Recent FMA Blog Posts
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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.
TAGGED AS:dask music
Bozoo on 05/03/2018 at 07:59AM
This album is indeed all about parallels, as it multiplies references to more than thirty years of synthetic and dancing music. In this Vortex Des Réformés (“vortex of the reformed”) are fit together with precision pieces of various geometric shapes, reminiscent of the cassette’s illustration as imagined by Vomplie.
Unlike many albums, the tracks here are not thought of as part of a uniform whole, but rather as a well-constructed journey across eras and styles. Acid house, original electro, African influences, northern skweee, tortured breakbeats, and ambient interludes alternate back and forth between respite and high BPM.
As surprising as it may seem, these contrasted aural territories never give off the impression to have been put together as a compilation. On the contrary, they form together a work that takes the shape of an homage to the musicians who accompanied the sonorous everyday life of Patrice Curtillat throughout all these years.
The result is a musical portrait of which each line resonates like a thoroughly studied influence, and that condenses all of the know-how of its author onto a single magnetic tape. Curious music lovers will certainly take pleasure in unwinding it to retrace in their own way this precious history…
35x audio tape's available here : https://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-36#release
Simon_Mathewson_1429 on 05/02/2018 at 06:18AM
Nul Tiel Records is a new UK based netlabel currently housed on the Free Music Archive (our website is under construction). The bands and musicians we represent so far are:
Bio Unit - computer music - melodic and hypnotic electronica
Frequency Decree - digital dub with lots of echo and delay
Metre - electronic dance music, sitting somewhere between ambient house and trance
Parallel Park - spacey krautrock with pop elements
Scanglobe - an everchanging collective of musicians mixing live instrumentation and laptop sounds
Silicon Transmitter - guitar loops, drums, bass & keyboard - from ambient to noise
Thermochemistry - krautrock duo - psychedelic improvisation with live instruments and laptop
TAGGED AS:nul tiel records
HazelMusiio on 04/30/2018 at 07:36AM
Let's get weird.
This week we will be looking at another AI generated playlist built by Musiio for the FMA.
For our second playlist we wanted to do something different. Our first playlist was smack-bang in the middle of the indie-folk genre, for our second playlist we wanted to demonstrate variety by moving into the electronica space.
If you look at the categories that make up the music collection on the FMA a large portion of it is Rock, Indie and Pop. One of the next biggest categories is Electronic.
This new playlist was generated using a 'seed' track. In this case track one of the playlist called Capture Me Burning selected by myself. We drop the 'seed' track into our AI and let it choose it's 9 friends for the playlist.
There is one of our most varied playlists, with everything from Electro-Synth across to Minimal Tech and a little bit of Industrial thrown in - but I think it all sits together nicely.
Once again I was delighted to be introduced to artists I wasn't aware of pre-playlisting.
chrisandrews on 04/17/2018 at 04:00PM
Blah Blah Blah are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.
The group (not a gripe) met at art school in Colchester in 1978 and made their first improvised recordings on cassette in July.
We have never played the same thing twice and have never really wanted to. The Blahchive is now about 40hrs long. The FMA being the perfect platform for us and all the Blahists out there. The freedom of the Blah jam comes from the instruments and technology around in the sessions and the moods given to our vocalist to invent the scénario and tales within.
Thanks for listening !
Simon_Mathewson_1429 on 04/11/2018 at 09:42AM
Hello. We are Nul Tiel Records and this is the launch of our new netlabel on the FMA. The music we release spans various genres but leans towards the electronic, repetitive and spacey including krautrock, dub, drone, psychedelic and ambient. Each artist, band or collaboration records their own music, so you'll find improvised live recordings, computer music, bands, guitar loops and collaborations. We have a small roster of artists but are always on the look out for like-minded musicians. Much of the music here has been used for non-commerical projects including videos, podcasts and games but commercial usage will always be considered.
SpinningMerkaba on 04/10/2018 at 03:48PM
"Sing Along with Blue Wave Theory" is a twenty-song collection of remixes that not only bends the mind and ears with its range of genre diversity and production, but it also drops in on the waves of open sharing culture. How does this happen? It happens because collaboration breeds innovation.
In summer of 2016, this New Jersey based quartet was the featured artist for the “Ride the Wave Remix Event” within the global ccMixter music community. Talented artists from around the world created and produced dozens of outside-the-box remixes, which BWT later curated into Sing Along with Blue Wave Theory, a multi-genre release that is the group’s fourth.
We've posted a few tracks off the album here, the full album is available at Bandcamp.
Visit Blue Wave's FMA page for more details about the band.