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cheyenne_h on 12/20/2016 at 05:41PM

2016 Year In Review, Part IV: ccCommunity's Experimental & Miscellany

We're decking the blog with ccCommunity mixes - and we're on part 4 of 5: Experimental & Miscellany.

Experimental & Miscellany is the fourth of our 2016 Year In Review series (which will be appearing on this blog all month long). There will be separate playlists for other genre groups, so stay tuned for the next installment! The ccCommunity is a vibrant & diverse group of artists who are not affiliated with other formal FMA curators, who ask the FMA directly to join the party. Not everyone makes the cut, but we encourage artists to contact us if they want to be included in the FMA's collection. And please bear in mind: these are just from one curator page, our ccCommunity, and these songs loosely fit in the genre designations we gave them, but not everything by all of these artists is the same -- you may find a wide variety of genres represented in one album. Without further ado, here are a few highlights from the weirder end of the ccCommunity spectrum: 

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Spettro_Records on 12/19/2016 at 01:48PM

章4 : 真っ暗闇の人生 : Spettro Records' 3rd Compilation

Artwork by Akis Karanos

Spettro Records: a small place for experimental music. Celebrating 6 years with its third compilation!

It's been 6 years of Spettro Records. 6 years is a long time, if you want it to be. And at this moment in my life it feels as they've been forever, and I certainly won't be getting them back...

Spettro started more as an outlet for what me and friends were doing and recording ( Salomè Lego Playset, STUFA, Achievements, all of them dead projects... ), then grew into something different, a netlabel sui generis, mostly net / sometimes physical label ( of abysmal sales ), but anyway a home to us, and then to so many artists from everywhere in the world, so many I can't thank enough for trusting me and my instincts and who have allowed me to share their wonderful and unique music. It's still a home for me, for my own work ( SLP, which in the years has become more and more secondary), and of those artists which made up most of 2010's first compilation only few remain. So many have passed by, donated their work and passed on to different, probably better, labels. Some have quit music altogether. Some have moved to bigger things and achieved much deserved success, while some have freely and so generously donated a release even if Spettro was much below their label standards. I'm happy to think that Spettro has been The One, out of so many, that they chose, out of their free will, despite all the other, maybe better, choices around. Spettro can't offer much but a tiny and cozy home of uproaring silence, "a small place for experimental music" indeed.

So many artists are still joining, from everywhere in the world, and it's this fluctuating and stateless nature that makes Spettro so special to me and, hopefully, to you. It is an honor to host your music, and seeing younger people writing and joining Spettro gives me hope and pride.

This third installment offers the best that Spettro has and will have to offer in the years to come. Hopefully, other 3 years, and then another compilation will come, new people will join, and new pages will be written and leafed through. Perhaps at least. Fingers crossed. That's why the title, Chapter 4: Makkuraysmi no Jinsei : La stagione della Notte )", starts with "chapter 4", hence a compilation looking ahead, at another chapter. Then the "season of darkness", "la stagione della notte", 2016 and what remains of these last few years: very little, loss, hardship, confusion and despair, a night never ending, nothing but darkness ahead. Hope and despair.

This sampler is also in memory of Kelly Churko, incredible musician, unpredictable improviser, fierce alchemist of sound and composer of truth who passed away too soon. I'd also like to remember Ryo Tsuchiya of Senseless Records and of so many old and new school punk and rock'n'roll bands, whose path I briefly crossed back in 2008 and whose memory I will cherish.?

This album is for those who know Spettro, those who chose Spettro, and those who never heard of it, and maybe never will. This is for me as much as it is for you.


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cheyenne_h on 12/15/2016 at 02:07PM

FMA Data Set for Researchers Released

Oh, Flickr Commons, how I love thee. "Science Gossip" from flickr commons/Internet Archive Book Images. No known copyright restrictions.

A team of researchers recently released three data sets with music from the Free Music Archive. The team is from the Signal Processing Laboratory at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.

The FMA data sets consist of audio excerpts and metadata from a collection of songs from the Free Music Archive which will be used to 'train' and 'test' music information software. The sets provide a legal and up-to-date alternative to other available music data sets, which are outdated, sometimes inaccessible, and fettered by copyright concerns. By embracing the "some rights reserved" philosophy of Creative Commons, artists are not only making their music available for the public to listen to, but also for educational and research applications.

Kirell Benzi, a PhD student at the lab, said "[R]esearchers now have access to large datasets for image processing, pushing science forward... However, because of copyright issues, Music Information Retrieval researchers had no equivalent. As a results the image processing community methods are more advanced than the ones for audio. Indeed, the former biggest dataset was the Million Song Dataset with Echonest features but no access to raw files. We noticed that Echonest features are subject to intellectual property [laws] and are outdated. Worse, the website Echonest for developers seems down for good, leaving MIR [Music Information Retrieval] researchers with the old GTZAN dataset of 1000 illegal mp3 excerpts. With the new FMA dataset, all these issues are history!"

"The main goal is to advance Machine Learning research for music, and we think this dataset can have a great impact," said Michaël Defferrard, another member of the team.

If you're interested in learning more about the rationale behind the project, or see a quick survey of other data sets that are currently available to music researchers, you can read their article (PDF) here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1612.01840

The actual sets can be found here (small and medium are the only ones available at this time) and the code is on github.

Thanks to Kirell Benzi, Michaël Defferrard, Pierre Vandergheynst and Xavier Bresson for sharing the FMA in a new way!

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cheyenne_h on 12/14/2016 at 05:02PM

2016 Year In Review, Part III: ccCommunity's Pop, Country & Folk

We're decking the blog with ccCommunity playlists all week long! We're excited to bring lots of unique artists to the fore, from dusty corners of Soundcloud and homebrewed band pages, to your ears!

Pop, Country & Folk is the third of our 2016 Year In Review series (which will be appearing on this blog all month long). There will be separate playlists for other genre groups, so stay tuned for the next installment! The ccCommunity is a vibrant & diverse group of artists who are not affiliated with other formal FMA curators, who ask the FMA directly to join the party. We are honored and privileged to have these artists in our ranks, and can't wait for you to get to know them. And please bear in mind: these are just from one curator page, our ccCommunity, and these songs loosely fit in the genre designations we gave them, but not everything by all of these artists is the same -- you may find a wide variety of genres represented in one album. Without further ado, here is the playlist for your enjoyment!

 

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thewomb on 12/14/2016 at 04:30PM

The Womb - Where The Lemon Meets The Teign - the video album.

 The Womb's 23rd studio album and first ever video album 'Where The Lemon Meets The Teign' is out now. You can download it right here from the Free Music Archive, and the video album is available to watch in full here. There is also a Youtube playlist of the individual videos here.

 If you've never heard The Womb before, this album is the perfect introduction to our diverse array of styles, ranging from dark and emotive trip-hop to catchy pop and Floydian ambience, always with a lyrical focus.


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kademlia on 12/14/2016 at 03:11PM

FrostClick's FrostWire Creative Commons Mixtape Vol. 5

Yes, it’s been a long, very long time since FrostClick released a mixtape with collaboration with FrostWire(the best downloader/music player out there to date). Actually it’s been nearly full 3 years. But we are back with some great selections.
The tracks on this year’s release cover the best of Creative Commons artists we featured here on the blog in the past year.


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cheyenne_h on 12/13/2016 at 06:46PM

2016 Year In Review, Part II: ccCommunity's Electronic Beats & Hip-Hop

ccCommunity playists will festoon the blog all week long! We're excited to bring lots of unique artists to the fore, from dusty corners of Soundcloud and homebrewed band pages, to your ears!

Electronic Beats & Hip-Hop is the second of our 2016 Year In Review series (which will be appearing on this blog all month long). There will be separate playlists for other genre groups, so stay tuned for the next installment! The ccCommunity is a vibrant & diverse group of artists who are not affiliated with other formal FMA curators, who ask the FMA directly to join the party. We are honored and privileged to have these artists in our ranks, and can't wait for you to get to know them. Crank the bass for this one!

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cheyenne_h on 12/12/2016 at 07:11PM

2016 Year In Review, Part I: ccCommunity's Ambient & Instrumental

Our Year-In-Review playlists are rolling in! Since 2016 was a banner year for the Free Music Archive in lots of ways, we decided to give some special attention to the artists who aren't represented by curators - our ccCommunity! Due to the great number of submissions we took in this year, it quickly became obvious that many of these artists deserved attention. The vibrant diversity of this year's ccCommunity lend themselves to multiple playlists, so that's what we're doing! 

Instrumental & Ambient music is the first of our Year In Review series (which will be appearing on this blog all month long). There will be separate playlists for other genre groups, so stay tuned for the next installment! Til then, here are some lovely instrumentals - we hope you like 'em. And please bear in mind: these are just from one curator page, our ccCommunity, and these songs are instrumental, but not everything by all of these artists is instrumental -- you may find a catchy pop tune with lyrics alongside some of these instrumentals, or they might be instrumental versions of other songs you'll find on FMA.

 

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cheyenne_h on 12/08/2016 at 04:02PM

Dana Boulé: "We All Need To Calm Down"

Chilling for real: this photo of reindeer is from flickr/the Preus Museum

[Guest Post by Dana Boulé, edited & shared by cheyenne_h]

Part film score, part folk, and part spacious meditation, We All Need To Calm Down is Dana Boulé’s homage to the calm, the quiet and to solitude. Eight musicians from around the world collaborated to make this soundtrack for the mindful.

The album, which is almost exactly an hour long, is all the instrumental tracks from her last album for meditation. You can listen to a few of its tracks below, or visit the album page for the full release.

The album is CC BY-NC-ND, so any commercial or derivative uses should be cleared with Dana first, but feel free to use it to relax, reflect, and chill out.

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cheyenne_h on 12/07/2016 at 02:09PM

FMA: A Resource for Video Producers

YouTuber and online video tutorial-producer PremiereGal gave FMA a shout-out on her latest video about places to find music for videos. She's also rockin' our 2016 fundraiser shirt!

She also mentions a blog entry that gives a quick run-down of the licenses and whether or not they're suitable for video, which you can find here. As always, we encourage everyone to read the licenses carefully and contact the artist if you're in doubt, but don't let that stop you from utilizing all that our archive has to offer!

OK, enough about us. Here's the video!

 

You can find more of PremiereGal's tutorials and updates at her website.

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