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Free public domain classical music on the way

09/16/10 06:00 AM

Soon, you’ll be given a library of classical music played by symphony orchestras for free. You can listen to it, make a movie, use it to sell stuff, whatever, it’s yours.

Why? Because this guy Aaron Dunn thought it would be a good idea.  Aaron runs an organization called Musopen, it’s dedicated to providing copyright-free music.  His plan: hire a symphony orchestra, pay them up front, release the music to everyone. He posted the project on the website Kickstarter where people can contribute to projects they want to see happen. Aaron’s goal: $11,000. So far, he’s raised more than $70,000 from both Kickstarter and outside donations that came in when people heard about it.

We talk to Aaron Dunn about where the project goes from here. We also talk to Fred Child, host of American Public Media’s Performance Today about what this means for the average music listener.

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Future Tense becomes Marketplace Tech Report

09/17/10 06:12 PM

Hi everyone. John Moe here. Starting Monday, September 20th, Future Tense will be going by the name Marketplace Tech Report.

Producer Larissa Anderson and I have been working closely with the folks at Marketplace ever since we took over Future Tense in May. It’s worked out great. We’ve helped them, they’ve helped us, and together we’ll find more stories you’ll want to hear. Basically, we loved Marketplace so much we married them. And kind of took their name too. Is it creepy to compare two radio shows to a married couple? Sorry about that.

As part of the Marketplace portfolio of programs (along with Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report, and Marketplace Money), Marketplace Tech Report will keep bringing you stories that explain news and trends and technology and what it all means to you. We’ll be moving to a new simpler URL: marketplacetech.org, which will go live over the weekend. We’ll be bringing our entire archive of past shows and blog posts with us but in the meantime, we’re leaving futuretense.publicradio.org up so you can access the show archives from there as well.

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