Free Music From The Free Music Archive

iPod fat with musicThe Free Music Archive — WFMU’s interactive library of curated, legal music downloads — is in pre-launch-blog-mode until November

In the meantime, though, they’re unleashing free MP3 download teasers. Bands include:

  • Black Math – Dark-wave buried in tape hiss, with grinding synth, electric cello, and drum machine. The three piece lists Depeche Mode and Big Black as influences, but they’re not straight up 80s. Carry That Weight (MP3)
  • Olivia Block – Electro-acoustic composer Olivia Block moved to Chicago from Austin, Texas in 1996. Her work blurs the line between music and sound, organic and inorganic. Live In Toronto (MP3)
  • EKG – The improv/electro-acoustic duo of Ernst Karel and Kyle Bruckmann. Karel — who has collaborated with just about everyone in Chicago, from Weasel Walter and Ken Vandermark to David Grubbs and Bobby Conn — plays trumpet and analog electronics. Bruckmann — formerly of Lozenge (see below) — plays oboe, english horn, suona, and electronics. Immaterial Side B (MP3)
  • Illusion of Safety – This is the 25th anniversary of Dan Burke’s ongoing solo/collaborative project Illusion of Safety, which defies categorization but “has been called ambient, post-industrial, electro-acoustic, electronica, sound collage, improvisation, and power electronics” according to The project “intrepidly charts the terra incognita where sound, silence, noise and music intersect. Using conventional instruments, sound generating devices and random objects, IOS hews sonic sculptures that deliberately provoke, mesmerize and even affront listeners”. Time Remaining (MP3)
  • Mahjongg – Their live show involves two drum sets, a percussion station, guitar, bass, several electronic workstations, a vocoder, and a smoke machine. Tell The Police The Truth (MP3)
  • TV Pow – TV Pow is the electroacoustic trio of laptop composers/free-improvisers Michael Hartman, Brent Gutzeit, and Todd A Carter. Note: this track could shred your speakers. Terran Time-Slip (MP3)

MP3 links for each band above. More at WFMU’s site.

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