatronics, which contributes the rover’s propulsion technology as well as the autonomous navigation based on environmental perception technology.

Furthermore, there was my own contribution named “Space Science as a Creative Commons?” which took place in the workshop area (no video recording). I wrote a separate blog post on the session which you may read here.

Space science as a creative commons? from Marco Trovatello

Unfortunately, Hojun Song’s talk on the Open Source Satellite Initiative had to be cancelled, obviously he couldn’t make it in time. But re:publica surprised us with …


Space Night-Diskussion auf der rp13

Space Night-Diskussion auf der rp13: Links Team Pro (Luci van Org, Marco Trovatello), rechts Team Contra (Ellen Vorac, Volker Tripp). Bild: Andrea Schaub.

What else?

John Weitzmann organised a panel discussion on the german late night cult series Space Night, named “Space Night Mission Control … GEMA, we have a problem”. Here, two teams (Contra: Ellen Vorac, expert on label mangement and digital distribution and Volker Tripp, lawyer, netlabelist and freelance journalist; Pro: Luci van Org, musician and author, and me in my role as musician licensing under Creative Commons and as netlabelist) debated for and against how public service broadcasters should use free (or “freed”) content such as music licensed under creative commons and the role collecting societies like GEMA or C3S might play.

All in all, re:publica 2013 was a true content overkill: Even more digital and analog culture, science, technology, politics … some more of my personal hightlights (in no particular order) were

… a talk about the making of the animated short movie R’ha:


… Cory Doctorow’s talk on Digital Rights Management (DRM), computers in our bodies and elsewhere:

Peter Kirn and his historic and current view on Human-Music-Machine interfaces


… as well as just about 50 missed session which probably have been equally interesting.