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cheyenne_h on 10/14/2015 at 12:32PM

Radio Free Culture #61: Radio Survivors, Part 1 with Paul Riismandel & Eric Klein

Image courtesy of Paul Riismandel (left) and Eric Klein (right). Used with permission.

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 to Paul Riismandel and Eric Klein of Radio Survivor about podcasting, webcasting, and terrestrial radio... and a bit about how they are all coexisting in the current media landscape. This is part 1 of 2, so the next installment will come out on Thursday, October 29.

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

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cheyenne_h on 10/13/2015 at 12:39PM

Remembering Steve MacKay at FMA

As many have heard, saxophonist Steve MacKay recently passed away. A legend in his own right, he is best known for his work with The Stooges, but his career far outlasted the 1970s punk wave. He collaborated with numerous other musicians, including FMA favorite R Stevie Moore.

He was a big fan of WFMU and appeared on Brian Turner's show, and also gave the FMA a few tracks. We've collected them below for you. The track "The Prisoner" features Iggy Pop and was offered to the Free Music Archive by Steve. Special thanks go to Scott Nydegger from Radon Collective who sorted out all the permissions when the song was given to us.

Here's a recent video interview with Steve:

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rosso on 10/09/2015 at 02:00PM

A [slightly] new look for the FMA!

Hey FMAers! We've been hard at work making improvements to the site, and you may have noticed a few changes.  The most prominent are the header redesign and change in fonts.  The participate menu and profile/log-out links have been moved to a 'user' menu at the top right of the site, just under the search bar.

There have also been many back-end improvements resulting in a much faster FMA experience, SSL encryption where appropriate, a more functional pop-out player, and many bug fixes.  Our goals are to make the FMA easier to read, navigate, and use, to modernize it for mobile browsing, to improve music searching and browsing, and to add more functionality.  This is just the beginning of many great changes to come, so stay tuned for an even better FMA!

Of course we welcome your feedback, so please sound off in the comments below or send an email to [email protected].

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cheyenne_h on 10/01/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #60: The Creative Commons Global Summit with Jane Park

CC Global Summit logo. Used with permission.

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 to Jane Park of Creative Commons about their upcoming Global Summit (it happens mid-October in Seoul). She has headed up the School of Open and is currently working on the Platform Initiative, and was our guest presenter for the Webinar for Educators. She's serving on multiple panels for the event and talks about ways to get involved - even if you can't make it to Korea later this month!

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

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cheyenne_h on 09/17/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #59: The Data-Driven DJ with Brian Foo

Photo courtesy of Brian Foo. Used with permission.

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 to Brian Foo, an artist and programmer who is currently doing a series of audiovisual projects that he has named the "Data-Driven DJ," which takes big data sets and translates them into audio tracks. Here are a couple of examples:

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes... or listen below!

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cheyenne_h on 09/15/2015 at 10:30AM

Free Music Freeform on Riverwest Radio

Free Music Freeform logo, by Ross Oldenburg

There's a new Free Culture show hitting the airwaves (and webwaves)... it's called Free Music Freeform! The show will air weekly on WXRW Riverwest Radio, out of Milwaukee, WI, on Monday afternoons. The debut episode of Free Music Freeform aired on September 14th, 2015. Each week, Ross will bring another hour of FMA faves, audio oddities, and subterranean instant classics. Check out the playlist, compiled by FMA user & developer rosso, by clicking here

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cheyenne_h on 09/09/2015 at 11:30AM

Back to School ReMix

"Class Dismissed" by Orin Zebest on flickr. CC BY.

via Spinningmerkaba: CcMixter wrote the textbook on Creative Commons remixing.  If there were grades, these tracks would be all straight A's with recommendations from the onsite editors.  Take notes and listen closely...you're about to be taken to school.  Oh, and don't forget to take your vitamins. Listen below, at the source, or download here

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theradius on 09/04/2015 at 10:00AM

Radius PATCH 13: Resistance

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 02: Margaret Noble

Experimental composer Margaret Noble remixes themes from George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984 with modern media clips, text readings, melodic noise and electronic beats. This project features soundscapes produced from political promos, newsreel media and urban city recordings. Striking voices and jolting sounds merge together with an original vinyl recording of the novel adapted from a 1950’s radio broadcast. Samples used include: health care protests, water boarding simulation, political propaganda, city emergency alarms, public surveillance cameras, CIA agents, the NYSE stock exchange and the moments after an air strike.


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cheyenne_h on 09/03/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #58: White Market Podcast with Rute Correia

photo courtesy of Rute Correia. Used with permission.

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 to Rute Correia, the host of the White Market Podcast and curator for the White Market Podcast (formerly in Portuguese, the Programa Marca Branca) here on the Free Music Archive. We talked about her musical tastes, a little about the history of the podcast, and some of Rute's favorite netlabels.

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes... or listen below!

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cheyenne_h on 08/24/2015 at 04:00PM

Live from WFMU! Sets organized by DJ/Show

One of our most prolific curators, WFMU, has more than 17,000 mp3s in their portal, and more than 80 DJs and radio programs represented as contributors to the FMA! As a way to help organize their collection, we organized every live WFMU set by DJ/program. You can now browse through live sets dating back more than 25 years, including sets from The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T, Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg, The Antique Phonograph Program with MAC, Irwin Chusid's show, Brian Turner's show, and much much more! 

Dig in to the full list here

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