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cheyenne_h on 12/24/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #66: Shirt Week Super Special!

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, brings you some tunes from FMA users who wrote or remixed songs about, devoted to, or otherwise related to our dear old FMA! We also tell you WTF a "Shirt Week" is. 

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes!

 

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cheyenne_h on 12/21/2015 at 07:02AM

Needle Drop Co. Highlights of 2015

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle! A few of our most active curators and community members have been asked to compile some noteworthy tracks from the past year. Rather than ranking them 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 second of an ongoing series. Look for more lists as 2016 draws closer.

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

Needle Drop Co. is a new curator to FMA, but was co-founded by the artist known as Podington Bear, a longtime FMA user and contributor. Their music is licensed for use in noncommercial video and broadcasts (with CC BY NC licenses), and they do a good job of giving clear contact information and offering licenses for those who wish to use their work. This playlist highlights some of Needle Drop's favorite tracks from their 2015 contributions.

Here are 15 smooth and shiny tracks from Needle Drop Co. Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/17/2015 at 05:00PM

suRRism-Phonoethics: End of Year Celebration Mix

image provided by jaan patterson/suRRism-Phonoethics

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle! A few of our steadfast curators and community members have been asked to compile some noteworthy tracks from the past year. Rather than ranking them 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 first of an ongoing series. Look for upcoming lists as 2016 draws closer.

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

suRRism-Phonoethics is a non-profit netlabel founded & run by Jaan Patterson, and is currently based in Offenbach, Germany. Specializing in experimental music, spoken word, and unusual compositions of all types, suRRism-Phonoethics routinely releases large compilations under the Classwar Karaoke name. Their official launch was in 2008, and all of their releases are free for download under Creative Commons or Copyleft licenses. Many use CC licenses that contain the Share-Alike clause, which requires others to use the same license on their work, should they use it in a derivative project, remix or video.

Here are 18 weird and wonderful tracks from suRRism-Phonoethics, a longstanding FMA Curator. Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/10/2015 at 06:00PM

96 Million Reasons To Donate!

Can you think of any more reasons? We're probably missing a few. Comment below!

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cheyenne_h on 12/10/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #65: The State of the Commons with Jane Park

Creative Commons released its second annual "State of the Commons" report! Check it out.

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 with Jane Park from Creative Commons. They released their 2015 State of the Commons report, which includes stats from the FMA this year! We are very proud to be part of the Commons community, and to help connect artists to new audiences and collaborators. This interview discusses some of the basics of the report, but you can (and should!) read the whole thing here: stateof.creativecommons.org or offer your feedback at the version hosted at Medium.com!

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes!

 

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cheyenne_h on 12/08/2015 at 01:00PM

State of the Commons Report 2015

Annual State of the Commons Report highlights global cultural and policy impact of free and open content

 

 

Creative Commons, the global nonprofit that makes it easier for creators to share their work under simple copyright terms, announced a major milestone in the release of its 2015 State of the Commons Report today: more than 1 billion works have been licensed using Creative Commons since the organization was founded.

 

This milestone was announced along with other significant data points in its State of the Commons report, which covers the growth of CC content on platforms, the globalization of CC tools, and cultural trends in the digitization of creative works. The State of the Commons report can be viewed at stateof.creativecommons.org/2015.

 


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cheyenne_h on 11/26/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #64: Support the Free Music Archive with Ross and Cheyenne

Image courtesy of Ross Oldenburg. Photo 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 with Ross Oldenburg, the Software Developer for FMA. We talk about some of the stuff we love about FMA (and some stuff we'd love to change!), Ross's radio show, "Free Music Freeform," the upcoming 2015 State of the Commons report, and a few of the many reasons the Free Music Archive matters for artists, free-culture freedom fighters, media producers, and more!

 

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes!

 

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cheyenne_h on 11/19/2015 at 06:29PM

Why Does Everyone Hate Green Beans??

This guy is from flickr commons.

So, I made this mix of food and Thanksgiving related songs, but friends, I couldn't find any songs about green beans! Why has nobody honored them with song? An ode, perhaps? Or a simple ditty? I plumbed the depths of the FMA and couldn't find a suitable track... I am disappointed, but I suppose green beans just aren't everyone's 'thing.' Anyway, while dreams of turkey legs dance in your heads, listen to some oddball songs about food to fill up the hours you'll spend roasting squash or mashing potatoes!

GIVIN' THANKS 2015

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cheyenne_h on 11/18/2015 at 02:38PM

Love FMA? Sing about it!

Do you want to contribute a song to the FMA, for a good cause? Well, now's your chance!

If you want, write a song about FMA -- whatever that means to you -- and submit it to our open call.

Submissions need to be less than 2 minutes long and will go into the public domain under a CC0 license  -- so please use your own original work, or something grabbed from the public domain!

Our faves will go into a special episode of  next month and a featured playlist. 

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cheyenne_h on 11/16/2015 at 05:56PM

Songs For Paris: Dana Boulé

Image via Flickr Commons.

New to FMA (but not new to composing beautiful music), Dana Boulé is an American living in Paris, France. Fortunately not affected by the recent violence, Dana compiled some of her accordion-infused songs for her latest contribution. She has shared this album, "Songs For Paris," today - a tribute to her home and its long musical legacy. Listen below or download it from her page.

All songs are licensed CC BY-NC.

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france, dana boule, paris, tribute
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