• May Day Secret Mixter

    Posted April 10, 2016 at 2:45 p.m. to ccMixter Listening Lounge Public | Comment

    Answer the Distress Call by Creating New Music

    May Day Secret MixterMay Day! This term is not only a distress call, but May Day is also a holiday that celebrates the emergence of spring, flowers and new life.

    One of ccMixter's founders (and greatest inspirations) is Lawrence Lessig. Lessig is putting his support behind MayDay.us -- sounding a May Day alarm because world governments are corrupt and not addressing the important issues facing us today.

    But what happens when old systems of corruption are rooted out? Well, new life is suddenly made possible. And THAT is what the May Day Secret Mixter is all about. 

    So Mixters, let’s make some great music! Music that not only addresses the May Day distress call, BUT music (in secret!) that celebrates the emergence of new life and new possibilities.

    The details? Sign-up through April 23 and your assignment will be emailed to you April 24 when remixing begins. Upload day is May 8 -- and block out the day to listen. Yes, you'll want to isten all day!

    Read about the rules of the May Day Secret Mixter HERE.

  • Dig the Soundtrack Remix Event

    Posted Feb. 28, 2016 at 9:52 a.m. to ccMixter Listening Lounge Public | 2 Responses

    Creating More Instrumental Music for Web Videos at ccMixter

    dig the soundtrackccMixter music is found in over one million web videos. Yep. One million! Videomakers find free music for their web-vids on dig.ccmixter.org -- and ccMixter wants to give them even more musical options.

    ccMixter's instrumenntal music library is a valuable resource for creators around the world. And it can be used freely -- just by giving the artists credit and following the Creative Commons license terms.

    To kick off Dig the Soundtrack, DJ Vadim contributed instrumental stems and a cappellas from his latest release DubCatcher 2

    The Dig the Soundtrack remix event aims to grow ccMixter instrumental offerings for film and videomakers, build the roster of ccPlus artists, and educate videomakers on how to Attribute and properly use ccMixter music.

    Tubed BY You was a ccMixter event in 2011 that generated music for film and video. With Dig the Soundtrack, even more ccMixter music for videos and films will be created, with more Mixters having the opportunity to be included.

    Mixters are encouraged to remix DJ Vadim AND submit their own original samples, pells, and remixes, with an emphasis on instrumentals. 

    For those interested in the opportunity to receive a portion of advertising revenue when your music is used in a monetized video, email ccMixter Admins to sign up for ccPlus.

    Uploads for Dig the Soundtrack will be accepted through March 20.


  • Dig it: You Already Have Permission

    Posted Feb. 19, 2016 at 9:35 a.m. to ccMixter Listening Lounge Public | Comment

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    The ccMixter admin team has been working hard behind the scenes to upgrade the pathways you need to get the music you want at dig.ccMixter.org.  Most of you already know, "You already have permission."  Now, with that permission, comes easier access and searching capabilities for you, the listener.  At ccMixter, we're breaking down the barriers to entry, not putting them up. It's always been that way.  No logins, no fees.  Just the best cutting edge remix music in the world.
    It's frustrating trying to find that perfect song for your video, your playlist, podcast, or shout out.  It can take hours and hours of searching, and most sites want your information more than they want to provide the song you need.  That's why we've updated our search and download UI, for mixes, pells, and samples.  Now more than ever, it's easy to quickly find a creative commons (CC) licensed track that you can download immediately and get on with your next move.
    As a remix artist, I know.  I've spent countless nights searching for that one sound, that one melody or bed track for podcasts and mixes I produce.  Eyes watering, and back aching until the right track is uncovered.  That's how I discovered ccMixter and I've been here ever since. ccMixter has great experimental selections, blues, jazz, and instrumental remixes that brought me back time and again for what I needed.  Then I started giving back, with my own creations.
    That's what this creative commons cultural revolution is all about.  Discovering and rediscovering the power of new music.  So try out the new tools and get back with us.  We want to make it even easier for you to get the right track, to get in the mix, and to share it with the world.  
    You already have permission!
  • Handling Claims on Videos Using ccMixter Music

    Posted Oct. 29, 2015 at 6:40 p.m. to ccMixter Listening Lounge Public | Comment

    What to do if you get a Claim Notice for Your Video:

    1. This is not a Take Down Notice.  Your video probably won't be removed.  

    1. Check your attribution.  Make sure it's complete (it must include the track title, artists featured in the track, a link to the track, and the Creative Commons license type).

    1. Check the placement of your attribution.  It needs to be in the video's description box AND in the video itself (add it through annotations if needed).  Watch this quick video on attribution for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcG8bWrE2f8

    1. Check the license type of the song you used. Have you enabled monetization on a video that includes a CC BY-NC song?  Used it for a commercial video? Only tracks licensed CC BY are allowed to be used for commercial purposes.

    Now what?


    • If you have not properly attributed (and don’t fix it) or have incorrectly used a non-commercial song, the claim might remain for the portion of your video that includes ccMixter music.  

    • If you are certain that you have complied with the Creative Commons license and/or you have purchased a ccPlus license, we can help!  Send an email that includes a link to your video.  We will check your video and try to help you get the claim released if everything is legit.

    Why are Claim Notices being issued on ccMixter Music?

     Read this blog for answers.

  • ccMixter Music Claims in Videos

    Posted Oct. 29, 2015 at 5:10 p.m. to ccMixter Listening Lounge Public | Comment

    Why are Claim Notices being Issued on Videos using ccMixter Music?

    The musicians on ccMixter.org generously share their music with the world using Creative Commons licenses.  Unfortunately, the music is often included in web videos without proper Attribution, is used improperly for commercial videos or is being illegally claimed to be owned or copyrighted by unrelated parties.

    ccMixter's music library could be found or matched in videos that use ccMixter musicians' work. If ccMixter music is matched to a video that is using that music outside the terms of the license, a claim on the music in that video could be issued.


    There is a technology that works to exclude and not claim videos for videomakers who have purchased a license, used ccMixter music legally (with full Attribution), and/or is compliant with the Creative Commons license terms of the music.


    However, if a videomaker still gets a Claim Notice but has purchased a ccPlus license at TuneTrack, used ccMixter music legally, and/or is compliant with the Creative Commons license terms, sending an email to ccMixter with a link to your video will enable our team to research further. If everything looks legitamite, we can help you get the claim released.


    Positive outcomes from ccMixter music getting claimed:

    • It can help videomakers learn how to properly attribute Creative Commons music.

    • It can identify uses of ccMixter music that are otherwise unknown or not Attributed to the musicians.

    • It can correct illegal copyright claims others have erroneously placed on music originally created by ccMixter musicians.

    • It can help musicians receive compensation for incorrect uses of their music.

    • It could help support ccMixter.org.

    More information:

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