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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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katya-oddio on 07/06/2012 at 08:00PM

For Human Consumption

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.

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katya-oddio on 12/19/2011 at 11:10AM

2011 Top 11 Songs Sung at Oddio Headquarters

These are the eleven songs added to FMA in 2011 sung most this year at Oddio Headquarters.

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katya-oddio on 11/17/2011 at 06:15PM

Production Music from TSS Tortue Super Sonic

detail of cover art by Carl Campeau

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.

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katya-oddio on 11/04/2011 at 10:00AM

The Four Seasons of Vivaldi

Composed in 1723, The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni) is a set of four violin concerti by Antonio Vivaldi. Some of the most beautiful music ever written, The Four Seasons is Vivaldi's most famous work, and is among the most popular pieces of Baroque music. Brilliant violinist John Harrison performs on this gorgeous performance of Vivaldi's classic here at the Free Music Archive.

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katya-oddio on 06/06/2011 at 09:00AM

Carmina Burana

Any fan of Hollywood soundtracks should know composer Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (album). Countless films and trailers employ it, especially the ominous first movement, "O Fortuna."

 

The Carmina Burana, or Codex Buranus, is a medieval manuscript of 254 poems and dramatic texts dating to about 1230 AD. Several more pages were bound with it into a small folder in the Late Middle Ages.

The authors were theological students who worked within and satirized the Catholic Church. They protested through song, poetry, and performance the growing contradictions within the Church, such as financial abuses and the failure of the Crusades. Pieces also address everyday subjects such as the "fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust."


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katya-oddio on 04/04/2011 at 06:54PM

Juanitos Deliver Newest Party

Every album by the French group The Juanitos is a party. The newest release, Welcome in the House of F.U.N., lives up to the band's party standards. Welcome in the House of F.U.N. delivers a sonic soul party, a vacation in the tropics, and time travel back to the swingingest '60s hot spots! There are even tips of the hat to the Chambers Brothers and Jimi Hendrix. Enjoy!

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katya-oddio on 01/17/2011 at 04:30PM

The Voice and Calm Power of Dr. Martin Luther King

Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Betsy G. Reyneau [public domain]

Today the U.S. nation celebrates the life and work of prominent civil rights activist, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Here are three speeches by Dr. King hosted by the Free Music Archive. The first is King's infamous "I Have a Dream" speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963.

The second is a speech given January 14, 1968, at a demonstration supporting anti-war activitists, including singer Joan Baez, imprisoned at the Santa Rita Prison in California. The recording of Dr. King's speech was produced by Colin Edwards for KPFA radio the day after the demonstration. (BB1460 Pacifica Radio Archives, CC by-nc-sa)

The third of King's speeches presented here is from March 16, 1968 at the event "Men and women in the arts concerned with Vietnam" in Los Angeles, California. The speech is prefaced by a six-minute introduction by novelist, playwright, and poet James Baldwin. The recording was made in the audience and aired on KPFK on April 4, 1968. (BB4661 Pacifica Radio Archives, CC by-nc-sa)


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