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lizb on 12/22/2014 at 12:15PM

Liz B's Top FMA Picks for 2014

It's been another stellar year for music here at the FMA, and as usual, I found it mighty difficult to narrow down my favorite songs into a digestible list. Every week, I dive in to the FMA's new additions and pull my favorite selections to play on my radio show on WFMU and podcast. Though it's impossible for any human to listen to every single new song added to this online treasure trove, I certainly do my best to take in a hearty sampling.

In keeping with tradition, I present two lists of my top picks for the year: a short list of 15 tracks for those who want a taste, followed by a big-ass mega-mix of 99 songs if you're hungry for more.


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cheyenne_h on 12/18/2014 at 08:45AM

Radio Free Culture #28: The Music Manumit Meta-Podcast Podcast, part II

"Radiostacja R-118 wnetrze" by Markier at pl.wikipedia Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season 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 with Tom Ray and Doug Whitfield, co-hosts of the Music Manumit podcast, a source for Creative Commons music and news. This week's episode discusses the Music Manumit podcast itself (and podcasting), which gets a little meta, but we think you can handle it. 

They also curate a page here on FMA - check it out

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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ooray on 12/16/2014 at 03:45PM

A Wintry EP for the Busy Holiday Season

Snowglobe EP

The OO-Ray is back with a holiday gift for everyone. Utilizing his new skills in orchestration, the Snowglobe EP presents three miniatures dedicated to the frost, calm, and peace of the winter season. Piano and harp supplement these gentle, joyous, electroacoustic pieces. 

Please download, share, and enjoy with everyone this holiday season! My best to everyone who's been kind and generous enough to support me and my music this past year.

This recording is released under a Creative Commons Non Commercial Attribution Required license. Feel free to use and remix in your non-commercial applications as long as you attribute me.

The OO-Ray - "Drifts" (03:17)
The OO-Ray - "Drifts" (03:17)
The OO-Ray - "Flurry" (03:21)
The OO-Ray - "Flurry" (03:21)
The OO-Ray - "Willow" (03:34)
The OO-Ray - "Willow" (03:34)
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cheyenne_h on 12/15/2014 at 04:15PM

David Nemeth's Top Ten of 2014

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This year, we asked a few curators, artists, and users to put together top-ten lists of their favorite FMA tracks from 2014.

Here is a list from David Nemeth, a Creative Commons artist who has been with the FMA for many years, and the man behind the Acts of Silence netlabel.

Here are some of his favorites from 2014, ranging from droney & crunchy to industrial found sounds: 

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