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planetterrorrecords on 08/30/2016 at 09:26AM

Planet Terror Records: Looking Back

The ethos behind Planet Terror Records is something that we still hold very close to our hearts: high-quality, cross-genre electronic music released freely into the world for anyone to enjoy.

When we launched the label in 2008, we were wide-eyed youngsters straight out of university, passionate about dance music and scoping out unsigned and unknown artists. Many a night was spent trawling Myspace (RIP) and later Soundcloud for new music, while our increasing involvement in the music scene in our resident Sheffield, through DJing and playing together in a band, yielded some invaluable connections which carried us through to our 50th and final release in May 2016.

While other labels we grew alongside had bigger aspirations, we were happy to keep seeking out new music we loved and releasing it without too much fuss. Our music has never been selected for its marketability, but always for its own sake: snapshots of individual and collective creativity which we have had the pleasure to curate.

Like all parents, we try not to look at our back catalogue in terms of 'best' and 'worst' releases, but over the years it has been a pleasure to put out music by the likes of Titus Twelve, Barbarix, Culprate, Robot Koch, Cellar Dweller, Ascetic, Smurd, Kingstux, Mikuś and so many others. We enjoyed having the opportunity to put on an event with Culprate and Barbarix in Sheffield, our occasional DJ sets around Sheffield and our collaborations with the closest thing we have to a resident artist, Mattias Jones.

As with anything worth doing, running a netlabel takes time. To do justice to the musicians who give us their music to promote, we cannot accept having to take shortcuts. We do not live the same lives as we did. We started as students with endless hours to post music around the web and seek out new sounds. But personal and professional lives have evolved, and we no longer have the time to give the label and its music the effort it deserves.

We are pleased that we leave the netlabel community as healthy as we found it, with new labels starting every day. We are proud of our contribution to the scene and our library will remain online indefinitely. It’s the end of an era for us, but we hope that many more people enjoy the music we have released.

Find out about our mix by clicking the "Read More" link below, or download/stream it here.


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cheyenne_h on 08/25/2016 at 05:27PM

25 Years of People Like Us

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[guest post written by Vicki/People Like Us & Cheyenne]
"I woke up at 5am yesterday and realised that I'd been publishing music for 25 years, to start with I thought it couldn't be possible, must be 15 or something, since it's easy to get your decades muddled up once you get past the first two!  It's often occurred to me that although the internet is fantastic in terms of being a self-distributor or spiders web of connections, people can often be overwhelmed by how much you have on offer if they haven't been with you from the beginning.  So I have made a "small" (well it's 25 years of stuff!) collection going through the years of things that I've released, often on CD and LP, but always subsequently online.  I have been putting mp3s online since 1998, so it will be an anniversary for that too!
Over in the world of moving image, I also have a great deal available to watch, both at ubuweb (http://ubu.com/film/plu.html and on my website at http://peoplelikeus.org)
Meanwhile it's my penultimate DO or DIY with People Like Us of the season on Monday 29th August at WFMU, and the last two shows will be also "best of"s and I'll be posting a file of the collage meddle mix on the FMA shortly after the last show of the season on 5 September."
Since 1991, British artist Vicki Bennett has been working across the field of audio-visual collage.  Working under the name People Like Us, Vicki specialises in the manipulation and reworking of original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film and radio. People Like Us believe in open access to archives for creative use. . The ongoing sound art radio show ‘DO or DIY’ on WFMU has had over a million “listen again” downloads. since 2003. The People Like Us back catalogue is available for free download via UbuWeb. To listen to the 100-track, 7-hour collection, "25 Years of Us", click here or click "Read More" below for an embedded playlist!

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cheyenne_h on 08/24/2016 at 05:12PM

Radio Free Culture #70: Marc Weidenbaum's Disquiet World

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, Erik Schoster, a Software Developer for the FMA, was joined by Marc Weidenbaum, the creator of the online publication Disquiet which covers independent ambient and electronic music. He also organizes the Disquiet Junto, which challenges artists to create new music each week within specified, challenge-specific parameters.

The theme song on this podcast is "The Spidrman's (nanoloop)" by UncleBibby, (CC BY). Other music on this week's episode include:

Hey Exit - Twenty Seconds (CC BY-NC-SA)
Bryan Teoh - Fifths (CC BY-NC-SA)

Trio Mopmu - Prodava Se Konche (RF Remix) (CC BY-NC-SA)

The OO-Ray - Silhouettes (CC BY-NC)

Fredo Viola - Lullaby (CC BY-NC-SA)

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

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cheyenne_h on 08/03/2016 at 11:32AM

9 Things You Can Do To Help The FMA

Become an FMA Volunteer today and get a handshake from Colonel Dog! (image via flickr commons)

The Free Music Archive is a digital repository for music that wants to be shared, with more than 100,000 free and legal tracks to stream and download! Want to help us out? Here’s a list of ways you can help the Free Music Archive stay free, fun, and fabulous:

1. Make an FMA account… and use it
If you have an email address, you can make a free FMA user account, which has a variety of added benefits, including the ability to ‘favorite’ songs and artists, make mixes, write blog entries, leave comments, enter a song challenge, and much more! When you sign up, you can also sign up for our newsletter, which comes out once a month. If you "Favorite" songs, leave comments, blog, etc with your FMA user account, it helps us know what people are listening to and liking!

2. Make a mix of 8-20 songs on FMA using our playlist tool and share the link with us
You can make a playlist from any songs on the FMA that you want if you’re logged in to your member account. You can name it whatever you like, give it a theme, add an image (290x220 px – and don’t forget to credit the artist), write a little blurb about it, and share it on your page. Once you have it ready to roll, send us a link. It can be seasonal, freeform, genre-specific, use/license specific, or whatever you please!

3. Rant and/or rave
Want to let others know that there’s a gem hiding in plain sight? We want others to know where to go to get the good stuff: write a blog entry about the album you’re really feelin’ or you can use our “Write A Review” function. Predictably, blog entries will live on your FMA blog, whereas reviews live alongside the album you reviewed. Also, commenting on artists’ pages to let them know you're a fan is a great way to connect with them and show your gratitude to artists who are generously sharing their sounds with the world. Some artists also have a "Tip The Artist" button you can use to send them donations directly!

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