New #Disintermedia blog post; 'Can Your Organization Help Save the Free Music Archive?':
#FreeMusicArchive #FMA #CCMusic
Some #GoodNews from the #FreeMusicArchive. Details are sketchy, but what they can tell us for now is that the site will *not* go down on Dec 1. Uploads are still suspended for now, and their collection is still being mirrored by #Archive.org, which is good anyway. #WatchThisSpace
Well, based on my preliminary research, to mirror the FMA we need:
1. An estimation of the size of the FMA (number of tracks, and total size of files)
2. A funkwhale instance were we can import the music
3. A script to crawl/download the whole archive
4. Permission from the FMA to run the script (since it may increase their bandwidth cost)
5. Funding to cover the hosting costs, if relevant
@funkwhale they've specifically asked that people not to scrape the site. So the people to talk to about both the size of the FMA collections, and how to get a copy, would be the folks at Archive.org who are doing an official mirror. See:
@funkwhale Archive.org might also be approachable about providing hosting for an instance of #FunkWhale serving the #FMA collection - and potentially other libre music collections they hold - to the #fediverse. Again, the folks working on archiving the FMA seem like the best people to talk to.
Just to let you know, following our discussion from last week, I'v started writing a small utility to grab the FMA content from archive.org.
I plan to mirror at least a part of the FMA on open.audio using this :)
So, I've imported ~25Gb of music from the Free Music Archive on https://open.audio using this method.
It worked beautifully, and it's now available for the whole #Funkwhale federation. Follow this library from your Funkwhale instance and you'll have access to it:
You can also visit https://open.audio/library/ directly to listen to all this new content! (you don't need an account ;)
@drequivalent Funkwhale's library are technically followable, since libraries will notify followers when new content is uploaded. But this is not something Mastodon or Pleroma actually support.
However, we do plan to integrate features that will work with existing fediverse software such as commenting on artists / albums / tracks or embedding, yes :)
@drequivalent I'm sure patches / pull requests are welcome ;) In fact, after the recent discussions about helping #Dreamwidth support #ActivityPub, I wonder if there's a place for a crack team of federation ninjas to kick into action whenever a project wants to improve their federation feature set?
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