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cheyenne_h on 09/29/2016 at 06:45AM

Radio Free Culture #71: The Freeharmonic Orchestra with Unthunk and Offal Tunes

Images courtesy of the Freeharmonic Orchestra.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a 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, was joined by Unthunk (Trevor Tunnacliffe) and Offal Tunes (Half Cocked), two members of the "Freeharmonic Orchestra."  The group of twelve musicians was organized by Steve Combs and Simon Mathewson to produce "Freeharmonics Volume 1," a collaborative album which is available now on the Free Music Archive (and which you can stream below!) 

The full roster of artists includes Aglow Hollow, Blue Dot Sessions, Candlegravity, half cocked, Jahzzar, Matt Oakley, Monk Turner, Scott Holmes, simon_mathewson, Small Colin, Steve Combs, and Unthunk. Each artist worked on three songs in a round-robin array, being matched with random others from the group, and working together to make a remarkable album. Not only did they collaborate with each other, but they want to open collaboration from anyone who wants to participate! Download their stem pack from and submit a remix!

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

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rosso on 09/24/2016 at 04:20AM

Zoom H4n Pro -- WINNER!

Congrats to our winner, Abraham!

Thanks to everyone who entered and who has donated to our fundraiser so far!  Your support means a lot to us!

Thanks to Z'EV, Schemawound, Lee Rosevere, and Carlos Giffoni/Okkyung Lee for the music used in the video! All music is from the FMA and is linked below.

Special thanks to fellow FMA developer Erik Schoster for mixing the music and doing the drawing!

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vitop on 09/23/2016 at 01:29PM

Vitamin Pets Present DEATH FM

FFO: Pander! Panda! Panzer!Broadcast and the Focus GroupThe Conet Project

  A collaboration between Vitamin Pets and Yellow Chair combining field recordings and shortwave radio transmissions, Death FM pushes back against college radio trends and fashion-first schtick-rock. The album is a nine-track look at the end-of-days, envisioning the dark future that awaits all those who allow scammy tastemakers into their homes via the airwaves. "Theme from WXHZ" and "Station Identification" construct the pulpit from which this screed is founded upon; "Is Dead" is a salvo of bombastic proportions; and "Le nozze di Rodman" dunks the listener into the nether world of intercepted broadcasts and crossed wires. The album is at times blissful ("Seven Sisters Singing") and blistering ("Octavian Man") and promises to provide all those who download it with a singularly strange experience.  

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cheyenne_h on 09/19/2016 at 03:29PM

H4N Giveaway!

Image courtesy of Zoom; modified by FMA.



Enter to win a Zoom H4N Pro audio recorder by donating to our cause this week! We're giving away one recorder to a lucky winner on Friday, September 23rd at 6pm Eastern Time. Be sure to enter before noon (Eastern Time) on Friday, 9/23/2016, when we stop accepting entries. Suggested donation to win the recorder is $100. One entry per household, please. Only individuals who donate between now and Friday, and who opt to enter the giveaway, are eligible to win.

Wanna know if you can win, or curious about the official rules? Check out our eligibility notice for more details.

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dmersonhess on 09/19/2016 at 12:13PM

Call for Submissions: "Music for a Haunted Party"

Cover art by Dave MH.

Send a spooky instrumental no longer than 90 seconds (as an mp3 attached to an email or Dropbox share to [email protected]) for consideration for Reverse Engine's upcoming Halloween comp, "Music for a Haunted Party". It'll be a free, CC-licensed release intended to empower you to be your spookiest self, whilst enhancing humanity's collective enjoyment of this Halloween. Preferred genres: Instrumental hip-hop, creepy ambient, Space Age bachelor pad, doom surf...

Deadline: October 10, 2016.

Extended to October 1, 2017. Let's do this right.

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cheyenne_h on 09/12/2016 at 03:12PM

Loop Mania Is A Real Thing

"Spiral" by rbanks on flickr - CC BY-NC.

For Swiss artist Bauchamp, Loop Mania is more than a diagnosis - it's a contribution to the Public Domain! This artist dedicated a zillion (seriously, we counted 'em) tracks of drum samples, synth loops, sound effects, and much more - and you can use them for whatever you want, however you want! They're even organized by BPM for those who like to keep their beats neat and tidy. We've embedded the whole playlist of bleeps, bloops, and beats for you below, or you can click here.

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cheyenne_h on 09/09/2016 at 05:51PM

LittleBits Synth Kit -- WINNER!

Congratulations to our winner, Sebastian!

 And thanks to Breakmaster Cylinder for a lovely, loopable microSong for the backing track to this video! Song: "Key Cards" License: CC0/Public Domain


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cheyenne_h on 09/08/2016 at 09:14PM

Remix Packs from Anti-Pop Consortium and The Joy Drops

Sometimes deconstruction is the pathway to synthesis. [image via Internet Archive on flickr commons.]

Remixing isn't the focus of the FMA, but we encourage remixing, reusing, and re-sampling with glee (as long as the license allows for it)!

Quite a few re-mixing (and even one "pre-mix") events have come and gone to FMA, but we wanted to let y'all know that there are two remix kits that haven't gone away: "Reflections Multitracks" from Anti-Pop Consortium (CC BY-NC-SA) and "Not Drunk" from The Joy Drops (CC BY). So if you're looking for some hip-hop or bluegrass samples to play with, they're licensed for re-use and ready to roll!

If remixing is your THING though, you should check out the wealth of samples over at and!

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cheyenne_h on 09/02/2016 at 03:33PM

LittleBits Synth Kit



Support the FMA and make some music while you're at it! Enter to win a LittleBits Synth Kit. We're giving away one kit to a lucky winner on Friday, September 9th at 6pm Eastern Time. Be sure to enter before noon (Eastern Time) on Friday, 9/9/2016, when we stop accepting entries. One entry per household.

Wanna know if you can win, or curious about the official rules? Check out our eligibility notice for more details.

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planetterrorrecords on 08/30/2016 at 09:26AM

Planet Terror Records: Looking Back

The ethos behind Planet Terror Records is something that we still hold very close to our hearts: high-quality, cross-genre electronic music released freely into the world for anyone to enjoy.

When we launched the label in 2008, we were wide-eyed youngsters straight out of university, passionate about dance music and scoping out unsigned and unknown artists. Many a night was spent trawling Myspace (RIP) and later Soundcloud for new music, while our increasing involvement in the music scene in our resident Sheffield, through DJing and playing together in a band, yielded some invaluable connections which carried us through to our 50th and final release in May 2016.

While other labels we grew alongside had bigger aspirations, we were happy to keep seeking out new music we loved and releasing it without too much fuss. Our music has never been selected for its marketability, but always for its own sake: snapshots of individual and collective creativity which we have had the pleasure to curate.

Like all parents, we try not to look at our back catalogue in terms of 'best' and 'worst' releases, but over the years it has been a pleasure to put out music by the likes of Titus Twelve, Barbarix, Culprate, Robot Koch, Cellar Dweller, Ascetic, Smurd, Kingstux, Mikuś and so many others. We enjoyed having the opportunity to put on an event with Culprate and Barbarix in Sheffield, our occasional DJ sets around Sheffield and our collaborations with the closest thing we have to a resident artist, Mattias Jones.

As with anything worth doing, running a netlabel takes time. To do justice to the musicians who give us their music to promote, we cannot accept having to take shortcuts. We do not live the same lives as we did. We started as students with endless hours to post music around the web and seek out new sounds. But personal and professional lives have evolved, and we no longer have the time to give the label and its music the effort it deserves.

We are pleased that we leave the netlabel community as healthy as we found it, with new labels starting every day. We are proud of our contribution to the scene and our library will remain online indefinitely. It’s the end of an era for us, but we hope that many more people enjoy the music we have released.

Find out about our mix by clicking the "Read More" link below, or download/stream it here.


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