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jason on 04/11/2009 at 02:33PM

This is FMA Beta!

Welcome to the Free Music Archive, a social music website built around a curated library of free, legal audio. It's a work in progress, and your participation will help us continue to grow.

So before you stray too far, why not Sign Up and create a profile? That way, you'll be able to create and share mixes, blog, post comments, save favorites, and connect with friends. If you're already logged in, you'll see a "profile" button at the top of the screen. Edit your profile by clicking the Edit pencil, and hit "save" when you're done.

Looking for a place to get started? WFMU compiled a couple Free Music Archive samplers together last year, here's Volume 1 and here's Volume 2. You can listen to a sample track below, and hit + to pop-out a playlist for continued listening while you cruise the site.

WFMU is the Jersey City non-commercial station that came up with this whole idea, but we are just one of several major curators who are collaborating on this project.

Fellow curators include radio stations like KEXP (Seattle) and KBOO (Portland OR), webcasters like DUBLAB (Los Angeles) and Halas Radio (Israel), netlabels (Comfort Stand), venues (ISSUE Project Room), and amazing online collectives like CASH Music. Though we all share a common goal, each curator brings a unique mix of audio to the site. "Browse By Curator" up top and get a sense of where each curator is coming from. We'll be announcing more curators in the coming weeks, as we also invite artists and labels to manage their content. Please get in touch if you'd like to participate.

This site is in BETA; this is just a starting point. There are many features on the to-do list. Web development trecherous. If we didn't know that before (we did) we know it now better than ever. We thank Eliot Spitzer and the New York State Music Fund for making this site possible to begin with. And we've been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with the amazing people at Cuban Council, who've designed and coded the FMA that is fun, intuitive, and incredibly powerful.

We're working towards an open source model, and your feedback will help us get there. We'll also be honing our Help/FAQ pages based on your input, so please let us know what you think!

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JerJer on 04/14/09 at 05:45AM
Oh, I'm excited! I just found this today. I realize it is a beta & there is much to improve. But the concept is quite promising. I hope all will supply feedback with the understanding it is a beta & be patient with it's creators & curators. I'm looking forward to much exploration here. those who can publicize this in any manner should do so. Very worthy.
dahancb on 04/14/09 at 07:41PM
This site is great! Is it possible to have a "chart" on whose music has been most listened to, downlaoded, etc. I look forward to many hours of listening pleasure and discovery - happy to be of any help.

Charlie Dahan
jason on 04/15/09 at 11:04AM
Hey Charlie,

We're working on a Charts page. What kind of charts would you want to see? I think we'd split these up into day/week/year

*Most Plays
*Most Downloads
*Most Comments
*Most Interesting

soon we'll have a message board to discuss all this stuff, in the meantime we've got comments right here.
tingu on 04/16/09 at 08:15AM
This is so sweet. I'm gonna push for it and see what interesting people we can get to join.
tollanddrummer on 04/16/09 at 05:26PM
This site is fantastic.
dahancb on 04/18/09 at 10:19AM
Yes, those would be super terrific!
marc on 04/21/09 at 02:06PM
KBOO is proud to be part of this promising endeavor and we're looking forward to bringing more great artists into the fold.

Go team FMA!
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