“It is 164 years after Chopin’s death. His music is well into the public domain, yet most people consume it as if it were still copyrighted: from CDs, iTunes, or Youtube videos (many of which are copyrighted). We think Chopin deserves better.” That’s how Musopen.org frames its new Kickstarter campaign called Set Chopin Free. If the campaign reaches its goal of raising $75,000 (it’s already at $34,748), Musopen will work with talented musicians to “preserve indefinitely and without question everything Chopin created.” They will record performances of 245 Chopin pieces in both 1080p video and 24 bit 192kHz audio, and then release them all into the public domain. Sounds like something our readers can get behind. If you contribute to this campaign, you can get some pretty nice-looking gifts, while making your own gift to the cultural commons. Learn more about the Set Chopin Free campaign here. And, of course, we’ll let you know when this project is complete and the public domain recordings are online.
Note: If you want to savor the fruits of another Kickstarter campaign, please visit our previous post: The Open Goldberg Variations: J.S. Bach’s Masterpiece Free to Download