cheyenne_h (FMA Admin)

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Current ringleader at FMA; itinerant blogger and zine writer; karaoke superstar

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cheyenne_h on 10/05/2018 at 03:32PM

Technical Issues: Update!

We *WISH* our infrastructure was this organized (and color-coded)! Photo via Flickr Commons.

Hi everyone! We know we are experiencing issues today: slowdowns, some login and uploading troubles, search results not returning properly, and a few reports of error messages being returned when they are using FMA. We are aware of these issues and appreciate your patience as we work them out. As you may know, we are staffed by one full-time and one part-time person, so things will be fixed but probably not immediately. 

Thanks so much for your patience and for letting us know you were experiencing issues. 

Having a new issue, or something not mentioned in this post? Please fill out our Contact Form with details. 


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cheyenne_h on 10/02/2018 at 01:57PM

FMA Q&A: Blue Dot Sessions

Courtesy of Galen Huckins

If you've looked for instrumental music for podcasts or film, you've probably come across Blue Dot Sessions. They are a group that write and record music for public radio, podcasts and more. They're based out of Turners Falls, a small town in western Massachusetts. They are a studio, not exactly a 'band,' since various composers and musicians appear in their catalog. They are approaching their 100th release to FMA, and we wanted to ask them some questions about their work. My conversation with member Galen Huckins follows:


FMA: How would you describe Blue Dot Sessions (as a group and in terms of genre/style)?

GH: It’s a very pared down style. We’re often trying to strip away a lot of instrumentation to get to a core small ensemble, figure out how few instruments and textures are needed to really make a piece of music work. In terms of genre, it’s hard to say exactly, we’re often working in very different mediums, trying to get a minimalist sound out of a garage-rock setup or working with ultra-quiet classical players, or even drum machines. It feels like more of a density than a genre or a style sometimes.

How did you start off making music (as a group or as individuals)?

GH: I originally started off writing and recording music for my own radio and podcast projects. Some friends and I were traveling down the Mississippi River on an old riverboat and making a podcast about the trip (The River Signal). I found that there wasn’t a lot of music that worked well with long-form audio pieces where the music needs to be so understated and unobtrusive. I started writing more and more and found and we ended up with a whole library of music by the end of the trip.

FMA: What drew you to the Free Music Archive, and why did you want to put your music on our platform? I’m a real believer in alternative copyright and the work of the Creative Commons. Making my own personal projects, I’ve often turned to the Free Music Archive and other CC-licensed work, it’s really an amazing community. I figured that people starting out would really benefit from the work we do like I did from other CC artists. It also helps people find your music, many producers started out scoring little projects with our library because they found it right here at the FMA. Because podcasting has boomed so much in the last few years, people ended up monetizing their projects with ads or crowdfunding. When that started happening we figured out how to blanket license with podcasters and radio producers so they could have access to our whole library on a monthly basis. Our music is now on hundreds of podcasts, NPR, Radiotopia, Gimlet. Honestly, I think that’s just because a lot of the producers on public radio and podcast networks knew our music from their own pre-professional work.

FMA: Can you tell me about some of the places your music has ended up as a result of being on FMA?

GH: The first time hearing our music on the local NPR station was a rush, now we are often on Morning Edition or other programs that I can listen to right where I live. That never gets old. I make a point to look at YouTube every few days to see new uses of our library out in the wild. Sometimes sitting around the studio all day obsessing about fret noises you forget where the music you’re making actually ends up. I have to say I’ve picked up some strange things from YouTube instructionals just because they use our music. I’ve learned fly fishing techniques, fluid-dynamic modeling principles, the history of Nintendo 64 speedrunning. Just this morning I was watching a Christian ASMR channel, I would have never guessed!

FMA: Blue Dot Sessions is a very prolific group. How do you make so much music on such a regular schedule? How do you stay inspired?

GH: One thing that has helped me stay productive is to always be mixing fully composed music with improvisational work. Sometimes you run out of ideas in front of a blank sheet of paper, but if you can get yourself to just play around for a while, you’ll come up with something. We make a point not to stop rolling tape (or whatever we’re supposed to call tape in a mostly digital studio). We make a lot of alternate versions and stem files available through our website and weird little ideas that never quite seemed like a song end up out there in the world... in a Croatian fly fishing tutorial.

FMA: What project are you working on right now (musical or not) that you're excited about?

GH: We just finished a project recording a custom soundtrack for a podcast called Heavyweight. We were working with a mallet percussionist from a nearby university and string players to do a whole session of light and pizzicato ditties with concert marimba in the middle of it all. Scoring short films and podcasts is always a joy because you get to make up a whole little sonic microcosm. There are 2 other podcast scores we’re working on right now as well as our regular recording schedule, it’s been a really busy summer!

To hear some of their music or contact Blue Dot Sessions, check out their page at or their FMA collection here:

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on 04/14/2018 at 02:39AM
Well thanks for your nice note of 02/01/2018 at 09:00PM on my wall. As a social media incompetent, I just discovered that I had a wall, and that people might contact me there. I'll watch out for the next Lonely Hearts or similar event. Cheerio.
on 03/10/2018 at 01:08AM
Hello Cheyenne, I'm Massimo Ruberti, I cannot find a mode to send you a mail! I make electronic ethnic psychedelic music; do you want to listen? I'd like to have something included in one of yours podcast, if you like the music :-) this is my last album , and thanks a lot! :
on 03/28/2017 at 07:29AM
Thanks for featuring those mixes Cheyenne! I'll try to regularly post more mixes and blogs on FMA, when my schedule allows me to. Cheers!
Nul Tiel
on 09/13/2016 at 06:04AM
Hi Cheyenne, I made a mix: simon_mathewson
on 05/19/2016 at 02:21PM
Thank you for letting me know how to contact the artist and thanks for all the great music on this site!
on 12/05/2015 at 01:39PM
Hello! Nice to meet you!
on 10/16/2015 at 07:27PM
Thanks for the heads up on third party notices...appreciated!
Babe Parade Music
on 10/03/2015 at 09:38AM
Hey Cheyenne, Thanks for helping us promote our music on FMA! You can also check out our music on spotify:
on 06/15/2015 at 03:43PM
Hi Cheyenne, thanks for your support to the independant music community ! And for the interview about the netlabel day as well ;) Nicolas
on 04/21/2015 at 07:02PM
Hello! I have a few questions regarding the UNREEL Trailers - can you contact me please, Thanks so much
on 03/06/2015 at 07:28PM
You are breathing new life into the FMA! You are a hero! Keep up the good work, Cheyenne! Yay!
on 02/15/2015 at 10:41PM
Great work
Jaan Patterson
on 12/03/2014 at 07:10PM
d/eaR Cheyenne! Glad to meet you at last here within the most powerful source for CC music and beyond! Much Love for you & youRs, jaan
on 12/01/2014 at 04:16AM
Hello Cheyenne - Simply wanted to say hi. Loving the fact that Radio Free Culture is back. All the best to you in your new position with the FMA!
on 10/03/2014 at 10:20AM
Hey Cheyenne, welcome! I'm a WKU alum, had a show on WWHR Aron's ago (before it was FM) and was in a local BG band that got played on it. So, lots of love for KY and the BG scene. So glad you're on board the mighty FMA. specksnyder
Jared C. Balogh
on 10/02/2014 at 08:26PM
Hello! Nice to meet you!
on 10/01/2014 at 11:04PM