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katya-oddio on 12/19/2010 at 01:30PM

Lullaby and Good Night

Cover photo by Valentina Powers

Written, performed and produced by Lee Rosevere, THE AMBIENT BABY is designed to capture the interest of the child, and then slowly soothe it to sleep. This album has been tested with babies and adults with positive, sleepy results.

THE AMBIENT BABY is all original material designed specifically for infants from birth to about two years of age. Little ones are engaged early on by rhythmic sounds at the start. The sounds then weave into a gentle and soothing environment to help babies fall asleep.

Consistent sounds work as white noise to mask household noises such as creaking floors, appliances, outside noise, and traffic. Ambient environments, like the selections created here by Lee Rosevere, often help light sleepers and infants sleep drift off into sleep.

THE AMBIENT BABY was released on Kazoomzoom, the netlabel for children. Sweet dreams.

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Irwin on 11/15/2010 at 02:00AM

AMANDA: Don't Mess With the Power Child

The "Amanda" recordings have emerged as an unexpected cult sensation on my WFMU program over the past two years. The chronicles feature Amanda Whitt, a growling (think Cookie Monster), defiant pre-pubescent with a Southern twang spewing mayhem over 1980s breakbeats and disjointed shards of pop hits. On some tracks Amanda shrieks while clanging pots & pans. The recordings exude undeniable charm, but there's nothing cute about it. Any sentient adult witnessing this behavior would commence punitive action or summon law enforcement.

Power-child Amanda was recorded between 1986-89 at home in Alabama, between ages 8 and 11, by her older (by 7 or 8 years) brother Joseph (a.k.a. Jody). Joseph and Amanda were a couple of hyperactive kids pretending to be, respectively, a music video director and a child star. Most recordings were captured on cassette, others on video cam, in the lowest of lo-fi. The duo sometimes enlisted friends in the frolics, and often drove their parents crazy (with incidents caught on tape). The most durable performances were titled (e.g., "The Pickle People," "Horrible Hybrid Tulips," "Indian Hoots Echo Baby," "Me Swinging in Cookieland") and compiled on "albums," whose design awkwardly replicated the commercial cassette format. Inserts were pasted up and xeroxed, and collections assigned titles (e.g., Primitive Swagger, Monumental Whopper Turmoil Jam, Empires and 5th Dimension Perspective, and Worship Me). The recordings were not circulated beyond friends.


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katya-oddio on 05/19/2010 at 05:45PM

Ragtime Is Funtime

Ragtime’s upbeat style is perfect as a happy and inspiring backdrop for children's playtime! Kazoomzoom, the netlabel for kids, offers FROG LEGS, a ragtime collection on the Free Music Archive.

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katya-oddio on 05/10/2010 at 02:05AM

Got a Silly Song in You?

Photo by David Kitchenham

Music makers of all ages are invited to make silly songs for our Silly Songs series of compilations of the most silly songs and bouncy instrumentals. We look forward to hearing your goofiness!

Good luck to all who participate in this project! Thank you for sharing your work for kids!

Enjoy Volume 1 of SILLY SONGS here on the FMA!

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