cheyenne_h on 09/29/2017 at 07:33PM
Ross did a very high-tech drawing for this one. Check it out below!!
Congrats, Joseph T from Brooklyn!
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cheyenne_h on 09/26/2017 at 04:08PM
You may remember Visager from his Radio Free Culture interview or his albums "Songs from an Unmade World" 1 & 2, both of which are great in and of themselves, which he released using CC BY licenses to help support game creators with limited budgets. He's made a soundtrack for a new game and I couldn't wait to hear what he had to say about it! Here's our interview:
FMA: Tell me about why you wanted to make "Songs from an Unmade World" 1 & 2.
Visager: The Songs albums are heavily inspired by another NYC composer named Eric Skiff. I came across Eric's Creative Commons album Resistor Anthems through an online game called Reprisal that had used his music. Seeing later that his work was used in so many other projects blew my mind, and people are still discovering and using his music today. Eric was nice enough to meet with me a few years back, and his encouragement ultimately gave me the push I needed to finish my own first album of open-source video game music, Songs from an Unmade World, in 2015!
FMA: What's the appeal in making video-game style music without a game to score? Why do you share this music for free?
Visager: When I decided I wanted to focus on making music for games (I previously had done composition for theater and film), I felt like I needed to have proof in hand that I could make the kind of game music that inspired me growing up. I'm a visual person, too, so for me imagining a fictitious world and then making the music to fit it is a very happy way of composing. It was my hope that putting the music out in the Creative Commons would allow me to connect with other developers, while also being useful for folks who need music for small student games or animations!
FMA: What are your thoughts on 'retro' chiptune-style music? You seem to have moved away from it in your latest FMA release, "Songs from an Unmade Forest World."
Visager: Video game music is awesome; it's a really unique category of music. Although we have a sort of agreed idea of what stereotypical game music sounds like (e.g. chiptune, instrumental, electronic), I think video game soundtracks as a whole cover more genres and take more risks than any other medium, especially as games themselves have evolved to be more diverse and complex. With Forest World I wanted to explore the more organic side of video game sounds, borrowing ideas from composers like Manaka Kataoka (Breath of the Wild), Jonathan Geer (Owlboy), and Joel Corelitz (Tumbleseed).
FMA: So now you've scored a game called "Blossom Tales," which is coming out soon. How did you get involved in this project? Did the Free Music Archive help you get connected with the makers of "Blossom Tales" or was there a more winding path to this collaboration?
Visager: So Blossom Tales came out already for PC this past March, but the publisher FDG Games just announced this month that it's coming to the Nintendo Switch, which is really a dream come true for me! Blossom Tales is the biggest project I've worked on and it's thanks to you all at FMA. Just over a year ago now, the developers Castle Pixel had been using some of my music from the first Songs album as a placeholder in the game when they saw that I was active and looking for work. I had just finished Songs 2 and was looking for a project, so just everything about it was super lucky. I'm still very grateful to the whole team for taking me on.
FMA: Tell us about the game itself and what sorts of music you composed for it.
Visager: Blossom Tales is an top-down zelda-inspired game starring a rad female knight, Lily, who's out to save her kingdom from the clutches of an evil wizard. The story's told Princess Bride style, with a grandpa reading at bedtime to his grandkids Lily and Chrys, and the story changes a bit as the kids intervene. The music is a pretty cheery bunch of electronic songs. Sonically, it's a mix of sounds from SNES and Game Boy era games and each environment has its own dedicated music. The soundtrack is about 40minutes long in total. If folks are interested they can check it out over on my Bandcamp. Here's the trailer:
FMA: Anything on the horizon for you (that you can talk about)? Any advice for aspiring composers who want to break into the gaming soundtrack world?
Visager: This year has been exciting for me, in that I've been able to go to more game conferences than ever before! I've gotten to meet a lot of cool folks working in both 2D games and in the VR community, and there's some neat stuff on the horizon, but nothing I can quite talk about yet! I'm still very much in the start of my career so my advice, like anyone's, should be taken with a grain of salt - but in my experience the best thing you can do when meeting other folks from an industry you want to work in is just be a nice and genuine person and be supportive of others' work. If anyone wants to reach out I'm pretty active on Twitter and am happy to chat there!
Visager can also be found at his own personal website.
cheyenne_h on 09/19/2017 at 10:18AM
*****THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER. THANKS FOR PLAYING!********
From the Critter & Guitari website:
The Pocket Piano is a fun, versatile synthesizer! It has seven synth modes, a rugged anodized aluminum and wood enclosure and 18 maple keys. It’s got a 3W built-in speaker and a line out audio jack. The Pocket Piano is perfect for making music in the studio, around a campfire and at your kitchen table! The seven synth modes are:
• Vibrato Synth
• Harmonic Sweeper
• Two-Octave Arpeggiator
• Octave Cascade
• Mono FM Synth
• FM Arpeggiator
• Mono Glider
To operate, turn it on and start playing keys. Use the Mode button to select modes. Depending on the mode, you can select from four wave forms (sine, square, triangle or sawtooth) or increase the octave with the auxiliary button. Each mode has two parameters that are controlled by the two left knobs.
The following modes offer four voice polyphony: Vibrato Synth, Harmonic Sweeper, 2-Octave Arpeggio, Octave Cascade, FM Arpeggio. The remaining modes (Mono FM Synth, Mono Glider) are monophonic. The tuning knob adjusts the keyboard over two octaves and the far right knob controls volume. The ‘Hold’ function maintains notes that are playing and frees up your hands for other musical tasks.
The winner will be drawn on Friday, Sept 29th! See it in action here:
For the official rules, please see our Eligibility Notice.
cheyenne_h on 09/15/2017 at 01:39AM
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
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.
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
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!
cheyenne_h on 09/05/2017 at 02:07PM
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.
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
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