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theradius on 01/02/2016 at 04:41PM

Radius PATCH 14: Crisis

Radius 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.

Episode 21: Rob Ray

Subject to Greater Uncertainties weaves together Rob Ray’s interests in military operations, the desert, and natural resource extraction operations as expressions of human comprehension at the fringes of the complex system we call “the world.” Rob Ray asks: How do we act upon knowledge of which we are aware is only a tiny slice of something much larger and complicated? What are the intended and unintended outcomes of those actions?


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cheyenne_h on 12/31/2015 at 10:00AM

LizB's 2015 Retrospective Mix

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the final mix of 2015 retrospective blends, so gear up for our regularly scheduled programming.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

This playlist was created by one of our most avid mix-makers, LizB (also a WFMU DJ and podcaster extraordinaire). These are fifteen choicest bits, culled from her impressive megamix of more than 100 songs from 2015, which you can find here! Every week, Liz shares a selection of her new faves from the constantly-updating "Recently Added" queue on FMA. 

Liz shared with us her methodology for finding her new favorite tunes on FMA on Radio Free Culture's 39th episode, "Inside LizB's Playlist Labyrinth."

Tune in using our handy sidebar player or check out the playlist page. Hooray!

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/30/2015 at 11:20AM

Decoder Magazine: 2015 Highlights Mix

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the fifth (and second-to-last) of an ongoing series.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

This playlist was created by one of our esteemed curators, Decoder Magazine. They have been tirelessly uploading and sharing music from their growing collection all year, and we are the richer for it! It is a small sampler of what Decoder uploaded in 2015 -- featuring a particularly heavy dose of ambient and experimental tracks from the wonderful Power Moves catalog (affiliated with Decoder), as well as beats, vaporwave, and more.

Decoder (which describes itself on twitter as "music from under a rock") and Power Moves (whose tagline is "true bedroom recordings with delusions of grandeur") aren't exactly new to the Creative Commons scene, but their contributions to the FMA, including PC Noise x Pedicure Records Vol 1 and Music of the Now Age, were welcome distractions from reality!

So, here it is: the Decoder highlights selection from 2015! Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/29/2015 at 12:00PM

WFMU Guests: 2015 Selections

Cheyenne showing off the massive WFMU release forms folder for 2015! Photo by Liz B.

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the fourth of an ongoing series.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

This collection is a few highlights from the FMA's massive collection of WFMU Live Recordings (recently reshuffled into collections by DJ, which you can browse here). There are, of course, many more sessions to choose from (including a multitude of live performances from Monty Hall, WFMU's performance space). The DJs at WFMU bring artists into the studio frequently, and many of them allow us to share their original songs on the Free Music Archive.

The selections here were not easy to choose -- especially when we had to only list fifteen of them -- but we've selected a few of our favorites from the past 365 days for you! Thanks to all of the DJs who brought in amazing artists all year long, and to the artists who were willing to share their music with us here at FMA.

So - here it is - our WFMU highlights selection from 2015! Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/28/2015 at 12:15PM

ccCommunity End of 2015 Mix

Photo by amy_buthod via Flickr.

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the third of an ongoing series. Look for upcoming lists as 2016 draws closer.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

ccCommunity is a special page that holds some of the most diverse content on FMA - because it's stuff that doesn't come in affiliated with a pre-existing FMA curator. Our curators work with their own group of artists, and while that's super awesome, it's also super awesome to let unaffiliated artists share their work once in a while. When an artist contacts FMA directly and their work is accepted by our reviewers, their first upload is placed in the ccCommunity curator page.

We had a really hard time choosing just 15 songs by 15 artists! We tried to keep it diverse, with tracks ranging from chiptunes to rap to death metal. And trust us, there's lots lots more out there (including this noteworthy bundle: the Loop Mania Sampler Pack). If you like one of these songs, check out the artists' full album pages!

Here are 15 dazzling and diverse tracks from the ccCommunity at large. Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/24/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #66: Shirt Week Super Special!

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a bi-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, brings you some tunes from FMA users who wrote or remixed songs about, devoted to, or otherwise related to our dear old FMA! We also tell you WTF a "Shirt Week" is. 

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes!

 

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cheyenne_h on 12/21/2015 at 07:02AM

Needle Drop Co. Highlights of 2015

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle! A few of our most active curators and community members have been asked to compile some noteworthy tracks from the past year. Rather than ranking them or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the second of an ongoing series. Look for more lists as 2016 draws closer.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

Needle Drop Co. is a new curator to FMA, but was co-founded by the artist known as Podington Bear, a longtime FMA user and contributor. Their music is licensed for use in noncommercial video and broadcasts (with CC BY NC licenses), and they do a good job of giving clear contact information and offering licenses for those who wish to use their work. This playlist highlights some of Needle Drop's favorite tracks from their 2015 contributions.

Here are 15 smooth and shiny tracks from Needle Drop Co. Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/17/2015 at 05:00PM

suRRism-Phonoethics: End of Year Celebration Mix

image provided by jaan patterson/suRRism-Phonoethics

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle! A few of our steadfast curators and community members have been asked to compile some noteworthy tracks from the past year. Rather than ranking them or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the first of an ongoing series. Look for upcoming lists as 2016 draws closer.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

suRRism-Phonoethics is a non-profit netlabel founded & run by Jaan Patterson, and is currently based in Offenbach, Germany. Specializing in experimental music, spoken word, and unusual compositions of all types, suRRism-Phonoethics routinely releases large compilations under the Classwar Karaoke name. Their official launch was in 2008, and all of their releases are free for download under Creative Commons or Copyleft licenses. Many use CC licenses that contain the Share-Alike clause, which requires others to use the same license on their work, should they use it in a derivative project, remix or video.

Here are 18 weird and wonderful tracks from suRRism-Phonoethics, a longstanding FMA Curator. Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/10/2015 at 06:00PM

96 Million Reasons To Donate!

Can you think of any more reasons? We're probably missing a few. Comment below!

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cheyenne_h on 12/10/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #65: The State of the Commons with Jane Park

Creative Commons released its second annual "State of the Commons" report! Check it out.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a bi-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 Jane Park from Creative Commons. They released their 2015 State of the Commons report, which includes stats from the FMA this year! We are very proud to be part of the Commons community, and to help connect artists to new audiences and collaborators. This interview discusses some of the basics of the report, but you can (and should!) read the whole thing here: stateof.creativecommons.org or offer your feedback at the version hosted at Medium.com!

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes!

 

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