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cheyenne_h on 10/06/2014 at 02:30AM
American Archives Month was started in 1969 by the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections to raise awareness about local archives and their importance. Find out if there are archives in your area in this listing that are participating. In the age of digital and networked technologies, archiving has taken a lot of twists and turns, not the least of which has been to bring a lot of resources to anyone with an Internet connection!
The Free Music Archive is just one of many repositories for audio recordings. You may know about others, including Jamendo and ccMixter, which are both part of the Creative Commons web community, or the vast array of stuff in the Internet Archive or the less-musical files at Freesound.
A fun place to explore is the Wax Cylinder Preservation & Digitization Project, which has content that was pressed onto wax cylinders, the first commercially available recording format, which was replaced by the flat phonograph record before 1920.
Do you have a favorite archive online (or offline)? Post it in the comments!
cheyenne_h on 10/01/2014 at 09:15AM
Friends, Romans, FMA'liens:
Hi! I'm excited to be at the helm of this Really Big Ship as the freshly-minted Director of the Free Music Archive. That said, I'm brand new, so bear with me if things are a little wonky while I get my sea legs. A little about me: I'm Cheyenne. I'm from Kentucky. I'm a librarian and zine writer (mostly about karaoke), and I've been involved with College & independent radio projects for many years, including Lexington, KY's beloved WRFL 88.1 and Bowling Green, KY's WWHR 91.7, where I cut my College-Radio baby teeth.
I'm excited to be working with so many musicians, curators, labels, and cool people in general - and to be a proponent of Creative Commons, which is helping to redefine music and art in the digital age. So glad you're here - say hi, and get in touch. I look forward to working with y'all!
I'll sign off with a track by Protomartyr, who recently appeared at the Cropped Out music fest:
programamarcabranca on 09/20/2014 at 08:04AM
We were kind of shocked when we found out Metastaz works were not yet on Free Music Archive. Needless to say, we solved the problem. As for today, his albums "Orient Dub Express" and "Encounters" can be freely streamed and downloaded through FMA.
lizb on 09/08/2014 at 03:45PM
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. Our season opener is a two-part interview with FMA pal Elliot Harmon, Communications Manager at Creative Commons. We couldn't have imagined a better way to bring back Radio Free Culture than to take a look at the current state of affairs at our favorite alternative licensing operation.
LCL on 09/01/2014 at 03:26AM
Out of our usual line, we're releasing a HipHop album straight from Ukraine.
Sun Sunych offers you "Hybris", a 15 tracks LP in russian & english with many featurings.
Heat from the east !
Check the release page on FMA for more information : http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Sun_Sunych/Hybris
wmmberger on 08/02/2014 at 11:46AM
Ah, Grasshopper! A mainstay of My Castle of Quiet playlists from the very beginning. This Brooklyn duo has traversed the most-eerie of improvised / otherworldly territories, and come out the other end, as outstanding soloists and collaborators, in many projects outside of Ghop. Their musicianship remains expert, the sheer quality of them "knowing what they're doing," and choosing to do THIS, is one of the great charms / inspirations of Grasshopper, still very much the "mothership" for Josh and Jesse.
Fans will find the band largely in familiar territory here, painting a slow-burn garden of creeping dread and pulsation, cradled by ethereal long tones. "Witch's Blood in a Sauce" finds them especially "on," adding unanticipated horror-dressing to their usual array of mesmerizing sound evolution. Always good, and always at home on MCoQ.
Grasshopper have new work out or coming soon, on various formats / labels. The new, full-length Grasshopper LP (their third 12" on vinyl), Dark Sabbath: Symbols of Evil is coming soon on Hausu Mountain. Jesse and Josh also have a solo / split tape, Josh Millrod / Shingles, also on Hausu, there's a full Shingles cassette, First God Planted a Garden (2AM Tapes) ,and a Josh Millrod solo cassette, Seeking the Millenary Kingdom, on Solid Melts. (MCoQ archive links: Josh | Shingles)
Grasshopper on My Castle of Quiet, v.1 (2009; our second live-musical guests, ever!)
Thanks as always to audio engineer Juan Aboites, for his professionalism and talent, and to Tracy Widdess of Brutal Knitting, for continuing to immortalize my crappy iPhone band captures.
LCL on 08/01/2014 at 08:03AM
After 3 years of studio works, MAstermind XS deliver their new LP.
10 tracks from reggae to punk thru electro and d'n'b, and of course a serious dose of dub !
Mastered by Celt Islam, this manifesto for freedom raises the flag of conciousness...
ckutmusic on 07/31/2014 at 03:37PM
Steve Jr. make a hell of a lot of noise for a duo. Ever since getting their latest self-released tape here at the ol' CKUT, folks have been going crazy over their heavy psych jams. Together, Corbin and Gleb meld crushing yet infinitely catchy riffs with pounding drums and wailed vocals and the result is a truly impressive wall of sound. We were thrilled to have them join us for an in-studio performance during New Shit, even though their volume shook the room enough to make CDs fall off shelves. We forgive 'em.
LCL on 07/09/2014 at 06:55PM
Mysterious rootsstep producer from Berlin, Germany, "Don Goliath" contacted us a few monthes ago to ask us to make a selection from his vaults.
So that's from about 250 earthshaking tunes that we picked only 12 to build "Rootsstep Colossus", an ode to this not-so-known (and should-be-more) genre of dub.
We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do !
Here is the release page on FMA :Don Goliath : Rootsstep Colossus
ckutmusic on 07/09/2014 at 07:16AM
Local duo Le fruit vert have become masters at building intricate sonic worlds. Layers of vocals, effects, and an array of acoustic and electronic instruments weave together, a web of finely-tuned sonic detail stretched out to envelope listeners in sound. We caught them live at Casa del Popolo on June 17th as part of the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival, broadcasting their set over the airwaves for all to hear. Here's the audio for those who missed it -- and those who want to re-live the magic all over again.