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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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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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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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cheyenne_h on 08/18/2017 at 03:18PM

Album Feature: Acid Mothers Temple

Acid Mothers Temple performs at WFMU's Monty Hall.

Legendary Japanese ensemble Acid Mothers Temple played at WFMU's Monty Hall earlier this year and generously shared their music with the Free Music Archive. Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective has been in existence for more than twenty years, touring the world in various forms. Their bandleader, Kawabata Makoto, has been at the heart of the project from the beginning.

Though we love sharing audio from performances (you can stream or download below, or visit the artist page on FMA), this one is also worth watching, if you have time. We've embedded it below for your psychedelic-freakout-enjoyment, courtesy of WFMU: 

 

Acid Mothers Temple from WFMU on Vimeo.

A freak-out group for the 21st century was founded in 1995 by members of the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective and led by Kawabata Makoto.

This is their Monty Hall Performance from April 24, 2017.

 

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cheyenne_h on 08/15/2017 at 12:51PM

FMA Newsletter: Are You Signed Up?

Photo: "Letter Carrier Delivering Mail" from the Smithsonian Institution. No known copyright restrictions, shared via Flickr Commons.

Feel like you're missing out on FMA comings, goings, and doings? Fear not! We have devised a means of keeping you up-to-date! (It's actually just an e-mail newsletter. We're all out of carrier pigeons and mustachioed gentlemen to hand out paper newsletters. Our sincere apologies.)

If you're not getting a monthly email from us, and would like to, please sign up (click "Read More" and enter your email address). We'll take it from there! 


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cheyenne_h on 07/18/2017 at 03:14PM

Basement Bohemian's "Sun Iced Tea" - WINNER of Audio Cookbook Challenge!

"Sun Tea" by Phillip Chapman-Bell via flickr. CC BY-NC-SA.

We want to extend our most jubilant congratulations to Basement Bohemian! His song, "Sun Iced Tea," not just a recipe for summertime refreshment, has won the Audio Cookbook Challenge!

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated and gave us a signal boost for this challenge - the results were difficult to judge (and, truly, every song was nominated - so the entire album is an "Honorable Mention")! The Free Music Archive is happy to bring opportunities to artists every once in a while, and we will be doing another challenge in fall/winter, so check back in a couple months for the next FMA Challenge. 

Until then, here's "Sun Iced Tea," the winning track of the Audio Cookbook Challenge: 

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cheyenne_h on 07/13/2017 at 07:05PM

Happy Netlabel Day!

Three years ago, we heard about a little idea called "Netlabel Day," and today is the third annual event! An answer to Record Store Day, but with more free stuff, Netlabel Day is organized by M.I.S.T. Records and, at last count, will be the debut of 104 releases by artists from around the world! Participants include Yes No Wave, blocSonic, Happy Puppy Records, Keshcology, Dubophonic, Soisloscerdos, Vulpiano Records, Spettro, and many many more! 

Check out this list of supporting netlabels and the full list of releases. You can get a lot of Netlabel Day '17 releases right here on FMA, so start digging! We'll get you started with a few tastes below: 

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cheyenne_h on 07/11/2017 at 12:43PM

Today's The Day!

Why we need net neutrality from Vimeo Staff on Vimeo.


If Net Neutrality rules are changed, ISPs will have the power to create internet "fast" and "slow" lanes - leaving most websites in the dust, including ours!

If you want to tell the FCC what you think about Net Neutrality, you can fill out this comment form

If you've already done that, or you need some inspiration, maybe download or stream the Net Neutrality Mixtape or the FMA Listening Party playlist for this week's episode, the Net Neutrality Special

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