YFM gives the beat back to the people

By   |  September 23, 2005

The open source message is being mixed to a new beat on Gauteng’s airwaves in September and October.

The “Mad Half Hour Open Source Mixes” competition currently hosted on YFM gives aspiring DJs and producers the opportunity to create their own half hour music mixes using Creative Commons-licensed music.

Six exclusive tracks have been mixed for the competition from artists DJ Fresh, Safemode (AKA Richard da III), Askari, Zskilz, The Dirty Neons and Ja Assaga. Entrants can use the tracks and the available sample loops on music-sharing portal, ccMixterSA, in their remixes.

The competition will feature in Harambe! with Bad Boy T (weekdays from 15:00 – 16:00) through September and the top 10 mixes will be played on the show from 10 to 17 October. Pre-produced spots with information about open source and the Go Open Source campaign, which is supporting the event, will also be carried on the show.

The winner, who will be announced on 24 October, will win a HP Laptop, open source training and a DJ mentorship with YFM’s DJ Monde.

Open source software (OSS) tools for creating the mixes will be available, but contestants are not restricted to just OSS applications in creating their mixes. The Creative Commons\’ licensed samples will be available from the same site and contestants must use these in their productions.

Entries uploaded to ccMixterSA will be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 South Africa licence, which allows the public to copy and distribute the music, make derivative works (e.g. remix it again) and even make commercial use of the work, as long as they attribute the author in each case.

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