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douglasawh on 10/15/2017 at 01:09AM

Doug is visiting NOLA & Louisville

A bit less that two years this time! Since last time, Doug bought a condo which means another move, but not more for a while, probably. Doug also got married.

Tom started a new podcast/comic site, and has had other things going on with his life which you can read about in his comics at

The point of this post though is for musicians in New Orleans, Louisiana (January, 2018) and Louisville, Kentucky (December, 2017), to get in touch. Doug would like to speak with you about opportunities both at Music Manumit and blocSonic.

The Louisville trip happened three times this year, but happens at least yearly, so if you see this far, far in the future, feel free to reach out.

And, if you aren't in either of those cities but are interested in opportunities at Music Manumit or blocSonic, please feel free to reach out at

#4 on the blog entry should be an image, but it's not there!

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douglasawh on 03/04/2017 at 11:32AM

It's been over two years again

Remix blocSonic

Well, it's been over two years ago. In that time, Doug and Tom have both joined blocSonic in different capacities. Doug is doing A&R work and contracts. Tom and his band have joined as musicians!

The reason for this post is to promote blocSonic's remix initiative. Of course, Music Manumit has never accepted anything that did not allow remix (other than one time on April Fool's Day).

Check out for more info.

Seems like something is going on with the ability to add tracks, so I'll probably check back later and see if I can add the tracks that we are trying to get remixed.

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lrockhq on 07/21/2015 at 11:51PM

State Signal Secrets & Dread Pirate Love

The Black Penguins recently released everything in ones and zeros, an homage to freedom fighting internet natives in the form of electronic music. The Black Penguins currently consist of eric toledo (homo sapiens sapiens) and Canelo the Pug (canine). The human half of the band, hailing from Chico, California, voip'd in with Doug and Tom of The Music Manumit podcast to talk liberal licensing, Ableton, the creative process, Ross Ulbricht, the NSA, whether or not Music Manumit's podcast audio has ever been graced by dogs claws treading on wood floors, and much more.

Featuring vast, layered constructs of telephonic tones, post-rocking guitar fuzz, and just enough drum programming, this new album is more ambient and noise oriented than much of The Black Penguins' back catalogue. It works.

Have a taste of "Radio Transmissions", which features live-tracked Native Instruments Maschine contributed by bIONIX, or stream/download everything in ones and zeros here at the FMA.

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lrockhq on 04/21/2015 at 04:50PM

Obsolete electronics and thrift-store guitars

State Shirt of Los Angeles was recently interviewed on the Music Manumit talk 'cast. He works with sound for pay at his "real job" and—increasingly—his musical labor of love is also returning a profit. A former Oberheim EchoPlex Pro operator, he's grown ingrained with the Circular Labs Moebius software looper as of late because, "It's ridiculous what that thing can do."

State Shirt is currently engrossed in learning to trust and build upon his compositional instincts with more speedy efficiency. His most recent album, Life is Easy, an experiment in improvisational live-looping and hopeless desolation, was released at Bandcamp under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Int'l license, and is also available here at the FMA

Each song on the album was written and recorded live in one day—often starting out as an improvisation. Gently traveling from weird ambient swells, ghostly harmonies, funereal rhythms, freakish beatboxing, and disconcerting noises, Life is Easy takes you on a mournful march to the darkest corners of hopelessness.

"Portasoul" was written for Lost Hills, an upcoming State Shirt album to be released in Summer 2015.

Follow @StateShirt, visit him on Facebook, or drop him a line at his website.

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lrockhq on 04/06/2015 at 02:00AM

Catharsy presents post-rock for the people.

Lindsay of the post-metal band Catharsy was recently interviewed on the Music Manumit Podcast.

Their 2011 release, Apertures, is now available here at the Free Music Archive.

Be sure to check out this unique, West Aussie flavor of heavy. 

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douglasawh on 01/07/2015 at 07:03PM

Time to check in.

Wow, it's been over two years since we last posted here. In that time, Doug graduated from law school and gained a third board member for the free culture non-profit he is starting. We've also had a ton of guests, changed our interview format a bit, and discontinued our music-only show. We were also on FMA's Radio Free Culture, twice.

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douglasawh on 01/03/2013 at 03:55PM

New Format: Spring and Summer Interview Slots Available!

Long time listeners of our show will know that we have long separated our talk shows and music shows into to shows. In March, we are going to try a more traditional radio format with the tracks in the same episode as the talking. This may last only in March, or it might be our new format.

Our upcoming interview schedule includes artists, netlabelists and FMA's very own Andrea Silenzi.

Below is the planned release schedule (a select track from the bands can be found even further below). Of course, things come up, so schedule is subject to change.

January 06: Let Fall The Sparrow

January 13: Andrea Silenzi

January 20: A/V Linux

January 27: Chotto Ghetto

February 03: 20lb Sounds

February 10: Loz Kaye

February 17: Baconsmash Records

February 24: Lorenzo's Music

March 03: Reuse Aloud


We are not booking other interviews in March in case an earlier interviewee needs to reschedule and also we want to experiment with the new format before submitting guests to it!

We have all of April very tentatively booked. If you're a musician, audiocaster, netlabel or technologist that specializes in remixable Creative Commons music and would like to come on our show for an interview in May or the summer months, please email me at

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douglasawh on 06/01/2012 at 01:52PM

What's coming up at the Music Manumit Podcast?

For the summer, Music Manumit is partnering with the following sites to bring you more diverse coverage of news:

The long term goal of this partnership is to form a 501(c)(3) (an IRS tax-exempt charitable organization). The organization has the working name of "Netizen Empowerment Federation" but some people don't like the term "netizen" and some have said "empowerment" sounds too political. We'd like to know what you think of the name. Give us suggestions!

On top of the partnership, we've started a second blog/audiocast called the Music Manumit Lawcast. If you have legal questions, let us know and we'll see if we can cover them on the show. Remember, nothing on the Lawcast is legal advice!

We may also be starting a found audio show. You can find some found audio (as well as some of his experimental tracks) on Doug's soundcloud page. Additionally, we hope to revive the neglected Punkcast.


On the main show, we have upcoming interviews with:

You Me Tree


Fit and the Conniptions



We are working with other bands and organizations to provide even more great interviews! If you are in a band and would like to come on the show and do an interview, let us know!

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douglasawh on 09/28/2011 at 01:30AM

Be a DJ for a day, be a DJ for forever!

Don't let the (wo)man keep you down! Express yourself on the Music Manumit Podcast!

Long time no talk, friends.  We've been a bit busy! I just started law school and Tom's band just put out an EP! That doesn't mean we haven't been rockin' you out on the Music Manumit Podcast though! We've been interviewing some of the best Creative Commons bands out there too. Thanks to Craig of the Open Metalcast for filling in a couple shows while I moved!

To show our appreciation for sticking with us during the lean months, we'd like to give you the chance to be a guest DJ! In order to be a guest DJ what you need to do is put together 20-30 minutes worth of music and get us the tracks like this:

"Song" by Artist (genre) - license - Website.

Make sure we have a link to download the song and a link to the bad website. As you can see in the tracks I've selected anything goes as far as length, genre and subject matter (assuming you don't break the 30 min rule).

If you don't want to be a DJ, but want us to hear your music (or just have a suggestion), put some tracks in our SoundCloud dropbox. If you are not the artist and you put something in our Dropbox, make sure we have all the information we need to attribute the artist properly! Also, note that we play only remixable music.  No -ND or All Rights Reserved stuff!

If you're in a band and are interested in being on the show, let us know.  We are always interested in hearing new music and learning about novel ways to distribute, collaborate and create music. The interview invitation is open to curators, netlabels and podcasters as well. Just make sure you are passionate about remixable Creative Commons music!

We look forward to getting back on track and uploading great music from David Rovics, The Freak Fandango Orchestra, Amity in Fame and tons of other artists!


Oh, and since I'm all lawyery* now:

We reserve the right to revoke the offer for an interview at any time. Music on the music only show will be played at the sole discretion of the Music Manumit Podcast. This is not a contract.  The podcast and any posts here are not legal advice.


*term of art, you wouldn't understand

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douglasawh on 07/14/2011 at 12:30PM


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In our interview with headphonica you'll hear their reasoning on using the -NC license and the extra freedoms they provide live DJs.  Make sure you check out their curator page too.

In our interview with Bad Panda Records hear Claudio's plans for world domination and check out the tunes with which he plans to do it.  You can check out more of the "bad" music on their FMA curator page.

You'll also hear some discussion of German football favorites St. Pauli as well as Italian giants Juventus and AS Roma.

St. Pauli stands against racism.

If you're a curator that releases music under a remixable CC license and would like to set up an interview, drop us a line here, on facebook or leave us a voicemail at (512) 686-6329.

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