Aural Archipelago
Posted by Darwish in it's the arts 183 days ago
Aural Archipelago is the lovechild of Palmer Keen, an American DIY ethnomusicologist wandering the vast archipelago of Indonesia to find, document, expose and promote little-known traditional musics around the country. Within a few years, Palmer has travelled from vast islands like Sumatra, Java, and Borneo to small dots in the ocean like Rote and Selayar in search of the diverse and beautiful music that fascinates him. With this project, his hope is to allow unprecedented audiences (local and foreign) free access to music that is often difficult or impossible to hear otherwise.

On a freezing night, a crowd of canines and their human companions turned up to see the performance artist play at a frequency suitable for hounds

In the beginning, Kevin Lewandowski just wanted a way to keep track of his techno records.  
Now, 15 years later, the free website he set up for that purpose,, has become a vital resource for record collectors and the music industry, with a sprawling database of more than 6.5 million releases.
These samples are supplied in labelled kits (with varying bpms), each of which contains bass, beat, synth, piano, jazz, dubstep, percussion, house, drum, hip hop, rock, etc., samples. As well as loops, some of the kits also contain hits and multisamples.  
Most of these samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files and can be imported directly into your DAW(digital audio workstation) or sampler of choice. The samples/loops are royalty-free and you're welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like – we only ask that you don't re-distribute them.  
The samples are supplied in a zip file, so you'll need to extract them before you can see them. Many of these samples originally appeared in Computer Music's or Future Music's magazine cover DVD’s.
Domino Records Radio
Posted by j d ess in entertainment 8 years ago
In the spirit of such stand-alone broadcasting giants as Radio Caroline, John Peel Show, Rinse FM, The World Service and Woman's Hour - and dispensing with such orthodoxies as playlists and compliance - Domino Radio commences transmission on June 6th 2011, for a week of non-stop music, conversation and good times.  
Presented by Domino's international roster of artists, along with friends and neighbours from the worldwide independent music community, Domino Radio will host a dynamic schedule loaded with individuality, free expression and all manner of sounds from around the world.
Mostly archived now...couple of the goodies:  
Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream, Songs of Alex Chilton
The advent of the Internet, has allowed users to "see a world in a grain of sand" and "hold infinity in the palm of your hand", even if only for five minutes’ surfing over a morning coffee before the day's tasks begin.  
Music in particular can be disseminated as never before, and for classical aficionados there is always more to discover in this seemingly infinite realm of resources. Even as the Berlin Philharmonic uploads the latest high-definition concert footage, some rare archival gem is lying in wait, freed from the physical confines of a library and unearthed at the click of a mouse. Want to see Callas singing at the height of her powers? Type in "Callas": chances are you’ll find just what you were looking for, alongside something you never knew existed.  
Of course, with millions of YouTube clips dedicated to classical music there’s plenty of filler to sift through. Limelight has strung together just 40 of the most informative, representative and entertaining videos we could find to present a selective, chronological history of western classical music from the twelfth century to the modern age. Concert, recording and documentary footage has been assembled to illustrate the most epoch-making moments and innovations in the field.
Who couldn’t love the idea of the new Amazon Cloud Drive? You get at least 5GBs of free cloud-based storage, and its trivial to get 20GBs of free storage on Amazon Cloud Drive. Used in concert with the Amazon Cloud Player you get a fine cloud-based music player that can be used either from a Web browser or on Android tablets with the Amazon MP3 App. The new Amazon consumer cloud service also works well. It’s just too bad that you have to give up all privacy to use it.  
Don’t believe me? Read the Amazon Cloud Drive Terms of Use for yourself.  
Nice try Amazon, but you’ll excuse me if I don’t give you the right to access, retain, use and disclose my account information and my files.
Is piracy stealing?
Posted by dorian in the biz 8 years ago
It amazes me the lengths people go to in order to justify the fact they don’t feel like paying for something.  
Walk out of a store with a DVD shoved up your jumper and it’s a clear-cut case of theft. Disagree? Tell it to the judge. Yet the digital revolution makes it easy to obtain a copy of a movie without depriving the owner of the original. So does copying equal theft?  
As someone who is not without sin I'm reluctant to cast the first stone, but I’ve never tried to kid myself that copying content isn’t wrong. Everyone seems to draw their own line in the sand. Some people are happy to download content they wouldn’t have paid cash for anyway, such as free-to-air television shows. I have a friend who doesn't illegally download Australian music, in order to support local artists. Others won’t steal stuff if it's for their children. Some have a policy of buying an album or movie if they fall in love with something they've downloaded. Deep down, most people seem to appreciate that they’re not entitled to have whatever they want for free.  
As someone who creates content for a living, and has bills to pay, I admit I have a vested interest in ensuring we find an economically viable solution to the issue of illegal downloading.
Posted by dorian in entertainment 8 years ago
i'll keep this brief.  
this portion of, 'film music', is for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.  
to use the site you log in (or on?) and are then given a password.  
you can then listen to the available music and download whatever you want to use in your film or video or short.  
the music is free as long as it's being used in a non-commercial or non-profit film, video, or short.
John Barry, who died on January 30 aged 77, was one of the most successful of all film composers; he won five Oscars for scores that included Born Free, Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves, but wrote his best-known and most enduring music for the James Bond films...  
John Barry: A life in clips (
Girl Talk - All Day
Posted by FoolProof in it's the arts 8 years ago
Free album. (pay as you wish)  
[free music]
What the critic Pauline Kael once described as Mr. Edwards’s “love of free-for-all lunacy” was flaunted in good movies and bad ones: in commercial successes like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) and “The Pink Panther” (1963) — the first of a series of films starring Peter Sellers as a bumbling French policeman — and in box-office disasters like the musical spy extravaganza “Darling Lili” (1970), starring Ms. Andrews.  
After a series of critical and box-office failures in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Mr. Edwards spent several years in self-imposed exile in London and Switzerland. He returned to write and direct three “Pink Panther” movies between 1975 and 1978.  
special thx for 'the party', makes me rofl every time i see it ...
Music2.0 (free e-book)
Posted by dorian in the biz 8 years ago
The Wall Street Journal calls Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’. He is the co-author of the influential book ‘The Future of Music’ (2005, Berklee Press), as well as the author of ‘Music2.0’ (2008) and the blog-book ‘The End of Control’ (, 2007). Gerd's background is in music; in 1985 he won the Quincy Jones Award and subsequently graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music (1987). Since 2002, after a decade as digital media entrepreneur and start-up CEO, Gerd travels the globe and speaks at conferences, events and think-tanks on the Future of Media, Content, Technology, Business, Marketing & Advertising, Branding, Telecom, Communications and Culture.
Posted by dorian in the wired 8 years ago
Listen to a Song on YouTube, without all the hassles  
One option is that you launch your web browser, open the site, type the title of the song in the search box and then click on one of the search results to play that song.  
The other hassle-free alternative that you may find more handy is Quisple.  
Quisple is a compact Windows utility that lets you play music from YouTube directly on your desktop without even having to launch the browser. Just type the song name in the Quisple player and it will instantly stream the corresponding song from YouTube.  
Internally, Quisple uses the Google APIs to search for that song on YouTube and automatically plays the first search result. It doesn’t convert the YouTube video to an audio file but only hides the video portion during playback.
My history with these things is pretty casual/ non-obsessive really. I'm not sure why exactly, but I started grabbing them off of utility poles & record store counters when I was around 10 or 11 years old, then securing them all over my bedroom walls with a wretched substance called "Fun-Tak" (you'll see a lot of oily corner spots as a result). Around 1985 I started making them myself (both because I loved the music so much and because it got me in to the shows for free) and this early design work, along with the little photocopied Punk Rock 'zine I was doing at the time, were most certainly my entry points into the world of graphics -- the field in which I work today.  
Of course like most folks who've gotten bit by the Punk Rock bug, these flyers represent a mere fraction of the time I've spent in loud dark rooms (though I didn't see every single show pictured here either), but I'm still both happy and amazed that I've somehow held on to as many as I have.  
I've never purchased or traded these things; this is more an illustration of packrattery - it's probably extra easy to trace my life & interests through these galleries. They start out in Kansas (most of the early non-Lawrence/ KC ones were sent to me either by people ordering copies of my zine or by a few pals of mine who had run away to CA), and as I move around in life the bands & venues change accordingly: Kansas, Ohio, Washington DC, Kansas again, Arizona. After 1994 most of the flyers start to center around the various bands I was playing in (The Weird Lovemakers, Rocket #9, The Gobs, The Knockout Pills), and offer a much more limited range of subject matter as a result.