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cheyenne_h on 07/14/2015 at 10:00AM

Happy Netlabel Day!

Well, it's finally here - the world's very first Netlabel Day! FMA is proud to be a partner in this endeavor to turn people on to new music, labels, and artists! We interviewed Manuel Silva, the organizer, on Radio Free Culture earlier this year about it. One of our FMA volunteers put together a playlist of songs she digs from some participating netlabels that are represented on the Free Music Archive. 

There are a ton of artists and netlabels NOT on FMA, so you should check out their latest releases on the Netlabel Day website!

Still want more to download, stream and share? CerebralRift and Pilot Eleven put together podcasts for the occasion. 

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theradius on 07/11/2015 at 10:20PM

Radius PATCH 12: Weather

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 54: Kristen Roos

electrosmog is concerned with themes of electromagnetism and material processes which sonify inaudible events. Using an electrosmog high frequency receiver, Roos captures sounds produced by mobile phones, wireless phones, wifi, microwaves, and other electronic devices (between 800 MHz - 2.5 GHz). Important to Roos’electrosmog is that wifi operates on the same frequency as a microwave oven (2.4GHz), and when modulated into audible frequencies, wifi sounds like pops and clicks and a microwave creates a deep drone.

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ckutmusic on 07/09/2015 at 11:15PM

Chris Corsano & Mette Rasmussen Live on CKUT's New Shit

What happens when two of free jazz's most talented names face off live in the CKUT studio? Mette plays sax and Chris plays drums, and he result is a beautiful cacaphony. It's the spirit of punk and the deft skill of jazz tradition. It's those fast high notes, spilling rapid-fire from the saxophone, overtop of clattering toms and minute bursts of cymbal crash. Rolling into the second piece, things get nice & sprawled-out, the sax blowing at less of a breakneck speed but adopting a richer texture before moving back into fast (and we mean FAST) territory. 

It's unquestionable that Corsano and Rasmussen are two figured who have already carved out significant artistic niches for themselves; now, as a duo, they prove even further why the world should be paying serious attention to their sounds. 

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cheyenne_h on 07/09/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #54: Premixing the Vitamin Pets

image courtesy of Vito Petruzzelli. Used with permission.

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, spoke to Vito Petruzzelli from the group Vitamin Pets, about their recent "Premix" Contest. The band released 69 stems from their most recent album, "Horse Helpers of the High Country," before the record's release date - with an open call for "premixes," that is - tracks that were produced using the stems before anyone (except the Vitamin Pets themselves) knew what the songs should have sounded like! 

FMA Volunteer Ethan has compiled a few tracks from the premix album, "The Refreshingly Hothouse Porch," as well as from the Vitamin Pets new release, "Horse Helpers of the High Country," so you can listen and compare!

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes

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cheyenne_h on 07/07/2015 at 02:15PM

Free Music for Video Makers


We've been getting a few questions about using music in videos again! We're always happy to field questions, but I'd like to share a video of the webinar that Elliot Harmon of Creative Commons and I hosted earlier this year, which will walk you through the basics of using music from the Free Music Archive in your next video production. For more in-depth Q&A, please visit our Video FAQ. If you're just looking for music to use in a video, cruise over to our "Music For Video" curator portal. 

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undRess_Beton on 07/03/2015 at 03:30PM

Jaan Patterson - 'Ergo Protagonists' Help needed to keep domains alive!

d/eaR Friends & Followers,

with this album Jaan Patterson - 'Ergo Protagonists', including: J. Karl Bogartte, Leif Elggren, AG Davis, Seiei Jack, Jeremy Gluck, Herr Penschuck, Vziel, Clutter, John M. Bennett, Darius Greene, ION, Anthony Donovan, Runar Magnusson, Dada AG, Jochen Arbeit, Vania Rovisco, The Implicit Order, Bryan Lewis Saunders, Otto von Rhinau, Erick Diego, Hopek Quirin, suRRism, Acedia Nuit, Jurica Jelic, John Hyatt, Anton Mobin, Patrizio Pica, Lezet, Travis Johnson, William Davison, The Recordists, S. Higgins, C. Hinz, J. Bailey, P. Mosher,  L. Feesey, Binary Slim, John Juan, Yoshihiro Kikuchi, MaCu & Alessandra Celletti.

i'm trying to crowdfund enough money to keep the domains for suRRism.Phonoethics & Classwar Karaoke running. If you can spend a dime, please do so via this page at bandcamp i'd be very grateful for your support!

This Album at the Free Music Archive


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cheyenne_h on 06/25/2015 at 10:00AM

Radio Free Culture #53: The Song-O-Phone Project with Dina Maccabee

Image courtesy of Dina Maccabee. Used with permission.

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, spoke to Dina Maccabee, a musician and scholar who headed up a project called "Song-O-Phone." The project has a home on the Free Music Archive, allowing listeners to trace the changes of the song as each artist in a series of 30 interpreted and performed the same song. A selection is below, but check the full series out at the Song-O-Phone curator page

FMA Volunteer Ethan has also made a Song-O-Phone inspired playlist, called "Phone-O-Songs." You can listen to it here!

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes

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badpandarecords on 06/20/2015 at 07:22AM

Plastic Flowers "Lucy"

Dream Pop duo Plastic Flowers unleash their new EP, "Summer of 1992" which was recorded at their home studio in London. The video of "Lucy" was directed by Pedro D. Takahashi and follows the steps of a young man whose life is in pieces and Lucy(?) still haunts his dreams. 

The EP is now available on Bandcamp.

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King_Capisce on 06/18/2015 at 03:58PM

King Capisce - The Future Cannot Be Born Yet....

Album Cover: The Future Cannot Be Born Yet, It Is Waiting For The Past To Die


King Capisce return to the fold with a new album, renewed ambition and arguably their most mature work to date. 'The Future Cannot Be Born Yet, It Is Waiting For The Past To Die' is an eclectic mix of influences that broadly take in the Jazz and Post/Alt rock spheres, but aims to move beyond that into their own dynamic, instrumental and thought provoking sound, from the cinematic to wall of sound.

The new record, 'The Future Is Not Born Yet, It Is Waiting For The Past To Die'.  

Press for the album.

“Frantically intelligent instrumental jazz”- Drowned In Sound 

“It could easily have been them on the Mercury Prize 2014 short list – maybe next year” - The Guardian 

“An exciting cross-genre talent, fusing jazz with other influences to create a sound that is unmistakably their own” – Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music 

“Jazzy post-rock gold done to a ludicrously high standard” - Artrocker Magazine

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cheyenne_h on 06/16/2015 at 02:45PM

Free Music Archive on Radio Survivor Podcast

Radio Survivor, longstanding advocates of radio in many of its forms, has launched a new podcast, and we've been fortunate enough to be featured on their inaugural episode! If you'd like to listen, check it out - we even get a shout-out to our own podcast, Radio Free Culture

Hosts and producers Paul Riismandel and Eric Klein, along with editors and correspondents Jennifer Waits and Matthew Lasar, review news about community station KUSP in Santa Cruz, discuss the ongoing rollout of new low-power FM stations, learn why college radio is a vital and important medium, and Eric shares a feature segment on the Free Music Archive, followed by Matthew's piece about the unexpected localism coming from Pandora’s new radio station in South Dakota. 

Free Music Archive portion begins at 45:00. Tune in below: 


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