Recent FMA Blog Posts
This is a feed of featured blog posts from FMA users. Blog on, bloggers!
Scott_Williams on 12/04/2009 at 09:09AM
Been a month since I made a blogpost. Bad Blogger! I deserve, and accept, punishment. Can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't blog on schedule?
Oh look, pudding!
Every track guaranteed arrived at through self-flagellation and crow-eating, always with an eye on the satorical prize.
wmmberger on 12/03/2009 at 10:00AM
When you're already in a dance with noise and free improvisation, the Kosmische is less than one membranous step away. And so it was with Ghost Moth, the duo of suitcase electronicist Todd Pendu and multi brass/woodwind blower Daniel Carter.
Live audio covered by a creative commons attribution-non commercial-no derivatives license.
After the jump, there's some video of the session, from Todd's YouTube channel:
doncbruital on 12/02/2009 at 01:00PM
A bunch of fascinating/trippy and thoroughgoingly existential-spook-inducing recent news stories on issues surrounding Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository--namely how to alert future-flung Nevadans, living in the year 12,000, of the site's radioactivity--have got me dwellin' on the old idea of just what our grimy civilization, all aspew with nasty fumes and bad TV shows and rotten wastefulness, will leave to future generations. Of course we have great culture out there, little diamonds in the rough tangle of lameness, to which hubs like the FMA are a testament, a proud archive of our civilization's worthwhile musical output. But, per the Rosetta Stone angle these scientists are taking with their "DON'T DIG UP OUR NUCLEAR WASTE" markers, I wonder what all will survive when English, or any spoken language, is no foregone conclusion. Sure, maybe future generations will have on-hand a copy of the useful multilingual phonographic canon of music up till 1977 rocketed into space on NASA's Voyager, but as that cutoff already excludes all the Kiss solo albums, how reliable a document can it be, really?
jason on 12/02/2009 at 08:43AM
We're testing out some new features and slight changes to the FMA this week, please try them out and let us know what you think!
+ The big #1 is Tagging. Any registered user can tag a track, artist, or album. This will help create community-generated tag pages like this one for Banjo and this one for Baltimore
+ you might notice your tags popping up in the Recent Activity Feed on the homepage, along with recent user-generated blog posts, mixes, and comments. Soon, these feeds will also be available on your own profile, as well as on Artist, Curator, and Label pages to track discussion and help users collaborate
+ We've tweaked the FMA's Mix Creation and Blog Management -- try it out!
+ Smoother uploading, more intuitive Edit pages, more dynamic label pages w/ Fans & Comments (here are some examples)
+ more Stats: Starting this week, we're keeping a download count for each track, and we're working on more comprehensive statistics and charts.
+ You may have already noticed our embeddable player, and .zip downloads for Albums and Mixes. Huge thanks to our friends at Cuban Council and tireless developer Mark for helping make these site improvements this far.
We all share high expectations and big goals for this project, and your feedback is our guide. Please let us know what you think of these changes by leaving a comment or by emailing idea_at_freemusicarchive.org. One of our next steps is a message board, where we'll be able to discuss site improvements, share free legal music resources, and bring our broad userbase together to discuss a range of topics. Read more about what's in store on our new donate page, where you can help the Free Music Archive reach its full potential.
mwalker on 12/01/2009 at 02:00PM
So, big week for the Downtown Music community. ISSUE Project Room hosts the second annual Darmstadt: Essential Repertoire Festival on the evenings of December 3, 4, and 5, curated by Zach Layton and Nick Hallet. In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Rhys Chatham-curated concerts held at the Kitchen in 1979, this year's Essential Rep festival will be comprised exclusively of work from composers featured in the seminal Kitchen performances -- Meredith Monk, Peter Zummo, Phill Niblock, Jon Gibson, and many more living legends. Check the full line-up: here.
Things kicked off last night at Galapagos Art Space with an unbelievably huge (50+) ensemble of incredible musicians (Jon Gibson, David Grubbs, Alan Licht, Peter Zummo, Alex Waterman, etc, etc, etc) performing Terry Riley's classic In C, an annual Darmstadt staple. The fantastic performance came off as a veritable universe of joyfully dense sound, at every moment threatening to implode with blissful exuberance.
To get everyone pumped up, we're sharing a little mix featuring three performances from last year's festival as well as a performance from Phill Niblock, who performs on Friday for the 2009 festivities. Enjoy!
TAGGED AS:darmstadt essential repertoire festival
herr_professor on 12/01/2009 at 11:46AM
For chip music aficionados, the Blip Festival anticipation is reaching unbearable levels. Mere weeks away, the full lineup has been posted and amongst those announced, and coming back for their second year, is NYC's Starscream.Their last release on the 8Bitpeoples label, "Future and It Doesn't Work" is a masterful mix of perky Game Boy post-rock anthems, driving drums and a sense of futuristic humor.
Despite their youthful appearance, the duo of Damon Hardjowirogo and George Stroud , themselves barely out of high school, have become a crack live performance engine, playing dozens of shows in the last year. Check out "Future, And It Doesn't Work", and try to contain yourself for next weeks Blip Festival feature.
Until then, check out the official Blip Blog for more news and tunes you can use. See you in seven!
pushbinlou on 11/30/2009 at 07:39PM
Well it has not taken long for dubstep to spread from the U.K. to just about every area around the world. A good example would be this great E.P. from New Zealand DJ Dub Terminator. In my quest to find more dubstep for the almighty FMA I happily stumbled upon some very cool tracks from what appears to be a very busy musician.
Dub Terminator (Christian McLay) also produces hip-hop under the pseudonym Madsickill and has a funk/dub/roots band called the Retainers. He has a number of releases as Dub Terminator with this E.P. being his first. There are also two full length releases as well (all of these releases are digital). "Dub Steps" is a very good example of what this artist has to offer. Take a listen.
jason on 11/30/2009 at 10:53AM
With 20 days left to go in the contest, we've already received a great batch of remixes by talented artists from all over the world. Some familiar faces like junior85 and Salakapakka Sound System, as well as new ones like Mongoose out of Hungary, Malaventura from Spain, and Noventa from France.
You can check 'em all out so far here -- there's a great range of sounds from ambient, dubstep, 8bit, some bangin hip-hop and some seriously off-kilter avant-garde.
The remix contest is ongoing until Dec 20, more info, prize-lists, and multitracks can be found here.
macedonia on 11/28/2009 at 10:42PM
When I fired up my computer yesterday and made my way over to the Free Music Archive, I almost fell off my chair upon seeing a tune by the one and only Raphael Saadiq amongst the new arrivals. Singer, songwriter, and producer best known for his work with Tony! Toni! Toné! and Lucy Pearl, he has been a torchbearer for quality soul and R&B since the mid-1990s. His 2008 album The Way I See It has garnered loads of critical acclaim for its immersion in classic soul production and composition.
"Big Easy" is a selection from that album, written for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Like New Orleans itself, it's a bittersweet mixture of instrumental joy and lyrical sadness, heightened several times over in this version captured live in Seattle. Serious thanks and gratitude to the good people at KEXP for sharing this gem with us. Allow Brother Saadiq and company a few minutes to take you to Bourbon Street...
mwalker on 11/27/2009 at 10:45AM
Guess it’s just a Mary Halvorson kinda week and believe me, there could not be a better way to bulldoze away those post-Thanksgiving blues, disintegrate that red wine hangover, and jolt yourself out of the turkeyfied stupor then to curl up in the middle of your kitchen floor and blast this absolutely nasty set from guitarist Halvorson and co-conspirators of dopeness Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone) and Tom Rainey (drums).
Mary and Ingrid allow you about a minute of time to brace yourself, casually preluding the affair with some start-and-stop fragments of sharp angularity that quickly coalesce into flowing cascades of terse rumination. And then Mr. Rainey completely explodes the proceedings into a total maelstrom of relentless muscularity – an entrance raucously sick enough to merit 2 or 3 or 12 rewinds. Somehow managing to freely barrel through time, evocatively groove, and pack in enough polyrhythms to leave you in a face-punched daze, Tom shoves the easily-convinced melody-makers into full-speed freneticism. The guitar erupts into scorched chords that pulse and quiver as the sax spews out heavy slabs of coarse trilling. And from here, there’s really no looking back for the next 20 or so minutes – the few pockets of dynamic and rhythmic reprieve last just long enough up to ramp up the tension and let you steal a few sloppy gasps of breath.
So just ride it out, bring it back to the beginning, and crank it a second time. You’ll feel better, I promise.