Go to the author's website to see a documentation video of the performance and an explanation video.
The Freesounders Laptop Band is a one-man band who's able to play the Freesound site, creating soundscapes and gestures from the sound samples provided by the community. This different way to exploit the website leads to a musical itinerary which depicts the different semantic areas that develop around the keywords used for the sample search feature. It can be thought of as a collaborative work in which the performer decides the structure and the Freesound community provides the content.
The performance makes use of Safari browser, exploiting some bugs in a musical way.
The performance yields some copyright issues, since it is an improvisation on material provided by others. Being the sound samples free to download and available under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License, the performer must state every author of every file used in the performance: this is accomplished as long as the computer screen is videoprojected at the back of the performer and every sound preview already includes the name of the author.
“The Freesounders Laptop Band” was premiered at Casa da Música in Porto (Portugal) on July 25, 2009, for the SMC2009 conference.
It is a very interesting project, let us know, please, concerts or audio files. Thank you.
Sure I'll let you know if there is any further developement.
By the way, the project was linked on http://soundsofstanford.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/some-links/ by Xavier Serra. Thanks Xavier!
I will perform "The Freesounders Laptop Band" at the Breizh Entropy Congress, Rennes University.
Two sessions (each of them include both a short performance and a talk):
April 16th, 13.45h
April 17th, 16.00h
More info about the congress:
The project is now featured on ICA conference's website.
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