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cheyenne_h on 03/06/2015 at 04:30PM
Hey! We haven't forgotten that we're launching a contest and haven't announced the winners from our microSong Challenge yet... UNTIL NOW!
Ladies, jellybeans, and other creatures, we are proud to present to you, the winners of the 2015 Free Music Archive microSong Challenge!
First Prize: Breakmaster Cylinder feat. Dislotec: Paint Your Grandma's Portrait
Second Prize: Lee Rosevere: Summers Playing Pinball
Third Prize: Ian Alex Mac: I Hate Buses
Though we also had a TON of honorable mentions:
Congratulations to all who participated, won, and had fun!
cheyenne_h on 03/05/2015 at 04:45PM
Ever thought Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” would be better as a speed-metal guitar solo? Or perhaps Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” would sound great performed by a kazoo-and-firecracker ensemble? What about “In The Hall of the Mountain King” as a chiptune odyssey?
Great ideas, right?! We know.
We want these things to exist. And we need your help in this Masters Remastered Challenge!
First, choose a composition from the public domain. If you’re stumped (or can’t remember the original name of the composition), check the list below for some ideas. Though you can find sheet music in a variety of places, we recommend the Petrucci Music Library, which indicates public domain status of its contents. Entries will be released back into the public domain with a CC0 license, so that others can use them, too. But make these your own. Remix them, play them with instruments the composers couldn’t have dreamed of, make them as long or short as you want. Do as many (or as few) as you please.
Here are some recommended pieces you can extract from, re-work, play backwards, etc, that are in the US public domain. We've included links to the sheet music and at least one downloadable file that you can riff on:
Bach – Toccata & Fugue - listen here - archive.org - wikimedia
Beethoven – Symphony no. 9: Ode to Joy - listen here - wikimedia - freesound
Bizet – Toreador Song - listen here - wikimedia - archive.org
Grieg – In The Hall of the Mountain King - listen here - freepd - wikimedia
Offenbach – Orpheus in the Underworld - listen here - wikimedia
Ponichelli – Dance of the Hours - listen here - wikimedia (BY-SA)
Rossini – William Tell Overture - listen here - wikimedia
Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture - listen here - wikimedia
Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries - listen here - archive.org
If you submit a song that isn’t on the list, please make sure it is in the public domain before you proceed. Submissions that are not in the public domain in the U.S. won't qualify for judging.
The challenge will run from March 9 until April 3, 2015.
One winner will be chosen by our panel of judges, and they will win a Moog Etherwave Theremin.
The Masters Remastered Challenge is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
cheyenne_h on 03/05/2015 at 09:00AM
WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts.
In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to FMA mixmaster and WFMU DJ Liz Berg, about how and why she mixes up a new hour's worth of FMA gems every week. Her podcast is available via her WFMU playlist page and iTunes.
cheyenne_h on 02/26/2015 at 09:00AM
Happy Fair Use Week 2015! WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring a special episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts, for this occasion.
In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Ellen Duranceau, a librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and copyright/fair use expert. We talk about the four elements of fair use, how to determine if your use is fair, and talk about other issues around the edges of copyright, music, technology, and more. For more info, try fairuseweek.org, the Fair Use Week tumblr, or check out this Fair Use cheat sheet.
Check out our microSong Collection!
Listen to the entries in our FMA microSong Challenge! Artists from all over the web - and the world - entered super-short songs into our contest (and the public domain)! Winners will be announced soon, but until then, give 'em a listen.