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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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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 07, 2012 1 comments
A big thank you to reader Brian R. for pointing us to three lovely and free downloads from Gimell:
Josquin - Missa De beata virgine and Missa Ave maris stella, The Tallis Scholars
Josquin - Missa Malheur me bat & Missa Fortuna desperata, The Tallis Scholars
Victoria - Lamentations of Jeremiah Victoria, The Tallis Scholars
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 30, 2015 4 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: 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?

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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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 02, 2012 8 comments
Warren Zevon

[reader and frequent commenter deckeda shares an intimate recording]

My "Pick 1" is a 1976 Warren Zevon performance in a live radio studio broadcast. So it's basically a bootleg, but a sanctioned one available at archive.org (His son Jordan gave the approval.)

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!
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: Apr 03, 2015 6 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....
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 05, 2011 0 comments
Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist and composer and in October 2011 he sat down for his second series of 'a-song-a-day' for a week. His first foray in this format was Found Songs from 2009. This time around Arnalds and a group of musicians (piano, strings and electronics) performed a new song-a-day live via streaming video from the living room of his Reykjavík apartment. Arnalds also made each song available as a free MP3 download immediately after each performance.
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: 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: 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: Dec 18, 2015 10 comments
Thanks to reader mtymous1 for the heads up on this free download of the Foo Fighters new EP Saint Cecilia. Get yours here.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 07, 2011 3 comments
Through their Only The Music website, dCS is giving away three high resolution downloads. Grab yours before they run out!

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