The Free Music Archive went live two years ago today!
We thought about throwing an anniversary party this year, but at this point there is so much incredible music events flowing through the FMA from all over the world that it would be difficult to sum it up in one cohesive event. We've come a very long way since April 4th 2009. The library has grown from 5,000 to 33,500+ mp3s, all curated by an ever-expanding worldwide curatorial consortium. We have some exciting new features in development including a recommendation engine that will bring the library to life, and an expanded API that will open up a new world of possible uses for all the great music that wants to be shared.
Leading up to the launch of the FMA, we curated two FMA Samplers (volume 1 / volume 2) to hand out at the Free Music Series of concerts, previewing some of the sounds that would appear on the FMA. I think they hold up pretty well as a template.
Here's a new mix of 50+ of the many highlights that've been added over the past two years. As always it's just the tip of the iceberg, so keep on diggin' deep and helping get the word out about good music that wants to be shared!