Many moons ago, when computers were made out of oak and beige slacks, I recorded a heavy metal version of the Free Software Song 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:

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

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 so feel free to share it, remix it, even sell it, just provide attribution to me and this blog entry first.

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