Recent FMA Blog Posts
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ange on 02/28/2014 at 10:44AM
The Free Music Archive is seeking a skilled backend engineer, with solid background in modern languages and techniques, who loves going down the rabbit hole to solve difficult problems related to performance, user experience, and long-term structural stability of a modern, high-traffic website (and who doesn't mind working with legacy code).
We're also ideally looking for significant overlap with our current stack:
• Mostly backend: PHP, MySQL, RDS, S3, Redis, Sphinx, Memcached, Chef; REST & API design generally
• And sometimes frontend: HTML5, JS, CSS3, Flash
Along with experience with reasonably modern source control (Git/SVN/Hg) and build practices. Note that we aren't zealots about any of the above; what we're most after is solid engineering chops -- if you're currently working with Rails or Django or Scala but don't mind digging into modern PHP for a good cause, that's fine. We need someone willing to roll up their sleeves and take long-term ownership of the project and address problems holistically. Here you'll have the chance to make valued, long-term strategic contributions to one of WFMU's most important projects.
ckutmusic on 02/24/2014 at 04:15AM
turnmeondeadman on 02/21/2014 at 10:14AM
When Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were released from prison they made it clear they would not go away quietly. At a press conference held shortly after their release they reiterated their opposition to the regime of Vladimir Putin. Then earlier this month, After traveling to Asia and Europe, they performed at an Amnesty International benefit concert in New York with a variety of notable celebrities. The trip also included a memorable appearance on the Colbert Report. Pussy Riot has also made their presence known at the Winter Olympics, now underway in the Russian city of Sochi. They were detained by the police, allegedly for stealing from their hotel. On February 19th Pussy Riot released a video called "Putin Will Teach You How to Love". The video shows members of Pussy Riot being harrassed by security forces at the Olympic Park in Sochi. The video demonstrates that Pussy Riot's incarceration has done anything but silence them. Their commitment to freedom of expression, environmental protection and gay rights is stronger than ever and their status as global symbols of freedom and human rights continues to grow.
This compilation collects songs recorded by fellow musicians in support of Pussy Riot during their incarceration. These songs are cover versions of Pussy Riot songs, expressions of solidarity, and calls for their release.
10khrs on 02/17/2014 at 02:00AM
Joan La Barbara On Thursday February 20, Interpretations presents two great artists: Joan La Barbara and Bruce Gremo. Both present new acoustic and electroacoustic works. Joan La Barbara presents a solo performance, featuring her distinctive vocal techniques, both unaccompanied and adorned with an electronic sound atmosphere in Windows, inspired by the dreams & visions of sculptor Joseph Cornell. Bruce Gremo presents solo and duo works blending eastern and western woodwind sonorities with interactive electronic processing, using his unique electronic flute controller, the Cilia, as well as the shakuhachi & glissando flute; with Hu Jianbing on sheng.
We are sharing two tracks from these artists - One of Bruce Gremo performing solo on his insturment The Cilia, and one from "Angels, Demons, and other Muses", Joan La Barbara's previous presentation on the Interpretations Series.
ange on 02/14/2014 at 05:45AM
No one's sending me love songs this Valentines Day so I decided to make myself a mix of the songs I would most like to receive.
This mix includes some beloved tracks from some of my favorite FMA artists including Uncle Neptune and the Lucky Dragons, plus some live performance at WFMU's Magic Factory from Reigning Sound, Valley Lodge, and Fred & Toody. Think of it as a gift from my imaginary boyfriend to you. Get the full mix here.
ange on 02/13/2014 at 01:15AM
One of our favorite new uploads comes to us from the French band Salmo. They are a post-punk experimental trio composing narrative music inspired by nature or natural phenomenons.
Their self-titled album is entirely devoted to the life of a river trout, from birth to death. The tracks flow with forward momentum, and capture something dark, cool, and dynamic. They are offering this release using the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license, which makes this river trout album free to spawn many other unique creations (animations, video games, remixes), as long as they give attribution. More Info.
ange on 02/12/2014 at 01:00AM
Find the true meaning of Valentine's day with a bouquet of songs for the scummiest of sweethearts. This mix is so filthy you'll blush and throw up in your mouth a little bit. It will make your arrow wounds from Cupid turn all infected and swollen.
kademlia on 02/05/2014 at 11:00PM
If you’re hoping to kick off 2014 with attitude, a fresh rap record might just do the trick.
Of course, FrostClick already has a collection in mind. That would be Hi-Rez‘s fifth and latest mixtape, Product of My Environment, which brims with a bravado and authenticity that we rarely see from urban releases nowadays. What gives?
Having went through an “extreme rough patch” for the past couple of years, the rapper has used his music as a sounding board to all his problems, resulting on a record that’s both heavily personal and unapologetically tongue-in-cheek at the same time.
Take the opening track, "Brandon Clark", for example. It boasts early 2000′s arrangement, bold lyrics, and crisp beats that easily puts it along the leagues of the catchiest hip-hop singles of the period. (50 Cent? Eminem?) You know, a period when songs actually had sense reading along a more relaxed path are the songs “Lifted” and “Love & Fear“, talking about the beauty of life and striving hard to achieve your goals.
ckutmusic on 02/05/2014 at 12:30AM
Local artist Charlie Twitch aka ¡FLIST! came in for a live performance on CKUT's The Montreal Sessions—a show that provides a platform for a different community group, label, or artist to curate a month of programming. In January, local booking collective Loose-Fit hosted, and invited ¡FLIST! in for their final show.
Music that is as much Nick Cave as it is Thomas Dolby, what really sets ¡FLIST! apart is the incredibly emphatic live performance, the essence of which being hinted at in Twitch's new video for bug.
theradius on 01/31/2014 at 08:30PM
PATCH is a series of curated playlists selected from the Radius episode archive. Each playlist is organized around a specific topic or theme that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum. PATCH serves as a platform to illuminate the questions, concerns, and complexities of and within radio-based art practices.
PATCH 05: Absence
07.13.10b is concerned with recording the typically inaudible: the power sources that fuel the mundane portions of our lives. These sounds, primarily the electromagnetic fields produced by computers, printers, TV’s, cars, electricity poles, coffee makers, etc., acknowledge the (in)visible place technology has in today’s society. Through close observation of this environment, the music strives for a nonlinear form; an immersion of moments found in daily life that might otherwise go unnoticed. The title is nothing more than a time stamp, referring to when the majority of the incorporated sounds were collected.