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ToussaintMorrison on 01/14/2016 at 07:24PM

Why I Decided To Upload My Entire Label's Archive To FMA

Right now, I am absolutely stumped at what to write in explanation of uploading my label’s entire music catalogue to the Free Music Archive. I’ve sat here for at least 20 minutes in a Minneapolis coffee shop, damn bewildered at where to start, or even the intonation to take with this piece.

When I booked my first tour with The Blend, back in 2005, I bought as many blank CDs as possible to mail out to each city we planned to hit. Each CD had a flier stapled to its case, and was distributed by a coffee shop or friend willing to prop them up in a visible spot, or hand out. With that maneuver, we were able to pull a fan-base that had never seen us before, but had heard our sound. The simplicity of giving our music out for free, created an invaluable ripple effect across the country. Soon, as myspace, facebook and other social media sites arose to prominence, we were able to stream our music to anyone that happened to cross our site. Now, I know how way, way, way back this is. I mean, I just referenced myspace. Not the Justin-Timberlake-owned-newly-revamped myspace, but the original myspace with the user experience of a Neanderthal, and fonts worse than “Papyrus” or “Impact”.

Over the past decade, The Blend, and several other bands I’ve managed, have produced amazing music and then moved on to other projects. However, in an effort to preserve the integrity of these projects (or albums), I’ve sought to keep as much of the music alive online, as possible.


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netlabelday on 05/17/2015 at 07:37PM

A quick update

Netlabel Day is going so nice. We can't be happier right now for all your help and love, and we're pretty sure that you'll keep supporting us because there are lots of free independent music for you: We have more than 80 participating labels and 15 independent artists that will be releasing free music for everyone on July 14. Imagine that!


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macedonia on 06/03/2012 at 07:54PM

Hooray For The FMA!

A little meta, but it gets the point across...

Just posted Radio BSOTS episode #124 online, which features nothing but tunes from the FMA.  Long overdue.

If you care to download, just head to the show notes.  You'll find one of the featured songs below...

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Cesscrix on 11/20/2011 at 05:19PM

El dybbuk que poseyó a FMA

¡YEEEEEEEEEEE!

De pronto un joven me dijo que entrará en este cuerpo, me pregunté ¿Y que de genial tendría poseer a FMA?,pues muchas cosas...


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blocsonic on 03/03/2010 at 08:45AM

Ladies & Gents… netBloc Vol. 27: Straight Outta The FMA

As of the time of this writing, not even a year after it’s launch, WFMU’s Free Music Archive already boasts nearly 18,000 free music tracks from a wide array of genres. It’s an interesting collection in that it not only features music that comes from the world of netaudio/netlabels, but many signed indie artists can be found among the FMA’s selection as well. It’s definitely an incredible archive of music to explore!

After a good three months of listening to thousands of FMA tracks, I somehow managed to whittle the selection down to 11 exceptional gems. It was really a difficult choice, but in the end the final line-up proves to be a terrific mix of Rock, Pop, Punk, Indie, Trip-Hop and even a splash of humor thrown in for good measure.

A special thanks to Jason Sigal over at WFMU and FMA who was most helpful in getting me access to lossless copies of the two Live At WFMU tracks which are featured here. Thanks also to the labels, artists and to CASH Music for participating and helping me pull together all that was needed to make this release happen.

Since this netBloc release features music that’s already available here at the FMA, I’ve put together this mix for you to enjoy here. If you’d like the complete release, see the link below.

Want the PDF album booklet, high-resolution album art or any of the high-quality audio formats (MP3, OGG, FLAC)? Check out the blocSonic release page!

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