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massdist on 08/01/2017 at 05:06PM
Hello! Over the next several months Mass Dist will be uploading it's entire catalog to the Free Music Archive! We're very excited and thankful to be doing this.
Every few days Mass Dist will drop another few records. Mass Dist existed from 1994 - 2012 and was the brain child of Colin Lagenus and Jonah Rapino.
To start, these first 5 Mass Dist records uploaded to the FMA comprise the output of the first year and a half of the USAISAMONSTER.
Usaisa prolifically genre hopped and tried everything and everyone at it's beginning.
These recordings feature Colin Langenus, Tom Hohmann, Adam Taber, Jeremy Harris, Sara Shapouri, Chris Uraney, Tony Spazziani, Raw Dawg, Vlad, and maybe more.
1 is noise jams.
Soul Jerker is art punk.
Weed Blood is stoner metal.
Trippy Yet Wholesome is folk rock.
5 is power violence.
Thanks for the time.
AS220 on 07/22/2017 at 02:24PM
FOO FEST returns to downtown Providence on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 from 1 PM to 1 AM for 12 more 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, DIY technology, delectable food and drink, and much more, all highlighting arts, culture, and creativity in Providence and the Ocean State!
To celebrate we are posting this sampler with the music acts of 2017! Here is the link to the SAMPLER!
FOO FEST is AS220's annual summer block party fundraiser, held outdoors and inside, on Empire Street in Providence, and is the premiere festival highlighting the incredible arts, music, creative, and cultural scene brewing right here in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 has been hosting an annual celebration under the name of Foo Fest, or Fool's Ball, since 1995.
2017 AWESOME LINEUP OF PERFORMERS:
Cakes Da Killa
The Funk Underground
Jodi Jolt and The Volt
The Daily Note
D.Valor & Pyrex Lex
Lady Queen Paradise
2017 EMCEE AND HOST: Annie B. Frank
To purchase tickets visit here
rosso on 07/19/2017 at 02:25PM
As some FMAers have noticed, the per-track, per-album, and per-playlist listen and download counts have not been updated for several days. We are aware of the issue and are trying to correct it. None of the download or listen data has been lost, but there is a large backlog that our statistics engine is struggling to keep up with. I will be optimizing the statistics system and returning the counters to normal as soon as possible, hopefully by the end of the week.
cheyenne_h on 07/18/2017 at 03:14PM
We want to extend our most jubilant congratulations to Basement Bohemian! His song, "Sun Iced Tea," not just a recipe for summertime refreshment, has won the Audio Cookbook Challenge!
Thanks to EVERYONE who participated and gave us a signal boost for this challenge - the results were difficult to judge (and, truly, every song was nominated - so the entire album is an "Honorable Mention")! The Free Music Archive is happy to bring opportunities to artists every once in a while, and we will be doing another challenge in fall/winter, so check back in a couple months for the next FMA Challenge.
Until then, here's "Sun Iced Tea," the winning track of the Audio Cookbook Challenge:
TAGGED AS:audio cookbook
cheyenne_h on 07/13/2017 at 07:05PM
Three years ago, we heard about a little idea called "Netlabel Day," and today is the third annual event! An answer to Record Store Day, but with more free stuff, Netlabel Day is organized by M.I.S.T. Records and, at last count, will be the debut of 104 releases by artists from around the world! Participants include Yes No Wave, blocSonic, Happy Puppy Records, Keshcology, Dubophonic, Soisloscerdos, Vulpiano Records, Spettro, and many many more!
Check out this list of supporting netlabels and the full list of releases. You can get a lot of Netlabel Day '17 releases right here on FMA, so start digging! We'll get you started with a few tastes below:
cheyenne_h on 07/11/2017 at 12:43PM
If Net Neutrality rules are changed, ISPs will have the power to create internet "fast" and "slow" lanes - leaving most websites in the dust, including ours!
If you want to tell the FCC what you think about Net Neutrality, you can fill out this comment form.
TAGGED AS:net neutrality
rosso on 06/30/2017 at 04:48PM
Hello! I have a couple of news items!
API KEYS - To better manage our costs and to curtail some abusive behavior, we are no longer allowing users to generate their own API keys. If you would like an API Key, please visit the API Docs and follow the directions there. If you are interested in using the FMA for Machine Learning, Music Information Retrieval, other research, or if you simply want a way to acquire most of the FMA's collection, please see the dataset prepared by Michaël Defferrard et al.
ANDROID APP - There is an updated version of our official Android app in the Play Store. If you are a regular user of our Android app, please upgrade as soon as you can.
cheyenne_h on 06/21/2017 at 05:46PM
Here we go again! Net Neutrality is at risk, and we're coming together to push the FCC to preserve a neutral net. In the spirit of "THIS AGAIN?!" we have delved back into the FMA's own podcast archive and pulled a bunch of samples from our podcast about Net Neutrality from 2014 with Michael Weinberg from Public Knowledge (back then - he now works for Shapeways, and we interviewed him about IP and 3D Printing too). We've released the following soundbytes using CC0, so we encourage you to remix them to your heart's desire!
Our friends at ccMixter are joining the fray - if you want to contribute to the music-making process over there, find out how you can Remix Net Neutrality.
Need stems or other bits of audio to use? No prob! We have a few beat pack and stem packs (Loop Mania, Bonus Beat Blast, Not Drunk) and of course there are tons of resources for this purpose over at ccMixter.org and freesound.org.
Of course, you're also welcome to grab something from our vast Public Domain/CC0 collections and mix with those, including our microSong Challenge and Masters Remastered Challenge, all of which have been released into the public domain by the goodwill of FMA artists and contributors!
TO SUBMIT VIA FMA, EMAIL US.
TAGGED AS:net neutrality, title ii, remix contest, battle for the net, open call for submissions, See More...
cheyenne_h on 06/15/2017 at 03:34PM
Remember all that hullaballoo a couple of years ago, when #NetNeutrality was the rallying cry on the interwebs? That simmered down, but it's about to boil over again. If you don't remember what "net neutrality" is, it's the idea that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) should allow equal access to all content and applications online, regardless of where it comes from, and without favoring or blocking specific sites or applications.
If net neutrality is taken away, it can spell disaster for the current web. One scenario puts many sites at risk that depend on their communities for participation, traffic and support (y'know, like the site you're looking at right now).
Current FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai wants to change the rules for cable companies, giving them even more control over what users can see and do online. There have been a few pushes for net neutrality advocacy since Pai became FCC Chairman, including John Oliver's "Go FCC Yourself" bit that temporarily jammed the FCC comment form.
Fight For The Future and dozens of websites, including our friends Kickstarter, Vimeo and of course, Creative Commons, will be participating in the Day of Action. The deadline for first comments to the FCC is July17th, so on July 12th the web will come together and raise the banner: it's time to speak up. If you want to find out more about how to get involved, visit https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12.
Bozoo on 06/11/2017 at 06:24PM
For its 34th release, Da ! Heard It Records is warming up the machines to trace some new paths.
Packaged in quasi-monochrome illustrations with quasi-absurd architectural tendencies, the visuals emphasize the kinetic art and foreshadow what one is about to hear: chain reactions and strange angles; it all moves and it all hits.
This cassette is an absolute beat garage!
Think of a little place where things are done by hand, geared towards total customization, fine-tuning; truly without concession and C_C is the boss. He’s the one with his nose under the hood and adjusting everything by ear. In total contrast with factory and chain-work sound, C_C knows how to use a system as Low-Cost as Low-Fi. Not afraid of getting his hands dirty!
The electronic sound is played from the fingertips, and it’s audible: the patterns aren’t dull and the rhythms brilliant.
It also plays with codes, and plays with them in a laid-back way, arm hanging out the window, headlights fully on. It advances tirelessly, entertaining without using, definitely more auto-reverse than auto-stop. Natural born bottom-of-time, C_C plays it in four-wheel drive, for all terrains, and completely versatile in all respects. He alternates straight hitting lines, feedback turns, and reverb drifts, and allows himself to ride right in the middle, his kick as pressed as the pedal, larsen melodies comfortably settled in the backseat.
At full speed, it’s blinking from all sides, counterpoint at every corner. With always one ear on the rearview mirror, and the GPS evidently out of order… drifting away from the roots is inevitable. In Impendulo, one is thus neither here nor there, but rather on unknown territory with no markers, never safe, but always sound. Welcome to the fourth (rid)dimension, this four-track game that summons hormones and neurons, active listening, and active dancing.
The drum is electronic and its skin is unbreakable, and in a thousand miles, it will still be playing, unfettered. One hit up, one hit down, the rhythmics spar without any low hits and most importantly without the rotundity that fishing for sound can bring. With C_C, it’s refined and chiseled by ear on the mixing side. The composition is stripped of anything superfluous, reduced to the bones, and you feel it in your bones: trans, love it or leave it.
Impendulo, the 34th release of Da ! Heard It Records is distributed under a Creative Commons BY_NC_ND license.
The album is fully listenable and downloadable at the following address: