Rations, Free Music Archive, and Creative Commons

Download cards from Rations "Martyrs and Prisoners" EP
Download cards from Rations “Martyrs and Prisoners” EP

Thanks to the fine folks at Free Music Archive Rations new “Martyrs and Prisoners” 7″ EP is available as a free download! You can check out the site and download the EP here.

Here’s a bit about Free Music Archive:

FMAlogo_web_297x124_orangeThe Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.

We were really psyched back in May of 2012 when we noticed the site was featuring our “How Much Land Does A Man Need?” EP as a free download. Since we had licensed the work as Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike, Free Music Archive was able to make it available. Somewhere out on the interwebs (probably bandcamp) the ccCommunity curator came across our stuff and did us the favor of re-posting it on Free Music Archive. That album currently has over 1,200 streams and 2,300 downloads from the site.

Our experience using the Creative Commons license and seeing our stuff on Free Music Archive inspired a couple of things for our new record. First, we went with a bit more open Creative Commons license. This time we used the Attribution-ShareAlike. The difference being that this licence did not restrict any adapted works to non-commercial use. This licence carries with it the  “Approved for Free Cultural Works” stamp by freedomdefined.org.

Here’s a bit about freedomdefined.org’s definition of Free Cultural Works:

sealThis document defines “Free Cultural Works” as works or expressions which can be freely studied, applied, copied and/or modified, by anyone, for any purpose. It also describes certain permissible restrictions that respect or protect these essential freedoms. The definition distinguishes between free works, and free licenses which can be used to legally protect the status of a free work. The definition itself is not a license; it is a tool to determine whether a work or license should be considered “free.”

Secondly, we figured we’d include download cards with the physical record that pointed people toward our page on Free Music Archive. There was no sense going to the trouble of download codes if it was available for free online anyway! We used extra space on the sheets we used to print our covers and provided the link and info on the license. We were able to print  3 to sheet, so we wound up with around 3,300 cards – 1,100 to include with the record and an extra 2,200 for giving away.

In the 7 days since posting “Martyrs and Prisoners” it’s received over 3,100 streams and 4,300 downloads. We thought that was pretty cool!

As a band, we’re very grateful for all the work communities of people around the world have put into making things like Creative Commons and Free Music Archive a reality. Licensing and distributing our music online using these tools was a great way to extend some of the ideas of collaboration and decentralization that were a big part of other parts of the release.

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Rations, Free Music Archive, and Creative Commons

“Martyrs and Prisoners” available to order now!

Our record is officially out today! Here’s the comprehensive list of the record labels that helped us release “Martyrs and Prisoners” across the world. You can order from any of the labels below, or download for free at http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rations/.

Europe/UK:

Middle East:

Pacific Rim

South America

US / Canada:

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“Martyrs and Prisoners” Full Stream

Thanks to our buds at Idioteq in Warsaw, Poland and Modern Vinyl in the USA for doing the exclusive streams for our “Martyrs and Prisoners” 7″ EP.

Idioteq.com also ran an in-depth interview with us to go along with the stream.

Speaking of interviews, there’s an interview with Wells about organizing the split label release for “Martyrs and Prisoners” up at The New Scheme. The interview also runs in Wrong Choice Of Words zine from Dubai, AE and was conducted by Chris from Abbreviated Records.

Dying Scene was also nice enough to do a post about the stream as well.

Thanks to all for helping us spread the word about our new 7″!

“Martyrs and Prisoners” Full Stream

Track Listing and Release Date for “Martyrs and Prisoners”

Our “Martyrs and Prisoners” 7″ EP will be available worldwide on July 2nd! We have ’em in hand now and are sending them out this week to all the record labels helping us to release it.

We’ll be streaming the entire record starting June 24th. Here’s the track listing:

  1. Leaves of Grass
  2. Occasion For War
  3. My Magnificent Sea
  4. (No More) Warheads
  5. The Profiteers
  6. Relived/Replayed

We’re also preparing videos for “Leaves of Grass” and “(No More) Warheads”. Hopefully we’ll have the first posted by July 2nd. And the the second one posted the following week.

In the meantime you can listen to a track from the record over at our bandcamp:

Or check out some photos of the finished product here:

Track Listing and Release Date for “Martyrs and Prisoners”