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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 07, 2013
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!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 11, 2013
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  |  Jan 04, 2013
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  |  Dec 14, 2012
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  |  Sep 07, 2012
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  |  Aug 31, 2012
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):
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 27, 2012
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  |  Jun 01, 2012
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  |  Apr 26, 2012
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  |  Apr 05, 2012
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  |  Mar 14, 2012
It's mysterious. It's music. It's a music player. It's a headphone amp, for two.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 10, 2012
As a follow-up to The Emperor's Old Clothes: In Theory Is Where I Do My Best Practice, I thought it worthwhile to point you to Soundkeeper Recordings who offer various versions of the same music for download in different bit/sample rates. For free. Here's why...
One thing that comes up repeatedly in discussions with other music lovers and audiophiles regarding CD vs. high resolution digital formats, is the fact that most folks have no means of making a valid comparison. Often, the high resolution version of a record is mastered at a different session, sometimes by a different engineer. At many so-called "format shootouts", one hears level differences, EQ differences, etc., making a true comparison of the formats impossible. Astute listeners realize these are comparisons of different masterings and not of the formats themselves.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 07, 2012
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
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 02, 2012
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  |  Dec 21, 2011
From the amazing Internet Archive's 78 RPMs & Cylinder Recordings here are 23 classic songs and stories available as free FLAC downloads collected in Voices of Christmas Past 1898 to 1922. My favorite is "Santa Claus Hides in the Phonograph" (Ernest Hare, recorded 1922) but there's plenty here for everyone including a lovely version of "Noel (Holy Night)" from 1916 by the Venetian Trio and a stirring rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" from 1921 by Navada Van der Veer.

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