The Library of Congress has announced Citizen DJ, a huge online repository of 100 years' worth of public domain and open access music clips intended to be remixed in new hiphop music.
You can search the repository by sound/metadata, mix new tracks over hiphop beats, and pull curated "sample packs" to use for more ambitious projects.
It's the project of the LoC's innovator-in-residence Brian Foo, who says that he wants to bring back the golden age of hiphop sampling, before clearances and permissions began to determine who could make which music.
"Today, collage-based hip hop as it existed in the golden age is largely a lost (or at best, a prohibitively expensive) artform. If there was a simple way to discover, access, and use public domain material for music making, a new generation of hip hop artists and producers can maximize their creativity, invent new sounds, and connect listeners to materials otherwise be hidden from public ears."
@pluralistic us government so desperate they're giving corner prophets a try
@pluralistic 👀👀👀👀 interesting
@pluralistic that's a pretty neat tool. I'm not a musician at all, but I still had some fun randomising stuff and combining 90s hip-hop style in one browser window with synthwave in another.
Should get myself a #Peertube account to upload the quick recording I made because I don't trust YouTube not to misapply #ContentID on audio...
this is pretty cool :)
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