Coming soon: an online digital library of music that will allow music fans, webcasters and podcasters to listen, download, and stream for free, with no restrictions, registration or fees. And most amazing of all, it will all be legal.
The Free Music Archive is being directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America, and is funded by a grant from the New York State Music Fund.
We take inspiration for the Free Music Archive from Creative Commons and the open source software movement. Both are based on the idea that there is merit in waiving certain rights to intellectual property. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.
Isn’t that great? I’ve been a fan of the FMU for years, and Beware Of The Blog is a regular hit on my newsfeed. in fact, as I’m writing this, I’m checking out some cool sounds from Philadelphia on one of their regular sampler pages. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this. Who knows, it could be the impetus for the garagepunk stylophone phreakout I’ve been musing on for a while…