The world is cool. Think of something that would kick-ass, type it in your browser and there it is. Someone from Helsinki will have already made it and it is there for free to be jammin on. AudioSauna is a software synthesizer that you can play and record tracks within your browser, save songs in progress, and mixdown your latest club hits or elevator music or whatever you made. Check it out, plus check their blog.
Is there another cartoonist who is so super at being at being a cartoonist and a musician? I can think of some that do both but Archer is my main cartoonist/musician man. Then again, he’s stopped the comics flow a while ago hasn’t he. Will we ever see more Sof’ Boy? Two of my jams right here.
Since my last post about the Free Music Archive they have added a dedicated portal page for music on the archive that is available for use in your video/film/animation/podcast production. You need to check the specific license on each individual track to confirm exactly the usage permissible, but fortunately their updated search filtering allows you to search for the different flavors of permission that you are seeking (commercial use, modify, synch to video, podcast).
Internet, I am so on fire for U 2nite. Here is what I want from you to satisfy my desire, please do me a mashup of Hall and Oates “Maneater” with Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison” and not only will you be the new Dangermouse but when it makes me shake my rump on the dance floor I will send you free comics. Never trust a big butt and a smile.
You should be aware that Meathaus colleague Jim Campbell (aka Angry Jim) has a long-running rock music outfit called Paper Fleet. Check out their page out on this popular social networking site, and perhaps “like” it if that’s your kind of gig. And look at this flyer Jim drew for an upcoming Paper Fleet show at The Bell House Frontier Room in Brooklyn on May 3rd. I can joyfully attest to the fact that both Paper Fleet’s and Moonmen on the Moon, Man‘s aural excellence equals the visual excellence on display below.
Oh man have my posts and other online activities been in a deep freeze recently, and it’s not because recently a selection of comic book enthusiasts online hated something that I worked on with a fierce and burning passion, no actually it is because I have been butt-ass busy, as they say. Good thing our Meat Bros (see previous post) are still kicking around the site and posting occasionally. We aren’t dead yet. With that said I just wanted to poke my head into the site here and let you know that since the last time I mentioned Music For Programming there seems to have been two more mixes released and a website set up. A bit of description here if it isn’t also on the website. These mix tapes are perfect for going in deep.
So I was listening to this Throatcast Episode 20 interview with Dan Nadel of Picturebox conducted by LPH and posted here on fullfrenzy. That’s one thing, but I got excited to hear the opening track on the interview and then double excited to see the link to the source of the track on a site called Free Music Archive. The track is by the Alash Ensemble, which is a quartet of throat singer/musicians from Tuva. (Above photo by David Aronson). On the FMA you can download live recordings of their fantastic music.
I keep yelling at my students about being aware of copyright issues as they make their animation and videos so that they are completely free and clear to do whatever they want with their works after working so hard on them. Free Music Archive is a resource that allows you to download any of their music and enjoy it, and sometimes use tracks for additional purposes. All you have to do is to look at the license granted to you by the artists, specific to each work to see how it is available to be used and what is required of you if you use it. See the FAQ. Also see earlier posts where I go wild for public domain media.
The Free Music Archive makes the point that they are a curated site and this is reflected in their high quality music selections across many genres including such specifics as field recordings, Skweee, and Wonky. (Definitely not going to pretend I was in-the-know about those last two classifications before this morning. But they’re good.) This curated collection sets it apart from the selection of free stuff on archive.org, for example, but both are worth exploring. In general if this seems relevant to your life as a media creator, you should also be aware of the Creative Commons organization which is the source of the alternate licenses to straight up full-on chub-on copyright.