andrea (FMA Admin)

Curators: WFMU

Andrea Silenzi is the Senior Producer of The Gist with Mike Pesca, a brand new daily news show from Slate. She also hosts the radio show Why Oh Why every Wednesday 7-8pm ET on WFMU.

She previously worked here for the FMA, as a public radio show producer at KCUR in Kansas City, and as a Culture Producer for in New York. She is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Wesleyan University. 

Her work has aired on The Organist, PRI's Studio 360, BBC4, WNYC News, Re:Sound, APM's Performance Today, Saltcast, and on WFMU's Too Much Information. She holds the world record for most guests booked for an hour-long radio show, and that's 68.

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ange on 04/22/2014 at 12:30AM

Help Shape the Future of the FMA

This month, the Free Music Archive celebrates its 5th year since it emerged from the Internet-hole. Can you imagine the web without it? In that time, the FMA has helped user generated content flourish, helped artists connect with new fans, and filled all of our personal harddrives to the brim. We are one of the largest collections of Creative Commons music online, reaching 70,000 curated tracks this Spring.

It's time for me to go, and leave this vessel in the hands of a new captain. I've accepted a new position working at Slate, and now it's time to find the next person to lead this project into its bright future.

More info about the job here.

During the transition, continue to share share all your troubles and victories with contact (@), and someone will always get back to you. That person right now is the wonderful Faye.

In my time at the FMA, we've worked together to remix public domain ephemera with the Prelinger Archive, and overthrow the Birthday song. We've welcomed exciting new FMA curators including AS220, Radio BunkerRadiusCKUT and Boston Hassle. We even built an app for iPhone, and launched our own Free Song of the Day Podcast.

I've adored being a part of our parent project WFMU, and learned so much from watching how the staff, volunteers & DJs keep the magic factory full of magic. Thanks to the FMA's founding director Jason for all of his guidance and bottomless enthusiasm for the project. No one has made more mixes on the FMA than my old desk-mate WFMU's Liz B, who broadcasts her favorite FMA uploads every Monday morning on WFMU. Also infinite credit goes to WFMU's stellar volunteers Matt Marando and Mario Santana who masterfully master and upload all the sessions that come through WFMU over the years. Big kudos to Lou Z and Chris M who have led our team of volunteer submission screeners.

Thank you all again! Viva FMA!

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ange on 04/01/2014 at 05:00AM

Hear the Unheard: Trance Music Seeker Arrington De Dionyso

Arrington de Dionyso is interested in blurring the lines between sacred ritual and popular entertainment. A former Old Time Relijun freak-folker, his recent solo work incorporates overtone-singing, shruti-box, jaw harp, and Kadri Gopalnath-inspired bass clarinet, and many of his latest releases feature recordings from his travels and collaborations. Whether it's a 13th century chapel in Italy, a volcanic cave in Java, or his homebase at K Records' Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, WA, his music is influenced by (and influences) his surroundings.

His work also strives to form human connections, both with his fans and musical collaborators. Back in 2011, de Dionyso traveled and recorded music throughout Java, Bali, and Lombok Islands with support from a successful Kickstarter campaign. With help from another Kickstarter push, he went back in November 2013, and is planning another trip for the end of 2014. Many of the concerts and improvised recording sessions are available for pay-what-you-wish on Bandcamp and the Free Music Archive, including his latest in the Unheard Indonesia series.

Many of your releases directly relate to where you were when you recorded them. What's the role of traveling in your music? 

Although I have lived in Olympia, Washington for over 20 years, and I have a wonderful label and studio to work with here. (K Records' DUB NARCOTIC STUDIO, just ten blocks from my house!) I am traveling on tour doing art shows and concerts almost half the year. This puts me in contact with an incredible variety of different people playing all kinds of instruments with different approaches to the music they make. But even when I am working on a solo recording, I think the place in which you choose to make a recording has a huge effect on the kind of result you're going to get, whether it's the specific acoustic properties of a 13th century chapel in Italy, a volcanic cave in Java, or a fancy studio in Berlin—the way I play my music is going to change according to how I respond to being in these places. The music changes even more when other people are involved!

Tell me about UNHEARD INDONESIA VOL. I: The Trance Music of East Java. What did you learn about trance music from your travels in East Java, and from collaborating with other musicians there? 

That's a recording of the very first opportunity I had to perform with Jaranan groups in Java, back in 2011. Jaranan, or "Jathilan" is an incredible living tradition that takes many different forms, sometimes including forms of spiritual possession. People have a lot of different ideas as to what really constitutes "trance" but I approach these experiences as a participant and collaborator with many years of experience with my own versions of "trance music" via the rock and roll tradition (a tradition derived almost completely directly from African trance musics, by the way, this is very well documented).

When I perform with these groups I am joining a shared experience and sharing my own unique contribution to that experience. I guess I am particularly drawn to Jaranan because in this tradition there isn't a clear line between what is "sacred ritual" versus "popular entertainment." It's all mixed up there, as I feel it really should be. Why shouldn't something entertaining also be "sacred"? and what do we mean by "sacred" anyways? In much of Indonesia, musicians are performing to entertain the world of spirits just as much as the world of humans. It happens at the same time, and nobody sees any contradiction there, so why should I?

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andrea Is a Fan Of...

Jacco Gardner, Ga'an, Edward Shallow, Free Birthday Songs, The Lothars, Jaan Patterson, Lonnie Holley, Yellow Dogs, The Units, Nick Klein, Glenn Branca, LE CLUB DES CHATS, Profligate, springtide, Lightning Bolt, Talkshow Boy, Vitus Von Degen, USAISAMONSTER, Bing and Ruth, The Procedure Club, The Blank Tapes, The Womb, Spider Bags, Ignatz, Various Artists [WM Recordings], Nat Roe, Bob Ostertag, Little Howlin' Wolf, Lucky Dragons, Kai Engel, Ex Cops, Toussaint Morrison, Trepanning, Party People in a Can, Ethan Persoff, Brian Chase, King Ghidorah!, RÉGIS VICTOR, A.M/Uton, Pak, Pauline Oliveros / James Ilgenfritz, MI-GU, Chop Shop, Javelin, The Conet Project, Thee Oh Sees, The Custodian of Records, Crash Symbols, Bare Wires, Los Amparito, Secret Boyfriend, Ghosts, Classwar Karaoke, Crawl, Blank & Kytt, Monroeville Music Center, Noveller, Reigning Sound, Kakurenbo, Leggysalad, Tashi Dorji, The Agrarians, Measles Mumps Rubella, Expwy, Chad VanGaalen, Discount Fireworks, The Ananas, Two Bicycles, Dr. Phibes and The Ten Plagues of Egypt, Snowboarder, Obits, Delicate Steve, Čaj na Ex, A Magnifique Bande dos Homes sen Medo, Alligator Indian, Arthur Doyle, The Woolen Men, Stems, Liturgy, Lee Rosevere, Lexie Mountain Boys, VAZ, Kuupuu, Indian Wells, Gary War, Ben Seretan and Alex Lewis, So Cow, Blake Fleming, Dolchnakov Brigade, Chris Zabriskie, Oorutaichi, Julian Winter, Los Vigilantes, People Like Us, Wooden Shjips, Jared C. Balogh, The Relatives, No Class, Southern Nights, Creative Commons, The Undynamic Pop Experiment, Broke For Free

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Zerg Radio
on 11/02/2015 at 06:35PM ♫ Chris Zabriskie - Cylinders
Kidkraft Kitchen
on 03/28/2015 at 09:51AM
you are great!
Simon Mathewson
on 11/13/2014 at 06:31AM
New set of electronic music recordings out now:
on 12/07/2012 at 11:12AM
hey Andrea, thanx a lot for promo post about my compilation)) it's really appreciated. hope this project will push up the whole Finnish psych scene. best!
on 11/15/2012 at 05:13PM
Respect due to the new FMA commander-in-chief. Excellent interview with Tim Pool, by the way.
on 09/26/2012 at 07:07PM
Wow! Great resume, Andrea. Welcome aboard, and nice to meet you, Captain!