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cheyenne_h on 06/24/2016 at 12:18PM

June is Pride Month

Photo credit: "Gay Pride Paris 2013" by Guitguit on flickr. CC BY NC SA.

June is LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and more) Pride Month. It's traditionally in June because on June 28th 1969, The Stonewall Inn, a gay-friendly establishment in Manhattan, was raided by police. As arrests progressed, onlookers rioted, sparking a national movement calling for equal rights and protections for LGBTQ+ citizens, which has recently culminated in equal marriage rights for non-heterosexual couples. You can listen to a radio program about the Stonewall Riots here.

For some, it simply means there are more rainbow flags hanging than normal, and you might see some glitter spilled on a sidewalk here or there. For others, pride represents a time to honor the past and look toward the future. For still others, it's one of the best parties of the year. In the sonic universe of the Free Music Archive, there are musicians of all stripes, persuasions, and styles - and some are particularly relevant this month. We've gathered some here - but feel free to suggest more below!

From bouncy & fun to introspective to 8 seconds of grindcore, we've got quite a spectrum here. Enjoy! And, LGBTQ+ artists, we're always looking for new tunes. Feel free to get in touch if you want to add to our collection!

 
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rosso on 06/22/2016 at 04:03PM

The Echo Nest and the future of FMA Search and Discovery

As of May 31st, Spotify chose to shut down the Echo Nest Rosetta Stone, which was a product FMA used for years to power our search engine and similar artist recommendations.  Rosetta Stone allowed FMA to psychoacoustically analyze our own tracks for abstract properties like mood and separate our library from the rest of the Echo Nest universe.

As of right now, the FMA search engine can no longer search by mood or tempo, and artist pages will no longer include a list of similar artists.  However, we are currently working on major upgrades to the search engine, including an expanded set of filters, more sorting options, and a more complete keyword search.  We are also looking into alternative third-party music metadata and acoustic fingerprinting services.

If you have any suggestions for features you'd like to see in the FMA's search engine, please comment below.

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netlabelday on 06/16/2016 at 01:00PM

One month left!

Today is June 15, I know, but yesterday we released two new compilations with independent music, gathering 18 netlabels from all over the world in one album. That's something that the major labels can't do because "it's not profitable". Come on, let's do this for the art!

Here on FMA you can find -lovely- songs by Hiroshima Dandys, Csum, Charles White, Élansson, Unchained Zebra and more, and you can download all this right now for free (after all it's Free Music Archive, of course you can). But that's not all.

As you may know, Netlabel Day was created in Chile by M.I.S.T. Records, so we felt that we should do something for the Chilean music as well. After all, it's our country and beyond all the corruption stories and the social chaos that we have right now (we aren't having good times here, to be honest), our mission is support the Chilean culture as well, so we decided to release a compilation with Chilean music in Sazoot, a Chilean digital music store, completely free for everyone. They're our friends, so we really recommend you to visit their enormous catalog too.

There's one month left for the big day, so be prepared... A lot of new music is coming, and "it's not just free music; it's good music".

 

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cheyenne_h on 06/15/2016 at 12:27PM

Radio Free Culture #68: For The Love Of Sound, Erik Schoster

Photo by Bryan Teoh. Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a 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, was joined by Erik Schoster, musician, former netlabel runner, and new addition to the project team for Audience Engine, a project currently underway that seeks to create open source tools for media organizations and libraries. He's also helping with the Free Music Archive! 

You can find out more about his music here and here, his netlabel LuvSound, or the man himself here.

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes!

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