Sunday December 16th 2018

Now online: NetLabel Coalition Volume 1

The NetLabel Coalition (NLC) is an organisation consisting of a group of netlabels who have a shared interest in promoting the free music ideal, as well as promoting their own catalogues and artists through collaborative efforts and projects.

With this, the debut compilation album from NLC member labels, we’re looking to spread knowledge about the group and what it’s doing, as well as getting good music out there and promoting the labels who release it and the artists who create it. Keep an eye open for new releases and projects from the NLC and head over to the NLC site and forums to get involved. As with all open culture communities, the free music one only flourishes when you contribute.

More info: Various Artists – NetLabel Coalition Volume 1

Copying is not theft


Happy Elf goes crazy with balloons!

WM Recordings presents: Greatest It

Six international netlabels – including WM Recordings – have teamed up for one release to celebrate the idea of free music, and to simply bring you the shit de la shit!

Up it up, Ego Twister, Peppermill, Proot, Cock Rock Disco, and WM Recordings share similar backgrounds and philosophies, and they are proud to present their “Greatest it”. You might happen to know all of the 18 smash hits but if you don’t you better catch up, Mr. caveman. This might indeed be the flyest compilation on the internet.

The labels’ idea was also to share audiences by introducing / pointing out each other. It’s understood that it’s ridiculously difficult choosing your 3 favorite tracks from a whole catalog so consider this the tip of the iceberg.

We love giving away our music because we believe the best things in life should be free – like the air you breathe or sunlight or sex (ideally). Please share this release with your friends or blog about it.

You can download Greatest It here.

New on WM Recordings: Stefano Roncarolo & Sandro Marinoni

Now online, a new free album download by Italian musicians Stefano Roncarolo & Sandro Marinoni:

Stefano Roncarolo & Sandro Marinoni – Mirage [WM104]

Gypsyliana in Berlin

WM Recordings artist Gypsyliana will perfom in Berlin on february 14.
Click on the picture for the announcement in pdf format.

Gypsyliana - Sonus Nomas

New free download: Les Baudouins Morts

Les Baudouins Morts existed between 1996 and 2000. Well this popular card game, with a strong following in the underground scene in and around the town of Leuven (Belgium). Click here

Their online casino free spins, if that’s what you want to call it, was just an excuse to promote radical leftwing protest, make sick jokes, criticize everything and everyone walking the face of the planet and give everyone involved the opportunity to play his instrument to his own liking.

Les Baudouins Morts – Le Disque d’Or Des Baudouins Morts

“Music For Free” cover

“Music For Free”, the track René Vis wrote for our 100th free album, has been covered by Camirrakiu:

Visit Camirrakiu’s YouTube Channel

WM Recordings mentioned in Dutch newspaper

Dutch publication “Spits”, one of the largest free newspapers in the Netherlands, published an article about free music and Creative Commons-licenses today. We’re proud to be mentioned as a example of a label that releases most of its catalog for free.

Here’s the main part of the article:

WM Recordings in Spits

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“So, what has become of DJ Harsman?”

Harold Schellinx, who contributed a track to the very first WM Recordings release five years ago under the name of DJ Harsman, has posted a very nice message about five years of WM Recordings and five years of DJ Harsman:

Happy birthday, WM Recordings! Congratulations Marco Kalnenek!

Time flies now, doesn’t it? I greatly admire what Marco has achieved in these 5 years. The extremely divers and eclectic collection of fine music that he has made available online, presented with a lot of care and much respect for the music and artists, is priceless in every possible sense of the word. Priceless as in ‘treasure’, as much as priceless as in ‘free’ … 100 x downloads x free x albums …


Every reason therefore also for me to be proud: in the guise of DJ Harsman I contributed to the label’s very first release, on november 7th 2004. That was Water, Wind and Sails, compiled by Splogman as part of his 52 Weeks project. On it you will find my Oerdvlieg, played with the ‘Geluideiland’: an interactive soundmap of the Dutch island of Ameland that DJ Harsman composed when he roamed the island in may 2003.

Much has happened since.

And these very days I have a fine 5 year celebration lined up myself! For on october 7th 2004, just a little before Marco kicked off WM Recordings, in front of the Amsterdam RAI building I launched Raudio, which over the years has become a collection of 24/7 soundart and experimental one pure sound thing audio webstreams, built form several hundreds of hours of pure sound.

To celebrate Raudio’s lustrum, we made RAUDIO IIIII: a free iPhone and iPod Touch application that will bring all this streaming sound to the inside of your pocket or to the palm of your hand.

RAUDIO IIIII will allow you to tune into each one of Raudio’s twenty 24/7 audio web streams. Do it whenever you feel like, and do it wherever you are (povided within the reach of a 3G network or a Wifi connexion.) The collection includes – just to name two – the amazing 9 Beet Stretch (a recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony slowed down – with pitch correction! – to play for 24 hours …), and Het GesPreK 1982-2005, based upon a cut-up of a series of life musical conservations between 12 musicians, originally recorded in the Amsterdam Paradiso in 1982.

It is at this very same spot, in Paradiso’s “Kleine Zaal”, that on friday november 13th we will officially present our application, with a little festive speech, and performances by the ookoi and special guest Peter Zegveld. (The party starts at 17h, please do come, grab the app and join the fun!)

Meanwhile, rather than roaming wadden islands, DJ Harsman these days is roaming our cities, picking up audio tape debris from the streets and from bushes for his Found Tapes Exhibition. He is also writing a book on the noble art of foundtaping, which should be printed and available for your reading pleasure as of very early 2010. Click here for more info It will be partly written in english, but its main language is dutch, like is its title: “Alle Geluid Van De Wereld” …

Last but not least: let me finally start making the album for WM Recordings that I always have wanted to make but for some reason never got round to…

Harold Schellinx – Paris, november 10th 2009

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