Peter Merrington
Since 2009

Old Timey Goes New Timey


Artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White, founders of the Open Music Archive, will present Ghost Trace Stellar at the Star and Shadow Cinema tonight in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Performed at a volunteer built and run cinema and open space, the event is a reanimation and expansion of the concept of Free/Libre and Open Source software models to musical proprietary, authorship and distribution.

The event is formulated around an open invitation to artists, musicians, producers and DJs to perform covers or reinterpretations of the 1920s and 30s out-of-copyright folk, blues, and jazz collated from the Open Music Archive. UK terms of copyright for literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work are set at the life of the author plus 70 years, and at 50 years from the date of recording for sound recordings. Artists have been invited to develop new works from tracks such as 'One Dime Blues' by Blind Lemon Jefferson and 'Ragtime Annie' by Charlie Poole and The North Caroline Ramblers Group. These performances will be recorded and licensed under Creative Commons Share-Alike, to generate a new resource for future use.

The Open Music Archive is an initiative to source and distribute copyright-expired music recordings, it is intended as a platform for the exchange and distribution of media-bound recordings and as a site for the creation of new collaborations. Ghost Trace Stellar is a collaboration with Polytechnic as part of their ongoing media ecologies programme.


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Artists’ Residency at NaREC (New and Renewable Energy Centre), UK

Wed Jul 22, 2009 00:00

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Residency at NaREC (New and Renewable Energy Centre)

AV Festival, in partnership with Inspire Northumberland, seek to appoint an artist in residence at NaREC, the centre of excellence for new and renewable energy technologies in North East England, based in Blyth, Northumberland.

The residency will provide an opportunity for an artist to carry out new research and share ideas in response to one or more areas of sustainable energy technolology undertaken by NaREC, which are: Marine Renewables, Offshore Wind, Advanced Photovoltaics, Low Carbon/Distributed energy and Electrical Networks. The fee for the residency is £10,000.

The residency is open to any professional artist working within or outside the UK, and can be worked flexibly between September - February 2010 as part of AV Festival 10. The artist will be invited to give a public presentation about the residency as part of AV Festival 10 which has the theme of energy. The festival dates are 5 - 14 March 2010, and it will take place across Newcastle, Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

Deadline for proposals: 9am, 22 July 2009
Shortlisting: 24 July 2009
Interviews: 5 August 2009