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lrockhq on 07/21/2015 at 11:51PM
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.
lrockhq on 04/21/2015 at 04:50PM
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.
lrockhq on 04/06/2015 at 02:00AM
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.
douglasawh on 01/07/2015 at 07:03PM
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.
douglasawh on 01/03/2013 at 03:55PM
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 [email protected]
douglasawh on 06/01/2012 at 01:52PM
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:
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!
douglasawh on 09/28/2011 at 01:30AM
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!
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
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.
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.
douglasawh on 06/16/2011 at 01:59PM
Do you want SEX SCANDALS? Do you want BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS? Do you want CRONYISM? We'd be telling LIES if we said WE HAVE IT ALL HERE! That's right, hear Jason of the FMA's tell-all interview with the Music Manumit Podcast.
Jason tells us how a shadowy benefactor named WFMU launched the FMA as a vieled assault on American values. He explains that FMA is coordinating a new world order with the likes of blocSonic, KEXP and the Issue Project Room. The reach of these organizations will have you packing food in your basement as even our music show gets infiltrated with a couple -ND tracks.
douglasawh on 05/28/2011 at 10:30AM
Isaac's punk roots don't really come out in his debut album "Empty Vessels," but his fantastic and somtimes playful ("Photographs and Histories") song-writing certainly do. The variety of influences certainly do make appearances; blues, folk, singer-songwriter and sciffle all make appearances. If not a direct homage to sciffle, the use of chair and drumsticks for the drum recording only fail to deliver that homage because they sound so good. While mostly a singer and his guitar, a variety of other instruments make appearances; harmonica, piano, violin. One would also be remiss if they didn't mention Isaac's progressive leanings, obvious in a track title like Karl Marx and the Reds and stated influences such as Billy Bragg.
The punk roots come out out on the myriad of cover songs recorded on his YouTube page. Frank Turner, formerly of post-hardcore band Million Dead, also choose one Isaac's song to be featured on one of his albums and despite my opinion it doesn't belong, that doesn't stop punknews.org from giving it a review.
Despite an otherwise glowing review, punknews.org points out that the variety of influences coming into the album might not be for everyone. If the DIY production values coveted by the punk and folk scenes don't do it for you, you'll just have to wait for the much-anticipated second album where Isaac is sure to hone his sound. Hell, if you're a production snob, make sure you donate to the cause of getting him in a studio. One thing is for sure - Isaac Graham is a rising star in Creative Commons music.