Since it has been near impossible to collaborate with other musicians at SUSE during the pandemic, I was considering an alternative music project for this Hackweek with any musicians at SUSE who might be willing to join.
The purpose would be to combine musical talent with technology by collaborating with other musicians, composing and recording an original piece of music, and finally producing it on Linux. This would give us the opportunity to experiment with open source music production software and learn something new.
Goal for this Hackweek
- Collaborate some musical ideas with other SUSE musicians
- Compose a song from scratch
- Record all instrument parts remotely using a common open source DAW (digital audio workstation) on Linux.
- Produce and mix the final track using a variety of open source plugins on Linux.
- BONUS If I manage to get more than one person involved and that there is enough time, put together a video of us all playing each part. (Record and edit using a video editing software on Linux)
- You would need to be a musician (or musical)
- Since you would be required to record from your home, you would need:
- a laptop/PC (preferably with a Linux distro installed)
- your own instrument
- appropriate microphone and/or cabling to connect your instrument to a laptop/PC
- a USB or Firewire audio interface would be ideal
It would be cool, if we could do this over several timezones :-)
One important point, which I would like to raise, on the subject of music composition whatever we decide to compose cannot be subject to copyright. So we should have a discussion prior to starting to make sure we are all clear about this.
WE DID IT !!!
8 people across 3 different countries managed to compose and record an original song with open source tools on Linux in under 4 days.
Do you want to see the outcome?
Join us today (Fri 26th March) at 16:00 for the lightning talks where we will reveal what we have recorded and also show you a video of us making the it.
Details about what we did can be seen here in our Confluence Page. Unfortunately it's only available for SUSE employees right now.
Blog post about the project on one.suse.com (SUSE internal)
James' presentation (29:35 - 33:25) in Hackweek Lightning talks (SUSE internal)
Here's the video (SUSE internal): House of Mystery
MP3 Download available here (SUSE internal): House of Mystery MP3 download
Video available for everyone on Youtube
This project is part of:
Hack Week 20
This project is one of its kind!