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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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lizb on 12/22/2014 at 12:15PM

Liz B's Top FMA Picks for 2014

It's been another stellar year for music here at the FMA, and as usual, I found it mighty difficult to narrow down my favorite songs into a digestible list. Every week, I dive in to the FMA's new additions and pull my favorite selections to play on my radio show on WFMU and podcast. Though it's impossible for any human to listen to every single new song added to this online treasure trove, I certainly do my best to take in a hearty sampling.

In keeping with tradition, I present two lists of my top picks for the year: a short list of 15 tracks for those who want a taste, followed by a big-ass mega-mix of 99 songs if you're hungry for more.

 


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cheyenne_h on 12/18/2014 at 08:45AM

Radio Free Culture #28: The Music Manumit Meta-Podcast Podcast, part II

"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 Tom Ray and Doug Whitfield, co-hosts of the Music Manumit podcast, a source for Creative Commons music and news. This week's episode discusses the Music Manumit podcast itself (and podcasting), which gets a little meta, but we think you can handle it. 

They also curate a page here on FMA - check it out

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

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ooray on 12/16/2014 at 03:45PM

A Wintry EP for the Busy Holiday Season

Snowglobe EP

The OO-Ray is back with a holiday gift for everyone. Utilizing his new skills in orchestration, the Snowglobe EP presents three miniatures dedicated to the frost, calm, and peace of the winter season. Piano and harp supplement these gentle, joyous, electroacoustic pieces. 

Please download, share, and enjoy with everyone this holiday season! My best to everyone who's been kind and generous enough to support me and my music this past year.

This recording is released under a Creative Commons Non Commercial Attribution Required license. Feel free to use and remix in your non-commercial applications as long as you attribute me.

The OO-Ray - "Drifts" (03:17)
The OO-Ray - "Drifts" (03:17)
The OO-Ray - "Flurry" (03:21)
The OO-Ray - "Flurry" (03:21)
The OO-Ray - "Willow" (03:34)
The OO-Ray - "Willow" (03:34)
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cheyenne_h on 12/15/2014 at 04:15PM

David Nemeth's Top Ten of 2014

image from https://soundcloud.com/soundboxman

This year, we asked a few curators, artists, and users to put together top-ten lists of their favorite FMA tracks from 2014.

Here is a list from David Nemeth, a Creative Commons artist who has been with the FMA for many years, and the man behind the Acts of Silence netlabel.

Here are some of his favorites from 2014, ranging from droney & crunchy to industrial found sounds: 

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