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cheyenne_h on 11/20/2014 at 11:15AM

Radio Free Culture #24: Netlabel Standard-Bearers blocSonic

Image courtesy of Mike Gregoire.

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. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, current Director of the FMA, spoke with Mike Gregoire about blocSonic, a long-running netlabel and FMA curator. 

You can find more information about blocSonic at their website and their curator page

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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cheyenne_h on 11/18/2014 at 11:30AM

Attention, Questionnaire Extraordinaires!

"Suggestion box" by Hash Milhan via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Do you love answering questions? Do you love the Free Music Archive? Well, friend, it's your lucky day! We have launched an FMA user survey - and we need your help.

If you can spare a couple of minutes, we want to know how you use the site, what you love and hate about it, and how you think we can make all your FMA dreams come true! Or, at least, help you find stuff you like. 

Click here to take the survey. 

You're the best!

 

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Noise_Problems on 11/14/2014 at 11:00PM

Thulebasen video art

We first met Thulebasen at the Festival of Endless Gratitude and were blown away. Their heavy experimental and psychedelic sound has given them a serious rep in the underground music circuit and among those who have been lucky to the see them live. But what also really impressed us is the video art. Awesome videos put out by the label Tambourhinoceros. Raga Gemini and the 18 min Felaia are real odes to joy. Check out also Monster and Forever Grinning on YouTube.

 

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woktherock on 11/14/2014 at 01:00AM

Indonesian Netaudio Festival #2

INDONESIAN NETAUDIO FESTIVAL #2

14-16 NOVEMBER 2014
IFI BANDUNG, INDONESIA

The second Indonesian Netaudio Festival (#INF2) will be held in Bandung on 14 – 16 November 2014, following the first Indonesian Netaudio Festival, which was successfully held in the city of Yogyakarta on 16 – 17 November 2012 to align with the 5th anniversary of Yes No Wave Music. This festival is meant to establish online connections, as well as to instill an ‘offline’ experience to the actors, observers, and lovers of netaudio—Internet based audio activities. #INF2 is organized by Sorge Sindikasi, KKBM Unpar, IFI Bandung, and Indonesian Netlabel Union.

 

 


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cheyenne_h on 11/12/2014 at 02:43AM

Radio Free Culture #23: Art's Right to Exist: Jacob Nathan from AS220

Hard Nips at Foo Fest 2012. Photo courtesy of AS220.org

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. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, current Director of the FMA, spoke with Jacob Nathan about a long-running art and performance space called AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he serves as the Live Arts Director, setting up shows, doing audio recordings, and helping artists find space to perform. AS220 has been around since 1985 and boasts a long and storied past - and a promising future. 

AS220 is one of many FMA curators. You can listen to their mixes at the AS220 curator page

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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cheyenne_h on 11/11/2014 at 01:30AM

Music Hack Day: Boston!

Cheyenne and Ross presenting the API, and a brief overview of the FMA, at Music Hack Day in Boston, Nov 8 2014. Photo via https://twitter.com/musichackday

During this past weekend, the Free Music Archive made its presence known at Music Hack Day in Boston, Massachusetts. There were lots of folks there, including myself and our developer, Ross, who presented our API. If you've never been to a Hack Day before, they can be pretty intense! A collection of people with coding and building skills got together and, over a period of about 30 hours, envisioned, designed, and implemented a project - to present the next day. The event began with API presentations - and a few demos that included a map that shows how far Johnny Cash travels in "I've Been Everywhere," a squishy keyboard, and more! Then hacking commenced. 

The next day, the hacks were presented and 'winners' were announced - various API presenters and sponsors gave stuff to those who made the best uses of their APIs. One project, Endsound, incorporated the FMA API to provide backing tracks for real-time ambient collaborations via the Web. More hack projects and information are available here, which ranged from video sync tools to a way to make a 3-D printable version of your favorite song's waveform

Will we see you at Hack Day next year? 

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cheyenne_h on 11/06/2014 at 01:15AM

Radio Free Culture #22: "Why Wouldn't You?" Kevin MacLeod's Music Sharing Philosophy

Kevin MacLeod, CC-BY composer. Photo courtesy of Ryan Camarda.

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. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, current Director of the Free Music Archive, spoke with Kevin MacLeod about composing music, why he chooses to share his work via CC BY and royalty-free via his site incompetech.com, and with Ryan Camarda about a documentary he's working on about Kevin called "Royalty Free."

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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cheyenne_h on 11/04/2014 at 01:00AM

Royalty Free

image from royaltyfreedoc.com

Many of us at the Free Music Archive and beyond have heard of Kevin MacLeod, but even if you haven't, you've probably still heard his music. It's everywhere. He's got 1,692 credits on imdb.com, and countless tracks hosted on his personal site, incompetech.com. He's the subject of this Thursday's Radio Free Culture, and also of a documentary that's underway, titled "Royalty Free: The Music of Kevin MacLeod." They're running a Kickstarter to fund the production and filming costs, so if you'd like to help with the project, pay them a visit. 

For fun, I'll include a few of Kevin's tracks for your enjoyment! You can find the rest of his work on the Free Music Archive (about a hundred songs) here

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cheyenne_h on 10/31/2014 at 01:04PM

Halloween Songs from around the Web

The web - get it!? anyway, this photo is "Dewy spider web". Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

It's the time of year when everyone is running around in costumes asking for candy (or maybe that's just a typical day for you - for most of us, anyway, that type of thing is limited to Halloween)... so we've been crawling the web for some of our Halloween favorites (all licensed Creative Commons, of course). 

Here at the Free Music Archive, we've got quite a collection, including Oddio Overplay's picks - 52 Horror Releases

There are also mixes on ccMixter.org via Mind Map That Music: "Halloween, Halloween, Halloween" and the "Trick or Treat Edition

And selections from archive.org's Netlabels - selections from ambientcollective and Happy Puppy

Or if you don't want to stray far from the FMA, you can browse stuff tagged Halloween, or selections from WFMU's Dark Night of the Soul

Happy haunting! 

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cheyenne_h on 10/30/2014 at 01:30AM

Radio Free Culture: Meet Cheyenne

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

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. 

For this episode, WFMU's Liz Berg spoke with Cheyenne Hohman, current Director of the Free Music Archive, about what's coming up for the FMA in the coming months, including song contests, educational opportunities, and more! 

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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