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cheyenne_h on 06/25/2015 at 10:00AM

Radio Free Culture #53: The Song-O-Phone Project with Dina Maccabee

Image courtesy of Dina Maccabee. Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a bi-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 Dina Maccabee, a musician and scholar who headed up a project called "Song-O-Phone." The project has a home on the Free Music Archive, allowing listeners to trace the changes of the song as each artist in a series of 30 interpreted and performed the same song. A selection is below, but check the full series out at the Song-O-Phone curator page

FMA Volunteer Ethan has also made a Song-O-Phone inspired playlist, called "Phone-O-Songs." You can listen to it here!

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes

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badpandarecords on 06/20/2015 at 07:22AM

Plastic Flowers "Lucy"

Dream Pop duo Plastic Flowers unleash their new EP, "Summer of 1992" which was recorded at their home studio in London. The video of "Lucy" was directed by Pedro D. Takahashi and follows the steps of a young man whose life is in pieces and Lucy(?) still haunts his dreams. 

The EP is now available on Bandcamp.

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King_Capisce on 06/18/2015 at 03:58PM

King Capisce - The Future Cannot Be Born Yet....

Album Cover: The Future Cannot Be Born Yet, It Is Waiting For The Past To Die

 

King Capisce return to the fold with a new album, renewed ambition and arguably their most mature work to date. 'The Future Cannot Be Born Yet, It Is Waiting For The Past To Die' is an eclectic mix of influences that broadly take in the Jazz and Post/Alt rock spheres, but aims to move beyond that into their own dynamic, instrumental and thought provoking sound, from the cinematic to wall of sound.

The new record, 'The Future Is Not Born Yet, It Is Waiting For The Past To Die'.  

Press for the album.

“Frantically intelligent instrumental jazz”- Drowned In Sound 

“It could easily have been them on the Mercury Prize 2014 short list – maybe next year” - The Guardian 

“An exciting cross-genre talent, fusing jazz with other influences to create a sound that is unmistakably their own” – Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music 

“Jazzy post-rock gold done to a ludicrously high standard” - Artrocker Magazine

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cheyenne_h on 06/16/2015 at 02:45PM

Free Music Archive on Radio Survivor Podcast

Radio Survivor, longstanding advocates of radio in many of its forms, has launched a new podcast, and we've been fortunate enough to be featured on their inaugural episode! If you'd like to listen, check it out - we even get a shout-out to our own podcast, Radio Free Culture

Hosts and producers Paul Riismandel and Eric Klein, along with editors and correspondents Jennifer Waits and Matthew Lasar, review news about community station KUSP in Santa Cruz, discuss the ongoing rollout of new low-power FM stations, learn why college radio is a vital and important medium, and Eric shares a feature segment on the Free Music Archive, followed by Matthew's piece about the unexpected localism coming from Pandora’s new radio station in South Dakota. 

Free Music Archive portion begins at 45:00. Tune in below: 

 

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cheyenne_h on 06/11/2015 at 10:45AM

Radio Free Culture #52: The World's First Netlabel Day

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a bi-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 Manuel Silva, the organizer of the world's first Netlabel Day, an event that is modeled after Record Store day, to celebrate and showcase music that is generally only digitally distributed and shared via netlabels. Netlabel Day will take place on July 14, so mark your calendars! If you want to know more about it, check out their website

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes

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undRess_Beton on 06/10/2015 at 12:00PM

The 200th suRRism-Phonoethics Release is here!

Jaan Patterson & Friends - 'The Interviews'

Jaan Patterson & Friends - The Interviews
Released 18. April 2015 by suRRism-Phonoethics (sPE_0200)
http://surrism.phonoethics.com

Exquisite Corpse Cover A (1, 2 ,3) by:
Vol.1 by Bernard Dumaine/Immy Smith
Vol.2 Bernard Dumaine/Janelle McKain
Vol.3 Bernard Dumaine/Ton Haring
Cover B Painting by Bernard Dumaine

This compilation is based on cut-up samples that had been arranged by Jaan Patterson. Taken from Interviews of the following humans: Anthony DonovanFrancis BaconFrank ZappaGeorges BatailleGilles DeleuzeJean CocteauMarcel DuchampNoam ChomskyPaul ÉluardWilliam S. Burroughs.

You can find all 3 Volumes at FMA! ClickJaan Patterson & Friends


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cheyenne_h on 06/08/2015 at 04:00PM

Premix the new Vitamin Pets album!

Vitamin Pets are turning to the FMA community to spawn a doppelganger; they have taken 69 random stems from their upcoming LP, "Horse Helpers of the High Country," and made them available for the express purpose of performing an experiment in sonic cross-pollination.

The challenge is to produce a unique work that alters and builds upon stems from songs that have not yet been released---not to remix, but to premix. Artists are invited to use as many or as few stems as they please while being encouraged to add their own sounds to their submission. Vitamin Pets will choose eleven submissions and compile them in "The Refreshingly Hothouse Porch" LP, the evil twin to the eleven tracks on "Horse Helpers of the High Country." Both of these LPs will comprise a simultaneous, FMA-exclusive dual-release in July.

Using the principles of collective assembly and collaboration apparent in games like the Exquisite Corpse, we offer this challenge to anyone interested in the interpretive potentiality offered through the Creative Commons. How will a decentralized, infinite Internet mind affect the projection of a once-closed aesthetic product (the traditional LP)? What can surrealistic collaborative practices yield when used as part of a music release? Will this chaotic, random "scrambling" of sequence become a vital stage in Internet age compositional practice?

Download the stem pack here and start premixing! Submissions will be accepted from June 9th until June 24th. Full rules & guidelines are here

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cheyenne_h on 06/08/2015 at 03:45PM

Guidelines & Rules for Premixing "Horse Helpers of the High Country"

Download the "Horse Helpers of the High Country" stem pack

Mix using the following guidelines: 

*Please feel free to use any number of stems from any number of song sources (please cross-pollinate!)

*Please feel free to add new sounds to the mix.

*Length of your track should be between 2 seconds and 15 minutes.

*Save your file with a unique title (artist name + title of your creation)

*Keep peaks at -3dB below 0dB (we will provide mastering services)

*Please provide city + country of production in upload description

*Please submit your track by June 24th

Enter at the contest page here, and Vitamin Pets will choose their favorite 11 tracks to accompany their release in early July 2015. 

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thetwinatlas on 06/05/2015 at 10:45AM

Humid Soundtracking

LAZY SALON: LZY_SLN-003

Anticipating the summer solstice by a few weeks, NJ's Lazy Salon returns with LZY_SLN-003, a new EP of instrumental weird-world music excursions to accompany your slide into a warmer existence.  

Fuzzy dub shapes, driving melodic rhythms and languid guitar work propel this set of songs forward within a hazy atmosphere.

Lazy Salon is the home-recording outlet for Sean Byrne, who in a past life was the multi-instrumentalist & vocals for the psych-pop/folk duo The Twin Atlas and former drummer with numerous Philadelphia bands including Lenola, Mazarin, BC Camplight, and others. 

Lazy Salon's first two releases are also available on the Free Music Archive here.

ongoing mixtape at: https://twitter.com/lazysalon

 

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undRess_Beton on 05/31/2015 at 11:56AM

Classwar Karaoke Survey 0030 is published!

Classwar Karaoke is an online label primarily based around an ongoing series of quarterly surveys - in effect, largescale compilations - published online mainly through the Free Music Archive, on each of the last days of February, May, August and November. It hosts material culled from the experimental scene, including electro-acoustic, improv, free jazz, acusmatic, soundart, field recordings, cut-up, avant-rock, noise, ambient and sound poetry.

Classwar Karaoke was founded by Anthony Donovan in March 2008; with the first survey appearing a few months later. The label only truly came into it's own, however, when Jaan Patterson joined as co-curator later the same year. Concerted efforts to expand and professionalise the label ensued. Jaan Patterson founded suRRism-Phonoethics, as a platform for full-scale releases. Many crossovers in personnel and outlook were evident between these projects, and, after a two year hiatus, upon his return, Patterson invited Donovan to similarly co-curate at suRRism-Phonoethics. Between them, and via these two projects, Donovan and Patterson have, by now, released hundreds of pieces of music and short-films, attracting many tens-of-thousands of hits.  

Included in the Classwar Karaoke and suRRism-Phonoethics roll-calls are internationally-recognised artits such as Bob Ostertag, Fred Frith, Rhys Chatham, Bryan Lewis Saunders, Leif Elggren, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker, Geoff Leigh, Otomo Yoshihide, Terry Bozzio, Nate Young, Michael Giles, Keith Tippett, Jaap Blonk, Jochen Arbeit, Steve Beresford, Leafcutter John, Ludo Mich, Gino Robair and Zoviet*France, as well as an impressive array of lesser-known but equally innovative artists. Live gigs, mini-festivals and specialist multi-media releases have also featured, and physical releases, of limited edition CDRs and audio-tapes, are planned for the future.

Listen to our newest Survey 0030 here.

 

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