Use our search engine to find and listen to your recordings. Our sole method of distribution is by posting songs on the website. We do not make CD's and we do not send songs by email (see business below).
Freeville Music recorded Acoustic Open Mic at the Nines almost every Sunday night for 5 years. It's been fun and a lot of work. We will continue to provide this website. Freeville Music respects copyrighted material.
Note to copyright holders: if we have posted a copyrighted song it was not intentional. Please contact us with the link to the song and we will remove it immediately.
They provide the stage and the sound equipment. They also pay the fees to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC so that people may play cover songs. They hope that people who come through the doors, for free or otherwise, order something to eat or drink. It's not a requirement, but it would be nice, as they are in that business. The food is excellent and not expensive. Open mic performers do have to pay for food and drink.
Typically, musicians do not have a lot of money. Freeville Music is set up to record and distribute songs to performer/songwriters for free. All originals are put on the website. We are not in business. We receive utterly no compensation for this service (not even free beer!).
While live recordings may contain flaws, artists get a chance to record almost every single week and gain experience with performing live. They can pick and choose what versions get published on reverbnation or elsewhere, including demo discs for potential live gigs. A good live recording establishes needed credibility.
Some people want CDs or recordings of cover songs. Freeville Music provides a search engine, custom playlist creation and streamed audio that make it easy to burn your own CDs. For those with limited internet access, please ask a friend or family member to download your recordings and burn them to CD.
Cover songs that are not old enough (published before 1923) are usually copyrighted by someone, and they cannot be published by us without Ăpaying royalties to the copyright holder.
Freeville Music usually records and when they do they record the entire session, using an Alesis Firewire mixer at 44.1 kHz and 24 bit sampling, directly onto a Macintosh Powerbook computer running Audacity, a free audio recording and editing program available for Linux, Mac and Windows operating systems.
Four hours of music takes about 1.5 GB of disk space per recorded channel. MP3's are ripped at 128 kb/sec which occupies about 1 MB of disk space per minute of playing time.
Editing takes about four hours per week. This includes editing out interludes, normalizing volume levels and labeling all of the songs. We generate an individual MP3 file for each song, usually about 20 originals per night.
Finally, we post originals and update the database connecting each song with the artist name. As of January 2008, ID3v2 tags in the MP3 files include the artist names and the song titles.
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