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Danny_KitSplit on 04/15/2019 at 09:49AM

SONIC MMABOLELA 2018

 

‘SONIC MMABOLELA’ is a workshop/residency for sound artists & composers

carried out once a year in the savannah environment of Mmabolela Reserve,

Limpopo, South Africa:

 

http://www.franciscolopez.net/field.html

 

http://www.mmabolela.co.za

 

Conceived and directed by Francisco López (www.franciscolopez.net)

 

Project coordination: Barbara Ellison (www.barbaraellison.com)

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Danny_KitSplit on 02/08/2019 at 04:05PM

Uploads, bug fixes, and questions–oh my!

As promised, uploads have been re-enabled for artists and curators on Free Music Archive! Please let us know if you’re having trouble with uploading.


As we mentioned in our last update, we’ve been working on additional site improvements, including taking care of the “URI Invalid” bug that was plaguing search result pages—thanks to everyone who reported that!


In that vein we’ve put together a short survey to learn more about you, so we can make Free Music Archive even more useful. Anyone that completes our survey is eligible to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Click here to take the survey →

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Danny_KitSplit on 01/28/2019 at 04:59PM

Is this thing on? Some updates from Danny & the KitSplit Team

Hi FMA–I hope your 2019 is off to a great start! By way of introduction, I’m Danny—the new director of the FMA. For those of you who might have missed the news on FMA’s transition, check out Cheyenne’s post.
 
The KitSplit team and I are excited to keep FMA alive, thriving, and true to its mission of sharing free, curated audio to all. We’ve been hugs fans of FMA for years and inspired with its mission, which is very much aligned with ours. We were so sad to see the news that it was shutting down. And ultimately, so thrilled we could step in to keep it alive and thriving!
 
The transition happened very quickly. We’ve spent the past month learning more about FMA and how it’s run, and completing transition from a technical perspective. Now that we’re up and running, we wanted to formally introduce ourselves and let you know about some updates in the works.
 
A few folks have messaged in to ask when you’ll be able to upload your music to FMA again...well, we have some good news. We’ve been hard at work at this, and uploading for curators will be re-enabled by the end of this week We’ll be sure to update you when that happens.
 
Meanwhile, we’re working on bringing back the newsletter, and additional site and community improvements. We will have more announcements in that vein soon. We’re also looking into incorporating advertisments on the FMA site, which will help us ensure long term sustainability for the FMA. For some background: the FMA was previously run mostly on government grants, which are no longer viable—so this is one of a few changes we may make to ensure long term sustainability of the FMA, while staying true to its mission. 
 
On a parting note: while we’ve been fans and users of FMA for years, we know we still have a lot to learn about the community and how it runs. We’re eager to hear from you about what changes you’d love to see on FMA. If you have any suggestions or questions for me or the KitSplit team (or just wanna say hi) make sure to drop a comment below this post.
 
Thank you for your support and cooperation during this transition. We’re so grateful for all of the kind words we’ve received from the FMA community!
 
 
- Danny
 
[UPDATE 2/1/2010] - Our developer Brett (who has been with KitSplit for a while and actually used to work at FMA!) has been working on reenableing uploads this week. He initially thought he could finish it by end of this week, but ran into some unexpected technical hurdles. However, we will have uploads re-enabled for curators soon- by the end of next week at the very latest (and likely sooner). We will keep you all updated and let you know as soon as uploads are re-enabled! 
 
Also, if you’d like ads excluded from your page, fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/KHCOSRsDp33YgNrg1
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cheyenne_h on 12/17/2018 at 08:53PM

Free Music Archive's new home: KitSplit!

image borrowed from KitSplit

After months of uncertainty about our future, the Free Music Archive is joining KitSplit, a camera gear rental platform by and for creators. With KitSplit's support, we will stay up and running for the indefinite future - something we are very relieved to report. Though KitSplit is a for-profit business, the FMA will remain true to its mission of sharing free, curated audio to all.

In the coming weeks, we will reopen artist/curator uploads and our Music Submission form and resume our regularly scheduled audio weirdness, curated playlist posts, and new releases here on our blog.

The Free Music Archive will be one of many educational resources in the KitSplit library - they have a bounty of informative materials on their blog, Viewfinder, and they offer free coaching sessions to women in film and video, which we think is sorely needed and super cool. The Free Music Archive is widely used and loved by indie video producers, and KitSplit wants to make our archive even more accessible and useful by bringing our audio collection to their community's attention.

While this milestone is bittersweet and we're sad to be saying goodbye to WFMU, we are forever in their debt for making the Free Music Archive a reality. We are excited to be able to preserve the archive and continue our essential work of curating the Commons with the support of KitSplit.

Thanks to everyone who supported us during this uncertain time, who reached out with moral support or made donations to keep the lights on, and especially to our amazing, inspiring, awesome community!! We are looking forward to the future for the Free Music Archive as its collections and communities grow, and we hope the best years of the Free Music Archive are yet to come. 

For more details on the transition as it unfolds, please check the KitSplit blog and/or subscribe to their newsletter.

For this news in Spanish, please visit the blog at Libre FM - thanks friends for the translation! 

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cheyenne_h on 12/14/2018 at 03:22PM

A Fond Farewell & A Warm Welcome

Well, today's my last day at the Free Music Archive as Director, and I've been dreading this day for awhile, because I'm really going to miss being here all day, everyday, helping our users, musicians, curators and community members get what they need, running the social media feeds, keeping things organized, and having my mind blown every day by unexpected, wonderful music.

I am extremely happy that the Free Music Archive is in good hands and the new team is already getting their bearings, and I just had a great talk with Danny at KitSplit, who will be the new Director of the FMA. You'll be able to reach him using the FMA contact form and our general contact email address for now. Go to his profile page and say hi! 

Though I'm leaving the organization as Director, I'll still be involved as a volunteer and will be able to forward questions or concerns to the right people on the new team. 

Deep gratitude and heartfelt thanks to KitSplit for making sure the Free Music Archive will have a home moving forward. I dearly hope that they are able to give it some of the technical TLC we weren't, and I'm confident that the FMA will continue to grow and thrive with their stewardship.

So long for now!

Til next time,
-Cheyenne

Komiku - "Outro" (01:22)
Komiku - "Outro" (01:22)
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cheyenne_h on 11/29/2018 at 07:11PM

Update: FMA's Future

Friends, something wonderful is happening here at FMA, but we can’t give you all the details just yet.

For the time being, we are still suspending new uploads and backing up our MP3 collection at archive.org/details/freemusicarchive, but we’re thrilled that service will NOT be suspended on December 1 as previously indicated.

Thanks for sticking with us during this time of transition, and we can’t wait to tell you all about what’s in store for our beloved Archive!

Expect to hear our big news by the end of December.

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cheyenne_h on 11/15/2018 at 05:19PM

Update: Closing Date Pushed to Dec 1

Due to a few very generous donations, we are able to keep the site up, as-is, through the end of this month. We will still not be adding any more new uploads to the collection and are proceeding with our plans to back up the entire current MP3 collection at archive.org.

We are in talks with a few organizations who have very substantial interest and whose values align with ours. As negotiations continue, I may write more updates here as we move along and may be able to announce a new parent org for FMA in the coming weeks. Nothing is set in stone though so we still face shutdown, and if you have questions or want to help, please contact us using the Closure Comment form (at the end of this blog post). 

In the meantime, donations large and small do keep the lights on here, and we are so thankful for your support!

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cheyenne_h on 11/08/2018 at 12:38PM

Update: Closing Date Pushed to Nov 16

Due to traffic, the site's been up and down today. Please DO NOT try to scrape the site, friends! We will keep all the music available here until it is available at archive.org, where you can continue to explore the collection, download (even different audio formats!) and mark stuff as 'favorites'! 

Thanks for all the love and support you've given thus far. Donations help in the short term. We are in talks with a couple of orgs who might be able to help us out. Watch this space for details.

If you have skills to offer, are part of an interested organization who wants to help FMA, or have other feedback, please use our form in the post below. 

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cheyenne_h on 11/05/2018 at 11:28AM

Big Changes Ahead for FMA

We regret to inform you that due to a funding shortage, the FMA will be closing down later this month. The future of the archive is uncertain, but we have done everything we can to ensure that our files will not disappear from the web forever. The full audio collection will be backed up and available at https://archive.org/details/freemusicarchive (some of the collection is already there; feel free to go browse).

We are also partnering with Archive-It to preserve a current copy of the site's public pages in the Wayback Machine. FMA audio will also be added to the Creative Commons project CC Search, a search engine for the Commons, later in 2019.

The site may go down as early as November 9th, so now's the time to download your playlists, favorite songs, and do whatever personal archiving you need.

Want to help us preserve the FMA or make your own custom FMA collection? You have two good options:

1) Go to https://webrecorder.io/, make a free account and record some browsing sessions. You can save pages, search results, and much more using this tool (I've already done some serious browsing & recording - check out my collections here). If you want to share your sessions with us, we can compile a crowdsourced repository. The site may go down at the end of this week, so if you are going to do this, please do it soon.

2) Go to the Wayback Machine homepage and plug in the URLs you want to save. These are then archived for the public to use. There are browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox that make this super easy. Some pages are saved already, but many of them are outdated, so save away!

Share this information far and wide; we don't want our hard work (and amazing collection) to be forgotten. There is hope that we can find a new parent organization to help us continue the project, but for now, we must take a break and figure out the best course to proceed. We are interested in hearing from anyone who wants to offer web development help, funding, nonprofit status, or has other suggestions. There is a comment form below for this purpose; please put your feedback there.

Thanks, most of all, to you - our amazing community! From the volunteers who helped us maintain the site and bring new artists on board, to the curators and bands whose contributions diversified our collections, to our funders, to the folks that used the site everyday and made it the legendary corner of the web that it truly was. It was an amazing nine years, and we are extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished together.

Please Note: The Comment Form Has Been Closed.

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cheyenne_h on 11/04/2018 at 10:00PM

A Personal Note about the FMA

When I joined this project more than four years ago, I knew I was taking the reins of a project that was truly unique. I would have endless opportunities to sharpen my audio skills, interview great minds and passionate artists, engage with a vibrant and global music community, be an advocate for Creative Commons, and educate the public about copyright and its alternatives. I was right about all of this, but there was so much more to the job. The site, though clearly ‘vintage’ and in need of repair, still functioned well enough for everyone to have their basic needs met.

What I did not realize when I began this journey was that I was being given a rare and precious gift. The Free Music Archive wasn’t just a giant digital repository for shareable audio; it was a complex and constantly changing project with a broad mission and monthly traffic in the millions. When I would tell people what I did for a living, I was shocked at how many of them already knew about FMA.

The original infrastructure degraded and caused ongoing technical issues that we simply lacked the resources to address. It was a challenge that we never quite figured out a working solution to. I am extremely grateful to everyone who offered suggestions, alerts, troubleshooting, reporting, and creative solutions -- and to those who offered their understanding when I revealed that there were only two staffers running the entire FMA and our resources were already overstretched. Our To-Do list was always long and our Wish List even longer.

All of these factors contributed to the situation that we face today: the imminent closure of the Free Music Archive. Its audio collection is being added to the Internet Archive as I write this, and I am pleased to announce that the site will be preserved to the best of our ability in the Wayback Machine. As with our entire operation, nothing has been perfect, but the imperfections were evidence of the ongoing nature of our work and how uncharted these waters are. If anything, the shortcomings of the FMA were a fundamental part of what made it real - if a little annoying at times.

When I announced to artists and curators that the site was going to be suspending operations in late October, I was inundated with replies ranging from grief, to anger, to deep gratitude and well-wishes. This project has changed lives for the better; it has forged entire music careers from simple online posts; it has helped facilitate a new way of approaching music licensing and audio sharing in the digital age. A few short years after our legendary Birthday Song contest, the classic Happy Birthday anthem was rightfully released to the public domain. We cannot take full credit, naturally, but we were part of the creative activism and consciousness-raising around copyright issues that the web has made possible. We are proud to make noise and be joyfully disruptive.

Having been the captain of this rickety ship for years, I share some grief and anger about the huge loss this shuttering represents to musicians, filmmakers, educators, podcasters, radio DJs, video game designers, the Commons, and to the online community at large. But I also have a persistent sense of wonder at the amazing things that this site has made possible: connections spanning continents, age groups, genre affiliations. Real people who made music, being able to share it directly with the public (and sometimes being commissioned to make more, or having work used in media projects and being paid for their art). Netlabels being taken more seriously as legitimate tastemakers and artist collectives. Putting names and faces to songs and, by sharing freely, underscoring the complexity and vibrance of human expression. Demonstrating that you can, indeed, distribute music online for free, legally, with permission from artists. Proving that sharing can actually be a way to make a living.

It wasn’t all silver linings and happy fun times, though. Losing people in the community during my tenure was rough. Seeing the tenderness and care that was offered to friends, family, and colleagues of those who had passed away was humbling, and gave me pause. This site has preserved many artistic legacies, that they may live on and continue to enrich the world. We did our best to shine a light on the recordings left behind by the people who not only made wonderful music, but also gifted it to the Commons.

The unlikely collaborations and artistic freedom that the Free Music Archive has fostered and facilitated will always be a point of pride for me as director of this project. I have made lifelong friends because of the Free Music Archive, and expanded my musical knowledge beyond my wildest imagination.

So this is goodbye, for now, and all I have to say is thank you so very much for being part of this moment, with these people, on this rock in space. The humanity of the archive was its strength, its weakness, and what made it truly special. It had heart in an often heartless world. This project gave me faith in people and the power of their creativity to connect with one another. In the end, I wasn’t just a librarian, I was a tour guide, switchboard operator and emissary for a vital artistic community, and for that I will always be grateful.

May the music play on forever.

Sincerely,
Cheyenne

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cheyenne_h on 11/01/2018 at 02:25PM

FMA Listening Party: 70 Episodes!

The FMA Listening Party has ended its run on Give The Drummer Radio, leaving behind 70 hour-long episodes for your enjoyment! Everything is archived on the playlist pages, and you can download episodes in podcast form if you prefer to listen on-the-go. There are also, of course, FMA playlists via Cheyenne's page. 

Thanks to everyone who listened to the show -- and to those of you who are just discovering it, it's never too late the join the Listening Party! There are shows that feature various FMA curators, genres, and the occasional freeform audio blend as well. 

Freeform-ily yours,

-Cheyenne

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katya-oddio on 10/30/2018 at 07:23PM

Grumbling Tummies

Grumbling Tummies Mix

Feeling peckish? This FMA mix will not help you. It will make you your stomach grumble and mouth water. As Timer used to sing, "When my get-up-and-go has got up and went, I hanker for a hunka...."

Still hungry? Check out these other food releases and mixes!

Image created by Created by Macrovector - Freepik.com

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YizzyV on 10/30/2018 at 02:44AM

Musiio Playlist 13 #Synthwave

“I make ear movies” says electronic producer Starcadian, whose album Midnight Signals (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is, in my opinion, the epitome of synthwave/retrowave perfection. It took me a whole month to realise that there wasn’t actually a film! 

This playlist is a homage to that masterpiece. Best heard from start to finish, I attempted to recreate the drama of a science fiction film by starting with groovy Star Song, introducing conflict in Space Disco and then a sense of lost in Young. Büromaschinen and Omyiga later leads us to an epic space boss fight through fast, arppeggiated Techno and Drum & Bass. All with well-loved 80s vintage synths! 

Thank goodness I had our A.I's help too, or sieving through FMA’s massive catalogue would have been near impossible.

What do you think of the recent 80s Revival movement? Share with us by commenting below! 

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DinuraCreations on 10/18/2018 at 03:52AM

Amarasiri Peiris Songs Album

Enjoy Amarasiri Peiris songs original soundtrack Album "Sanduda Awadiyen".

Album: Sanduda Awadiyen 

Artist: Amarasiri Peiris

Released: 1995

Label: DinuraCreations

Find Original Sinhala songs Albums on Discogs with the Musical Label, DinuraCreations https://www.discogs.com/label/1478653-DinuraCreations

 

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slclabel on 10/17/2018 at 07:13AM

New Release! Nicholas Mackin - A Journet

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Autor: Nicholas Mackin

Titulo: A Journey

Género: Electronic, Trance, Techno

Formato: Ep digital

Fecha: 17 Octubre 2018

Licencia: CC: BY-NC-SA

Canciones / Tracks:

1. Elephants Never Forget wav flac

2. The Longest Year wav flac

3. A Journey wav flac

4. Ellinor (A Journey II) wav flac

5. The Beginning or the End wav flac

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Ameliaaa on 10/16/2018 at 02:58AM

Musiio Playlist 12 #Shoegaze

Whether you know it as #shoegaze or #dreampop, this subgenre has seen a rise in the last few years alongside the revival of all things vintage. Coming out of the 1980s, it has come back in a big way, heralding in an entire culture of youths embracing it’s iconic mix of rhythmic guitar effects supplemented by breathy vocals.

 

So whether you’re a fan of coming-of-age films shown in indie arthouses or you own way more striped/floral prints than you know what to do with, strap up those Dr. Martens and get ready to turn those lights down as you dance along to Musiio’s A.I. generated playlist of really amazing #shoegaze tracks.

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kat330 on 10/14/2018 at 03:54PM

HALLOWEEN Playlist

Downton Files
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eg0cide on 10/13/2018 at 05:48PM

Eg0cide productions : 2new releases and live concerts with Minus Pilots & Federico Dal Pozzo

Twho new autumn releases on eg0cide
 
Dreamy post rock / ambient from UK, with a great work on sound textures 
An immersive electroacoustic composition, full of mysterious liquid sounds and smoothly vibrating drones, from Italy.
 
We are glad to organize 2 live concerts of these 2 artists in Paris very soon
17 october : a special video and sound event, with Minus Pilots + Federico Dal Pozzo & Frederico Pimpao + Simiskina & Xavier Quérel + Olgarym
18 ocotbre : Minus Pilots (+ local artsits M.A.K.T. Sono whose first album "if you were a Clarinet" has been published on eg0cide )
 
Minus Pilots are touring Europe in occtober and will perform in NYC, USA on 5 december.
Check dates on their facebook page
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Bozoo on 10/09/2018 at 05:19AM

Bernard Grancher - Pleurs Magnétiques

  

For its 38th release, Da ! Heard It Records changes your grey matter into black matter.


Just like the too-strong coffee that brings us to work each morning, this cassette album has the dark and bitter taste of a hopeless routine.
With this collection of vague loops whose high unstable notes bring back to the surface daily uncertainties, the Pleurs Magnétiques (“magnetic cries”) of this beverage has the listener drift far away from restorative sleep.
Dented, used, rickety, these rehashed snippets of existence crash into sunless beaches of sound.
In the background, the continuous breath that animates them sometimes gives a glimpse of its author’s, Bernard Grancher.
After pulling out of the forgotten pile the magnetic tapes of a hundred old pieces from the nineties with his stooge, Emmanuel Lautreamont, the Rouen-born tried his hand here at an original exercise in style. 
Using the 4 track as an actual instrument, he plays with various effects to denature this initial material.
Between sonorous poetry and industrial music, the result shows an unpublished side of his work, all the while staying close to his habitual obsessions. The accompanying illustration, signed Nicolas Nadé, seems to be just as loyal to this pessimistic vision of our era.
Whether you are familiar with his surrealist pop synth released on Ego Twister and Gonzaï or simply intrigued by obscure atmospheres, you are sure to give in to this little black coffee…

Pleurs Magnétiques, the 38th release of Da ! Heard It Records is distributes under a Creative Commons License Y-NC-ND. The album is available for free listening and downloading at the following address: http://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-38

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cheyenne_h on 10/05/2018 at 03:32PM

Technical Issues: Update!

We *WISH* our infrastructure was this organized (and color-coded)! Photo via Flickr Commons.

Hi everyone! We know we are experiencing issues today: slowdowns, some login and uploading troubles, search results not returning properly, and a few reports of error messages being returned when they are using FMA. We are aware of these issues and appreciate your patience as we work them out. As you may know, we are staffed by one full-time and one part-time person, so things will be fixed but probably not immediately. 

Thanks so much for your patience and for letting us know you were experiencing issues. 

Having a new issue, or something not mentioned in this post? Please fill out our Contact Form with details. 

Thanks! 

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cheyenne_h on 10/02/2018 at 01:57PM

FMA Q&A: Blue Dot Sessions

Courtesy of Galen Huckins

If you've looked for instrumental music for podcasts or film, you've probably come across Blue Dot Sessions. They are a group that write and record music for public radio, podcasts and more. They're based out of Turners Falls, a small town in western Massachusetts. They are a studio, not exactly a 'band,' since various composers and musicians appear in their catalog. They are approaching their 100th release to FMA, and we wanted to ask them some questions about their work. My conversation with member Galen Huckins follows:

 

FMA: How would you describe Blue Dot Sessions (as a group and in terms of genre/style)?

GH: It’s a very pared down style. We’re often trying to strip away a lot of instrumentation to get to a core small ensemble, figure out how few instruments and textures are needed to really make a piece of music work. In terms of genre, it’s hard to say exactly, we’re often working in very different mediums, trying to get a minimalist sound out of a garage-rock setup or working with ultra-quiet classical players, or even drum machines. It feels like more of a density than a genre or a style sometimes.

How did you start off making music (as a group or as individuals)?

GH: I originally started off writing and recording music for my own radio and podcast projects. Some friends and I were traveling down the Mississippi River on an old riverboat and making a podcast about the trip (The River Signal). I found that there wasn’t a lot of music that worked well with long-form audio pieces where the music needs to be so understated and unobtrusive. I started writing more and more and found and we ended up with a whole library of music by the end of the trip.

FMA: What drew you to the Free Music Archive, and why did you want to put your music on our platform? I’m a real believer in alternative copyright and the work of the Creative Commons. Making my own personal projects, I’ve often turned to the Free Music Archive and other CC-licensed work, it’s really an amazing community. I figured that people starting out would really benefit from the work we do like I did from other CC artists. It also helps people find your music, many producers started out scoring little projects with our library because they found it right here at the FMA. Because podcasting has boomed so much in the last few years, people ended up monetizing their projects with ads or crowdfunding. When that started happening we figured out how to blanket license with podcasters and radio producers so they could have access to our whole library on a monthly basis. Our music is now on hundreds of podcasts, NPR, Radiotopia, Gimlet. Honestly, I think that’s just because a lot of the producers on public radio and podcast networks knew our music from their own pre-professional work.

FMA: Can you tell me about some of the places your music has ended up as a result of being on FMA?

GH: The first time hearing our music on the local NPR station was a rush, now we are often on Morning Edition or other programs that I can listen to right where I live. That never gets old. I make a point to look at YouTube every few days to see new uses of our library out in the wild. Sometimes sitting around the studio all day obsessing about fret noises you forget where the music you’re making actually ends up. I have to say I’ve picked up some strange things from YouTube instructionals just because they use our music. I’ve learned fly fishing techniques, fluid-dynamic modeling principles, the history of Nintendo 64 speedrunning. Just this morning I was watching a Christian ASMR channel, I would have never guessed!

FMA: Blue Dot Sessions is a very prolific group. How do you make so much music on such a regular schedule? How do you stay inspired?

GH: One thing that has helped me stay productive is to always be mixing fully composed music with improvisational work. Sometimes you run out of ideas in front of a blank sheet of paper, but if you can get yourself to just play around for a while, you’ll come up with something. We make a point not to stop rolling tape (or whatever we’re supposed to call tape in a mostly digital studio). We make a lot of alternate versions and stem files available through our website and weird little ideas that never quite seemed like a song end up out there in the world... in a Croatian fly fishing tutorial.

FMA: What project are you working on right now (musical or not) that you're excited about?

GH: We just finished a project recording a custom soundtrack for a podcast called Heavyweight. We were working with a mallet percussionist from a nearby university and string players to do a whole session of light and pizzicato ditties with concert marimba in the middle of it all. Scoring short films and podcasts is always a joy because you get to make up a whole little sonic microcosm. There are 2 other podcast scores we’re working on right now as well as our regular recording schedule, it’s been a really busy summer!

To hear some of their music or contact Blue Dot Sessions, check out their page at sessions.blue or their FMA collection here: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/

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JJMusiio on 10/01/2018 at 10:36PM

Musiio Playlist 11 #Cinematic

Ever wondered how films would turn out without any sort of background music? Would be awfully different huh!   

Cinematic (or Film) music is one of my favourite genres purely because it has the capacity to paint picturesque cinematographic landscapes through sound. It never fails to amaze me how something so aural could transcend our ears with such powerful visual elements.   

With our AI, we have curated a cinematic music playlist to provide you with the perfect refuge of sound, just enough to invoke your emotions and imagination.   

My favourite in this playlist is Periculum by Kai Engel. I’m not sure if it was because it was raining whilst I was putting this together but this one gave me massive feels.   

P.S. Best recommended with a good book.  

JJ@Musiio 

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Sara_Afonso_1551 on 10/01/2018 at 09:49AM

Tears From Mars

Halloween's coming!

This is "Tears From Mars", a new track from "The New Freak Shows". This second track is also inspired by the universe of "American Horror Story: Freak Show".

So, if you're still courageous, listen to "Tears From Mars"!

Thank you for listening!

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Rocco_Granata_1176 on 09/24/2018 at 06:10AM

Rocco Granata - Modern Times

Modern Times is second musical work by Rocco Granata, italian composer based in Rome. This release contains 5 tracks. The first two songs In my Bed and Change me are sung by LeoWood. The fourth song is a remix of song Lullaby contained in the album Works. The tracks Daedalus and People Live In A Box are written for piano and cello. As in the previous work, a pianist and a cello player have contributed to the album recording. The nicknames they've chosen are Thomas Munz (piano), a homage to Thomas Müntzer, historical figure of the 16 th century and one of the protagonists of Luther Blisset's novel “Q”, and Lita Rodcenko (cello), which is a made up name. Lita, as a homage to Lita Ford, metal guitarist, and Aleksandr Rodcenko, artist and father of the Russian constructivism. For more information go to www.roccogranata.it

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Simon_Mathewson_1429 on 09/24/2018 at 05:22AM

CC Music Awards winner!

Thanks to everyone who voted for Silicon Transmitter's "don't creep me out" for track of the year, 2018: https://ccmusicawards.com/
Taken from the album "Layers": https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Silicon_Transmitter/Layers_1860/

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cheyenne_h on 09/21/2018 at 05:48AM

Lava Lamp Meditations: Teal Clods from Tim's House by Dark Meat

photo found at http://www.orangetwin.com/darkmeat.html; taken by Laura Carter

A languid, irreverent album, Teal Clods from Tim's House balances between psychedelic and psychotic. With lo-fi vocals, tambourines and steady rhythms to keep things marching on, Dark Meat has released a collection of tracks from various points in their past. Now you, too, can enjoy the fruits of their time spent at Tim's house with a lot of free time and a 4-track recorder. Not for the faint of heart, squares, or anyone offended by strong language. 

According to their liner notes, "In terms of our song-oriented material, that's where we were at our freest, weirdest, most acid-fried and experimental. And shakiest and funniest and most fucked-up too. But, hey, that beans-and-rice combo of fearlessly pushing it and pathetically caving-in was always our thing: musically, socially, financially, psychically. You best believe it was by design, too, Jack."

Tune in below or listen to the whole album here:

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cheyenne_h on 09/19/2018 at 04:14PM

Nenormalizm's Melodic Mycelium

Straight from the underground (literally, figuratively and musically), this new compilation is a bit of a head-scratcher but definitely intriguing for its topic alone: fungi! Nenormalizm Records has compiled a 21-track long album and released it into the wild: the Fungi Compilation. Each track, by a different artist, is named after something related to mushrooms - from colloquial names like "Destroying Angel" to the mycelium itself (the 'root system' of filaments that transfer nutrients and where mushrooms sprout from). If you like a micro-dose of science with your glitchy electronic tunes, this is the compilation for you! If it's not your thing, there's a veritable smorgasbord of other music to check out in our collection. If you're curious, take a bite out of the sample tracks below:

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cheyenne_h on 09/18/2018 at 09:52AM

Captive Portal's playful EP, Toy Sounds Vol. 1

Toy Sounds, Vol. 1 is like espresso for your headphones (or at least a sugar buzz)! This jaunty electronic album will scratch your mid-tempo itch and sports a few crispy samples here and there to liven it up even more. Build-ups, bouncy beats, and bubbly bass bump along while high-end drips and drops keep things moving at a quick pace. This belongs in every video game enthusiast's collection or anyone looking for fast-paced electronic tracks to keep them company at work or at play.

The latest release to FMA from the prolific Chicagoan, Captive Portal, is the 19th album he's added to FMA - we can't wait to hear what he comes up with next!

Listen below: 

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cccommunitymusicawards on 09/17/2018 at 06:58AM

Vote for the CC Music Award Superlatives!

We are pleased to announce the superlatives for the 2018 Creative Commons Community Music Awards! This time, it's up to you. Cast your vote and decide who will take home the awards. Voting will close December 1, 2018.   Vote here: https://goo.gl/forms/J92zr9ptdtDbspY33

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Sara_Afonso_1551 on 09/14/2018 at 06:51AM

Jupiter Freak Show

Ladies and gentlemen, dear listeners and lovers of free music, welcome!

Let me present you my new project in progress: "The New Freak Shows" with a first track freely inspired by "American Horror Story: Freak Show".

This first track is called "Jupiter Freak Show" because the show of Elsa Mars (portrayed by the amazing Jessica Lange) is in the city of Jupiter, Florida.

"Jupiter Freak Show" is composed in the style of the music of the opening theme of this tv series.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, don't be scared and please, listen to "Jupiter Freak Show"!

Thank you for listening!

PS: I'm French so I may do some spelling mistakes...

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nokomisite on 09/11/2018 at 05:00AM

Boot Magna by Lazy Salon

Boot Magna by Lazy Salon

Now available on FMA, the 2018 'Boot Magna' releases by New Jersey's Lazy Salon (aka Sean Byrne).  Boot Magna is a compilation of new works in progress, remixes of existing Lazy Salon tracks, and unreleased elements from the archives.  All instrumental, all psychedelic and all created through a process of merging recent & older elements to create new music.

The 'Sets' version of Boot Magna presents the music as two seamless 20 minute mix sets, while the 'Tracks' version breaks out each of the 10 pieces for ala carte digestion.

Set 1 (or Tracks 1-5) is a dancefloor-friendly sequence of 120bpm songs and remixes.  

Set 2 (or Tracks 6-10) represent the more ambient and spaced-out aspects of the project.

 

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dhf510 on 09/10/2018 at 04:21PM

Just Released: "Cedar St // Acacia Ave" by Sams n

Macaque Records is proud to announce the release of the third album in its discography, the experimental Cedar St // Acacia Ave by Sams n. Choppy beats, sparse vocals, looming atmosphere and odd tangents augment this unique collection of music. Get lost in the curves and pulses of the record tonight!

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TangWeiMusiio on 09/07/2018 at 03:53AM

Musiio Playlist 10 #FunnyWind

 

Here at Musiio we’re constantly testing and fine-tuning our A.I. to make sure that it is functioning at optimal capacity. In one of our usual testing sessions I noticed that it can pick out certain instruments and styles of playing really well.

In these tracks picked out by our A.I. we have bands inspired by Balkan brass orchestras and swinging early 20th century jazz. Disparate scenes far apart but all featuring the same fun and joyous sound of wind instruments!

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eg0cide on 08/30/2018 at 03:13PM

Introducing Eg0cide Productions (netlabel for experimental music) and the live recordings serie Solo Duo Trio co-organized with Apocope

Artwork of SDT2, created by Xavier Muissat (Apocope label)

Eg0cide Productions is a french netlabel specialized in experimental music founded in 2007 by Kecap Tuyul (aka The Ghost Between The Strings aka Failure Circle). Most of our releases are available for free downloads and published under Creative Commons LicensesWe have released more than 180 albums in various styles of music, including ambient, drone, experimental rock, free improvisation, noise, soundscapes and sound collages. Our full back catalog is available from eg0cide.com. For the past few years, the focus has naturally shifted towards free improvisation, noise and more conceptual works, considered not so much as well defined styles but rather as ways to generate idiosyncratic sounds and forms. Above all, we like to be surprised by inspired and unorthodox creations.

 This evolution is also related to the organisation of live events in Paris and around (since 2015 & the creation of the XtetX collective with a few other experimental musicians), and by the wish to publish live recordings. Since february 2018, eg0cide has partnered with another French label, Apocope, for a special serie of live events called Solo Duo Trio. All these concerts are recorded and later co-published as free download releases. The objective of this project is to give an insight into the deep, vivid and diverse French experimental music scene.

Since the second edition, the two labels cooperate with Les Instants Chavirés (Montreuil), one of the most durable and notable venues dedicated to experimental and improvised music around Paris. Two volumes have been published so far and can be found here or on eg0cide's site for more formats (flac and wav are available).

The third event of this serie will take place again atLes Instants Chavirés, on 5 october 2018. It will be centered about guitar players and feature Farida Amadou (from Liège, Belgium), Olivier Benoît & Julien Desprez (trio) ; Simon Henocq & Jean-Sébastien Mariage (duo) ; Clara De Asis (solo). We plan to publish the recordings around the end of 2018. With this kind of project we'd like to share recordings of french experimental musicians to a broader audience.

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dhf510 on 08/28/2018 at 05:44PM

Experience more than the music with the Revisionist History Memory Box

The newly released Revisionist History Memory Box enables you to experience Gilman Mom's third album in a whole new way. The box includes a CD, three polaroids, a silk sunflower, and a sachet of lavendar. Revisionist History can now be felt, smelled, heard and tasted. Kick back, relax, and immerse yourself in the relaxed, fluttery world of this album. You can purchase the box set at https://gilmanmom.bandcamp.com/merch/revisionist-history-memory-box The Revisionist History Memory Box is a limited edition of 25.

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cheyenne_h on 08/28/2018 at 04:56PM

5 Tips For Artists Who Want to Join FMA

You may have looked through the FMA's catalogue and thought, "I'd love to be a part of this!" 

If you make music, you can apply to have your music added to our growing collection! We're curated, which means that music must be reviewed before it's included. Here are a few tips that will help you get approved: 

1. If you make electronic music or you're a solo artist, you'll be facing the most competition for inclusion in our archive. We have a LOT of electronic music and solo artists on our site already. Recordings of actual instruments, sampled or played live, are more likely to be included in the archive, and so are musical groups with multiple members. Electronic musicians and solo artists are regularly welcomed into the archive, so don't let that stop you from applying, but if you don't make the cut, it's not personal. 

2. Read up on Creative Commons licenses. Our site is predicated on sharing audio, utilizing the amazing toolset that Creative Commons built. They offer an array of licenses, so do a little research before you apply so you know what we're talking about when we ask you which license you want to use. We ask for a CC license with your submission, so take a moment and look at the license page. 

3. Send audio we can stream for review. We don't accept random file attachments, sorry! Please have your audio somewhere we can stream it - YouTube, archive.org, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, your own personal website, etc. If we can't listen to the audio... we can't approve it.  

4. Be original (it's a copyright thing). If you are remixing today's Top 40, that's cool. But we can't accept your remixes in our archive, because they contain samples of audio that are currently protected by copyright, and we're going to guess you didn't pay the artist to make your remix. Original work stands a better chance of getting into the collection. If you must use audio samples, make your own or find other CC-licensed works to draw from, such as huge collection at freesound.org

5. Be patient. We have a tiny staff and a small pool of reviewers. So if you don't hear from us within seconds of submitting your music, it's because we're busy! We typically take two weeks to get back to artists with a message of approval or rejection.

Ready to send us a submission? Great! Go fill out our form. You'll hear from us within two weeks. 

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JJMusiio on 08/23/2018 at 09:35PM

Musiio Playlist 9 #ElectronicPop

Whether or not you’re looking for a good pop anthem or have a penchant for the pristine sounds of well-produced beats, we’ve got you covered! 

Here's an interesting fact - Pop is not actually short form for “popular music”. Rather, it is a genre under “popular music”, defined by its highly manufactured production qualities and singable melodies. 

Of course, Pop music sticks by the trends of the times, appealing to masses of audiences with its memorability. With the advent of electronic music in this age of millennialism, we naturally welcome #ElectronicPop! 

With our AI, we have curated this pop playlist to light up your mornings and provide a good confidence boost. I don't know about you, but I personally enjoy a good song to strut to when I leave my house every morning! 

My ultimate fave of the set? David Amber’s Set Me On Fire, featuring Ashley Jana. Strongly recommend to spruce up your day! Have a good slay, have a good day. 

JJ@Musiio 

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tmray on 08/21/2018 at 04:01PM

New Mixtape by Lorenzo's Music Created With Only Open Source Software

Rom-Comm Mixtape is a new experimental artistic venture by Lorenzo's Music. A collection of songs and sounds that in the past year have been a personal expression of life and tribulation.

The project was created using nothing but open source software and tools, right down to the operating system on my laptop, Ubuntu Studio. It's also released under a creative commons license, which means it is free to use for your own projects.

These songs are more of a feeling that takes me back to the origins of creating music I remember. When you come up with an idea and build on it to capture a feeling as you go.

It's also the first release on my new netlabel I've started called American Bandito Records. If you have music you would like me to check out let me know!

-Tom


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cheyenne_h on 08/20/2018 at 12:39PM

August Newsletter - did you miss it?

The best part of our newsletter - monthly top 8!

Are you on our mailing list? If not, you're missing out on top news AND monthly faves from our archive! If you don't have time to listen to all the new uploads on FMA, it's ok - we do it for you! Each month's newsletter will have 8 staff picks, with something for just about everyone. You can read our August newsletter to get a taste of what you're missing.

Wanna subscribe? Sign up here.

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cheyenne_h on 08/14/2018 at 05:44PM

REAK △ Sanca Birawa △ Transe in Indonesia by Les Cartes Postales Sonores

Here's something you don't hear everyday! A field recording from the outskirts of Bandung in West Java in Indonesia. "REAK, a ritual from an animistic past clinging to an urban present," according to the liner notes. Music propels the participants into a deep trance, exchanging consciousness for an invisible, wild spirit, a transition from human to animal consciousness. This hour-long sonic journey was captured by Les Cartes Postales Sonores, and this bit of audio ephemera from the other side of the globe is shared below, on its own album page, and on Bandcamp. You can listen to the tracks below, or watch this short documentary about it: 

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cheyenne_h on 08/13/2018 at 10:37AM

Foo Fest 2018 Is Coming!

FOO FEST is AS220's annual summer block party all-ages fundraiser in downtown Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, August 18th, 2018!

From 1 PM to 1 AM, outside on Empire Street and inside AS220, people of all ages will delight in 12 incredible hours of music, art, performance, kid and family-friendly activities, hands-on interactive art experiences from local artists, makers, and like-minded arts and cultural organizations, delectable food and drink, and much more, all highlighting arts, culture, and creativity in Providence and the Ocean State!

We've included some of the tracks from their preview mix below, but you can listen to the full sampler here! You can also listen to previous years' samplers at the AS220 FMA page.

For tickets visit here.

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YizzyV on 08/08/2018 at 06:55PM

Musiio Playlist 8 #TripHop

Search 'lofi hip hop' on Youtube and you'll likely find many mixes with "chill/study/relax" in the title, plastered with an anime thumbnail image. 

I don't know about you, but from where I am (Singapore), these playlists are EVERYWHERE. Almost everyone I know are either listening to these mixes or a new upload by Majestic Casual. 

Because of the popularity of these playlists, Trip Hop (used synomously with Downtempo - though the latter has a cleaner, less 'earthy' sound) is 'Lofi Hip Hop' to the people in this region. 

And they are not wrong. Trip Hop pioneers Portishead, for example, record their material to old tape from real instruments, and then sample their recordings rather than recording their instruments directly to a track. Part of its aesthetic is its unabashed use of tape hiss, degraded audio signals and samples of 60s-70s soul/jazz crooners. 

We fed our favourite trip hop tracks into our A.I and it resulted in this stunning playlist from the FMA. Enjoy. 

Ysabel @ Musiio 

Anitek - "Ash" (03:10)
Anitek - "Ash" (03:10)
dustmotes - "Soulbox" (02:22)
dustmotes - "Soulbox" (02:22)
Suhov - "Different" (04:43)
Suhov - "Different" (04:43)
Jazzafari - "B.A.G." (04:06)
Jazzafari - "B.A.G." (04:06)
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cheyenne_h on 08/07/2018 at 01:27PM

Battery Operated Orchestra's delighful, minimalist synth-pop

image via Facebook.

Their formula is simple, but the results are wonderful. Just because something is labeled 'minimalist' doesn't mean it can't be layered and interesting. A group that demonstrates this principle beautifully are Battery Operated Orchestra: the duo of Chris Black and Brigitte Rose from Brighton, UK. Their "Wish List" EP has only four tracks, but it packs a lot of enjoyment into those fifteen minutes. See if you agree and have a listen below! 

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trevort on 08/06/2018 at 09:37AM

A suicide cult and a retreat into psychic wilderness

https://unthunk.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Coin-FMA.jpg

Unthunk has released Coin, the fourth full length release from Happy Puppy Records on freemusicarchive.org.

Coin consists of two distinct halves. From the perspective of a make-believe suicide cult, the first half combines functional music-making in support of the Order of Eternal Tranquility's ceremonies with studies by and about the cult's key characters. 

The second half examines the state of "unaccommodated man", as expressed by Shakespeare's Lear. Each piece departs tangentially from the bard's idea of casting off civility, to experience the resulting isolation and communion.

Unthunk is a musical collective pursuing the intersection between chamber and pop music.

For a taste of the project, check the track below. Notes on the project are available at https://unthunk.ca/item/coin/, and the full album is available at https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Unthunk/Coin/

Unthunk - "Smulkin" (02:55)
Unthunk - "Smulkin" (02:55)
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cheyenne_h on 08/01/2018 at 09:53AM

FMA Q&A: Yan Terrien

A laser harp, created by Yan Terrien, played by Jean-Michel Jarre. photo via Facebook.

Yan Terrien is a French musician who experiences inspiration for his music all over his life: from mathematical experiments and outer space, to time spent in hospitals, his music is an expression of his mind, body and soul. We find his music compelling, as well as the stories behind his songs. Give our interview a read below: 

 

FMA: Tell us a little about yourself. 

Yan Terrien: My name is Yan Terrien. I am French and live near Marseilles. I was born in 1951 and worked all my life as a show technician. I am self-taught and have learned computers as artists have asked me to create systems for them. I made laser harps, show-control software, giant image projectors, fireworks sequencers, and so on. [Note: the photo above is of a laser harp made by Yan, played by Jean-Michel Jarre.]

FMA: How would you describe the music you make?

Yan Terrien: I make algorithmic music, but, not having the level nor the basics in mathematics, my approach has been empirical from the beginning. The path that I took consists of writing computer code to create sequences of MIDI commands. The method that I used in the albums "Music For Corridors" and "Streaks" was to write JavaScript code in "Max For Live" modules. I wrote scripts that send commands to the MIDI tracks of the Ableton software, and then reworked the recorded tracks to make them sound according to the emotions I wanted to express. When I used this method, I was under morphine treatment for lung cancer, which explains the atmosphere of the album "Music For Corridors." I used the same technique in the album "Streaks" but with less audio effects to maintain a raw piano sound. For example, the song "Bond Band" repeats random arpeggios and the algorithm varies the velocity of each note to obtain a different resonance at each repetition. I also used my scripts to generate random solos in music with a different genre, as in the song "Secret Latch" of the album "Music For Me" (is it Pop ?). 

FMA: How did you start making music?

Yan Terrien: I learned piano when I was young. As a teenager, I was playing bass guitar in a rock band that became "The Rockets" afterwards, a space rock band! 

But I stopped music when I became a father at 22. I started to create computer music in 1984 on a MSX, but the first music software that I wrote on PC, Synthia, was an interface that controlled oscillators. I used it recently to create the sounds of the Thiasyn song. In the 90s I wrote Katorzer, where you had to enter some fancy parameters that created note and velocity loops. It was my first attempt with the method that I use now. At this time, composer Forrest Fang used it in some of his compositions. 

FMA: How did you find the Free Music Archive, and why did you want to put your music on our platform?

Yan Terrien: I was looking for a platform where I could put music with a CC license and where people could download it to use it for their own creations. I was not happy with Soundcloud because, apparently, only musicians go on Soundcloud, it's a closed world. On FMA, people come because they know they can find good music without being sued because they use it.

I like the fact that people can download my music to use it for their own creations. At the moment it's mostly for videos but I dream that my music can be used in a contemporary ballet, I would be overjoyed to see artists dance on my music.

FMA: Tell me about some of the places your music has ended up.

I have created a YouTube playlist with all the videos using my music since I put it on FMA (57 videos since June). 

FMA: Do you have any artistic influences? What or who are they?

Yan Terrien: My influence are multiple. I like all music genres, from hermetic electronics to syrupy classic. But my favorite artist is Ryuichi Sakamoto, for his sensitivity, his eclecticism, his sense of beauty, his aura. He is a master.

FMA: What project are you working on right now (musical or not) that you're excited about?

Yan Terrien: Today my lung cancer has woken up, although it has been quiet for a year now, so I will focus on the treatments. But at the same time I'm looking for a new way to use my computer skills to create music. I try new programs, I explore, something will eventually end up ...

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cheyenne_h on 07/30/2018 at 02:02AM

Let The Polish Ambassador take you on a "Twilight Safari"

Over the course of more than 190 tracks spanning 15 releases, The Polish Ambassador has generously shared more music than most at the Free Music Archive through Jumpsuit Records. We are delighted to recommend his new album, "Twilight Safari," from its beautiful cover art to the killer tracks themselves. If you need some hip-hop-infused electronic/dance music to groove to, this is a prime cut. Packed with collaborators, there's a lot of diversity, lending their own flavors (and words) to what would otherwise be a primarily instrumental electronic album. 

The selection we're offering below is limited - there are fourteen tracks on this album - so if you like what you hear, pick it up on FMA or Bandcamp to give a full listen.

The instrumental/sample-vocal tracks definitely stand on their own, of course - "The Little Lifeform That Could" and "Escape Jupiter" have especially addictive beats. Ending on "Darker Shades of Wizardry," the Ambassador leaves you wanting more. So we'll keep you posted when his next album drops. 

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Cellophane_Sam on 07/27/2018 at 12:32PM

New Single From Cellophane Sam

"“The Gang’s All Here” is a mindfulness parable. It's about the self’s attention, as it’s lured into thought, and away from the present. 

I made a video for it which I think is pretty funny: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrREp-5s0To

Love,

CS

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cheyenne_h on 07/26/2018 at 02:50PM

Juniore's French Pop, courtesy of WFMU

French indie-pop band Juniore visited WFMU to perform on Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B on Friday, July 13 2018. Their session was added to the archive this week, and we wanted to shine a spotlight on these wonderful tracks. There are elements of Françoise Hardy and other slinky French pop stars that came before, but there are also clear through-lines to early rock and roll, from overblown organ interludes to bluesy bass walks, and a touch of surf here and there. 

Thanks to WFMU and Sophisticated Boom Boom for bringing live music to the Free Music Archive! 

Listen to the full performance below, or if you want to hear an interview with the band in addition to the full archived WFMU episode, click here

 

Juniore - "En Cavale" (06:06)
Juniore - "En Cavale" (06:06)
Juniore - "Difficile" (03:33)
Juniore - "Difficile" (03:33)
Juniore - "Panique" (04:10)
Juniore - "Panique" (04:10)
Juniore - "Soudain" (03:42)
Juniore - "Soudain" (03:42)
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cheyenne_h on 07/25/2018 at 11:46AM

Timecrawler 82 Brings Retrowave To FMA

via bandcamp.

Retrowave is a term used to describe music that hearkens back to early synth sounds used in pop. In this case, think of early Japanese animation. Fast cars, chunky moto jackets, night marketplaces, dance clubs and asymmetrical hair. It might also be called Citypop - a term that is a jazzy, cosmopolitan sound that was all the rage in 1980s Japan. This album, Osaka Lights, brings the more synth-driven sound to the fore.

Opening with "Driving In The Rain" (complete with field recordings from a rainstorm), the tone is set: this is an album for cruising around a neon-lit city at night, sparkling and refracted in a million raindrops on a windshield. "Mount Fuji" gets a little darker and blustery, whereas "Palms and Seagulls" has a distinct summery, beachy cruise vibe. Listen below. 

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YizzyV on 07/23/2018 at 10:32PM

Musiio Playlist 7 #DarkElectronic

If the occasional daydream involves you fighting epic space bosses, you're in for a treat. 

This week's special is Dark Electronic, flavoured with sinister industrial beats, heavy wub bass and gritty synths.

Menace has never felt so good. 

This selection of #DarkElectronic from the FMA is brought to you by Musiio, A.I. generated playlists. Got something else you think we should check out? Comment below!

Ysabel @ Musiio

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cheyenne_h on 07/23/2018 at 11:08AM

Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal's "Enchanted Forest" Is Beautiful, Haunting, and Complex

The "Enchanted Forest" of Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal is a many-splendored listen. Each track has its own texture and unique flow. The opening, title track introduces the album in a calming, meditative way, but the rest of the album veers from that path often, to introduce new sonic landscapes. "Know Your Birds" helps you learn to identify birdcalls.  "Tryptic Dance" trots along with arpeggiating synths, drum machines, and live-looped marimba to encourage trancelike listening, and then hits you with a synth solo that is as unexpected as it is appropriate, it flits around the track with the random calculations of a moth circling a flame. "Orange Sunshine" brings the album full circle, ending in a place that is similar to where it began. 

This Baltimore duo is making something in the tradition of many other new age artists working around the world, bringing this gentle, progressive music form back into the limelight. If you enjoy music that is progressive, layered electronic, or vaguely educational, you may want to give this one a listen. 

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enoughrec on 07/21/2018 at 06:01PM

Do you believe in spirits?

Cinematic dark ambient orchestral album by Russian project Alex Mason. Do you believe in spirits? "The Exorcist" will show you that their existence is real. At a time when only the sacred word coulds heal from unknown and painful ailments. A disease that amazes from within so deeply that not one surgical device will not reach and there were only the bravest, enlightened of us who dared to help the grief of the sufferer. Because for each demon there will be a person with a great faith living in the heart and such people are called - exorcists.
So who will win? This question will be answered in every work from the album, which is permeated with a terrible and gloomy atmosphere of fear in the best traditions of horror films.

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cheyenne_h on 07/18/2018 at 09:08AM

Experimental Jazz with Sam Newsome

New York-based musician Sam Newsome specializes in pushing the medium of solo saxophone. He was invited to WFMU to perform live on the radio for Kurt Gottschalk's program, Miniature Minotaurs, on July 13th. The recordings are edgy, raw, and innovative. His techniques range from traditional vibrato and percussive methods to unusual additions to his instrument to create extra sounds, textures, and depth to his work. 

"My music," says Newsome, "is a type of improvisatory art music in which jazz functions more as a resource than a musical genre to be interpreted with stylistic specificity." 

His first improvisation session is more experimental than the second, with chimes hanging from the instrument, percussive key-tapping, and an exploration of low-range sounds that issued from his instrument. The second improvisation is laced with arpeggios and bears a resemblance to compositions by Philip Glass.

Want to hear it already? Click on a track below: 

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deeperclaritynet on 07/17/2018 at 08:02PM

Tim Woulfe FMA

I chose to join the FMA because I believe that my music should be accessible to everyone regardless of money ! All of my music is available "pay what you want" on bandcamp, so it was only natural to move onto here as well. I've toured around alot of the country and have been making music for a long time, so I've developed alot of goals and principles for my music. I'm especially focused on making calm and thoughtful music, and it's exciting to me to make music of this ilk more available to the public (especially through means that aren't spotify/itunes etc!) Here is a bio that goes more in depth about my music :

A focused, painterly approach can be found throughout Philadelphian musician Tim Woulfe’s discography. Whether describing a single night of sleep on The Sleep Cycles (2016), the course of an average day on Silence (2017) or the myriad other explorations of place, person and nature on the many albums and EP’s that have been steadily released since 2013, Woulfe builds each track from the ground up with field recordings, nylon guitars, vocal harmonies and whatever else happens to be lying around the room at the time. These many layers make the songs feel human and lived in, a distinctly personal and stabilizing attempt at embodying stillness and softness in an often harsh and overwhelming world. 

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cheyenne_h on 07/17/2018 at 10:25AM

Wanna Be Featured On The Blog?

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Just a reminder to you artists out there -- you, too, can be featured on our FMA front page! All you have to do is write a paragraph or two about yourself (or, preferably a release on FMA), add a few tracks, and publish your blog entry. Then send us a note about it - we'll take care of the rest! Entries are added at our discretion, so blogging about a release or launch is not a guarantee, but it does increase your chances considerably (as opposed to not writing at all)! 

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MarilynRoxie on 07/14/2018 at 09:32AM

Vulpiano Records - Netlabel Day Celebration

For the third year in a row, Vulpiano Records is participating in international online music celebration event Netlabel Day. With 9 new releases from new and returning artists across a range of styles from ambient to alternative, acoustic to field recordings, there is something for everyone. Also included in the mix are some tracks from recent releases just before Netlabel Day.

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Simon_Mathewson_1429 on 07/14/2018 at 01:57AM

Happy Netlabel Day

Nul Tiel Records is very pleased to be included in Netlabel Day 2018 along with lots of other fantastic music from around the world.

Our release for Netlabel Day is Phase 2 by Xylo-Ziko

For all our releases please visit our website or see our Free Music Archive page.

 

Xylo-Ziko - "Phase 2" (12:15)
Xylo-Ziko - "Phase 2" (12:15)
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dhf510 on 07/13/2018 at 11:58AM

Gilman Mom releases “Coast of Daylight” Music Video

On July 9, Gilman Mom released an atmospheric nature music video for “Coast of Daylight”, the opening track on album Revisionist History. The video immerses the viewer in the arboreal world that the song lives in. Monkeys, flowers, and lamination abound, have fun delving into this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsdPAQ_vfYc

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YizzyV on 07/12/2018 at 01:15AM

Musiio Playlist 6 #IndieRock

Hi everyone, this is Ysabel from Musiio. Kicking where Hazel left off and serving up Indie Rock this time! 

Indie Rock, an umbrella genre that is identified more by its ethos than a musical approach, is one that is not easily - or can be - objectively identifiable by ear. In making music that suits their personal taste more than selling records (a major label thing), Indie bands exploit that freedom to explore sounds, emotions and subjects that can have limited appeal to the mainstream audience. Music that may seem too whimsical, too melancholic, too delicate, too raw, too abrasive for the general public, yet balancing these leanings with a pop sensibility. 

With the ever-growing list of subgenres and styles, the right question here is then - How do you like your Indie? Personally I’m big on garage-influenced Crumbsnatchers and Night Beats, and new wave artists a la Single Bullet Theory. 

Share your favourite indie style by commenting on this post!  

Ysabel @ Musiio 

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slclabel on 07/11/2018 at 12:00PM

Netlabel Day 2018

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Soisloscerdos con ganas de que llegue el Netlabel Day 2018. El 14 de Julio, fecha elegida por cuarto año consecutivo, compartiremos, al igual que muchos netlabels de todo el planeta, música en estado puro, libre y personal, en nuestro caso, música techno. Gracias por el apoyo a todos los que os acercáis a esta cultura.

- Ant GM, nos alegrará con su techno, concreto, analógico y afilado.

- Langax, nos cede más canciones, esta vez muy acid. Además se han añadido al esfuerzo dos colaboradores, Ángel García y Halted Instant, aportando sus remixes de una canción del EP.

- (029) se apunta a última hora, aportando su gran techno, directo a la pista. Gracias!

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cheyenne_h on 07/06/2018 at 08:55PM

Meet The Waterphone, courtesy of Philip Gayle

image from waterphone.com

The FMA is full of strange sounds, and some are downright otherworldly! There is an instrument known to some called the waterphone, and it's played with a bow or mallets. This instrument is made of an array of metal rods connected to a bowl that has water inside a central handle (see photo above for some examples). This allows for ethereal and eerie sounds to emerge when a bow is drawn across the metal; different rods generate different tones. If you've ever seen a scary movie, you've probably heard the sound of this amazing instrument. Recently, Philp Gayle appeared on WFMU to perform and has generously shared the recording with us at the Free Music Archive. Listen below:

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Hadokowa on 07/03/2018 at 01:37PM

Hadokowa re-issues EP as a USB cassette

"Loading..", our debut EP has been re-released as a USB cassette by Enough records (electro, Portugal) and Nación Libre records (punk, Mexico).

Pretty like a tape but useful like a USB drive!

 

 

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slclabel on 07/03/2018 at 05:00AM

Chuzausen - Mr. Default

New Release!

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Autor:       Chuzausen

Titulo:       Dr. Default

Género:    Electronic, Downtempo, Ambient

Formato:   EP digital

Fecha:       Junio 2018

Licencia:   BY-NC-SA

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douglasawh on 06/29/2018 at 07:22PM

Looking for a label in DC, Iceland, or Louisville?

I am headed to DC in July, Iceland in August (Reykjavik and Akureyri), and the at-least yearly visit to Louisville in December. Get me your demos now so I can discuss with the blocSonic team before meeting in person.

And if you live in the Minneapolis or St. Paul, hit me up any time!

I've left you with some music from DC, Iceland, and Louisville!

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HazelMusiio on 06/29/2018 at 05:00AM

Musiio Playlist 5 #HeavyRock

We are back once again with another genre and another playlist. Our A.I. is working hard everyday to create colourful and helpful playlists. 

Excitingly, we limited this one to the newer material from the FMA, to see what gems we could find. Don't get me wrong I love a classic, but I was curious to see what difference searching a new segment of the database made. See what you think! 

Comment on the post and let me know if you have any feedback or suggestions on what genres you would like to hear next! 

Hazel @ Musiio

 

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cheyenne_h on 06/26/2018 at 07:01PM

Lithics Fuse Post-Punk and No Wave on FMA

via https://www.instagram.com/lithicsband/

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Lithics pays homage to the art-punks of yesteryear with their impatient, deliberate guitars that march along in argument, sparse percussion that propel the songs along, and delightfully deadpan, imaginative lyrics. In the past year, they've visited WFMU twice (once to appear on Liz Berg's program and once, most recently, on the Evan "Funk" Davies show), and if you haven't heard about them by now, do yourself a favor and give them a listen

Recommended if you like the Fall, Bush Tetras, or DNA. 

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cheyenne_h on 06/22/2018 at 02:38PM

A Compendium of WFMU Live Performances

WFMU, the major driving force behind FMA's creation - and its continued existence! - continues its campaign of badassery by adding music to the Free Music Archive on a regular basis. At this time, there are more than 20,000 tracks in their collection!! If you have a favorite show from WFMU, consider looking at the collections FMA has compiled, organizing live sessions by DJ/show. Some hosts only have one or two live sessions and some have hundreds of tracks waiting to be streamed or downloaded! 

You can scroll through the growing roster (more than 100), or check out this handy-dandy alphabetized list to browse through.

Find your new favorite band! 

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saturnine on 06/21/2018 at 06:42PM

Finnish band Astrometrics releases third EP

'Into Hyperspace' is the third EP by the Finnish band Astrometrics. As is usual — yet always unexpected — the recording process took longer than was anticipated, but the band is satisfied with the result and already looking forward to starting the recording of the next release over the summer. The band's melodic electronic rock, influenced by old as well as new elements in the genre, is given its distinctive sound by a DIY synthesizer based on the Commodore 64 sound chip. The lyrical themes range from personal introspection to general space rock topics as well as more particular matters of geek interestlike the history of the calculus.'Into Hyperspace' is the biggest release from the band yet, including four songs - and one of them is completely in Finnish, which is something they've never done before."I think this is the best recording we've released so far", says the bass player and band promoter Kalle Alho. "It's also the most personal release for me because it features one track written by myself (titled "Lentomatto", "The Flying Carpet"). It's a bit different kind of a song than what we've heard from the Astrometrics earlier. I was nervous to introduce the song to the band but they all took it well and together we shaped the song into what it is on the record." "It was great!", the bassist says. "It's one of the things in our band that I admire the most - that it's not genre music - we can do whatever we please and are always open to new and different ideas. I know that certain type of eclecticism might turn some people off - for they don't know what to expect - but for me personally it is a huge source of inspiration and satisfaction."

 

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cccommunitymusicawards on 06/20/2018 at 08:40PM

Announcing the CC Community Music Awards!

Congratulations to the genre winners of the first annual CC Community Music Awards! In effort to create a Grammy-equivalent for the Creative Commons community, several cc artists/bloggers/enthusiasts have banded together to honor creative commons musicians. This year's eligibility window was April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 and the selections were hand-picked by the judges. You can see this year’s winners and nominees at https://ccmusicawards.com/ 

Now it’s time for you to vote! Help decide the overall Album and Track of the Year here: https://goo.gl/forms/IqytNPTjkbhDuwgA3

 

Voting will close July 12 and the winners will be announced on Netlabel Day (July 14).

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Lemon_Yellow_Hayes on 06/18/2018 at 10:37AM

Free the Sound of Music: A=440 Hz to A=444 Hz

A display showing 444 Hz

Just about twenty five years ago, I stopped playing my guitar in the regular EADGBE tuning. In fact, I had stopped playing guitar long enough to intentionally forget a lot of what I'd learned in that tuning. When I resumed my playing, I began tuning the strings on my guitar to whatever felt (and sounded) good to me. After awhile, I decided to look for other alternate tunings when, by chance, I stumbled across a few online articles mentioning that the standard tuning for all instruments (A = 440 Hz) was something that had been imposed / mandated by "those in power" with less than wholesome intentions. Since the nature of the notion is conspiratorial, comment sections of related articles and videos were chock full of comments bashing those that felt that A = 440 was not a healthy tuning. I began to wonder why people would go out of their way to bash someone else's belief concerning a topic that's seemingly not all that important. The amount of bashing that I saw was enough to lead me to believe that those doing the bashing were doing so for a reason. Reading and partaking in online arguments on the subject seemed to be nothing more than a waste of time and energy so I decided to see for myself. What I found by playing in A = 444 Hz is that the tuning actually resonates with my physical being a lot more than it does if I were to tune to A = 440 Hz.

I recently came across this video for the CymaScope app. This app includes a small circular keyboard and the ability to see the actual cymatic geometry that's created by different tones by using one of three different tunings. (A = 432 Hz, A = 440 Hz and A = 444 Hz) While the demonstration in the video doesn't show the geometry of those five simple notes that were made famous by 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' in 432 Hz, it does show the geometric effects of those five notes in 440 Hz and 444 Hz. It may be a matter of opinion but, to me, the patterns created by A = 440 Hz are rather sloppy and lack the symmetry and beauty of the patterns created by A = 444 Hz.

Seeing might not be believing so you might have to do just as I did and shut the world off, put aside any preconceived notions, pick up your instrument of choice and experiment. I found a lot of folks that mentioned that A = 432 Hz was the 'correct' tuning. While that might be a tuning that resonates well with some people, it didn't resonate as well with me and the open tunings that I use. When I first tuned to A = 444 Hz, it felt like I'd arrived at home after a long trip (for lack of a better way of describing it) After having felt and heard the differences first-hand, I'll never go back to using the A = 440 Hz tuning.

A search on the subject yields a lot of results that can be seen as religious or 'new-agey'. The majority of results actually make a lot of sense. The trick is to not be dissuaded or put off by the 'out there' stuff and keep a very open mind. As I previously mentioned, try the different tunings for yourself and you can be the judge. Outside of Jay Z's 4:44 album, John Lennon's 'Imagine' and a handful of Paul McCartney concerts, there isn't a lot of 444 Hz music available that's not under the 'new age' / religious category but that doesn't have to be the case.

The Free Music Archive is a great musical resource but I feel that music can't really be free, or played freely, if it's blindly played in an imposed standard tuning. We live in a world where we're constantly bombarded with unhealthy and unregulated frequencies that the human body cannot readily detect. If we can allow ourselves the choice to create, listen to and share music that carries with it a healthier frequency, the world might become a better place. If you (or your band) have music that's been recorded in A = 444 Hz (or A = 432 Hz) feel free to add a link in the comments section below. My Ünspecified collection is all A = 444 Hz as is 'Squeaky Wings' and 'Brother Christmas'.

As the Nikola Tesla quote goes, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration”

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Bozoo on 06/14/2018 at 06:37AM

Fourmi - L'Alunissage des fragilos

 

For its 37th release, Da ! Heard It Records sends your ears into orbit.

 

Why, who could these mysterious characters, the Fragilos, out to discover apparently unknown territories be? Take the time to follow their adventures through this UFO-reminiscent album that encapsulates a few instants of their stealthy existence in 13 pieces …

 

In the style of the illustrative discs of the seventies and eighties from which Phillippe Brown draws inspiration, the titles of this cassette’s compositions are clues themselves designed to stimulate the listeners’ imaginations. Thus, by holding the sleeve drawn up by Man Oroa while listening, each will be able to make up his or her own little story and discover the naïve-sounding, yet far from obvious, melodies.

 

One will thus go from one moon to the next without ever fully landing, floating softly above the ground among the bossa, zouk, or oriental rhythms and cinematographic atmospheres imprinted as much with second degree as with light melancholy.

 

Attracted to a musical era he didn’t experience but of which he uses the codes with style, Philippe has the characters evolve well beyond the musical frontiers we sometimes burden ourselves with. With this fictional original sound track at the crossroads of genres and eras, he visibly goes very far away, so far that everything leads us to believe that this dreamer of a musician most certainly has his head in the moon!

 

L’Alunissage des fragilos, the 37th release of Da ! Heard It Records is distributes under a Creative Commons License Y-NC-ND. The album is available for free listening and downloading at the following address: http://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-37

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dhf510 on 06/03/2018 at 01:52PM

Get the soundtrack to your summer with Gilman Mom's new album "Revisionist History"

In attempt to connect deeply with nature my newly-released album, Revisionist History, is immersed in atmospheric field recordings and jazz-inspired drone.  The album looks to delve into the embrace of a warm, youthful summer’s day and perhaps explore what mental state endured by such an environment. This album was made as a direct response to my previous album Manifest Destiny. It follows the lighter pathways opened in conclusion of its predecessor. Revisionist History was made carefully and purposefully. I got a lot out of making this thing and I hope you do as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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cheyenne_h on 06/02/2018 at 04:26PM

AGENDA 23: Electronic Music by Nick Myer

guest post written by Nick Myer/AGENDA 23

If you crave all things electronic, dance with elements of an 80's retro feel .and a sense of real songs, melody and meaning with good messages sewn in..for your listening pleasures.. You may well appreciate the first offerings from AGENDA 23, a music project created by Nick Myer.

No stranger to songwriting, Nick from England UK, a past exclusively signed songwriter for a brief period of time, and having signed several songs since over the years since, is offering some free song tasters from AGENDA 23 with more to follow for FMA.

Expect to hear simplistic, complex, melodic and emotional songs with meaning from AGENDA 23. Making songs too samey is not the goal with AGENDA 23. So in the future expect the unexpected. Most of the songs from AGENDA 23 will be female vocal/voice driven though but occasionally Nick adds his vocal contribution such as on WAKE UP NOW and THE PLANET as the robot voice. WAKE UP NOW is a song that was composed to encourage the world to see things how they really are and not how they are presented as an illusion. And of course to entertain. THE PLANET a song written some time prior to WAKE UP NOW, after a really scary dream about this world, is about Saving Earth and of course the people... to a backdrop of musical drama.

But don't expect it to stop there..as AGENDA 23 will be pushing out purely romantic love songs too..with no strict rules on genre. Whatever genre a song feels like it should be, that will be the treatment that will be applied.. in a loving way of course.. Nick cares deeply about Planet Earth and good health on this spinning ball of earth and rock we all live on..so these debut songs are focused on that most important theme.

Creativity is deeply engrained within Nick's being so to speak re creators within his own family tree.. Nick just happens to be Second Cousin to well-known Film Director Garth Jennings most recently known for Directing and creating the movie 'SING' but with a huge repertoire of work preceding that very successful movie... Though oddly the two have not yet met. A little fact of interest. Nick has however met his parents on several occasions..a long story. Nick has also worked with some very well established people in the past in his music endeavors.. Another very long story that will one day be told... But for now..

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cheyenne_h on 06/01/2018 at 07:27PM

Sachiko Kanenobu: Folk Music From Japan

http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/79057

A legend in her own right, Sachiko Kanenobu recorded a folk album in 1972 called Misora before moving to the United States. Over the years its stature has grown until it has come to be considered one of the greatest Japanese folk albums of all-time. WFMU DJ Joe McGasko had her on to his program, Surface Noise, to play tracks from Misora and two brand-new songs. For the full archived program, click here. You can listen to her WFMU live appearance below. 

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HazelMusiio on 05/30/2018 at 05:00AM

Musiio Playlist 4 #Deepfunk

Hey everybody, it's playlist time again! 

Some genres aren't as abundant as others; music can often get released in waves and be governed by taste and trends. 

One such genre in the FMA is Deep Funk. Recognisable here by its strong basslines, often soulful vocals and laid-back swing pattern of drumming, it can be harder compared to other genres to find modern funk tracks in the FMA catalogue.

The roots of the genre can be traced back to the mid-60s and can be heard influencing many modern top 40 chart hits, but today I wanted to present you with something quite special, a slightly shorter playlist than usual from Musiio - but I think these tracks are just waiting to be heard. 

I'm particularly enamoured with track 5 by Ava Luna which starts with an incredible acapella section. And look out for track 4, Luce Lutu '623am' it definitely sways heavily into the trap and soul genres, but I love the sonic recognition across the blending genres.

Enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

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cheyenne_h on 05/29/2018 at 03:36PM

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

photo by Jean-Paul Builes. Reposted from Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio's official Facebook page.

In need of some funky Hammond organ grooves to keep you moving through the week? Look no further. These three guys have got you covered! In a recent appearance on WFMU for Surface Noise with Joe McGasko, they brought some seriously good music to the airwaves, and were generous enough to share it with us here at the Free Music Archive. If you aren't sure what a Hammond organ is, as soon as you hit play, you'll probably recognize the sound. They were everywhere in pop and soul music in the mid-20th century, but as this recording demonstrates, they clearly haven't gone out of style. 

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cheyenne_h on 05/29/2018 at 02:13PM

FMA Q&A: Monkey Warhol

Monkey Warhol is an artist from Minneapolis who collaborates with kids and has dropped two CC BY albums on FMA. He was recently approached by a big company to do a jingle for a commercial. Below, we talk about what that was like, what he's working on now, and his advice for anyone who gets commissioned by a large company to make music. Here's our interview! 

FMA: When you uploaded your music to FMA, what were your goals?

Monkey Warhol: I didn't really have any goals or expectations other than (hopefully) getting my music heard!!! From my experience, it seems that whenever you upload tracks to any sort of music site, you usually get a couple curiosity listens and then crickets. Not saying you should expect anything more from a music-hosting site (heck, they're already hosting my music for free so I have no right to complain), but what's been wonderful about Free Music Archive is that it feels like an "Online Community" in that my tracks have been picked up and incorporated into other people's projects. It’s flattering and amazing to see how my music has become part of someone else's vision! Blows my mind! KA-BOOM!

FMA: Was it surprising to be solicited by a big company for music licensing?

MW: Definitely! As an independent artist, the biggest surprise was that my music could somehow catch the ear and attention of a "big company". Not necessarily due to the music itself, but more that it actually managed to find its way through the loopholes and reach various "decision makers" within an organization. It's super encouraging and gives me (and hopefully others) a nice bit of confidence to know that it can be done.

FMA: What would you tell a musician who was going through this process for the first time?

MW: There's a fine line between business and art. Obviously, have fun and be creative, but at the end of the day you're supporting THEIR vision (not vice versa) so have a great attitude, excellent work ethic, and a quick turnaround! Also if the company you're dealing with is big enough, find an entertainment attorney. I think contracts and all the legal mumble-jumble is designed specifically to confuse the average person.

FMA: Do you plan to pursue more music options like this in the future?

MW: I'd love to if they'd have me. I don't watch much TV, but Mama Warhol will call me from time to time and say, "I heard your song on TV!" It's funny; I've been making music for 25+ years, yet all of a sudden, I'm "legit" because my song appeared on TV. The "90s Alternative Rocker" in me shakes his head at what I've become.

FMA: Your latest Free Music Archive release is Hannah Banana. How is it different from your last release The Darwin LP?

MW: It's basically more of the same... I've got some pop songs, some electronic instrumentals, and a few experimental ideas. The Darwin LP was a compilation of tracks from the first 3 Monkey Warhol EPs with a couple random tunes thrown in and Hannah Banana is basically a collection of tracks from EP4 through EP6 with a couple random tracks thrown in. I tried to make it flow like an album and I'm really proud of everything on there. I still like it when I give it a listen, which either means the album is decent, or I have poor taste in music. Probably a little bit of both, eh? Please download it and give it a listen... if anything, it's the right price.

FMA: Finally, what's the story behind "Bongo Booty"? That video is ridiculous!

MW: Thanks! "Bongo Booty" is the sonic sensation of what happens when you collaborate with a 6-year old! Basically, I wrote a little tune called "Lovely Lady" a few years ago with my daughter and my son wanted his own anthem. So, we sat down and came up with "Bongo Booty."

As for the video, I thought it would be funny to make a video where the running joke would be that you can't tell if someone is playing butts or bongos. (Yes, nothing but highbrow deep philosophical analysis here.) I ran the idea by my video collaborated-artist-buddy Gigi Ranchero, he loved it, and here we are! To be honest, all the credit for the video really goes to him. I just showed up and hung out around a green screen. Our kids (aka "Unicorn Festival") are in there, and I'm the mangy old rocker in a do-rag!

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cheyenne_h on 05/24/2018 at 01:09PM

Tropical Pop from Hollie Cook

Image from holliecook.com

On a recent episode of WFMU's Sophisticated Boom Boom, Hollie Cook brought her distinctive style of 'tropical pop' to the airwaves! Hollie Cook was part of the last lineup of The Slits, a legendary all-female punk/reggae group from the UK. With heavy dub-reggae influences and strong melodic vocals that accent the music rather than dominate it, this is a live session that you don't want to miss! Listen below. 

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EncryptedScrolls on 05/23/2018 at 07:17PM

The Encrypted Scrolls

Sometimes words alone cannot paint the picture of the things possessed within, but when you add a vocal flow that carries various levels of emotions and impacts, the message can become clearer. In a reflection of life experiences, the artist behind the Encrypted Scrolls utilizes music as a form of communication to express various instances that have occurred, are impactful, and also have been life-altering.

The 4-album anthology of Encrypted Scrolls, is inspired from a story written and lived by the performer himself, Tony Hulse. The story is being produced as a film series and the music is designed to coincide with the scenes throughout the film’s first episode. When you play the film and this music, you get a different story experience that is blended perfectly with all the scenes. This style of immersive media has never been done before (on purpose). Music fans may know of the Wizard of Oz/Pink Floyd combination that works in various scenes throughout the film. This is similar to that but with all the scenes blending to a precise beat and telling a new story to the one originally displayed.

Tony has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 5 years with his works on syndicated networks like ABC, FOX, and Disney. With his skills, he created the Encrypted Scrolls as an additional visualization of his art, wisdom, and to compliment some of his projects that are shared through various forms of media.

The first two albums from the Encrypted Scrolls are available on Free Music Archive to download and feature the musical scores from others FMA’ers with his vocals overlaid.  Tony is currently in production of the 2nd half of this set and a few other musical projects.



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Rocco_Granata_1176 on 05/22/2018 at 06:45AM

Rocco Granata - Works (A musical project and an art installation)

This is the first CD that is both a musical project and art installation. On the musical aspect, “Works” is a collection of 12 instrumental tracks written and produced by me. Twelve melodies developing through minimalism, sacred arias, electronica and tribal choirs. Twelve small audible pictures that have no purpose other than to move the listener. The album was released in June 2016. This is my first self-produced and self-distributed album. “Works” is a crafted product where the songwriting is simple. From the melodies to the sounds, from mixing to mastering, all is permeated by a DIY spirit. Self-production and self-distribution as a musical and social language.

“Works” is distributed for free in two ways: social and antisocial. With the social distribution you can download the entire album for free, leaving the listener free to share it in whatever way he feels. With the antisocial distribution, the album is handed out through an art installation. “Works” has been made into 300 numbered and signed CDs, left on the streets or in public places, there to be picked by people passing by. Every copy left is photographed and the photo is shared on the website www.roccogranata.it/works.

The project started in June 2016 in Rome, where most of the copies were distributed, and it spread around through Italy, France, Spain, Iceland, Holland, Denmark, Russia, Turkey, China, Cambodia, Senegal, Japan, Australia, Brasil, Argentina, Canada, Usa, Tailandia, Slovenia, Romania, Czech Republic, France, Croatia, Norway, Germany, Sveden, Greek, UK, Austria, Belgium. The CDs are distributed by me or by volunteers. There are copies that have yet to be distributed and are waiting to go around the world. If you want to distribute a CD, send me a message on this link.

From 14 to 16 July 2017 the Cd was taken to the Museo Macro in Rome on the occasion of Urban KING Action Figure. It's probably the first Cd to be exposed in a Museum of contemporary art.

A pianist and a cello player have contributed to the album recording. The nicknames they've chosen are Thomas Munz (piano), a homage to Thomas Müntzer, historical figure of the 16 th century and one of the protagonists of Luther Blisset's novel “Q”, and Lita Rodcenko (cello), which is a made up name. Lita, as a homage to Lita Ford, metal guitarist, and Aleksandr Rodčenko, artist and father of the Russian constructivism.

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cheyenne_h on 05/16/2018 at 06:15PM

Powerful & Introspective Music from the Gunn-Truscinski Duo

Guitarist Steve Gunn and percussionist John Truscinski recently visited WFMU's live studio and performed tracks off and on their new album, Bay Head. Their sound is impressively layered and nuanced for a two-man band. Host of WFMU's weekly radio program Surface Noise, Joe McGasko, says of the performance: "their latest album mixes Eastern modalities, a touch of psychedelia, and a grounding in roots music to produce a highly individual instrumental sound that's equal parts fiery and meditative. They supported the album with only a handful of live appearances – fortunately including this exclusive live session for Surface Noise recorded on 4/4/18 and broadcast on 4/16/18."

Please listen below! 

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HazelMusiio on 05/15/2018 at 02:11AM

Musiio Playlist 3 #Americana

Welcome to the Americana edition of AI playlists by Musiio!

Today our 'seed' track is the awesome Bob Wiseman's 'In Her Dream' - now usually I pick the seed track and the AI suggests the rest... however the Wiseman track was actually chosen by an earlier version of our AI as a companion to the Kurt Vile seed track from Playlist 1. So in reality I had even less of a hand in this than usual, but I love the way tracks lead to other tracks and playlists break off into different genres - so I couldn't help but follow where it went! 

I am a huge fan of the Americana genre. I used to be a regular down the front of shows at Corridor Bar, The Basement, The Union, and numerous other great bars in Sydney, Australia that are at the core of great Australian made Americana, which has dominated the local scene for the last 5 years. These playlisted artists are from the U.S., Russia, and all over - this genre has global appeal. 

Enjoy this new playlist of ten tracks all taken from the FMA.

Hazel - Co-Founder of Musiio

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MC_Cullah on 05/09/2018 at 12:18PM

Milwaukee's Sleeping Giant: Cullahsus

Why, man he doth bestride the narrow world like a “Cullahsus”; and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves.

With his aptly named brand new genre-transcending album of Cullahsus, Cullah takes us back to his roots (Well, as "roots" as it gets for a 27-year-old who has already released 12 albums). His powerful voice, funky beats, and that Milwaukee melodic spirit that never left now accompanies every song. Budgeting his food solely from the small amount money he makes from Spotify since he has refused to fully commercialize his music; he declares his resolute spirit through “King Jebediah (The Falcon Messiah)”. The themes infused the album are a lack of control of circumstances to a larger benevolent beast. In Cullah’s case, King Jebediah seems to be the music itself that he creates and is provided by.

This is the first year that he has been able to concentrate his efforts solely on creating his music. Unhindered by other responsibilities, in “Hurrycane” and “Helios 3” he seems to be both overwhelmed and liberated in the storms and boundless space of creativity. Despite these new joys and pains, a bit of the previous “Cullahmity” album influences “Cullahsus”. A heartbroken Irish trill echoes in “The Grief of Ceridwen” illustrating the loneliness that comes with the freedom expressed in his other songs.

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cheyenne_h on 05/08/2018 at 04:04PM

State Of The Commons Report

Image from the State of the Commons report official site.

Creative Commons, the organization that works tirelessly to enable and enrich a diverse and thriving commons through legal tools and advocacy, puts together a report every year called "The State Of The Commons." As a platform that is built on sharing and CC content, we are proud to be one of the participants of this important effort! Want to know more? 

Here are some fun, quick facts (but we think you should go and see the report for yourself): 

*Today, there are approximately 1.4 BILLION works shared with Creative Commons licenses! 

*FMA is one of two music-only platforms recognized in the report

*CC has more than 100 chapters worldwide, mostly in Europe

*The USA, UK, and Canada are the most frequent users of CC search in the past year

Read more at the report itself: https://stateof.creativecommons.org/

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siddhartha on 05/08/2018 at 08:53AM

Life, the Journey of Remembering

Life, the Journey of Remembering is really about being on a journey to realise you’re already home.

Originally, a spark of inspiration came while listening to a performance of Six Marimbas by Steve Reich. It suddenly sounded to me like the marimbas were playing phrases of DNA coding, constantly shifting and permutating to manifest the wondrous, kaleidoscopic, infinitely varied and yet pristinely ordered dance of existence. I was inspired to try something similar, to capture this dance of permutations, variations, arpeggios and drones, stillness and movement, sound and color, structure and boundlessness.

What I hope to evoke is the feeling of a flower unfolding out of itself, not to become something it wants to be, but to reveal what it already is.

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Alpha_Hydrae on 05/05/2018 at 01:09PM

A Tape Full of Mistakes, Dusty Love

Picture by The Hathaway Family Plot

Hello !

We are proud to announce you the release of Dusts, first album created by the collaboration of The Hathaway Family Plot and Monplaisir.

This album is made with collage of sounds, a lot of toys, some guitars found on the street, some cool feedback, some computers, instruments that don't existe and don't have names, in a relatively short amount of time and a distance of 3700 miles. (Thank you Internet)

It was a really great experimentation, made possible by this wonderful website : Free Music Archive.

So thanks a lot Free Music Archive.

 

Have a great listen,

A Tape Full of Mistakes

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Bozoo on 05/03/2018 at 07:59AM

[D!HR-36] Bill Vortex - Vortex Des Réformés

Bill Vortex

For its 36 release, Da Heard It Records floats into the parallel worlds of Bill Vortex.

This album is indeed all about parallels, as it multiplies references to more than thirty years of synthetic and dancing music. In this Vortex Des Réformés (“vortex of the reformed”) are fit together with precision pieces of various geometric shapes, reminiscent of the cassette’s illustration as imagined by Vomplie.

Unlike many albums, the tracks here are not thought of as part of a uniform whole, but rather as a well-constructed journey across eras and styles. Acid house, original electro, African influences, northern skweee, tortured breakbeats, and ambient interludes alternate back and forth between respite and high BPM.

As surprising as it may seem, these contrasted aural territories never give off the impression to have been put together as a compilation. On the contrary, they form together a work that takes the shape of an homage to the musicians who accompanied the sonorous everyday life of Patrice Curtillat throughout all these years.

The result is a musical portrait of which each line resonates like a thoroughly studied influence, and that condenses all of the know-how of its author onto a single magnetic tape. Curious music lovers will certainly take pleasure in unwinding it to retrace in their own way this precious history…

35x audio tape's available here : https://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-36#release

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HazelMusiio on 04/30/2018 at 07:36AM

Musiio Playlist 2 #Electronic

Hello again!

Let's get weird.

This week we will be looking at another AI generated playlist built by Musiio for the FMA.

For our second playlist we wanted to do something different. Our first playlist was smack-bang in the middle of the indie-folk genre, for our second playlist we wanted to demonstrate variety by moving into the electronica space.

If you look at the categories that make up the music collection on the FMA a large portion of it is Rock, Indie and Pop. One of the next biggest categories is Electronic.

This new playlist was generated using a 'seed' track. In this case track one of the playlist called Capture Me Burning selected by myself. We drop the 'seed' track into our AI and let it choose it's 9 friends for the playlist. 

There is one of our most varied playlists, with everything from Electro-Synth across to Minimal Tech and a little bit of Industrial thrown in - but I think it all sits together nicely. 

Once again I was delighted to be introduced to artists I wasn't aware of pre-playlisting.

Enjoy,

Hazel.

 

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chrisandrews on 04/17/2018 at 04:00PM

40 years of BLAH BLAH BLAH

Blah Blah Blah are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.

The group (not a gripe) met at art school in Colchester in 1978 and made their first improvised recordings on cassette in July.

We have never played the same thing twice and have never really wanted to. The Blahchive is now about 40hrs long. The FMA being the perfect platform for us and all the Blahists out there. The freedom of the Blah jam comes from the instruments and technology around in the sessions and the moods given to our vocalist to invent the scénario and tales within.

Thanks for listening !

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SpinningMerkaba on 04/10/2018 at 03:48PM

Surf Rock Sing Along

"Sing Along with Blue Wave Theory" is a twenty-song collection of remixes that not only bends the mind and ears with its range of genre diversity and production, but it also drops in on the waves of open sharing culture. How does this happen? It happens because collaboration breeds innovation.

In summer of 2016, this New Jersey based quartet was the featured artist for the “Ride the Wave Remix Event” within the global ccMixter music community. Talented artists from around the world created and produced dozens of outside-the-box remixes, which BWT later curated into Sing Along with Blue Wave Theory, a multi-genre release that is the group’s fourth.

We've posted a few tracks off the album here, the full album is available at Bandcamp.

Visit Blue Wave's FMA page for more details about the band.

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Cellophane_Sam on 04/06/2018 at 11:14AM

New Release: Cellophane Sam - Sea Change

Sea Change is a collection of instrumental music I wrote alongside my debut EP “Desire”, in 2017 . Feeling inspired by great storytelling podcasts like “Serial”, “S-Town”, and "This American Life", I wanted to create music that expressed the same conflicted, complex, unresolved emotions that those podcasts produced so well. I hope the FMA community finds use of this music, and I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

HQ files are avalible for free at Cellophanesam.com/music

If you wish to use this music for commercial projects, please contact me via the “email this artist link”, or at Cellophanesam.com/contact. 

Love, 

Brian

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podbear on 04/04/2018 at 01:21PM

Podington Bear: 10-Year Anniversary of Box Set

Aloha!

Because the word aloha, which invokes love, compassion and kindness is spoken as a greeting and goodbye, it's the perfect way to begin this story.  Almost exactly one decade ago Podington Bear (That's me) finished the goal I had set in 2007: to create 3 songs a week and share them via podcast. The End marked the completion of the 156 song marathon and served as the capstone to The Box Set, released in 2008.

Two years later, in 2010, an FMA curator asked to include the song "Wavy Glass" on the newly created Free Music Archive. Looking back, that was the seed that grew into a tree. It grew slowly at first, until 2013 when I decided to open the floodgate and release a few hundred tracks of my fledgling music library Sound of Picture.  Today there are 750 Podington Bear tracks on the FMA and they've recieved 12.25 million collected listens and downloads. I never would have guessed it!

So, I just wanted to give a hearty thanks to the staff and community here on The Free Music Archive as I both look back, and step into the future.  I decided to retire the name Podington Bear at the close of 2017, but before it goes into indefinite hibernation I thought the 10 year anniversary of The Box Set was a fitting occasion to upload that complete collection here as well.  I'll continue posting the remaining albums over the coming weeks.  

And while this is goodbye to Podington Bear, it's also hello to me, Chad Crouch.  In just a few weeks be posting a new album under my own name that I'm excited to share. Stay tuned, and aloha!

 


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HazelMusiio on 04/01/2018 at 07:58PM

Musiio Playlist Part 1

Hi everyone, my name is Hazel and I am the Co-Founder of an Artificial Intelligence company called Musiio.

People have great taste in music, and are the best judge of what they like and don't like. However, we know that a lot of great music in the world is never found because it's hard to sift through what you don't like to find what you do. 

Making great music more discoverable is what Musiio does. 

We partnered with the amazing folk at FMA to playlist some of the great songs our AI finds in the Free Music Archive. 

For our inaugral post we set our AI the task of making a great Indie-Folk playlist. And we're pretty proud of the results. 

Check out these 10 songs our AI found out of the 100k+ songs in the FMA. I was personally delighted to be introduced to Julie Byrne, her soulful voice and calming melodies are perfect to listen to whilst I'm working. Julie, count me as a new fan! 

We will be releasing new playlists from this account on the regular! So stay tuned.

Hazel @ Musiio

www.musiio.com

 

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MarilynRoxie on 03/26/2018 at 01:06PM

Vulpiano Records Sampler Vol. 9 Out Now

For nearly 10 years, Vulpiano Records has been steadily putting out experimental, ambient, and folk releases from international underground musicians, united in the common goal of sharing fantastic music with the world. Vulpiano Records Sampler Vol. 9 offers an incredible array of some of the artists that have been part of Vulpiano Records since the very beginning (Anton Rothschild, Zapa, Lately Kind of Yeah) alongside new faces, making this a great entry point for the label to newcomers.

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cheyenne_h on 03/26/2018 at 09:41AM

FMA Q&A: Lobo Loco

Lobo Loco. Courtesy of the artist.

Lobo Loco, a musician from Germany whose name means "Crazy Wolf" in Spanish, joined the Free Music Archive roughly two years ago, but has added nearly 500 songs to our collection since! As an active member of the FMA community and a prolific contributor to our archive, we wanted to know more about him. This interview was conducted over email and posted, with light edits for clarity, below:

 

FMA: Tell us a little about yourself. 

Lobo Loco: Hi, my name is Lobo Loco. I was born in 1968, in a small village in southern Germany, Mittelstadt. I live with my family in the town Göppingen near the Swabian Alb. Making music is my passion.

FMA: How would you describe the music you make?

Lobo Loco: Mostly instrumental, with much improvisation … easy playing straight on … on a journey.
Diving deeply into the music ... I love it ... for me the most beautiful moments come from music.
My music styles I like to play are manifold … from classics, blues, jazz, folk, international over to electro, vintage, space up to rock.
My favorites are Delta blues, folk with my guitars … and boogie woogie, improv jazz and vintage electro with my keys.
Even just a mixture and a changing of acoustic and Roland sound-module generated instruments. I like to experiment with sounds.

FMA: How did you start off making music?

Lobo Loco: I started at the age of 8 with piano lessons, but I had a terrible teacher. He had the opinion that I was not talented and very lazy. Yes, I was very lazy, and before each lesson I even prayed that he or I would be ill. After two years I happily ended lessons with him … At sixteen, I started playing piano again without a teacher, then at 18 I started to learn e-guitar and acoustic guitar for myself. Making music became more and more fun, playing in different bands and often with friends.

One song, called, "Sofa" is about how I met my wife. She was singing this song at the Christmas market and her daughter was very embarrassed. A good friend of mine told me about it and I become curious and wanted to meet her. One year later, we got married!

FMA: How did you find the Free Music Archive, and why did you want to put your music on our platform?

Lobo Loco: I was searching the internet for a platform with free music content, where I can publish my music productions with the intentions:

  • … to be heard by many people
  • … to give my music away, for free, for projects with private and common interest. I have been contacted over FMA by fans asking for usage.
  • … to help me to get commissions from commercial interests, they purchase licenses and certificates on my platform musikbrause.de

On more great thing is that FMA for itself is not a commercial platform, so all users arround the world can hear and download everything without registration or payment. And finally I want to remark that I felt welcomed on FMA since the day I'd asked you if I can be an artist here. I like the personal contact FMA gives to artists.

FMA: Why do your songs have an ID number after the titles?

Lobo Loco: Oh, yes I know it’s very crazy. It’s an idea to prevent me or the persons who use my music for trouble with collecting companies.

One of my favorite Bands "Schwoissfuass" had to pay a lots of money for life playing their music afterwards. This band than died from the costs. I want to prevent this from happening to me.

I registered all my songs on safecreative.org, so I can easy ensure collecting companies (AKM, SUISA, SACEM or GEMA) Creative Commons registration.

Another reason for me is, that music titles are sometimes similar or the same, and the musician name Lobo Loco too (I've seen this name twice for other musicians). With the registered ID no one can easy assert that my music is his music.


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Jimmy_Lacy on 03/20/2018 at 06:34PM

New Music - SiP - Live at the Whistler

 

SiP is the Chicago-based musical project of keyboard player Jimmy Lacy. His most personal project to date, SiP, brings over a decade of wild synthesizer playing, drawing from electronic, jazz, ambient, and folk traditions. Described by a friend of the group as “bohemian electronics” SiP performs with synths, drumboxes, and loose percussion, creating a mental space to focus inward or outward, community with ourselves and others.

This release pulls from live recordings taken during a month-long ‘happy hour’ residency at well-regarded Chicago cocktail lounge the Whistler during the month of October 2017. Mastered to cassette and presented here, 'Live at the Whistler' has real warmth, saturated tones and sonic swirls to get lost in just as melodies resurface to bring you back. At the residency new work was debuted each week, with several pieces becoming staples of the SiP set to this day.

SiP will be releasing another live recording of a Chicago radio set in the coming months, followed by a fall release of a debut LP. 

For questions or bookings please contact jimmylacy@gmail.com

SiP - "pure horse" (09:16)
SiP - "pure horse" (09:16)
SiP - "malabar" (11:51)
SiP - "malabar" (11:51)
SiP - "val castle" (06:38)
SiP - "val castle" (06:38)
SiP - "kool vee" (11:38)
SiP - "kool vee" (11:38)
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cheyenne_h on 03/19/2018 at 05:04PM

2018 Golden Festival Recordings Added to Free Music Archive

Photo by Margaret Loomis

Friends, we are pleased to announce that the 2018 Golden Festival recordings collected by WFMU have been added to the archive! Nearly 45 recordings were collected at the event, and they are now available for free streaming and download to our users. 

If you've never heard of the Golden Festival, you're not alone - but you're missing out! It's a fabulous, three-day-long affair in Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall, a celebration of Balkan traditional music and dance. Featuring musicians from many corners of the world, instruments that have been used since antiquity, and unique vocal techniques, this is truly a special event. Fortunately, every year since the Free Music Archive began in 2009, there have been recordings from the Golden Festival added to the collection. 

After a few years, the Golden Festival was granted its own Curator page, since the contributions associated with it are nearing the 1,000 mark! Listen to this teaser playlist we've curated, or dive into the whole collection and explore for yourself!

 
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cheyenne_h on 03/05/2018 at 04:04PM

Support FMA Listening Party During the 2018 WFMU Marathon

If you are a fan of the FMA Listening Party, you can win COOL FMA STUFF! Join us on Tuesday, March 6th from 3-4pm Eastern Time! If you pledge to support WFMU (who makes the FMA and our Listening Parties possible), you'll not only get your name announced on the program, but you'll also be eligible to win cool prizes -- physical copies of real LPs and CDs, and limited-edition FMA apparel! You'll have to tune in to find out more. Join us from 3-4 pm on wfmu.org, or pledge to support the show by clicking this link

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massdist on 02/22/2018 at 09:50PM

The Complete MASS DIST Is Now Up On The FMA!!!! Here's One Last Random Batch...

Oh my god, I'm done!

Over 100 MASS DIST records made over 25 years are now up on the Free Music Archive! ALL OF THEM!

This took months and months, and years and years, and hours and hours every week. I'm relieved. I'm exhausted. I'm very proud.

I want to thank Jonah Rapino, Cesar Siguencia, and Cheyenne Hohman for all the help! And thanks to the Free Music Archive for being such a great home for all of our music!

To tie it up, one last batch of rando weirdo MASS DIST for you:

LANCE ROMANCE, DUDE TOUR, NATURE BOY, DON LENNON, GODBOIS, TUTTLE MUSIC, GRAND ISLAND, OPEN MIC NIGHT, WACSAC, MAGGOTZOID, and MARTYR MINER

I got a couple ideas of things I'd like to upload to the FMA in the future, but the big pile is done. The mountain is levelled. I can rest. Move on to other ridiculous things.

I'LL BE BACK! 

MASS DIST

 

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cheyenne_h on 02/20/2018 at 03:08PM

Relax For An Hour

Photo by Dmitri Popov on Unsplash

This week's Listening Party was calm and collected, and we wanted to share some of that peace with you!

Listen to the playlist below:  

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derekclegg on 02/16/2018 at 01:34PM

New Small Tall Order Album

Hey guys!  It's Derek Clegg, your resident singer-songwriter type.  Just wanted to drop a line to let you know my band Small Tall Order just released our latest album called "Easily".  Lot's of hard work went into it so we hope you enjoy!

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Alpha_Hydrae on 02/16/2018 at 04:51AM

New Cuicuitte album ! L'Antéville.

Hi, it's Monplaisir,

I'm really glad to present to you the new Cuicuitte album called "L'Anteville".

It was a long run, a home made album we've worked with my friend Otite Noire during more than a year. We didn't know what we wanted to do as a genre of music (and we still don't know how to qualify what we do- if you have a word, tell us !) and we ended in this cute and naive noisy folky acoustic music.

I really hope you will like it ! Don't hesitate to comment what you think about it !

Best,

Monplaisir

 

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massdist on 02/15/2018 at 05:04PM

All the Weird Colin L Mass Dist Tapes Now Up On The FMA!

I am Colin. Colin is me.

When I was on tour all the time with Usaisamonster, I'd also keep busy making experimental tapes and whatnot on the side. I'd sell these tapes and get my ya ya's out too.

Here are all of them.

Monogamous Octopus was a one night only George Michael cover band etc with brand new musicians Barbara Schauwecker and Meghan Eckman. Raw on purpose and by accident.

Live Loop was my interpretation of Zappa Beefheart's "The Blimp" performed by the Dude Tour dudes - Jimmy Cousins, Adam Taber, Dan Beckman, Rob Francisco, and Jeremy Harris.

Guitars was a nice jam day with old buddy Eric Boros. Just wanted to make something together.

Langenius was a piece I wrote for a small orchestra led by David Kadden and recorded in Anthony Braxton's room at Wesleyen U.

High As Hell was is an unlistenable? noise collage. Kinda one of my specialties.

Babylongdong and Butt Buddies Forever were two 1 night only bands with silly names with frequent collaborator and old friend Sara Shapouri. Noise.

It's a dark twisted funny fun road to hell and back catch a heart attack.

Thanks for the time.

MASSDIST

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cheyenne_h on 02/14/2018 at 01:31PM

Happy (belated) Galentine's Day!

A vintage valentine for y'all. Pretty corny.

If you're not joining us each week for the FMA Listening Party, you can still reap the benefits of our weekly curatorial efforts!

This week's episode was a special featuring music performed by women (and some of their friends of various other persuasions) - a Galentine's Day special (a pop culture 'holiday' celebrating one's gal pals the day before Feb 14). The episode (with commentary) is available on the Give The Drummer Radio stream, or as a podcast via iTunes, but you can also listen to the songs featured on this week's episode below. 

For your listening enjoyment, here's the playlist -- and you can download it, too! 

 

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massdist on 02/08/2018 at 05:41PM

The Final 5 Devil Music Albums Now Up On The FMA

You may remember a while back we uploaded a bunch of Devil Music albums to the FMA.

Well, now we've added the final 5 Devil Music records. That's all of them. We're all done with them.

I'm happy to add these peas to the pie tho. These releases showcase their orchestral side.

Classical, Soundtrack, and Psychedelic Rock - THE TRIFECTA!

Live At Pozen Center and Live 12-17-04 feature a 40 piece orchestra!

Split Seven Inch With Gold is a pretty sweet weird rock song.

In C is their rock rendition of the Terry Riley classic.

And Soundtrack To Red Heroine is the music that got them to China.

All awesome stuff!

MASSDIST

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cheyenne_h on 02/05/2018 at 08:51AM

Not All Music on FMA is Licensed for Video

Some of our music is just for listening. Sorry video-making friends! (image via flickr commons)

Just a friendly reminder.

We know, the FMA is a great resource for all sorts of people - filmmakers, remix artists, people who wanna hear strange new sounds - but we've been getting a LOT of messages lately from confused people about whether or not they can use X song in Y video.

It depends on the license, and how you intend to use the music, my friend! And best of all, you can find out all the information you need on your own. There are tons of resources out there to help.

We have a robust FAQ (complete with webinar!) about which licenses are suitable for video here. But here are some basics:

1. ND or No Derivatives: If you want to use a track from FMA for a video, you are not allowed to use anything with an "ND" or "No Derivatives" clause in the license. You must get further permission from the artist in order to use it for a video.

2. NC or Non Commercial: If you want to use a track for commercial purposes (including a monetized YouTube video, a real estate listing, or a video telling people about a product or service that costs money), anything with a "NC" or "Non Commercial" clause is not pre-cleared for this type of use. If you want to use it for a commercial purpose, you must get further written permission from the artist, and possibly pay for a license to use the song.

3. SA or Share Alike: If you want to use a track that is licensed CC BY-SA "Share Alike" or CC BY-NC-SA, you are required by that license to share your own work under the identical license. If you can't, or don't want to, do this, you must get further written permission from the artist. (Noticing a pattern yet?)

4. BY or Attribution: Anything with a CC license with "BY" or "Attribution" in it means you must give credit to the artist, but that's it. You can use it for whatever you want, even derivative works like videos and remixes. If you don't want to, or can't give attribution in your derivative work (such as a video)... guess what? You have to get further permission from the artist! (Now you're getting it!)

We have pre-screened a lot of stuff and it's tucked neatly in the Music For Video curator page (though this includes NC and SA tracks - so make sure to look for the license you need). You can also use stuff from our Public Domain collection without attributing or getting permission from the artist.

If you need guidance, please consult our FAQs, License Guide or read up on the Creative Commons website before asking - you may find the answer right in front of you!

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massdist on 02/01/2018 at 01:26PM

Jonah's Field Recordings from Africa and Asia Up Now!

Jonah Rapino always carries a handheld recorder around whenever he travels. 

And then when he gets home, he edits and compiles these recordings into unique and awesome releases.

He's done it forever, whether tripping around the USA, while making awesome collages for his own albums, or in this case - a couple trips he took in Asia and Africa.

Jonah was over there touring with Devil Music and Debo Band but the whole while he was recording the street, jams, behind the scenes, conversations, whatever...

These are a couple of my favorite Mass Dist records. Amazing stuff.

Check them here:

ASIA

AFRICA 1

AFRICA 2

Or better yet, press the PLAY PAGE button at Handheld Recordings and your next few hours are gonna be awesome.

Thanks and you're welcome.

Playlist below:

 

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cheyenne_h on 01/31/2018 at 03:33AM

Lonely Hearts Music Challenge

For the next month or so, we're opening a submission page for songs about love, longing, and how to celebrate Valentine's day your own way! If you've never submitted a song to FMA before, now's your chance! We are accepting submissions from now until Tuesday, February 13th. Your song must meet the following criteria: 

  • **thematically consistent with Valentine's Day, love, candy, longing, roses, chocolate, going on dates, or disdain thereof (in title OR lyrics - can be instrumental)
  • **less than 5 minutes long
  • **licensed CC BY-NC
  • **marked if inappropriate for all audiences

You can submit a song (as long as you're logged in to our site) by clicking on the "Submit Track" button on the Lonely Hearts Challenge page

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10khrs on 01/29/2018 at 01:21PM

Music from Georg Graewe and Carman Moore!

On thursday, celebrated German pianist and composer Georg Graewe premieres new work for solo piano, plus US premieres of his works Afternoon In Coloured Frames, AusFaltungen, and Rhyme and Discourse. New York composer/conductor Carman Moore leads his Skymusic Ensemble featuring special guest Mor Dior Bamba (voice), with Martha Mooke (viola), Linda Wetherill (flute), Neil Alexander (keyboard), Eli Fountain (percussion), Dale Kleps (saxophone and flutes), Brian Lee (bass and keyboard), and David Pearl (piano) in a program including his Harlem (Morningside Mystique), The Quiet Piece, Point-Counterpoint (guest Thomas Buckner), Dante Hell Water, and Righteous Heroes


In anticpation of this concer, we have posted new audio tracks from Carman Moore and Georg Graewe. Enjoy!

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rosso on 01/26/2018 at 06:11AM

New Player in the Works

We have received many bug reports and feature requests concerning the audio players on the FMA site.  This includes the in-page player (play buttons on the webpages) and our outdated flash-based pop-out playlist player.  I am currently developing a brand new html5 pop-out playlist player for the site and am working to remove the last traces of flash from FMA, which includes portions of the image and audio uploaders.  I hope to have all of this completed by Jan. 31 so keep watching here for updates!

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massdist on 01/25/2018 at 10:26PM

PICK UPS DISCOGRAPHY AND A TON OF PATRICK MUECKE SONGS ON THE FMA

I met Pat Muecke when I was 20 and he turned me on to a ton of music that i'd never heard before - country blues, reggae dub, Minutemen, etc. He is a huge influence in my life.

He also was (and remains) an iconoclast, a hot s--- guitar player and one of my favorite song writers.

He's got his own style, combining slide guitar, self taught funky notes, great lyrics, and real soul.

I'm proud to have compiled so much Pat Muecke music on Mass Dist's page on the FMA.

You can follow his artistic trajectory - 

It starts with Blind Mitre where creatively and sonically the sky was the limit and the river was raw.

Boils is totally gnarly but his song writing has become more focused and slightly refined.

With Pick Ups, Pat really found himself and figured it out. When a lot of his friends were getting more abstract, he got more direct. I never questioned Pat's trajectory. He was always right on. Still is. Crazy motherf----- :)

Pick Ups was Patrick, Jordan Colon on bass, and 3 different drummers. This Discography features their full length CD Finest Quality with John Motley behind the kit, an excellent demo featuring Joanna Prisco on drums, and a live recording from the Pilot Light in Knoxville featuring Tim Nylander banging away.

And lastly, we have for you a nice recording of Pat playing acoustic blues on Harvard radio.

MASS DIST... playlist below...

 

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Alpha_Hydrae on 01/22/2018 at 03:38AM

New Komiku : Poupi's Incredible Adventures !

CC0 Monplaisir

Hello there ! It's Komiku/Monplaisir, I hope you're okay ! Here is my new album "Poupi's Incredible Adventures !", which is an album of 70 tracks dedicated to my plush dog Poupi. At first, I thought to make this soundtrack as a cartoon soundtrack but it slowly became a videogame like soundtrack. I hope you'll like it, don't hesitate to send me feedback about it ! I leave you with the soundtrack and the pitch of their adventure :

It's the story of Poupi, a little dog who need to avoid the accomplishement of a prophecy. So, in one week, they has to travel through space to find the music sheet of serenity, and to go after the horizon to find the time flute. In their way, they will meet Mr Paillettes, a glitter with a crooner voice, and Princess Cheese Burger, the strongest person in the universe. Together, they'll need to find the tiniest place to play the time flute.

The story is more developped on my bandcamp if you want to read about it. If you wanna usethe story or the music, please go for it, it's all in Creative Commons 0. Don't hesitate to contact me, I'm always curious to know what you do with my music !

Thanks for reading this post and listening to my music, I love you all <3

Komiku/Monplaisir

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massdist on 01/18/2018 at 10:33PM

The NO PEDDLERS Discography Now Up On The FMA

No Peddlers is Colin Langenus and Jonah Rapino.

No Peddlers is the first band either of us ever released original music with.

For over 20 years, we have continued to make tapes, cdrs, and movie, as well as founding and managing Mass Dist.

This marks the first time No Peddlers' music has all been available together online.

Warm is our first tape from 1994. It contains the first songs we ever wrote. Pretty straight ahead acoustic guitar and violin.

Corn Smugglers was a double cassette mostly put together by Jonah. It still has the folk roots but things are getting weirder. Our friends liked this one a lot.

Dueling Psychos is a wonderful mess. 48 songs featuring all of our friends. In retrospect, more about the community than the music.

Live 97 we were in our punk folk mania period.

Finding 2000 is a movie Jonah made about a road trip we took in 1999 where we kept running into Elvis. This is the soundtrack featuring music we scored years later along with handheld street recordings from our trip.

X Members 1 and 2 is where we broke up but made solo albums together

and

Rap Album - the best album ever!

THANKS FOR LISTENING!

MASS DIST, baby...

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ckutmusic on 01/16/2018 at 03:11PM

Tamayugé Live on Chaud Pour Le Mont Stone January 11, 2018

Tamayugé, the duo of Tamara Filyavich (electronics) and Maya Kuroki (voice) joined Francis Letourneau on Chaud Pour Le Monte Stone on January 12, 2018.

The performance is a great example of the kind of work they've been doing around the city; combinging raw electronics and post-lingual vocal improvisations. 

 

 

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massdist on 01/11/2018 at 09:41PM

The Two Usaisamonster Improv Tapes Now Up On The FMA

Usaisamonster was a band for 9 years. When it started there was a lot of jamming but over time it became soley focused on composition.

The songwriting became more and more complex and progressive and the improv completely went out the window.

We became better at songwriting than improvisation but I'm glad we scraped together these two jam tapes.

USAISAMANTRA is 2 live recordings from 2007. We never jammed live at this point but decided to for these two gigs.

KITES IS A MUDBOY is 2 colab recordings, one with Kites and one with Mudboy. It was just about trying something new with friends.

Thanks for listening!

MASSDIST

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nokomisite on 01/08/2018 at 05:13PM

LAZY SALON on FMA

Lazy Salon on Free Music Archive

The 2017 output from New Jersey’s LAZY SALON is now on the FMA.  ‘Invisible Like Peace’ was the project’s debut full-length originally released in March of last year, and the 3-song ‘Trisset’ EP was released in September.  (the first 3 EP's from the project are also on FMA)

These instrumental tracks weave elements of electronic, ambient, beats/rhythm, shoegaze, post-rock & modern psychedelia with an emphasis on texture, repetition, rhythm and hypnotic melody.

LAZY SALON is producer/multi-instrumentalist Sean Byrne, formerly of The Twin Atlas and drummer with Lenola, Mazarin, BC Camplight and others.  

 

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Bozoo on 01/08/2018 at 02:07PM

[D!HR-35] Wankers United - Polygon Soup

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For its 35th release, Da ! Heard It Records plunges your head into a broth of funk ideas.

A shark fin floats in Wankers United’s polygon soup. Out from the depths, the creature imagined by Elise Kobisch-Miana that illustrates this new album seems to be attracted by the surface after a very long sleep. Truth be told, in this new production, both references and fresh ideas abound. 
Great master of skweee in France through his label Mazout, Thomas Lanza has always had a taste for electronic kludges and syncopated rhythms, which were inherited from his hip hop background. After trying his hand at this style on a number of compilations, he released his first album on American label Ausland in 2017 and serves it again with Da ! Heard It Records with a series of pieces as the pièce de résistance.

In the kitchen, one finds with pleasure everything that gives his usual productions their charm, but prepared here with the desire to respect traditions. Immersed in a bath of acid and electro old school, the ingredients of this elaborate recipe will remind sensitive music lovers of the original flavors, somewhere between Cybotron and the beautiful hours of the Warp label. The result, beyond the skweee that he regularly cooks up, rather leans towards a playful IDM that was rid of the superfluous.

Developing the evolution of the sound arrangements with precision throughout the pieces, Thomas leaves no room for chance in his joyous blend, and he demonstrates that, over the course of more than fifteen years, he has acquired solid experience in the field. No stranger to Luke Vibert, whose influence is obvious here, he nevertheless spices up his melodies with a lovely oriental touch and yet shows, if more showing was needed, that life is good in Saint-Ouen.

Tape (K7) , Flac, Ogg, MP3 : https://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-35#release
MP3 : http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Wankers_United/Polygon_Soup/

 
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massdist on 01/04/2018 at 10:55PM

Bi G K discography now on the FMA

Bi G K was / is a band comprised of 2 friends - Michael Troutman (Weirding Module, Awesome Color, Violent Ramp, etc) and myself, Colin Langenus.

Being buddys and DIY guys, we knew that the best way to hang out was to start a band. 

We made 3 tapes over a couple years - 2007 or so, not sure, it's a blur.

Taking inspiration from early Wolf Eyes, Shuggie Otis, and Rupert Holmes, we'd come up with a simple joke, in a Michigan fashion, and then hammer on it.

In retrospect it blows my mind that on top of all the other musical things we were up to then we took the time to do this but we were good and we were having a blast.

It's all we could do.

The 3 incredible tapes are:

Live At Tommys Tavern - originally a split with Monogamous Octopus

Making Love After Midnight - which came in a purse

and

Strawberry Island - a Shuggie Otis tribute

You won't be sorry 

MASS DIST

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kademlia on 12/23/2017 at 10:46AM

FrostClick's FrostWire Creative Commons Mixtape Vol. 6

At the end of each year we try to publish a mixtape with collaboration with FrostWire (only the best file downloader/music player ever!). Last year we went a bit overboard with the number of tracks included, so this year, we decided to keep it simple – only 6 tracks – one from each of our favorite promos. Just the best of the best!

The tracks on this year’s mixtape all come from free-to-download, Creative Commons licensed albums, so if you like what you hear, pls make sure to support the artists and spread the word.

So step back and enjoy each of the tracks! Comment below with your favorites and spread the word!

FROSTWIRE CREATIVE COMMONS MIXTAPE VOL 6

Tracks:
1. Magnolia Soul by Who Seth Power
2. Mind Frame from Computer Love by Melissa B
3. Cool Kids (produced by iLL Brown) from The Early EP by Billy Early
4. With You from Summer of Joe by Joe Playo
5. To The Shore from Electric Soul Magic Vol. 2 by Joe Marson
6. New Gods (feat. M. Dean, & C. Rydning) from Lesser Restoration by Toussaint Morrison

Related Links:
FrostWire Official Page
Creative Commons Official Page
FrostClick on Facebook
FrostClick on SoundClound
FrostClick on Twitter

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cheyenne_h on 12/21/2017 at 01:37PM

Selected Tracks By The Featured Artists on Spettro Records Themselves

Spettro Records. 2010 to present. 8 years now of dissonant silences and unvoiced desires.

60 + tracks chosen by the artists themselves, among those previously released on Spettro.

A wish for the future. To see a forgiving light at the end of the past, a cry full of hope at the dawn of tomorrow.

Dedicated to Z'EV ( 8 February 1951 – 16 December 2017 ).

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cheyenne_h on 12/20/2017 at 01:45PM

2017 Year In Review, Part I: WFMU Highlights!

It's that time of year again!

This is the first installment of your year-end list-a-thon! What better place to start than a megamix of more than 50 tracks from WFMU, the originator and BFF of the FMA? These are highlights, but there is much more to be plumbed from the depths of the FMA collection - at the time of this writing, there have been more than 180 live sessions from WFMU added to the FMA alone this year - and more to come before the month is over! 

We've got some stellar selections this year, including Acid Mothers Temple, Group Doueh, Waxahatchee, X__X, Gary Wilson (accompanied by Tredici Bacci), and plenty of artists sure to expand your sonic horizons! 

This is the first of our Year In Review series (which will be appearing on this blog until the end of the year - and perhaps beyond). There will be separate playlists for other genre groups, curators and more, so stay tuned for the next installment! Til then, here are some beloved WFMU tracks - we hope you like 'em!

 

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SpinningMerkaba on 12/14/2017 at 12:58PM

Winter Under The Tree

This year we've curated 3 albums for the winter season to showcase the remixing events we hold each year during December.  Winter Lights is an 18 song collection of uplfting seasonal tracks.  Winter Nights is a 13 song collection of remixes that say humbug to the holidays.  And Christmas Hope is a collection of curated songs by ccMixter artist Snowflake.  All three releases are available at Bandcamp, TuneTrack and Jamendo.  All remixes are available under Creative Commons licenses.

We've uploaded a few tracks here and hope to inspire FMA artists to join in this year's remix event "Under The Tree."  We love collaborating with the Free Music Archive and wish everyone a great season of new music to end the year and begin 2018 with some original music that will add to the collection of cc holiday tunes.

Get the full albums at Bandcamp

Visit our Under The Tree remix event!

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cheyenne_h on 12/08/2017 at 02:33PM

Christmas Songs on FMA

Need a holiday music fix? We've gone through and added some more music to the "Christmas" category! There are now more than 300 songs that fall into that category (some traditional, some not so much) and we are delighted to share them with you! 

Also, for those of you who don't celebrate Christmas, but know of CC-licensed songs that celebrate other holidays: please send them to us (or write some and submit them)! We want to expand our holiday category to be more inclusive. Got a secular holiday carol for us? Or a traditional song that honors a different holiday? Perhaps a Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or solstice song? Or, heck, something that celebrates Arbor Day or Diwali? Let us know! We will gladly add genres as they become applicable to our collection. (Also, if there are already songs that fall into other holiday categories, forgive our oversight - comment below or send us an email.)

For now, feel free to peruse our holiday selections!

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massdist on 11/28/2017 at 01:35PM

JONAH RAPINO - The Complete Mass Dist Works

Let us celebrate my hero, Jonah Rapino.

His music is light years ahead, I'll explain.

Jonah, I think, is a musical visionary, in that, he see’s music, and this includes an advanced mind when it comes to writing, arranging, producing, performing, editing, the whole nine. I've sat beside him many times making records, and to see him sculpt the sound, hearing things that you can't hear, creating future music, has endlessly inspired me. And let it be known that Jonah is my partner here at Mass Dist so bear with my bias. But his body of music represents boundless creativity and forward thinking. Within these projects Jonah has experimented with live quadrophonic sound, DIY visuals, theatrics, costumes, string ensembles, electronics, etc, and his sublime production. He was way ahead of, not only his friends, but the scene, in general. And best of all - the music. Jonah is a violinist, so prepare to be entertained by violin over beats, people. He's trying new things. Curently, Jonah has moved on to Ethiopian Orchestras, Big Time Movie Soundtracks, and his beloved Devil Music, but maybe if we scream loud enough he’ll humor us with new diy recordings. Jonah! Jonah! Jonah!

And now, on the Free Music Archive, Jonah Rapino's Complete Mass Dist Works:

New Millenium String Band

New Millenium String Ensemble 1

New Millenium String Ensemble 2

Music For String Quartet

Berbere Superstar

Question Band

Adventures In Flying Soundtrack

Ex Members

Filthy La Bottom

and

High

ALL HERE AT MASS DIST

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dhf510 on 11/15/2017 at 10:32PM

Manifest Destiny, the film

Manifest Destiny was a labor of love. Or of falling out of love. I funneled my emotions from a turbulent time of self-reflection into an album that I feel deeply connected to. If nothing else I think one can say that it’s sincere. Along the way I felt the urge to document moments that captured the mood of the record, which turned into snapshots of each song and eventually what I have to present to you now: Manifest Destiny, the film. It’s somewhere between a home movie and an art film; just as experimental as the album. These are vague allusions to the memories that inspired these songs meant for background play as you listen to the album.

You can watch/listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6JAp43G1bc

Thank you.

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massdist on 11/14/2017 at 02:32PM

8 Devil Music records up on the FMA!!!

Ok. First off, don't listen to ANY of these Devil Music records until you -

GET THE NEW DEVIL MUSIC RECORD "CISUM LIVED" ON 100% BREAKFAST AVAILABLE HERE

Then, after you thoroughly study that new album, you can listen to these 8 other Devil Music records available now on the FMA here

We got their rock records Mastul, S/T, and Go.

We got their soundtracks (audio only without the annoying old black and white movies) Caligari, Big Stakes, Nosferatu, and Dr. Jeckyll.

Big Stakes was really influential to me - combing country and western and minimalism, it opened some doors for me.

We even got, maybe their best record, HEAVY METAL CREW which is a split between Brendon's elementry school student and a found tape of kids screaming. Classic Mass Dist!

What can I say about these guys?!? Prolific Boston jammer composers. Psychedelic warriors. Old friends. Spiritual musical searchers. Get lost with these dudes!

MASS DIST !!!!

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cheyenne_h on 11/13/2017 at 02:02PM

"Under The Tree" Remix Event

Courtesy of ccMixter

The holidays are upon us! Whether you celebrate with Thanksgiving feasts, lighting the menorah, holiday parties, Christmas trees, or anything around and in between, it is the perfect time of year to express gratitude, seasonal tidings, and make some noise. It's the season of giving - so share your finest original and traditional, holiday and seasonal pells (a capella/isolated vocals), samples, and remixes. We would like to encourage you to record traditional public domain Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Winter Solstice songs, as these are very popular with both listeners and remixers.

We are honored to be collaborating with ccMixter, Jamendo, and Plotist in this year’s Under The Tree remix event. Together, we are giving the gift of music to the world.

DETAILS:

Dates: November 12th-January 2nd
Who: CCMixter, Jamendo, Free Music Archive, Plotist
Where: CCMixter.org & CC BY-NC-SA source materials right here on FMA!
What: Holiday Remix event produced under Creative Commons licenses. Artists upload vocals (pells) or samples (short sounds or individual instrument tracks) for the remix community to produce music that listeners can download and share. A selection of songs will be curated into a compilation.

Got an audio sample, instrumental track, or isolated vocal to share for this holiday season?
SUBMIT IT HERE!
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cheyenne_h on 11/10/2017 at 05:45AM

Remembering Fred Cole of Dead Moon

Fred Cole, beloved musician and member of Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows and much more, has passed away. The Free Music Archive is fortunate to have some live sessions from WFMU and other sources, some selections of which are included below. His musical legacy will live on, as noted in the statement below written by his wife, Toody Cole: 

 

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SpinningMerkaba on 11/03/2017 at 04:19PM

To Mix and Be Remixed

Free music shared feeds creative culture. image credits cc-0

2017 has seen a renewed collaborative effort between ccMixter and the Free Music Archive.  In July of this past summer, we helped generate original Creative Commons remixes to raise awareness in the fight for Net Neutrality.  And most recently we again collaborated on the Halloween remix event Ghost Notes, creating 54 remixes using CC source materials.

In both cases Cheyenne Hohman curated FMA materials that would work for the themed events, posting sample tracks on ccMixter for artists to use in their productions.  Cheyenne also created playlists for FMA listeners to hear what was being used to create and share.  These collaborations highlight an effort by both the Free Music Archive and ccMixter to keep Creative Commons music innovative and fresh.  As an artist, I enjoy hearing how other artists feature my material.  I'm sure you will too.

How can you as a Free Music Archive artist, get in the mix?  ccMixter has several tutorial videos that quickly outline best practices for contributing to the community.  We've included one here to get you started.  You can also contact us by leaving a comment on this blog or e-mailing either admins here or at ccMixter. 

At ccMixter, we're glad to be active once again collaborating with the Free Music Archive.  Check back often to connect with upcoming events and music shares.  We'll keep you updated.

Here is the FMA playlist for the Net Neutrality remix evemt

Here is the FMA playlist for the Ghost Notes remix event

Here are two examples of remixes resulting from the colaboration between the Free Music Archive and ccMixter.org.  For more remixes visit the Free Music Archive on ccMixter.

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massdist on 11/02/2017 at 09:10PM

Tom Hohmann's complete Y2K 4 track cassette output now up on the FMA!

Tom Hohmann aka Elvish Presley aka Black Elf aka Elf P aka Usaisamonster etc's 3 awesome 4 track albums from '99 and 2000 are up on the FMA!

The immortal classic Elvish Presley Cdr is here. This music spawned a cult following showcased on a DIY tour with a lightshow, nude scene, rapping, costumes, the whole 9. It's a classic.

Elf P is where Tom's "Elf thing" all started. Featuring hits and riffs. This one still sounds good to me.

And Dada is Tom and Leif Ritchey aka Shades aka Tom's best friend when they were kids' 1999 weekend recording goof off. I don't think I heard this one at the time. It really holds up! No one wants to hear songs anymore. Folks want mellow weird jams, right? Well, this album is just one mellow weird jam. 

It's all right here --> MASSDIST

Get in there, people :)

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BorrtexOfficial on 10/31/2017 at 11:41AM

I Composed An Album Within 24 Hours!!

Album Cover - Something Special by Borrtex

Have you ever thought of what it must be like to have only 24 hours to compose and publish an entire album? My friend lately challenged me to go and explore myself by writing the whole album including at least 7 tracks within only one day. It sounded pretty crazy at the beginning!!! But then, when I thought of what it might actually mean to me and how I could practically test my skills and creativity, I decided to accept his challenge and get into it!

I started at 10PM on Saturday 28th of October and went straight through the night. I finished the writing process of all the tracks somewhere about 2PM the next day. I took a short sleep and then I had to edit the sound, mix it together and figure out artworks and upload it everywhere etc... The thing is, you can not think about anything too much complex or difficult during the only 24 hours time span, so my choice right away from the beginning was to go simple; with only one piano instrument and sometimes I added a little bit of orchestral background to it. The goal for me was simple: I wanted to make at least 7 tracks that would have a different melodies and be at least one minute long. And even though it was an incredibly mentally troublesome process, eventually I can say that I'm pretty satisfied with the result I accomplished. So, I would like to challenge you. Take a day off and just challenge yourself, challenge your skills, challenge your talent and try to make an album within only 24 hours! Because, what I believe is that every challenge makes you stronger. It moves you forward. It helps you to discover your imperfections and most importanly it helps you to see your standing and what are the things you should work on and get better in. 

I decided to dedicate the album to my niece Emma, who was born just last week. It was an amazing time to see her for the very first time and realize that I'm an uncle from now on. But also I very much enjoyed writing the melodies for her (even when I had only 24 hours to do so!). I'm happy that my brother and his wife can play my melodies to her when she's sleeping. :)

Feel free to check out the album and use the tracks for any kind of non-commercial purpose! And keep in mind, that those melodies were written only in 24 hours! 

 

Have a rocking week! :)

Cheers,

Borrtex

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cheyenne_h on 10/31/2017 at 11:30AM

New Genre Alert: HALLOWEEN!!!!

Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash

We've been doing some work behind the scenes this month, and one of those things is ADDING NEW GENRES! Since there's lots of other stuff to do, we are doing this rather slowly. One thing we decided to do was add a "Novelty" genre on the top level which includes Holiday music, Kid-Friendly music, and Sound Effects. We'll be adding more to these, and other, genres as we go. For now, we don't have enough holiday songs for any holidays besides Christmas and Halloween (but I'd love to change this to reflect various holidays from around the world - let me know if you have a great Diwali album or something like that, and I'll add a new genre just for you). The additions to the Halloween genre are limited for now, but feel free to make suggestions for songs/artists to include (and add the genre to your own Halloween-appropriate musical creations). 

Check out all the Halloween songs HERE!

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Alpha_Hydrae on 10/29/2017 at 02:39AM

My 100th released album

 

 Hi, I hope youre okay. That's it, I just released my 100th album which contains the 1000th title I have put online since I started my musical production. It was cool, I learned a lot of stuff about music, composition, recording, instruments, my way of creating and my relationship to music and its creation have evolved a lot in proportion to the productions and anxieties connected with this activity.

 I started publishing music on March 16, 2011, solo, my first recordings date back a few years before, in the U-Man improvisation duo and with a rock / folk band called Black Sheep. It was cool, and I still remember when I released my first album. I knew it was not top quality, it didn’t sound like the artists I used to listen to, a point that really frustrated me for several years and I think I have since discarded. I released a second solo album a year later, on March 16, 2012 and an EP with the group Nobody Opposed The Project and then another EP challenge to record 5 tracks in two days. It was a hell of a challenge. I did not really master the production tools I used, nor did I have the same composition tools as now (creative path, instruments, references). Although I wasn’t very pleased with the result of the two previous albums and EPs, it was really only at the release of the third album on March 16, 2013 that I really felt I could do things pretty good in music. It had been a while since I was making music in an amateur way and I had quite a few doubts as to what I was putting online. Everything I published was weighed thoroughly, I was really afraid of being ridiculous, of publishing things of bad sound qualities that would sweep away my words. Sometimes I have been hurtful about feedbacks on my work, but other messages have reassured and encouraged me in this direction. The shape really distressed me for a long time, and it was a big obstacle to my productivity but also gave me impulses of interest to the production. I then chained more projects and my production barometer exploded in 2016 and even more this year.

 I came, across all my bands and musical aliases on the internet, not to mention the best of and the compilation Mothlight OST (I counted the 3 unreleased songs), to 100 albums and 1006 songs. Of which 4 copyright albums, 2 in CC-By-NC-SA and 3 in CC-By.

 

It's clear, I had something to prove to me. I am quite anxious in general and I needed to know that I was good at something, at least one, and I think that suddenly I master this stuff, produce fast, stuff not necessarily good sound quality which would provide a potential revelation at every listen but stuff that can make the ork according to the person who could listen to it. I did this in a large part for myself, for particularly selfish purposes, to have the biggest (even if I avoid saying it in society), to impress when I say it, to silence the old remembrances of rejection that I have trouble digesting, for when I am depressed to say that I accomplished this thing. I did it to stand out a bit of the lot of artists because it is my only way to appear from time to time on the bugged charts of some sites that only present the same artists all the time, so I mass produce so one of my titles has a little visibility and is listened, remixed, reused and can live a little bit. I did it to kill the boredom that annoys me every day, to give direction to my life, to say "I did this today" because it still has a little meaning and values in my eyes to do this every day, because it is one of the only things that I am able to master with certainty.

 Then I did it because some people told me that what I was doing pleased them, made sense to them or listened to it with pleasure. And because free licenses have allowed me to have feedback from anyone with an interest in my music beyond listening and fun.

 I'm glad I made the choice to release my music in CC0, it was my only real hope of being heard somewhere. I have neither the knowledge, nor the values, nor the physical, financial or mental capacities to do anything alone in the mainstream or underground music scene. For a lot of reasons, these two layers of musical visibility are not made for me and could not receive me anyway. I do not conform to the mainstream system and the French underground system. I do not have a correct recording sound quality for the underground, a car license, a car and amplification gear to shoot in the coolest bars in France, I do not have the mental strength to call all the concert halls and bars in order to book dates, I do not have the mental strength to suffer failures to these steps, I do not physically have what it takes to turn with gear without hurting me .

 So to you that make live this little world of free music and music from underground, thanks to you. It is thanks to you that I have this little radiance and that people can finally listen to me and use what I do. It gives meaning to a lot of things, so thank you very much to you, you are incredible.

  Well, I released 100 albums, ok, it's cool, but what does it change in the end? Nothing. I should not be listened more because I have produced more, I am not superior to another artist who would have produced less or not at all. My words have no more credit than any other artist because I have produced more.

 

I'm still glad I did it.

 If it is your will to do the same, produce a max like that, it is possible. It takes a lot of work, 2/3 years of unemployment still is not a lot to do it, and if it's something you want to do, make me sign, it would interest me to know other people who are in the same approach of production. 

Now, I'll keep recording music, maybe take a little more time, do more collaborations and work not just for me. Besides, if you are looking for someone to make the music of one of your creations, do not hesitate to contact me.

 Thank you for your time and attention, I leave you to listen the 100th album called · I hope you’ll like it.

 Thanks again <3

 Monplaisir

 

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massdist on 10/24/2017 at 05:47PM

9 MORE RANDOM MASS DIST RECORDS UP ON THE FMA!!!

L A DRUGS, TWICED O, FORX, GABE BOYER, SAM BIKOV, HENRY SEASE, SHADES, BOILS, AND MALABASTER!!!!!!

Freaking awesome music. What an odd bunch. But, seriously, these are some heavy hitters. Tune in.

MASS DIST

Also, I'd like to publically thank Cesar Siguencia for the help this past summer uploading all this music to the FMA.

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cheyenne_h on 10/23/2017 at 03:03PM

FMA Q&A: The Freeharmonic Orchestra!

Last year, the Freeharmonic Orchestra made its debut with "Freeharmonics Vol. 1," a groundbreaking round-robin music project that spanned the globe. I interviewed a couple of the artists last year for Radio Free Culture when the album dropped. This year's project is called "Space, Robots, the Future!" and features an impressive roster of musicians: Steve Combs, Lonely Punk, simon_mathewson, Monplaisir, Tapes & Tubes, Scott Holmes, gentil, Monk Turner, Matt Oakley, springtide, Ketsa, Art of Escapism, Jahzzar, Nic Bommarito, Matteo Berni, half cocked, Unthunk, Blue Dot Sessions and Small Colin. Needless to say, it's a profoundly varied listen and was a labor of love by these artists. Check it out (for free of course!) right here. I asked a few of the artists to tell me about their experiences and you can read answers from Simon Mathewson, Offal Tunes, springtide & Unthunk (lightly edited) below.

FMA: How did you get involved with the Free Music Archive?

simon_mathewson: I make music and put it on the FMA. In the past I've put music on Myspace, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Bandcamp etc but I've found that people who use the FMA to find music are far more responsive and my music has been used for film, animation, games, choreography, documentaries, podcasts and more.

Offal Tunes: I have been a participating artist on the FMA platform since July of 2015 and have been releasing material on the site ever since. At first I put out a bunch of tunes by a band called Bad Ronald until they broke up late in 2016. At that point I put together a new act called half cocked. Through the site I have been contacted more than a few times by video artists looking to use our material for their projects, which I found quite exciting. That has never happened on any of the other music distribution sites I have worked with. I also volunteer my time helping produce live sets for the WFMU community as well as helping out with some of the site's curatorial duties. It is a labor of love and I am thankful for the services that the FMA provides!

springtide: I’m the only member of one-man band called springtide. I have been releasing my tunes on FMA since 2012, and it allows me to connect with listeners around the world, including talented videographers.

Unthunk: I use FMA as a distribution hub for my recorded music. I got involved through Lee Rosevere of the netlabel Happy Puppy Records. He graciously agreed to put out something I was working on, and as you know, the label operates through FMA.

FMA: Where do you live and make music?

simon_mathewson: South West England.

Offal Tunes: I reside in Manhattan and can be found walking the streets of the East Village with my rat terrier, Jackie.

springtide: Tokyo, Japan.

Unthunk: Bowen Island, BC Canada.

FMA: How did you become involved with the Freeharmonic Orchestra?

simon_mathewson: Last year I made an album with Steve Combs and he suggested the idea getting lots of FMA musicians together to make a collaborative album. He organised Freeharmonics Vol 1 and I organised Vol 2 (Space, Robots, the Future).

Offal Tunes: Simon Mathewson, who put the whole thing together along with Steve Combs, contacted me through the FMA site back in 2016 to ask me if I wanted to participate in a musical version of an "Exquisite Corpse" where artists would begin a composition and hand it off to someone else for completion. I loved the idea from the get go and agreed enthusiastically. I had a blast working on both projects!

springtide: I didn’t know about this project before Simon asked me if I’m interested in this type of collaboration. Actually, I have no idea why Simon selected me ;-) 

Unthunk: When Steve and Simon hatched the plan to produce the first album, I gather they browsed the FMA artists looking for likely participants. Simon sent me an email, and I was thrilled be included. I was therefore looking forward to Simon's call to action for volume 2.

FMA: Tell me about the song(s) you worked on.


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cheyenne_h on 10/20/2017 at 06:49PM

Help WFMU Get INTO THE BLACK!

This year, WFMU (our BFF's and the reason why FMA exists) is running a new October fundraising campaign: INTO THE BLACK! They want to get more people to help them with sustaining monthly donations to offset monthly expenses, and are offering handsome rewards in return. If you can, please consider donating to WFMU. Specifically, you can support WFMU + FMA by donating to support our radio show, the FMA Listening Party

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cheyenne_h on 10/20/2017 at 06:28PM

Atmospheric Dread from CorteX

Experimental curator Mumure Intemporel has brought a new album to FMA, and just in time for Halloween. Called "Paranormal," this album by CorteX is a sonic exploration of fears, dark corners of the psyche, and what lies beyond this plane of existence. Laden with haunting vocal samples and shortwave effects, this release is not for listening in a dark room, alone. Bridging noise, experimental, musique concrete, electronic effects and more, this album is spooky even if you don't believe in ghosts. 

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massdist on 10/13/2017 at 06:35AM

Another Batch of Mass Dist Records Up on the FMA!!!

DONKEY DISASTER, ACLSDC, TANQUERAY, JESUS CHRUST, MIAGI, MR. TONX, 2000 FLUSHES, MONKEYS, RAWDAWG REX, POESTENKILL, and SHARK MOUNTAIN!!!

That's 11! 11 bands newly up on the FMA. Stoked. These records run the gamut. Dig in. Get deep. Thanks! MassDist

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cheyenne_h on 10/03/2017 at 09:56PM

Sonic Hauntings at FMA

In collaboration with ccMixter, the FMA is asking everyone to send us their spookiest sounds! 

For the month of October, we're collecting spooky sounds (licensed for remix) for the Ghost Notes mixter

Filmmakers, game devs, app creators, and party goers hunting for haunting soundtracks will surely find spooky soundbeds, terrifying tunes, eerie anthems, and bone-chilling ballads! ccMixter members will be remixing these sounds to create Halloween soundscapes for parties, short films, and more! 

If you have a collection of spooky sounds (or feel like recording some and sharing them), we've opened a submission page for you! We're accepting spooky sounds until October 20th! Please notify the FMA when you upload spooky + shareable sounds for others to use.

If you're an artist and want to license your spooky sounds for use with a different license, please send us a link when it's live! 

Happy Halloween!

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cheyenne_h on 10/02/2017 at 12:04PM

BOSS RC-3 Loop Station Pedal - GIVEAWAY!

Our third and final giveaway is a BOSS RC-3 Loop Station Pedal! If you're feeling loopy, this pedal has what you need to express that, musically! 

Some of its features include: 

Up to three hours of stereo recording time, storage for 99 loops, a “real drums” rhythm guide, aux-in for digital loops, and USB 2.0 compatibility. It also has an "auto record" function that will start recording a sample as soon as you start playing. 

The suggested donation for this giveaway is $100. We'll draw and announce a winner on Friday, October 13th! 

See it in action here:  

Enter to win today!!

For the official rules, please see our Eligibility Notice.

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cheyenne_h on 09/29/2017 at 07:33PM

Critter & Guitari - WINNER!!!

Ross did a very high-tech drawing for this one. Check it out below!! 

Congrats, Joseph T from Brooklyn!

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cheyenne_h on 09/26/2017 at 04:08PM

FMA Q&A: Visager

You may remember Visager from his Radio Free Culture interview or his albums "Songs from an Unmade World" 1 & 2, both of which are great in and of themselves, which he released using CC BY licenses to help support game creators with limited budgets. He's made a soundtrack for a new game and I couldn't wait to hear what he had to say about it! Here's our interview: 

FMA: Tell me about why you wanted to make "Songs from an Unmade World" 1 & 2.

Visager: The Songs albums are heavily inspired by another NYC composer named Eric Skiff. I came across Eric's Creative Commons album Resistor Anthems through an online game called Reprisal that had used his music. Seeing later that his work was used in so many other projects blew my mind, and people are still discovering and using his music today. Eric was nice enough to meet with me a few years back, and his encouragement ultimately gave me the push I needed to finish my own first album of open-source video game music, Songs from an Unmade World, in 2015!

Reprisal

 FMA: What's the appeal in making video-game style music without a game to score? Why do you share this music for free?

Visager: When I decided I wanted to focus on making music for games (I previously had done composition for theater and film), I felt like I needed to have proof in hand that I could make the kind of game music that inspired me growing up. I'm a visual person, too, so for me imagining a fictitious world and then making the music to fit it is a very happy way of composing. It was my hope that putting the music out in the Creative Commons would allow me to connect with other developers, while also being useful for folks who need music for small student games or animations!

FMA: What are your thoughts on 'retro' chiptune-style music? You seem to have moved away from it in your latest FMA release, "Songs from an Unmade Forest World."

Visager: Video game music is awesome; it's a really unique category of music. Although we have a sort of agreed idea of what stereotypical game music sounds like (e.g. chiptune, instrumental, electronic), I think video game soundtracks as a whole cover more genres and take more risks than any other medium, especially as games themselves have evolved to be more diverse and complex. With Forest World I wanted to explore the more organic side of video game sounds, borrowing ideas from composers like Manaka Kataoka (Breath of the Wild), Jonathan Geer (Owlboy), and Joel Corelitz (Tumbleseed).

FMA: So now you've scored a game called "Blossom Tales," which is coming out soon. How did you get involved in this project? Did the Free Music Archive help you get connected with the makers of "Blossom Tales" or was there a more winding path to this collaboration?

Visager: So Blossom Tales came out already for PC this past March, but the publisher FDG Games just announced this month that it's coming to the Nintendo Switch, which is really a dream come true for me! Blossom Tales is the biggest project I've worked on and it's thanks to you all at FMA. Just over a year ago now, the developers Castle Pixel had been using some of my music from the first Songs album as a placeholder in the game when they saw that I was active and looking for work. I had just finished Songs 2 and was looking for a project, so just everything about it was super lucky. I'm still very grateful to the whole team for taking me on.

Blossom Tales

FMA: Tell us about the game itself and what sorts of music you composed for it.

Visager: Blossom Tales is an top-down zelda-inspired game starring a rad female knight, Lily, who's out to save her kingdom from the clutches of an evil wizard. The story's told Princess Bride style, with a grandpa reading at bedtime to his grandkids Lily and Chrys, and the story changes a bit as the kids intervene. The music is a pretty cheery bunch of electronic songs. Sonically, it's a mix of sounds from SNES and Game Boy era games and each environment has its own dedicated music. The soundtrack is about 40minutes long in total. If folks are interested they can check it out over on my Bandcamp. Here's the trailer:

 

FMA: Anything on the horizon for you (that you can talk about)? Any advice for aspiring composers who want to break into the gaming soundtrack world?

Visager: This year has been exciting for me, in that I've been able to go to more game conferences than ever before! I've gotten to meet a lot of cool folks working in both 2D games and in the VR community, and there's some neat stuff on the horizon, but nothing I can quite talk about yet! I'm still very much in the start of my career so my advice, like anyone's, should be taken with a grain of salt - but in my experience the best thing you can do when meeting other folks from an industry you want to work in is just be a nice and genuine person and be supportive of others' work. If anyone wants to reach out I'm pretty active on Twitter and am happy to chat there!

Visager can also be found at his own personal website

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cheyenne_h on 09/19/2017 at 10:18AM

Pocket Piano by Critter & Guitari - GIVEAWAY!

*****THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER. THANKS FOR PLAYING!********

 

 

For the next two weeks, you can enter a drawing to win a Pocket Piano from Critter & Guitari! Enter now by making a suggested donation of $100! 

From the Critter & Guitari website: 

The Pocket Piano is a fun, versatile synthesizer! It has seven synth modes, a rugged anodized aluminum and wood enclosure and 18 maple keys. It’s got a 3W built-in speaker and a line out audio jack. The Pocket Piano is perfect for making music in the studio, around a campfire and at your kitchen table! The seven synth modes are:
• Vibrato Synth
• Harmonic Sweeper
• Two-Octave Arpeggiator
• Octave Cascade
• Mono FM Synth
• FM Arpeggiator
• Mono Glider

To operate, turn it on and start playing keys. Use the Mode button to select modes. Depending on the mode, you can select from four wave forms (sine, square, triangle or sawtooth) or increase the octave with the auxiliary button. Each mode has two parameters that are controlled by the two left knobs.

The following modes offer four voice polyphony: Vibrato Synth, Harmonic Sweeper, 2-Octave Arpeggio, Octave Cascade, FM Arpeggio. The remaining modes (Mono FM Synth, Mono Glider) are monophonic. The tuning knob adjusts the keyboard over two octaves and the far right knob controls volume. The ‘Hold’ function maintains notes that are playing and frees up your hands for other musical tasks.

The winner will be drawn on Friday, Sept 29th! See it in action here: 

 

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massdist on 09/18/2017 at 09:51PM

The best way to get into Mass Dist? The Comps!

Around 2000, Mass Dist made 2 comps highlighting and hyping our many releases.

The first - Comphellation 1 - was put together primarily by Jonah. He's so awesome at putting together mixes and this one flows together really well.

The second - Comp 2 - was spearheaded by myself. It is a mess! 67 tunes over 2 cds. Tons of noise, tons of our friends, and tons of weird edits. It made sense to me at the time.

Go in.

Look at this insane list of artists on these comps:

Elf P Godbois Donkey Dissaster Deer Hoof Raw Dog Rex and the Family Devil Music Don Lenon Tunnel of Love 2000 Flushes Craig and Tim Mike D Blind Mitre The Judds The Grand Island DJ Skatological ACLSDC Bull Roarer The Frogs Tuttle Music Jimmy Cousings Tristan Dunster Eloe Omoe J.K. Mellow Man Rick School of Dada No Peddlers Stinky Treats Git then Crusty Nautical Almanac vs. Bull Roarer Love Handlers Kevin Purvis X-Members Dave Moody Raw Dog March 28th 1:41 am 2000 Infinite Blob Jero Harris Devil Music The Druid Fat Day NMSE Dildo Von Dildo Koondaa Holaa and the beetches Neptune vs. Can't The Tickler WACSAC Racket Attack Malabaster Touch a Booty Jesus Chrust  Tanqueray Force Field  Neon Hunk Elvish Presley Maggotzoid Keel Project Yosh the Gift  An Angband band  Meerk Puffy Monkeys ? Band PornBelt PPPPicsces Duct Tape Union Corn Dawg Meets Wesley Willi