Nov 7 – 9, 2022
Prague, Czech Republic
Europe/Prague timezone

Using Ubuntu Studio, Ardour, and GitHub for music collaboration

Nov 7, 2022, 4:30 PM
Ballroom (Hilton Prague)


Hilton Prague

50 Minute Talk Content & Design


Tom Ray (He/Him/His)
Lorenzo's Music


I am Tom Ray of the creative commons band Lorenzo's Music. We have been making music using only open source tools and Ubuntu Studio for several years now.

We have been featured on Forbes talking about this subject -

We spent several years trying to find a good way to offer music that is available to everyone with a free and open option. And when we discovered Ubuntu Studio it became our main way of creating music, video, and more.

We are always looking for ways to try and show other musicians how using an open-source recording platform is a real benefit for artists. We want to help people understand that just because a platform has been built on Linux it doesn't mean it's just for people who know Linux. It can be for everyday users.

During the global shutdown, we actually created a way to collaborate remotely on music using Ubuntu Studio, Ardour DAW, and Github to write an album worth of songs during the pandemic.

In my talk I would share:

  • Why Ubuntu Studio is good for music and art
  • Our creative journey to Ubuntu Studio and open-source software
  • How Ubuntu Studio is great for musicians
  • The hard sell: Ubuntu Studio should be considered a production suite
  • Why free and open-source is good for music
  • How we started using Ubuntu Studio as a band
  • How I came up with the idea to work on music remotely
  • Using Ubuntu Studio, Ardour, and GitHub for music collaboration

Session author bios

Tom Ray is a singer/songwriter in the creative commons band Lorenzo's Music. He is also a podcaster and webcomic artist of the biographical series called "Then This Happened..."

Level of Difficulty Beginner
Social Media @lorenzosmusic

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