What’s that, you say? You want to hear all that great music at the SXSW music festival, but want to avoid going to Texas because it’s a horrible horrible place akin to the most hellish version of Hell-on-Earth imaginable?

I sympathize. And, apparently, so do the organizers of the SXSW festival. Because, according to Wired magazine, the organizers have made available more than 2.6 GB of songs from artists performing this year. For free.

And, even better, they’re using the open source free-speech software BitTorrent to do it.

Only something free-as-in-both-beer-and-speech like using BitTorrent to share free music could make Texas palatable.

I’m downloading the music even as we speak. Not getting good bandwidth yet (a paltry 4-5 kilobit per second) but it will increase as I get more pieces of the file.