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cheyenne_h on 12/20/2017 at 01:45PM
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!
SpinningMerkaba on 12/14/2017 at 12:58PM
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!
cheyenne_h on 12/08/2017 at 02:33PM
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!
massdist on 11/28/2017 at 01:35PM
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:
ALL HERE AT MASS DIST
dhf510 on 11/15/2017 at 10:32PM
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
massdist on 11/14/2017 at 02:32PM
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!
cheyenne_h on 11/13/2017 at 02:02PM
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.
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.
cheyenne_h on 11/10/2017 at 05:45AM
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:
SpinningMerkaba on 11/03/2017 at 04:19PM
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.
massdist on 11/02/2017 at 09:10PM
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 :)