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netlabelday on 01/19/2016 at 06:01PM

Netlabel Day opens applications for independent labels

M.I.S.T. Records organizes the new version of this musical event, which in its first edition united 80 labels from all around the world, releasing more than 120 albums for free in digital format.


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ToussaintMorrison on 01/14/2016 at 07:24PM

Why I Decided To Upload My Entire Label's Archive To FMA

Right now, I am absolutely stumped at what to write in explanation of uploading my label’s entire music catalogue to the Free Music Archive. I’ve sat here for at least 20 minutes in a Minneapolis coffee shop, damn bewildered at where to start, or even the intonation to take with this piece.

When I booked my first tour with The Blend, back in 2005, I bought as many blank CDs as possible to mail out to each city we planned to hit. Each CD had a flier stapled to its case, and was distributed by a coffee shop or friend willing to prop them up in a visible spot, or hand out. With that maneuver, we were able to pull a fan-base that had never seen us before, but had heard our sound. The simplicity of giving our music out for free, created an invaluable ripple effect across the country. Soon, as myspace, facebook and other social media sites arose to prominence, we were able to stream our music to anyone that happened to cross our site. Now, I know how way, way, way back this is. I mean, I just referenced myspace. Not the Justin-Timberlake-owned-newly-revamped myspace, but the original myspace with the user experience of a Neanderthal, and fonts worse than “Papyrus” or “Impact”.

Over the past decade, The Blend, and several other bands I’ve managed, have produced amazing music and then moved on to other projects. However, in an effort to preserve the integrity of these projects (or albums), I’ve sought to keep as much of the music alive online, as possible.


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cheyenne_h on 01/07/2016 at 03:44PM

Kyle Eyre Clyd and Furchick on FMA in Village Voice's Best Noise Tracks of 2015

Kyle Eyre Clyd & Furchick, respectively.

We're proud to share that two tracks from our WFMU Live collections have appeared on a "Best Noise Tracks of 2015" collection in the Village Voice!

Furchick's track from Blurred and Obscured on WFMU, "Get A Haircut," was named #24, and "Untitled 1" by Kyle Eyre Clyd, performed on Strength Through Failure with Fabio, was named #15. The sessions aired on WFMU but are also in our collection of WFMU Live Performances here on the Free Music Archive. You can stream or download the tracks (or the full sets) here on FMA.

While we're shamelessly bragging, we'll also mention that some other artists on the list have been featured on FMA, as well: How I Quit Crack, Wolf Eyes, Gagu, Lightning Bolt, Ashtray Navigations, Limbs Bin, and Jah Excretion. Thanks to Raymond Cummings for including some FMA tracks in the mix!

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theradius on 01/02/2016 at 04:41PM

Radius PATCH 14: Crisis

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 21: Rob Ray

Subject to Greater Uncertainties weaves together Rob Ray’s interests in military operations, the desert, and natural resource extraction operations as expressions of human comprehension at the fringes of the complex system we call “the world.” Rob Ray asks: How do we act upon knowledge of which we are aware is only a tiny slice of something much larger and complicated? What are the intended and unintended outcomes of those actions?


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cheyenne_h on 12/31/2015 at 10:00AM

LizB's 2015 Retrospective Mix

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the final mix of 2015 retrospective blends, so gear up for our regularly scheduled programming.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

This playlist was created by one of our most avid mix-makers, LizB (also a WFMU DJ and podcaster extraordinaire). These are fifteen choicest bits, culled from her impressive megamix of more than 100 songs from 2015, which you can find here! Every week, Liz shares a selection of her new faves from the constantly-updating "Recently Added" queue on FMA. 

Liz shared with us her methodology for finding her new favorite tunes on FMA on Radio Free Culture's 39th episode, "Inside LizB's Playlist Labyrinth."

Tune in using our handy sidebar player or check out the playlist page. Hooray!

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/30/2015 at 11:20AM

Decoder Magazine: 2015 Highlights Mix

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the fifth (and second-to-last) of an ongoing series.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

This playlist was created by one of our esteemed curators, Decoder Magazine. They have been tirelessly uploading and sharing music from their growing collection all year, and we are the richer for it! It is a small sampler of what Decoder uploaded in 2015 -- featuring a particularly heavy dose of ambient and experimental tracks from the wonderful Power Moves catalog (affiliated with Decoder), as well as beats, vaporwave, and more.

Decoder (which describes itself on twitter as "music from under a rock") and Power Moves (whose tagline is "true bedroom recordings with delusions of grandeur") aren't exactly new to the Creative Commons scene, but their contributions to the FMA, including PC Noise x Pedicure Records Vol 1 and Music of the Now Age, were welcome distractions from reality!

So, here it is: the Decoder highlights selection from 2015! Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/29/2015 at 12:00PM

WFMU Guests: 2015 Selections

Cheyenne showing off the massive WFMU release forms folder for 2015! Photo by Liz B.

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the fourth of an ongoing series.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

This collection is a few highlights from the FMA's massive collection of WFMU Live Recordings (recently reshuffled into collections by DJ, which you can browse here). There are, of course, many more sessions to choose from (including a multitude of live performances from Monty Hall, WFMU's performance space). The DJs at WFMU bring artists into the studio frequently, and many of them allow us to share their original songs on the Free Music Archive.

The selections here were not easy to choose -- especially when we had to only list fifteen of them -- but we've selected a few of our favorites from the past 365 days for you! Thanks to all of the DJs who brought in amazing artists all year long, and to the artists who were willing to share their music with us here at FMA.

So - here it is - our WFMU highlights selection from 2015! Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/28/2015 at 12:15PM

ccCommunity End of 2015 Mix

Photo by amy_buthod via Flickr.

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the third of an ongoing series. Look for upcoming lists as 2016 draws closer.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

ccCommunity is a special page that holds some of the most diverse content on FMA - because it's stuff that doesn't come in affiliated with a pre-existing FMA curator. Our curators work with their own group of artists, and while that's super awesome, it's also super awesome to let unaffiliated artists share their work once in a while. When an artist contacts FMA directly and their work is accepted by our reviewers, their first upload is placed in the ccCommunity curator page.

We had a really hard time choosing just 15 songs by 15 artists! We tried to keep it diverse, with tracks ranging from chiptunes to rap to death metal. And trust us, there's lots lots more out there (including this noteworthy bundle: the Loop Mania Sampler Pack). If you like one of these songs, check out the artists' full album pages!

Here are 15 dazzling and diverse tracks from the ccCommunity at large. Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/24/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #66: Shirt Week Super Special!

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, brings you some tunes from FMA users who wrote or remixed songs about, devoted to, or otherwise related to our dear old FMA! We also tell you WTF a "Shirt Week" is. 

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

 

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cheyenne_h on 12/21/2015 at 07:02AM

Needle Drop Co. Highlights of 2015

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle! A few of our most active curators and community members have been asked to compile some noteworthy tracks from the past year. Rather than ranking them or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the second of an ongoing series. Look for more lists as 2016 draws closer.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

Needle Drop Co. is a new curator to FMA, but was co-founded by the artist known as Podington Bear, a longtime FMA user and contributor. Their music is licensed for use in noncommercial video and broadcasts (with CC BY NC licenses), and they do a good job of giving clear contact information and offering licenses for those who wish to use their work. This playlist highlights some of Needle Drop's favorite tracks from their 2015 contributions.

Here are 15 smooth and shiny tracks from Needle Drop Co. Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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