05 July 2012

Vibrating Electrons

Teleharmonium, developed by Thaddeus Cahill in 1897
This post is inspired by WFMU (world's best radio station) radio show BUSY DOING NOTHING hosted by Charlie Lewis on the GIVE THE DRUMMER RADIO (stream).

Today's episode "Electronic Pioneers et Cetera" was a real beauty, and it featured or called to mind several free albums and compilations of bleeps and bloops that may bring you pleasure.

Launch the pop-up player with the full playlist or click this player to stream. Click here to download the mp3 of the show.


Now on to the relevant free albums and free labels providing even more free releases for you to enjoy! Please support the living artists you enjoy, so that they may continue to provide free music.

Monroeville Music Center - Generic Product,
Monroeville Music Center: les défauts de fabrication, and more
inspired by early electronic, easy listening, musique concrète masters

sample mp3s:


Godblesscomputers - Swanism
new release on the Fresh YO! label founded by Digi G’Alessio
sample mp3: Godblesscomputers - Natürlich

Various Artists - Cyclic Bits: The Raymond Scott Variations
remixes of works by the electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott, popularized by his songs used in Bugs Bunny cartoons
sample mp3:

People Like Us: Reworking Daphne Oram
works of the electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram remixed by the gifted mixmaster and leader of plunderphonics, People Like Us
sample mp3: 

Quintette 7 Plays the Music of Raymond Scott
handful of tracks available from this tribute performance of Raymond Scott works
sample mp3: Raymond Scott - Manhattan Minuet

Various Artists - People Doing Strange Things with Electricity Too
experimenting with electronics inspired by the exhibition People Doing Strange Things With Electricity held at Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle
sample mp3: The Apartment - Electromusetic Sound

Various Artists - Visitations: A Musical Tribute to Doctor Who
the infamous Dr. Who theme was developed by electronic pioneer Delia Derbyshire and the incidental music matched it; here a new generation pays tribute
sample mp3:  Videogame Orchestra - Doctor Who Theme

Miii - Rabbitbass EP
brand new release of dancey, glitchy, instrumentals; starts with dubstep, and by track three, you are loving some pop sweetness
sample mp3: Miii - Are Your Feelings Good?

Various Artists -  Toyland
a compilation of marvelously silly toy sounds I put together for you
sample mp3:

Katapulto - Bodyhammer
one of the fun free records available from Proot Records

sample mp3:

Big City Orchestra - Things Fall Down
"interesting collage of various electronic patterns and other samples, and a general avant electronic atmosphere"
 sample mp3: Big City Orchestra - Bug Bug Bu

Big City Orchestra - Boom Crash Crash
all-stars of experimentation on this release include: ninah pixie, das, rob wortman, otis fodder (The Bran Flakes), matt woolery, melissa margolis, werner slack, cheryl e leonard, cait mcwhirr, russ kent, trademark (Evolution Control Committee), daevid allen, ava mendoza, jesse burson
sample mp3: Big City Orchestra - Chimestar

The Listing Attic - mp3s
instrumental studio pieces by Andy Charneco with occasional guests
sample mp3: The Listing Attic - World's Fair 2001 (R. Stevie Moore cover)

minusbaby - Monkey Patch
chiptune album "dedicated to all things apish and monkeyed"
sample mp3: minusbaby - Eating Needles

Salakapakka Sound System - La Musique Concrète part 2 (part 1)
musique concrète using only pre-existing sounds
sample mp3:

Many more free electronic albums from these labels:

+ 8 Bit Peoples
+ R-Bot Records
+ Maltine Records
+ Fresh Yo Label
+ Proot Records
+ the motherlode: Category: Electronic in the Netlabel Catalogue

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