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theradius on 04/01/2015 at 05:30PM

Radius PATCH 11: Improvisation

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.

Episode 12: HMBKR

Radio Majesty documents the first meeting of four Vancouver-based audio artists who explore the frequency spectrum through real-time digital signal processing, unconventional tuning systems, and free improvisation. Radio Majesty was originally intended as a remote public performance via webcast for RadiaLx Festival in Lisbon, Portugal. It was also recorded privately at VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver, Canada.


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beyondwithin on 04/01/2015 at 09:15AM

Prefab Messiahs' First New Sounds in 32 Years Land on Burger/KLYAM Co-release

Energized by a shockingly great 30th Anniversary mini-tour, wiggy art-punk popsters The Prefab Messiahs have cooked up their first new audio hi-jinks since originally disbanding in 1983(!). Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive  ─ a co-release between BURGER Records and KLYAM Records  is a solid garage-psych-meets-power-pop slam. 

The Prefabs defiantly pick up where they left off and go Way Beyond, connecting-the-dots to 'THE NOW' for anyone who has been intrigued by their prophetic proto-lo-fi garage-psych-pop sounds. 

This new batch of songs etches a loose Siddhartha-like trajectory—partly inspired by the band's early experiences—of a desperately idealistic journey from suburb to school, forming a band, encountering life’s pratfalls, and finally—battling disillusionment and self-doubt—gaining enough insight to keep dreams alive in a messed up and uncaring world. Dig? 

"Weirdoz Everywhere" alternates irresistible garage-blast turnarounds and power-jangle verses; "Orange Room" evokes some classic acid-pop as bassist Trip sings about his vibrant old crash space; "Bobb's Psychedelic Car" is a trippy-yet-bracing tip of the hat to their original guide & guru, outsider psych legend Bobb Trimble (who took the photo above after the Prefabs painted his '74 Centurywith the paint left over from the Orange Room!).  

The sessions were captured by ace knob-twiddlers Doug Tuttle (ex-MMOSS, now solo on Trouble In Mind) and Jesse Gallagher (recorded Quilt's 1st LP for Mexican Summer). The final mixes were conjured by the band themselves, and Burger's mastering guru Patrick Haight applied the final happy-glaze. 

The crazy dreams encapsulated here all conspire to live on timelessly, even without pausing to take heed of the title track’s mischievous prodding. Keep 'em alive, kids of all ages!

[Grab the new 10" Vinyl or full-color digipak CD from Burger Records or KLYAM Records]

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cheyenne_h on 03/26/2015 at 09:15AM

Radio Free Culture #43: Black Lantern Music's First 100 Releases with Bram and Gareth

image courtesy of Black Lantern Music, featuring a glitchy version of Texture & Asthmatic Astronaut - aka Bram & Gareth, respectively

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Bram and Gareth, co-founders of Black Lantern Music, a netlabel from Scotland. They just released a compilation highlighting their first 100 releases and talked about what's on the horizon for the netlabel, including FMA exclusive releases, like selections from SJ Mellia's back catalog.

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen right here: 

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katya-oddio on 03/19/2015 at 05:00PM

Reinterpretations

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cheyenne_h on 03/17/2015 at 05:11PM

Radio Free Culture #42: Simple Machines and Complex Infrastructure with Jenny Toomey

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Jenny Toomey, Director of Internet Rights at the Ford Foundation. Aside from a bit about the Ford Foundation and what Jenny does there, we talked about her work in the 1990s with Simple Machines, a DIY record label, and how that experience led her to her current work with Ford. 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen right here:   

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cheyenne_h on 03/16/2015 at 08:45AM

CC Webinar for Musicians March 19!

public domain image via Wikimedia Commons

Hi FMA'ers of the musical type!

If you are a musician, remixer, or audio producer, you might have some questions about how to use Creative Commons licenses and works that use them. Have no fear! Eric Steuer and Cheyenne Hohman will guide you through the basics of using CC-licensed work for music. We'll also have time for Q&A after. 

The webinar will be broadcast live on the web, via our YouTube Channel, on Thursday, March 19th at 4 p.m. Eastern. 

Special guest and Creative Commons expert Eric Steuer will be co-hosting with Cheyenne. We'll show you around the Free Music Archive (including where to find license information), run through the basics of Creative Commons licenses and how to use CC tracks in various multimedia contexts, and show you how you can license your work under Creative Commons (spoiler: it's easy!). 

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cheyenne_h on 03/12/2015 at 09:30AM

Radio Free Culture #41: Jonathan Ward, Audio Archaeologist

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Jonathan Ward, the collector and FMA curator behind Excavated Shellac, a blog which has shined a light on 78s from around the world. He has helped create Excavated Shellac: Strings (Guitar, Oud, Tar, Violin and More from the 78rpm Era) and Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM (Recordings from 1909-1960s) on Dust To Digital Records

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen right here!  

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cheyenne_h on 03/11/2015 at 09:45AM

Radio Free Culture #40: microSong Super Special

via Wikimedia Commons

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a BONUS episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, whisks you through 19 microSongs in 7 minutes, and tells you about WFMU's annual fundraising marathon which is going on now. 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or right here:  

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cheyenne_h on 03/06/2015 at 12:30PM

The Bestest microSongs Ever!!!

Hey! We haven't forgotten that we're launching a contest and haven't announced the winners from our microSong Challenge yet... UNTIL NOW! 

Ladies, jellybeans, and other creatures, we are proud to present to you, the winners of the 2015 Free Music Archive microSong Challenge

First Prize: Breakmaster Cylinder feat. Dislotec: Paint Your Grandma's Portrait
Second Prize: Lee Rosevere: Summers Playing Pinball
Third Prize: Ian Alex Mac: I Hate Buses

Though we also had a TON of honorable mentions:

Kollagemontage
Squire Tuck
Stereo Akt
Pipe Choir
Troy Holder
Szabi
Neblung Price
getoffloops
Room 34
Greg Reinfeld
Nick Fraelich
Jazz Kissingers
B2B
Deep Soda
Uncle Milk
Another Cultural Landslide

Congratulations to all who participated, won, and had fun! 

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cheyenne_h on 03/05/2015 at 04:45PM

Who Will Remaster the Masters?

original image from Wikimedia Commons

Ever thought Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” would be better as a speed-metal guitar solo? Or perhaps Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” would sound great performed by a kazoo-and-firecracker ensemble? What about “In The Hall of the Mountain King” as a chiptune odyssey?

Great ideas, right?! We know.

We want these things to exist. And we need your help in this Masters Remastered Challenge!

First, choose a composition from the public domain. If you’re stumped (or can’t remember the original name of the composition), check the list below for some ideas. Though you can find sheet music in a variety of places, we recommend the Petrucci Music Library, which indicates public domain status of its contents. Entries will be released back into the public domain with a CC0 license, so that others can use them, too. But make these your own. Remix them, play them with instruments the composers couldn’t have dreamed of, make them as long or short as you want. Do as many (or as few) as you please.

Here are some recommended pieces you can extract from, re-work, play backwards, etc, that are in the US public domain. We've included links to the sheet music and at least one downloadable file that you can riff on:

BachToccata & Fugue - listen here - archive.org - wikimedia
BeethovenSymphony no. 9: Ode to Joy - listen here - wikimedia - freesound
BizetToreador Song - listen here - wikimedia - archive.org
GriegIn The Hall of the Mountain King - listen here - freepd - wikimedia
OffenbachOrpheus in the Underworld - listen here - wikimedia
PonichelliDance of the Hours - listen here - wikimedia (BY-SA)
RossiniWilliam Tell Overture - listen here - wikimedia
Tchaikovsky1812 Overture - listen here - wikimedia
WagnerRide of the Valkyries - listen here - archive.org

If you submit a song that isn’t on the list, please make sure it is in the public domain before you proceed. Submissions that are not in the public domain in the U.S. won't qualify for judging.

We'll accept entries from March 9 until April 3, 2015

One winner will be chosen by our panel of judges, and they will win a Moog Etherwave Theremin and a "Classical As F*ck" shirt from Le Poisson Rouge

The Masters Remastered Challenge is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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