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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 03, 2015 2 comments
Solo is Berlin-based pianist, composer and producer Nils Frahm's gift for a holiday he invented, "Piano Day will happen on the 88th day of the year, which most of the time is the 29th of March. Piano Day is intended to be the most joyful of all holidays." Solo features Frohm improvising on a very special instrument, the Klavins M370, recorded live in one take with no overdubs. Bravo! But wait, there's more....
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 30, 2015 3 comments
Alan Lomax (right) with musician Wade Ward during the Southern Journey recordings, 1959-1960. photo credit: Shirley Collins/Alan Lomax Archive

Folklorist Alan Lomax spent about 60 years, beginning in the 1930s, traveling around this country and the world recording our musical heritage. From a 1991 interview with Lomax on CBS:

"The modern computer with all its various gadgets and wonderful electronic facilities now makes it possible to preserve and reinvigorate all the cultural richness of mankind."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 25, 2014 0 comments
Linn is at it again, giving away a high resolution 24-bit track-a-day in December. If you head over now, there's a preview track available titled "Caledonia" from Dougie MacLean & Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Sweet!

Linn's 24-Bits of Christmas.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 10, 2014 1 comments

YouTube just doubled down on their live music video investment by adding over 13,000 new titles to their Music Vault live music video showcase. Including performances from “Bill Graham Presents” and “King Biscuit Flower Hour” courtesy of a deal with Wolfgang’s Vault, there are so many great performances here I almost didn't know where to start. I only just came across this late last night but the selection appears to be broad, rich , and amazing. From single tracks to full concerts, from Muddy Waters to Miles to The Allman Brothers to St. Vincent, there's enough great footage here to ruin a week's worth of work time. Best of all, it's free.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 09, 2014 6 comments
The website is gaining momentum. Now with seven labels represented and over 200 DSD downloads available, fans of DSD should be pleased. The latest news is their new "JustListen" label offering "special 'session tapes' and unedited performances that, up till now, are only heard by the production teams and those close to the industry." These "unedited ultra high resolution session recordings" are offered in stereo and multi-channel 64x DSD, 128x DSD, some in 256x DSD, and DXD. Did I mention they're free?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2014 0 comments
Let's let Lefse Records explain:
The audio tracks that form the raw material for Space Project were recorded by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes that NASA launched in 1977 and still uses to study the outer solar system. The satellites carry numerous instruments fine-tuned to record in different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The "sounds" recorded by the Voyager probes aren’t sounds in the conventional sense; rather, they are electromagnetic radiation fluctuations in the magnetosphere of the planets, moons and large asteroids the Voyager probes traveled near. Each celestial body is composed of different elements, has its own size and mass, and therefore sounds unique.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 03, 2014 3 comments
Thanks to Stephen Mejias for the heads up on Ektoplazm and their huge catalog of free music downloads. I'll let Ektoplazm provide the details:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 30, 2014 0 comments
I'm sure your aware that Pete Seeger passed away this week at the age of 94. Pete Seeger was a living legend and stood for many noble ideas and ideals and we can only hope that his message(s) will continue to spread. "Peace on Earth" being one easy example. To honor his life, Smithsonian Folkways have put together a Tribute including a Playlist taken from the album Headlines and Footnotes: A Collection of Topical Songs which you can stream for free. Go to the Smithsonian Folkways Tribute to Pete Seeger.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 26, 2013 1 comments
'Tis the season. Linn will once again be giving away "...a different free Studio Master track every day in December until Christmas Day". Head on over to to get yours.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 25, 2013 2 comments
A world of music in streaming sound. After I followed the Kora Trail to the Smithsonian Folkways website and Foday Musa Suso, I clicked on their Radio Player and spent the better part of the evening immersed in the music of our world. China, Africa, Mexico, American roots, and more. I was reminded of many wonderful events and places from my past, our shared past, as well as hopes for future travels and experiences. It was dreamy.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2013 11 comments
In honor of the sometimes outrageous prices asked for downloads, this week we have a free and legal live show sourced from the truly awesome courtesy of the truly crazed and prophetically prolific Acid Mothers Temple. If you like hard core speed metal, acid jazz, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and extended mind bendingly heavy jams, download yee one of AMT's 93! live shows from the Archive. Hell, download 'em all! We're talking CD-quality FLAC downloads, the kind of thing that others try to get you pay nearly twenty bucks a pop for, for free! Damn!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 11, 2013 3 comments
A big huge thank you to musical entiser extraordinaire Stephen Mejias for the heads up on this lovely album from Oval's Markus Popp:
Calidostópia! is the result of a 10-day, blind-date-esque studio session in Salavdor De Bahia, Brazil. Rapid prototyping + unlimited enthusiasm + working in three shifts = metamelomusical supermerger. I went to to Brazil with tons of released as well as unreleased material - and returned home with dozens of all-new, beautiful songs.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 04, 2013 0 comments
Sibelius Spiders by Sermonizer

Do you like dark? I'm of the opinion that the dark allows us to better appreciate the light. And vice versa. Belgium's Forced Nostalgia, the label, is dedicated to re-releasing some of the darkest industrial analog synth-driven underground music from the 70s through the 90s most of which originally appeared as very limited cassette releases. Now, through the free jukebox that is the internet, you can listen to most of the wonderful releases from Forced Nostalgia on their Bandcamp page and you can download entire albums for free (or whatever you'd like to pay for them) in CD-quality FLAC format.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 14, 2012 0 comments
A big thank you to my friend and colleague Stephen Mejias for the heads up on this O-so-fascinating collection of field recordings from Lawrence English.
Field recordings hold a special place in my heart - part active listening, part hunting, part happy accident, part polaroid, part archive - though wholly personal. No two recordings made in the same place at the same time will be identical and therein lies the beauty of the work. Similar to photography or portraiture, the artist selects the frame and what to prioritize, within that frame (either in pre or post production). These choices ultimately help shape the ways in which the listener can come to and understand the sounds.
Songs of the Living and And the Lived In are two records-worth of found sounds from around Lawrence English's and our (disappearing) world and he's made them available for free. Yes, for free.


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