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Creative Commons Licensing for All Audio Material!

“Can we solve this problem with MORE freedom instead of less?”

-Penn Jillette

Legal eagles who frequent the Legal page on this site(there may not be many of you) may have noticed a change recently:   The copyright which applied to all content has been changed to a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike license.

This change includes all current and future releases, as well as retroactively for all the previously released EPs, and the random beats series. 

Because of this, you are now free to share or modify the content, as long as you attribute the original work to Karl D, and share your content with the same or similar license.  You don’t even have to ask for consent – but I’d love to hear about it on the contact page!

In fact, I’d been planning this change for a while, but it seemed like an appropriate time given the discussion of copyright online.

I hope you continue to enjoy listening – and enjoy your freedom.

Support Free Speech

The future of the internet.

The future of the internet.

 

randombeats.com is not blacking out for the day, but stands in solidarity with those that do.

PIPA/SOPA is legislation intended to protect copyrights.  Instead, it keeps the rich and powerful…rich and powerful, while damaging the right of citizens to speak freely on the internet.  Besides that, many tech experts agree that the methods that would be used to enforce the legislation could damage the way the Internet works.  Simply put, the legislation is dangerous to an American’s right to free speech as well as our Internet infrastructure.

If passed, the idea of “Fair Use” would essentially be non-existent on the internet.

Most of the content on this site is original – but as designed, SOPA/PIPA would allow randombeats.com(and other sites like it) to be effectively taken down(or “go dark”) at the mere suggestion of copyright infringement.

 

Read more about the issue here:  http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/websites-dark-in-revolt/

Follow the money:  http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/money

He does?

Looks like I finally hit the big time…

Do not adjust your tv set!

You may notice things are a little different around here. I have changed the theme to one I hope will be a little easier on the eyes while not changing the overall “brand” of the site too much. Please pardon my dust while I continue to get things worked out on the new theme.

Please note the “pages”, including the Free Downloads section, are now accessible from the top of the page.

I (heart) PSP

Did you know you could access the feed from a PSP?  In addition to getting the feed via podcast in iTunes, This is one of the best ways to get randombeats.com free content on the go.  You can stream music on the fly, or download entire tracks to listen to later. 

Simply point your RSS reader in your PSP to http://randombeats.com/feed

Happy feeding!

Public Service Announcement

At this point – I know you’re listening :).  randombeats.com has always been, in it’s various forms, a free resource.  I will never consider advertising from a 3rd party to pay for this site.

…That said, I don’t have any trouble plugging my own goods once in a very great while.  The costs for this website are small, and if you like what you hear, please consider helping out by paying for Karl D’s album Existential Funk.  Here are the top 5 reasons it’s reccomended you buy this album.

  1. 14 tracks for your enjoyment.
  2. Obviously if you’re reading this, you probably have already found something you like on this site, so the CD shouldn’t be much different.   House, trance, D&B, trip-hop, this CD has something for everyone.
  3. You can listen to sound samples(or in some cases, the whole songs) on all the sites before you buy. That way you can’t possibly be disappointed when you do buy it.
  4. Absolutely recession-proof music.  The CD version costs only $12 US, and will qualify you for free shipping if you buy something worth $13 with it on Amazon.
  5. Did I mention recession proof?  Amazon’s MP3 version of the album is one of the cheapest you can buy at $6.99.

Ewwww….a bug!(fixed)

…And a Firefox one too..  The worst kind.

Unfortunately I’ve found the site has a bit of a bug with the Audio Player we use.  It seems that with Firefox 3 and Flash 10, if you explore the site using the “Tags” feature, the sound from any of the players will be distorted.  I’ve seen better results from using IE7.  Another alternative would be to download(coming soon) the old tracks you want to hear, or use Winamp to connect to our feed(which will also allow you download ability).  Another one yet is to listen to the tracks on the front page of the site(which seem unaffected).

Any of those methods would ensure clear, distortion-free audio.  I hope to troubleshoot this issue more when I have time.

UPDATE 12/15/08 – This is what we in IT call an ID-10T error(or, if you like, PEBCAK).  The files that were making the trouble were encoded incorrectly, in 48 KHZ, rather than 44 KHZ.  Flash player dosen’t like 48 KHZ so much.  Sorry, I’m fixing it.

New site format

Welcome to the new look of randombeats.com.  If you’r a regular visitor to the site, it probably looks…different.  I’ve been running the site in the “Mix of the Month” format for 1 year now, and I feel it’s time for a change.

The site will now be focused on my music, and instead of featuring DJ mixes showcasing other’s music once a month, you can expect more frequent updates including small snippets of audio – smaller than a song, longer than a jingle – i.e. random beats.  This certainly brings new meaning to the name of this site.

You can expect the first of several posts to come soon.  For more information on the new format, click here.

Fans of the old site can go here.  I will likely never update the old site’s content again, but all the mixes are still accessable.

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