Recent FMA Blog Posts
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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 !
murmurintemporel on 04/14/2018 at 05:16AM
Thirteen sound pieces like so much poems, with noisy flights, sound drifts, a talking tree, birdsongs, some guitar notes, hail knocking at the window...
They compose this album, and, if some are unpublished, the others already released in 2013, 2014, and 2017 have been reworked without altering their spirit.
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.
murmurintemporel on 04/10/2018 at 03:58AM
In Loops compositions are based on repetitive structures of notes or melodic phrases played by various instruments. The result is sometimes associated with phase or tempo offsets.
This work is strongly inspired by two of my major influences, Steve Reich and Maurice Ravel, even if I am aware of being very far from their talents.
Cellophane_Sam on 04/06/2018 at 11:14AM
Sea Change is a collection of instrumental music I wrote alongside my debut EP “Desire”, in 2017 . Feeling inspired by great storytelling podcasts like “Serial”, “S-Town”, and "This American Life", I wanted to create music that expressed the same conflicted, complex, unresolved emotions that those podcasts produced so well. I hope the FMA community finds use of this music, and I look forward to seeing what you do with it.
HQ files are avalible for free at Cellophanesam.com/music
If you wish to use this music for commercial projects, please contact me via the “email this artist link”, or at Cellophanesam.com/contact.
TAGGED AS:cellophane sam
podbear on 04/04/2018 at 01:21PM
Because the word aloha, which invokes love, compassion and kindness is spoken as a greeting and goodbye, it's the perfect way to begin this story. Almost exactly one decade ago Podington Bear (That's me) finished the goal I had set in 2007: to create 3 songs a week and share them via podcast. The End marked the completion of the 156 song marathon and served as the capstone to The Box Set, released in 2008.
Two years later, in 2010, an FMA curator asked to include the song "Wavy Glass" on the newly created Free Music Archive. Looking back, that was the seed that grew into a tree. It grew slowly at first, until 2013 when I decided to open the floodgate and release a few hundred tracks of my fledgling music library Sound of Picture. Today there are 750 Podington Bear tracks on the FMA and they've recieved 12.25 million collected listens and downloads. I never would have guessed it!
So, I just wanted to give a hearty thanks to the staff and community here on The Free Music Archive as I both look back, and step into the future. I decided to retire the name Podington Bear at the close of 2017, but before it goes into indefinite hibernation I thought the 10 year anniversary of The Box Set was a fitting occasion to upload that complete collection here as well. I'll continue posting the remaining albums over the coming weeks.
And while this is goodbye to Podington Bear, it's also hello to me, Chad Crouch. In just a few weeks be posting a new album under my own name that I'm excited to share. Stay tuned, and aloha!