Recent FMA Blog Posts
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cheyenne_h on 06/28/2016 at 05:51PM
Just a friendly reminder.
We know, the FMA is a great resource for all sorts of people - filmmakers, remix artists, people who wanna hear strange new sounds - but we've been getting a LOT of messages lately from confused people about whether or not they can use X song in Y video.
It depends on the license, and how you intend to use the music, my friend! And best of all, you can find out all the information you need on your own. There are tons of resources out there to help.
We have a robust FAQ (complete with webinar!) about which licenses are suitable for video here. But here are some basics:
1. ND or No Derivatives: If you want to use a track from FMA for a video, you are not allowed to use anything with an "ND" or "No Derivatives" clause in the license. You must get further permission from the artist in order to use it for a video.
2. NC or Non Commercial: If you want to use a track for commercial purposes (including a monetized YouTube video, a real estate listing, or a video telling people about a product or service that costs money), anything with a "NC" or "Non Commercial" clause is not pre-cleared for this type of use. If you want to use it for a commercial purpose, you must get further written permission from the artist, and possibly pay for a license to use the song.
3. SA or Share Alike: If you want to use a track that is licensed CC BY-SA "Share Alike" or CC BY-NC-SA, you are required by that license to share your own work under the identical license. If you can't, or don't want to, do this, you must get further written permission from the artist. (Noticing a pattern yet?)
4. BY or Attribution: Anything with a CC license with "BY" or "Attribution" in it means you must give credit to the artist, but that's it. You can use it for whatever you want, even derivative works like videos and remixes. If you don't want to, or can't give attribution in your derivative work (such as a video)... guess what? You have to get further permission from the artist! (Now you're getting it!)
We have pre-screened a lot of stuff and it's tucked neatly in the Music For Video curator page (though this includes NC and SA tracks - so make sure to look for the license you need). You can also use stuff from our Public Domain collection without attributing or getting permission from the artist.
cheyenne_h on 06/24/2016 at 12:18PM
June is LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and more) Pride Month. It's traditionally in June because on June 28th 1969, The Stonewall Inn, a gay-friendly establishment in Manhattan, was raided by police. As arrests progressed, onlookers rioted, sparking a national movement calling for equal rights and protections for LGBTQ+ citizens, which has recently culminated in equal marriage rights for non-heterosexual couples. You can listen to a radio program about the Stonewall Riots here.
For some, it simply means there are more rainbow flags hanging than normal, and you might see some glitter spilled on a sidewalk here or there. For others, pride represents a time to honor the past and look toward the future. For still others, it's one of the best parties of the year. In the sonic universe of the Free Music Archive, there are musicians of all stripes, persuasions, and styles - and some are particularly relevant this month. We've gathered some here - but feel free to suggest more below!
From bouncy & fun to introspective to 8 seconds of grindcore, we've got quite a spectrum here. Enjoy! And, LGBTQ+ artists, we're always looking for new tunes. Feel free to get in touch if you want to add to our collection!
rosso on 06/22/2016 at 04:03PM
As of May 31st, Spotify chose to shut down the Echo Nest Rosetta Stone, which was a product FMA used for years to power our search engine and similar artist recommendations. Rosetta Stone allowed FMA to psychoacoustically analyze our own tracks for abstract properties like mood and separate our library from the rest of the Echo Nest universe.
As of right now, the FMA search engine can no longer search by mood or tempo, and artist pages will no longer include a list of similar artists. However, we are currently working on major upgrades to the search engine, including an expanded set of filters, more sorting options, and a more complete keyword search. We are also looking into alternative third-party music metadata and acoustic fingerprinting services.
If you have any suggestions for features you'd like to see in the FMA's search engine, please comment below.
TAGGED AS:echo nest search
netlabelday on 06/16/2016 at 01:00PM
Today is June 15, I know, but yesterday we released two new compilations with independent music, gathering 18 netlabels from all over the world in one album. That's something that the major labels can't do because "it's not profitable". Come on, let's do this for the art!
Here on FMA you can find -lovely- songs by Hiroshima Dandys, Csum, Charles White, Élansson, Unchained Zebra and more, and you can download all this right now for free (after all it's Free Music Archive, of course you can). But that's not all.
As you may know, Netlabel Day was created in Chile by M.I.S.T. Records, so we felt that we should do something for the Chilean music as well. After all, it's our country and beyond all the corruption stories and the social chaos that we have right now (we aren't having good times here, to be honest), our mission is support the Chilean culture as well, so we decided to release a compilation with Chilean music in Sazoot, a Chilean digital music store, completely free for everyone. They're our friends, so we really recommend you to visit their enormous catalog too.
There's one month left for the big day, so be prepared... A lot of new music is coming, and "it's not just free music; it's good music".
cheyenne_h on 06/15/2016 at 12:27PM
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 Erik Schoster, musician, former netlabel runner, and new addition to the project team for Audience Engine, a project currently underway that seeks to create open source tools for media organizations and libraries. He's also helping with the Free Music Archive!
cheyenne_h on 06/14/2016 at 12:56PM
Murmure Intemporel, a new curator to the FMA, has so far contributed more than 700 tracks to our archive! The netlabel collects and distributes music of an ambient, cinematic, and experimental nature. Included in the collection are a variety of fruitful sonic experiments, live performances, and soundtracks to all sorts of art: film, still photography, and more.
A recent addition to our archive was "Le Poubelloïde" by JIHEL, a soundtrack to an indepedent film that, as far as I can tell, is about a struggle between a murderous trash can and a sanitation worker. Another work that JIHEL has on our site is called "Caves Full of Clouds," and contains the full soundtracks for two different documentaries. Tracks for the documentary film "Secret Caves" were recorded in 1982; tracks for "Stratospheric Sondes" were recorded in 1984.
Mondo Corretto's "Anno(s) I - IV" is a sweeping soundscape that was designed to accompany the Mondo Corretto annual photography compilation. Each year a single song is produced. At present, the project is planned to last eight years, so the series is halfway done, with four completed tracks.
TALES has offered FMA three albums, each the third of a series: the Myrddin, Asian and Interstellar trilogies (the rest of which can be found here, here and here). They are more like soundtracks for one's imagination and haven't been used in any films to our knowledge... but maybe one of you filmmakers out there will want to collaborate!
You can keep up with what Murmure Intemporel has to offer, including lots of non-soundtrackity goodness, by following their blog.
cheyenne_h on 05/26/2016 at 03:37PM
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netlabelday on 05/21/2016 at 03:07AM
I didn't know exactly how to let you know about this, but yes... We're making a new promo compilation for FMA with music from the participating labels and it will be amazing. As you may know, this isn't the first time that we do something like this, because last year we made a lovely compilation (that you can download right here).
I can't tell you yet when it will be released, but... June. That's all you have to know by now.
Cheers, everyone. Remember that Netlabel Day 2016 is happening once again on July 14, but every day can be Netlabel Day. Support them and show your love to them!
murmurintemporel on 05/09/2016 at 01:29PM
I am Jean-Luc, the curator and owner of the Murmure Intemporel netlabel.
This label was created under the moniker Gronde Murmure by John Cobains (an American living in France) at the end of 2010. In 2011, John creates a new netlabel named Sillage Intemporel, curated by a long time friend Jean Dechartres.
Gronde Murmure was mainly specialised in avant-garde musics (acousmatic, post-concrete, electroacoustic) and Sillage Intemporel was more oriented into electronic musics (ambient, electro, abstract electronic). In 2012, John merges the two netlabels in one entity named Murmure Intemporel (the logo was given by Zreen Toyz, one of the main artists of the netlabel).
Sadly, Jean Dechartres passed away in 2015. John and Jean are my friends for over twenty years, so when John ask me to replace Jean, I say yes immediately. At the end of 2015, John decides to retire in USA for living near his children and grandchildren; so I became the new owner of Murmure Intemporel.
Now, I will upload the catalogue of the netlabel (from 2011 to 2015), and the more recent releases (2016) will be notified on the Murmure Intemporel's blog.
Thanks to Cheyenne Hohman who accepted Murmure Intemporel at the Free Music Archive.
Stevecombsmusic on 05/06/2016 at 02:03PM
Hey FMA'ers. I've had an interesting day.
I'm used to people using my music in their projects. In fact at this point, I expect it. It would be weird if they didn't. Out of the roughly 250k downloads my songs have gotten, I'd bet at least half of them were for use in a video, on a podcast, or for a school project. And I love and am so grateful to everyone who does this because without it, I probably wouldn't be doing this anymore. To be honest, I think the FMA made my career what it is, and I owe it and the whole free culture community so much. That said, there is a limit to the freedom of my culture.
I woke up at around 11am this morning, because I'm a college student, and saw a couple of Twitter notifications (@stevecombsmusic, by the way). A German fan, @ruhpkid, tweeted at me to say that some guy named Big Juan put a copyright claim on a YouTube video of his in which he used my song, More Or Less OK, from my new album Riot, which is available here on the FMA. Ruhpkid gave me credit and was generally wonderful. But Big Juan was claiming that my song was his song, Equalizer. At first I didn't think anything of it, that it was just a misguided attempt at stealing royalties or something. The joke would be on him, of course, since I don't get any kind of royalties. But I did a Google search for "Equalizer by Big Juan" and found the song on YouTube.
That's when I got angry.
I hear the first three seconds, which is the same opening drum fill as my song, and think "Well, maybe he just sampled it and forgot to give credit." But it quickly became clear that that wasn't the case. This wasn't a sample, this was a theft. Big Juan literally downloaded my song, changed the title, and put it on YouTube as his own.