ARTICLE

Metal Free Software Song 2: This Time It’s Personal

by | Wed 15 Jun 2011

Many moons ago, when computers were made out of oak and beige slacks, I recorded a heavy metal version of the [Free Software Song](http://www.gnu.org/music/free-software-song.html) that Richard Stallman cobbled together. When I recorded this song I didnt really have the right equipment to record a song, and consequently it sounded a bit rubbish.

Richard and I catch-up over email every so often and while he acknowledged the existence of the song, he didn’t really express whether he liked it. Maybe it wasn’t his style.



“No no, I only enjoy Death Metal and Brutal Death Metal”.

For a while now I have wanted to record a new version of the song, so one night this week I knocked together a new version and arrangement. First, some caveats:

* I only spent about 20 minutes writing this; this is no *Bohemian Rhapsody*.
* I played all instruments and recorded all the vocals myself.
* It was recorded in an evening. This was no huge production, no huge recording, and no week-long mix.
* This is just a bit of fun to throw a new spin on the song.

Alright, enough excuses, download it below:

* [Ogg](https://www.jonobacon.com/files/freesoftwaresong/jonobacon-freesoftwaresong2.ogg) (*4MB*)
* [MP3](https://www.jonobacon.com/files/freesoftwaresong/jonobacon-freesoftwaresong2.mp3) (*3MB*)
* [Flac](https://www.jonobacon.com/files/freesoftwaresong/jonobacon-freesoftwaresong2.flac) (*25.3MB*)

Also, for the fun of it (and for you Kareoke and podcast YouTube video fans), here is the song without the vocals:

* [Ogg](https://www.jonobacon.com/files/freesoftwaresong/jonobacon-freesoftwaresong2-instrumental.ogg) (*3.9MB*)
* [MP3](https://www.jonobacon.com/files/freesoftwaresong/jonobacon-freesoftwaresong2-instrumental.mp3) (*3MB*)
* [Flac](https://www.jonobacon.com/files/freesoftwaresong/jonobacon-freesoftwaresong2-instrumental.flac) (*24.9MB*)

I would love to see some comedy Kareoke videos and mixes on YouTube from the instrumental cut. Could be fun. 🙂

This song is licensed as [Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/) so feel free to share it, remix it, even sell it, just provide attribution to me and this blog entry first.

Flame away!

Want to build an audience of loyal fans, subscribers, and customers?

Want to read some more?

Dean Baratta On Intelligence and Security

Dean Baratta On Intelligence and Security

Dean Baratta comes on to talk about his fascinating career in working in intelligence, security, and protection. Communities are changing the way we do business. Discover a concrete framework for building powerful, productive communities and integrating them into your...

Sam Aaron On Live Coding Music

Sam Aaron On Live Coding Music

Sam Aaron, creator of Sonic Pi comes on to talk about live coding music. Communities are changing the way we do business. Discover a concrete framework for building powerful, productive communities and integrating them into your business. My new book, 'People Powered:...

David Spinks on Building Communities

David Spinks on Building Communities

David Spinks from CMX comes on to talk about how to build amazing communities and his brand new book. Communities are changing the way we do business. Discover a concrete framework for building powerful, productive communities and integrating them into your business....

David Jenyns on Building Amazing Business Systems

David Jenyns on Building Amazing Business Systems

At the heart of every business is people. People though, need to work together to get great results, and this requires the magical balance of business processes, systems, and workflow. The question is: where on earth do you begin in building these systems and...

How to Track Link Clicks With UTM codes

How to Track Link Clicks With UTM codes

Please be honest when I ask you this: do you track your link clicks when you promote your content, build growth, or run advertising campaigns? Campaign tracking might not some very exciting, but it is essential for great marketing strategy, market research, and...

Christina Voskoglou on Understanding Developers With Data

Christina Voskoglou on Understanding Developers With Data

Developers are a hot commodity that companies around the world are trying to do business with. Why? Because developers are enormously influential in which technologies are used at companies and how they are used. As such, many companies want to understand developers,...