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ange on 10/31/2012 at 04:30PM

The Free Music Archive Now Plays in Mobile Browsers

Now presenting our new HTML5 audio player! It looks exactly the same as it did before, but it can now stream the FMA music you adore using most mobile browsers.

We recommend using it in Chrome or Safari on your iOS (e.g. iPhone, iPad) or Android devices. There are a few exceptions that we're still working on. As of this blog post, the new player doesn't work on mobile Opera (iOS + Android), mobile Firefox (Android), or Android's stock browser. Leave us a comment below if you have specific feedback on how our new player is performing.

If you really, really adore this new functionality, you should send a love letter to the guy who built this for us.

Don't have a mobile device like all the other hip dogs and cats? If you enter our video remix contest with the Prelinger Archives you might just win an iPad! The deadline for entries is November 4th at 11:59pm ET.

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ange on 10/30/2012 at 10:45PM

Start Streaming! Guest Post by Independent Journalist Tim Pool

Livestreaming apps need to be installed on every mobile device before they ship. Recently we started seeing the importance of cell phone video. When Manuel Diaz and Oscar Grant were shot, citizens with nothing but cell phones documented the incidents. And of course there's me, who uses a cell phone to document massive powerful events to the world -- from Occupy Wall Street, to the Anaheim Riots, and even Hurricane Sandy.

A major incident can occur anywhere and at anytime, so it is imperative that you equip yourself and your mobile device with the tools you need. Twitter and Livestream are essentials for any good citizen. You never know if you'll be watching a bank robbery or a world record, but with these two tools you can show the world what's happening.

I use nothing more than a cell phone to broadcast to the world, and here's how you can do this too.

You can learn more about Tim Pool and his work on a recent episode of Radio Free Culture on WFMU. While you're at it, subscribe to the Radio Free Culture podcast, and check out the archives.

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jason on 10/09/2012 at 07:29AM

Interview: Brewster Kahle on Radio Free Culture

As entries pour in for our remix contest with the Prelinger Archives, we thought you might be interested to learn more about where the digitized portion of the Prelinger collection is housed, the Internet Archive. Brewster Kahle, the founder and digital librarian of The Internet Archive (, was our guest on Radio Free Culture June 25th, 2012. He was interviewed by Ken Freedman, WFMU's station manager.

Radio Free Culture is a series on WFMU and the Free Music Archive where we focus on digital culture and issues like net neutrality and piracy, digital rights, archives, libraries in the internet, all with WFMU’s own particular digital viewpoint. The following is a transcript of the program which can be heard over here.

Ken: Welcome to "Radio Free Culture." I’m very, very excited to have with me. Let’s start off by introducing the thing that you do which is, for lack of a better way, trying to get a copy of just about every piece of information in the world.  Is that right?

Brewster:  Yeah.  The idea is to try to build the Library of Alexandria, Version 2.  You can basically build a world where if anybody’s curious enough [they] can have access to the books, music, video, anything that’s ever been produced, anywhere, anytime.  And I think that’s one of the promises of the internet and the Internet Archive is trying to play a role in that.

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dvd on 08/30/2012 at 04:30PM

MP3 of the Day: Sexteto Tabalá de Pelenque, "Maria Palo"

Today we've got some cross-cultural Afro-Colombian Carribean music to whet your international apetite. Sexteto Tabalá de Pelenque plays  a mix of Cuban song and Colombian rhythms like Cumbia, Bullerengue, Porro, and Balie Cantao.

Natives of San Basilio de Pelenque in Colombia, the group began taking traditional Cuban Sexteto rhythms of the 20s & 30s and mixing them with local flavors. In 2005 the town was declared a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO for its unique Afro-Colombian creole language and culture.

This recording comes from a live session they played at WFMU in 2011 on the Transpacific Sound Paradise Program

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dvd on 08/29/2012 at 01:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Chahadé Saadé, "Samaii Hijaz Kar Kurdi"

If you're not already familiar, Excavated Shellac has a wealth of historical recordings from all over the world stockpiled at their FMA curator portal. One of their first contributions was this amazing recording from Chahadé Saadé.

Saadé was a Lebanese musician and this oud solo, probably recorded in Syria circa 1926, was likely composed by the late 19th century Istanbul Armenian composer Tatyos Efendi. This digital recording was recovered from the original 10.5" 78 disc, so you'll hear some accoustic artifacts common to the format. In fact, this is a remarkably high quality recording considering its age, so don't worry about the noise -- that's just the sound of authenticity!


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dvd on 08/28/2012 at 01:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Veena Kinhal, "Haratanaya Sree"

Inspired by yesterday's well-received #FMAmp3 post featuring Balinese Peliatan Gamelan, we've decided to continue highlighting some of the great international music hidden at the depths of the archive for the rest of the week.

Veena Kinhal is a sixth-generation vainika and daughter/disciple of famous Veena guru and musicologist Mysore L Raja Rao. She began her vocal and veena training with her father at the age of five and since moving to California in 1979 has continued to contribute to the carnatic classical tradition.

In this excellent public domain recording she pays tribute to her father, playing one of his original compositions. If this strikes your fancy, be sure to check out this 1930s recording we have of her father and uncle playing together here.

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dvd on 08/27/2012 at 03:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Peliatan Gamelan, "Kapi Radja"

It's not everyday that we unearth an archival Gamelan recording here at the FMA, and today is no different. This track from the Peliatan Gamelan, originally recorded in 1952, was uploaded way back in 2009 by Arbiter Records. I say it's about time we throw the spotlight on it and give some of our great international collection a little love. 

Kapi Radja (Ape King) is meant as an accompaniment for traditional Balinese dancers. This excellent recording is typical of the Balinese style, featuring an assortment of bronze gongs at a fairly upbeat tempo. If you're more of a Javanese Gamelan person, don't fret! We've got you covered. Check out these two albums from Gamelan Nyai Saraswati.

Arbiter Records at: Free Music Archive | Online Catalogue

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dvd on 08/24/2012 at 02:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Ex Cops, "Spring Break (Birthday Song)"

Earlier this Summer NYC band Ex Cops strolled over to the WFMU studios in Jersey City to record a few songs for Duane's Show. This new take on the birthday salute hits me in all the right hazy-pop places but be warned: it is catchy as hell and WILL get stuck in your head. 

With some expert mixing and mastering from Mr. Scott, what we have here is a well-crafted pop gem, or as Duane writes, "an intoxicating blend of the hazy psychedelic dream pop, that combines the best elements of Flying Nun-styled jangle, the dark lucidity of Love, and a heaping helping of dirty lo-fi shimmer."

Ex Cops at:

Free Music Archive | WWW | Facebook

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badpandarecords on 08/23/2012 at 12:00PM

MP3 of the Day: ghostandthesong, "Ou Inme"

Another song + video pairing for your Thursday moods, originally released in March. “Neo-unrealistic-pop” one-man project Ghostandthesong is actually one of the most interesting exponents of the Berlin experimental scene. Matthias Kanik released his first split tape together with Chris Rehm, on DZ Tapes (and also available as a free download).

His new EP is introduced by the Ou Inme video, created by multimedia animation studio hypertrashwonderland - the brain child of director and digital filmmaker Marcus Grysczok (via).

ghostandthesong at: Free Music Archive | Soundcloud

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dvd on 08/22/2012 at 05:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Okey Szoke, "Siren"

Today's MP3 comes from an excellent collection of electronic producers put out by Brother Sister Records. IO is a compilation of six LED-lit dance tracks from artists in the Brothersister stable, extending motifs of constant and rhythmic data flow into spacious, tactile worlds that respond to elements of house, RnB and Jersey club.

We've got two tracks from the compilation here at the FMA, including this slick production (and video) from Okey Szoke. You can stream the whole compilation here, and be sure to check out some of the other great stuff Brother Sister Records is doing at their website

Okey Szoke - "Siren" (04:53)
Okey Szoke - "Siren" (04:53)
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