Free Programming Song

In line with a previous post in which it was intended to show the free essence of music, nothing better to lead by example. It is likely that when a musician reads this blog will think of the strings of a guitar or piano keys and the code of a program will seem wood for another woodcutter. I would like to invite everyone to know the Linux Multimedia Studio, to install it, test it and begin to create music in a free form.

Free Origramming Song

I’ve already done and this could be the Free Programming Song. Can anyone improve it?

Free Programming Song


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Projects already started

A fan of our Facebook page has found the project collabedit

Despite its commercial intent, is based on projects under free licenses, so it is more than a good example.

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Technology at easy reach

Without the support of the free software world to start a similar project may seem utopian, but the progress already is long enough to think about its viability. Recently I discovered Tornado,

a good way to start.

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New model for musicians

The term “music industry” and the business model associated with it is becoming obsolete. Unconsciously, we are looking for a new form of creativity away from what we consider as obvious. The use of the Internet involves a change of behavior that should be considered positive and not otherwise. Actually, the musicians are those who will benefit from the possibility of making contributions in a free manner. Compensate the music but not record companies fits in the philosophy we are trying to promulgate.

Traditionally it was thought that a song is fixed, moored and unchangeable, as the proprietary software. But this does not have to be this way. The purpose of musical scores written by the great composers of the past was that his work was read, interpreted or listened by someone else. No one would have to prevent anyone to extend or modify these works. In fact, any composer is unconsciously influenced by the music he has heard before and uses portions of earlier compositions to make new contributions. Legal recognition of a work like brand new is somewhat subjective and incoherent. I have no concrete historical data which refer to, but before anyone decides to exercise any deprivation of a musical composition, the songs were popular domain, as well as spoken language, the song itself existed when it was sang, going from of each other in a completely free way. This is the natural essence of music, free.

With new technologies there is the possibility that musical works are recognized for its author and also freely available on them. I could start from Pachelbel’s Canon, create a new rock version and my new work would contain both the contributions of Pachelbel like mine. It could change a single note and may be sufficient.

Another important aspect in terms of freedom for a musician is the possibility to play any song. There may be good composers and good interpreters, so that live music would take a new approach, closer to free music, not the music industry.

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Free Professions

This section aims to show the importance of our purpose. It is not only an environment for programmers. Obviously, any programmer should aspire freedom with great enthusiasm, and it is essential to have the support of a good free programming community, but our goal is more ambitious. Potentially, involves political, economic and social changes, which may be difficult to prove and more to analyze from a practical experience, but in any case must be taken into account.

For this, we intend to have the support and collaboration of many people, at all levels. Writers, musicians, painters, etc. And not just in the intellectual sphere, expand our thinking to all professions can benefit any worker. Still more, can arrive at a true universal democratic system.

In subsequent entries is to explain this by illustrative examples . In principle, based on my views on every issue, but any positive contribution is welcome.

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Let’s talk about making money

Sure! We live in the cult of selfishness, so we should talk about making money. I know that we could talk about a new cultural approach and I am also aware of the ethical connotations rooted in the philosophy of free software, but the concept of free programmer should not be the same as the concept of free software programmer. Free software industry has proved to be efficient, not for the programmer but for companies. Stallman himself argues in his book that a free software programmer earn significantly less than a developer of proprietary software.

Our philosophy aims to appeal to voluntary cooperation, but not in an altruistic or vocational way, no. The free programmer should act on economic interest.

I would like to pose a hypothetical case. Suppose I am the owner of a consulting company called “FP Consulting” and I intend to establish a collaborative environment. I own €150,000 and I spend €30,000 in a cluster of servers, so that I can hire 10 programmers for a year with a salary of €12,000 for each of them. After a year the project is a success and my client paid €650,000, so skillfully I will win €500,000 through the exploitation of my faithful servants. So the amount that each of these programmers have lost is around the €50,000. Do you know many programmers who earn € 62,000 per year? So it is clear that it is worth every one of these developers contribute with €3,000 and his volunteer work for a year, right?

I am not the owner of any company, nor do I pretend. I know that thanks to advertising could be reached to create an empire like Google or Facebook, but the creativity does not leads to this situation. Luck does it. Any other search engine could have taken the place of Google and any other social network could have replaced Facebook. Now you’re probably thinking to appropriate the idea, you assemble the company and get rich. But the company is based precisely to avoid this, so that your interest is the same as mine and that is why you must collaborate with the same or greater effort.

If you currently win €30.000 think of win €60.000. If you are unemployed think of having a job. If you win €12.000 think of win €40.000. If you win €50.000 think of win €170.000. Must be a completely free market, where your compensation depends on your will, your work and your creativity. Collaborate.

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A video like this happens to be a very useful collaborative tool, but if you also had the chance to take the witness would be more than a video.


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