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cheyenne_h on 09/29/2016 at 10:51PM

Six Reasons You Should Donate To the FMA Before Oct 15th

Help us pick up the pace, y'all!

Support the Free Music Archive now and forever! Need some convincing? Here are SIX reasons why you should help us keep the servers running:

1. The Free Music Archive is... FREE! We don't even ask you to login to browse, stream or download from our collection. We know our music wants to be shared, so we keep it as free & open as possible! We also have two free apps so you can peruse our collections via Android and iOS.

2. We are, and always have been, ad-free. We get offers from advertising companies ENDLESSLY to 'monetize our traffic,' and we turn them down every time, because we want your experience of FMA to be the best it can be. Not laden with pop-up advertisements for random crap.

3. We attract muscians, visual artists, videographers, performers, DJs, and listeners in droves. Some of them connect across continents to collaborate on films, albums - there's even a fresh FMA Supergroup of 12 musicians who found each other via our site!

4. We are grant and donation funded, and we need your support to stay afloat. Keep Free Music Free! If you donate before Oct 15th, you'll have the opportunity to snag a super-rad shirt or sticker, only available during the fundraiser!

5. If you donate next week (Oct 3-7), you can get in the running to win a 3 pack of Pocket Operators by Teenage Engineering!

6. If you donate the last week of our fundraiser (Oct 10-14), you can get in the running for a custom-made electronic instrument (we'll post more info real soon)!!

Can’t give right this second? That’s cool, friend! You can donate anytime, we accept contributions year-round (unless you're gunning for one of our giveaways, stickers or shirts).

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cheyenne_h on 09/29/2016 at 06:45AM

Radio Free Culture #71: The Freeharmonic Orchestra with Unthunk and Offal Tunes

Images courtesy of the Freeharmonic Orchestra.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a 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, was joined by Unthunk (Trevor Tunnacliffe) and Offal Tunes (Half Cocked), two members of the "Freeharmonic Orchestra."  The group of twelve musicians was organized by Steve Combs and Simon Mathewson to produce "Freeharmonics Volume 1," a collaborative album which is available now on the Free Music Archive (and which you can stream below!) 

The full roster of artists includes Aglow Hollow, Blue Dot Sessions, Candlegravity, half cocked, Jahzzar, Matt Oakley, Monk Turner, Scott Holmes, simon_mathewson, Small Colin, Steve Combs, and Unthunk. Each artist worked on three songs in a round-robin array, being matched with random others from the group, and working together to make a remarkable album. Not only did they collaborate with each other, but they want to open collaboration from anyone who wants to participate! Download their stem pack from archive.org and submit a remix!

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture podcast on iTunes.

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rosso on 09/24/2016 at 04:20AM

Zoom H4n Pro -- WINNER!

Congrats to our winner, Abraham!

Thanks to everyone who entered and who has donated to our fundraiser so far!  Your support means a lot to us!

Thanks to Z'EV, Schemawound, Lee Rosevere, and Carlos Giffoni/Okkyung Lee for the music used in the video! All music is from the FMA and is linked below.

Special thanks to fellow FMA developer Erik Schoster for mixing the music and doing the drawing!

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vitop on 09/23/2016 at 01:29PM

Vitamin Pets Present DEATH FM

FFO: Pander! Panda! Panzer!Broadcast and the Focus GroupThe Conet Project

  A collaboration between Vitamin Pets and Yellow Chair combining field recordings and shortwave radio transmissions, Death FM pushes back against college radio trends and fashion-first schtick-rock. The album is a nine-track look at the end-of-days, envisioning the dark future that awaits all those who allow scammy tastemakers into their homes via the airwaves. "Theme from WXHZ" and "Station Identification" construct the pulpit from which this screed is founded upon; "Is Dead" is a salvo of bombastic proportions; and "Le nozze di Rodman" dunks the listener into the nether world of intercepted broadcasts and crossed wires. The album is at times blissful ("Seven Sisters Singing") and blistering ("Octavian Man") and promises to provide all those who download it with a singularly strange experience.   http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Vitamin_Pets/Death_FM/  

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Support the FMA in Style!

FMA 2016 Fundraiser T-Shirt

Represent the Free Music Archive in style! This limited-edition shirt features an array of musical technology, drawn by Greg Harrison. This shirt is only available until October 15th with a donation of $50 or more.

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