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murmurintemporel on 06/16/2018 at 03:13AM
The Wizard - First EP, experimental electronic and dark-deep techno from Argentina.
Bozoo on 06/14/2018 at 06:37AM
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
DASK on 06/12/2018 at 09:52AM
Abiogenesis 'The creation of life from non-living matter', also known as spontaneous generation. That term explains how this album came into existence. Coming from an electronic engineering background with a focus on sounds and audio I spent over 10 years experimenting with sounds, building tracks and putting down ideas but I always discarded all material and tracks before completion due to not being a professional musician and thinking they had no artist value.
Even professionally trained musicians and artists struggle with finishing tracks and releasing material. I have since learned that the more you finish, the more you progress which becomes motivation to do even more. So be spontaneous and finish those tracks when you feel creative, someone will like them, even if only a few fans. Do not worry how it might be received or if a label will sign you otherwise you will never finish anything. I was fortunate to eventually release some of my music through a label but I also still self release and it is no longer seen as being any less credible. There are many great artists much better than myself give their work for free on FMA and other sources so why not join them.
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Simon_Mathewson_1429 on 06/05/2018 at 05:08AM
Nul Tiel Records has two new albums being uploaded one track at a time, as and when the tracks are completed:
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dhf510 on 06/03/2018 at 01:52PM
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!
cheyenne_h on 06/02/2018 at 04:26PM
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
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.
HazelMusiio on 05/30/2018 at 05:00AM
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.
cheyenne_h on 05/29/2018 at 03:36PM
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.
cheyenne_h on 05/29/2018 at 02:13PM
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.
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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