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cheyenne_h on 08/13/2018 at 10:37AM
FOO FEST is AS220's annual summer block party all-ages fundraiser in downtown Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, August 18th, 2018!
From 1 PM to 1 AM, outside on Empire Street and inside AS220, people of all ages will delight in 12 incredible hours of music, art, performance, kid and family-friendly activities, hands-on interactive art experiences from local artists, makers, and like-minded arts and cultural organizations, delectable food and drink, and much more, all highlighting arts, culture, and creativity in Providence and the Ocean State!
For tickets visit here.
YizzyV on 08/08/2018 at 06:55PM
Search 'lofi hip hop' on Youtube and you'll likely find many mixes with "chill/study/relax" in the title, plastered with an anime thumbnail image.
I don't know about you, but from where I am (Singapore), these playlists are EVERYWHERE. Almost everyone I know are either listening to these mixes or a new upload by Majestic Casual.
Because of the popularity of these playlists, Trip Hop (used synomously with Downtempo - though the latter has a cleaner, less 'earthy' sound) is 'Lofi Hip Hop' to the people in this region.
And they are not wrong. Trip Hop pioneers Portishead, for example, record their material to old tape from real instruments, and then sample their recordings rather than recording their instruments directly to a track. Part of its aesthetic is its unabashed use of tape hiss, degraded audio signals and samples of 60s-70s soul/jazz crooners.
We fed our favourite trip hop tracks into our A.I and it resulted in this stunning playlist from the FMA. Enjoy.
Ysabel @ Musiio
cheyenne_h on 08/07/2018 at 01:27PM
Their formula is simple, but the results are wonderful. Just because something is labeled 'minimalist' doesn't mean it can't be layered and interesting. A group that demonstrates this principle beautifully are Battery Operated Orchestra: the duo of Chris Black and Brigitte Rose from Brighton, UK. Their "Wish List" EP has only four tracks, but it packs a lot of enjoyment into those fifteen minutes. See if you agree and have a listen below!
trevort on 08/06/2018 at 09:37AM
Unthunk has released Coin, the fourth full length release from Happy Puppy Records on freemusicarchive.org.
Coin consists of two distinct halves. From the perspective of a make-believe suicide cult, the first half combines functional music-making in support of the Order of Eternal Tranquility's ceremonies with studies by and about the cult's key characters.
The second half examines the state of "unaccommodated man", as expressed by Shakespeare's Lear. Each piece departs tangentially from the bard's idea of casting off civility, to experience the resulting isolation and communion.
Unthunk is a musical collective pursuing the intersection between chamber and pop music.
For a taste of the project, check the track below. Notes on the project are available at https://unthunk.ca/item/coin/, and the full album is available at https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Unthunk/Coin/
cheyenne_h on 08/01/2018 at 09:53AM
Yan Terrien is a French musician who experiences inspiration for his music all over his life: from mathematical experiments and outer space, to time spent in hospitals, his music is an expression of his mind, body and soul. We find his music compelling, as well as the stories behind his songs. Give our interview a read below:
FMA: Tell us a little about yourself.
Yan Terrien: My name is Yan Terrien. I am French and live near Marseilles. I was born in 1951 and worked all my life as a show technician. I am self-taught and have learned computers as artists have asked me to create systems for them. I made laser harps, show-control software, giant image projectors, fireworks sequencers, and so on. [Note: the photo above is of a laser harp made by Yan, played by Jean-Michel Jarre.]
FMA: How would you describe the music you make?
FMA: How did you start making music?
Yan Terrien: I learned piano when I was young. As a teenager, I was playing bass guitar in a rock band that became "The Rockets" afterwards, a space rock band!
But I stopped music when I became a father at 22. I started to create computer music in 1984 on a MSX, but the first music software that I wrote on PC, Synthia, was an interface that controlled oscillators. I used it recently to create the sounds of the Thiasyn song. In the 90s I wrote Katorzer, where you had to enter some fancy parameters that created note and velocity loops. It was my first attempt with the method that I use now. At this time, composer Forrest Fang used it in some of his compositions.
FMA: How did you find the Free Music Archive, and why did you want to put your music on our platform?
Yan Terrien: I was looking for a platform where I could put music with a CC license and where people could download it to use it for their own creations. I was not happy with Soundcloud because, apparently, only musicians go on Soundcloud, it's a closed world. On FMA, people come because they know they can find good music without being sued because they use it.
I like the fact that people can download my music to use it for their own creations. At the moment it's mostly for videos but I dream that my music can be used in a contemporary ballet, I would be overjoyed to see artists dance on my music.
FMA: Tell me about some of the places your music has ended up.
I have created a YouTube playlist with all the videos using my music since I put it on FMA (57 videos since June).
FMA: Do you have any artistic influences? What or who are they?
Yan Terrien: My influence are multiple. I like all music genres, from hermetic electronics to syrupy classic. But my favorite artist is Ryuichi Sakamoto, for his sensitivity, his eclecticism, his sense of beauty, his aura. He is a master.
FMA: What project are you working on right now (musical or not) that you're excited about?
Yan Terrien: Today my lung cancer has woken up, although it has been quiet for a year now, so I will focus on the treatments. But at the same time I'm looking for a new way to use my computer skills to create music. I try new programs, I explore, something will eventually end up ...
cheyenne_h on 07/30/2018 at 02:02AM
Over the course of more than 190 tracks spanning 15 releases, The Polish Ambassador has generously shared more music than most at the Free Music Archive through Jumpsuit Records. We are delighted to recommend his new album, "Twilight Safari," from its beautiful cover art to the killer tracks themselves. If you need some hip-hop-infused electronic/dance music to groove to, this is a prime cut. Packed with collaborators, there's a lot of diversity, lending their own flavors (and words) to what would otherwise be a primarily instrumental electronic album.
The instrumental/sample-vocal tracks definitely stand on their own, of course - "The Little Lifeform That Could" and "Escape Jupiter" have especially addictive beats. Ending on "Darker Shades of Wizardry," the Ambassador leaves you wanting more. So we'll keep you posted when his next album drops.
Cellophane_Sam on 07/27/2018 at 12:32PM
"“The Gang’s All Here” is a mindfulness parable. It's about the self’s attention, as it’s lured into thought, and away from the present.
I made a video for it which I think is pretty funny:
cheyenne_h on 07/26/2018 at 02:50PM
French indie-pop band Juniore visited WFMU to perform on Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B on Friday, July 13 2018. Their session was added to the archive this week, and we wanted to shine a spotlight on these wonderful tracks. There are elements of Françoise Hardy and other slinky French pop stars that came before, but there are also clear through-lines to early rock and roll, from overblown organ interludes to bluesy bass walks, and a touch of surf here and there.
Listen to the full performance below, or if you want to hear an interview with the band in addition to the full archived WFMU episode, click here.
cheyenne_h on 07/25/2018 at 11:46AM
Retrowave is a term used to describe music that hearkens back to early synth sounds used in pop. In this case, think of early Japanese animation. Fast cars, chunky moto jackets, night marketplaces, dance clubs and asymmetrical hair. It might also be called Citypop - a term that is a jazzy, cosmopolitan sound that was all the rage in 1980s Japan. This album, Osaka Lights, brings the more synth-driven sound to the fore.
Opening with "Driving In The Rain" (complete with field recordings from a rainstorm), the tone is set: this is an album for cruising around a neon-lit city at night, sparkling and refracted in a million raindrops on a windshield. "Mount Fuji" gets a little darker and blustery, whereas "Palms and Seagulls" has a distinct summery, beachy cruise vibe. Listen below.
YizzyV on 07/23/2018 at 10:32PM
If the occasional daydream involves you fighting epic space bosses, you're in for a treat.
This week's special is Dark Electronic, flavoured with sinister industrial beats, heavy wub bass and gritty synths.
Menace has never felt so good.
This selection of #DarkElectronic from the FMA is brought to you by Musiio, A.I. generated playlists. Got something else you think we should check out? Comment below!
Ysabel @ Musiio