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katya-oddio on 06/12/2013 at 04:22PM

Sound of Summer Days

photo by kahanaboy

Cricket and bird songs, ice clinking in glasses, block parties, kids in the sprinkler, ice cream truck jingles, wind against paper kites, "cloop" sounds in the creek, bicycle chains, and all those other musical sounds of summer have their places in our hearts. There is still space for new sounds of summer days, and the Free Music Archive is here for your summer soundtrack. Here's one I put together for a summer evening party featuring 18 tracks across the spectrum of genres. Let's hear yours!

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katya-oddio on 05/18/2013 at 03:00PM

Better World Through Collaboration

The Forever Better with Miele fashion show organized by Redress. photo: Redress

Creative Commons licensing has opened a new world for collaboration. Most artists with works in the Free Music Archive share their copyrighted work with some rights reserved. Depending on the chosen license for the work, this often allows others to incorporate the work into something new without the use of lawyers and other middle men.

An avenue of collaboration that the Free Music Archive has actively promoted is the reuse of recordings in film and video. The FMA Music for Video selections offer filmmakers a sampling of the variety of music available for reuse. The FMA also has a partnership with Vimeo, the video host, helping filmmakers find just the right music to fit the setting of the film.

The collaborative music+video results have been remarkable around the world. In fact, in some cases this collaboration even benefits the world. Nonprofit organizations, not typically known for having large promotional budgets, can benefit greatly by re-purposing Creative Commons recordings licensed for reuse.

One FMA success story is the union of a recording by American artist Aaron Ximm with a public service message for sustainability organization Redress. Ximm's track is used in a promo video for the EcoChic Design Award.

Redress is a Hong Kong based NGO with a mission to promote environmental sustainability in Asia's fashion industry by reducing textile waste, pollution, water and energy consumption. We achieve this via educational sustainable fashion shows, exhibitions, competitions, seminars, research and media outreach. Our unique profile allows us to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders. We work with multiple fashion designers, textile and garment manufacturers, retailers, schools and universities, multilateral organizations, governments, NGOs, financial institutions and media organizations.
The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Apply now.
Redress Website | YouTube | Facebook | EcoChic Design Award
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katya-oddio on 04/19/2013 at 04:45PM

Ma Mère l'Oye

Detail from Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, c. 1860 by British painter Richard Dadd (1819–1887)

Saturday, April 20th is the anniversary of the 1910 premiere of Ravel's Ma Mère l'Oye in Paris, France. Ma Mère l'Oye: Cinq Pièces Enfantines (Mother Goose: Five Children's Pieces) was originally composed for two pianos, a duet for Mimi and Jean Godebski, ages 6 and 7. Later the same year, the work was transcribed for solo piano by Ravel's friend Jacques Charlot. In 1911, Ravel orchestrated the work for a full orchestra, and in 1912, he expanded it into a ballet. It was recently arranged for a string quartet, as well.

The solo work is performed on the Free Music Archive by Felipe Sarro in a collection of Ravel compositions for single piano.

The five pieces of both the duet and the solo piano suites of Ma Mère l'Oye are:

1. Courtly Dance of Sleeping Beauty (Pavane de la belle au bois dormant)
2. Little Tom Thumb (Petit Poucet)
3. Little Ugly Girl, Empress of the Pagodas (Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes)
4. Conversation of Beauty and the Beast (Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête)
5. The Fairy Garden (Le jardin féerique)

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katya-oddio on 04/03/2013 at 09:15AM

18th Century Chamber Music by Danzi

Karlsruhe Palace, Employer of Composer Franz Danzi

Franz Ignaz Danzi (1763 – 1826) was a cellist, composer, and conductor in the royal courts of Mannheim, Munich, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. His greatest contribution to music was establishing the quintet for bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn and oboe as a significant chamber music form.

Danzi lived during an important time in the history of European classical music. His career spanned the transition from the late Classical to the early Romantic periods. As a young man he knew Mozart. He was a contemporary of Beethoven and a mentor to young Carl Maria von Weber.

Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet performed the Wind Quintet Opus 67, Nos. 2-3 of Franz Danzi made available by Pandora Records and now appearing on the Free Music Archive. Soni Ventorum was officially founded in 1962 when Pablo Casals asked them to become the woodwind faculty of his newly founded Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Members of the ensemble were on faculty at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and members of the Puerto Rico Symphony. After leaving Puerto Rico, the members were reunited as faculty of and as the resident wind quintet of the University of Washington the next 30 years. Through their concerts, tours, and recordings, the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet established an international reputation. See the group's official website for more of the history of this highly regarded quintet.


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katya-oddio on 03/08/2013 at 01:00PM

Battleship Potemkin Revisited

Battleship Potemkin 1925 film poster by the Stenberg Brothers (one of the highest price valued film posters of all time)

Members of the international avant-garde collective Apskaft worked together to create a soundtrack for Battleship Potemkin, one of the most important films of all time. The soundtrack is now hosted by the Free Music Archive.

Battleship Potemkin (Russian: Броненосец «Потёмкин», Bronenosets Potyomkin) is a 1925 silent film directed by genius filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein and produced by Mosfilm. It presents a dramatized version of the 1905 mutiny when the crew of the Russian battleship Prince Potemkin rebelled against their Tsarist regime officers. Battleship Potemkin [IMDB] is considered one of the most important silent films and one of the most influential propaganda films. It was named the greatest film of all time at the Brussels World's Fair in 1958. The film continues to be a standard in film courses for Eisenstein's emphasis on montage, his depictions of violence, his stress of intellectual contact, and his treatment of the masses rather than the individual as protagonist.

Each scene of the film was scored by Apskaft artists and can be viewed with the full-length film after the jump and at the Internet Archive. An Apskafters e-magazine also accompanies the release of this soundtrack.


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katya-oddio on 11/01/2012 at 11:15AM

Happy Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead is here! It is time to celebrate the lives of those from generations before and celebrate life. Party and procession music from around the world are great accompaniment to the celebrations. In preparation for Rancho Oddio events, we have put together three Día de los Muertos 2012 mixes you might enjoy. To our ancestors and to those who went before!

Día de los Muertos 2012 Vol 1  A-N  ||  Vol 2  O-Z  ||  Vol 3  Later Additions


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katya-oddio on 09/27/2012 at 12:00AM

Advent Chamber Orchestra

Vienna, painted by Carl Schweninger II (1854-1903)

The Advent Chamber Orchestra is a conductorless orchestra, based in Bolingbrook, Illinois and usually performing in the Chicago metropolitan area. This non-profit orchestra is composed of five violins, two violas, two cellos, a bass, and an harpsichord. The group specializes in Baroque period classical music.

Three collections of their performances are now available on the Free Music Archive.

The Advent Chamber Orchestra began in 2003 when Roxana Pavel Goldstein and Elias Goldstein, who had met studying and performing at DePaul’s School of Music, worked together in chamber music ensembles. The orchestra functioned primarily as a chamber music collaborative until 2005 when they performed their first concert as the Advent Chamber Orchestra. The ensemble is generally led by concertmaster and music director Roxana Pavel Goldstein, but artistic decisions are made democratically by the group.

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katya-oddio on 08/16/2012 at 12:00AM

Lemon Beats

Lemon Beats is a collection by Zeste netlabel artists of electronic dance music ranging across breakbeat, alternative hip-hop, drums n bass, downtempo, jungle, chip, and chill downtempo. It is licensed for non-commercial reuse, and might work well as a backdrop to your next video project.

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katya-oddio on 07/20/2012 at 12:00AM

Walla Walla Walla

cover painting Манифестация 17 октября 1905 года (Demonstration on October 17, 1905) by Ilya Repin (1844-1930)

Walla walla is the American term for atmospheric crowd background sounds in film and radio. In Japan, it is known as gaya, rhubarb the UK, rhabarber in Germany, and rabarbar in the Belguim, Netherlands, and Scandinavia.

Film Sound describes it in this way:

A sound effect for the murmur of a crowd in the background. Walla is often use as subliminal aural communication and  sets a mood or a tone.

The word walla was created in the old radio days when they needed the sound of a crowd in the background. They found if several people simply repeated "walla, walla, walla, walla"  it sounded like people talking. The audience did not really hear the words, just the buzz of voices.

Walla may be field recordings of crowds or staged by actors. This collection, Walla Walla Walla, features actual groups and crowds recorded all over the world and generously donated for reuse at Freesound.org. Such recordings may be helpful to and appreciated by FMA visitors creating audio and video productions. The recordings have been normalized, standardized for bitrates, tagged, and converted to mp3s from various other formats for this Free Music Archive collection. Please see individual tracks for licensing. (total time: 1:24:06)


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katya-oddio on 07/13/2012 at 12:00AM

From the International Festival of Improvisation

Contenido was recorded at the ninth International Festival of Improvisation, Hurta Cordel. Successful improvisation demonstrates musical and technical skills, abilities to work closely leading and following fellow musicians, and high levels of experimental creativity.

Jazz and classical musicians F. Pelayo Arrizabalaga, Antonio Bravo, Merran Laginestra, Baldo Martínez (Arrizabalaga, Bravo, Laginestra, Martinez) achieve all three in Contenido, now available on the Free Music Archive.

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