I am running a surrepticious campaign to introduce the open source ways of the internet to the ABC. Being stacked with salaried people, the ABC is poorly in touch with the resources of the voluntary sector – the sector that produces Club Troppo and comments on it day in day out – and the other 27,999,999 blogs out there.
When Michael Duffy was trying to get podcasting for his program Counterpoint, and facing ABC resistance because of the cost of hosting the download bandwidth, this problem was solved on Troppo where someone pointed out that the bandwidth cost could be distributed via bit-torrent.
I was talking to Peter Mares who’s just taken over Terry Lane’s Sunday arvo program, The National Interest. He commented that though he intended a low key change and so had changed very little about the program, the main reason he’d not changed the theme music was copyright complications. I said there must be millions of public domain tracks on the internet and the problem wasn’t their availability but the time it would take to listen to enough to find something worthwhile.
My solution? A Troppo competition. Can anyone suggest a track available on the internet with a brief riff that might be suitable as the theme music for The National Interest.
I guess the track needs to be creative commons, though it could still have some restrictions on commercial use. I expect that the ABC would be able to negotiate something pretty low cost with such a source.
Prize – well we may even be able to afford something. I’ve been talking to Crikey about giving us some free subsciptions to give away.
Is there no end to the ability to get something out of nothing in this wired world?
Let the competition begin.