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dhf510 on 08/25/2017 at 07:40AM

Gilman Mom releases new experimental album "Manifest Destiny"

Moody and throbbing, I've released "Manifest Destiny" under the name Gilman Mom. Full of dark chords, heartfelt vocals, and field recordings, is the very first release by Macaque Records.

This album that attempts to musically convey a perspective shift that I had during a storm. I found myself drenched and devastated after a late night walk, mother nature pouring around me. I stayed in a dark place for quite some time during this abnormally long act of nature. Something remarkable happened: as I found myself learning from my predicament and emotionally emerging into a new state, the storm faded. I've never been that entwined with nature and it felt truly remarkable.

This project means a lot to me and I sincerely hope someone else is able to connect with it the way I do.

Check it out!

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Axletree on 08/25/2017 at 05:06AM

Album Review - 'Creation' by Borrtex

The cover of "Creation" by Borrtex.

Grand, moving & cinematic.

Clearly an artist who likes a challenge, Borrtex has taken on the whole of creation with his new album, which includes song titles like ‘sun’ and ‘moon’, ‘plants’, ‘animals’, ‘ocean’ and ‘sky’. It’s a tall order to represent such grand ideas in music, but Borrtex has brought together a diverse range of sounds to create a textured work that lives up well to it’s ambitions. Whether it’s delicate drops of ‘light’, or the syncopated bells on ‘plants’, or the deep earthy drums and moving chord progressions that play out through the work, the sense throughout the album is that nature is moving, in its own mysterious and powerful ways, through the music, which reflects it and brings it to life. It is a soundtrack album, and has that cinematic quality we might associate with fantasy works like Game of Thrones, but also, at certain moments, a subtlety and gentleness which makes it accessible and listenable, and in places, really quite beautiful.

I got in touch with Borrtex to ask him a little about the album, Prague, and the future for his music:


Axletree: Throughout the album you've used titles related to nature - what role does nature play in your work?

Borrtex: Yes, I have used the titles related to nature, specifically to creation of Earth. As I'm a Christian and I do believe in God, I used titles and chronological order from Bible's book of Genesis, which describes the creation of Earth by God. So you can basically hear some kind of transformation from universe and darkness to plants, animals and finally even the greatest part of creation; the human race.

Axletree: What's the music scene like in Prague? Do you find it conducive to creativity?

Borrtex: Prague is amazing. It's definitely a great place to go and relax, we have a nice historic background here and if you go just a little bit outside of Prague, you can find beautiful views of nature. But to be honest, when it comes to composing, it doesn't affect me too much. I'm really just trying to make the best of me when I'm making music and the best place for that will always be my imagination.

Axletree: Is this just the beginning for Borrtex? How do you think things will progress for you musically?

Borrtex: I want to try new things. Right now, after the Creation was released, I want to focus more on composing individual tracks, so I want to release more singles and then I will probably start working on my new album, which I hope to be a little bit of something new.


We will look forwards to seeing how Borrtex redirects his musical talents in the future, but for now you can download ‘Creation’ here:

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massdist on 08/23/2017 at 06:21PM

The 3 DIY CSC FUNK BAND releases now on the FMA!

3 oddball CSC Funk Band releases on the internet for the first time!

"Live at Zebulon" is our first tape. 4 pretty tight performances. Repetition Repetition Repetition.

"Racket" is a compilation of some one off live jams. A little looser.

"Free" is a mess. I'm not even sure it's listenable but it sure is fun. 

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mass dist, csc funk band
cheyenne_h on 08/18/2017 at 03:18PM

Album Feature: Acid Mothers Temple

Acid Mothers Temple performs at WFMU's Monty Hall.

Legendary Japanese ensemble Acid Mothers Temple played at WFMU's Monty Hall earlier this year and generously shared their music with the Free Music Archive. Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective has been in existence for more than twenty years, touring the world in various forms. Their bandleader, Kawabata Makoto, has been at the heart of the project from the beginning.

Though we love sharing audio from performances (you can stream or download below, or visit the artist page on FMA), this one is also worth watching, if you have time. We've embedded it below for your psychedelic-freakout-enjoyment, courtesy of WFMU: 


Acid Mothers Temple from WFMU on Vimeo.

A freak-out group for the 21st century was founded in 1995 by members of the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective and led by Kawabata Makoto.

This is their Monty Hall Performance from April 24, 2017.


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murmurintemporel on 08/18/2017 at 04:19AM

New Release : VA - Bruitsnetlabel Vol. 2

Compilation of Artists from Bruitsnetlabel (France).
Open-minded and experimental musicians in electro, soundfield recording, live research, concrete, improvisation, and noise Musics.

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cheyenne_h on 08/15/2017 at 12:51PM

FMA Newsletter: Are You Signed Up?

Photo: "Letter Carrier Delivering Mail" from the Smithsonian Institution. No known copyright restrictions, shared via Flickr Commons.

Feel like you're missing out on FMA comings, goings, and doings? Fear not! We have devised a means of keeping you up-to-date! (It's actually just an e-mail newsletter. We're all out of carrier pigeons and mustachioed gentlemen to hand out paper newsletters. Our sincere apologies.)

If you're not getting a monthly email from us, and would like to, please sign up (click "Read More" and enter your email address). We'll take it from there! 

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massdist on 08/10/2017 at 11:11PM

5 Rando Mass Dist Records Up Now

Hey y'all.

We uploaded 5 more Mass Dist records to the FMA!

This is a random batch.

Love Handlers is psychedelc noise rock.

Blind Mitre is southern art rock.

Hot Tang is lo fi noise.

Harry Fishpye and the Brown Sound is gypsy folk.

Colin and Deya is lo fi folk.

All Classic Albums.

Massdist, baby!

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stevenarntson on 08/07/2017 at 02:30PM

Songs, Instrumentals, and Yodels

I'm happy to post today an album I've been slowly working on for the past few years. Without Haste, Without Rest is Attribution-Noncommercial licensed music that includes a mix of classical instrumental compositions, instrumental yodels, harmony singing, and songs. I hope people enjoy listening to the material, and also find the tracks useful and suitable for reuse. Thanks to the FMA for providing a good place to post this type of work!

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massdist on 08/01/2017 at 05:06PM


Hello! Over the next several months Mass Dist will be uploading it's entire catalog to the Free Music Archive! We're very excited and thankful to be doing this.

Every few days Mass Dist will drop another few records. Mass Dist existed from 1994 - 2012 and was the brain child of Colin Lagenus and Jonah Rapino.

To start, these first 5 Mass Dist records uploaded to the FMA comprise the output of the first year and a half of the USAISAMONSTER.

Usaisa prolifically genre hopped and tried everything and everyone at it's beginning.

These recordings feature Colin Langenus, Tom Hohmann, Adam Taber, Jeremy Harris, Sara Shapouri, Chris Uraney, Tony Spazziani, Raw Dawg, Vlad, and maybe more.

1 is noise jams.

Soul Jerker is art punk.

Weed Blood is stoner metal.

Trippy Yet Wholesome is folk rock.

5 is power violence.


Thanks for the time.

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AS220 on 07/22/2017 at 02:24PM

AS220 Foo Fest 2017 Sampler!

FOO FEST returns to downtown Providence on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 from 1 PM to 1 AM for 12 more incredible hours of music, art, performance, kid and family-friendly activities, hands-on interactive art experiences from local artists, makers, and like-minded arts and cultural organizations, DIY technology, delectable food and drink, and much more, all highlighting arts, culture, and creativity in Providence and the Ocean State! 

To celebrate we are posting this sampler with the music acts of 2017! Here is the link to the SAMPLER!

FOO FEST is AS220's annual summer block party fundraiser, held outdoors and inside, on Empire Street in Providence, and is the premiere festival highlighting the incredible arts, music, creative, and cultural scene brewing right here in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 has been hosting an annual celebration under the name of Foo Fest, or Fool's Ball, since 1995.

Cakes Da Killa
Lightning Bolt

Goon Planet
Funeral Cone
The Funk Underground
Jodi Jolt and The Volt 
Queen Elephantine
The Daily Note
edgar clinks
D.Valor & Pyrex Lex
Hell Bent
Lady Queen Paradise

2017 EMCEE AND HOST: Annie B. Frank

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12th, 2017 /// 1 PM - 1 AM 
$10 in advance / $15 day of / Kids 10 and under FREE
Volunteer for a shift and get in free:

To purchase tickets visit here

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