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cheyenne_h on 11/11/2014 at 01:30AM

Music Hack Day: Boston!

Cheyenne and Ross presenting the API, and a brief overview of the FMA, at Music Hack Day in Boston, Nov 8 2014. Photo via https://twitter.com/musichackday

During this past weekend, the Free Music Archive made its presence known at Music Hack Day in Boston, Massachusetts. There were lots of folks there, including myself and our developer, Ross, who presented our API. If you've never been to a Hack Day before, they can be pretty intense! A collection of people with coding and building skills got together and, over a period of about 30 hours, envisioned, designed, and implemented a project - to present the next day. The event began with API presentations - and a few demos that included a map that shows how far Johnny Cash travels in "I've Been Everywhere," a squishy keyboard, and more! Then hacking commenced. 

The next day, the hacks were presented and 'winners' were announced - various API presenters and sponsors gave stuff to those who made the best uses of their APIs. One project, Endsound, incorporated the FMA API to provide backing tracks for real-time ambient collaborations via the Web. More hack projects and information are available here, which ranged from video sync tools to a way to make a 3-D printable version of your favorite song's waveform

Will we see you at Hack Day next year? 

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cheyenne_h on 11/06/2014 at 01:15AM

Radio Free Culture #22: "Why Wouldn't You?" Kevin MacLeod's Music Sharing Philosophy

Kevin MacLeod, CC-BY composer. Photo courtesy of Ryan Camarda.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, current Director of the Free Music Archive, spoke with Kevin MacLeod about composing music, why he chooses to share his work via CC BY and royalty-free via his site incompetech.com, and with Ryan Camarda about a documentary he's working on about Kevin called "Royalty Free."

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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cheyenne_h on 11/04/2014 at 01:00AM

Royalty Free

image from royaltyfreedoc.com

Many of us at the Free Music Archive and beyond have heard of Kevin MacLeod, but even if you haven't, you've probably still heard his music. It's everywhere. He's got 1,692 credits on imdb.com, and countless tracks hosted on his personal site, incompetech.com. He's the subject of this Thursday's Radio Free Culture, and also of a documentary that's underway, titled "Royalty Free: The Music of Kevin MacLeod." They're running a Kickstarter to fund the production and filming costs, so if you'd like to help with the project, pay them a visit. 

For fun, I'll include a few of Kevin's tracks for your enjoyment! You can find the rest of his work on the Free Music Archive (about a hundred songs) here

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cheyenne_h on 10/31/2014 at 01:04PM

Halloween Songs from around the Web

The web - get it!? anyway, this photo is "Dewy spider web". Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

It's the time of year when everyone is running around in costumes asking for candy (or maybe that's just a typical day for you - for most of us, anyway, that type of thing is limited to Halloween)... so we've been crawling the web for some of our Halloween favorites (all licensed Creative Commons, of course). 

Here at the Free Music Archive, we've got quite a collection, including Oddio Overplay's picks - 52 Horror Releases

There are also mixes on ccMixter.org via Mind Map That Music: "Halloween, Halloween, Halloween" and the "Trick or Treat Edition

And selections from archive.org's Netlabels - selections from ambientcollective and Happy Puppy

Or if you don't want to stray far from the FMA, you can browse stuff tagged Halloween, or selections from WFMU's Dark Night of the Soul

Happy haunting! 

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cheyenne_h on 10/30/2014 at 01:30AM

Radio Free Culture: Meet Cheyenne

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

For this episode, WFMU's Liz Berg spoke with Cheyenne Hohman, current Director of the Free Music Archive, about what's coming up for the FMA in the coming months, including song contests, educational opportunities, and more! 

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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kademlia on 10/28/2014 at 05:48AM

Kellee Maize: The Remixes

Kellee Maize The Remixes

For all those of you following Kellee Maize and her releases here is something different. The independent rapper, singer, activist, and entrepreneur just released her new album, The Remixes, taking the nine of her greatest hits and taking them for another spin. The album is definitely one to bring you much needed energy for the day. Filled with great electronic arrangements and plenty of great beats there is just nothing more to add, so let’s start with a little preview.

In Tune is the first track to fully set you off on a journey through this new dance sound. It takes you up and down with its rising synths, just to drop down to uncover some great new beats and fully showcase Kellee’s lyrics.

I Insist starts off with more bass, quickly diving into the singer taking the floor, and returns to the unforgivable sound that floats between soulful sounds to drop-it-down beats.

 


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cheyenne_h on 10/23/2014 at 01:45AM

Radio Free Culture: Orphan Works

"Orphanage No. 3" Moscow, Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. Modified w/text. Unknown photographer.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

For this episode we spoke with John Bergmayer from Public Knowledge about Orphan Works. An orphan work is a work for whom the copyright holder cannot be identified or contacted.

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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cheyenne_h on 10/17/2014 at 01:15AM

Radio Free Culture: Radius

Photo by Brennan McGaffey, creator of the Audio Relay Unit. Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

For this episode we spoke with FMA Artist Jeff Kolar about Radius. Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL. We'll discuss their sonic logo created by a custom Audio Relay Unit, the latest installment in their Patch series titled Narrative, and how the project is constantly finding new ways of transmitting and patching together content.

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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10khrs on 10/16/2014 at 08:00AM

New Music from John King and Michael Byron!

On October 23, Interpretations presentstwo major premieres built around string quartets from two distinctive composers from New York's Downtown scene. John King presents "Free Palestine", with Neil Dufallo's A Secret Quartet, and  Michael Byron presents "The Celebration", with The FLUX Quartet plus pianist Joseph Kubera and baritone Thomas Buckner. 


In anticipation of this great concert, we are offering two interesting works from these two composers: Michael Byron's "A Bird Revealing the Unknown to the Sky" (performed by Joseph Kubera), and a selection from John King's "Free Palestine". Please also enjoy these two videos featuring the two composers discussing their upcoming works.


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Ending_Satellites on 10/15/2014 at 02:30PM

The lost tapes Vol. A | Ending Satellites new EP

More than a year after the concept album And so sing the black birds, Ending Satellites is coming back with a new 3 musics elpee called The lost tapes Vol. A.

You can of course find this elpee on Free music archive.

First try of a b-sides collection, this Volume A – which contains three musics – highlights the warm melodies of a flamenca guitar, far away from the first productions of the project. You can see this elpee as a musical escape from the two first Ending Satellites albums, 7 billion passengers | Only one flight & And so sing the black birds.

You can download a deluxe edition (contains musics, pics and digital material) of The lost tapes Vol. A by clicking here.

Thanks.

Damien.

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