Welcome to the companion blog to the Kokujin Chronicles Podcast – the audio journal of my pursuit of a lifelong desire to visit, live and work in Asia.
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ABOUT THE MUSIC
Long, long ago, locally owned and produced radio was the rule and not the exception. I vividly remember anticipating Sunday nights when I could record an ENTIRE featured jazz album. Local musicians often appeared on these shows and stations, and there truly was a diverse range of musical offerings.
Now, a corporate hegemony dominates commercial radio. You’ll hear almost identical music rotations whether you’re in Seattle or South Beach. The playlist is dictated more by demographics, algorithms and formula than it is by artistic talent.
When I began planning my podcast, I decided to feature music that appears nowhere in the formulas or playlists dictated by Billboard or Arbitron et. al. For one thing, I wanted to invest my precious dollars in something other than a commercial broadcast license. For another, there is an invisible universe of excellent music that is easily the equal of the “Top 40” and is deserving of exposure. Therefore, almost all the music featured in Kokujin Chronicles is covered under a Creative Commons license. (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Creative_Commons_licenses). For instance, the album featured in my “Will it Work With Linux?” video stipulates that:
You can copy, distribute, advertise and play this album as long as you:
* Give credit to the artist
* Don’t use this album for commercial purposes
* Distribute all derivative works under the same license
The CC license enables podcasters such as myself to get access to quality media at little or no cost. Please listen and share. If you enjoy this music as much as I, donate to the artists and/or use it in your own productions.
WILL IT WORK WITH LINUX? – About the Music
From the review I posted on http://www.jamendo.com/en/user/Kokujin.Chronicles
I posted a youtube review of some audio studio hardware. I wanted a dynamic jazz track with high-energy, varying voices that could stand on its own even with reduced gain. I knew immediately upon hearing it that “Blues for Brother Jerome” was the only choice. I’ve always had a fondness for big band productions and this certainly has that brassy jazz band feel that I love. I suspect the musicians had a lot of fun and I’m CERTAIN that the audience members were dancing their tushes off. It even matched the bluesy look of my video. A fine piece of musical virtuosity. My gratitude to the artists!
Want more? Get the ENTIRE album from http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/40092