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ange on 02/28/2014 at 10:44AM
The Free Music Archive is seeking a skilled backend engineer, with solid background in modern languages and techniques, who loves going down the rabbit hole to solve difficult problems related to performance, user experience, and long-term structural stability of a modern, high-traffic website (and who doesn't mind working with legacy code).
We're also ideally looking for significant overlap with our current stack:
• Mostly backend: PHP, MySQL, RDS, S3, Redis, Sphinx, Memcached, Chef; REST & API design generally
• And sometimes frontend: HTML5, JS, CSS3, Flash
Along with experience with reasonably modern source control (Git/SVN/Hg) and build practices. Note that we aren't zealots about any of the above; what we're most after is solid engineering chops -- if you're currently working with Rails or Django or Scala but don't mind digging into modern PHP for a good cause, that's fine. We need someone willing to roll up their sleeves and take long-term ownership of the project and address problems holistically. Here you'll have the chance to make valued, long-term strategic contributions to one of WFMU's most important projects.
ange on 01/20/2014 at 03:30AM
Take some time today to listen back to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at Santa Rita Prison from January 15, 1968. It was preserved by the Pacifica Radio Archives.
In this speech he spoke to the crowd after visiting Joan Baez and her mother in the prison. He reports that they are in good spirits, explaining, "When you go to jail for a righteous cause, you can accept the inconveniences of jail with a kind of innocence of calm and an inner sense of peace. And this is they way they are accepting this experience." He then goes on to explain his controversial decision to mix the issues of civil rights with the anti-war movement.
"There can be no justice without peace, and there can be no peace without justice. People ask me from time to time, 'Aren't you getting out of your field? Aren't you supposed to be working in civil rights?' And they go on to say the two issues are not to be mixed. And my only answer is that I have been working too long and too hard now against segregated public accommodations to end up, at this stage of my life, segregating my moral concerns."
The audience applauds wildly.
"Because I believe absolutely that justice is indivisible. And injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
In this recording, an audience member yells out "Hey!" as if the strength of that statement just knocked him over.
ange on 12/30/2013 at 03:00PM
Since the classic New Years Eve toasting tune Auld Lang Syne is in the public domain (unlike a certain other celebratory song), many of our Free Music Archive artists have shared their own unique versions for you to download and enjoy. Cheers to that!
The phrase "Auld Lang Syne" literally translates into "Old Long Since" but is meant to mean something like "days gone by" or "long, long ago."
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you'll buy your pint cup!
and surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
ange on 12/25/2013 at 10:14AM
I'm not your typical crafty DIY dilettante, but I do have a quick recipe for how you can turn these pictures and links into the ultimate gift that won't cost you a thing!
First, click on an album below, download the songs you like, and burn the files on to a CD. Then make your own folded paper CD case, draw a picture of drunk santa on the cover, and give it to someone you like. It's the ultimate way to tell that certain someone you care, and that you're sick of hearing them sing Wham.
A Very Badgerland Christmas
Me and Santa
TAGGED AS:holiday music
ange on 12/06/2013 at 04:00PM
The Free Music Archive now has our own iPhone app! Download it here (or search "FMA" in the app store), and enjoy our library of 65,000 free and legal tracks on your iPhone. The app lets you explore music by genre, listen to the song of the day, check out hand-picked mixes, and share and download until your thumbs go raw.
The app is compeltely free, but we need your help to spread the word. Please write us a friendly review in the iTunes store. Since this is a brand new app, your review will do a ton to help improve our rankings and discovery so more folks can learn about what we do. We'd also love to hear your candid and technically specific feedback over e-mail. We know the app has its flaws, and we have grand plans for version 2.
If you have any technical questions about using the app, check our our app support page.
Don't fret Android users! We're busy seeking funds to make an Android app possible. In the meantime, one of our fans made you this.
ange on 11/28/2013 at 12:45AM
While scooping generous heapings of food into your plate this Thanksgiving, here are a few more ideas for what to do with all your do-good feelings. A few Free Music Archive artists and friends are amid interesting crowdfunding campaigns worth a quick shout out. Plus, all three offer incredible releases worth discovering here on our site.
1) FREAK FANDANGO ORCHESTRA
Crowdfunding Mission: Save the world! Also, making a new studio album with great songs to brighten your day.
Free Releases: This Barcelona street orchestra offers 2 free albums mixing east european folk music, polka, gypsy music from the Balkans, with a dose of punk-rock.
2) IONOSONDE RECORDINGS
Crowdfunding Mission: Creating their first first physically released CD, written and produced by sound artist Telegraphy. It will contain 7 tracks of dub techno, IDM and ambient soundscapes.
Free Releases: 15 free releases form a netlabel from Detroit Michigan U.S.A. that focuses on experimental, ambient, sound collage, and electronic music.
3) CASH MUSIC
Crowdfunding Mission: Creating a sustainable future for music through a series of summits. Summit events bringing together musicians and technologists in ATL, CHI, NYC & SEA for new ideas, conversations, and workshops.
ange on 11/06/2013 at 05:30AM
Every day is a chance to get a new song stuck in your head. Subscribe to our Song of the Day podcast in Feedburner or iTunes to find out what we're really into every day. Past song selections include Kurt Vile, Deer Tick, Glass Candy, The Relatives, Sharon Van Etten, What Cheer? Brigade, Dan Deacon, and Lonnie Holley.
Suggest your own favorite songs in the comments section below, and see what we feature in the weeks to come!
ange on 10/31/2013 at 04:30AM
As a Halloween treat, we bring you a few favorites to keep away begging children from Dr. Phibes and The Ten Plagues of Egypt, a.k.a. João Mascarenhas of Stealing Orchestra and founder of You Are Not Stealing Records. Enjoy these dark experimental unions of classical works and metal, including selections from the Carmina Buranais, and an interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."
ange on 10/24/2013 at 09:38AM
The Future of Music Summit is coming up on Oct 28-29 in Washington DC. I’ll be there tweeting updates, but first I wanted to chat with their Interim Executive Director Casey Rae about what topics will be on the mind of musicians, policy makers, and others involved in the music industry at the summit this year.
Think of this interview as a quick study, so you’ll have smart things to say between summit sessions, or while following along online. In addition to a bit about Casey himself and the history of the FMC, we also discuss low power FM, the economics of cultural production, voluntary agreements in copyright enforcement, preliminary steps towards copyright reform, and the arrival of iTunes Radio in the digital music landscape.
ange on 09/25/2013 at 01:01PM
How would you put to use a public domain recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier?
While Johann Sebastian Bach is already in the public domain, a Kickstarter project called the Open Well-Tempered Clavier is seeking to create hi-quality professional studio recordings of all 48 pieces of the Well-Tempered Clavier. This project comes to us from the same team who released the Open Goldberg Varitions, another public domain collection of Bach works.
The Well-Tempered Clavier has already had a rich impact on music. A few fun examples include the Swingle Singers a cappella version of Prelude from n.24 in B minor, Peter Coffin's project "Music Interpreted by Brain" featuring a brain listening to the Well-Tempered Clavier pt.1, and Brian Tychinski's marimba arrangement of Prelude No. 22 in B flat major for the O-Zone Percussion Group ensemble. If this project suceeeds, it's exciting to think of all ways the 48 pieces would travel, from remixes to videos to winter nights on the couch.