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CodesAndNotes on 03/27/2017 at 12:37AM
How I came across the Free Music Archive is, I was searching for this tune I heard in a YouTube video, from The Custodian Of Records. Out of curiosity I started looking at what else this "FMA" site was proposing and... well you can guess what happened! But FMA not only was a great discovery: it actually pushed me into searching for netlabels on the web. To this day, I rarely listen to anything that is not from a netlabel, with only a few exceptions (Benjamin Clementine for one. Has anyone checked that man? He's incredible!).
So I spend my days listening to FMA while I code for a living, and often leave comments when I'm impressed by the talent and creativity of the artists on display. When Cheyenne invited me to post mixes on FMA, I decided I wanted to pay homage to these three years of discovery. My only worry was choice!
Hope you enjoy them! I obviously had to stop somewhere, and yet there is so much more I wanted to include in there. For example, there’s a lot of excellent post-rock, shoegaze and metal work that I’m really starting to get into. Maybe for another mix?
Until then… Cheers!
TAGGED AS:mixtapes playlists
cheyenne_h on 03/20/2017 at 11:57AM
Monplaisir is a man of many bands, and if you've ever cruised through the Public Domain offerings at FMA, you're likely to have encountered a project or two of his! He is devoted to sharing his music as openly as possible with a CC0 license, which allows for any type of re-use, and is internationally recognized as being dedicated to the public domain. Of course, it doesn't hurt to give credit when you use a Public Domain track, but there are no limitations to what you can use this music for. You can find some "Best Of" tracks in this collection: "Let's Hear That Crap!"
FMA: Tell me about your music projects on the FMA - you have a few. (Monplaisir, Alpha Hydrae, Komiku, etc). Do they each represent a different style or approach to music?
Monplaisir: I've started producing music under the name of Alpha Hydrae and after few years the name became boring so I've changed to Monplaisir. Monplaisir is like my nickname for everything that fit in noise rock/folk, Komiku is dedicated for the soundtrack of videogames that don't exist which can have some similarities with work under the Monplaisir nickname, Demoiselle Döner is for harshnoise/remix/cold electro, BG du 72 is french noisy songs about love and kindness. With this, I've some bands, SUMMER, frontwave/noise rock, Cuicuitte, a brut folk band with my friend Otite Noire, Pas Dans Le Cul Aujourd'hui, a heavy noise & guitar band, U-Man, improvised french songs... All those names are different ways to approach the music and reach the flow.
FMA: Do you collaborate with others or do you prefer to make music alone?
Monplaisir: I love to collaborate with musicians and to do music alone. Doing music alone is really cool to make fast and precise music, but sometimes it's difficult to make new music because of the lack of chaos and influence. I often collaborate with musicians to do improvisation like in U-Man and Pas Dans Le Cul Aujourd'hui, it's sometimes a pain but really surprising and rewarding.
FMA: Where do you get ideas for songs and albums?
Monplaisir: Most of the time I get my ideas by trying to do the same kind of music as other bands I listen often (like Cindy Lee, Vampillia, Xinlisupreme, Natural Snow Buildings...). Also I love to have challenges, like, to produce a maximum of music in a short time (Baisers de Sonora was recorded in 26 hours for the FAWM2017), to only use one instrument or two, or like for my project Komiku to create a soundtrack for something that doesn't exist. And when I'm stuck, I look for new guitars and effect pedals.
FMA: Why do you choose to license your work with a CC0/Public Domain license?
Monplaisir: I've chosen the CC0 licence for multiple reasons. First, because I hate the copyright logo, a little C alone in a bubble, so sad. Second, for obvious political choices. I find the actual copyright in France and USA completely absurd. It's based in a philosophy I really don't like, an old individualist way of seeing the culture, which is really sad and greedy. So I want to participate to the alternative. I've seen how it's hard for some people to remix stuff for their own project because of copyright. If I can help to save other artists some time and money to express themselves, all the better. Also, I really don't care about what people do with my music, except when people are oppresive against other people and using my music to do so. I find that a bit rude.
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littleglassmen on 03/14/2017 at 06:31PM
Hey FMA fam!
I'm stoked to announce the release of more than 40 LGM tracks under an Attribution 3.0 license. That's 2 hrs and 51 minutes of mostly chilled instrumental beats (Future Shapes is more EDM) perfect for syncing to media or just listening to. All unreleased, and from the abyssal depths of my hard drive, I figure these do no good sitting around when there are people out there in need of new music. Hopefully I can empower you with these songs.
Lookout for albums Future Shapes, Simplify, The Age of Insignificance and The Jewel and Me to check it out.
For licensing beyond creative commons get in touch and we can work something out. I also have a ton of experience in custom scoring so if you are in need I can help with that as well. Check out my website to see some of the projects I've worked on.
Enjoy! (and theres more on the way :)
Ryan Claus aka LGM
thewomb on 03/13/2017 at 02:44AM
One of the frustrating aspects of promoting The Womb is the knowledge that, in-between all the post-traumatic concept albums, experimental techno and 15-minute spoken word tracks, we've released dozens of pop songs that can compete with anyone in terms of catchiness and commercial viability. But they can be hard to find among 24 albums and nearly two decades of genre-hopping chameleonica.
Therefore 'Bang' compiles our most instantly accessible and addictively catchy tracks to serve as a Best Of for existing fans, an entry point for new listeners, and an answer to strangers asking me the impossible question "What kind of music do you make?"
It's free to download, and the deluxe USB keyring (as pictured on the cover) costs just $10 Australian including global shipping and includes the videos for 'Sex Club', '1st November 1992', 'The Dusty Groove', 'Snakes and Ladders', 'Footsteps and Fingerprints' and 'Kitty Jay's Grave Revisited'. Please download, listen and pass this on to anyone you think might enjoy The Womb without knowing where to start. If you can also afford to support us on Patreon for a dollar or two a month at http://www.patreon.com/thewomb, that'll help me afford to keep releasing these songs for free.
Thanks to my myriad collaborators and existing supporters. Exciting times are ahead, with The Womb's 25th album coming later this year, and our 20th anniversary next year. In the meantime, please enjoy 'Bang'...
cheyenne_h on 03/08/2017 at 09:28AM
The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival is a beloved annual music festival in Brooklyn, NY. Though portions of it are broadcast live on WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob W, much more is recorded and added to the FMA. Just this year, more than 30 performances were added to the archive - no small feat! There is Swedish folk dance music, overtone singing from Georgia (the country), Balkan brass, accordion solos, ancient instrument ensembles, and much more!
We are pleased to announce that the Golden Festival recordings are all being added to its own curator page now - so if you're looking for a Balkan Folk Fix, you can find it, reliably, here: http://freemusicarchive.org/curator/Golden_Festival/
Thanks to all our on-site and online volunteers, as well as WFMU, for helping make this collection possible.
TAGGED AS:golden festival
Adrianna_Krikl on 03/03/2017 at 02:17PM
It's an absolute pleasure for me to create music, so for my birthday I decided to give away a brand new 5-song electronic album for free. The album Sonic Distractions is a diverse mix of electronica and trip-hop with hypnotic vocal loops, as well as instrumentals with emotive electronic tones. Soundsphere Magazine writes the song "Bring You" is "a wonderfully weird slice of trip-hop." Acid Ted proclaims "Got Me" is "clattering house with real drive and more than a little Eastern psychedelic swirl." I hope you enjoy listening to and utilizing Sonic Distractions for your projects. ~adrianna
BilliamR on 02/22/2017 at 12:07PM
Meow Wolf, an art collective from Santa Fe, New Mexico recently started a $100,000 annual fund to support DIY music and art spaces. We are now taking applications for assistance from our website through March 15.
As artists who began as DIY space creators in 2008, we were devastated to hear about the tragedy that occurred at Ghost Ship, a music space in Oakland, California. We collaborated with some of the artists who were lost in the fire. Among them was Chelsea Faith Dolan, also known as Cherushii. She headlined our 2015 New Year’s party and her music, in collaboration with David Last, is featured inside our current space, The House of Eternal Return. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the fire.
This tragedy comes at a time where many art and music spaces are facing similar problems. Local DIY spaces are vital to the creative and emotional health of their communities and it has never been more difficult to operate one. Artists are being driven from their homes by rapidly increasing rent and lack of creative economic opportunities. There has never been more pressure to homogenize, to compromise creative people into disconnected, bland ways of existing.
After many years in the DIY scene, Meow Wolf finally has a permanent arts venue in Santa Fe. We have a responsibility to the community that helped us along the way. Therefore, in memory of Ghost Ship and Cherushii and in loving solidarity with our fellow creators we are offering an annual $100,000 fund to help independent arts and music venues across the world.
This money will go directly to DIY spaces for infrastructure improvements, rent assistance, materials and equipment and other needs identified by the applicants. Additionally, we can draw on our experience to offer free consultation and support regarding legal issues, building codes and organizational structure improvements. We will accept applications through March 15.
katya-oddio on 02/18/2017 at 05:07PM
Coming in under four minutes, these two contemporary string quartets by Maciej Żołnowski may serve as a moment of beauty in your day, or as John Stewart used to say at the end of The Daily Show, "your moment of zen."
Bozoo on 02/07/2017 at 02:52PM
Founded in 2006, eclectic label Da ! Heard It Records aims to promote new artists and new music. D!HR is a label that is open to the world, be it to professional artists or to amateurs, and accessible to all listeners, as per its engagement to free and free-of-charge culture as well as the nature of its publications.
From nocturnal peregrinations to musical events and multiform creations, it’s been almost ten years since Max Parasite first started observing the Da ! Heard It Records label; ten years of dealing with artists with terribly improbably works: unrestrained circuit bending, grandiose chiptune, disheveling catharsis, or cavernous industrial ambient.
Anything is possible.
From the start, it seemed clear that this small community very engaged in free access to culture needed to be talked about. The idea of a documentary soon surfaced. After digging deep into the arcane corners of the Internet to investigate the beginnings of European 8-bit, Max Parasite found a bunch of the label’s artists: Ben et Béné, Computer truck, Eat Rabbit, Infecticide, Jacques Cochise, Klaten, Le Matin, Sidabitball, Skinfaxe, Sputnik Booster.
From this resulted a unique documentary about an autonomous microcosm as astonishing as it is obscure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8UoUJha3zw&feature=youtu.be
All of the releases introduced in this documentary are available for free listening and free downloading at the label’s site: http://www.daheardit-records.net.
krunchy on 02/06/2017 at 11:55PM
Have you ever had these thoughts: "What is the music like in Siberia?" or maybe "I sure wish an ethereal maiden would transport me to a place of sonic bliss"? Well, do I have the answer for you.
The Owl is the solo project of composer and pianist, Daria Shakhova. Shakhova is part of progressive rock band Hale de Mars and has been performing music in Novosibirsk since 2006. While I can't speak for the rest of Siberia, Novosibirsk boasts substantial electronic and ambient scenes. The Owl is surely on that ambient spectrum, though more neoclassical in flavor.
Fairy Forest is a delicate instrumental album inviting you to lose yourself in daydream. Each track features Shakhova on piano and vocals backed by strings. Her voice is haunting but never obtrusive. The Owl's style is evocative of the compositions of Yann Teirsen. All in all, it is a highly listenable album that doesn't demand much of its audience. With titles like "Dreams of Trees", "Winter Smoke", "Moon Saturday", "Rainy Sun", you can think of each track as a meditation. In fact, think of the heroine's voice being stolen by the sea witch. Think of mythological sirens in the mist. Think of anything but ordinary things. Maybe there is something of a characteristic dreamy quality to the music created in such a remote part of the world.
The only downside is that this is The Owl's only album, but Fairy Forest delivers. Keep it in your back pocket, it is an effective resetter.