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MikeNF on 06/10/2009 at 12:09PM


The RepRap, GNU GPL.

Have you ever wanted to build a 3d printer for rapid prototyping at home, but just didn't know how? Have you ever felt the urge to study college level physics in your leisure time? Thanks to Creative Commons and the GNU GPL, now you can.

The Open Architecture Network has well documented plans and processes for a wide variety of buildings, along with some online challenges. The Open Archaeology Collection is maintained by UC Berkeley, and outlines the entire field of study including projects and research. They even borrow some materials from MIT's Open Courseware site, which has basic materials for almost any subject you're interested in. is a website providing science news from everywhere, all provided under a CC license. The Creative Commons organization has highlighted a group of African Sleeping Sickness researchers who have developed a cheap, easily distributable way to test for the disease, and they have published their findings under a CC licnese as well.

Some Rights Reserved is a website providing blueprints for DIY home projects, and it takes a different approach to open licensing. Some of the offerings cost £2-£5, and some are free. Free Culture a book on creativity and technology development by the one and only Lawrence Lessig is available here, as well as some product development and trend tracking software, but the coolest thing by far is the RepRap by Adrian Bowyer, freely available GNU GPL plans for a DIY three dimensional printer.

I'd like to dedicate this song to everyone who finds these things as exciting as I do.

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tommy on 06/10/2009 at 08:44AM

News Round-up

It's damn easy to view the FREE MUSIC Archive as just that, an already large (and continusously growing) library of free (as in "free beer") and awesome music downloads. However, a recent flurry of activity and articles concerning copy-left and Web 2.0, file-sharing court cases, and the ever-present performance royalty debate, has reminded me of why I got involved in the FMA in the first place, and it has just as much to do with viewing this archive as a bastion of free (as in "free speech") cultural interaction.

Part of the FMA's explicit mission is to re-imagine/design the function of traditional radio for the digital era by continuing to allow the public free access to new music.  Internet radio, and now your local AM/FM station, may benefit greatly from a resource like this, as the government continues to debate over how the public accesses (or "consumes," depending on how you view it) culture, and who owes what to whom.

Terrestrial radio experienced a (temporary?) victory last week when the House of Reps gained enough signatures to block the Performance Royalty Bill from going to a vote. Near the end of 2007 (and right about the time WFMU began developing the FMA. Coincidence? Methinks nay), the Royalty Act was introduced, which would require terrestrial radio stations to pay a performance royalty fee to the performers (artists, musicians, back-up singers, producers, basically anyone involved in the creative end of the production) and copyright holders (the respective record label) on top of the royalties stations already pay to the composers and publishers of the music they broadcast.  The revenue generated from these royalties would then be split between the artists and the record label.  Just as webcasting royalty rates negotiations continue, this issue is sure to stick around for a few years while the RIAA predictably uses its political influence to sway the bill's detractors.  Bob Cherry at has written an approachable beginner's guide to understanding the issue, for anyone interested.

More exciting news after the jump!

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herr_professor on 06/09/2009 at 07:06AM

Through the Rabid Hole

Fan Shot images of the new "Cheap Dinosaurs" self titled EP. by Chromix.

If this weekly feature is like sipping from the water cooler of the 8bit scene, then the day-by-day feed available on the 8bitcollective is akin to drinking from a fire hose. The collective, now entering its fourth year, started out as a music upload site and quickly became a lynch pin for many in the international community, especially neophytes and those that look to connect with other artists worldwide.

A number of activities occupy the members of the forums, sharing tips and tricks, discussing gigs, showcasing and selling their own releases, and discussing any random aspect that enters their minds (although perhaps excessively at times).

One of the top activities, however is organizing compilations. Searching the forum yields many different projects based on many different themes, but one of the better series is probably the Hello World comps, which simply highlight the best songs from some of the regulars. Currently recruiting for vol. 3, the forum is always buzzing with any number of upcoming projects, so it worth a look from time to time for the casual listener.

For those need a quick finger on the pulse of whats hot, check out the most liked on the front page.

Until next time, check out some of other acts on the first Hello World Comp.

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pushbinlou on 06/08/2009 at 05:41PM

Ears Wide Open: Vate

Vate - photo by Vate

 Until now all of the artists that I have blogged about on the FMA site I had already known about.  Vate is the first artist (and not the last) that I learned about from mucking around on this site.

Vate is an IDM artist from Mexico who has been putting out  a steady stream of electronica since 1999.  The majority of his work has been digital releases on various net-labels.  This cut is from his Porno Pixel EP which was released sometime last year.  A lot of his work including this piece remind me of classic IDM (Black Dog, Plaid) although he does dip his toes in other sub-genres at times.  Take a listen.

Vate - "Ídolos Pop" (06:28)
Vate - "Ídolos Pop" (06:28)
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robw on 06/08/2009 at 03:26PM

Brahim Fribgane live at WFMU

Brahim Fribgane playing the Oud (photo via Brahim Fribgane's website

Brahim Fribgane is a talented Moroccan-born oud player and percussionist whose repertoire ranges from Berber folk songs to sub-Saharan influenced gnawa music to classical styles of the Middle East and North Africa. His collaborations reflect an even broader range of styles - he's recorded with Hassan Hakmoun, Sussan Deyhim, South African jazz player Pops Mohammed, DJ Logic, and even Morphine. 

Brahim Fribgane was chosen as one of just a handful of local artists to be featured among the global luminaries at the Muslim Voices Festival of performing arts at BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music) and the Asia Society from June 5-14: He's playing a free show (along w/ zerobridge) on Friday June 12 at the BAM Cafe. You can also check out Brahim Frigbane over at Myspace and here on the Free Music Archive.

(WFMU Playlist & Streaming Archive)

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macedonia on 06/07/2009 at 03:00PM

Look To The Sky...

Cover art for Everybody Loves The Sun E.P.

Somewhere in this hip-hop/soul community, there are people who still play Souls of Mischief's '93 Til Infinity as if they never left 1993.  That's the kind of staying power that record has.  If you don't believe me, drop the album's title track at the right time during a party and damn near everybody gets happy.  I've seen it happen on a couple of occasions.  Hearing new material from Souls in the form of the "Tour Stories" single earlier this year was a welcome treat, but even stronger feelings fell over me after listening to this free EP from Opio.

Hieroglyphics affiliate and longtime Souls of Mischief member, Opio brings that feelgood West Coast hip-hop flavor in full technicolor with the Everybody Loves The Sun EP.  Architect supplies some seriously neck-snapping production, sampling liberally from the Roy Ayers discography.  Anybody who can find new ways to flip the Ubiquity staple "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" gets major love from me.  Speaking of love, it's safe to assume that the EP's title pays homage to Sun Ra, seeing as how film snippets from Space Is The Place wrap around this project like an intergalactic gift bow.  Taking a page from the James Brown school of presentation, Opio and Architect hit it and quit it with six songs that float through your consciousness in the span of 15 minutes.  After multiple listens to this EP the same day I downloaded it, I can honestly say that if the release were 30 minutes or more, even a formula as ingenious as Roy meets Ra might have worn out its welcome.  But you'll find yourself fully engrossed by its vibe just as the trip comes to an end, which is cause for an instant rewind.

Check out "With Or Without You rmx" for the aforementioned flip of a Roy Ayers classic - quite refreshing, not to mention perfect chillout fodder for the upcoming summer season....

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clinical_archives on 06/06/2009 at 05:10PM

New music from Clinical Archives

Menhirs of Er Grah "Different World" (Folk)

Menhirs of Er Grah (Tom Carter) is a folk band named after some prehistoric standing-stones in France.
The album was made in 7 days – a day to write and record each of the songs from scratch, and then a day to mix and master them all. Voice and guitar parts were recorded simultaneously into the same mic, and then a second guitar part was recorded as another track on-top.
Tom Carter lives in London, and has released a number of lo-fi/electronica albums under the anagram of March Rosetta

Interkosmos "Interkosmos" (Psych-Rock, Space-Rock)

Interkosmos is the new intergalactic psychedelic space jam band.

Bernhard Fasching (Austria): drums
Dave Schmidt (Germany/Austria): bass, effects, sounds
Sergio Ceballos (Spain): guitar, effects, voice

Clinical Archives

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DylanGoing on 06/05/2009 at 11:43AM

Dawn of the Party Solstice

Party-riot in Barcelona. Photo BT

It's official now! June 5th marks the start of party season. Now we can all go party hunting without fear of our party licenses being revoked. There's no limit to what we can't accomplish now!

We wouldn't want to come in to the game too heavily, so I'd peruse the disco section for tracks like "Dancing on the Moon" from Bloc Sonic's Anaxagoras compliation. It bridges the gap between the vivacity of Xanadu and the "1980's vision of what 1994 will be like" of The Apple.

And rather than spend this year's party season watching The Apple over and over again, I'd suggest picking up the pace with the most recent comp, Monsters of Cock Rock from DJ Donna Summer's (aka Jason Forrest) Cock Rock Disco imprint. Every track works in a reverse party format, where it's assumed you are already hungover and by the time you get to the end of the song, you're ready take on the night again.

DJs, promoters, bartenders take note: If you're ever at a point where you need to put the party faculties of your audience through a less than courteous gauntlet, play the track below.

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zlayton on 06/05/2009 at 08:44AM

Okkyung Lee and Carlos Giffoni mp3 / and sound walk-a-thon on sunday!

okkyung lee (photo by peter gannuskin)

Here's a recording from an absolutely incredible recent show by Okkyung Lee and Carlos Giffoni at issue project room.  MINDBLOWING!

and.....don't miss it:

This sunday, ISSUE Project room will be hosting its first annual:


"Sometimes, the city sounds like one giant jackhammer to us, but ISSUE Project Room is doing something extraordinary to get everyone to hear the streets in a new way. The Soundwalk-a-Thon brings artists and art lovers together to experience the city through artist-guided interactive "sonic excursions." There are 20 walks to choose from, each requiring a different form of group participation, ranging from meditative deep listening to noise-making walks, using instruments such as tin cans, gongs, boom boxes, iPods, and cell phones to interact with the environment. Then take your ears to the after-party at ISSUE Project Room, sponsored by Sixpoint Craft Ales, to hear what a good time sounds like."  - ARACELI CRUZ, VILLAGE VOICE

(details after the jump)

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marc on 06/04/2009 at 05:53PM

Thavious Beck Live at Holocene

Composer of mercurial soundtracks for uncertain times, Thavius Beck conjoins various strains of electronic music to arrive at a daringly ambitious sound. He recently joined a lineup of local artists to celebrate black electronic music and benefit KBOO at Holocene in Portland, Oregon. 

Joining him were Rasheeda Ameera, Cheetah Finess, and Ayam  in a night curated by KBOO's Deena B of The Soundbox

Listen to the whole set here.

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