podbear on 04/04/2018 at 01:21PM
Because the word aloha, which invokes love, compassion and kindness is spoken as a greeting and goodbye, it's the perfect way to begin this story. Almost exactly one decade ago Podington Bear (That's me) finished the goal I had set in 2007: to create 3 songs a week and share them via podcast. The End marked the completion of the 156 song marathon and served as the capstone to The Box Set, released in 2008.
Two years later, in 2010, an FMA curator asked to include the song "Wavy Glass" on the newly created Free Music Archive. Looking back, that was the seed that grew into a tree. It grew slowly at first, until 2013 when I decided to open the floodgate and release a few hundred tracks of my fledgling music library Sound of Picture. Today there are 750 Podington Bear tracks on the FMA and they've recieved 12.25 million collected listens and downloads. I never would have guessed it!
So, I just wanted to give a hearty thanks to the staff and community here on The Free Music Archive as I both look back, and step into the future. I decided to retire the name Podington Bear at the close of 2017, but before it goes into indefinite hibernation I thought the 10 year anniversary of The Box Set was a fitting occasion to upload that complete collection here as well. I'll continue posting the remaining albums over the coming weeks.
And while this is goodbye to Podington Bear, it's also hello to me, Chad Crouch. In just a few weeks be posting a new album under my own name that I'm excited to share. Stay tuned, and aloha!
cheyenne_h on 04/16/2015 at 10:00AM
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 Chad Crouch, aka Podington Bear, about his eight-year legacy of publishing CC BY NC music, and where it's taken him.