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Lemon_Yellow_Hayes on 06/18/2018 at 10:37AM
Just about twenty five years ago, I stopped playing my guitar in the regular EADGBE tuning. In fact, I had stopped playing guitar long enough to intentionally forget a lot of what I'd learned in that tuning. When I resumed my playing, I began tuning the strings on my guitar to whatever felt (and sounded) good to me. After awhile, I decided to look for other alternate tunings when, by chance, I stumbled across a few online articles mentioning that the standard tuning for all instruments (A = 440 Hz) was something that had been imposed / mandated by "those in power" with less than wholesome intentions. Since the nature of the notion is conspiratorial, comment sections of related articles and videos were chock full of comments bashing those that felt that A = 440 was not a healthy tuning. I began to wonder why people would go out of their way to bash someone else's belief concerning a topic that's seemingly not all that important. The amount of bashing that I saw was enough to lead me to believe that those doing the bashing were doing so for a reason. Reading and partaking in online arguments on the subject seemed to be nothing more than a waste of time and energy so I decided to see for myself. What I found by playing in A = 444 Hz is that the tuning actually resonates with my physical being a lot more than it does if I were to tune to A = 440 Hz.
I recently came across this video for the CymaScope app. This app includes a small circular keyboard and the ability to see the actual cymatic geometry that's created by different tones by using one of three different tunings. (A = 432 Hz, A = 440 Hz and A = 444 Hz) While the demonstration in the video doesn't show the geometry of those five simple notes that were made famous by 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' in 432 Hz, it does show the geometric effects of those five notes in 440 Hz and 444 Hz. It may be a matter of opinion but, to me, the patterns created by A = 440 Hz are rather sloppy and lack the symmetry and beauty of the patterns created by A = 444 Hz.
Seeing might not be believing so you might have to do just as I did and shut the world off, put aside any preconceived notions, pick up your instrument of choice and experiment. I found a lot of folks that mentioned that A = 432 Hz was the 'correct' tuning. While that might be a tuning that resonates well with some people, it didn't resonate as well with me and the open tunings that I use. When I first tuned to A = 444 Hz, it felt like I'd arrived at home after a long trip (for lack of a better way of describing it) After having felt and heard the differences first-hand, I'll never go back to using the A = 440 Hz tuning.
A search on the subject yields a lot of results that can be seen as religious or 'new-agey'. The majority of results actually make a lot of sense. The trick is to not be dissuaded or put off by the 'out there' stuff and keep a very open mind. As I previously mentioned, try the different tunings for yourself and you can be the judge. Outside of Jay Z's 4:44 album, John Lennon's 'Imagine' and a handful of Paul McCartney concerts, there isn't a lot of 444 Hz music available that's not under the 'new age' / religious category but that doesn't have to be the case.
The Free Music Archive is a great musical resource but I feel that music can't really be free, or played freely, if it's blindly played in an imposed standard tuning. We live in a world where we're constantly bombarded with unhealthy and unregulated frequencies that the human body cannot readily detect. If we can allow ourselves the choice to create, listen to and share music that carries with it a healthier frequency, the world might become a better place. If you (or your band) have music that's been recorded in A = 444 Hz (or A = 432 Hz) feel free to add a link in the comments section below. My Ünspecified collection is all A = 444 Hz as is 'Squeaky Wings' and 'Brother Christmas'.
As the Nikola Tesla quote goes, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration”
murmurintemporel on 06/16/2018 at 03:13AM
The Wizard - First EP, experimental electronic and dark-deep techno from Argentina.
Bozoo on 06/14/2018 at 06:37AM
For its 37th release, Da ! Heard It Records sends your ears into orbit.
Why, who could these mysterious characters, the Fragilos, out to discover apparently unknown territories be? Take the time to follow their adventures through this UFO-reminiscent album that encapsulates a few instants of their stealthy existence in 13 pieces …
In the style of the illustrative discs of the seventies and eighties from which Phillippe Brown draws inspiration, the titles of this cassette’s compositions are clues themselves designed to stimulate the listeners’ imaginations. Thus, by holding the sleeve drawn up by Man Oroa while listening, each will be able to make up his or her own little story and discover the naïve-sounding, yet far from obvious, melodies.
One will thus go from one moon to the next without ever fully landing, floating softly above the ground among the bossa, zouk, or oriental rhythms and cinematographic atmospheres imprinted as much with second degree as with light melancholy.
Attracted to a musical era he didn’t experience but of which he uses the codes with style, Philippe has the characters evolve well beyond the musical frontiers we sometimes burden ourselves with. With this fictional original sound track at the crossroads of genres and eras, he visibly goes very far away, so far that everything leads us to believe that this dreamer of a musician most certainly has his head in the moon!
L’Alunissage des fragilos, the 37th release of Da ! Heard It Records is distributes under a Creative Commons License Y-NC-ND. The album is available for free listening and downloading at the following address: http://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-37
DASK on 06/12/2018 at 09:52AM
Abiogenesis 'The creation of life from non-living matter', also known as spontaneous generation. That term explains how this album came into existence. Coming from an electronic engineering background with a focus on sounds and audio I spent over 10 years experimenting with sounds, building tracks and putting down ideas but I always discarded all material and tracks before completion due to not being a professional musician and thinking they had no artist value.
Even professionally trained musicians and artists struggle with finishing tracks and releasing material. I have since learned that the more you finish, the more you progress which becomes motivation to do even more. So be spontaneous and finish those tracks when you feel creative, someone will like them, even if only a few fans. Do not worry how it might be received or if a label will sign you otherwise you will never finish anything. I was fortunate to eventually release some of my music through a label but I also still self release and it is no longer seen as being any less credible. There are many great artists much better than myself give their work for free on FMA and other sources so why not join them.
TAGGED AS:dask music
Simon_Mathewson_1429 on 06/05/2018 at 05:08AM
Nul Tiel Records has two new albums being uploaded one track at a time, as and when the tracks are completed:
TAGGED AS:nul tiel records
dhf510 on 06/03/2018 at 01:52PM
In attempt to connect deeply with nature my newly-released album, Revisionist History, is immersed in atmospheric field recordings and jazz-inspired drone. The album looks to delve into the embrace of a warm, youthful summer’s day and perhaps explore what mental state endured by such an environment. This album was made as a direct response to my previous album Manifest Destiny. It follows the lighter pathways opened in conclusion of its predecessor. Revisionist History was made carefully and purposefully. I got a lot out of making this thing and I hope you do as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
cheyenne_h on 06/02/2018 at 04:26PM
guest post written by Nick Myer/AGENDA 23
If you crave all things electronic, dance with elements of an 80's retro feel .and a sense of real songs, melody and meaning with good messages sewn in..for your listening pleasures.. You may well appreciate the first offerings from AGENDA 23, a music project created by Nick Myer.
No stranger to songwriting, Nick from England UK, a past exclusively signed songwriter for a brief period of time, and having signed several songs since over the years since, is offering some free song tasters from AGENDA 23 with more to follow for FMA.
Expect to hear simplistic, complex, melodic and emotional songs with meaning from AGENDA 23. Making songs too samey is not the goal with AGENDA 23. So in the future expect the unexpected. Most of the songs from AGENDA 23 will be female vocal/voice driven though but occasionally Nick adds his vocal contribution such as on WAKE UP NOW and THE PLANET as the robot voice. WAKE UP NOW is a song that was composed to encourage the world to see things how they really are and not how they are presented as an illusion. And of course to entertain. THE PLANET a song written some time prior to WAKE UP NOW, after a really scary dream about this world, is about Saving Earth and of course the people... to a backdrop of musical drama.
But don't expect it to stop there..as AGENDA 23 will be pushing out purely romantic love songs too..with no strict rules on genre. Whatever genre a song feels like it should be, that will be the treatment that will be applied.. in a loving way of course.. Nick cares deeply about Planet Earth and good health on this spinning ball of earth and rock we all live on..so these debut songs are focused on that most important theme.
Creativity is deeply engrained within Nick's being so to speak re creators within his own family tree.. Nick just happens to be Second Cousin to well-known Film Director Garth Jennings most recently known for Directing and creating the movie 'SING' but with a huge repertoire of work preceding that very successful movie... Though oddly the two have not yet met. A little fact of interest. Nick has however met his parents on several occasions..a long story. Nick has also worked with some very well established people in the past in his music endeavors.. Another very long story that will one day be told... But for now..
TAGGED AS:agenda 23
cheyenne_h on 06/01/2018 at 07:27PM
A legend in her own right, Sachiko Kanenobu recorded a folk album in 1972 called Misora before moving to the United States. Over the years its stature has grown until it has come to be considered one of the greatest Japanese folk albums of all-time. WFMU DJ Joe McGasko had her on to his program, Surface Noise, to play tracks from Misora and two brand-new songs. For the full archived program, click here. You can listen to her WFMU live appearance below.
HazelMusiio on 05/30/2018 at 05:00AM
Hey everybody, it's playlist time again!
Some genres aren't as abundant as others; music can often get released in waves and be governed by taste and trends.
One such genre in the FMA is Deep Funk. Recognisable here by its strong basslines, often soulful vocals and laid-back swing pattern of drumming, it can be harder compared to other genres to find modern funk tracks in the FMA catalogue.
The roots of the genre can be traced back to the mid-60s and can be heard influencing many modern top 40 chart hits, but today I wanted to present you with something quite special, a slightly shorter playlist than usual from Musiio - but I think these tracks are just waiting to be heard.
I'm particularly enamoured with track 5 by Ava Luna which starts with an incredible acapella section. And look out for track 4, Luce Lutu '623am' it definitely sways heavily into the trap and soul genres, but I love the sonic recognition across the blending genres.
cheyenne_h on 05/29/2018 at 03:36PM
In need of some funky Hammond organ grooves to keep you moving through the week? Look no further. These three guys have got you covered! In a recent appearance on WFMU for Surface Noise with Joe McGasko, they brought some seriously good music to the airwaves, and were generous enough to share it with us here at the Free Music Archive. If you aren't sure what a Hammond organ is, as soon as you hit play, you'll probably recognize the sound. They were everywhere in pop and soul music in the mid-20th century, but as this recording demonstrates, they clearly haven't gone out of style.