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cheyenne_h on 04/25/2017 at 01:29PM

All Ages: Kid-Friendly Music on FMA

A selection of albums from Kazoomzoom, a netlabel for kids.

The FMA's Terms of Use indicate that the intended audience for our archive is anyone 13 or older, but there are tracks on FMA appropriate for listeners of any age. But how to find them??

Lots of music on our site is available for use in noncommercial, educational contexts, so it's no surprise that teachers come looking for music they can use in student projects and for general classroom use. (Psst - if you're an educator with questions, check out our special FAQ, just for you!) But looking for audio that's safe for non-commercial use doesn't always return the most kid-friendly results. 

There's the netlabel for kids, Kazoomzoom, has been with FMA for years, and releases with names like "The Ambient Baby" -- but we wanted to make a better, easier way for parents and teachers to find music they could use.

Our best solution to this was to incorporate a new genre tag, "Kid-friendly," which collects all music that is either by kids, for kids, or both! If you cruise around this page, you'll find all sorts of stuff - songs about pants that try to ride a bike on their own, pirate songs, bouncy chiptunes, and much more! However, some of these songs may have lyrics or themes that are intended for specific ages within the kid-friendly range - so we ask that parents and educators still preview the music before sharing it with a younger audience. 

Are you a parent or educator looking for instrumentals? Try Podington Bear's short & catchy CC BY-NC instrumental treasure trove (and it's safe for use in video!) or the fabulous collection of classical music from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Do you make music for kids and want to add yours to the collection? Get in touch or comment below!

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LaughingGear23 on 04/19/2017 at 03:47PM

All Eyes and Teeth

Recording session for Rappers Go Home

Being a rapper I find one of the biggest challenges is to find stuff to write about. Having already done my song about finding the remains of an angel, and a whole album pretending to be a galaxy spanning space captain hip-hop extremist, I needed to find something else to talk about.

A few years back I was reading the news about Iraq and Afghanistan and what the article didn’t give me was the ‘why’. Why was it happening? What was the history which drove the behaviours? Who wanted what outcomes? What could be done about it? So, to help me understand I read a few books about recent events by investigative journalists and a few books about history and then a bit of Noam Chomsky – and after all that I was quite depressed and didn’t fancy our chances as a species. But I did have a new perspective and some thoughts to write about!

All Eyes and Teeth – which is now available on FMA – was intended as a side project to work on while other band members finished another release. The way the band works is that we pretty much let each member explore any avenue they want allowing us to develop new styles on side projects and then bring it back into the mix on the more joined up albums. For All Eyes and Teeth I wanted to distil what I was learning, bringing it all together, and bring it to life. So the album starts with a general statement of dissatisfaction (All Eyes and Teeth) and ends with a positive view of the future.

Along the way there is a track on the state of journalism, the emotional stress of dealing with it all, the patterns of social power, and a few more positive tracks as it’s not all impossible. And a few tracks where I talk shit with Quiet Man and Obsolete about how good we are as rappers and how cool we are and stuff. You have to do that on rap albums. It’s tradition.

Words aside, the music on this album is a mix of funky beats from Tuck Pendleton and Watchmaker's slightly less sample driven and more programmed electronic tinged beats. I wanted a variety and order of tunes to keep the album moving forward – keep the listener listening. Watchmaker and Tuck did the damage and made some excellent beats that we polished till they were solid and Just Right. Tuck has frequently voiced his opinions through vocals samples and he did that here on the Interlude tracks adding new angles on the same subects I was to talking about.

So… now that it’s done I can say that it’s come out sounding better than I had hoped. I’m delighted that we’ve created the album I wanted to hear. Goes without saying that some folk will like it and some folk won’t but I’m hopeful that the intention and love that we put into this is apparent. Hope you all enjoy it!

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Bozoo on 04/18/2017 at 02:09PM

Eddie 135 - The Dragon's Teeth

For its 33rd release, Da ! Heard It Records dives into the origins of Creation.

Recorded in five days in London, at James Ogilvie’s studio in 2010, Dragon’s Teeth is the confrontation of eddie 135’s experimental tweaks and Shitblaster’s science of mix. Saturated like the oil from the fish and chips that three musicians greedily gulp up between two work sessions, the series of improvisations produced by Adrien, Matthieu, and James one evening, serves as the sizzling play-do used to conceive this future disc. From this initial magma that blends rhythm boxes, Juno synthesizer, and a deluge of pyrotechnical effects, accidental beaches form and reveal little by little large blankets that wrap the listener into an actual flow of lava. Petrified, the listener thus takes all the time needed to let oneself become invaded by the ensemble’s numerous textures…

Taking everything with them on their way, the four gobbling geezers deployed here evolve in jolts to bring back from the depths this mysterious dragon’s tooth. Instinctive, brutal, yet mastered, this album’s boiling energy proves once more that the first idea is often the right one.
Dragon’s Teeth, the 33rd release of Da ! Heard It Records, is distributed under a Creative Commons License BY-NC-ND. The album is available for free listening and downloading at the following link: http://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-33 & http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Eddie_135__The_Shitblaster/The_Dragons_Teeth/

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cheyenne_h on 03/29/2017 at 08:27PM

New Curator Spotlight: Commune Oreille

Commune Oreille's logo.

If you've been paying attention to the recently added music to our little website, you've probably noticed a few new curators popping up in the results. One of these noteworthy newcomers is Commune Oreille. Some curators are actual radio stations, but this one is a radio show affiliated with Radio Zinzine.

Commune Oreille is also a collective that organizes live performances in a small town in southern France, Forcalquier. Some of the live recordings found in their curator area are from these concerts.

With a focus on free music and frequent live guests, they're off to a great start. So far, more than 150 songs have been added to FMA by Commune Oreille, and we're looking forward to much more!

Though many curators have an identifiable, genred focus, Commune Oreille's collection spans a variety of musical styles. Angry noise-rockers SEC, twee indie-punks Mega Gem, chiptune composers 1UP Collectif, beatmaster Panda Dub and accordion-fueled post rockers Dure Mere are just a few of the fresh sounds you can explore! To make it a little easier on you, they've put together a playlist of highlights to enjoy, but don't let that stop you from diving in to their full catalog.

 
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CodesAndNotes on 03/27/2017 at 12:37AM

Three Years in the Music Archive

How I came across the Free Music Archive is, I was searching for this tune I heard in a YouTube video, from The Custodian Of Records. Out of curiosity I started looking at what else this "FMA" site was proposing and... well you can guess what happened! But FMA not only was a great discovery: it actually pushed me into searching for netlabels on the web. To this day, I rarely listen to anything that is not from a netlabel, with only a few exceptions (Benjamin Clementine for one. Has anyone checked that man? He's incredible!). 

So I spend my days listening to FMA while I code for a living, and often leave comments when I'm impressed by the talent and creativity of the artists on display. When Cheyenne invited me to post mixes on FMA, I decided I wanted to pay homage to these three years of discovery. My only worry was choice!

Three Years on the Music Archive: Side A focuses on hip-hop, dub, electronica and ambient, while Side B focuses on step, dance, pop, rock, folk... and some country for good measure. 

Hope you enjoy them! I obviously had to stop somewhere, and yet there is so much more I wanted to include in there. For example, there’s a lot of excellent post-rock, shoegaze and metal work that I’m really starting to get into. Maybe for another mix? 

Until then… Cheers!

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cheyenne_h on 03/20/2017 at 11:57AM

FMA Q&A: Public Domain Wonders from Monplaisir

Monplaisir: A one-man public domain music machine. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Monplaisir is a man of many bands, and if you've ever cruised through the Public Domain offerings at FMA, you're likely to have encountered a project or two of his! He is devoted to sharing his music as openly as possible with a CC0 license, which allows for any type of re-use, and is internationally recognized as being dedicated to the public domain. Of course, it doesn't hurt to give credit when you use a Public Domain track, but there are no limitations to what you can use this music for. You can find some "Best Of" tracks in this collection: "Let's Hear That Crap!

FMA: Tell me about your music projects on the FMA - you have a few. (Monplaisir, Alpha Hydrae, Komiku, etc). Do they each represent a different style or approach to music?

Monplaisir: I've started producing music under the name of Alpha Hydrae and after few years the name became boring so I've changed to Monplaisir. Monplaisir is like my nickname for everything that fit in noise rock/folk, Komiku is dedicated for the soundtrack of videogames that don't exist which can have some similarities with work under the Monplaisir nickname, Demoiselle Döner is for harshnoise/remix/cold electro, BG du 72 is french noisy songs about love and kindness. With this, I've some bands, SUMMER, frontwave/noise rock, Cuicuitte, a brut folk band with my friend Otite Noire, Pas Dans Le Cul Aujourd'hui, a heavy noise & guitar band, U-Man, improvised french songs... All those names are different ways to approach the music and reach the flow.

FMA: Do you collaborate with others or do you prefer to make music alone?

Monplaisir: I love to collaborate with musicians and to do music alone. Doing music alone is really cool to make fast and precise music, but sometimes it's difficult to make new music because of the lack of chaos and influence. I often collaborate with musicians to do improvisation like in U-Man and Pas Dans Le Cul Aujourd'hui, it's sometimes a pain but really surprising and rewarding.

FMA: Where do you get ideas for songs and albums?

Monplaisir:
Most of the time I get my ideas by trying to do the same kind of music as other bands I listen often (like Cindy Lee, Vampillia, Xinlisupreme, Natural Snow Buildings...). Also I love to have challenges, like, to produce a maximum of music in a short time (Baisers de Sonora was recorded in 26 hours for the FAWM2017), to only use one instrument or two, or like for my project Komiku to create a soundtrack for something that doesn't exist. And when I'm stuck, I look for new guitars and effect pedals.

FMA: Why do you choose to license your work with a CC0/Public Domain license?

Monplaisir: I've chosen the CC0 licence for multiple reasons. First, because I hate the copyright logo, a little C alone in a bubble, so sad. Second, for obvious political choices. I find the actual copyright in France and USA completely absurd. It's based in a philosophy I really don't like, an old individualist way of seeing the culture, which is really sad and greedy. So I want to participate to the alternative. I've seen how it's hard for some people to remix stuff for their own project because of copyright. If I can help to save other artists some time and money to express themselves, all the better. Also, I really don't care about what people do with my music, except when people are oppresive against other people and using my music to do so. I find that a bit rude.

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littleglassmen on 03/14/2017 at 06:31PM

Just released 40+ tracks under Attribution License!

Hey FMA fam!

I'm stoked to announce the release of more than 40 LGM tracks under an Attribution 3.0 license.  That's 2 hrs and 51 minutes of mostly chilled instrumental beats (Future Shapes is more EDM) perfect for syncing to media or just listening to. All unreleased, and from the abyssal depths of my hard drive, I figure these do no good sitting around when there are people out there in need of new music. Hopefully I can empower you with these songs.

Lookout for albums Future Shapes, Simplify, The Age of Insignificance and The Jewel and Me to check it out.

For licensing beyond creative commons get in touch and we can work something out. I also have a ton of experience in custom scoring so if you are in need I can help with that as well. Check out my website to see some of the projects I've worked on.

I look forward to seeing all of your awesome work and come say hi on instagramfacebook & soundcloud.

Enjoy! (and theres more on the way :)

Ryan Claus aka LGM

 

Teaser below. 

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thewomb on 03/13/2017 at 02:44AM

Bang - An Introduction to The Womb

'Bang - An Introduction to The Womb' is out now as a free download here and also as a deluxe edition USB from http://www.alandriscoll.com/thewomb.

One of the frustrating aspects of promoting The Womb is the knowledge that, in-between all the post-traumatic concept albums, experimental techno and 15-minute spoken word tracks, we've released dozens of pop songs that can compete with anyone in terms of catchiness and commercial viability. But they can be hard to find among 24 albums and nearly two decades of genre-hopping chameleonica.

Therefore 'Bang' compiles our most instantly accessible and addictively catchy tracks to serve as a Best Of for existing fans, an entry point for new listeners, and an answer to strangers asking me the impossible question "What kind of music do you make?"

It's free to download, and the deluxe USB keyring (as pictured on the cover) costs just $10 Australian including global shipping and includes the videos for 'Sex Club', '1st November 1992', 'The Dusty Groove', 'Snakes and Ladders', 'Footsteps and Fingerprints' and 'Kitty Jay's Grave Revisited'. Please download, listen and pass this on to anyone you think might enjoy The Womb without knowing where to start. If you can also afford to support us on Patreon for a dollar or two a month at http://www.patreon.com/thewomb, that'll help me afford to keep releasing these songs for free.

Thanks to my myriad collaborators and existing supporters. Exciting times are ahead, with The Womb's 25th album coming later this year, and our 20th anniversary next year. In the meantime, please enjoy 'Bang'...

The Womb - "Sex Club" (04:16)
The Womb - "Sex Club" (04:16)
The Womb - "Magnets" (04:44)
The Womb - "Magnets" (04:44)
The Womb - "Ex Ex" (04:33)
The Womb - "Ex Ex" (04:33)
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cheyenne_h on 03/08/2017 at 09:28AM

New Curator Spotlight: Golden Festival

Golden Festival photo by Oresti Tsonopoulos, via flickr.

The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival is a beloved annual music festival in Brooklyn, NY. Though portions of it are broadcast live on WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob W, much more is recorded and added to the FMA. Just this year, more than 30 performances were added to the archive - no small feat! There is Swedish folk dance music, overtone singing from Georgia (the country), Balkan brass, accordion solos, ancient instrument ensembles, and much more!

We are pleased to announce that the Golden Festival recordings are all being added to its own curator page now - so if you're looking for a Balkan Folk Fix, you can find it, reliably, here: http://freemusicarchive.org/curator/Golden_Festival/

Thanks to all our on-site and online volunteers, as well as WFMU, for helping make this collection possible.

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Adrianna_Krikl on 03/03/2017 at 02:17PM

5 new songs - “Sonic Distractions” with melodic electronic tones

It's an absolute pleasure for me to create music, so for my birthday I decided to give away a brand new 5-song electronic album for free. The album Sonic Distractions is a diverse mix of electronica and trip-hop with hypnotic vocal loops, as well as instrumentals with emotive electronic tones. Soundsphere Magazine writes the song "Bring You" is "a wonderfully weird slice of trip-hop." Acid Ted proclaims "Got Me" is "clattering house with real drive and more than a little Eastern psychedelic swirl."  I hope you enjoy listening to and utilizing Sonic Distractions for your projects. ~adrianna


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