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cheyenne_h on 04/27/2015 at 10:00AM

Make an Unreel Trailer!

Photographer: Henry Gawthorpe. Via Australian National Maritime Museum's Flickr Commons collection

Re-cut a public domain film to make a trailer for a movie that doesn't exist. 
Use FMA music for the soundtrack. 
Enter it here
Win an Epson Powerlite Projector

More info on Cheyenne's blog

We'll accept entries until May 8th, 2015

One winner will be chosen by our esteemed panel of judges.

The Unreel Trailers Challenge is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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Giver_of_Illness on 04/24/2015 at 04:24PM

F*cking with Spirits

Ak'chamel performing a live ceremony.

Use this album by Ak'chamel for your own personal ritual to contact the spirit world. (Recommended for night listening). USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

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cheyenne_h on 04/23/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #47: Music Economics 101 with Kristin Thomson

image courtesy of Kristin Thomson. Used with permission.

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 Kristin Thomson, a primary researcher on the Artist Revenue Streams project with the Future of Music Coalition, about how the ways artists have made money has changed in the wake of the Web. You can read along with some of the findings in this slide deck: "Ten ways that technology-driven changes have impacted musicians."

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes, or listen right here: 

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ooray on 04/21/2015 at 03:00PM

Empty Orchestra - A New OO-Ray Album

Empty Orchestra finds The OO-Ray (Ted Laderas) possessed with a new sense of urgency. Recorded over a stressful three years concurrent with his doctoral work in biology, Empty Orchestra is a work that protests the savagery of today while still maintaining that calm and peace can be reached through the turbulence. Empty Orchestra blends the distorted shoegazer explorations with experiments in classical orchestration resulting in an propulsive and urgent listening experience.

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.

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cheyenne_h on 04/17/2015 at 04:00PM

Congratulations, kollagemontage!

We are VERY EXCITED to announce that our esteemed panel of judges has spoken! Though there were many, many amazing entries and some close competition for first place, kollagemontage has taken the theremin for his version of Erik Satie's "Gnossiene" called "9N05513NN3 #1." Listen below to the winning track, or check out our whole collection of Honorable Mentions

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cheyenne_h on 04/16/2015 at 10:00AM

Radio Free Culture #46: Chad Crouch's Alter Ego, Podington Bear

photo courtesy of Chad Crouch. Used with permission.

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 Chad Crouch, aka Podington Bear, about his eight-year legacy of publishing CC BY NC music, and where it's taken him. 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes. Or, listen here:  

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cheyenne_h on 04/13/2015 at 09:00AM

Unreel Trailers: A Challenge

Photographer: Henry Gawthorpe. Via Australian National Maritime Museum's Flickr Commons collection

Take a film out of context... you know you want to! You could re-cut that cheesy sci-fi flick into an interstellar romantic comedy, or poorly dub alternate dialogue onto an action sequence to make it a slapstick routine. We've put together a list of public domain films; pick one and make an Unreel Trailer! In less than three minutes, tell us a touching story of ghosts in love, a science experiment gone wrong, a training montage for puppies, or whatever seems appropriate (or inappropriate) to preview a movie that doesn't exist (yet). 

Dramatic voiceovers, superfluous sound effects, and imaginary titles are encouraged. Credits, including CC license information, are required, but everything else is up to you! 

Here are some examples of public domain films to choose from (entries must be derived from films in the U.S. Public Domain):

1. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die wiki archive.org
2. Night of the Living Dead wiki archive.org
3. Reefer Madness wiki archive.org
4. Little Shop of Horrors wiki archive.org
5. Attack of the Giant Leeches wiki archive.org
6. Carnival of Souls wiki archive.org
7. Teenagers From Outer Space wiki archive.org
8. Rock, Rock, Rock! wiki archive.org

Use a track from our FMA Music for Video Vault in your trailer – or check out one of these artists:
Chris Zabriskie made a collection called “Direct to Video” for a reason. CC BY
Kevin Macleod’s music has been used in thousands of videos. CC BY
Ian Alex Mac’s “Cues” is made for cinematic purposes. CC BY
The Conet Project is full of strange sounds! Free Music Philosophy
UncleBibby has done a three-volume Free Music Project release. CC BY
Steve Combs has tons of stuff to choose from. CC BY
Our microSongs and Masters Remastered works are all in the Public Domain! No citations necessary. 

Requirements:
Film must be in the public domain in the United States
Music must be licensed for use in video without further permission from the artist
Submissions must be posted to a video streaming site online and shared with FMA via our submission form
Submitters must list all works used in the film (audio, visual, etc)
Use proper citation in the film (attribution of music, license, etc) - CC Best Practices here

If you submit a trailer using footage from a film that isn’t on the list, please make sure it is in the public domain (or your own work, which you are willing to dedicate to the public domain using this Creative Commons license) before you proceed. Submissions that are not in the public domain in the U.S. won't qualify for judging.

We'll accept entries from April 13th until May 8th, 2015

Entry form is here, finished projects are here

One winner will be chosen by our panel of judges, and the winner will get an Epson Powerlite Projector

The Unreel Trailers Challenge is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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cheyenne_h on 04/09/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #45: Two Copies of Every Record: The Archive of Contemporary Music with Bob George

photo by Eilon Paz. Used with permission.

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 Bob George, the Director (and a founder) of the Archive of Contemporary Music, currently located in NYC, about the collection and a new partnership with the Internet Archive

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes. Or listen here: 

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lrockhq on 04/06/2015 at 02:00AM

Catharsy presents post-rock for the people.

Lindsay of the post-metal band Catharsy was recently interviewed on the Music Manumit Podcast.

Their 2011 release, Apertures, is now available here at the Free Music Archive.

Be sure to check out this unique, West Aussie flavor of heavy. 


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cheyenne_h on 04/02/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #44: Preserving Culture at the Rogers and Hammerstein Archives with Danielle Cordovez

image courtesy of Danielle Cordovez. Used with permission.

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 Danielle Cordovez, a reference librarian at the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archive of Recorded Sound at the New York Public Library. We chatted about the archive's extensive collection, who uses it, and I asked Danielle to share some highlights from the stacks

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes - or listen here: 

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