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katya-oddio on 04/03/2013 at 09:15AM
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.
katya-oddio on 03/08/2013 at 01:00PM
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.
katya-oddio on 11/01/2012 at 11:15AM
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!
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katya-oddio on 09/27/2012 at 12:00AM
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.
katya-oddio on 08/16/2012 at 12:00AM
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.
katya-oddio on 07/20/2012 at 12:00AM
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)
katya-oddio on 07/13/2012 at 12:00AM
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.
katya-oddio on 07/06/2012 at 08:00PM
Musician and composer Ant Neely made the release of his first solo album, Not Fit For Human Consumption, a global experiment by leaving copies of the CD in public locations for people to find, copy, and then leave someplace else. He originally tracked the movement of his album on his site with help from those who copied and distributed it. One copy of this album traveled all over the United Kingdom then moved on to Africa, and another hopped from England to Brazil.
Neely's bandmate from Los Angeles-based experimental jazz trio Subthunk, singer Lisa Moore, performs vocals on the first track "with a mixture of funky beats, bleeps, old public domain voice recordings and orchestral textures." Not Fit For Human Consumption covers multiple genres of electronica and incorporates samples from the Prelinger Archives.
katya-oddio on 12/19/2011 at 11:10AM
These are the eleven songs added to FMA in 2011 sung most this year at Oddio Headquarters.
katya-oddio on 11/17/2011 at 06:15PM
TSS Tortue Super Sonic has released, exclusively at the Free Music Archive, a deluxe version of his album B with a few new titles. B was originally released last year as a gift to a limited audience of TSS fans.
This new 17-track album, B 2.0, is made up of production music, also known as stock music or library music, and is pre-cleared for use in video, radio and other media under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. The range of these TSS instrumental tracks includes spy movies, blaxploitation flicks, action scenes, and Westerns.
Give the album a listen to see how it might work for your A/V project. Enjoy the entire exclusive release here at the FMA, where you can also contact TSS for commercial use inquiries. A sampler of tracks from B 2.0 follows.