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cheyenne_h on 06/05/2018 at 05:54PM

Guidelines for Surf Music Challenge 2018

For the next few weeks, we're opening a submission page for songs about sun, sand, beaches, and SURFING! (Must be in the style of surf music, or including elements of it - reverb, lo-fi production, killer guitar solos, etc.) 

If you've never submitted a song to FMA before, now's your chance!

We are accepting submissions from now until Monday, July 1st.

Your song must meet the following criteria:

  • *can be classified as 'surf' genre or containing elements of the surf genre (for examples check out this playlist)
  • *less than 7 minutes in length
  • *licensed CC BY-SA
  • *must be original work (no covers - but feel free to make a surf version of a song you already wrote or of something in the public domain)

Add a song here: https://freemusicarchive.org/contribute/contestTracks/Surf_Music_Month_Challenge

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cheyenne_h on 06/02/2018 at 04:26PM

AGENDA 23: Electronic Music by Nick Myer

guest post written by Nick Myer/AGENDA 23

If you crave all things electronic, dance with elements of an 80's retro feel .and a sense of real songs, melody and meaning with good messages sewn in..for your listening pleasures.. You may well appreciate the first offerings from AGENDA 23, a music project created by Nick Myer.

No stranger to songwriting, Nick from England UK, a past exclusively signed songwriter for a brief period of time, and having signed several songs since over the years since, is offering some free song tasters from AGENDA 23 with more to follow for FMA.

Expect to hear simplistic, complex, melodic and emotional songs with meaning from AGENDA 23. Making songs too samey is not the goal with AGENDA 23. So in the future expect the unexpected. Most of the songs from AGENDA 23 will be female vocal/voice driven though but occasionally Nick adds his vocal contribution such as on WAKE UP NOW and THE PLANET as the robot voice. WAKE UP NOW is a song that was composed to encourage the world to see things how they really are and not how they are presented as an illusion. And of course to entertain. THE PLANET a song written some time prior to WAKE UP NOW, after a really scary dream about this world, is about Saving Earth and of course the people... to a backdrop of musical drama.

But don't expect it to stop there..as AGENDA 23 will be pushing out purely romantic love songs too..with no strict rules on genre. Whatever genre a song feels like it should be, that will be the treatment that will be applied.. in a loving way of course.. Nick cares deeply about Planet Earth and good health on this spinning ball of earth and rock we all live on..so these debut songs are focused on that most important theme.

Creativity is deeply engrained within Nick's being so to speak re creators within his own family tree.. Nick just happens to be Second Cousin to well-known Film Director Garth Jennings most recently known for Directing and creating the movie 'SING' but with a huge repertoire of work preceding that very successful movie... Though oddly the two have not yet met. A little fact of interest. Nick has however met his parents on several occasions..a long story. Nick has also worked with some very well established people in the past in his music endeavors.. Another very long story that will one day be told... But for now..

Enjoy..

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cheyenne_h on 06/01/2018 at 07:27PM

Sachiko Kanenobu: Folk Music From Japan

http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/79057

A legend in her own right, Sachiko Kanenobu recorded a folk album in 1972 called Misora before moving to the United States. Over the years its stature has grown until it has come to be considered one of the greatest Japanese folk albums of all-time. WFMU DJ Joe McGasko had her on to his program, Surface Noise, to play tracks from Misora and two brand-new songs. For the full archived program, click here. You can listen to her WFMU live appearance below. 

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cheyenne_h on 05/29/2018 at 03:36PM

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

photo by Jean-Paul Builes. Reposted from Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio's official Facebook page.

In need of some funky Hammond organ grooves to keep you moving through the week? Look no further. These three guys have got you covered! In a recent appearance on WFMU for Surface Noise with Joe McGasko, they brought some seriously good music to the airwaves, and were generous enough to share it with us here at the Free Music Archive. If you aren't sure what a Hammond organ is, as soon as you hit play, you'll probably recognize the sound. They were everywhere in pop and soul music in the mid-20th century, but as this recording demonstrates, they clearly haven't gone out of style. 

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cheyenne_h on 05/29/2018 at 02:13PM

FMA Q&A: Monkey Warhol

Monkey Warhol is an artist from Minneapolis who collaborates with kids and has dropped two CC BY albums on FMA. He was recently approached by a big company to do a jingle for a commercial. Below, we talk about what that was like, what he's working on now, and his advice for anyone who gets commissioned by a large company to make music. Here's our interview! 

FMA: When you uploaded your music to FMA, what were your goals?

Monkey Warhol: I didn't really have any goals or expectations other than (hopefully) getting my music heard!!! From my experience, it seems that whenever you upload tracks to any sort of music site, you usually get a couple curiosity listens and then crickets. Not saying you should expect anything more from a music-hosting site (heck, they're already hosting my music for free so I have no right to complain), but what's been wonderful about Free Music Archive is that it feels like an "Online Community" in that my tracks have been picked up and incorporated into other people's projects. It’s flattering and amazing to see how my music has become part of someone else's vision! Blows my mind! KA-BOOM!

FMA: Was it surprising to be solicited by a big company for music licensing?

MW: Definitely! As an independent artist, the biggest surprise was that my music could somehow catch the ear and attention of a "big company". Not necessarily due to the music itself, but more that it actually managed to find its way through the loopholes and reach various "decision makers" within an organization. It's super encouraging and gives me (and hopefully others) a nice bit of confidence to know that it can be done.

FMA: What would you tell a musician who was going through this process for the first time?

MW: There's a fine line between business and art. Obviously, have fun and be creative, but at the end of the day you're supporting THEIR vision (not vice versa) so have a great attitude, excellent work ethic, and a quick turnaround! Also if the company you're dealing with is big enough, find an entertainment attorney. I think contracts and all the legal mumble-jumble is designed specifically to confuse the average person.

FMA: Do you plan to pursue more music options like this in the future?

MW: I'd love to if they'd have me. I don't watch much TV, but Mama Warhol will call me from time to time and say, "I heard your song on TV!" It's funny; I've been making music for 25+ years, yet all of a sudden, I'm "legit" because my song appeared on TV. The "90s Alternative Rocker" in me shakes his head at what I've become.

FMA: Your latest Free Music Archive release is Hannah Banana. How is it different from your last release The Darwin LP?

MW: It's basically more of the same... I've got some pop songs, some electronic instrumentals, and a few experimental ideas. The Darwin LP was a compilation of tracks from the first 3 Monkey Warhol EPs with a couple random tunes thrown in and Hannah Banana is basically a collection of tracks from EP4 through EP6 with a couple random tracks thrown in. I tried to make it flow like an album and I'm really proud of everything on there. I still like it when I give it a listen, which either means the album is decent, or I have poor taste in music. Probably a little bit of both, eh? Please download it and give it a listen... if anything, it's the right price.

FMA: Finally, what's the story behind "Bongo Booty"? That video is ridiculous!

MW: Thanks! "Bongo Booty" is the sonic sensation of what happens when you collaborate with a 6-year old! Basically, I wrote a little tune called "Lovely Lady" a few years ago with my daughter and my son wanted his own anthem. So, we sat down and came up with "Bongo Booty."

As for the video, I thought it would be funny to make a video where the running joke would be that you can't tell if someone is playing butts or bongos. (Yes, nothing but highbrow deep philosophical analysis here.) I ran the idea by my video collaborated-artist-buddy Gigi Ranchero, he loved it, and here we are! To be honest, all the credit for the video really goes to him. I just showed up and hung out around a green screen. Our kids (aka "Unicorn Festival") are in there, and I'm the mangy old rocker in a do-rag!

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cheyenne_h on 05/24/2018 at 01:09PM

Tropical Pop from Hollie Cook

Image from holliecook.com

On a recent episode of WFMU's Sophisticated Boom Boom, Hollie Cook brought her distinctive style of 'tropical pop' to the airwaves! Hollie Cook was part of the last lineup of The Slits, a legendary all-female punk/reggae group from the UK. With heavy dub-reggae influences and strong melodic vocals that accent the music rather than dominate it, this is a live session that you don't want to miss! Listen below. 

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cheyenne_h on 05/16/2018 at 06:15PM

Powerful & Introspective Music from the Gunn-Truscinski Duo

Guitarist Steve Gunn and percussionist John Truscinski recently visited WFMU's live studio and performed tracks off and on their new album, Bay Head. Their sound is impressively layered and nuanced for a two-man band. Host of WFMU's weekly radio program Surface Noise, Joe McGasko, says of the performance: "their latest album mixes Eastern modalities, a touch of psychedelia, and a grounding in roots music to produce a highly individual instrumental sound that's equal parts fiery and meditative. They supported the album with only a handful of live appearances – fortunately including this exclusive live session for Surface Noise recorded on 4/4/18 and broadcast on 4/16/18."

Please listen below! 

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cheyenne_h on 05/08/2018 at 04:04PM

State Of The Commons Report

Image from the State of the Commons report official site.

Creative Commons, the organization that works tirelessly to enable and enrich a diverse and thriving commons through legal tools and advocacy, puts together a report every year called "The State Of The Commons." As a platform that is built on sharing and CC content, we are proud to be one of the participants of this important effort! Want to know more? 

Here are some fun, quick facts (but we think you should go and see the report for yourself): 

*Today, there are approximately 1.4 BILLION works shared with Creative Commons licenses! 

*FMA is one of two music-only platforms recognized in the report

*CC has more than 100 chapters worldwide, mostly in Europe

*The USA, UK, and Canada are the most frequent users of CC search in the past year

Read more at the report itself: https://stateof.creativecommons.org/

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cheyenne_h on 05/03/2018 at 02:25PM

Wanna Be Featured On The Blog?

Image via flickr commons.

Just a reminder to you artists out there -- you, too, can be featured on our FMA front page! All you have to do is write a paragraph or two about yourself (or, preferably a release on FMA), add a few tracks, and publish your blog entry. Then send us a note about it - we'll take care of the rest! Entries are added at our discretion, so blogging about a release or launch is not a guarantee, but it does increase your chances considerably (as opposed to not writing at all)! 

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cheyenne_h on 03/26/2018 at 09:41AM

FMA Q&A: Lobo Loco

Lobo Loco. Courtesy of the artist.

Lobo Loco, a musician from Germany whose name means "Crazy Wolf" in Spanish, joined the Free Music Archive roughly two years ago, but has added nearly 500 songs to our collection since! As an active member of the FMA community and a prolific contributor to our archive, we wanted to know more about him. This interview was conducted over email and posted, with light edits for clarity, below:

 

FMA: Tell us a little about yourself. 

Lobo Loco: Hi, my name is Lobo Loco. I was born in 1968, in a small village in southern Germany, Mittelstadt. I live with my family in the town Göppingen near the Swabian Alb. Making music is my passion.

FMA: How would you describe the music you make?

Lobo Loco: Mostly instrumental, with much improvisation … easy playing straight on … on a journey.
Diving deeply into the music ... I love it ... for me the most beautiful moments come from music.
My music styles I like to play are manifold … from classics, blues, jazz, folk, international over to electro, vintage, space up to rock.
My favorites are Delta blues, folk with my guitars … and boogie woogie, improv jazz and vintage electro with my keys.
Even just a mixture and a changing of acoustic and Roland sound-module generated instruments. I like to experiment with sounds.

FMA: How did you start off making music?

Lobo Loco: I started at the age of 8 with piano lessons, but I had a terrible teacher. He had the opinion that I was not talented and very lazy. Yes, I was very lazy, and before each lesson I even prayed that he or I would be ill. After two years I happily ended lessons with him … At sixteen, I started playing piano again without a teacher, then at 18 I started to learn e-guitar and acoustic guitar for myself. Making music became more and more fun, playing in different bands and often with friends.

One song, called, "Sofa" is about how I met my wife. She was singing this song at the Christmas market and her daughter was very embarrassed. A good friend of mine told me about it and I become curious and wanted to meet her. One year later, we got married!

FMA: How did you find the Free Music Archive, and why did you want to put your music on our platform?

Lobo Loco: I was searching the internet for a platform with free music content, where I can publish my music productions with the intentions:

  • … to be heard by many people
  • … to give my music away, for free, for projects with private and common interest. I have been contacted over FMA by fans asking for usage.
  • … to help me to get commissions from commercial interests, they purchase licenses and certificates on my platform musikbrause.de

On more great thing is that FMA for itself is not a commercial platform, so all users arround the world can hear and download everything without registration or payment. And finally I want to remark that I felt welcomed on FMA since the day I'd asked you if I can be an artist here. I like the personal contact FMA gives to artists.

FMA: Why do your songs have an ID number after the titles?

Lobo Loco: Oh, yes I know it’s very crazy. It’s an idea to prevent me or the persons who use my music for trouble with collecting companies.

One of my favorite Bands "Schwoissfuass" had to pay a lots of money for life playing their music afterwards. This band than died from the costs. I want to prevent this from happening to me.

I registered all my songs on safecreative.org, so I can easy ensure collecting companies (AKM, SUISA, SACEM or GEMA) Creative Commons registration.

Another reason for me is, that music titles are sometimes similar or the same, and the musician name Lobo Loco too (I've seen this name twice for other musicians). With the registered ID no one can easy assert that my music is his music.


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