Recent FMA Blog Posts
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Rocco_Granata_1176 on 05/22/2018 at 06:45AM
This is the first CD that is both a musical project and art installation. On the musical aspect, “Works” is a collection of 12 instrumental tracks written and produced by me. Twelve melodies developing through minimalism, sacred arias, electronica and tribal choirs. Twelve small audible pictures that have no purpose other than to move the listener. The album was released in June 2016. This is my first self-produced and self-distributed album. “Works” is a crafted product where the songwriting is simple. From the melodies to the sounds, from mixing to mastering, all is permeated by a DIY spirit. Self-production and self-distribution as a musical and social language.
“Works” is distributed for free in two ways: social and antisocial. With the social distribution you can download the entire album for free, leaving the listener free to share it in whatever way he feels. With the antisocial distribution, the album is handed out through an art installation. “Works” has been made into 300 numbered and signed CDs, left on the streets or in public places, there to be picked by people passing by. Every copy left is photographed and the photo is shared on the website www.roccogranata.it/works.
The project started in June 2016 in Rome, where most of the copies were distributed, and it spread around through Italy, France, Spain, Iceland, Holland, Denmark, Russia, Turkey, China, Cambodia, Senegal, Japan, Australia, Brasil, Argentina, Canada, Usa, Tailandia, Slovenia, Romania, Czech Republic, France, Croatia, Norway, Germany, Sveden, Greek, UK, Austria, Belgium. The CDs are distributed by me or by volunteers. There are copies that have yet to be distributed and are waiting to go around the world. If you want to distribute a CD, send me a message on this link.
From 14 to 16 July 2017 the Cd was taken to the Museo Macro in Rome on the occasion of Urban KING Action Figure. It's probably the first Cd to be exposed in a Museum of contemporary art.
A pianist and a cello player have contributed to the album recording. The nicknames they've chosen are Thomas Munz (piano), a homage to Thomas Müntzer, historical figure of the 16 th century and one of the protagonists of Luther Blisset's novel “Q”, and Lita Rodcenko (cello), which is a made up name. Lita, as a homage to Lita Ford, metal guitarist, and Aleksandr Rodčenko, artist and father of the Russian constructivism.
cheyenne_h on 05/16/2018 at 06:15PM
Guitarist Steve Gunn and percussionist John Truscinski recently visited WFMU's live studio and performed tracks off and on their new album, Bay Head. Their sound is impressively layered and nuanced for a two-man band. Host of WFMU's weekly radio program Surface Noise, Joe McGasko, says of the performance: "their latest album mixes Eastern modalities, a touch of psychedelia, and a grounding in roots music to produce a highly individual instrumental sound that's equal parts fiery and meditative. They supported the album with only a handful of live appearances – fortunately including this exclusive live session for Surface Noise recorded on 4/4/18 and broadcast on 4/16/18."
Please listen below!
HazelMusiio on 05/15/2018 at 02:11AM
Welcome to the Americana edition of AI playlists by Musiio!
Today our 'seed' track is the awesome Bob Wiseman's 'In Her Dream' - now usually I pick the seed track and the AI suggests the rest... however the Wiseman track was actually chosen by an earlier version of our AI as a companion to the Kurt Vile seed track from Playlist 1. So in reality I had even less of a hand in this than usual, but I love the way tracks lead to other tracks and playlists break off into different genres - so I couldn't help but follow where it went!
I am a huge fan of the Americana genre. I used to be a regular down the front of shows at Corridor Bar, The Basement, The Union, and numerous other great bars in Sydney, Australia that are at the core of great Australian made Americana, which has dominated the local scene for the last 5 years. These playlisted artists are from the U.S., Russia, and all over - this genre has global appeal.
Enjoy this new playlist of ten tracks all taken from the FMA.
Hazel - Co-Founder of Musiio
murmurintemporel on 05/14/2018 at 02:12AM
Japan Ambient by ALAMO, a media artist, noise maker and sound designer from Los Angeles, California, USA.
MC_Cullah on 05/09/2018 at 12:18PM
Why, man he doth bestride the narrow world like a “Cullahsus”; and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves.
With his aptly named brand new genre-transcending album of Cullahsus, Cullah takes us back to his roots (Well, as "roots" as it gets for a 27-year-old who has already released 12 albums). His powerful voice, funky beats, and that Milwaukee melodic spirit that never left now accompanies every song. Budgeting his food solely from the small amount money he makes from Spotify since he has refused to fully commercialize his music; he declares his resolute spirit through “King Jebediah (The Falcon Messiah)”. The themes infused the album are a lack of control of circumstances to a larger benevolent beast. In Cullah’s case, King Jebediah seems to be the music itself that he creates and is provided by.
This is the first year that he has been able to concentrate his efforts solely on creating his music. Unhindered by other responsibilities, in “Hurrycane” and “Helios 3” he seems to be both overwhelmed and liberated in the storms and boundless space of creativity. Despite these new joys and pains, a bit of the previous “Cullahmity” album influences “Cullahsus”. A heartbroken Irish trill echoes in “The Grief of Ceridwen” illustrating the loneliness that comes with the freedom expressed in his other songs.
Find out more on his website: http://cullah.com
murmurintemporel on 05/09/2018 at 04:41AM
Suzana's Bauten returns on Murmure Intemporel with Alegoria Aleatoria, an improvised experimental music album with some Krautrock, Psychedelia and Post-Rock edges.
Recorded live in 2018 at Sattvaland Records studio, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
cheyenne_h on 05/08/2018 at 04:04PM
Creative Commons, the organization that works tirelessly to enable and enrich a diverse and thriving commons through legal tools and advocacy, puts together a report every year called "The State Of The Commons." As a platform that is built on sharing and CC content, we are proud to be one of the participants of this important effort! Want to know more?
Here are some fun, quick facts (but we think you should go and see the report for yourself):
*Today, there are approximately 1.4 BILLION works shared with Creative Commons licenses!
*FMA is one of two music-only platforms recognized in the report
*CC has more than 100 chapters worldwide, mostly in Europe
*The USA, UK, and Canada are the most frequent users of CC search in the past year
Read more at the report itself: https://stateof.creativecommons.org/
siddhartha on 05/08/2018 at 08:53AM
Life, the Journey of Remembering is really about being on a journey to realise you’re already home.
Originally, a spark of inspiration came while listening to a performance of Six Marimbas by Steve Reich. It suddenly sounded to me like the marimbas were playing phrases of DNA coding, constantly shifting and permutating to manifest the wondrous, kaleidoscopic, infinitely varied and yet pristinely ordered dance of existence. I was inspired to try something similar, to capture this dance of permutations, variations, arpeggios and drones, stillness and movement, sound and color, structure and boundlessness.
What I hope to evoke is the feeling of a flower unfolding out of itself, not to become something it wants to be, but to reveal what it already is.
Alpha_Hydrae on 05/05/2018 at 01:09PM
This album is made with collage of sounds, a lot of toys, some guitars found on the street, some cool feedback, some computers, instruments that don't existe and don't have names, in a relatively short amount of time and a distance of 3700 miles. (Thank you Internet)
It was a really great experimentation, made possible by this wonderful website : Free Music Archive.
So thanks a lot Free Music Archive.
Have a great listen,
A Tape Full of Mistakes
DASK on 05/04/2018 at 12:54AM
Most of these tracks were made shortly after releasing 'Messages' on Syngate Records in Germany. Sometimes tracks just happen and flow even though I am only experimenting with sounds and ideas without the intention of making a complete album or any music at all. In the past I used to discard all material, some pro's may think for the better, but now I just run with ideas and see what happens and a full album might emerge. This album was inspired by a quote by Buddhist Pema Chodron who says we all are addicted to something and it is part of our human nature in that we all can be restless or discontent and many find it impossible to just sit and be calm. In the book, When Society Becomes an Addict, Anne Wilson Schaef says that life in the U.S. is so stressful that it is impossible not to become addicted to something and we live in a society that not only encourages addiction, but almost demands it. Some addictions, such as workaholism, are encouraged and applauded while others are tolerated.
Whether you are addicted to collecting music, movies, synths, guitars, beer mats, facebook, computer games, your mobile phone or to something more illicit; it is still an addiction and just maybe it is part of our human nature.