cheyenne_h on 09/02/2017 at 09:29AM
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.
cheyenne_h on 08/18/2017 at 03:18PM
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:
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.
cheyenne_h on 08/15/2017 at 12:51PM
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!
cheyenne_h on 07/18/2017 at 03:14PM
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:
TAGGED AS:audio cookbook
cheyenne_h on 07/13/2017 at 07:05PM
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:
cheyenne_h on 07/11/2017 at 12:43PM
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.
TAGGED AS:net neutrality
cheyenne_h on 06/21/2017 at 05:46PM
Here we go again! Net Neutrality is at risk, and we're coming together to push the FCC to preserve a neutral net. In the spirit of "THIS AGAIN?!" we have delved back into the FMA's own podcast archive and pulled a bunch of samples from our podcast about Net Neutrality from 2014 with Michael Weinberg from Public Knowledge (back then - he now works for Shapeways, and we interviewed him about IP and 3D Printing too). We've released the following soundbytes using CC0, so we encourage you to remix them to your heart's desire!
Our friends at ccMixter are joining the fray - if you want to contribute to the music-making process over there, find out how you can Remix Net Neutrality.
Need stems or other bits of audio to use? No prob! We have a few beat pack and stem packs (Loop Mania, Bonus Beat Blast, Not Drunk) and of course there are tons of resources for this purpose over at ccMixter.org and freesound.org.
Of course, you're also welcome to grab something from our vast Public Domain/CC0 collections and mix with those, including our microSong Challenge and Masters Remastered Challenge, all of which have been released into the public domain by the goodwill of FMA artists and contributors!
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TAGGED AS:net neutrality, title ii, remix contest, battle for the net, open call for submissions, See More...
cheyenne_h on 06/15/2017 at 03:34PM
Remember all that hullaballoo a couple of years ago, when #NetNeutrality was the rallying cry on the interwebs? That simmered down, but it's about to boil over again. If you don't remember what "net neutrality" is, it's the idea that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) should allow equal access to all content and applications online, regardless of where it comes from, and without favoring or blocking specific sites or applications.
If net neutrality is taken away, it can spell disaster for the current web. One scenario puts many sites at risk that depend on their communities for participation, traffic and support (y'know, like the site you're looking at right now).
Current FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai wants to change the rules for cable companies, giving them even more control over what users can see and do online. There have been a few pushes for net neutrality advocacy since Pai became FCC Chairman, including John Oliver's "Go FCC Yourself" bit that temporarily jammed the FCC comment form.
Fight For The Future and dozens of websites, including our friends Kickstarter, Vimeo and of course, Creative Commons, will be participating in the Day of Action. The deadline for first comments to the FCC is July17th, so on July 12th the web will come together and raise the banner: it's time to speak up. If you want to find out more about how to get involved, visit https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12.
cheyenne_h on 05/25/2017 at 02:50PM
If anyone is having trouble uploading (established FMA artists, folks entering recipes to the Audio Cookbook, what-have-you), please make sure Flash is enabled. We are working on getting this removed from the uploader to make it easier on everyone, but for now please bear with us.
cheyenne_h on 05/22/2017 at 06:15AM
You may recall some news we shared last summer about a music dataset that was in progress - now it's complete!
Michaël Defferrard, Kirell Benzi, Pierre Vandergheynst & Xavier Bresson, a team of researchers interested in MIR (music information retrieval), have put together some audio datasets using the FMA's collection! They have written a paper about the FMA's potential as a viable and legal option in digital audio research. Since recorded music is often fraught with copyright concerns, machine learning sets for music have been hard to find, or not sufficient for some projects. You can find the datasets on GitHub.
The FMA's dedication to the Creative Commons philosophy of sharing has been a boon for artists, educators, and researchers - as well as, of course, listeners! Hopefully this dataset will be widely adopted for use by MIR researchers. It seems to have already been well-received via Twitter:
A great big THANKS go to this team for thinking of FMA and sharing our collection with a new audience, for a new purpose, in a new way! We look forward to the cool projects that will stem from their efforts.