cheyenne_h on 12/20/2017 at 01:45PM
It's that time of year again!
This is the first installment of your year-end list-a-thon! What better place to start than a megamix of more than 50 tracks from WFMU, the originator and BFF of the FMA? These are highlights, but there is much more to be plumbed from the depths of the FMA collection - at the time of this writing, there have been more than 180 live sessions from WFMU added to the FMA alone this year - and more to come before the month is over!
We've got some stellar selections this year, including Acid Mothers Temple, Group Doueh, Waxahatchee, X__X, Gary Wilson (accompanied by Tredici Bacci), and plenty of artists sure to expand your sonic horizons!
This is the first of our Year In Review series (which will be appearing on this blog until the end of the year - and perhaps beyond). There will be separate playlists for other genre groups, curators and more, so stay tuned for the next installment! Til then, here are some beloved WFMU tracks - we hope you like 'em!
cheyenne_h on 12/08/2017 at 02:33PM
Need a holiday music fix? We've gone through and added some more music to the "Christmas" category! There are now more than 300 songs that fall into that category (some traditional, some not so much) and we are delighted to share them with you!
Also, for those of you who don't celebrate Christmas, but know of CC-licensed songs that celebrate other holidays: please send them to us (or write some and submit them)! We want to expand our holiday category to be more inclusive. Got a secular holiday carol for us? Or a traditional song that honors a different holiday? Perhaps a Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or solstice song? Or, heck, something that celebrates Arbor Day or Diwali? Let us know! We will gladly add genres as they become applicable to our collection. (Also, if there are already songs that fall into other holiday categories, forgive our oversight - comment below or send us an email.)
For now, feel free to peruse our holiday selections!
cheyenne_h on 11/13/2017 at 02:02PM
The holidays are upon us! Whether you celebrate with Thanksgiving feasts, lighting the menorah, holiday parties, Christmas trees, or anything around and in between, it is the perfect time of year to express gratitude, seasonal tidings, and make some noise. It's the season of giving - so share your finest original and traditional, holiday and seasonal pells (a capella/isolated vocals), samples, and remixes. We would like to encourage you to record traditional public domain Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Winter Solstice songs, as these are very popular with both listeners and remixers.
Dates: November 12th-January 2nd
Who: CCMixter, Jamendo, Free Music Archive, Plotist
Where: CCMixter.org & CC BY-NC-SA source materials right here on FMA!
What: Holiday Remix event produced under Creative Commons licenses. Artists upload vocals (pells) or samples (short sounds or individual instrument tracks) for the remix community to produce music that listeners can download and share. A selection of songs will be curated into a compilation.
cheyenne_h on 11/10/2017 at 05:45AM
Fred Cole, beloved musician and member of Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows and much more, has passed away. The Free Music Archive is fortunate to have some live sessions from WFMU and other sources, some selections of which are included below. His musical legacy will live on, as noted in the statement below written by his wife, Toody Cole:
cheyenne_h on 10/31/2017 at 11:30AM
We've been doing some work behind the scenes this month, and one of those things is ADDING NEW GENRES! Since there's lots of other stuff to do, we are doing this rather slowly. One thing we decided to do was add a "Novelty" genre on the top level which includes Holiday music, Kid-Friendly music, and Sound Effects. We'll be adding more to these, and other, genres as we go. For now, we don't have enough holiday songs for any holidays besides Christmas and Halloween (but I'd love to change this to reflect various holidays from around the world - let me know if you have a great Diwali album or something like that, and I'll add a new genre just for you). The additions to the Halloween genre are limited for now, but feel free to make suggestions for songs/artists to include (and add the genre to your own Halloween-appropriate musical creations).
cheyenne_h on 10/23/2017 at 03:03PM
Last year, the Freeharmonic Orchestra made its debut with "Freeharmonics Vol. 1," a groundbreaking round-robin music project that spanned the globe. I interviewed a couple of the artists last year for Radio Free Culture when the album dropped. This year's project is called "Space, Robots, the Future!" and features an impressive roster of musicians: Steve Combs, Lonely Punk, simon_mathewson, Monplaisir, Tapes & Tubes, Scott Holmes, gentil, Monk Turner, Matt Oakley, springtide, Ketsa, Art of Escapism, Jahzzar, Nic Bommarito, Matteo Berni, half cocked, Unthunk, Blue Dot Sessions and Small Colin. Needless to say, it's a profoundly varied listen and was a labor of love by these artists. Check it out (for free of course!) right here. I asked a few of the artists to tell me about their experiences and you can read answers from Simon Mathewson, Offal Tunes, springtide & Unthunk (lightly edited) below.
FMA: How did you get involved with the Free Music Archive?
simon_mathewson: I make music and put it on the FMA. In the past I've put music on Myspace, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Bandcamp etc but I've found that people who use the FMA to find music are far more responsive and my music has been used for film, animation, games, choreography, documentaries, podcasts and more.
Offal Tunes: I have been a participating artist on the FMA platform since July of 2015 and have been releasing material on the site ever since. At first I put out a bunch of tunes by a band called Bad Ronald until they broke up late in 2016. At that point I put together a new act called half cocked. Through the site I have been contacted more than a few times by video artists looking to use our material for their projects, which I found quite exciting. That has never happened on any of the other music distribution sites I have worked with. I also volunteer my time helping produce live sets for the WFMU community as well as helping out with some of the site's curatorial duties. It is a labor of love and I am thankful for the services that the FMA provides!
springtide: I’m the only member of one-man band called springtide. I have been releasing my tunes on FMA since 2012, and it allows me to connect with listeners around the world, including talented videographers.
Unthunk: I use FMA as a distribution hub for my recorded music. I got involved through Lee Rosevere of the netlabel Happy Puppy Records. He graciously agreed to put out something I was working on, and as you know, the label operates through FMA.
FMA: Where do you live and make music?
simon_mathewson: South West England.
Offal Tunes: I reside in Manhattan and can be found walking the streets of the East Village with my rat terrier, Jackie.
springtide: Tokyo, Japan.
Unthunk: Bowen Island, BC Canada.
FMA: How did you become involved with the Freeharmonic Orchestra?
simon_mathewson: Last year I made an album with Steve Combs and he suggested the idea getting lots of FMA musicians together to make a collaborative album. He organised Freeharmonics Vol 1 and I organised Vol 2 (Space, Robots, the Future).
Offal Tunes: Simon Mathewson, who put the whole thing together along with Steve Combs, contacted me through the FMA site back in 2016 to ask me if I wanted to participate in a musical version of an "Exquisite Corpse" where artists would begin a composition and hand it off to someone else for completion. I loved the idea from the get go and agreed enthusiastically. I had a blast working on both projects!
springtide: I didn’t know about this project before Simon asked me if I’m interested in this type of collaboration. Actually, I have no idea why Simon selected me ;-)
Unthunk: When Steve and Simon hatched the plan to produce the first album, I gather they browsed the FMA artists looking for likely participants. Simon sent me an email, and I was thrilled be included. I was therefore looking forward to Simon's call to action for volume 2.
FMA: Tell me about the song(s) you worked on.
cheyenne_h on 10/20/2017 at 06:49PM
This year, WFMU (our BFF's and the reason why FMA exists) is running a new October fundraising campaign: INTO THE BLACK! They want to get more people to help them with sustaining monthly donations to offset monthly expenses, and are offering handsome rewards in return. If you can, please consider donating to WFMU. Specifically, you can support WFMU + FMA by donating to support our radio show, the FMA Listening Party:
cheyenne_h on 10/20/2017 at 06:28PM
Experimental curator Mumure Intemporel has brought a new album to FMA, and just in time for Halloween. Called "Paranormal," this album by CorteX is a sonic exploration of fears, dark corners of the psyche, and what lies beyond this plane of existence. Laden with haunting vocal samples and shortwave effects, this release is not for listening in a dark room, alone. Bridging noise, experimental, musique concrete, electronic effects and more, this album is spooky even if you don't believe in ghosts.
cheyenne_h on 10/03/2017 at 09:56PM
In collaboration with ccMixter, the FMA is asking everyone to send us their spookiest sounds!
For the month of October, we're collecting spooky sounds (licensed for remix) for the Ghost Notes mixter.
Filmmakers, game devs, app creators, and party goers hunting for haunting soundtracks will surely find spooky soundbeds, terrifying tunes, eerie anthems, and bone-chilling ballads! ccMixter members will be remixing these sounds to create Halloween soundscapes for parties, short films, and more!
If you have a collection of spooky sounds (or feel like recording some and sharing them), we've opened a submission page for you! We're accepting spooky sounds until October 20th! Please notify the FMA when you upload spooky + shareable sounds for others to use.
If you're an artist and want to license your spooky sounds for use with a different license, please send us a link when it's live!
cheyenne_h on 10/02/2017 at 12:04PM
Our third and final giveaway is a BOSS RC-3 Loop Station Pedal! If you're feeling loopy, this pedal has what you need to express that, musically!
Some of its features include:
Up to three hours of stereo recording time, storage for 99 loops, a “real drums” rhythm guide, aux-in for digital loops, and USB 2.0 compatibility. It also has an "auto record" function that will start recording a sample as soon as you start playing.
The suggested donation for this giveaway is $100. We'll draw and announce a winner on Friday, October 13th!
See it in action here:
Enter to win today!!
For the official rules, please see our Eligibility Notice.