Published on October 13 2008

Jamendo, the world's largest platform for free music downloads under Creative Commons licenses and a supporter of Free culture, is reinforcing his offline presence all over Europe.

So far in 2008, Jamendo took part in events such as The Great Escape Festival in Brighton (UK), the Feria del Disco de Música Libre in Spain, The CC Festival in Parma (Italy), and the Open Music Contest in Marburg, Germany. In the course of next few months, Jamendo is going to continue in that direction, as an illustration of its will to play a role in the world of Free culture, not just virtually but also offline, by sponsoring and supporting such events.

This Fall, Jamendo will be present at two upcoming events, in Spain and Italy.

On the 28th of October, representatives of Jamendo will take part in the oXcars. This event, set in Barcelona,is the first non-competitive awards ceremony in the cultural field. It was created to demonstrate the importance and viability of Free culture. Today, the Internet makes it possible for people to exchange information and culture horizontally and globally, the means of cultural production must adapt to this new democracy.

Moreover, Jamendo's fans will be able to enjoy a brandnew feature, 100 news radios everyday thanks to a tool developped by Barcelona Music & Audio Technologies, a firm from Catalunya specialized in audio technologies.

Just one month later, Jamendo will introduce itself at the prestigious Meeting of Independent Labels in Faenza, Italy. It will be the 12th edition of this convention that aims to represent an alternative in the Italian
music industry. With 30,000 visitors, 300 exhibitors, 300 artists, 150 journalists and 100 meetings in three days, the M.E.I. will pursue its tradition of service to Free culture on November 29th and 30th.

Jamendo is committed to showing its support to Free culture, and is open to working with independent music industries in an increasing number of territories.

Published on October 13 2008

Armed only with an acoustic guitar, a GameBoy and a catchy name, Pornophonique have gained fans all over Europe and beyond. Not bad for two comic geeks from Darmstadt, Germany.

Pornophonique is Felix (GameBoy) and Kai (vocals and guitar), respectively 22 and 32 years old: two guys who met in a comic book shop in 2003 and found they shared a will to make music with a twist. Or in their case, with a portable video gaming device. On October 17th, they will play at the annual Open Music Contest in Marburg, supported by jamendo, because they are also free music enthusiasts.


Making music with a GameBoy. How does that work exactly?
Felix: I use software called "LittleSoundDJ". It's a four channel tracker for the GameBoy  which allows me to control its sound chip. I program sequences, mix them up live and change sounds on the fly or mess with my preprogrammed beats.

Which comes first: composing on the guitar or coming up with funny electronic sounds?
Most of the time, I compose snippets on my GameBoy that are the first inspiration for a new song. Then we search for lyrics with an unforgettable hook line and find the melody for the vocals which sets the chords. Then we do the arrangements on the GameBoy and try to play the whole song together. All in all, it's not just adding guitar to GameBoy or GameBoy to guitar - it's a process both sides are involved in.

How on earth did you come up with the idea of using a GameBoy to make music?
I once read an article about people who make music with old computers and GameBoys. And I thought: "Wait, I have a GameBoy!" As for Kai, he was playing guitar in a metal band, but he wanted to do something different. One day we met in our local comics shop, and six months later we had our first gig. We actually never intended to make the music we do. We really liked slow trippy music, basically the kind you hear in porno movies or the occasional elevator. Alas, we suck at porno music. But we'd already made Pornophonique stickers, so we kept the name.

What does an event like the Open Music Contest represent for you?
Most common media ignore this kind of alternative music culture. Events like the OMC are important to let people know there is still some music not corrupted by the dark side of the force. The traditional music industry model (finding a label, joining the Gema – the German collective rights society –, getting ripped off by the label, getting ripped of by the Gema...) did not seem like an option for us.


You've managed to gather quite a few fans already, that's quite an achievement...
Yes, considering we have no professional backing, it's awesome that a lot of people come to our shows. Some travel halfway through Germany to see us. Thanks to jamendo and other websites, we are also known in places like France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Greece and other European countries. We've even had feedback from the USA, Brazil and Mexico.

Do you sell your music at all?
We released a 100% handmade CD, 8-bit Lagerfeuer. We tried to make the CD extra nice since we think that no one should be punished for downloading music, they should be thanked for buying it! You can buy the CD on our website or at our shows.


Published on October 10 2008

Radio Mars is a student radio station in Slovenia. They just started a weekly show that will play music only from jamendo and present the artists. They will also encourage listeners who make music to upload their stuff, so expect a sudden increase in the number of Slovenian artists on jamendo!

Thanks for the support guys!

You can go and check out the website (in Slovenian) here

Radio mars

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Published on October 9 2008

Andrew Vavrek, leader du groupe virtuel Tryad, est actuellement de passage en Europe pour rencontrer certains des artistes avec lesquels il collabore depuis des années au sein de Tryad sans jamais les avoir rencontrés. Le 8 octobre, sa venue à Paris a fait l'objet d'un sujet dans l'émission "LCI est à vous".

Visionnez l'extrait ici:

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Published on October 7 2008

This Italian four-piece revives the heritage of Joy Division, Gang Of Four and Bauhaus more than convincingly.

The Transisters

You might have seen Anton Corbijn's movie Control on the life of Joy Division. Listening to The Transisters' album, incidentally titled Under Control, will plunge you straight into that same bleak yet intense atmosphere again. Anxious beats, angular guitars and sober vocals are what these guys like.

Formed in 2005, The Transisters have kept themselves busy touring, mostly in Northern Italy, and supporting “some cool bands” such as The Raveonettes and Kaiser Chiefs. Under Control was released by a German net label, AF Music, that the band got in contact with quite simply, through MySpace. “They were impressed by our sound and we decided to work with them, explains Matteo Scarpa, the band's singer-bass player. Giving music out for free is ok for us, we don't play for money but because we love it.”

Amidst an Italian indie scene where, according to Matteo, “the average level of quality of bands is not so high”, The Transisters certainly stick out. The band is busy working on their second album at the moment, and plans a future filled with “more gigs and more good songs. We're positive about it.”