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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 11/26/2013 at 01:15AM
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.
TAGGED AS:holiday music
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.
ange on 09/06/2013 at 04:24PM
Collecting societies do the work music copyright holders can't do on their own, like tracking and distributing radio royalties. But in Germany there's only one collecting society, called GEMA, and they're known to impose exclusivity over artists who want to share their music publicly. This is why many creators from Germany and other parts of Europe don't have the option to use Creative Commons while also participating in a collecting society.
From this need emerges the Cultural Commons Collecting Society (aka. C3S), an artist-friendly, transparent, flexible collecting society. Wolfgang Senges, one of the project's co-initiators, recently presented about C3S at the Creative Commons Global Summit (slides here), and the project will be legally founded September 25th, during the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.
So far on their crowndfunding page, C3S has raised over 80,000 € in addition to the 30,000 € already raised for their legal founding. Senges points out that the crowdfunding effort still needs to reach the 200,000 € goal in order to have the resources necessary to meet the requirements for starting a collecting society. Here's where you can pledge your support, and even purchase a "share" to have your music administered by C3S after their launch.
In celebration of C3S, the Free Music Archive is proud to host the C3S Ignition Mix featuring GEMA-free music under Creative Commons licenses.
ange on 08/09/2013 at 01:30AM
We've heard that many artists who share their music via the Free Music Archive have received fishy emails from a service called ContentID.com. We apologize, and are working to make sure this type of spam doesn't happen again.
As a resource for helping you share your music (or, as some would call it, “content”), we were concerned to see that these emails contained some misleading information, and figured a nice note was in order to answer some questions you might be having.
What’s YouTube’s Content ID?
This is how YouTube identifies user-uploaded videos that include media from other rights holders. To do this, rights holders deliver YouTube reference files (audio-only or video) of content they own, metadata describing that content, and policies on what they want YouTube to do when they find a match (monetize, track, or block). YouTube compares videos uploaded to YouTube against those reference files.
Content ID Helps Track Music on YouTube
YouTube created Content ID for rightsholders like record labels who own exclusive rights to large catalogues. Though you’re welcome to give it a shot using their signup page, so far, they don't seem to have the capacity to accommodate independent musicians. This is unfortunate because we hear from artists who would like to use Content ID to track how their music is used, and identify when this happens without attribution. We're currently looking into additional services we can recommend to FMA artists who want to give Content ID a spin but aren't able to go through to YouTube directly.
ContentID.com is Not the Same Thing YouTube's Content ID
Because YouTube's Content ID is hard for indie musicians to break into, there are middlemen services like ContentID.com. They are a website owned by the stock music library AudioMicro and that also goes by the name “AdRev.” These middlemen will exploit your copyright by uploading your reference files to their company’s ContentID account, identifying your “content” as their own, placing ads on the YouTube videos, and giving you a percentage. Even though “ContendID.com” is not the same thing as YouTube's Content ID program, their blog is using SEO tricks to be tied to the phrase, and they’re in the process of trying to trademark Content ID.
Is this a good way to monetize my music?
That’s up to you. Some artists have taken AdRev up on their offer, including Open Goldberg Variations, who recently blogged about their decision. We're looking into additional services we can recommend to FMA artists who want to give Content ID a spin but aren’t able to get through to YouTube directly.
For artists who encourage derivative works, it’s important to keep in mind that a service like AdRev may limit the reach of your music. They use ContentID to claim the video's ad revenue, taking it away from the video creator if there's already an ad on it, or adding a commercial if there wasn't one already. Smart video creators steer clear of anything they think might be ContentID-able in the first place, otherwise they get angry.
Another issue is that middlemen services may place ads indiscriminately. If you only wanted ads to appear on commercial uses of your music, or wanted to make exceptions for certain content creators with whom you’ve made an informal arrangement, communicating this to YouTube via a middleman could be tricky.
Watch Out for Trolls
Some FMA artists have run into issues with trolls on YouTube claiming ad revenue from their music. We hear that this is relatively simple to sort out. By making your contact information easily available, it helps filmmakers reach out and get YouTube the info they need to get rid of the claim.
Someone used my music in a video in a way that violates the terms of my Creative Commons license. What can be done?
If you want to stop that video, YouTube provides tools to submit a copyright infringement takedown request, which you totally have the right to do if they didn't follow Creative Commons guidelines you selected. More info here.
Creative Commons is an incredibly powerful way to encourage sharing while also protecting your copyright. Alongside video-makers, there are countless educators, bloggers, podcasters, arts organizations and others who seek to participate in this symbiotic system. Because FMA hosts music under a range of licenses—from download-only to public domain—people will often discover a song that they hope to use outside the bounds of its license. To avoid getting to the point of having to file a copyright complaint, most artist profiles offer ways to get in contact for "more permissions," and we've heard about artists striking lucrative licensing deals as a result. This is why we encourage every artist to make it easy to get in contact by including your e-mail address on your FMA artist page.
Can we please avoid spam like this in the future?
We’re creating a mailform for our website that will help you guys avoid mass-mailings like this in the future.
We hope this information is helpful even though we aren’t lawyers and this isn’t legal advice. Jason and I would love to talk more and hear about your recommendations and experiences with Content ID. You can reach out to us anytime with your thoughts and questions by sending a note to contact at freemusicarchive.org or by posting a comment here below.
ange on 07/04/2013 at 04:39PM
Dia de la Independencia
Star Spangled Banner
Sound of Summer
Celebrating 50 Years
American Dream (Feat. TD)
New American Songbook
The UnAmerican LP
U.S. GIRLS ON KRAAK
Summer Solstice Mix