Free Music Archive Blog2019-09-18T14:19:34-04:00/blog.atomWe Crushed Some Bugs!/member/Danny_KitSplit/blog/201908091007176272019-08-25T08:22:46-04:002019-07-12T12:11:23-04:00Danny Lunden/member/Danny_KitSplit<p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thank you all for your feedback and patience while we worked through some tricky bugs and server issues.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">We’re happy to report that our team has crushed several bugs responsible for recent issues that have been plaguing FMA, including:</span></p> <blockquote> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; white-space: pre-wrap;">• </span></span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">Problems streaming music</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; white-space: pre-wrap;">• </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">Problems downloading tracks and albums </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; white-space: pre-wrap;">• </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">Issues logging into Free Music Archive</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; white-space: pre-wrap;">• </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">The track streaming counter not correctly updating</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6667px; white-space: pre-wrap;">• </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">The ability to contact artists has been restored</span></p> </blockquote> <p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As always, let us know if you see any of these issues pop back up. In the meantime, we’ll be busy working on more enhancements and bug fixes on FMA!</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thanks and best,</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">Danny</span></p>Update on FMA Bugs/member/Danny_KitSplit/blog/Update_on_FMA_Bugs_16152019-09-10T16:21:48-04:002019-04-30T09:42:51-04:00Danny Lunden/member/Danny_KitSplit<p>Thank you all for your continued patience while we work through some issues that have been found on FMA recently.</p> <p>We’re aware of the bug users have ben having while attempting to stream or download music, contacting artists, uploading music and a few other site functions–we are working to fix those! We understand the frustration many of you have with these functions not working, and have appreciate your feedback. We will keep the FMA community updated as things change. </p> <p>For now, we have a few short-term solutions to the most common issues:</p> <p> </p> <p>- Can not log in to FMA: Try logging in using your FMA username, instead of your email address–that usually fixes the problem. If logging in still does not work, try again in a few minutes.</p> <p>- Approved artist that can not upload music: get in touch and we will help on a case by case basis contact@freemusicarchive.org (Please be aware that we’re answering help tickets as quickly as we can, and we will respond to your personal request in the order it was received)</p> <p>- Contact artist not working: get in touch and we will try to help on a case by case basis— contact@freemusicarchive.org</p> <p>- Downloads/steaming not functioning: On occasion downloads/streamings have stopped working. This is almost always temporary. Try again in a few minutes.</p> <p> </p> <p>If there is another site issue we should be aware of, please let us know in the comments below!</p> <p>Hope these tips are helpful and thanks for your patience (and keeping us apprised of any issues) as we work towards longer-term solutions.</p> <p> </p> <p>Thanks and best,</p> <p>Danny</p>SONIC MMABOLELA 2018/member/Danny_KitSplit/blog/SONIC_MMABOLELA_20182019-07-15T02:56:09-04:002019-04-15T09:49:23-04:00Danny Lunden/member/Danny_KitSplit<p><object width="300" height="370"><param name="movie" value="https://freemusicarchive.org/swf/playlistplayer.swf" /><param name="flashvars" value="playlist=https://freemusicarchive.org/services/playlists/embed/album/28714.xml" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="sameDomain" /><embed width="300" height="370" flashvars="playlist=https://freemusicarchive.org/services/playlists/embed/album/28714.xml" src="/swf/playlistplayer.swf" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" /></object></p> <p> </p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 14.4px; caret-color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: 12px; text-size-adjust: auto;"><span class="s5" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana;">‘SONIC MMABOLELA’ is a workshop/residency for sound artists & composers</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 14.4px; caret-color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: 12px; text-size-adjust: auto;"><span class="s5" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana;">carried out once a year in the savannah environment of Mmabolela Reserve,</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 14.4px; caret-color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: 12px; text-size-adjust: auto;"><span class="s5" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana;">Limpopo, South Africa:</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 14.4px; caret-color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: 12px; text-size-adjust: auto;"><span style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;"> </span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 14.4px; caret-color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: 12px; text-size-adjust: auto;"><a href="http://www.franciscolopez.net/field.html"><span class="s7" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana; color: #0000ff;">http://www.franciscolopez.net/field.html</span></a></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 14.4px; caret-color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: 12px; text-size-adjust: auto;"><span style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;"> </span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 14.4px; caret-color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: 12px; text-size-adjust: auto;"><a href="http://www.mmabolela.co.za/"><span class="s7" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana; color: #0000ff;">http://www.mmabolela.co.za</span></a></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 14.4px; caret-color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: 12px; text-size-adjust: auto;"><span style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;"> </span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 14.4px; caret-color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: 12px; text-size-adjust: auto;"><span class="s5" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana;">Conceived and directed by Francisco López (</span><a href="http://www.franciscolopez.net/"><span class="s7" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana; color: #0000ff;">www.franciscolopez.net</span></a><span class="s5" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana;">)</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 14.4px; caret-color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: 12px; text-size-adjust: auto;"><span style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;"> </span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: 14.4px; caret-color: #000000; font-family: -webkit-standard; font-size: 12px; text-size-adjust: auto;"><span class="s5" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana;">Project c</span><span class="s5" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana;">oordination</span><span class="s5" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana;">:</span><span class="s5" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana;"> </span><span class="s5" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana;">Barbara Ellison (</span><a href="http://www.barbaraellison.com/"><span class="s7" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana; color: #0000ff;">www.barbaraellison.com</span></a><span class="s5" style="line-height: 12px; font-size: 10px; font-family: Verdana;">)</span></p>Uploads, bug fixes, and questions–oh my!/member/Danny_KitSplit/blog/Uploads_bug_fixes_and_questionsoh_my2019-07-16T03:54:10-04:002019-02-08T16:05:44-05:00Danny Lunden/member/Danny_KitSplit<p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">As promised, uploads have been re-enabled for artists and curators on Free Music Archive! Please let us know if you’re having trouble with uploading.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">As we mentioned in our last update, we’ve been working on additional site improvements, including taking care of the “URI Invalid” bug that was plaguing search result pages—thanks to everyone who reported that! </span></p> <p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In that vein we’ve put together a short survey to learn more about you, so we can make Free Music Archive even more useful. Anyone that completes our survey is eligible to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. </span><a href="https://kitsplit.typeform.com/to/mtX83d" target="_blank"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 11pt; white-space: pre-wrap;">Click here to take the survey →</span></a></p>Is this thing on? Some updates from Danny & the KitSplit Team/member/Danny_KitSplit/blog/Is_this_thing_on_Some_updates_from_Danny__the_KitSplit_Team2019-04-22T17:24:21-04:002019-01-28T16:59:15-05:00Danny Lunden/member/Danny_KitSplit<div>Hi FMA–I hope your 2019 is off to a great start! By way of introduction, I’m Danny—the new director of the FMA. For those of you who might have missed the news on FMA’s transition, check out Cheyenne’s post.</div> <div> </div> <div>The KitSplit team and I are excited to keep FMA alive, thriving, and true to its mission of sharing free, curated audio to all. We’ve been hugs fans of FMA for years and inspired with its mission, which is very much aligned with ours. We were so sad to see the news that it was shutting down. And ultimately, so thrilled we could step in to keep it alive and thriving!</div> <div> </div> <div>The transition happened very quickly. We’ve spent the past month learning more about FMA and how it’s run, and completing transition from a technical perspective. Now that we’re up and running, we wanted to formally introduce ourselves and let you know about some updates in the works.</div> <div> </div> <div>A few folks have messaged in to ask when you’ll be able to upload your music to FMA again...well, we have some good news. We’ve been hard at work at this, and uploading for curators will be re-enabled by the end of this week We’ll be sure to update you when that happens.</div> <div> </div> <div>Meanwhile, we’re working on bringing back the newsletter, and additional site and community improvements. We will have more announcements in that vein soon. We’re also looking into incorporating advertisments on the FMA site, which will help us ensure long term sustainability for the FMA. For some background: the FMA was previously run mostly on government grants, which are no longer viable—so this is one of a few changes we may make to ensure long term sustainability of the FMA, while staying true to its mission. </div> <div> </div> <div>On a parting note: while we’ve been fans and users of FMA for years, we know we still have a lot to learn about the community and how it runs. We’re eager to hear from you about what changes you’d love to see on FMA. If you have any suggestions or questions for me or the KitSplit team (or just wanna say hi) make sure to drop a comment below this post.</div> <div> </div> <div>Thank you for your support and cooperation during this transition. We’re so grateful for all of the kind words we’ve received from the FMA community!</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>- Danny</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>[UPDATE 2/1/2010]</strong> - Our developer Brett (who has been with KitSplit for a while and actually used to work at FMA!) has been working on reenableing uploads this week. He initially thought he could finish it by end of this week, but ran into some unexpected technical hurdles. However, we will have uploads re-enabled for curators soon- by the end of next week at the very latest (and likely sooner). We will keep you all updated and let you know as soon as uploads are re-enabled! </div> <div> </div> <div>Also, if you’d like ads excluded from your page, fill out this form: <a href="https://goo.gl/forms/KHCOSRsDp33YgNrg1">https://goo.gl/forms/KHCOSRsDp33YgNrg1</a></div>Free Music Archive's new home: KitSplit!/member/cheyenne_h/blog/Free_Music_Archives_new_home_KitSplit2019-04-01T12:58:19-04:002018-12-17T20:53:24-05:00Cheyenne H/member/cheyenne_h<p>After months of uncertainty about our future, the Free Music Archive is joining <a href="https://kitsplit.com/">KitSplit</a>, a camera gear rental platform by and for creators. With KitSplit's support, we will stay up and running for the indefinite future - something we are very relieved to report. Though KitSplit is a for-profit business, the FMA will remain true to its mission of sharing free, curated audio to all.</p> <p>In the coming weeks, we will reopen artist/curator uploads and our Music Submission form and resume our regularly scheduled audio weirdness, curated playlist posts, and new releases here on our blog.</p> <p>The Free Music Archive will be one of many educational resources in the KitSplit library - they have a bounty of informative materials on their blog, <a href="http://blog.kitsplit.com/">Viewfinder</a>, and they offer free coaching sessions to <a href="https://womeninfilm.kitsplit.com/">women in film</a> and video, which we think is sorely needed and super cool. The Free Music Archive is widely used and loved by indie video producers, and KitSplit wants to make our archive even more accessible and useful by bringing our audio collection to their community's attention.</p> <p>While this milestone is bittersweet and we're sad to be saying goodbye to WFMU, we are forever in their debt for making the Free Music Archive a reality. We are excited to be able to preserve the archive and continue our essential work of curating the Commons with the support of KitSplit.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who supported us during this uncertain time, who reached out with moral support or made donations to keep the lights on, and especially to our amazing, inspiring, awesome community!! We are looking forward to the future for the Free Music Archive as its collections and communities grow, and we hope the best years of the Free Music Archive are yet to come. </p> <p>For more details on the transition as it unfolds, please check the KitSplit <a href="http://blog.kitsplit.com/">blog</a> and/or <a href="https://kitsplit.us10.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=a9a675c194d043407047ae518&id=29d1321769">subscribe</a> to their newsletter.</p> <p>For this news in Spanish, please visit the <a href="https://librefm.es/el-nuevo-hogar-de-free-music-archive-kitsplit/">blog at Libre FM</a> - thanks friends for the translation! </p>A Fond Farewell & A Warm Welcome/member/cheyenne_h/blog/A_Fond_Farewell__A_Warm_Welcome2019-02-27T06:10:16-05:002018-12-14T15:22:04-05:00Cheyenne H/member/cheyenne_h<p>Well, today's my last day at the Free Music Archive as Director, and I've been dreading this day for awhile, because I'm really going to miss being here all day, everyday, helping our users, musicians, curators and community members get what they need, running the social media feeds, keeping things organized, and having my mind blown every day by unexpected, wonderful music.</p> <p>I am extremely happy that the Free Music Archive is in good hands and the new team is already getting their bearings, and I just had a great talk with <a href="/member/Danny_KitSplit">Danny</a> at KitSplit, who will be the new Director of the FMA. You'll be able to reach him using the FMA <a href="/Contact">contact form</a> and our general contact email address for now. Go to his <a href="/member/Danny_KitSplit">profile page</a> and say hi! </p> <p>Though I'm leaving the organization as Director, I'll still be involved as a volunteer and will be able to forward questions or concerns to the right people on the new team. </p> <p>Deep gratitude and heartfelt thanks to KitSplit for making sure the Free Music Archive will have a home moving forward. I dearly hope that they are able to give it some of the technical TLC we weren't, and I'm confident that the FMA will continue to grow and thrive with their stewardship.</p> <p>So long for now!</p> <p>Til next time,<br />-Cheyenne</p>Update: FMA's Future/member/cheyenne_h/blog/Update_FMAs_Future2019-01-27T06:22:00-05:002018-11-29T19:11:17-05:00Cheyenne H/member/cheyenne_h<p>Friends, something wonderful is happening here at FMA, but we can’t give you all the details just yet.</p> <p>For the time being, we are still suspending new uploads and backing up our MP3 collection at <a href="https://archive.org/details/freemusicarchive">archive.org/details/freemusicarchive</a>, but we’re thrilled that service will NOT be suspended on December 1 as previously indicated.</p> <p>Thanks for sticking with us during this time of transition, and we can’t wait to tell you all about what’s in store for our beloved Archive!</p> <p>Expect to hear our big news by the end of December.</p>Update: Closing Date Pushed to Dec 1/member/cheyenne_h/blog/Update_Closing_Date_Pushed_to_Dec_12018-12-15T17:35:27-05:002018-11-15T17:19:55-05:00Cheyenne H/member/cheyenne_h<p>Due to a few very generous donations, we are able to keep the site up, as-is, through the end of this month. We will still not be adding any more new uploads to the collection and are proceeding with our plans to back up the entire current MP3 collection at archive.org.</p> <p>We are in talks with a few organizations who have very substantial interest and whose values align with ours. As negotiations continue, I may write more updates here as we move along and may be able to announce a new parent org for FMA in the coming weeks. Nothing is set in stone though so we still face shutdown, and if you have questions or want to help, please contact us using the Closure Comment form (at the end of <a href="http://freemusicarchive.org/member/cheyenne_h/blog/Big_Changes_Ahead_for_FMA">this blog post</a>). </p> <p>In the meantime, donations large and small do keep the lights on here, and we are so thankful for your support!</p>Update: Closing Date Pushed to Nov 16/member/cheyenne_h/blog/Update_Closing_Date_Pushed_to_Nov_162018-11-15T14:42:42-05:002018-11-08T12:38:08-05:00Cheyenne H/member/cheyenne_h<p>Due to traffic, the site's been up and down today. Please DO NOT try to scrape the site, friends! We will keep all the music available here until it is available at archive.org, where you can continue to explore the collection, download (even different audio formats!) and mark stuff as 'favorites'! </p> <p>Thanks for all the love and support you've given thus far. Donations help in the short term. We are in talks with a couple of orgs who might be able to help us out. Watch this space for details.</p> <p>If you have skills to offer, are part of an interested organization who wants to help FMA, or have other feedback, please use our form in the post below. </p>Big Changes Ahead for FMA/member/cheyenne_h/blog/Big_Changes_Ahead_for_FMA2019-04-18T09:16:57-04:002018-11-05T11:28:45-05:00Cheyenne H/member/cheyenne_h<p>We regret to inform you that due to a funding shortage, the FMA will be closing down later this month. The future of the archive is uncertain, but we have done everything we can to ensure that our files will not disappear from the web forever. The full audio collection will be backed up and available at <a href="https://archive.org/details/freemusicarchive">https://archive.org/details/freemusicarchive</a> (some of the collection is already there; feel free to go browse).</p> <p>We are also partnering with Archive-It to preserve a current copy of the site's public pages in the <a href="https://archive.org/web/">Wayback Machine</a>. FMA audio will also be added to the Creative Commons project <a href="https://ccsearch.creativecommons.org/">CC Search</a>, a search engine for the Commons, later in 2019.</p> <p>The site may go down as early as November 9th, so now's the time to download your playlists, favorite songs, and do whatever personal archiving you need.</p> <p><strong>Want to help us preserve the FMA or make your own custom FMA collection? You have two good options:</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>1) Go to <a href="https://webrecorder.io/">https://webrecorder.io/</a>, make a free account and record some browsing sessions.</strong> You can save pages, search results, and much more using this tool (I've already done some serious browsing & recording - check out my collections <a href="https://webrecorder.io/Cheyenne_FMA">here</a>). If you want to share your sessions with us, we can compile a crowdsourced repository. The site may go down at the end of this week, so if you are going to do this, please do it soon.</p> <p><strong>2) Go to the <a href="https://archive.org/web/">Wayback Machine</a> homepage and plug in the URLs you want to save.</strong> These are then archived for the public to use. There are browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox that make this super easy. Some pages are saved already, but many of them are outdated, so save away!</p> </blockquote> <p>Share this information far and wide; we don't want our hard work (and amazing collection) to be forgotten. There is hope that we can find a new parent organization to help us continue the project, but for now, we must take a break and figure out the best course to proceed. We are interested in hearing from anyone who wants to offer web development help, funding, nonprofit status, or has other suggestions. There is a comment form below for this purpose; please put your feedback there.</p> <p>Thanks, most of all, to you - our amazing community! From the volunteers who helped us maintain the site and bring new artists on board, to the curators and bands whose contributions diversified our collections, to our funders, to the folks that used the site everyday and made it the legendary corner of the web that it truly was. It was an amazing nine years, and we are extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished together.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Please Note: The Comment Form Has Been Closed.</strong></em></span></p>A Personal Note about the FMA/member/cheyenne_h/blog/A_Personal_Note_about_the_FMA2018-11-27T12:53:14-05:002018-11-04T22:00:50-05:00Cheyenne H/member/cheyenne_h<p>When I joined this project more than four years ago, I knew I was taking the reins of a project that was truly unique. I would have endless opportunities to sharpen my audio skills, interview great minds and passionate artists, engage with a vibrant and global music community, be an advocate for Creative Commons, and educate the public about copyright and its alternatives. I was right about all of this, but there was so much more to the job. The site, though clearly ‘vintage’ and in need of repair, still functioned well enough for everyone to have their basic needs met.</p> <p>What I did not realize when I began this journey was that I was being given a rare and precious gift. The Free Music Archive wasn’t just a giant digital repository for shareable audio; it was a complex and constantly changing project with a broad mission and monthly traffic in the millions. When I would tell people what I did for a living, I was shocked at how many of them already knew about FMA.</p> <p>The original infrastructure degraded and caused ongoing technical issues that we simply lacked the resources to address. It was a challenge that we never quite figured out a working solution to. I am extremely grateful to everyone who offered suggestions, alerts, troubleshooting, reporting, and creative solutions -- and to those who offered their understanding when I revealed that there were only two staffers running the entire FMA and our resources were already overstretched. Our To-Do list was always long and our Wish List even longer.</p> <p>All of these factors contributed to the situation that we face today: the imminent closure of the Free Music Archive. Its audio collection is being added to the Internet Archive as I write this, and I am pleased to announce that the site will be preserved to the best of our ability in the Wayback Machine. As with our entire operation, nothing has been perfect, but the imperfections were evidence of the ongoing nature of our work and how uncharted these waters are. If anything, the shortcomings of the FMA were a fundamental part of what made it real - if a little annoying at times.</p> <p>When I announced to artists and curators that the site was going to be suspending operations in late October, I was inundated with replies ranging from grief, to anger, to deep gratitude and well-wishes. This project has changed lives for the better; it has forged entire music careers from simple online posts; it has helped facilitate a new way of approaching music licensing and audio sharing in the digital age. A few short years after our legendary Birthday Song contest, the classic Happy Birthday anthem was rightfully released to the public domain. We cannot take full credit, naturally, but we were part of the creative activism and consciousness-raising around copyright issues that the web has made possible. We are proud to make noise and be joyfully disruptive.</p> <p>Having been the captain of this rickety ship for years, I share some grief and anger about the huge loss this shuttering represents to musicians, filmmakers, educators, podcasters, radio DJs, video game designers, the Commons, and to the online community at large. But I also have a persistent sense of wonder at the amazing things that this site has made possible: connections spanning continents, age groups, genre affiliations. Real people who made music, being able to share it directly with the public (and sometimes being commissioned to make more, or having work used in media projects and being paid for their art). Netlabels being taken more seriously as legitimate tastemakers and artist collectives. Putting names and faces to songs and, by sharing freely, underscoring the complexity and vibrance of human expression. Demonstrating that you can, indeed, distribute music online for free, legally, with permission from artists. Proving that sharing can actually be a way to make a living.</p> <p>It wasn’t all silver linings and happy fun times, though. Losing people in the community during my tenure was rough. Seeing the tenderness and care that was offered to friends, family, and colleagues of those who had passed away was humbling, and gave me pause. This site has preserved many artistic legacies, that they may live on and continue to enrich the world. We did our best to shine a light on the recordings left behind by the people who not only made wonderful music, but also gifted it to the Commons.</p> <p>The unlikely collaborations and artistic freedom that the Free Music Archive has fostered and facilitated will always be a point of pride for me as director of this project. I have made lifelong friends because of the Free Music Archive, and expanded my musical knowledge beyond my wildest imagination.</p> <p>So this is goodbye, for now, and all I have to say is thank you so very much for being part of this moment, with these people, on this rock in space. The humanity of the archive was its strength, its weakness, and what made it truly special. It had heart in an often heartless world. This project gave me faith in people and the power of their creativity to connect with one another. In the end, I wasn’t just a librarian, I was a tour guide, switchboard operator and emissary for a vital artistic community, and for that I will always be grateful.</p> <p>May the music play on forever.</p> <p>Sincerely,<br />Cheyenne</p>FMA Listening Party: 70 Episodes!/member/cheyenne_h/blog/FMA_Listening_Party_70_Episodes2018-11-27T18:27:07-05:002018-11-01T14:25:03-04:00Cheyenne H/member/cheyenne_h<p>The FMA Listening Party has ended its run on Give The Drummer Radio, leaving behind 70 hour-long episodes for your enjoyment! Everything is archived on the <a href="http://wfmu.org/playlists/fm" data-mce-href="http://wfmu.org/playlists/fm">playlist pages</a>, and you can download episodes in <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fma-listening-party-with-cheyenne-wfmu/id1290456654?mt=2" data-mce-href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fma-listening-party-with-cheyenne-wfmu/id1290456654?mt=2">podcast form</a> if you prefer to listen on-the-go. There are also, of course, <a href="http://freemusicarchive.org/member/cheyenne_h/mixes/" data-mce-href="http://freemusicarchive.org/member/cheyenne_h/mixes/">FMA playlists</a> via Cheyenne's page. </p><p>Thanks to everyone who listened to the show -- and to those of you who are just discovering it, it's never too late the join the Listening Party! There are shows that feature various FMA curators, genres, and the occasional freeform audio blend as well. </p><p>Freeform-ily yours,</p><p>-Cheyenne</p>Grumbling Tummies/member/katya-oddio/blog/Grumbling_Tummies2018-11-20T16:35:34-05:002018-10-30T19:23:10-04:00Oddio Overplay/member/katya-oddio<p><a href="http://freemusicarchive.org/member/katya-oddio/Grumbling_Tummies"><img src="http://oddiooverplay.com/stash/hungry-mix_420x280.jpg" alt="Grumbling Tummies Mix" /></a></p> <p>Feeling peckish? <a href="http://freemusicarchive.org/member/katya-oddio/Grumbling_Tummies">This FMA mix</a> will not help you. It will make you your stomach grumble and mouth water. As <a href="http://www.liketotally80s.com/2012/03/time-for-timer/" target="_blank">Timer</a> used to sing, "When my get-up-and-go has got up and went, I hanker for a hunka...."</p> <p>Still hungry? <a href="http://freemusicarchive.org/tag/food_songs/">Check out these other food releases and mixes!</a></p> <p><object width="420" height="320"><param name="movie" value="https://freemusicarchive.org/swf/playlistplayer.swf" /><param name="flashvars" value="playlist=https://freemusicarchive.org/services/playlists/embed/playlist/870347.xml" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="sameDomain" /><embed width="420" height="320" flashvars="playlist=https://freemusicarchive.org/services/playlists/embed/playlist/870347.xml" src="/swf/playlistplayer.swf" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" /></object></p> <p><em>Image created by Created by Macrovector - Freepik.com</em></p>Musiio Playlist 13 #Synthwave/member/YizzyV/blog/Musiio_Playlist_13_Synthwave2019-01-24T05:19:25-05:002018-10-30T02:44:06-04:00Ysabel Wong/member/YizzyV<p class="p1">“I make ear movies” says electronic producer Starcadian, whose album <em>Midnight Signals (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) </em>is, in my opinion, the epitome of synthwave/retrowave perfection. It took me a whole month to realise that there <strong>wasn’t </strong>actually a film!<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p1">This playlist is a homage to that masterpiece. Best heard from start to finish, I attempted to recreate the drama of a science fiction film by starting with groovy <em>Star Song, </em>introducing conflict in <em>Space Disco </em>and then a sense of lost in <em>Young. </em>Büromaschinen and Omyiga later leads us to an epic space boss fight through fast, arppeggiated Techno and Drum & Bass. All with well-loved 80s vintage synths!<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></p> <p class="p1">Thank goodness I had our A.I's help too, or sieving through FMA’s massive catalogue would have been near impossible.</p> <p class="p1">What do you think of the recent 80s Revival movement? Share with us by commenting below! </p>Amarasiri Peiris Songs Album/member/DinuraCreations/blog/Amarasiri_Peiris_Songs_Album2018-10-19T12:18:48-04:002018-10-18T03:52:23-04:00Dinura Pradeep Balasooriya/member/DinuraCreations<p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WGKFbyew21E" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <blockquote> <p>Enjoy Amarasiri Peiris songs original soundtrack Album "Sanduda Awadiyen".</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Album:</strong> Sanduda Awadiyen </p> <p><strong>Artist:</strong> Amarasiri Peiris</p> <p><strong>Released:</strong> 1995</p> <p><strong>Label:</strong> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLhgFhXwY-BkH86dfVXwAGg">DinuraCreations</a></p> <p>Find Original Sinhala songs Albums on Discogs with the Musical Label, DinuraCreations <a href="https://www.discogs.com/label/1478653-DinuraCreations">https://www.discogs.com/label/1478653-DinuraCreations</a></p> <div> </div>New Release! Nicholas Mackin - A Journet/member/slclabel/blog/New_Release_Nicholas_Mackin_-_A_Journet2018-10-25T05:57:09-04:002018-10-17T07:13:43-04:00Soisloscerdos Netlabel/member/slclabel<p><a href="http://soisloscerdos.com/releases/slc41/"><img class="aligncenter" title="SLC41 Listen-Download" src="https://soisloscerdos.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/nicholas_mackin-a_journey-slc41_soisloscerdos-cover.jpg" alt="soisloscerdos_slc41-cover" width="500" height="500" /></a></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #cdcdcd;">Autor: </span><span style="font-size: 17px;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" title="Nicholas Mackin info" href="http://soisloscerdos.com/projects/nicholas-mackin" rel="nofollow">Nicholas Mackin</a></span></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #cdcdcd;">Titulo: </span> <span style="font-size: 17px;">A Journey</span></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #cdcdcd;">Género:</span> Electronic, Trance, Techno</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #cdcdcd;">Formato:</span> Ep digital</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #cdcdcd;">Fecha:</span> 17 Octubre 2018</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #cdcdcd;">Licencia: </span><a title="Licencia de Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-CompartirIgual" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/" rel="license noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">CC: BY-NC-SA</a></p> <p style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="color: #cdcdcd;">Canciones / Tracks:</span></p> <p style="font-size: 14px;">1. Elephants Never Forget <a style="text-decoration: none;" title="download wav" href="https://archive.org/download/slc41.nicholas_mackin-a_journey/01.Nicholas_Mackin-Elephants_Never_Forget-A_Journey-SLC41_Soisloscerdos.wav"><span style="font-size: 11px; color: #cdcdcd;">wav</span></a> <a style="text-decoration: none;" title="download flac" href="https://archive.org/download/slc41.nicholas_mackin-a_journey/01.Nicholas_Mackin-Elephants_Never_Forget-A_Journey-SLC41_Soisloscerdos.flac"><span style="font-size: 11px; color: #cdcdcd;">flac</span></a></p> <p style="font-size: 14px;">2. The Longest Year <a style="text-decoration: none;" title="download wav" href="https://archive.org/download/slc41.nicholas_mackin-a_journey/02.Nicholas_Mackin-The_Longest_Year-A_Journey-SLC41_Soisloscerdos.wav"><span style="font-size: 11px; color: #cdcdcd;">wav</span></a> <a style="text-decoration: none;" title="download flac" href="https://archive.org/download/slc41.nicholas_mackin-a_journey/02.Nicholas_Mackin-The_Longest_Year-A_Journey-SLC41_Soisloscerdos.flac"><span style="font-size: 11px; color: #cdcdcd;">flac</span></a></p> <p style="font-size: 14px;">3. A Journey <a style="text-decoration: none;" title="download wav" href="https://archive.org/download/slc41.nicholas_mackin-a_journey/03.Nicholas_Mackin-A_Journey-A_Journey-SLC41_Soisloscerdos.wav"><span style="font-size: 11px; color: #cdcdcd;">wav</span></a> <a style="text-decoration: none;" title="download flac" href="https://archive.org/download/slc41.nicholas_mackin-a_journey/03.Nicholas_Mackin-A_Journey-A_Journey-SLC41_Soisloscerdos.flac"><span style="font-size: 11px; color: #cdcdcd;">flac</span></a></p> <p style="font-size: 14px;">4. Ellinor (A Journey II) <a style="text-decoration: none;" title="download wav" href="https://archive.org/download/slc41.nicholas_mackin-a_journey/04.Nicholas_Mackin-Ellinor-A_Journey_II-A_Journey-SLC41_Soisloscerdos.wav"><span style="font-size: 11px; color: #cdcdcd;">wav</span></a> <a style="text-decoration: none;" title="download flac" href="https://archive.org/download/slc41.nicholas_mackin-a_journey/04.Nicholas_Mackin-Ellinor-A_Journey_II-A_Journey-SLC41_Soisloscerdos.flac"><span style="font-size: 11px; color: #cdcdcd;">flac</span></a></p> <p style="font-size: 14px;">5. The Beginning or the End <a style="text-decoration: none;" title="download wav" href="https://archive.org/download/slc41.nicholas_mackin-a_journey/05.Nicholas_Mackin-The_Beginning%20_Or_The_End-A_Journey-SLC41_Soisloscerdos.wav"><span style="font-size: 11px; color: #cdcdcd;">wav</span></a> <a style="text-decoration: none;" title="download flac" href="https://archive.org/download/slc41.nicholas_mackin-a_journey/05.Nicholas_Mackin-The_Beginning%20_Or_The_End-A_Journey-SLC41_Soisloscerdos.flac"><span style="font-size: 11px; color: #cdcdcd;">flac</span></a></p>Musiio Playlist 12 #Shoegaze/member/Ameliaaa/blog/Musiio_Playlist_12_Shoegaze2018-10-16T14:09:04-04:002018-10-16T02:58:42-04:00Amelia Amari/member/Ameliaaa<p style="margin:0pt 0px;padding:0px;font-size:13px;line-height:1.38;color:#222222;font-weight:normal;font-family:Lato, 'Lucida Grande', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:11pt;">Whether you know it as #shoegaze or #dreampop, this subgenre has seen a rise in the last few years alongside the revival of all things vintage. Coming out of the 1980s, it has come back in a big way, heralding in an entire culture of youths embracing it’s iconic mix of rhythmic guitar effects supplemented by breathy vocals.</span></p> <p style="margin:0pt 0px;padding:0px;font-size:13px;line-height:1.38;color:#222222;font-weight:normal;font-family:Lato, 'Lucida Grande', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;" dir="ltr"><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:11pt;"> </span></p> <p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:13px;line-height:19px;color:#222222;font-weight:normal;font-family:Lato, 'Lucida Grande', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:11pt;">So whether you’re a fan of coming-of-age films shown in indie arthouses or you own way more striped/floral prints than you know what to do with, strap up those Dr. Martens and get ready to turn those lights down as you dance along to Musiio’s A.I. generated playlist of really amazing #shoegaze tracks.</span></p>HALLOWEEN Playlist/member/kat330/blog/HALLOWEEN_Playlist2018-10-21T18:56:16-04:002018-10-14T15:54:39-04:00Kathleen Martin/member/kat330<p>Here are a few BOOtiful tunes for your Halloween happening:</p><p><span class="playtxt"><strong>1.  </strong><a title="GREGORian Chance [Kat does Kafka]" href="http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kathleen_Martin/Gregorian_Chance/Gregorian_Chance_1157" target="_blank" data-mce-href="http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kathleen_Martin/Gregorian_Chance/Gregorian_Chance_1157"><strong>Gregorian Chance</strong></a><strong>2.  </strong></span><span class="playtxt"><a title="X-Files + Downton Abbey monster mash" href="http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kathleen_Martin/If_6_Was_3/Downton_Files_kat330_Mash-up" target="_blank" data-mce-href="http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kathleen_Martin/If_6_Was_3/Downton_Files_kat330_Mash-up"><strong>Downton Files [kat330 mash]</strong></a><strong>3.  </strong></span><span class="playtxt"><a title="Tom & Joan mashed for scary duet" href="http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kathleen_Martin/If_6_Was_3/Help_Me_After_You_Die_kat330_mash" target="_blank" data-mce-href="http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kathleen_Martin/If_6_Was_3/Help_Me_After_You_Die_kat330_mash"> <strong>Help Me After You Die [kat330 mash]</strong></a></span><strong><span class="playtxt">4.  </span></strong><span class="playtxt"><a title="Trad. Song Sung by Ghost" href="http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kathleen_Martin/Haunted_House_of_the_Rising_Sun/Haunted_House_of_the_Rising_Sun" target="_blank" data-mce-href="http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kathleen_Martin/Haunted_House_of_the_Rising_Sun/Haunted_House_of_the_Rising_Sun"><strong>Haunted House of the Rising Sun</strong> </a></span></p>Eg0cide productions : 2new releases and live concerts with Minus Pilots & Federico Dal Pozzo/member/eg0cide/blog/Eg0cide_productions__2new_releases_and_live_concerts_with_Minus_Pilots__Federico_Dal_Pozzo2018-10-15T12:51:59-04:002018-10-13T17:48:57-04:00Serge-Antoine Egocide/member/eg0cide<div style="-en-clipboard: true;"><span>Twho new autumn releases on eg0cide<br /></span></div> <div style="-en-clipboard: true;"><span><span> </span></span></div> <div style="-en-clipboard: true;"><a href="/music/Minus_Pilots/Minus_Pilots__South_Late_Winter_DreamMy_Stars_My_Perfect_Silence/" target="_self">[Eg0_189] Minus Pilots : South Late Winter Dream/ My Stars, My Perfect Silence</a></div> <div>Dreamy post rock / ambient from UK, with a great work on sound textures </div> <div><a href="/music/Federico_Dal_Pozzo/Untitled_PaHaD/" target="_self">[Eg0_190] Federico Dal Pozzo : Untitled_PaHaD</a></div> <div>An immersive electroacoustic composition, full of mysterious liquid sounds and smoothly vibrating drones, from Italy.</div> <div><span> </span></div> <div>We are glad to organize 2 live concerts of these 2 artists in Paris very soon</div> <div><a href="https://eg0cide.com/2018/09/14/live-xtet38-17-octobre-minus-pilots-olgarym-f-dal-pozzo-f-pimpao-sismikina-x-querel/" target="_blank">17 october</a> : a special video and sound event, with Minus Pilots + Federico Dal Pozzo & Frederico Pimpao + Simiskina & Xavier Quérel + Olgarym</div> <div><a href="https://eg0cide.com/2018/10/06/live-xtetx39-minus-pilots-m-a-k-t-sono-le-zorba-18-10/" target="_blank">18 ocotbre</a> : Minus Pilots (+ local artsits <a href="https://soundcloud.com/maktsono" target="_blank">M.A.K.T. Sono</a> whose first album <a href="/music/MAKT_Sono/If_you_were_a_clarinet/" target="_self">"if you were a Clarinet"</a> has been published on eg0cide )</div> <div> </div> <div>Minus Pilots are touring Europe in occtober and will perform in <a href="https://fr-fr.facebook.com/events/2092432867739320/" target="_blank">NYC, USA on 5 december</a>.<br />Check dates on their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mnsplts/?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser" target="_blank">facebook page</a></div>