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ckutmusic on 02/12/2015 at 03:18PM

Joshua Zubot & Luke Loseth on If You Got Ears

Josh Zubot is Montreal's man-about-town for violin. Playing everything from free jazz to bluegrass, you can find his name in the credits of countless local projects: Subtle Lip Can, Ensemble Supermusique, Land of Kush, and the list goes on... 

But now, Mr. Zubot is giving the violin a different spin. Enter Luke Loseth: the multi-instrumentalist behind Holobody and all-around electronics wizard gave Zubot's violin the special treatment with a healthy dose of live processing. The two musicians had never met before, and in true experimental fashion were put in a room and given the sole instruction of "make something." The resulting piece finds the traditional instrument being taken in a wholly different direction, with layers of effects bending its pitch and timbre into a finale of noisy cacaphony. 

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cheyenne_h on 02/12/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #36: Adam Green's Guide to the Public Domain Treasure Trove

image via Rijksmuseum.

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 Adam Green, one of the main curators at the Public Domain Review, a site that brings attention to hidden gems lurking in the giant digital collections of museums, archives, and libraries the world over. We talk about the site's history and legacy, some of Adam's favorite things on his site, and some pointers on  how to search the web's archives for your own public domain jewels, too. 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen here: 


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cheyenne_h on 02/10/2015 at 10:00AM

CC Webinar for Educators

Hi FMA'ers of the teacherly persuasion!

If you are a teacher, a student, or parent, you might have some questions about how to use Creative Commons works in your lesson plans or class projects. Have no fear! Jane Park and Cheyenne Hohman will guide you through the basics of using CC-licensed work in an educational context. We'll also have time for Q&A after. 

The webinar will be broadcast live on the web, via our YouTube Channel, on Wednesday, February 11th at 3 p.m. EST. 

Special guest and Creative Commons expert and School of Open manager Jane Park will be co-hosting with Cheyenne. We'll show you around the Free Music Archive (including where to find license information), run through the basics of Creative Commons licenses and how to use CC tracks in various multimedia projects, and show you how you can license your work under Creative Commons (spoiler: it's easy!). 

Check it out:

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Black_Lantern_Music on 02/09/2015 at 11:08AM

Black Lantern Clan: SJ Mellia

Introducing SJ Mellia, an Edinburgh-based hip-hop, electro and techno producer with nearly two decades of production experience under his belt. To celebrate some brilliant responses from the FMA faithful to his releases with Black Lantern Music over the past few years, SJ is putting up 3 albums of back catalogue material on the site, exclusively for FMA listeners.

The first one The Predictable Split and I Pointed My Rhinophore Toward, are out now. The last to be uploaded, Neurotic Boy Outsider, will be up in a week's time.. Here's an introduction to the man, his music, and his method. Look out for more exclusive SJ Mellia tracks on the forthcoming compilation BLM100: BLM IS DEAD, the label's landmark 100th release.

Hi SJ. So, how long have you been making music, and under what aliases?
I’ve been making music for about 18 years now under a number of aliases – NBO75 for solo stuff and under the guise of Zucotic for any collaborative projects and bands. Bands I have been involved with... those were The Idiot Savants, Static Movements and MELLIA, the later being myself and my son who was 7 at the time!


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studio11 on 02/06/2015 at 05:30PM

Glass Lux - The New Wave Chicago Italo Connection

Glass Lux At Studio 11


Some of my fondest Studio 11 memories date back to the late nineties when studio manager Dan Scalpone and I would embark on our yearly trip to Cannes, France to attend Midem, the world music convention. Here we would meet with labels worldwide on behalf of Chicago musicians to sort out licensing and label deals. Notably, I remember meeting with the Donato brothers of Italy in respect to their Full Time music label and catalog. As innovators in the late wave of disco and early house music, they emphasized that there always stood a unique and deep connection with Chicago and Italo music. Kindly, they had gifted us their entire catalog on CD's notably all "The Very Best Of Full Time" volumes. While building the second recording studio at Studio 11 in Chicago we were limited to a CD Boombox on the construction site. Needless to say, the whole Full Time catalog became the music of choice and I recall hearing the classic "Spacer Woman" by Charlie over and over. Upon attending the early shows in Chicago by Studio 11 friends and musical sensation Glass Lux, I was blown away by their supercharged cover version of "Spacer Woman" and thrilled to hear the fabled Chicago Italo connection come back to life. 

The latest Glass Lux single "I'm A Machine" was mixed down at Studio 11 in late 2014 as a re-release of the bands original demo release. The song is an infectiously catchy ride through an electronic whirlwind. 


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epsilonnot on 02/06/2015 at 11:15AM

Route 9 (available and able)

Uncle Milk is a confused young man and it shows in his music. In his second Solo outing, Route 9, he continues to refine his frenetic and dynamic signature style of refusing to let the listener settle into one mood, texture or even genre. Residing somewhere between Hip-Hop, Electronic and Jazz Fusion it creates melodically distinct flavors that aren't afraid to go outside of the diatonic or into the occasional well informed guitar solo. Beneath are beats that range from the steady boom bap in Kalaamari to the more free swing of "Eat it with a fork." In addition to electronic he also makes lo-fi, ambient garage rock with his brother and compatriot epsilon not under the name Scroach.

His sound has been given the grave compliment of "FLYLO-ish" and "Zappa-esque" but he doesn't take this as an accusation of biting but rather a confirmation that he's moving towards something new. Who cares what he thinks though? Check it out for yourselves.

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cheyenne_h on 02/05/2015 at 08:45AM

Radio Free Culture #35: Sharing is Better With Simon Panrucker

photo courtesy of Simon Panrucker.

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 Simon Panrucker, a composer and musician, about the music he makes for Cartoon Network and the music he makes for himself: Moons, Mr Frisby's Beat Pocket, and his self-titled work. 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen here: 

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thetwinatlas on 02/04/2015 at 10:00PM

Onwards & Upwards

Lazy Salon returns with it's sophomore offering (LZY_SLN-002), a 2-song EP of extended instrumental progressive-pop explorations.The home-recording outlet for Sean Byrne, in a past life 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, Photon Band, Azusa Plane and others. 

Currently residing near the pines of southern/central New Jersey, Lazy Salon churns out atmospheric instrumentals of all stripes.

The new tracks "Halo Hand" and "DAM" are both built upon simple melodic patterns that are then stretched well-out across a variety of different possibilities, with a persistent rhythmic foundation and an array of shifting textures, but underneath it all are some basic pop hooks well-basted in repetition.

RIYL: the stonier side of Yo La Tengo, long-form hazy pop-songs, momentum-rhythms & ear-worm melodics.

Lazy Salon's first release (LZY_SLN-001) is also available on the Free Music Archive.

ongoing mixtape at:

LAZY SALON - "DAM" (09:38)
LAZY SALON - "DAM" (09:38)
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cheyenne_h on 01/29/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #34: Six Years Inside the Computer & Video Game Archive with David Carter

image courtesy of CVGA/David Carter. 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 David Carter, a librarian at the Computer & Video Game Archive at the University of Michigan. David talks about the origin and history of the archive, some of the highlights of their collection, how it's used, and gives some sage advice for those of us who used to blow into Nintendo cartridges

Check out the podcast on WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes.

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ionosonderec on 01/25/2015 at 01:07PM

Build A Mixing Bowl Reverb



Words, photo,and sounds by: Telegraphy

Reverberation is the most common and fundamental form of audio effect. This natural occurring effect has audio engineers painstakingly devising better ways to be able to harness natures "audio plug-in". Whether  it's with software or hardware, one thing is certain. Mimicking nature is hard work. With all of today's advanced software reverbs out there, you still can not beat the hardware version.

  A while back I wrote an article describing how to build a D.I.Y. Plate Reverb The response I received from the D.I.Y. community  regarding this article was beyond my wildest dreams. I had no idea there was so much keen interest in hardware based effects out there. That same interest which got me started building the plate reverb, (more recently) persuaded me to take that very same concept and bring it to a whole new level. Taking advantage of a well known side effect all stringed instruments suffer from (wanted or not) a condition known as Sympathetic Resonance would become the foundation of my Mixing Bowl Harmonic Reverb.

 Mixing bowl ? More on that later.

 Before we begin, one has to understand what makes a plate reverb....Well, reverberate. Quoting from D.I.Y. Plate Reverb  

        The concept of a plate reverb is quite simple. An electromagnet, like the one found on a audio speaker, is directly or indirectly coupled to the center of a piece of sheet of metal. Audio from a sound source is fed into this electromagnet (voice coil) which will physically vibrate the piece of sheet metal (plate). These audio vibrations are echoed many times, echos which are in fact persistence of audio. The amount of persistence (reverberation) is determined by  the physical characteristics of the plate. These characteristics many include  length, height, and stiffness of the piece of sheet metal. Once reverberation has been set off in the plate itself, it then needs to be detected. This is accomplish by directly or indirectly coupling microphones to the plate. The micophones pickup the reverberations and sends them back to to be mixed  with the original "dry" audio.

 Now that we know how it works, let's take it to a higher level. Keeping this concept in mind, let's swap the plate with a pair of ordinary kitchen variety salad mixing bowls.......Not satisfied enough? O.K., we'll tie in between them, old used base guitar strings. This will produce some exciting harmonic reverberations. Yes I love excitement. That's why I have my nephew leave lego parts by my bed when I wake up in the morning. Bear foot of course. Exciting !!!  So, why use base strings? The strings act like frequency amplifiers. We can pick and choose what portions of the audio spectrum we want to enhance by way's of using different tuned strings. It works like this... The base strings are acted upon by sympathetic resonance. This condition is best described as when a loud sound directed toward a stringed instrument (ie.guitar or piano) it's strings will vibrate along with that sound. The most familiar exploit is singing into a guitar and hearing it's strings sing back at you.       


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