I'm a Free Music Archivist based out of WFMU.
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jason on 11/13/2015 at 05:00AM
It was 2008. The internet was a cloudland of mp3 blogs. The term “my space” was synonymous with “band website.”
The FMA was under construction. But the collection—a curated library of free and legal mp3’s—was well underway.
Fortunately, the compilations are archived here on the Free Music Archive, where they’ve reached exponentially more people than the CD’s ever could.
At the time, I wrote: “These are just a few of the thousands of tracks that will be freely available under Creative Commons licenses when the Free Music Archive website launches. All tracks appear courtesy of artists and labels who have benefited from a progressive approach to distribution and intellectual property in the digital era, and we're designing the Free Music Archive to support this approach.”
Now, for the first time, we’re asking for your support. Please donate, and as always, enjoy the music!
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jason on 10/13/2014 at 05:03AM
I made a 2-part Radio Free Culture about the player piano's legacy on music, copyright and digital culture
Part 1 feat David Suisman, Lisa Gitelman and Michael Simon - The transition from sheet music to piano rolls transformed our understanding of copyright.
Part 2 feat Nick Seaver, Aaron David Ross, Michael Connor and Nick Yulman - The player piano's influence on digital music, including MIDI, Disklavier Super MIDI, Black MIDI, MIDI-powered automata and mechanical pop.
Some classic player piano performances have been recorded and compiled by Kazoomzoom for the Frog Legs compilation. Below, enjoy one from Scott Joplin, a Ragtime legend who you can read more about in this feature story by Joe McG.