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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 www.linn.co.uk/christmas to get yours.
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 Archive.org 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 2 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.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Sep 07, 2012 3 comments
Blue Coast Records is offering a free group of performances recorded at the 2012 California Audio Show. To access the downloads you must register with Blue Coast Records. The recordings were made live direct to 2 channel using the Sonoma System at 2.8 MHz.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 31, 2012 1 comments
Jean Dubuffet Expériences Musicales

Thanks to reader and frequent commenter 'deckeda' for turning us on to The Avant Garde Project:

The Avant Garde Project is a series of recordings of 20th-century classical, experimental, and electroacoustic music digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today.
There are lots of great (great) recordings available for free! and most appear to be at least CD-quality FLAC files. Here are a few I'd recommend (and these were the first three I downloaded):
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2 comments
Thanks to my friend and colleague Stephen Mejias (again) for sending me this link this very morning. Lawless is a new film from John Hillcoat coming to theaters 31 August 2012. Adapted from the Matt Bondurant novel "The Wettest County In The World", featuring a screenplay written by Nick Cave, the more relevant news for us is Lawless also sports a soundtrack by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis and these bad seeds, ex-Grindermen are joined by a host of heavies including Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Mark Lanegan, and Willie Nelson. I always knew Nick was a cowboy.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 01, 2012 0 comments
It’s an app, its music, and its art. Animal Collective (the band) and artist Danny Perez collaborated on an installation titled Transverse Temporal Gyrus to help celebrate the Guggenheim Museum's 50th anniversary that combined visuals from Danny Perez and sounds and music from Animal Collective diced, spliced and repackaged by a computer program written by Stephan Moore and played over a 36 channel surround sound system set up on the museum's famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed spiral ramp.

Now you can download the Transverse Temporal Gyrus app that will play three hours of Animal Collective’s music “in a new and unique way each time you run it.”

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 26, 2012 3 comments
BBNG2 by BADBADNOTGOOD

Thanks to reader Guilherme R. for turning me/us onto this free 24/96 FLAC download from all-around bad boys in a good way BADBADNOTGOOD's latest BBNG2. Mainly a three-piece consisting of piano/keyboards, acoustic and electric bass, and drums/sampler, if you like your music all modern and jazzy with an attitude, you may very well like BADBADNOTGOOD. I know I do. Then again, you may hate them. Did I mention BBNG2's free?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 05, 2012 8 comments
Charles Bukowski, Underwater Poetry Festival a Rev. Willis recording

I received this rather minimal email with a subject line reading Archive.org,

Anything from the Mermen (usually very high quality equipment used in the recording, especially those done by Steve Brown)

My Surf Coasters recordings...the performances are stunning."

That was pretty much it with the exception of a link to this...
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 14, 2012 9 comments
It's mysterious. It's music. It's a music player. It's a headphone amp, for two.

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