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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

image from https://soundcloud.com/soundboxman

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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cheyenne_h on 12/11/2014 at 10:00AM

Radio Free Culture #27: The Music Manumit Meta-Podcast Podcast, part I

"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 Creative Commons; next week will talk about the 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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undRess_Beton on 12/07/2014 at 03:31PM

Invitation to collaborate for the 200th release of suRRism-Phonoethics!

Jaan Patterson – The Interviews? (A call for collaboration!)

The 200th release is coming up! I’d love YOU to participate!

d/eaR Friends, i invite you to collaborate in this game by using ONE or MORE or ALL of these tracks (any sound you hear is from the interviews) for the 200th release on suRRism-Phonoethics.
Feel free to mangle, destroy, compose etc. 
No limits.

Send your results which you want to publish including the details which ‘interview’ you have used, eg. name AND YOUR name OR artist name to mail@phonoethics.com preferably via wetransfer.com or similar easy to use file sharing service. Thank you for your interest!

Deadline is the 8th February 2015

1- Anthony Donovan
2- Francis Bacon
3- Frank Zappa
4- Georges Bataille
5- Gilles Deleuze
6- Jean Cocteau
7- Marcel Duchamp
8- Noam Chomsky
9- Paul Éluard
10- William S. Burroughs

fyi. only sounds from the interviews were used.

Download from the Internet Archive the whole package in either WAV or MP3, whatever suits you.

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cheyenne_h on 12/04/2014 at 09:45AM

Radio Free Culture #26: "The Future Where Biff Owns the Cops," or, Michael Weinberg's Dystopian Vision of a Non-Neutral Net

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

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 Michael Weinberg, vice president of Public Knowledge, about net neutrality: what it is, why it's important, and what you can do about it. 

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

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cheyenne_h on 12/02/2014 at 03:30PM

Jared Balogh's Top Ten of 2014

Picture by Melissa Whitely and produced by Jared Balogh.

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 Jared Balogh, a Creative Commons artist who has been with the FMA for many years.

Here are some of his favorites from 2014, primarily of an experimental and avant-garde variety: 

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undRess_Beton on 11/30/2014 at 12:09PM

Classwar Karaoke Survey 0028 is published!

Classwar Karaoke (Logo by Jaan Patterson)

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. At the same time, 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 0028 here.

 

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cheyenne_h on 11/27/2014 at 09:45AM

Radio Free Culture #25: WFMU's Secret Weapon with Ken Freedman

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

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, current Director of the FMA, spoke with Ken Freedman about WFMU, a well-known noncommercial & freeform radio station in Jersey City, NJ. WFMU created the Free Music Archive, and Ken talks about its origins, copyright laws of yore, and more. 

You can find more information about WFMU at their curator page

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

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