Recent FMA Blog Posts
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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!
HazelMusiio on 04/01/2018 at 07:58PM
Hi everyone, my name is Hazel and I am the Co-Founder of an Artificial Intelligence company called Musiio.
People have great taste in music, and are the best judge of what they like and don't like. However, we know that a lot of great music in the world is never found because it's hard to sift through what you don't like to find what you do.
Making great music more discoverable is what Musiio does.
We partnered with the amazing folk at FMA to playlist some of the great songs our AI finds in the Free Music Archive.
For our inaugral post we set our AI the task of making a great Indie-Folk playlist. And we're pretty proud of the results.
Check out these 10 songs our AI found out of the 100k+ songs in the FMA. I was personally delighted to be introduced to Julie Byrne, her soulful voice and calming melodies are perfect to listen to whilst I'm working. Julie, count me as a new fan!
We will be releasing new playlists from this account on the regular! So stay tuned.
Hazel @ Musiio
MarilynRoxie on 03/26/2018 at 01:06PM
For nearly 10 years, Vulpiano Records has been steadily putting out experimental, ambient, and folk releases from international underground musicians, united in the common goal of sharing fantastic music with the world. Vulpiano Records Sampler Vol. 9 offers an incredible array of some of the artists that have been part of Vulpiano Records since the very beginning (Anton Rothschild, Zapa, Lately Kind of Yeah) alongside new faces, making this a great entry point for the label to newcomers.
cheyenne_h on 03/26/2018 at 09:41AM
Lobo Loco, a musician from Germany whose name means "Crazy Wolf" in Spanish, joined the Free Music Archive roughly two years ago, but has added nearly 500 songs to our collection since! As an active member of the FMA community and a prolific contributor to our archive, we wanted to know more about him. This interview was conducted over email and posted, with light edits for clarity, below:
FMA: Tell us a little about yourself.
Lobo Loco: Hi, my name is Lobo Loco. I was born in 1968, in a small village in southern Germany, Mittelstadt. I live with my family in the town Göppingen near the Swabian Alb. Making music is my passion.
FMA: How would you describe the music you make?
Lobo Loco: Mostly instrumental, with much improvisation … easy playing straight on … on a journey.
Diving deeply into the music ... I love it ... for me the most beautiful moments come from music.
My music styles I like to play are manifold … from classics, blues, jazz, folk, international over to electro, vintage, space up to rock.
My favorites are Delta blues, folk with my guitars … and boogie woogie, improv jazz and vintage electro with my keys.
Even just a mixture and a changing of acoustic and Roland sound-module generated instruments. I like to experiment with sounds.
FMA: How did you start off making music?
Lobo Loco: I started at the age of 8 with piano lessons, but I had a terrible teacher. He had the opinion that I was not talented and very lazy. Yes, I was very lazy, and before each lesson I even prayed that he or I would be ill. After two years I happily ended lessons with him … At sixteen, I started playing piano again without a teacher, then at 18 I started to learn e-guitar and acoustic guitar for myself. Making music became more and more fun, playing in different bands and often with friends.
One song, called, "Sofa" is about how I met my wife. She was singing this song at the Christmas market and her daughter was very embarrassed. A good friend of mine told me about it and I become curious and wanted to meet her. One year later, we got married!
FMA: How did you find the Free Music Archive, and why did you want to put your music on our platform?
Lobo Loco: I was searching the internet for a platform with free music content, where I can publish my music productions with the intentions:
- … to be heard by many people
- … to give my music away, for free, for projects with private and common interest. I have been contacted over FMA by fans asking for usage.
- … to help me to get commissions from commercial interests, they purchase licenses and certificates on my platform musikbrause.de
On more great thing is that FMA for itself is not a commercial platform, so all users arround the world can hear and download everything without registration or payment. And finally I want to remark that I felt welcomed on FMA since the day I'd asked you if I can be an artist here. I like the personal contact FMA gives to artists.
FMA: Why do your songs have an ID number after the titles?
Lobo Loco: Oh, yes I know it’s very crazy. It’s an idea to prevent me or the persons who use my music for trouble with collecting companies.
One of my favorite Bands "Schwoissfuass" had to pay a lots of money for life playing their music afterwards. This band than died from the costs. I want to prevent this from happening to me.
I registered all my songs on safecreative.org, so I can easy ensure collecting companies (AKM, SUISA, SACEM or GEMA) Creative Commons registration.
Another reason for me is, that music titles are sometimes similar or the same, and the musician name Lobo Loco too (I've seen this name twice for other musicians). With the registered ID no one can easy assert that my music is his music.
TAGGED AS:lobo loco
murmurintemporel on 03/21/2018 at 03:33AM
Word-Sound-Pool is an innovative project gathering together musicians and poetry reciters from Belarus, Poland, the UK and US which aims to explore the inherent musicality of language by blurring the boundaries between music and the spoken word.
During the performances, poetry recited in various languages is blended with music that is composed, partially controlled or freely improvised.
Jimmy_Lacy on 03/20/2018 at 06:34PM
SiP is the Chicago-based musical project of keyboard player Jimmy Lacy. His most personal project to date, SiP, brings over a decade of wild synthesizer playing, drawing from electronic, jazz, ambient, and folk traditions. Described by a friend of the group as “bohemian electronics” SiP performs with synths, drumboxes, and loose percussion, creating a mental space to focus inward or outward, community with ourselves and others.
This release pulls from live recordings taken during a month-long ‘happy hour’ residency at well-regarded Chicago cocktail lounge the Whistler during the month of October 2017. Mastered to cassette and presented here, 'Live at the Whistler' has real warmth, saturated tones and sonic swirls to get lost in just as melodies resurface to bring you back. At the residency new work was debuted each week, with several pieces becoming staples of the SiP set to this day.
SiP will be releasing another live recording of a Chicago radio set in the coming months, followed by a fall release of a debut LP.
For questions or bookings please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
cheyenne_h on 03/19/2018 at 05:04PM
Friends, we are pleased to announce that the 2018 Golden Festival recordings collected by WFMU have been added to the archive! Nearly 45 recordings were collected at the event, and they are now available for free streaming and download to our users.
If you've never heard of the Golden Festival, you're not alone - but you're missing out! It's a fabulous, three-day-long affair in Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall, a celebration of Balkan traditional music and dance. Featuring musicians from many corners of the world, instruments that have been used since antiquity, and unique vocal techniques, this is truly a special event. Fortunately, every year since the Free Music Archive began in 2009, there have been recordings from the Golden Festival added to the collection.
After a few years, the Golden Festival was granted its own Curator page, since the contributions associated with it are nearing the 1,000 mark! Listen to this teaser playlist we've curated, or dive into the whole collection and explore for yourself!
TAGGED AS:golden festival
cheyenne_h on 03/05/2018 at 04:04PM
If you are a fan of the FMA Listening Party, you can win COOL FMA STUFF! Join us on Tuesday, March 6th from 3-4pm Eastern Time! If you pledge to support WFMU (who makes the FMA and our Listening Parties possible), you'll not only get your name announced on the program, but you'll also be eligible to win cool prizes -- physical copies of real LPs and CDs, and limited-edition FMA apparel! You'll have to tune in to find out more. Join us from 3-4 pm on wfmu.org, or pledge to support the show by clicking this link.