The world today is bound by so many rules. I would to take a leaf out of the revolutionary open-source movement which started at MIT and gave this world a very powerful, free operating system, Linux, that brings with it a great set of tools. I realise free software is more about the philosophy and the changes it brings to this world than the software itself. I am curious if this can be applied to music too.
I am a would-be engineer, and my life has pretty much revolved around my studies. I’ve always a big fan of both technology and music – neither of these work without the other for me. Hence I have tried to find a correlation between these two. I believe very firmly in the philosophy of Free software and the Open Source movement. The motivation is not technology or software – it’s the underlying objectives and the goal of a harmonious society.
I feel much better when I am able to share code or applications I like to use with my friends without being worried about copyright. What if the law catches up with me?
Imagine a world wherein a child is reprimanded simply because he shared his favourite cartoon episode with his friend, simply because the copyright notice makes him a pirate. Is this the world we really want to pass on to the next generation? Definitely not. Why not aspire for a world where there is a free flow of knowledge ,information and opportunity?
Music has become a very important part of our lives. Everyone listens to some music and they feels better every time they do so. Sometimes it soothes you, sometimes it inspires you, sometimes it make you think.
When there is so much importance attached to music, why not apply the same software model to music too?
An open model of music wherein people create music and put up tracks for downloads allowing the listener to share them with anyone they want. A free flow of music or sounds that can motivate people, that can make people think , that can make people smile.
I realise when I say this that it cuts down heavily on the income of people. For today music is a thriving industry. I did say though that the philosophy of the free software movement is more about the philosophy than the technology it aspires to change.
Music is more about the people it manages to reach than the people who create it.
Imagine a time when we don’t have to wait outside a music shop to buy the music that is supposed to be great or creative. Imagine the day when you can upload your favourite song on the Internet and let everyone appreciate it.