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On Ensemble and LALUGs release concert CD burning system

Mar 11, 2011, 05:02 (0 Talkback[s])

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A new, free-software and recycled computer system allows audiences to take home a live recording of the performance they just saw.

Contemporary taiko group, On Ensemble, teamed up with members of Los Angeles Linux Users Groups to develop "Burn Your Own", a ground-breaking system for concert music sharing. CD-burning stations set up in the venue lobby allow audience members to easily and quickly burn a free, professionally-recorded copy of the performance. The system will be debuted at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 12 at On Ensemble's "Taiko 2.0" concert presentation.

Taiko 2.0

Taiko 2.0 is a full-length concert presentation featuring On Ensemble's newest original music. On Ensemble's diverse instrumentation (OnEnsemble.org) is further expanded with the inclusion of five guest artists from around the world. The concert is being advertised as a "Burn Your Own" event, where audience members are encouraged to bring their own blank CD. Extra, free discs will also be available.

Music Sharing

The Burn Your Own system is part of On Ensemble's larger vision of music collaboration and sharing. The Los Angeles-based quartet releases its music under Creative Commons licenses that allow legal copying. The Burn Your Own system enables concert attendees to take the concert's live recording home and to share tracks freely with friends and other fans. As On Ensemble member and project coordinator, Kris Bergstrom says, "We hope the Burn Your Own system is fun for our audiences... and a way we can show our appreciation to our friends and fans for coming out to see live music and for supporting On Ensemble."

Environmentally-Friendly System

All of the equipment utilized in the debut of the Burn Your Own system is 100% recycled. 15~20 burning stations will be in service at Cerritos, built entirely from recycled and scavenged parts, saving dozens of computers from the land-fill.

Free/Open-Source Software

The CD-burning consoles utilize the Debian GNU/Linux operating system and a GPLv3 CD-burning script called "autoburn", along with standard GNU/Linux utilities like rsync and ssh. The 100% Free Software stack enables others to adopt and build upon the system, and "hopefully", says Kris Bergstrom, "other bands can use the system too. We have benefited greatly from the contributions of free-software developers. I hope the Burn Your Own system is a useful contribution to the Free Culture movement."

On Ensemble plans to release a howto and the autoburn script at its website, OnEnsemble.org .