Recent FMA Blog Posts
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cheyenne_h on 05/24/2018 at 01:09PM
On a recent episode of WFMU's Sophisticated Boom Boom, Hollie Cook brought her distinctive style of 'tropical pop' to the airwaves! Hollie Cook was part of the last lineup of The Slits, a legendary all-female punk/reggae group from the UK. With heavy dub-reggae influences and strong melodic vocals that accent the music rather than dominate it, this is a live session that you don't want to miss! Listen below.
EncryptedScrolls on 05/23/2018 at 07:17PM
Sometimes words alone cannot paint the picture of the things possessed within, but when you add a vocal flow that carries various levels of emotions and impacts, the message can become clearer. In a reflection of life experiences, the artist behind the Encrypted Scrolls utilizes music as a form of communication to express various instances that have occurred, are impactful, and also have been life-altering.
The 4-album anthology of Encrypted Scrolls, is inspired from a story written and lived by the performer himself, Tony Hulse. The story is being produced as a film series and the music is designed to coincide with the scenes throughout the film’s first episode. When you play the film and this music, you get a different story experience that is blended perfectly with all the scenes. This style of immersive media has never been done before (on purpose). Music fans may know of the Wizard of Oz/Pink Floyd combination that works in various scenes throughout the film. This is similar to that but with all the scenes blending to a precise beat and telling a new story to the one originally displayed.
Tony has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 5 years with his works on syndicated networks like ABC, FOX, and Disney. With his skills, he created the Encrypted Scrolls as an additional visualization of his art, wisdom, and to compliment some of his projects that are shared through various forms of media.
The first two albums from the Encrypted Scrolls are available on Free Music Archive to download and feature the musical scores from others FMA’ers with his vocals overlaid. Tony is currently in production of the 2nd half of this set and a few other musical projects.
Rocco_Granata_1176 on 05/22/2018 at 06:45AM
This is the first CD that is both a musical project and art installation. On the musical aspect, “Works” is a collection of 12 instrumental tracks written and produced by me. Twelve melodies developing through minimalism, sacred arias, electronica and tribal choirs. Twelve small audible pictures that have no purpose other than to move the listener. The album was released in June 2016. This is my first self-produced and self-distributed album. “Works” is a crafted product where the songwriting is simple. From the melodies to the sounds, from mixing to mastering, all is permeated by a DIY spirit. Self-production and self-distribution as a musical and social language.
“Works” is distributed for free in two ways: social and antisocial. With the social distribution you can download the entire album for free, leaving the listener free to share it in whatever way he feels. With the antisocial distribution, the album is handed out through an art installation. “Works” has been made into 300 numbered and signed CDs, left on the streets or in public places, there to be picked by people passing by. Every copy left is photographed and the photo is shared on the website www.roccogranata.it/works.
The project started in June 2016 in Rome, where most of the copies were distributed, and it spread around through Italy, France, Spain, Iceland, Holland, Denmark, Russia, Turkey, China, Cambodia, Senegal, Japan, Australia, Brasil, Argentina, Canada, Usa, Tailandia, Slovenia, Romania, Czech Republic, France, Croatia, Norway, Germany, Sveden, Greek, UK, Austria, Belgium. The CDs are distributed by me or by volunteers. There are copies that have yet to be distributed and are waiting to go around the world. If you want to distribute a CD, send me a message on this link.
From 14 to 16 July 2017 the Cd was taken to the Museo Macro in Rome on the occasion of Urban KING Action Figure. It's probably the first Cd to be exposed in a Museum of contemporary art.
A pianist and a cello player have contributed to the album recording. The nicknames they've chosen are Thomas Munz (piano), a homage to Thomas Müntzer, historical figure of the 16 th century and one of the protagonists of Luther Blisset's novel “Q”, and Lita Rodcenko (cello), which is a made up name. Lita, as a homage to Lita Ford, metal guitarist, and Aleksandr Rodčenko, artist and father of the Russian constructivism.
cheyenne_h on 05/16/2018 at 06:15PM
Guitarist Steve Gunn and percussionist John Truscinski recently visited WFMU's live studio and performed tracks off and on their new album, Bay Head. Their sound is impressively layered and nuanced for a two-man band. Host of WFMU's weekly radio program Surface Noise, Joe McGasko, says of the performance: "their latest album mixes Eastern modalities, a touch of psychedelia, and a grounding in roots music to produce a highly individual instrumental sound that's equal parts fiery and meditative. They supported the album with only a handful of live appearances – fortunately including this exclusive live session for Surface Noise recorded on 4/4/18 and broadcast on 4/16/18."
Please listen below!
HazelMusiio on 05/15/2018 at 02:11AM
Welcome to the Americana edition of AI playlists by Musiio!
Today our 'seed' track is the awesome Bob Wiseman's 'In Her Dream' - now usually I pick the seed track and the AI suggests the rest... however the Wiseman track was actually chosen by an earlier version of our AI as a companion to the Kurt Vile seed track from Playlist 1. So in reality I had even less of a hand in this than usual, but I love the way tracks lead to other tracks and playlists break off into different genres - so I couldn't help but follow where it went!
I am a huge fan of the Americana genre. I used to be a regular down the front of shows at Corridor Bar, The Basement, The Union, and numerous other great bars in Sydney, Australia that are at the core of great Australian made Americana, which has dominated the local scene for the last 5 years. These playlisted artists are from the U.S., Russia, and all over - this genre has global appeal.
Enjoy this new playlist of ten tracks all taken from the FMA.
Hazel - Co-Founder of Musiio
murmurintemporel on 05/14/2018 at 02:12AM
Japan Ambient by ALAMO, a media artist, noise maker and sound designer from Los Angeles, California, USA.
MC_Cullah on 05/09/2018 at 12:18PM
Why, man he doth bestride the narrow world like a “Cullahsus”; and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves.
With his aptly named brand new genre-transcending album of Cullahsus, Cullah takes us back to his roots (Well, as "roots" as it gets for a 27-year-old who has already released 12 albums). His powerful voice, funky beats, and that Milwaukee melodic spirit that never left now accompanies every song. Budgeting his food solely from the small amount money he makes from Spotify since he has refused to fully commercialize his music; he declares his resolute spirit through “King Jebediah (The Falcon Messiah)”. The themes infused the album are a lack of control of circumstances to a larger benevolent beast. In Cullah’s case, King Jebediah seems to be the music itself that he creates and is provided by.
This is the first year that he has been able to concentrate his efforts solely on creating his music. Unhindered by other responsibilities, in “Hurrycane” and “Helios 3” he seems to be both overwhelmed and liberated in the storms and boundless space of creativity. Despite these new joys and pains, a bit of the previous “Cullahmity” album influences “Cullahsus”. A heartbroken Irish trill echoes in “The Grief of Ceridwen” illustrating the loneliness that comes with the freedom expressed in his other songs.
Find out more on his website: http://cullah.com
murmurintemporel on 05/09/2018 at 04:41AM
Suzana's Bauten returns on Murmure Intemporel with Alegoria Aleatoria, an improvised experimental music album with some Krautrock, Psychedelia and Post-Rock edges.
Recorded live in 2018 at Sattvaland Records studio, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
cheyenne_h on 05/08/2018 at 04:04PM
Creative Commons, the organization that works tirelessly to enable and enrich a diverse and thriving commons through legal tools and advocacy, puts together a report every year called "The State Of The Commons." As a platform that is built on sharing and CC content, we are proud to be one of the participants of this important effort! Want to know more?
Here are some fun, quick facts (but we think you should go and see the report for yourself):
*Today, there are approximately 1.4 BILLION works shared with Creative Commons licenses!
*FMA is one of two music-only platforms recognized in the report
*CC has more than 100 chapters worldwide, mostly in Europe
*The USA, UK, and Canada are the most frequent users of CC search in the past year
Read more at the report itself: https://stateof.creativecommons.org/
siddhartha on 05/08/2018 at 08:53AM
Life, the Journey of Remembering is really about being on a journey to realise you’re already home.
Originally, a spark of inspiration came while listening to a performance of Six Marimbas by Steve Reich. It suddenly sounded to me like the marimbas were playing phrases of DNA coding, constantly shifting and permutating to manifest the wondrous, kaleidoscopic, infinitely varied and yet pristinely ordered dance of existence. I was inspired to try something similar, to capture this dance of permutations, variations, arpeggios and drones, stillness and movement, sound and color, structure and boundlessness.
What I hope to evoke is the feeling of a flower unfolding out of itself, not to become something it wants to be, but to reveal what it already is.