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cheyenne_h on 04/17/2015 at 04:00PM

Congratulations, kollagemontage!

We are VERY EXCITED to announce that our esteemed panel of judges has spoken! Though there were many, many amazing entries and some close competition for first place, kollagemontage has taken the theremin for his version of Erik Satie's "Gnossiene" called "9N05513NN3 #1." Listen below to the winning track, or check out our whole collection of Honorable Mentions

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cheyenne_h on 04/16/2015 at 10:00AM

Radio Free Culture #46: Chad Crouch's Alter Ego, Podington Bear

photo courtesy of Chad Crouch. Used with permission.

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 Chad Crouch, aka Podington Bear, about his eight-year legacy of publishing CC BY NC music, and where it's taken him. 

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

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cheyenne_h on 04/13/2015 at 09:00AM

Unreel Trailers: A Challenge

Photographer: Henry Gawthorpe. Via Australian National Maritime Museum's Flickr Commons collection

Take a film out of context... you know you want to! You could re-cut that cheesy sci-fi flick into an interstellar romantic comedy, or poorly dub alternate dialogue onto an action sequence to make it a slapstick routine. We've put together a list of public domain films; pick one and make an Unreel Trailer! In less than three minutes, tell us a touching story of ghosts in love, a science experiment gone wrong, a training montage for puppies, or whatever seems appropriate (or inappropriate) to preview a movie that doesn't exist (yet). 

Dramatic voiceovers, superfluous sound effects, and imaginary titles are encouraged. Credits, including CC license information, are required, but everything else is up to you! 

Here are some examples of public domain films to choose from (entries must be derived from films in the U.S. Public Domain):

1. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die wiki archive.org
2. Night of the Living Dead wiki archive.org
3. Reefer Madness wiki archive.org
4. Little Shop of Horrors wiki archive.org
5. Attack of the Giant Leeches wiki archive.org
6. Carnival of Souls wiki archive.org
7. Teenagers From Outer Space wiki archive.org
8. Rock, Rock, Rock! wiki archive.org

Use a track from our FMA Music for Video Vault in your trailer – or check out one of these artists:
Chris Zabriskie made a collection called “Direct to Video” for a reason. CC BY
Kevin Macleod’s music has been used in thousands of videos. CC BY
Ian Alex Mac’s “Cues” is made for cinematic purposes. CC BY
The Conet Project is full of strange sounds! Free Music Philosophy
UncleBibby has done a three-volume Free Music Project release. CC BY
Steve Combs has tons of stuff to choose from. CC BY
Our microSongs and Masters Remastered works are all in the Public Domain! No citations necessary. 

Requirements:
Film must be in the public domain in the United States
Music must be licensed for use in video without further permission from the artist
Submissions must be posted to a video streaming site online and shared with FMA via our submission form
Submitters must list all works used in the film (audio, visual, etc)
Use proper citation in the film (attribution of music, license, etc) - CC Best Practices here

If you submit a trailer using footage from a film that isn’t on the list, please make sure it is in the public domain (or your own work, which you are willing to dedicate to the public domain using this Creative Commons license) 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 April 13th until May 8th, 2015

Entry form is here, finished projects are here

One winner will be chosen by our panel of judges, and the winner will get an Epson Powerlite Projector

The Unreel Trailers Challenge is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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cheyenne_h on 04/09/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #45: Two Copies of Every Record: The Archive of Contemporary Music with Bob George

photo by Eilon Paz. Used with permission.

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 Bob George, the Director (and a founder) of the Archive of Contemporary Music, currently located in NYC, about the collection and a new partnership with the Internet Archive

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

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lrockhq on 04/06/2015 at 02:00AM

Catharsy presents post-rock for the people.

Lindsay of the post-metal band Catharsy was recently interviewed on the Music Manumit Podcast.

Their 2011 release, Apertures, is now available here at the Free Music Archive.

Be sure to check out this unique, West Aussie flavor of heavy. 


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cheyenne_h on 04/02/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #44: Preserving Culture at the Rogers and Hammerstein Archives with Danielle Cordovez

image courtesy of Danielle Cordovez. Used with permission.

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 Danielle Cordovez, a reference librarian at the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archive of Recorded Sound at the New York Public Library. We chatted about the archive's extensive collection, who uses it, and I asked Danielle to share some highlights from the stacks

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

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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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