The Freedom To Spend catalog is now streaming on Resonate.
Resonate is a co-operative streaming service implementing a new “Stream2Own” model. Per their mission statement, Resonate is working to “Rewire the music industry,” and offer a more sustainable model for artists.
You can learn more about Resonate and their mission here.
Les Archives, a whooping gonzo of synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, and a mysterious string quartet; composed, arranged, and produced by the elusive Japanese artist June Chikuma is out now via Freedom To Spend.
The 1986 reissue, previously released on Toru Hatano’s Picture Label as Divertimento, so many decades ago, now glows with a different purpose; one that revises the past while maintaining, and finally elevating, its hidden influence. Les Archives is the score for a movie of mistaken identity – clones redressed in a guise of the artist’s re-coding. The legitimate artifact deceives history. There is no original, but this copy is singular and complete.
Beside Herself collects the dream music of Michele Mercure’s self-produced and distributed albums, offered in scarce analog editions between 1983 and 1990. The co-release from RVNG Intl. and Freedom To Spend, is available on all formats on November 9, 2018. Pre-order here.
Watch the video for “An Accident Waiting To Happen”
Today we announce Freedom To Spend’s first catalog wide deep dive into an artist’s career – Robert Cox’s Rimarimba, beginning with 1983’s Below The Horizon, followed by 1984’s On Dry Land, 1985’s In The Woods, and finally, the once-imagined, now-realized assembly of 1988’s Light Metabolism Number Prague.
On September 21, Freedom To Spend will offer the complete collection in an edition of 250 screen-printed canvas carriers. This canvas collection will be the only opportunity to access Light Metabolism Number Prague. Below the Horizon will then be released in a one-time edition of 750 copies on October 5, followed by On Dry Land and In The Woods on January 8, 2019 and February 22, respectively. Each album features artwork reinterpreted from its original edition by Will Work For Good, and accompanying abstracts by Jon Dale.
Today we celebrate the release of Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton‘s Music and Poetry of The Kesh. The first edition is sold out at source, but we are taking pre-orders for the repress now, which is scheduled to ship in May.
Discover the Keshhere, and pre-order the second edition at Freedom To Spend ~
Music and Poetry of the Kesh is the documentation of an invented Pacific Coast peoples from a far distant time, and the soundtrack of famed science fiction author, Ursula K. Le Guin’sAlways Coming Home.
This past Monday, January 22, Ursula passed from this realm to another leaving a life spent building and exploring other worlds while challenging social concepts of the real word she inhabited.
Freedom To Spend had been working under Ursula’s enthusiastic endorsement and with Todd Barton, her musical collaborator on Kesh, to give the music that accompanied her 1985 epoch a new life. With the Le Guin family’s encouragement to move forward with our planned release, we are humbled to play this small role in sharing Ursula’s work.
As Pete Swanson, one third of Freedom To Spend, stated, Ursula’s “legacy is her work which transformed the world, and this is another piece of the universe that her imagination birthed becoming real.” Listen to “A Teaching Poem / Heron Dance” below.
Ursula’s daughters Elisabeth and Caroline Le Guin, Barton, and Moe Bowstern will join Visible Cloaks with song, readings, and recollections to celebrate Ursula and this new edition of Kesh in Portland, Oregon on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Leaven Community Center, with a special screening by Vanessa Renwick.
pep llopis’ poiemusia la nau dels argonautes makes its waves into the world today via freedom to spend 🌊 an album almost intimidating to be a part of sharing again considering its musical depths / reaches ~
champ ensminger reimagines marc barreca’s assembly line of processes and industrialized inquisitiveness in his vignette marc listens.
following sara musselman’s visual work inspired by michele mercure’sEye Chant album, our Freedom To Respond exhibition series continues for Music Works For Industry.
satpreet kahlon’s sculptures and carl nelson’s illustrations will adorn the Machine House Brewery for a week following a special launch event on Saturday, June 3, co-presented by local crew elevator. marc barreca and rosen will perform live, jed bindeman (1/3 of FTS) will DJ throughout the night.