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cheyenne_h on 10/17/2014 at 01:15AM

Radio Free Culture: Radius

Photo by Brennan McGaffey, creator of the Audio Relay Unit. Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

For this episode we spoke with FMA Artist Jeff Kolar about Radius. Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL. We'll discuss their sonic logo created by a custom Audio Relay Unit, the latest installment in their Patch series titled Narrative, and how the project is constantly finding new ways of transmitting and patching together content.

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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10khrs on 10/16/2014 at 08:00AM

New Music from John King and Michael Byron!

On October 23, Interpretations presentstwo major premieres built around string quartets from two distinctive composers from New York's Downtown scene. John King presents "Free Palestine", with Neil Dufallo's A Secret Quartet, and  Michael Byron presents "The Celebration", with The FLUX Quartet plus pianist Joseph Kubera and baritone Thomas Buckner. 


In anticipation of this great concert, we are offering two interesting works from these two composers: Michael Byron's "A Bird Revealing the Unknown to the Sky" (performed by Joseph Kubera), and a selection from John King's "Free Palestine". Please also enjoy these two videos featuring the two composers discussing their upcoming works.


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Ending_Satellites on 10/15/2014 at 02:30PM

The lost tapes Vol. A | Ending Satellites new EP

More than a year after the concept album And so sing the black birds, Ending Satellites is coming back with a new 3 musics elpee called The lost tapes Vol. A.

You can of course find this elpee on Free music archive.

First try of a b-sides collection, this Volume A – which contains three musics – highlights the warm melodies of a flamenca guitar, far away from the first productions of the project. You can see this elpee as a musical escape from the two first Ending Satellites albums, 7 billion passengers | Only one flight & And so sing the black birds.

You can download a deluxe edition (contains musics, pics and digital material) of The lost tapes Vol. A by clicking here.

Thanks.

Damien.

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badpandarecords on 10/14/2014 at 05:09AM

Plastic Flowers, "Now She's Gone"

Six months after releasing their debut album 'Evergreen' grecian dream pop duo Plastic Flowers return with a new outtake from their LP2 recordings, which is coming out soon.

'Now She's Gone' is a melancholic electronic piece accompanied by taped sounds of a TR-808, punchy bass lines and ethereal synthesizers. Subtle guitars and echoed vocals form a strange kind of transition between utopia and dystopia that's constantly changing with no destination. The lyrics talk about love, feelings, relationships and bad habits. we all know what this is about, right? Plastic Flowers have previously cited Dirty Beaches and Notwist as their major influences, you can clearly hear them in 'Now She's Gone'.

Download it for free and listen or buy 'Evergreen' here.

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cheyenne_h on 10/09/2014 at 05:45AM

Radio Free Culture: Player Piano

"Piano rolls in the rack - 88 NOTE L63 80739 (P), Standard American Airs, Arranged by George Rosey, M'f'd by The Universal Music Co. U.S.A., For THE AUTOPIANO COMPANY, NEW YORK" by yaquina. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. This episode completes the Player Piano: The First Digital Music Revolution two-part show. Get your history fix this week via your newfangled technology!

Check out the podcast here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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theradius on 10/07/2014 at 11:00AM

Radius PATCH 09: Narrative

PATCH is a series of curated playlists selected from the Radius episode archive. Each playlist is organized around a specific topic or theme that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum. PATCH serves as a platform to illuminate the questions, concerns, and complexities of and within radio-based art practices.

PATCH 09: Narrative

Episode 14: Sara Pinheiro

Quem Conta Um Conto, II is a study in narrative, Pinheiro’s main subject of research. The individual sounds in the piece grow as characters, based on film theorist Chris Vogler’s twelve stages of the Hero’s Journey. Pinheiro juxtaposes sound spaces to join together disparate times and places; she ignores the physical impossibilities of their junction in order to potentiate the conflict that can emerge from their friction.


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cheyenne_h on 10/06/2014 at 02:30AM

October is American Archives Month!

An Edison Phonograph Cylinder Player. Photo from Wikimedia via Norman Bruderhofer. CC-BY-SA 3.0

American Archives Month was started in 1969 by the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections[1] to raise awareness about local archives and their importance. Find out if there are archives in your area in this listing that are participating. In the age of digital and networked technologies, archiving has taken a lot of twists and turns, not the least of which has been to bring a lot of resources to anyone with an Internet connection!

The Free Music Archive is just one of many repositories for audio recordings. You may know about others, including Jamendo and ccMixter, which are both part of the Creative Commons web community, or the vast array of stuff in the Internet Archive or the less-musical files at Freesound

A fun place to explore is the Wax Cylinder Preservation & Digitization Project, which has content that was pressed onto wax cylinders, the first commercially available recording format, which was replaced by the flat phonograph record before 1920[2]

Do you have a favorite archive online (or offline)? Post it in the comments!

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cheyenne_h on 10/01/2014 at 09:15AM

Ahoy!

My buddy Joel and I are already taking the nautical theme too far.

Friends, Romans, FMA'liens:

Hi! I'm excited to be at the helm of this Really Big Ship as the freshly-minted Director of the Free Music Archive. That said, I'm brand new, so bear with me if things are a little wonky while I get my sea legs. A little about me: I'm Cheyenne. I'm from Kentucky. I'm a librarian and zine writer (mostly about karaoke), and I've been involved with College & independent radio projects for many years, including Lexington, KY's beloved WRFL 88.1 and Bowling Green, KY's WWHR 91.7, where I cut my College-Radio baby teeth. 

I'm excited to be working with so many musicians, curators, labels, and cool people in general - and to be a proponent of Creative Commons, which is helping to redefine music and art in the digital age. So glad you're here - say hi, and get in touch. I look forward to working with y'all!

I'll sign off with a track by Protomartyr, who recently appeared at the Cropped Out music fest:

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programamarcabranca on 09/20/2014 at 08:04AM

Dub, hip-hop and ethnic beats, or Metastaz

Metastaz live @ NetaudioLX 2012

We were kind of shocked when we found out Metastaz works were not yet on Free Music Archive. Needless to say, we solved the problem. As for today, his albums "Orient Dub Express" and "Encounters" can be freely streamed and downloaded through FMA.


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lizb on 09/08/2014 at 03:45PM

Radio Free Culture Podcast Returns

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to present a new season of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. Our season opener is a two-part interview with FMA pal Elliot Harmon, Communications Manager at Creative Commons. We couldn't have imagined a better way to bring back Radio Free Culture than to take a look at the current state of affairs at our favorite alternative licensing operation.

Check out the first episode here, or subscribe to the podcast here (via iTunes).

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