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Give new life to old music in the Revitalize Music Contest

Posted by / April 15, 2013


Just because a song has been around for decades doesn’t mean it can’t hold appeal for a new generation of music lovers, and that’s just the spirit behind the Free Music Archive’s Revitalize Music Contest.

This April, WFMU and the Free Music Archive are challenging artists everywhere to create new recordings and contemporary arrangements of historic compositions available in the public domain. We’re calling this our Revitalize Music Contest.

Every song (except for perhaps “Happy Birthday“) will someday fall out of copyright. Archives such as the IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library and Public Domain Information Project chart the vast and ever-expanding troves of public domain music. Participants in our Revitalize Music Contest will help bring these works to life by creating new recordings, and feeding them back into the public domain.

The organization has picked a few choice tunes out of the archives to save composers the hassle of having too much to choose from and it’s a great chance for composers out there to get some great exposure for their skills.

Could you be the person to bring 1911’s “The Spaniard That Blighted My Life” back into circulation? You’ll never know if you don’t try!

Full story at Free Music Archive.

Save the music!

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