Here are the crib notes to what's been happenin on the Free Music Archive (if you haven't been keeping up on the Free Music Archive via twitter, facebook, RSS, or the regular ol' home page. Feel free to chime in with more FMA rec's in the comments!
:: The FMA's Anti-Pop Consortium Remix Contest kicked off on Monday, and we've already received some pretty cool entries that we can't wait to share. The contest ends Dec 20th, go here to grab multitracks and get started on your own
:: ISSUE Project Room's recent adds include new studio recordings from Ashtray Navigations and the Mick Flower/Chris Corsano duo. The venue has also shared recent live performances by artist-in-residence Alex Waterman, including a recent improv set with Ikue Mori (of DNA) and Ned Rothenberg, and a interpretations of Robert Ashley. October also saw an amazing Orchestra Carbon performance of Elliott Sharp's SyndaKit. Most recently, IPR features a live out-jazz excerpt from saxophonist/composer Matana Roberts (pictured at Right)
:: Late-'70s/early '80s UK DIY heroes Animals & Men
share a new batch of recordings from their new 12'' on the Convulsive
label, plus an unreleased set of songs from a session in Lyon,
including "Oh Death" below
:: Drummers At the Forefront -- a feature on Zac Nelson's Hexlove project with other percussionist-composers like Black Pus, Soft Circle, and GDFX in the mix as well.
:: Steven Arntson, a classical/folk artist from Seattle, recently adapted an old Woody Guthrie song, which was itself adapted from a Carter Family song, which was itself a variation of a tune dating back to at least 1909. In this feature, Arntson describes his experience trying to reconcile the traditional folk process -- in which musical ideas are part of a fluid cultural fabric -- with restrictive copyright laws that leave little room for adaptation. The post generated interesting discussion, including a comment from Richard Stallman, Founder of the GNU Project and Free Software Foundation
:: Brian Turner put together "a big pupu platter of illicit danceparty music for the next time Bill Murray comes by to meet Williamsburg chicks". Sic Alps, Cromagnon, Blues Control, Airway, Jowe Head, and Preggy Peggy & The Lazy Babymakers are all in the mix, check it out!
:: Liz Berg welcomes Strange Attractors Audio House, home to Harris Newman, Cul De Sac, Thuja and more, with a feature on F/i's "brain-melting drones". SAAH's latest release, Barbecue Bob in Fishtown, is the third full-length of Fahey-an guitar stylings by Cul De Sac's guitarist Glenn Jones.
:: Beijing's underground punk/experimental scene (article) featuring the Stooges/Clean/Velvet-Underground-inspired Carsick Cars (who are playing in NY Fri & Sat)
NOTE: click "i" or check the mp3's ID3 tag for license terms, and there's lots more at freemusicarchive.org.