Recent FMA Blog Posts
This is a feed of featured blog posts from FMA users. Blog on, bloggers!
cheyenne_h on 06/21/2017 at 05:46PM
Here we go again! Net Neutrality is at risk, and we're coming together to push the FCC to preserve a neutral net. In the spirit of "THIS AGAIN?!" we have delved back into the FMA's own podcast archive and pulled a bunch of samples from our podcast about Net Neutrality from 2014 with Michael Weinberg from Public Knowledge (back then - he now works for Shapeways, and we interviewed him about IP and 3D Printing too). We've released the following soundbytes using CC0, so we encourage you to remix them to your heart's desire!
Our friends at ccMixter are joining the fray - if you want to contribute to the music-making process over there, find out how you can Remix Net Neutrality.
Need stems or other bits of audio to use? No prob! We have a few beat pack and stem packs (Loop Mania, Bonus Beat Blast, Not Drunk) and of course there are tons of resources for this purpose over at ccMixter.org and freesound.org.
Of course, you're also welcome to grab something from our vast Public Domain/CC0 collections and mix with those, including our microSong Challenge and Masters Remastered Challenge, all of which have been released into the public domain by the goodwill of FMA artists and contributors!
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TAGGED AS:net neutrality, title ii, remix contest, battle for the net, open call for submissions, See More...
cheyenne_h on 06/15/2017 at 03:34PM
Remember all that hullaballoo a couple of years ago, when #NetNeutrality was the rallying cry on the interwebs? That simmered down, but it's about to boil over again. If you don't remember what "net neutrality" is, it's the idea that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) should allow equal access to all content and applications online, regardless of where it comes from, and without favoring or blocking specific sites or applications.
If net neutrality is taken away, it can spell disaster for the current web. One scenario puts many sites at risk that depend on their communities for participation, traffic and support (y'know, like the site you're looking at right now).
Current FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai wants to change the rules for cable companies, giving them even more control over what users can see and do online. There have been a few pushes for net neutrality advocacy since Pai became FCC Chairman, including John Oliver's "Go FCC Yourself" bit that temporarily jammed the FCC comment form.
Fight For The Future and dozens of websites, including our friends Kickstarter, Vimeo and of course, Creative Commons, will be participating in the Day of Action. The deadline for first comments to the FCC is July17th, so on July 12th the web will come together and raise the banner: it's time to speak up. If you want to find out more about how to get involved, visit https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12.
Bozoo on 06/11/2017 at 06:24PM
For its 34th release, Da ! Heard It Records is warming up the machines to trace some new paths.
Packaged in quasi-monochrome illustrations with quasi-absurd architectural tendencies, the visuals emphasize the kinetic art and foreshadow what one is about to hear: chain reactions and strange angles; it all moves and it all hits.
This cassette is an absolute beat garage!
Think of a little place where things are done by hand, geared towards total customization, fine-tuning; truly without concession and C_C is the boss. He’s the one with his nose under the hood and adjusting everything by ear. In total contrast with factory and chain-work sound, C_C knows how to use a system as Low-Cost as Low-Fi. Not afraid of getting his hands dirty!
The electronic sound is played from the fingertips, and it’s audible: the patterns aren’t dull and the rhythms brilliant.
It also plays with codes, and plays with them in a laid-back way, arm hanging out the window, headlights fully on. It advances tirelessly, entertaining without using, definitely more auto-reverse than auto-stop. Natural born bottom-of-time, C_C plays it in four-wheel drive, for all terrains, and completely versatile in all respects. He alternates straight hitting lines, feedback turns, and reverb drifts, and allows himself to ride right in the middle, his kick as pressed as the pedal, larsen melodies comfortably settled in the backseat.
At full speed, it’s blinking from all sides, counterpoint at every corner. With always one ear on the rearview mirror, and the GPS evidently out of order… drifting away from the roots is inevitable. In Impendulo, one is thus neither here nor there, but rather on unknown territory with no markers, never safe, but always sound. Welcome to the fourth (rid)dimension, this four-track game that summons hormones and neurons, active listening, and active dancing.
The drum is electronic and its skin is unbreakable, and in a thousand miles, it will still be playing, unfettered. One hit up, one hit down, the rhythmics spar without any low hits and most importantly without the rotundity that fishing for sound can bring. With C_C, it’s refined and chiseled by ear on the mixing side. The composition is stripped of anything superfluous, reduced to the bones, and you feel it in your bones: trans, love it or leave it.
Impendulo, the 34th release of Da ! Heard It Records is distributed under a Creative Commons BY_NC_ND license.
The album is fully listenable and downloadable at the following address:
Alpha_Hydrae on 06/07/2017 at 07:56PM
Hey there !
I've just released the 5th volume of It's time for adventure !, that I think will be the last one for this idea. It was at start kind of nothing. I was doing a soundtrack for the 10th anniversary of a RPG forum I used to play on. But I had a good time to do it so I continued, with a bigger idea of the concept. It was really great to do, and I'm really glad that people use and remix it in video and sometimes in videogames. You guys are making my dreams come true. Thanks a lot.
Here is a playlist with all tracks from my Komiku's project I think accurate for my vision of the potential game I've in mind. But it's just my vision of the stuff, you can do your if you're enough bored to do something like that :p
I think I'll continue doing stuff around RPG videogame soundtrack, but maybe it'll be a different ambiant, more accurate, because it's like a mess here ! Or maybe a fighting game soundtrack, like hyper speed bossa nova like in Marvel VS Capcom game or stuff like that. Could be fun.
Thanks a lot for using and remixing my music, You're all awesome.
TAGGED AS:komiku, domaiine publique, its time for adventure, soundtrack, royalty free music, See More...
Ending_Satellites on 06/01/2017 at 01:05AM
May, 24 : The lost tapes | Vol. B is released.
It's the new and third album of Ending Satellites.
This new album is a travel around the world and its beauty, with 7 musics and 7 photographs that speak about the beautiful landscapes I've been and the wonderful people I've been lucky to met.
You can download it on the FMA's page of the project (where you'll also find a download link to the deluxe edition, which contains all the digital material). You will also fond more about this record and the project on the official website of Ending Satellites.
I hope you'll enjoy the journey.
Have a nice day.
Best, from France.
Damien | Ending Satellites.
cheyenne_h on 05/25/2017 at 02:50PM
If anyone is having trouble uploading (established FMA artists, folks entering recipes to the Audio Cookbook, what-have-you), please make sure Flash is enabled. We are working on getting this removed from the uploader to make it easier on everyone, but for now please bear with us.
cheyenne_h on 05/22/2017 at 06:15AM
You may recall some news we shared last summer about a music dataset that was in progress - now it's complete!
Michaël Defferrard, Kirell Benzi, Pierre Vandergheynst & Xavier Bresson, a team of researchers interested in MIR (music information retrieval), have put together some audio datasets using the FMA's collection! They have written a paper about the FMA's potential as a viable and legal option in digital audio research. Since recorded music is often fraught with copyright concerns, machine learning sets for music have been hard to find, or not sufficient for some projects. You can find the datasets on GitHub.
The FMA's dedication to the Creative Commons philosophy of sharing has been a boon for artists, educators, and researchers - as well as, of course, listeners! Hopefully this dataset will be widely adopted for use by MIR researchers. It seems to have already been well-received via Twitter:
A great big THANKS go to this team for thinking of FMA and sharing our collection with a new audience, for a new purpose, in a new way! We look forward to the cool projects that will stem from their efforts.
cheyenne_h on 05/21/2017 at 04:26PM
But there are just not enough songs about recipes, or containing recipes, to satisfy us. We want you to help make our songs-about-food dreams come true!
Do you have a favorite recipe (or five) you'd like to share with the world? We have just the opportunity: the FMA's Audio Cookbook! It'll be an audio compendium of recipes, all free and dedicated to the Public Domain using the CC0 Public Domain Dedication tool, so anyone can use the recipes however they'd like.
So, here's how it'll work:
- Choose a recipe you want to share. (If it's from a cookbook that's still protected by copyright, it's OK to share the ingredients and the directions - but any commentary or descriptive wording should be your own. Don't plagiarize, or you'll get disqualified.) Don't have a recipe in mind? Check out our resource page for inspiration!
- Compose a song or make a recording containing the recipe. Songs must contain a recipe to be eligible for the Audio Cookbook. Recipes must be for food or drinks; recipes for home cleaning products, for example, are not eligible. Questions? Email us at contact [at] freemusicarchive [dot] org.
- Submit it on the Audio Cookbook album page (along with your FMA username, the name of the band/artist, song title, and please include the text of the recipe from which your recording was derived - or a link to the place where you found it). You must have an FMA account to submit a song; if you don't have one, sign up for free here. Songs are reviewed before they are 'published' so if you notice yours doesn't pop up within a day or two, let us know.
- Rinse and repeat as many times as you like!
Make sure your song is original - singing a recipe to a traditional (read: public domain) tune is fine, but putting your words to a current song that's protected by copyright can get us into hot water! Please don't do it.
We will accept entries from Wednesday, May 24 2017 until Friday, June 30 2017. One lucky artist or band will be selected as the reigning Audio Cookbook champion, and they will win a prize for their efforts!
Want to record yourself givng instructions for how to make a favorite appetizer, entree, dessert or drink, maybe with some musical accompaniment? Do it!
Want to get arty and record the sounds of veggies being chopped up, or something sizzling in a pan, with narration? Sounds tasty!
Want to write a ditty with the recipe of your choice as the lyrics for the song? We want to hear it!
Want to liven up your Aunt Gertrude's recipe for zucchini bread with some harmonica and throat-singing? We strongly encourage you to do so!
Is your favorite recipe a surrealist series of instructions that results in a three-foot-tall sandwich that nobody could eat? Well, okay, that's cool too!
However, we gotta draw the line somewhere. If it doesn't contain a recipe for SOMETHING (theoretically) edible or drinkable, we won't share it. Rules is rules, and we don't want anyone poisoning themselves with your ah-mazing idea for kitty litter ice cream. Save it for another contest.
TAGGED AS:audio cookbook
cheyenne_h on 05/09/2017 at 09:59AM
We are SO EXCITED to tell you about our newest project - the FMA Listening Party! A weekly, one-hour program that will bring selections from the FMA to your ears (and eyes, if you choose to join us for the weekly playlist and chat).
The show will consist completely of music from the FMA (with an occasional chat with a guest or co-host), hosted by FMA Director Cheyenne. We teamed up with Give The Drummer Radio (or GTDR, a WFMU-affiliated webstream) and have a place in their weekly schedule: from 3-4pm (Eastern) on Tuesdays. Huge thanks to Doug and the Stream Team for making it possible, and welcoming us into their family of dedicated, incredible DJs!
We'll also share the playlists weekly, so you can download everything in one easy place, if you enjoyed the show. We hope you'll join us today for our very first Listening Party, right here.
TAGGED AS:fma listening party
rosso on 05/08/2017 at 03:02PM
Our sincerest apologies for the FMA site outage this morning which lasted from roughly 7:00 EDT until 14:00 EDT. In the interest of increased transparency about the FMA's operations, I've decided to write this brief entry describing what happened today. We have a very small staff and I wasn't able to begin rectifying the outage until about 11:30 EDT.
Certain types of requests made to the FMA's servers are logged directly in our database. The size of these logs reached a point where the hard disks on our database servers were filled to their capacity. When that happened, the database servers (a master and several read-only replicas) became completely unresponsive. Since the site relies entirely on our database cluster, no pages could be rendered and no api requests could be completed--end users saw a giant error message!
What was the solution?
As soon as I was able to begin working on the problem, I put the maintenance page up and began downloading a snapshot of the logs which filled the database servers' hard disks. This took much longer than anticipated. Once I was able to retreive the data, I truncated the tables in question (truncated meaning deleting all data in the tables--a database table is similar to a spreadsheet). After that, I waited for the read-only replicas of our master database to catch up. It's not enough to restart the site with only the master database running--the site depends on the read-only replicas as well. I waited almost an hour for the read-only replicas to catch up, but they didn't. Due to the nature of our hosting provider, it was faster to delete the read-only replicas and create new ones. That took another several minutes. Once the replicas were rebuilt, I was able to restart our front-end servers and restore the site to normal operation.
How will we prevent this from happening again?
Logging directly to a database is definitely bad practice, but it was implemented on FMA many years ago by the original development team. For now I will keep my eyes on database disk usage and will set alerts to let me know I need to do something before the disks fill up again! Longer term, I will move all logging activity to a separate service, for example just flat log files. Unfortunately, FMA is no stranger to outages, but whenever they happen, we try to restore service as quickly as we can and take steps to prevent similar outages from happening subsequently.
Is there anything I can do to help?
Yes! FMA operates with a tiny staff (2 people) and extremely limited resources. The best way to help is to Donate! If you are a developer and have any technical suggestions, please write to me directly at email@example.com - We greatly value input from our users and the community. We're dedicated to making the FMA the biggest and best resource for Creative Commons licensed, and other royalty-free music, anywhere on the Internet.
What is this song?
One of my all-time favorite FMA tracks, and an adequate description of how it feels to finally fix a major outage.