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cheyenne_h on 02/12/2016 at 10:51AM

Highlights from the 2016 Zlatne Uste Golden Festival

Photo: "Zlatne Uste Golden Festival 2011" by Jeffrey Bary, via Flickr. CC BY.


Bringing more than 60 musical groups to multiple stages (and dance floors), the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival has become a longstanding tradition! For more than 30 years, the Golden Festival has brought folk singers and dancers, brass bands, acoustic and electric bands together for two raucous nights a year.

This playlist is to give you a taste of the Fest's offerings -- and in fact we haven't even uploaded all of our recorded sessions yet -- but it's too good to keep under wraps!

If this can't sate your need for Balkan, Roma and eastern European sounds, feel free to explore our collections from previous years, dating back to 2009, or just watch the highlight reel from the event below!

Previous Golden Fest collections:

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015


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cheyenne_h on 02/09/2016 at 05:03PM

Fourteen Songs About Love (Kinda)

We wanted to share the love with y'all this week, since it's close to THAT holiday... some call it "Singles Awareness Day," but we like to think that everyone has some kind of love in their lives (even if it's the undying devotion that most of us feel toward our favorite kind of pizza).

Our setlist is comprised of songs that are all free to download, share, and make derivatives of! So you can use these in videos, remixes, podcasts, etc - just be sure you follow the terms of each license!

Ayla Nereo, "Oh Love" CC BY NC SA
Blanket Music, "Stand To Love" CC BY NC
One Watt Of Love, "Say You Are Mine" CC BY NC SA
Steve Combs, "Love Is Chemical" CC BY
TV Girl, "Lovers Rock" CC BY NC
Quiet Music For Tiny Robots, "You Were My Robot Lover" CC BY
Oh Yeah, The Future, "Lovedreams" CC BY
Gorowski, "Love Is All" CC BY NC SA
Cloudjumper, "Complex Love," CC BY NC SA
The Agrarians, "We'll Make Love Anew" CC BY NC SA
The Polish Ambassador, "Unrequited Droid Love" CC BY NC SA
The Zombiecops, "Recepie of Love" CC BY NC SA
The Soft Pink Truth, "I Love Your Ass" CC BY NC
Anitek, "Heartbreakers" CC BY NC SA


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cheyenne_h on 02/04/2016 at 04:28PM

We've Been Mapped!

screenshot from the "Land of the Free Music Archive" project by Eugene Rutigliano

A student at Pratt, Eugene Rutigliano, used EchoNest and FMA to create this mind-blowing map of connections between FMA artists! You can explore by clicking and zooming, or by looking up specific artists and seeing how they connect to fellow artists. It looks like a splat from the most zoomed-out view, but it gets really interesting once you zoom in or look up an artist. Our screenshot above depicts the chiptune neighborhood, but there are thousands of connections to explore.

Don't take it from us, though! Check out the interactive map here, and if you wanna know how this magic feat of tiny orange and red lines and dots was created, read Eugene's description here.

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cheyenne_h on 01/21/2016 at 12:34PM

Shirts & Stickers Coming Your Way!

Ted Leonard looks great, doesn't he? Photo by Jeff Moore.

Hooray! Our shirts and stickers have arrived, and are being packed up for shipment! Our official spokesdog and handsome model, Ted, is showing off his super cool FMA shirt (and we all hope to look half as dapper in our own). If you requested a shirt or sticker to accompany your generous donation to the Free Music Archive, it'll be on its way to you soon. Thanks again to everyone who helped us with this campaign, either by sharing it via social media, blogging or writing a weird song about us, or by making a donation.

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netlabelday on 01/19/2016 at 06:01PM

Netlabel Day opens applications for independent labels

M.I.S.T. Records organizes the new version of this musical event, which in its first edition united 80 labels from all around the world, releasing more than 120 albums for free in digital format.

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ToussaintMorrison on 01/14/2016 at 07:24PM

Why I Decided To Upload My Entire Label's Archive To FMA

Right now, I am absolutely stumped at what to write in explanation of uploading my label’s entire music catalogue to the Free Music Archive. I’ve sat here for at least 20 minutes in a Minneapolis coffee shop, damn bewildered at where to start, or even the intonation to take with this piece.

When I booked my first tour with The Blend, back in 2005, I bought as many blank CDs as possible to mail out to each city we planned to hit. Each CD had a flier stapled to its case, and was distributed by a coffee shop or friend willing to prop them up in a visible spot, or hand out. With that maneuver, we were able to pull a fan-base that had never seen us before, but had heard our sound. The simplicity of giving our music out for free, created an invaluable ripple effect across the country. Soon, as myspace, facebook and other social media sites arose to prominence, we were able to stream our music to anyone that happened to cross our site. Now, I know how way, way, way back this is. I mean, I just referenced myspace. Not the Justin-Timberlake-owned-newly-revamped myspace, but the original myspace with the user experience of a Neanderthal, and fonts worse than “Papyrus” or “Impact”.

Over the past decade, The Blend, and several other bands I’ve managed, have produced amazing music and then moved on to other projects. However, in an effort to preserve the integrity of these projects (or albums), I’ve sought to keep as much of the music alive online, as possible.

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cheyenne_h on 01/07/2016 at 03:44PM

Kyle Eyre Clyd and Furchick on FMA in Village Voice's Best Noise Tracks of 2015

Kyle Eyre Clyd & Furchick, respectively.

We're proud to share that two tracks from our WFMU Live collections have appeared on a "Best Noise Tracks of 2015" collection in the Village Voice!

Furchick's track from Blurred and Obscured on WFMU, "Get A Haircut," was named #24, and "Untitled 1" by Kyle Eyre Clyd, performed on Strength Through Failure with Fabio, was named #15. The sessions aired on WFMU but are also in our collection of WFMU Live Performances here on the Free Music Archive. You can stream or download the tracks (or the full sets) here on FMA.

While we're shamelessly bragging, we'll also mention that some other artists on the list have been featured on FMA, as well: How I Quit Crack, Wolf Eyes, Gagu, Lightning Bolt, Ashtray Navigations, Limbs Bin, and Jah Excretion. Thanks to Raymond Cummings for including some FMA tracks in the mix!

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theradius on 01/02/2016 at 04:41PM

Radius PATCH 14: Crisis

Radius PATCH is a series of curated playlists selected from the Radius episode archive. Each playlist is organized around a specific topic or theme that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum. PATCH serves as a platform to illuminate the questions, concerns, and complexities of and within radio-based art practices.

Episode 21: Rob Ray

Subject to Greater Uncertainties weaves together Rob Ray’s interests in military operations, the desert, and natural resource extraction operations as expressions of human comprehension at the fringes of the complex system we call “the world.” Rob Ray asks: How do we act upon knowledge of which we are aware is only a tiny slice of something much larger and complicated? What are the intended and unintended outcomes of those actions?

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cheyenne_h on 12/31/2015 at 10:00AM

LizB's 2015 Retrospective Mix

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the final mix of 2015 retrospective blends, so gear up for our regularly scheduled programming.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

This playlist was created by one of our most avid mix-makers, LizB (also a WFMU DJ and podcaster extraordinaire). These are fifteen choicest bits, culled from her impressive megamix of more than 100 songs from 2015, which you can find here! Every week, Liz shares a selection of her new faves from the constantly-updating "Recently Added" queue on FMA. 

Liz shared with us her methodology for finding her new favorite tunes on FMA on Radio Free Culture's 39th episode, "Inside LizB's Playlist Labyrinth."

Tune in using our handy sidebar player or check out the playlist page. Hooray!

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cheyenne_h on 12/30/2015 at 11:20AM

Decoder Magazine: 2015 Highlights Mix

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the fifth (and second-to-last) of an ongoing series.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

This playlist was created by one of our esteemed curators, Decoder Magazine. They have been tirelessly uploading and sharing music from their growing collection all year, and we are the richer for it! It is a small sampler of what Decoder uploaded in 2015 -- featuring a particularly heavy dose of ambient and experimental tracks from the wonderful Power Moves catalog (affiliated with Decoder), as well as beats, vaporwave, and more.

Decoder (which describes itself on twitter as "music from under a rock") and Power Moves (whose tagline is "true bedroom recordings with delusions of grandeur") aren't exactly new to the Creative Commons scene, but their contributions to the FMA, including PC Noise x Pedicure Records Vol 1 and Music of the Now Age, were welcome distractions from reality!

So, here it is: the Decoder highlights selection from 2015! Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

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