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jason on 11/13/2015 at 05:00AM

Flashback to 2008

It was 2008. The internet was a cloudland of mp3 blogs. The term “my space” was synonymous with “band website.”

The FMA was under construction. But the collection—a curated library of free and legal mp3’s—was well underway.

We released two preview compilations (v1 + v2) on the Compact Disc format. I still have one copy of each, along with at least a thousand other CD’s, though I no longer own a CD player.

Fortunately, the compilations are archived here on the Free Music Archive, where they’ve reached exponentially more people than the CD’s ever could.

At the time, I wrote: “These are just a few of the thousands of tracks that will be freely available under Creative Commons licenses when the Free Music Archive website launches. All tracks appear courtesy of artists and labels who have benefited from a progressive approach to distribution and intellectual property in the digital era, and we're designing the Free Music Archive to support this approach.”

Now, for the first time, we’re asking for your support. Please donate, and as always, enjoy the music!

Kurt Vile - "Freeway" (02:41)
Kurt Vile - "Freeway" (02:41)
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cheyenne_h on 11/12/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #63: Songs From An Unmade World with Visager

Image courtesy of Visager. Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a bi-weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts.

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to the composer/producer Visager, a new FMA artist who recently released a video-game inspired soundtrack called "Songs From An Unmade World," to see what would happen. Within weeks, he had been approached about his work by fellow gamers, musicians, filmmakers and more! You can check out some of his tracks below:

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes... or listen below!

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cheyenne_h on 11/11/2015 at 12:30PM

Spread The Word!

Hello friends! You may have noticed some things happening around FMA lately... more weekly playlists, a new look, a few new curators, new artists every day...and now, a big banner at the top of every page! We're going on a new adventure: we're running our first-ever fundraiser! Won't you give us a hand (or paw, as the case may be)?

We are offering FMA stickers and t-shirts for donors (should they choose), and all donations will be used to keep our servers running, our curators curating, and it'll help us realize our wildest FMA dreams (like integrating a non-Flash based audio player into our pages). We'll keep being awesome, all we ask is a small show of your awesomeness ($3 would actually help quite a lot).

Visit www.freemusicarchive.org/donate or click on the banner at the top of the page. Even if you can't contribute, please share our campaign via social media or tell a friend. We've even made some widgets you can add to your blog or website: https://freemusicarchive.org/donate/embed.

THANK YOU!!!!

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cheyenne_h on 11/10/2015 at 03:15PM

Rainy Day Music

Rain is OK if you have a decent soundtrack. Photo: "Rain" by Beto Galetto on Flickr. CC BY NC SA.

It's getting gloomy and cold out here on the East Coast, so whip up some hot chocolate and curl up with some of our recent additions: classical, soft, ambient -- and they blend nicely with rain sounds (we've tested them)!

Of course, if you'd rather listen to the rain itself, we have you covered.

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cheyenne_h on 10/30/2015 at 03:15PM

Happy Halloween from the Free Music Archive!

Photo courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and of course we've made sure to gather some of our creepiest, best tracks for your pumpkin carving party, trick-or-treat tour, or haunted house cocktail hour. We've curated a collection of creepy stuff - check it out!

Listen to a waterphone, the source of creepy screechy sounds:

A look into the studio of a Halloween soundtrack artist, via Atlas Obscura: "We Are Still Rattling Chains and Crunching Leaves to Signal Halloween"

Proof that (audio) ghosts exist! "Radio Ghosts Have Haunted the Airwaves for Nearly a Century"

FMA music (in this case, Keshco) is being used in creepy film trailers! Here's one:

A huge collection of horror films in the Public Domain - some with names like "The Human Monster" - here's Nosferatu via Horrortheque

 

More than four hours of creepy prog: Il Suono Scuro 

And of course, we've put together another mix of FMA tricks and treats! Click here for this year's spooky party mix, or check out mixes from years before: 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

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cheyenne_h on 10/28/2015 at 03:36PM

Radio Free Culture #62: Radio Survivors, Part 2 with Paul Riismandel & Eric Klein

Image courtesy of Paul Riismandel (left) and Eric Klein (right). Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a bi-weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts.

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Paul Riismandel and Eric Klein of Radio Survivor about their podcast experiences, the sorry state of music podcasts, and some possibilities with hyper-local podcasting. This is part 2 of 2, so check out part 1 from 10/15 if you missed out!

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes... or listen below!

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cheyenne_h on 10/14/2015 at 12:32PM

Radio Free Culture #61: Radio Survivors, Part 1 with Paul Riismandel & Eric Klein

Image courtesy of Paul Riismandel (left) and Eric Klein (right). Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a bi-weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts.

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Paul Riismandel and Eric Klein of Radio Survivor about podcasting, webcasting, and terrestrial radio... and a bit about how they are all coexisting in the current media landscape. This is part 1 of 2, so the next installment will come out on Thursday, October 29.

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes... or listen below!

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cheyenne_h on 10/13/2015 at 12:39PM

Remembering Steve MacKay at FMA

As many have heard, saxophonist Steve MacKay recently passed away. A legend in his own right, he is best known for his work with The Stooges, but his career far outlasted the 1970s punk wave. He collaborated with numerous other musicians, including FMA favorite R Stevie Moore.

He was a big fan of WFMU and appeared on Brian Turner's show, and also gave the FMA a few tracks. We've collected them below for you. The track "The Prisoner" features Iggy Pop and was offered to the Free Music Archive by Steve. Special thanks go to Scott Nydegger from Radon Collective who sorted out all the permissions when the song was given to us.

Here's a recent video interview with Steve:

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rosso on 10/09/2015 at 02:00PM

A [slightly] new look for the FMA!

Hey FMAers! We've been hard at work making improvements to the site, and you may have noticed a few changes.  The most prominent are the header redesign and change in fonts.  The participate menu and profile/log-out links have been moved to a 'user' menu at the top right of the site, just under the search bar.

There have also been many back-end improvements resulting in a much faster FMA experience, SSL encryption where appropriate, a more functional pop-out player, and many bug fixes.  Our goals are to make the FMA easier to read, navigate, and use, to modernize it for mobile browsing, to improve music searching and browsing, and to add more functionality.  This is just the beginning of many great changes to come, so stay tuned for an even better FMA!

Of course we welcome your feedback, so please sound off in the comments below or send an email to dev@freemusicarchive.org.

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cheyenne_h on 10/01/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #60: The Creative Commons Global Summit with Jane Park

CC Global Summit logo. Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a bi-weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts.

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Jane Park of Creative Commons about their upcoming Global Summit (it happens mid-October in Seoul). She has headed up the School of Open and is currently working on the Platform Initiative, and was our guest presenter for the Webinar for Educators. She's serving on multiple panels for the event and talks about ways to get involved - even if you can't make it to Korea later this month!

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes... or listen below!

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