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Free Music Archives’s Creative Commons Music Netlabel Moments 2009

I'm honored to take part in Phlow's year-end list-making tradition - it's a very cool and important project for the future of netaudio culture. As 2009 comes to a close, we have more free music at our fingertips than ever before, which is mostly good but it also means it's still easy for good music to get lost in the shuffle. Thankfully there are some amazingly attuned digi-crate diggers out there - like the Phlow Magazine team - who are determined to uncover every single mp3 gemstone the world wide web has to offer.

WFMU 91.1-FM founded the Free Music Archive with a similar curatorial mission - to extend radio's promise of "free public access to curated audio" into the digital era. Since our beta-launch in April, the Free Music Archive has become a platform for esteemed curators of all stripes - not just radio stations but also venues, festivals, magazines, museums, arts organizations, historical projects, and some of the world's finest positive curatorial forces in netaudio (shout-outs to Phlow, BlocSonic, Creative Commons, Weirdo Music / WM Recordings, Cash Music, Free Albums Galore, Oddio Overplay). In less than a year, the FMA library has tripled in size to include nearly 15,000 songs. And - as our homepage says - "it's not just free music; it's good music".

In other words, it was extremely difficult to pick just five highlights out of so many thousands! In fact, if you'd've asked me this morning, or after I had a chance to dig through all the other fantastic recommendations in this series, I probably would've had a completely different list. Anyway, here are just a few of the many things that I personally loved this year, not representative of the tastes of the FMA as a whole, but if you want thousands more check out or follow Free Music Archive Twitter.

Jason Sigal/Managing Director of the Free Music Archive at WFMU

Top-5 Songs 2009

Lucky Dragons - "Power Melody"

DJ Ilya Monosov and the Hedonic Islands - "Alien Abduction"

Sir Lord Von Raven - "Take It Or Leave It"

Grand Trine - "Monochromatic Youth"

Bird Names - "People Should Get More Aware"

Top Netlabels 2009

Best Creative Commons Albums 2009

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  • Ah, the FMA - the SkyNet of CC music. ;) I'm looking forward to exploring your selections - they look intriguing.

    Continued great work with the calendar, Mo & co. at Phlow, who are collectively cooler than an ice floe. Yo. I'll go.


    I need sleep.

    Gravatar of Catching The Waves Catching The Waves said on
    17. Dec 2009 at 1:56 am
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  • Hey CtW! Whaddaya mean SkyNet? That sounds, like, menacing or something

    Dug your charts by the way!

    Gravatar of Jason Jason said on
    17. Dec 2009 at 2:00 am
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  • SHSK'H rulz!

    (and steve's got the most intriguing comments :)

    Gravatar of beadmaze beadmaze said on
    17. Dec 2009 at 3:11 am
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  • Great!
    Many thanks, Jason!

    Gravatar of alex alex said on
    17. Dec 2009 at 10:34 am
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  • Jason, I meant no disrespect to FMA. It's a fantastic concept. I admire the website and think it will go from strength to strength, ensuring that there is a place on the internet where professionaly curated CC music can always be found and that will silently take over the world's nuclear missile systems and enslave us all. Oh my God, the machines are coming for us. It's TEH TERMINATOR! THE MACHINES. WILL. ENSLAVE. US. ALL!!! RUNFORTHEHILLS!!!11ELEVENTY!!!


    Thanks for the kind words about my chart. I will return here in the near future (SEE? MORE TIME TRAVEL ABUSE!!!!)to cast judgment from Mount Olympus on what looks like a very comely FMA chart.

    I'm going to lie down now.

    Gravatar of Catching The Waves Catching The Waves said on
    17. Dec 2009 at 9:28 pm
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  • My favourites:

    "Power Melody" gets its groove on. A tabla-driven groove from sampled world music? Me like.

    "Alien Abduction" = lo-fi hip-hop = nice.

    Like its title, "People Should Get More Aware" has a pyschedelic 60s sensibility. It makes me think of kaftans.

    Thank you to the FMA for the selections. May your development of sentient killing machines continue apace. ;)

    Gravatar of Catching The Waves Catching The Waves said on
    19. Dec 2009 at 4:50 pm
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