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cheyenne_h on 01/21/2015 at 05:53PM

Radio Free Culture #33: Into the Deep Web with Alex Winter

"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. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Alex Winter, director of "Downloaded" and the upcoming documentary, "Deep Web." (And known to some as Bill S. Preston, Esquire.) This week's episode discusses online privacy, the ongoing Silk Road trial, and some of his motivations for telling the stories of the strange and diverse characters behind the digital upheavals taking place all around us. 

More information about Deep Web can be found at its website, DeepWebtheMovie.com

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

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cheyenne_h on 01/20/2015 at 09:45AM

Video Makers: Your Webinar Awaits! January 21st at 3PM EST

"The Royal Navy Instructional Film Unit, 19 August 1942. A11506" by Royal Navy official photographer, Ware, C J (Lt) - http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib//7/media-7112/large.jpgThis is photograph A 11506 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Hi FMA'ers! 

If you make videos, or you make music for videos, or you just like learning new stuff, tune in tomorrow to our webinar! We'll be allowing a few guests in to our Hangout and then broadcasting for everyone else. 

The webinar is here, on YouTube

Special guest and Creative Commons expert Elliot Harmon will be co-hosting with Cheyenne. We'll show you around the Free Music Archive (including where to find license and contact info for artists), run through the basics of Creative Commons licenses and how to use CC tracks in videos, and show you how you can license your work under Creative Commons (spoiler: it's easy!). 

We're looking forward to seeing you there! If you can't make it, we'll be archiving the webinars so you can watch later. 

Next week, we'll host one for K-12 teachers, and in early February we'll have one for you musical types. 

Hooray! 

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newweirdaustralia on 01/19/2015 at 03:08AM

Wood And Wire concludes with exclusive soundtrack compilation

Wood And Wire will be distributing its final release this month, to tie in with the conclusion of its parent project, New Weird Australia.
 
New Weird Australia is concluding its mission after five years in operation, and will mark the moment with the final Wood And Wire release, ‘Wood And Wire: Ears Have Ears Soundtracks‘, featuring exclusive soundtracks recorded for FBi Radio’s ‘Ears Have Ears’ experimental music program, with extended material from Fatti Frances, Rites Wild, Hollow Press and Cycle~ 440.
 
Since its inception in 2009, New Weird Australia has established a number of projects in support of Australian experimental music, clocking up over 400,000 downloads in five years, distributed through its own online channels and via its long-standing association with the Free Music Archive.  In addition to Wood And Wire, New Weird Australia projects included its 23-volume compilation series, the ‘New Editions’ series of individual artist releases, a long-running radio show on Sydney’s FBi and a nationwide series of live shows.
 
New Weird Australia and Wood And Wire founder Stuart Buchanan notes: “When we launched five years ago, Australian experimental music was often frustratingly hard to uncover. We saw an opportunity to connect audiences into work that was beyond the fringes, and offer artists opportunities to widen their community. Although that mission could well be endless, online networks now afford artists easier access to fans and supporters, in ways we could not have imagined five years ago. This therefore feels like a good moment to conclude, to reflect on the collective achievements of all the artists involved, and to showcase some of the work that has made the project so compelling.”
 
The full New Weird Australia and Wood And Wire archives will remain online indefinitely, acting as a record of a unique and vibrant period in the outer limits of Australian music.
 
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cheyenne_h on 01/16/2015 at 04:30AM

Golden Festival 2015

image via goldenfest.org

Brooklyn's legendary Balkan and East European music and dance blowout is this weekend! Golden Fest is a massive two night gathering of musicians, folk dance enthusiasts and fans held at the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn's South Slope. The festival kicks off with a multi-band dance party on Friday night January 16th. Then for the big event on Saturday night January 17th, some seventy bands will perform on four stages from 6 pm until the wee hours. WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise will be broadcasting live from Golden Fest on Saturday, and recently shared some favorites from last year

Here is some footage from last year's festival:

Previous Golden Festivals have been archived on the FMA, so check them out here: 

2010     2011     2012     2013

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Onyx_System on 01/15/2015 at 04:47PM

A Strange Brew: Reviewing Spinning Clocks - Spirits in the Juice

artwork by Alex Nova artwork by Alex Nova

Spirits in the Juice indeed. I don't know where the Clocks found the plums for this strange potion, but it left my head spinning after just the first sip!  

Listening to the opening piece of music, Circle Round lays out a rich carpet of organ drone as the bass pattern sets the table. Once the theme is established organs begin to layer and compete, darting and weaving soon they are braiding a gorgeous head of hair! A Big Bopper-styled maestro urges on the proceedings, and are those the sounds of swallows on the hunt as daylight grows scarce? Has the bass guitar's pattern changed at all or in fact has the listener changed within the act of listening?

Silver UFOs introduce some new tones, this time the bass gurgles, the keys ping and glide, and a violin maneuvers gracefully with, through, and around. I believe this tune might be in waltz timing. There is a moment where the tone shifts, a workmanlike mien taking the place of the carefree precedings; a dog barks as the the tumult grows, and just as quickly rainbows of violin part the clouds. Next a somewhat unexpected banjo joins the fray, picking a 'down-home' counterpoint to the violins as the song whirls through the brambles and on to its conclusion.  

The third piece, Lunar Dunes, takes us into the kind of den we've all found ourselves at one time or another. Dim lamplight casts mysterious shadows. Anonymous sorts recline on couches, others across rugs, the air thick with intermingling smokes, a couple engaged in a languid dance. It is hot. Electronics squiggle and bubble, organ and bass guitar keeping time as a theremin tone picks out the tune.     

And finally EP closer Around the Mountain finds the Clocks scaling the proverbial mount, the twilight haze of the previous 3 tracks giving way to definite night, shields and swords clattering, violins lamenting, all to the steady sturm of the bass guitar while the organ takes quill to scroll, narrating the adventure.  

While not quite 15 minutes in length, the Spinning Clocks are able to achieve some transporting effect across these 4 tracks. Given the opportunity of a full length recording I'd be curious to hear where they take us, and to what depths...   -Martin Standish  

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cheyenne_h on 01/15/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #32: "There Are No Rules Anymore," an interview with composer Chris Zabriskie

image courtesy of Chris Zabriskie.

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, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Chris Zabriskie, a composer who has 80 tracks on the Free Music Archive. This week's episode discusses his experiences as a musician in the changing digital music environment, how he has made money by giving things away for free, and some anecdotes from the wild and weird frontier of YouTube's ContentID system. 

Chris Zabriskie's music can be found here on FMA, or his website, chriszabriskie.com

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

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cheyenne_h on 01/08/2015 at 12:00AM

Radio Free Culture #31: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Enduring Legacy with Alicia Mielke

"Radiostacja R-118 wnetrze" by Markier at pl.wikipedia Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Alicia Mielke, Music Coordinator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. This week's episode discusses the history of the museum, the variety of musical performances that take place there, their extensive Creative Commons music library, and more. 

The Garner Museum also curates a page here on FMA.

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

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theradius on 01/05/2015 at 10:00AM

Radius PATCH 10: Unconscious

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 22: Public Domain

Public Domain takes after its name sake, the public domain, and views, manipulates, edits, and comments on material found within it. Public Domain uses material from radio, records and the internet. The work often mirrors the collective unconscious through the use of voyeurism and dark humor. The resulting work is a collage of reality, time, and experiences. Public Domain uses collage and montage to reflect upon the things they love, and simultaneously place them in ridicule. Various elements are produced to fit together smoothly, whereas other clash. The discrepancies convey an impression of a heterogeneous assemblage; a careful randomness of disparate elements and collisions. The work critiques the uses of the public domain and plays with the endless juxtaposition of media.


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cheyenne_h on 12/31/2014 at 10:00AM

Radio Free Culture #30: A Music Career in the Commons with Jared C Balogh

"Radiostacja R-118 wnetrze" by Markier at pl.wikipedia Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Jared C Balogh of Pink Hex, Trans-Atlantic Rage and more about alternatives to copyright in music, creativity and success.

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

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cheyenne_h on 12/25/2014 at 08:00AM

Radio Free Culture #29: Get Your Shovels Ready! A Tour of snowdrift.coop with Aaron Wolf

"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. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Aaron Wolf about Snowdrift.coop, a new crowdfunding platform for freely-licensed software and creative works, as well as some background on Aaron's thoughts on copyright in the digital age

They are asking for contributions at https://snowdrift.tilt.com/launch-snowdrift-coop through the end of 2014.

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

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