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cheyenne_h on 04/09/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #45: Two Copies of Every Record: The Archive of Contemporary Music with Bob George

photo by Eilon Paz. Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Bob George, the Director (and a founder) of the Archive of Contemporary Music, currently located in NYC, about the collection and a new partnership with the Internet Archive

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes. Or listen here: 



katya-oddio on 04/09/15 at 05:56PM
Bob George really hammered it home when he said that organizations like these are doing what the government and the cultural organizations are not -- PRESERVING CULTURE. Also loved the idea of transferring all the digital media to vinyl - a nice sentiment as we approach Record Store Day. Thank you for this informative and upbeat episode featuring two organizations championing popular culture.
cheyenne_h on 04/09/15 at 08:35PM
This was a super fun interview, I'm so glad that Bob wanted to chat with us AND that they're partnering with! Such a perfect match.
macedonia on 04/10/15 at 11:30PM
I don't use the words "dream job" often, but man...the cool factor of all of this can't be denied. Respect to Bob George for taking on such a task. Love the RFC podcast and this episode was truly special.
lrockhq on 04/13/15 at 04:34PM
This was, as usual, an interesting and enlightening transmission of the Radio Free Culture show.

The downside is that neither the topic nor the interviewee seem to have any interest or experience in spreading culture freely by using the relatively newborn tradition of "free cultural work", which the program's name is derived from. I listen to Radio Free Culture in hopes of hearing some coverage of free culture.

I am glad that the Uncle Bibby track that is featured as an intro these days is free cultural work.

Otherwise, the Contemporary Music Archive really ought to start using The Pirate Bay to distribute their collection. Decentralize it, go deep underground, I don't care. In its current state, their archives are of ZERO utility to all but 2 people at a time enjoying the Internet Archive's listening stations.

All in all, I don't see The Contemporary Music Archive as an outfit that serves the public.

Enough. I do appreciate the effort put forth by WFMU, FMA, and cheyenne_h.
cheyenne_h on 04/13/15 at 07:04PM
@lrockhq in the podcast, the interviewee states that the public would have more access if it weren't for copyright restrictions, so I think the intentions are there but not the means to share on a large scale with the public.

For Radio Free Culture, I try to get voices from all around the audio/archiving/free culture realms, and this didn't fit all the Venn Diagram circles, but it can be difficult to find that sweet spot!

On that note, we're always open to suggestions for topics, interviewees, etc. Feel free to drop a line.
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