Robert Douglass and Thomas Bonte: Open Source Bach

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This special bonus episode of Hacking Culture coincides with the release of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier, a Kickstarter-funded project to produce a public domain recording and digital score of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, plus a braille edition for blind musicians.

Matthew Tift talks with Robert Douglass (Open Goldberg Project) and Thomas Bonte (MuseScore) about creating open source and free versions of Bach's music, free music composition and notation software, being part of the "free culture movement," what Richard Stallman thinks about the name "Open Goldberg," and much more!

This episode is released under the Creative Commons attribution share alike 3.0 United States license. The theme music comes from the Open Goldberg Variations ( and the musical interludes come from the Open Well-Tempered Clavier (, performed by Kimiko Ishizaka.