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September 15th, 2009

Dokapi is a German Jazz-Rock music duo composed of guitarist Titus Köstler-Philipp and pianist Tilman Sommer. Their music is available for free under Creative Commons at their page on Opsound. The song featured below is Yucca; the skysphere is made from an image called Schiermonnikoog: Infrared dunes by Flickr user Aldo.

The name DOKAPI stems from the Esperanto du kapoj (two heads), the duo formed by guitarist Titus Köstler-Philipp and pianist Tilman Sommer. Since the late 80ies the musicians are composing contemplative tracks using elements from Jazz-Rock, Post-Rock, New Age and World Music. The distinctive features are the frequent improvisations by guitar and piano, the emphasis of rhythm and the balance of acoustic and electronic sounds. [...]
September 1st, 2009

Torley Wong of Japan, besides being a Second Life resident, blogger, evangelist, and community ambassador, is (among other things) an improvisational pianist. Using’s Open Source Audio repository, Torley has made nearly four hundred recordings of his original solo piano improvisations available for free. Below is a ride through Civilization Survives from solo piano 6: RRPM (Really Repetitive Piano Music). The image used for the skysphere in this video is Shadows of Pompeii by Flickr user Stuck in Customs.

Torley has over 15 years of experience participating in and managing online communities, from dial-up BBSes to popular forums to Second Life itself. His “special generalist” achievements at Linden Lab involve a multitude of fields, including: leading adoption and usage of communication tools (like the Official Second Life Blog), establishing improved rapport between support and engineering departments, championing social networking initiatives and user outreach, and driving innovative growth of the community’s content creation. Before being reborn into Second Life, Torley was an accomplished concert pianist, electronic music producer, and multimedia designer. [...]
August 18th, 2009

Alchemical 9 (A.K.A. Roland Barker) is an electronica artist from Kauai Hawaii. Unlike most artists featured in Audiosurfing, not all of Alchemical 9′s music is available for free, but an appreciable grip of sample songs — including the one featured below, “Lonely Satellites” — is available from his Opsound page. The skysphere used in this video was created by Audiosurf forum user steeldevil.

Despite several lapses into professionalism, my music has always been a personal thing: pursued for reasons of curiosity, fascination, sensuality, and joy. I discovered early on that processes and synthesizers were perfectly suited to my purposes and have ever since been in thrall of sound devices of all kinds. Despite my very experimental nature with music, most of what I share is structured, melodic and literal. There is always an abstract layer present and it is that layer that is typically the inspiration behind each piece. [...]
August 4th, 2009

It’s the first week of August, so I thought I would begin the month with a selection from Monk Turner’s Calendar album, as I did in June. This song is all about the Roman emperor from whom this month derived its name, Augustus.

“With Creative Commons licenses, I have the ability to distribute albums freely to anyone in the world without the need for a distributor and without worrying that someone could be using the songs outside of their intended purpose. I couldn’t do what I do without Creative Commons.” — Monk Turner
July 28th, 2009

Binärpilot (A.K.A. Binaerpilot, Alexander Støver) is a purveyor of chiptunes from Norway who makes an anti-industry stance with his music and aims to suppress what he calls popollution. In that vein, Binärpilot’s music is distributed for free under Creative Commons via, Jamendo, and a discography torrent. “Widibf,” the song featured below, is from the album Defrag.

These modules are a complete defragmentation of my system.From the second I became self-aware my sensory units were bombarded with stimuli. To categorize and label these I devised a temporary subprogram to aid me in this process. I called it Shawl. The stream of input caused Shawl to expand continously. Eventually she grew beyond her preset parameters and bad blocks started appearing. I had to address this. Defrag is a year of processing human culture and emotions.To create my own expression. (8bitpeoples)
July 21st, 2009

By now, especially if you’re a listener of such gaming podcasts as A Life Well Wasted, Out of The Game or the Bitmob Mobcast, you may have caught wind of the self-titled debut album from Robert Ashley and Sam Frigard’s genre-defying band I Come to Shanghai. Robert and Sam’s labor of love was three years in the making, having co-written and co-produced each of the album’s ten tracks themselves. “Another Sunday Morning,” the song I’ve selected to feature below was, as I understand it, written foremost by Robert Ashley, and is one that I like on a personal level very much.

I Come to Shanghai is being distributed under Creative Commons with a “name your price” model at the band’s official website.

July 14th, 2009

In addition to being an animator, illustrator, and photographer, Silence (A.K.A. Vincent Girès) is a composer of electro tracks for what he calls his Copyleft Music Project. Music from Silence’s latest album, L’autre endroit, was used for the soundtrack of Chains, an indie-puzzler featured here previously at DoSu. The particular song ridden through below, “Open Electro,” is from the self-titled album Silence. The rest of Vincent Girès’ music, as well as his visual art, can be found through his website