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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)

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


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:


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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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zap pascal, j bailey, zal p0_thet tarikat, p mosher and l feesey, macu and jaan patterson, stormhat, lezet, some some unicorn, juan antonio nieto, seicho suru kigi, john hyatt and jaan patterson, sean derrick cooper maquardt and rosendo j rocha, jim tuite and anthony donovan, ruela, jaan patterson, qkcofse, william davison and jaan patterson, guy harries, pierre fablet and mathieu gaborit, vmlaa, paulo chagas and rosendo j rocha, tripod sardine and fampism, greenlief parkins robair, osvaldo cibils, tomomi adachi and jaap blonk, oblivian substanshall, the heliotropic lodge, martin-davison, suzanas bauten and lezet and jukka-pekka kervinen, lil, sound inhaler, kris limbach and hopek quirin, silas hodges and lyons, john m bennett and jaan patterson, sean reynard, john hyatt and anthony donovan, set, c hinz, jared c balogh, rabbitry and anthony donovan, ion, plasticon, weltausstellung, gurdonark, phil lucking, vincent berger rond, paul mimlitsch, travis johnson and jaan patterson, fred lonberg-holm, origami replika, tnesba, noise research, thanato twist with olegs sound system, mark hewins featuring the elton dean quartet, super mountain bike brothers, lezet and his nephew vanja, a perfect example of grace, jukka-pekka kervinen and arthur henry fork, seiei jack, john jashoch and hopek quirin, sean derrick cooper marquardt and safin marquardt, jim tuite and theuse, russell cj duffy and balkh, william davison and jaan patterson with s higgins, jan swinburne, rabbitry, herv perez, pixyblink, warrior squares, grove of whispers, peter thoegersen, viagra-mouth, ystein jrgensen and fibreman, total et, fp5, origami boe, thomas havlik, matthew burnett and an eel, tender buttons, an eel, graham foster and walt shaw, daniel heikalo, cousin silas and sean derrick cooper marquardt, carlos ramirez, berthelot, balkh, arthur henry fork, antonio de braga and datewithdeath, anthony donovan, floating peculiar, ag davis and jaan patterson, felipe barbosa and rosendo j rocha, 16-paral-lel, devotionalhooligan, david culleton in conjunction with matt harling, damien olsen and lil, christos sakellaridis, blkmas, ben presto, astrometria, armin p copp and rosendo j rocha, anthony osborne and ronny waernes, ambient fabric, fleshtone aura, ag davis and an eel, fargi, chris tonelli and furchick, david fenech, darius greene, crush, chevo lg, black howler, basstards, astma feat sandra lester, arco enarmonico, anthony osborne, ag davis and the boyplusgirl, fivers stereo, ag davis, edgelands, See Less...
cheyenne_h on 05/28/2015 at 10:00AM

Radio Free Culture #51: A Decade of Open Music with Meik Michalke

image courtesy of Meik Michalke. 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 Meik Michalke, one of the organizers of the Open Music Contest, a Creative-Commons fueled music contest that culminates in a concert, rather than the other way around. They're currently getting the word out about the contest and raising funds to bring international acts to their stage later in 2015. 

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

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LCL on 05/27/2015 at 11:22AM

LCL celebrates its 9th birthday with FMA !

9 years from now, same day, we released our first EP. What a long travel we all made ! How many enriching encounters, experiences, parties, discoveries...

Here is a very special Free Music Archive mixtape to celebrate the 9 years of the label ! 45 tracks ranging widely, mostly Dub & reggae, but also bits of post rock, folk, hiphop, ambient, electronics and even french chanson...
Take a trip from the origins to the present of LCL netlabel !

 Massive thanks to FMA for their perpetual support to independant music, you girls and guys are so important for all of us !




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cheyenne_h on 05/20/2015 at 03:52PM

Radio Free Culture's New Schedule

We know that our weekly podcast is one of the features our users have come to love & expect, and we love making Radio Free Culture! We love it so much that we're going to keep doing it! However, to free up some time for other big & exciting projects, we're moving to a bi-weekly schedule (every other week). 

We'll still bring you interesting content, and it'll still be available at WFMU, PRX, iTunes, and Audioboom. All of our archives are available in those places, too, in case you missed one. 

Want to suggest a topic, person, or organization for a future episode? Contact us or leave a comment below! 

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cheyenne_h on 05/19/2015 at 02:30PM

Unreel Trailers: Winner!

We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to Croma, whose Unreel Trailer, "Obsessed III," came in first place! Everyone who contributed put in great work, and we hope to do something like this again soon! Thanks to each and every person who contributed. Watch "Obsessed III" here, and check out the list of honorable mentions below! 

Honorable Mentions: 

Carnival of Souls
The Only Way of Being Dead

You can watch all of them here, at the Unreel Viewing Gallery.  This Challenge was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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