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SpinningMerkaba on 11/03/2017 at 04:19PM

To Mix and Be Remixed

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2017 has seen a renewed collaborative effort between ccMixter and the Free Music Archive.  In July of this past summer, we helped generate original Creative Commons remixes to raise awareness in the fight for Net Neutrality.  And most recently we again collaborated on the Halloween remix event Ghost Notes, creating 54 remixes using CC source materials.

In both cases Cheyenne Hohman curated FMA materials that would work for the themed events, posting sample tracks on ccMixter for artists to use in their productions.  Cheyenne also created playlists for FMA listeners to hear what was being used to create and share.  These collaborations highlight an effort by both the Free Music Archive and ccMixter to keep Creative Commons music innovative and fresh.  As an artist, I enjoy hearing how other artists feature my material.  I'm sure you will too.

How can you as a Free Music Archive artist, get in the mix?  ccMixter has several tutorial videos that quickly outline best practices for contributing to the community.  We've included one here to get you started.  You can also contact us by leaving a comment on this blog or e-mailing either admins here or at ccMixter. 

At ccMixter, we're glad to be active once again collaborating with the Free Music Archive.  Check back often to connect with upcoming events and music shares.  We'll keep you updated.

Here is the FMA playlist for the Net Neutrality remix evemt

Here is the FMA playlist for the Ghost Notes remix event

Here are two examples of remixes resulting from the colaboration between the Free Music Archive and ccMixter.org.  For more remixes visit the Free Music Archive on ccMixter.

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programamarcabranca on 08/08/2015 at 12:24PM

A Fresh Start with Weekly Updates

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I’ve been building a music collection on Free Music Archive since 2012. At that time, White Market was still Programa Marca Branca*, and it was a Portuguese radio show. In three years, however, life couldn't have changed any more than it did. I moved countries twice, Marca Branca had to go on hold and inevitably, when I tried to revive it, the show had to go through a deep, deep change - the Portuguese language was replaced with English and White Market was born. It wasn't an easy process, and for a while I even thought I wouldn't really be able to keep doing it. And, again, life changed and White Market is now making its way through the British airwaves, going live every Sunday at 8pm (GMT) on Spark Sunderland, a community radio station developed and run by the University of Sunderland.

After a few shows have been on air, I decided to challenge myself to update White Market's collection here on Free Music Archive on a weekly basis. Like I explained in our own blog, the music you'll find in our collection is not exclusive. You will be able to find it available for download in other places of the Internet and that is basically why I can upload it: because everything is published under a Creative Commons licence. While the usage permissions change according to the licence chosen by the artist, they all allow sharing. With this in mind, my role here is strictly the curator’s one: I search, select and upload songs that are not yet available on FMA, making your search for good free music just a tiny bit easier.

With this in mind, I'm glad to tell you that we have recently uploaded three new records, all very different.

Published in 2008 by now extinct aerotone netlabel, the album is a collection of remixes from Norton's second record, Kersche. Even though they sing in English, Norton are one of the most well-succeeded Portuguese indie rock/alternative pop bands. If you're into smooth synths and a chorus to sing-a-long,this one is for you.

Between hip-hop instrumentals and ambient electronic music, Darksunn's MELANGE is not your average beats album. It is an intricate exercise of mind over matter, in which sounds offers us a deeper perspective on emotional landscapes. It's the future of beats, some say; carefully tailored by hands with more than 15 years of production experience.

A Minha Embala was a project by Aline Frazão (vocals, guitar) and César Herranz (western concert flute, percussion). It was meant as a meeting between the various musical expressions of different Portuguese-speaking countries. They move their work between the musical universes of Angola, Cape Verde, Brazil, Portugal and Galicia, singing not only in Portuguese, but also in Portuguese-based creole languages, kimbundu and umbundu. Their record was released through Jamendo in 2011 and is a delight for those who love bossa-nova, morna and other mellow tropical genres.

 

Norton - Kershe RemixedDarksunn-MELANGE-album-coverA-Minha-Embala-album-cover

 


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cheyenne_h on 07/07/2015 at 02:15PM

Free Music for Video Makers

 

We've been getting a few questions about using music in videos again! We're always happy to field questions, but I'd like to share a video of the webinar that Elliot Harmon of Creative Commons and I hosted earlier this year, which will walk you through the basics of using music from the Free Music Archive in your next video production. For more in-depth Q&A, please visit our Video FAQ. If you're just looking for music to use in a video, cruise over to our "Music For Video" curator portal. 

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