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cheyenne_h on 12/04/2014 at 09:45AM

Radio Free Culture #26: "The Future Where Biff Owns the Cops," or, Michael Weinberg's Dystopian Vision of a Non-Neutral Net

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a 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 with Michael Weinberg, vice president of Public Knowledge, about net neutrality: what it is, why it's important, and what you can do about it. 

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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cheyenne_h on 12/02/2014 at 03:30PM

Jared Balogh's Top Ten of 2014

Picture by Melissa Whitely and produced by Jared Balogh.

This year, we asked a few curators, artists, and users to put together top-ten lists of their favorite FMA tracks from 2014.

Here is a list from Jared Balogh, a Creative Commons artist who has been with the FMA for many years.

Here are some of his favorites from 2014, primarily of an experimental and avant-garde variety: 

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undRess_Beton on 11/30/2014 at 12:09PM

Classwar Karaoke Survey 0028 is published!

Classwar Karaoke (Logo by Jaan Patterson)

Classwar Karaoke is an online label primarily based around an ongoing series of quarterly surveys - in effect, largescale compilations - published online mainly through the Free Music Archive, on each of the last days of February, May, August and November. It hosts material culled from the experimental scene, including electro-acoustic, improv, free jazz, acusmatic, soundart, field recordings, cut-up, avant-rock, noise, ambient and sound poetry.

Classwar Karaoke was founded by Anthony Donovan in March 2008; with the first survey appearing a few months later. The label only truly came into it's own, however, when Jaan Patterson joined as co-curator later the same year. Concerted efforts to expand and professionalise the label ensued. At the same time, Patterson founded suRRism-Phonoethics, as a platform for full-scale releases. Many crossovers in personnel and outlook were evident between these projects, and, after a two year hiatus, upon his return, Patterson invited Donovan to similarly co-curate at suRRism-Phonoethics. Between them, and via these two projects, Donovan and Patterson have, by now, released hundreds of pieces of music and short-films, attracting many tens-of-thousands of hits.  

Included in the Classwar Karaoke and suRRism-Phonoethics roll-calls are internationally-recognised artits such as Bob Ostertag, Fred Frith, Rhys Chatham, Bryan Lewis Saunders, Leif Elggren, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker, Geoff Leigh, Otomo Yoshihide, Terry Bozzio, Nate Young, Michael Giles, Keith Tippett, Jaap Blonk, Jochen Arbeit, Steve Beresford, Leafcutter John, Ludo Mich, Gino Robair and Zoviet*France, as well as an impressive array of lesser-known but equally innovative artists. Live gigs, mini-festivals and specialist multi-media releases have also featured, and physical releases, of limited edition CDRs and audio-tapes, are planned for the future.

Listen to our newest Survey 0028 here.

 

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cheyenne_h on 11/27/2014 at 09:45AM

Radio Free Culture #25: WFMU's Secret Weapon with Ken Freedman

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, current Director of the FMA, spoke with Ken Freedman about WFMU, a well-known noncommercial & freeform radio station in Jersey City, NJ. WFMU created the Free Music Archive, and Ken talks about its origins, copyright laws of yore, and more. 

You can find more information about WFMU at their curator page

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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cheyenne_h on 11/24/2014 at 11:00AM

State of the Commons: Free Music, Free Culture

via Creative Commons; CC-BY

Twelve years ago, Creative Commons sought to address the challenges of copyright in the digital era. For the most part, copyright law has not changed, but the way creators can choose to share and license their art online has changed. There are Art Libre licenses for art that wants to be shared and re-purposed and, of course, there are a variety of Creative Commons licenses that let creators determine what, if any, types of sharing they allow without further permission. 

They recently released a "State of the Commons" report with lots of facts and figures about where in the world Creative Commons has been embraced, how many licensed works they can track down, and how they expect this to change over time. 

A few findings were somewhat surprising - and encouraging! For instance, they estimate 882 million works have been licensed under Creative Commons so far, and it's expected to exceed one billion next year. Also, as time has passed, more and more content creators have been sharing their work under licenses that allow for sharing, reuse, and the creation of derivative works such as videos and remixes. The future is looking a little more open, and we're happy to be a part of it. 

View the full report here. 

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cheyenne_h on 11/20/2014 at 11:15AM

Radio Free Culture #24: Netlabel Standard-Bearers blocSonic

Image courtesy of Mike Gregoire.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, current Director of the FMA, spoke with Mike Gregoire about blocSonic, a long-running netlabel and FMA curator. 

You can find more information about blocSonic at their website and their curator page

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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cheyenne_h on 11/18/2014 at 11:30AM

Attention, Questionnaire Extraordinaires!

"Suggestion box" by Hash Milhan via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Do you love answering questions? Do you love the Free Music Archive? Well, friend, it's your lucky day! We have launched an FMA user survey - and we need your help.

If you can spare a couple of minutes, we want to know how you use the site, what you love and hate about it, and how you think we can make all your FMA dreams come true! Or, at least, help you find stuff you like. 

Click here to take the survey. 

You're the best!

 

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Noise_Problems on 11/14/2014 at 11:00PM

Thulebasen video art

We first met Thulebasen at the Festival of Endless Gratitude and were blown away. Their heavy experimental and psychedelic sound has given them a serious rep in the underground music circuit and among those who have been lucky to the see them live. But what also really impressed us is the video art. Awesome videos put out by the label Tambourhinoceros. Raga Gemini and the 18 min Felaia are real odes to joy. Check out also Monster and Forever Grinning on YouTube.

 

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woktherock on 11/14/2014 at 01:00AM

Indonesian Netaudio Festival #2

INDONESIAN NETAUDIO FESTIVAL #2

14-16 NOVEMBER 2014
IFI BANDUNG, INDONESIA

The second Indonesian Netaudio Festival (#INF2) will be held in Bandung on 14 – 16 November 2014, following the first Indonesian Netaudio Festival, which was successfully held in the city of Yogyakarta on 16 – 17 November 2012 to align with the 5th anniversary of Yes No Wave Music. This festival is meant to establish online connections, as well as to instill an ‘offline’ experience to the actors, observers, and lovers of netaudio—Internet based audio activities. #INF2 is organized by Sorge Sindikasi, KKBM Unpar, IFI Bandung, and Indonesian Netlabel Union.

 

 


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cheyenne_h on 11/12/2014 at 02:43AM

Radio Free Culture #23: Art's Right to Exist: Jacob Nathan from AS220

Hard Nips at Foo Fest 2012. Photo courtesy of AS220.org

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, current Director of the FMA, spoke with Jacob Nathan about a long-running art and performance space called AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he serves as the Live Arts Director, setting up shows, doing audio recordings, and helping artists find space to perform. AS220 has been around since 1985 and boasts a long and storied past - and a promising future. 

AS220 is one of many FMA curators. You can listen to their mixes at the AS220 curator page

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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