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jason on 03/20/2013 at 01:20PM

New Aquatic Music from Barcelona's Selva De Mar

Selva de Mar, photo via selvademar.com

Barcelona's Selva de Mar formed as a street duo in 2006, sculpting "aquatic music" from the wooden timbres of the cello blended with the pitched steel percussive frequencies of the hang.

"Música Para Planchar" is a track from their captivating self-titled debut. Their second album, Olas Invisibles, was recorded in a cathedral with guests like the Swedish singer Ewa Wikstrom and African artist Mû (listen to "Gulab Jeman" below). Their third album, Club Eden (listen: "Walking & Talking"), introduced electronic signal processing as they continue to refine their enchanting sound.

The duo is currently raising support for a fourth album that will introduce guest musicians from Spain, Israel, Guinea Bissau, Mexico, Argentina and USA. As one of the many folks who've enjoyed Selva de Mar's previous three releases for free courtesy of the artist here at the FMA, I'm proud to support their next album. This is one of the many projects curated by the FMA on our Kickstarter page.


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jason on 01/16/2013 at 08:00AM

Modern Classical and Generative Art Shape Lauki's Antartica Dreamscape

Lauki is a Barcelona-based sound designer with a penchant for modern classical music and generative multimedia art.

The coordinates of 69º54´S-135º12´E point somewhere along the coast of Wilkes Land, Antarctica. Lauki describes  "the polar desert, another frontier of our planetary existence, a territory where only fools and heroes dare to go." On this recording, Lauki's digital processing manipulates classical instruments—including Heike Grafe's guest violin part on "Deconstrucción"—to shape the ambient dreamscape of a frozen world.

Despite the record's sensation of a glacial stillness, it is a quick 15-minute listen. Such is the nature of every release on Audio Gourmet, a UK-based netlabel cooking up releases "that can be listened to in full during a standard working tea-break."

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
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Thanks to Recent Music Heroes for the tip on this release!

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dvd on 06/25/2012 at 05:00PM

Primavera Sound 2012 MP3 Collection, Pt. 1

Parc del Forum in Barcelona, Spain - home to the Primavera Sound festival. Photo CC BY-NC-SA by WFMU
WFMU returned to Barcelona in early June for yet another fantastic festival from the folks at Primavera Sound. As always, the line-up is curated with a freeform mentality, bringing a diverse array of artists spanning multiple genres and generations. We've had a few weeks now to recoup from our sleepless broadcast coverage of the festival [playlists here and here] and we're excited to present our first batch of downloadable artist-approved live recordings! 
 
Part 1 begins with:
 
 
Brooklyn's Obits are no strangers to the Free Music Archive, and they've taken the time to remaster this recording of their Primavera performance just for the FMA. It sounds great! Seattle's Mudhoney inspired heaps of Grunge rockers with their early singles on Sub Pop in the late eighties. Now they're back and still kicking ass - don't miss their set, a fan favorite! Despite multiple attempts from Michael Gira (pictured above) over the years to slip obsenities into our Primavera broadcast, our FCC dump button still got the better of him. For our troubles, he let us share a song from his excellent solo performance in Barcelona. Olympia's Milk Music visited the WFMU studios on Brian Turner's show last Summer (session here). This Summer we caught up with them in sunny Spain for some afternoon tunage on the Mediterranean (pictured at Left). Liturgy's brand of "transcendental black metal" gave way to the hypnotically buiding "Generation" and finally, The Men, who headlined our show at SXSW, offer another sampling of their post-punk stylings with a few new songs sprinkled in. 
 
Take a look at the Primavera Sound 2012 Collection for all of the livesets uploaded to date, and be sure to check back in the next couple weeks as we continue to upload more and more great sets from this year's festival. Below you'll find some highlights from our first batch...
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FMAmp3 on 05/17/2012 at 12:00AM

MP3 of the Day: Violeta Päivänkakkara, "Sateenkaari"

Violeta Päivänkakkara was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1992. She has always felt drawn to cosmology, planets, nature and the dream world. She creates environments and personal and melancholic atmospheres, using instruments like the glockenspiel, guitar, piano and electronic sounds of nature, among others. She currently lives between Helsinki and Barcelona. -La Gramola

"Sateenkaari" can be found on Kuu, a collection released this week on La Gramola Netlabel.

> Violeta Päivänkakkara on Facebook | Bandcamp | FMA

> La Gramola on FMA | Homepage

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Halas_Radio on 07/06/2011 at 09:00AM

PICCOLA ORCHESTRA GAGARIN

A new musical group orbits Barcelona with a proposal that wouldn't let you down. La Piccola Orchestra Gagarin lives up to its name in every way. It's small because there are only three players, but it sounds like an original orchestra (with instruments tuned to that point). And "Gagarin" is a nod to history's first cosmonaut launched into space, with whom they share the same uncertainty when they go up on stage, never rehearsed.

This trio of the Italian Paolo Angeli (Sardinian prepared guitar), the Russian Sasha Agranov (cello) and Catalan Oriol Roca (drums) has released the album Platos Combinados - "Mixed Dishes" - which is a true pleasure. All improvised on the spot, by the way, and characterized by creative freedom with no additives.

Who knows which planet they are on looking to for inspiration? But if you want a clue, know that their style is as much pop art as free jazz, indie and folk music of Sardinia.

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