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massdist on 09/18/2017 at 09:51PM

The best way to get into Mass Dist? The Comps!

Around 2000, Mass Dist made 2 comps highlighting and hyping our many releases.

The first - Comphellation 1 - was put together primarily by Jonah. He's so awesome at putting together mixes and this one flows together really well.

The second - Comp 2 - was spearheaded by myself. It is a mess! 67 tunes over 2 cds. Tons of noise, tons of our friends, and tons of weird edits. It made sense to me at the time.

Go in.

Look at this insane list of artists on these comps:

Elf P Godbois Donkey Dissaster Deer Hoof Raw Dog Rex and the Family Devil Music Don Lenon Tunnel of Love 2000 Flushes Craig and Tim Mike D Blind Mitre The Judds The Grand Island DJ Skatological ACLSDC Bull Roarer The Frogs Tuttle Music Jimmy Cousings Tristan Dunster Eloe Omoe J.K. Mellow Man Rick School of Dada No Peddlers Stinky Treats Git then Crusty Nautical Almanac vs. Bull Roarer Love Handlers Kevin Purvis X-Members Dave Moody Raw Dog March 28th 1:41 am 2000 Infinite Blob Jero Harris Devil Music The Druid Fat Day NMSE Dildo Von Dildo Koondaa Holaa and the beetches Neptune vs. Can't The Tickler WACSAC Racket Attack Malabaster Touch a Booty Jesus Chrust  Tanqueray Force Field  Neon Hunk Elvish Presley Maggotzoid Keel Project Yosh the Gift  An Angband band  Meerk Puffy Monkeys ? Band PornBelt PPPPicsces Duct Tape Union Corn Dawg Meets Wesley Willis Leif Richey's boom box meets Filthy LaBottom Hillbilly Werewolf Wolf Eyes Cottin K's Mystery Brinkman NMSB Bullroarer Olneyville Sound System Grand Banks  Lightning Bolt  Stems Miagi Patrick Muecke Automatic Hi I'm on Fire 54 Franklin Street USAISAMONSTER Mix Ape RWL rap allstars M.O.R.B. Julien Boyer Peostenkill Romantic Snowman La Vid Est Immense Harry Fishpye and the Brown Sounds Jeffrey M P&L Railroad

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massdist on 09/17/2017 at 10:19PM

80 seconds of 1 day at Ft. Thunder

Around 2000, I asked our friends at Fort Thunder to give us a few 5 second songs for the comp we were making.

They did it. How psyched was I.

Exclusive music from The Druid, Mix Ape, Force Field, Meerk Puffy, Mystery Brinkman, Hi I"m On Fire, M.O.R.B, and Lightning Bolt

This mix gives a unique window on a normal day at the Fort - a life changing psychedelic show space art studio etc loft in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ps. I do want to add that Matt got mad at me cause he thought I was making a 5 second song comp. There was a communication breakdown and I felt terrible that Matt felt terrible. We've hung out and had awesome times a million times since then and are cool but I do want to be clear that Im sorry this happened and I never meant to mislead him or steal their juice. What I wanted was interlude music in between the mass dist music, but I have had a tendency to miscommunicate. I hope in some way that this blog post, by compiling only the Fort Thunder music, puts the music in an entertaining and satisfying light.

Listen below or here

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cheyenne_h on 09/15/2017 at 01:39AM

CB Gitty Cigar Box Guitar Kit - WINNER!

CONGRATULATIONS to Jason S from Brooklyn NY, winner of this year's first fundraiser giveaway!! 

Here's a video of the drawing from the Cat Lodge near Snoqualmie, WA: 



On Monday, we begin our Critter & Guitari giveaway! 

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cheyenne_h on 09/14/2017 at 04:29AM

Remembering Wm Berger & My Castle Of Quiet

Wm Berger was a beloved friend, musician, and longtime WFMU DJ. His long-running program, "My Castle Of Quiet," had its own Free Music Archive curator page which is home to more than 200 live tracks from his radio show. He will be remembered for his good humor, kind spirit, and devoted love of music and film. He was well-known at WFMU and his legacy will not only live on through the WFMU archives and the lasting influence he made on everyone he met, but also the music he added to the Free Music Archive for posterity. He will be dearly missed.

You can find his WFMU archives here, his blog here, and his record label here.

The Free Music Archive would like to honor Wm's diligence and dedication to the experimental, heavy, and complex sounds he loved. Find them all here.

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Axletree on 09/13/2017 at 08:21PM

Subconscious Production - An Interview With Sro

Browsing the FMA charts recently, I came across the track ‘If Only They Hadn’t’ by electronic music producer Sro. I found myself drawn in by the slow, gentle intro and bouncing drum machine, opening up into a layered world of reverbed synths. Spending some time with more of his music, I found time and again an infective catchiness infused with unexpected and sometimes unsettling undertones, bringing to mind electronic outfits like the Orb, Ladytron or Depeche mode, as well as nu breaks producers such as Plump DJs. With programs like Netflix’s Stranger Things or the BBC’s Trust Me and White Gold, there seems to be something of a move back to 80’s synth influences in production music, so I thought I’d take a little time to get to know a little more about this talented, experimental producer, and see what is involved in making this kind of thing…


Axletree: Your music combines a lot of elements, from grimy break-beat to syth-pop. Who are your chief influences in your work?

Sro: I'd say there are six main artists who really influence my work. Those being Hermitude, HOME, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, the Old Gorillaz and DJ Shadow’s older tracks as well. These artists have been a huge inspiration for me in finding what I enjoy making. Along with the Oldskool sound of Hip-Hop/Boombap from the 90s.

Axletree: Can you take us though some of your working process? What kinds of equipment do you use? Do you have a song planned at the start or does it emerge over time?

Sro: I don't have much in the way of equipment besides the very basics. I have a Axiom 49 (sitting atop a box that acts as a stand) that I got off a family member who wasn't using it and an old Pioneer SX-6 that was my great grandfathers stereo back in the day. Most of the time though I just use my desktop keyboard instead of the midi because it's more convenient in my current bedroom setup. My DAW is FL Studio and I have it filled with free VSTs that I've found from 1990s to 2017 and sample one shots from over 70 drum machines; I'm just constantly adding more to my collection.

The process of making music, from what I've found, is very subconscious. Like for me if I try to make a song with a set idea of what it all should be then nine times out of ten it will never go anywhere and I'll get bored of it. Of course there is random inspiration from an idea in which you will try and cultivate into musical form, but trying to forcibly make it happen is just a no go. All my tracks give off a certain feeling or vibe to me that I had when I first started to create it. I know this may seem hard to understand but I don't know if there's any better way to explain it, other than a vague answer such as I just let it happen. Or I guess another way of saying it is all the feelings and happenings that happened that day play a huge role in the making of music even if I don't consciously think of them.

Axletree: It's nice to put the work into context - where are you from? Would you say your place and time has an impact on your music?

Sro: I'm from a small town in West Virginia, I'm not classically trained in music, and I only just started to really get into making music last November after graduating high school. I also plan on making music videos for my songs soon too since they all have their own story to tell. Now my place and time definitely have a huge impact on my music. There's no doubt about that because like I said, I find it to all be a subconscious process and the world I'm living in is filled with constant coverage on stuff that gives fear. Always filled with morbid, depressing, or outrageous things for the masses to digest. I feel we all need to cool down and just chill out for a bit, find a healthy mental balance in your life. At least that's what I hope to convey in my music.


You can hear Sro here.

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cheyenne_h on 09/12/2017 at 01:06PM

NEW! FMA Pick of the Week on WFMU!

Wake and Bake with Clay Pigeon on WFMU!

Every Tuesday morning on WFMU, Cheyenne brings listeners a new selection from the Free Music Archive! 

The song of the week appears on the "Wake 'n Bake with Clay Pigeon" program on WFMU, a morning program that airs from 6-9 a.m. (Eastern U.S. Time Zone) Monday through Friday. The FMA Pick of the Week airs around 8:45 a.m. every Tuesday! If you're not awake during that time, no worries, just tune in to the archives to find out what's featured. 

Do you have a favorite song on FMA that you think should be featured as the FMA Pick of the Week? Comment below! 

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cheyenne_h on 09/07/2017 at 03:13PM

Music History shirt by Greg Harrison

Back by popular demand, we're offering our Music History t-shirt for another year! Greg Harrison, the artist who designed the shirt, is an animator and illustrator from New Jersey. A longtime supporter and friend of WFMU, Greg has also helped the FMA with previous projects such as the Free Birthday Song Contest, the microSong challenge, and more. You can find out more about him here

This shirt shows off a variety of music formats from the last century, including our beloved MP3 - the image below is a detail of the artwork. Pick one up with a $50 donation today!


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cheyenne_h on 09/05/2017 at 02:07PM

Free Music sticker by Mayuko Fujino

We are very excited to announce this year's fabulous sticker! Mayuko Fujino, the artist who designed this year's sticker, is a self-taught papercut artist from Tokyo currently based in New York City. Inspired by Japanese traditional stencil textile designs, she has been practicing her art since 1999 and takes a new approach to paper cutout technique by combining it with used magazine collage and other used/found materials. She is also the host of Play Vertigo, a weekly program on WFMU's Give The Drummer Radio. You can check out more of her artwork here.

This beautiful sticker incorporates music and movement into its design. Pick one up with a $20 donation today.


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massdist on 09/03/2017 at 11:49PM


In late 1997 Deerhoof did their first tour of the east coast. Nerds were stoked! I, of course, had no idea who they were. But my band Bullroarer was lucky enough to get on the bill at two of these shows. I was psyched because they were our first shows at rather legendary DIY spaces Harvest Coop and Fort Thunder. 

At our first show together at Fort Thunder, I walked up to Greg from Deerhoof and the first thing I said was "Hi, i'm gonna be in San Francisco next month" and he immediately replied "You have to stay with us." And I did. And while I don't see those guys much these days I consider them friends for life.

Deerhoof in 1997 featured Greg on drums, Satomi on vocals, and on guitar Rob Fisk (now in Common Eider, King Eider) They smelled like patchouli and had knots in their hair and shit. Deerhoof was one of the best bands in the world in '97.

They sounded a little different then than they do now, but Deerhoof has evolved like every band should, and is still so damn interesting and challenging and awesome, and through all this turned itself one of the best bands ever!

This cdr was Mass Dist #14 and was originally a split with a Bullroarer / Nautical Almanac jam. Nautical Almanac at that time was Twig, Saul, and Nate (wolf eyes). It was a sweet cdr. The Bullroarer/ Nautical Almanac jam is now included on the Bullroarer discography located elsewhere on the FMA.

Jonah recorded this at the Boston show on cassette 4 track, I mic / 1 track for each of the 4 bands at the show, all on tope of each other, and he made the last track of the album all four tracks / bands played at once. Deerhoof vs Skabs vs Bullroarer vs Eloe Omoe. Awesome cacophonous hilarious.

Check it out here!

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cheyenne_h on 09/02/2017 at 09:29AM

CB Gitty Cigar Box Guitar Kit - GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win a CB Gitty Cigar Box Guitar kit by supporting the Free Music Archive! 

A suggested donation of $100 will put you in the running for this unique giveaway item: a build-it-yourself kit for an easy-to-play instrument! The winner will get to choose whether they want the Ukelele kit (assembled uke pictured above) or the Pure & Simple Cigar Box Guitar kit (as seen & heard in the video below). 

The giveaway drawing will take place on Friday, September 15th at 6pm Eastern Time. Be sure to enter before noon (Eastern U.S. Time Zone) on Friday, 9/15/2016, when we stop accepting entries. One entry per household, please. Only individuals who donate between now and 9/15, and who opt to enter the giveaway, are eligible to win.

Wanna know if you can win, or curious about the official rules? Check out our eligibility notice for more details.


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