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

State of the Commons Report 2015

Annual State of the Commons Report highlights global cultural and policy impact of free and open content



Creative Commons, the global nonprofit that makes it easier for creators to share their work under simple copyright terms, announced a major milestone in the release of its 2015 State of the Commons Report today: more than 1 billion works have been licensed using Creative Commons since the organization was founded.


This milestone was announced along with other significant data points in its State of the Commons report, which covers the growth of CC content on platforms, the globalization of CC tools, and cultural trends in the digitization of creative works. The State of the Commons report can be viewed at


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cheyenne_h on 11/26/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #64: Support the Free Music Archive with Ross and Cheyenne

Image courtesy of Ross Oldenburg. Photo 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 with Ross Oldenburg, the Software Developer for FMA. We talk about some of the stuff we love about FMA (and some stuff we'd love to change!), Ross's radio show, "Free Music Freeform," the upcoming 2015 State of the Commons report, and a few of the many reasons the Free Music Archive matters for artists, free-culture freedom fighters, media producers, and more!


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


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cheyenne_h on 11/19/2015 at 06:29PM

Why Does Everyone Hate Green Beans??

This guy is from flickr commons.

So, I made this mix of food and Thanksgiving related songs, but friends, I couldn't find any songs about green beans! Why has nobody honored them with song? An ode, perhaps? Or a simple ditty? I plumbed the depths of the FMA and couldn't find a suitable track... I am disappointed, but I suppose green beans just aren't everyone's 'thing.' Anyway, while dreams of turkey legs dance in your heads, listen to some oddball songs about food to fill up the hours you'll spend roasting squash or mashing potatoes!


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cheyenne_h on 11/18/2015 at 02:38PM

Love FMA? Sing about it!

Do you want to contribute a song to the FMA, for a good cause? Well, now's your chance!

If you want, write a song about FMA -- whatever that means to you -- and submit it to our open call.

Submissions need to be less than 2 minutes long and will go into the public domain under a CC0 license  -- so please use your own original work, or something grabbed from the public domain!

Our faves will go into a special episode of  next month and a featured playlist. 

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cheyenne_h on 11/16/2015 at 05:56PM

Songs For Paris: Dana Boulé

Image via Flickr Commons.

New to FMA (but not new to composing beautiful music), Dana Boulé is an American living in Paris, France. Fortunately not affected by the recent violence, Dana compiled some of her accordion-infused songs for her latest contribution. She has shared this album, "Songs For Paris," today - a tribute to her home and its long musical legacy. Listen below or download it from her page.

All songs are licensed CC BY-NC.

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jason on 11/13/2015 at 05:00AM

Flashback to 2008

It was 2008. The internet was a cloudland of mp3 blogs. The term “my space” was synonymous with “band website.”

The FMA was under construction. But the collection—a curated library of free and legal mp3’s—was well underway.

We released two preview compilations (v1 + v2) on the Compact Disc format. I still have one copy of each, along with at least a thousand other CD’s, though I no longer own a CD player.

Fortunately, the compilations are archived here on the Free Music Archive, where they’ve reached exponentially more people than the CD’s ever could.

At the time, I wrote: “These are just a few of the thousands of tracks that will be freely available under Creative Commons licenses when the Free Music Archive website launches. All tracks appear courtesy of artists and labels who have benefited from a progressive approach to distribution and intellectual property in the digital era, and we're designing the Free Music Archive to support this approach.”

Now, for the first time, we’re asking for your support. Please donate, and as always, enjoy the music!

Kurt Vile - "Freeway" (02:41)
Kurt Vile - "Freeway" (02:41)
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cheyenne_h on 11/12/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #63: Songs From An Unmade World with Visager

Image courtesy of Visager. 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 the composer/producer Visager, a new FMA artist who recently released a video-game inspired soundtrack called "Songs From An Unmade World," to see what would happen. Within weeks, he had been approached about his work by fellow gamers, musicians, filmmakers and more! You can check out some of his tracks below:

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

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cheyenne_h on 11/11/2015 at 12:30PM

Spread The Word!

Hello friends! You may have noticed some things happening around FMA lately... more weekly playlists, a new look, a few new curators, new artists every day...and now, a big banner at the top of every page! We're going on a new adventure: we're running our first-ever fundraiser! Won't you give us a hand (or paw, as the case may be)?

We are offering FMA stickers and t-shirts for donors (should they choose), and all donations will be used to keep our servers running, our curators curating, and it'll help us realize our wildest FMA dreams (like integrating a non-Flash based audio player into our pages). We'll keep being awesome, all we ask is a small show of your awesomeness ($3 would actually help quite a lot).

Visit or click on the banner at the top of the page. Even if you can't contribute, please share our campaign via social media or tell a friend. We've even made some widgets you can add to your blog or website:


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cheyenne_h on 11/10/2015 at 03:15PM

Rainy Day Music

Rain is OK if you have a decent soundtrack. Photo: "Rain" by Beto Galetto on Flickr. CC BY NC SA.

It's getting gloomy and cold out here on the East Coast, so whip up some hot chocolate and curl up with some of our recent additions: classical, soft, ambient -- and they blend nicely with rain sounds (we've tested them)!

Of course, if you'd rather listen to the rain itself, we have you covered.

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rainy day songs
cheyenne_h on 10/30/2015 at 03:15PM

Happy Halloween from the Free Music Archive!

Photo courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and of course we've made sure to gather some of our creepiest, best tracks for your pumpkin carving party, trick-or-treat tour, or haunted house cocktail hour. We've curated a collection of creepy stuff - check it out!

Listen to a waterphone, the source of creepy screechy sounds:

A look into the studio of a Halloween soundtrack artist, via Atlas Obscura: "We Are Still Rattling Chains and Crunching Leaves to Signal Halloween"

Proof that (audio) ghosts exist! "Radio Ghosts Have Haunted the Airwaves for Nearly a Century"

FMA music (in this case, Keshco) is being used in creepy film trailers! Here's one:

A huge collection of horror films in the Public Domain - some with names like "The Human Monster" - here's Nosferatu via Horrortheque


More than four hours of creepy prog: Il Suono Scuro 

And of course, we've put together another mix of FMA tricks and treats! Click here for this year's spooky party mix, or check out mixes from years before: 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

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