Theodor Bastard have released music video 'Selva' under Creative Commons

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Friday, February 10, 2017

On Wednesday, Russian world music band Theodor Bastard have released their animated music video "Selva" under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This is a re-release. Previously it was released in 2008 in DVD quality. Now, this new version has 1080p resolution and such advantage as high frame rate of 50 frames per second, resulting in smoother playback.

Theodor Bastard are independent from commercial record labels; that's why licensing the music video under Creative Commons wasn't so complicated for them. The band has highlighted in the description: "Creative Commons build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world powered by collaboration and gratitude."

As we can see examining Wikimedia Commons, Theodor Bastard is the second Russian musical group in the history (after Na-Na) whose collaboration with Wikimedia Foundation is reflected in uploading music videos to the online repository Wikimedia Commons and the only Russian band who have uploaded animation video to it. It's sad that such important social phenomenon as Wikimedia stay Terra incognita in such a big country as Russia. Theodor Bastard attempts to break this stereotype that Russia is a barbarian country.

The band was founded 21 years ago; its style is a combination of world music, neofolk and trip hop. The themes of Theodor Bastard's songs are usually based on mythology and fantasy. This music video "Selva" focuses on different aspects of Slavic mythology and the lyrics are written in an idiosyncratic language.


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