Making music with Free/Libre/Open tools*
The range of options for music-making on GNU/Linux with free/libre/open tools stretches from music-focused programming languages like CSound and PureData to simple tools like Audacity, Ardour, Guitarix, Hydrogen, and Musescore which are accessible to novice members of the general public.
We'll explore the options for different sorts of musical creativity, focusing on the basic tools and how to get them set up effectively on GNU/Linux. In the session, we'll produce some brief compositions and recordings as we explore the software.
The world of GNU/Linux music software offers lots of potential but is still a bit rough and confusing to newcomers. This session, aimed at beginners, will cover practical matters of using tools like JACK, KXStudio, Musescore, Audacity, Ardour, and others. Learn how to get started with all sorts of creative audio and music without proprietary software!
Participants are encouraged to bring a GNU/Linux laptop to try experimenting with some of the tools discussed, but anyone will be welcome to simply listen and learn from the presentation otherwise. Complete beginners welcome, musical training not required.
music, education, linux
I taught a mult-week class for young students covering much of this topic, but I haven't specifically done a comparable session for an audience such as the OSB attendees. I've presented both longer talks and lightning talks at various conferences and local groups, some of which are referenced at the page connected with my project, Snowdrift.coop. See https://snowdrift.coop/p/snowdrift/w/en/presentations#past-presentations
Aaron teaches private music lessons in Portland, OR and is otherwise an activist and advocate for Free Culture and Free Software. He is co-founder of the in-progress web platform Snowdrift.coop, which aims to better encourage community sponsorship of freely-licensed creative works. He is also active in the Linux musicians community, helps with support and documentation for the FLOSS organizing program Task Coach, and is on the Open Definition advisory council.
- Title: Bringing non-technical people to the Free/Libre/Open world and why it matters
- Track: Culture
- Room: B301
- Time: 4:45 – 5:30pm
Software freedom advocates sometimes believe a myth of “trickle-down technology” — that open collaboration and freedom for programmers will somehow lead to more free and open technology for the rest of society. To build technology that truly empowers most people, we need more non-programmers actively involved in development.
I’ll share my story of how I started as a music teacher and became the co-founder of an ambitious Free/Libre/Open project. We’ll discus lessons about outreach to others like me.
- Speakers: Aaron Wolf