Monday, July 30, 2012

Episode 11: Music from The FuMP

Hi, and welcome to the Open Licensed Music Podcast, the show where we highlight music from artists who let you share their music.  I'm Ralph Wacksworth, and today's episode is featuring music from The Funny Music Project.

Eatin' Paste (2:28)
Les's Morgue (squeaky clean edit) (2:28)
Operation: Desert Storm (squeaky clean edit) (3:59)
Dragon With ADHD (0:12)

That was Eatin' Paste by TV's Kyle, slightly edited versions of Les's Morgue by Steve Goodie and Operation: Desert Storm by Tom Smith, and finishing up was Dragon With ADHD by Rhubarb.  All four of them are available from The Funny Music Project at and are licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license.

This episode is about music from The Funny Music Project.  Why?  Because I've subscribed to their podcast of songs for years now and it occurred to me the other day that, oh yeah, it's all open-licensed!  And on top of it, it's awesome music.  They have a combination of parodies and original music, the latter of which we'll be listening to today, though the former is usually just as hilarious.  Their website is at, and they have a few different ways you can get their music.  You can subscribe to their song podcast (and the Sideshow podcast, which is also very good), buy individual songs, donate, sign up for a subscription where you can listen to and download any song in their archive, sign up for a better subscription where you also get CDs sent to you...they give you lots of ways to get their music.  The neat thing is their licensing policy at the bottom of their site, which is why I'm able to build this podcast - it's all open-licensed.

And just so you know, I have no affiliation with them.  I just think they're awesome.

So, anyway, let's listen to some more of their music.

I Have a Tuba (squeaky clean edit) (4:04)
Multi-Tasking (2:24)
There's a Llama Inside My Fridge (2:53)
Not Dead (edited) (3:02)

That was I Have a Tuba by Kobi LaCroix, Multi-Tasking by Drew Jacobs, There's a Llama Inside My Fridge by TV's Kyle, and finishing up was a slightly edited version of Not Dead by Tony Goldmark.  All four of them are available from The Funny Music Project at and are licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license.

A quick reminder: how long has it been since you've backed up your computer?  I run backups of my stuff to other computers and to drives which I make sure are disconnected from power in case of power surges.  Having an off-site backup in case of a major disaster like a fire, flood, or tornado is a good idea as well. Fortunately I haven't had any major problems recently where I've needed my backups, but I read an article recently about the lengths someone had to go to to get their data back, and although it was interesting, it's a little saddenning to think that their backup strategy (or rather lack of one) failed so badly.  So remember: back up your files.

Enough of serious.  Let's get back to silly:

The Happy Song (4:32)
307 Ale (squeaky clean edit) (3:35)
Grumbledy (2:30)
A Song For Worm Quartet To Sing With TV's Kyle (2:17)

That was The Happy Song by Fox Amoore and Rhubarb, a slightly edited version of 307 Ale by Tom Smith, Grumbledy by TV's Kyle which he decided to do because we was sick at the time, and finishing up was A Song For Worm Quartet To Sing With TV's Kyle by Worm Quartet and featuring TV's Kyle.  All four of them are available from The Funny Music Project at and are licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license.

There are a number of songs from The Funny Music Project like that last one that kind of poke fun at themselves.  Kyle, Are You Ian? and was a very good one, and then Devo Spice and Worm Quartet parodied it as Devo, Are You Shoebox? which was hilarious.  How To Speak ShoEboX was another of my favorites, but I like to try to keep this podcast clean enough for work environments and it has a few swear words in it where it would lose part of its comedic value if I edited them out.  So I'm not playing it here.  But it is on The Funny Music Project's website if you want to check it out, and it is very worth listening to if you get a chance.

Another thing to check out this week: The Humble Music Bundle from the same people as the Humble Indie Bundle for games.  They have five albums for purchase for a price of your choosing.  If you pay more than the average price, you get a sixth album.  And you can choose how much of your payment goes to different places, with two of the choices being charities.  The downloads are available as either MP3 or FLAC, and there's some awesome music in there.  It's only up for a few more days at this point, so check it out today at  And, as usual, I have no affiliation with them - it's just a cool concept with good music.

Today's app-of-the-day is FreeCAD.  FreeCAD is a very cool parametric CAD program that allows you to construct parts and assemblies in 3D.  Basically, you draw your blueprints for various things in 2D using the geometry and constraint tools it has, then you take those and extrude or lathe them into a 3D part.  After you turn it into a 3D part, you can then go back and change your drawing and the model will recalculate.  It's pretty cool, and with the latest few versions they've really come a long way toward making it usable and stable.  It's available for Linux, I think BSD, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.  Download it today at

Now for a short noncommercial break for a couple of our nonsponsors followed by more music.

ccMixter Rap (with Music) (1:54)
Renaissance Fair (1:35)
Turtle Riding a Dog (3:26)
The Twelve Signs Of Swine Flu (2:03)
Pirate Song (2:17)
We Are the Vikings (3:27)

That was ccMixter Rap (with Music) by Togora, available from ccMixter and licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial license.  After that was Renaissance Fair by Morning Sidekick, Turtle Riding a Dog by TV's Kyle, The Twelve Signs Of Swine Flu by Steve Goodie, Pirate Song by Jonah Knight, and finishing up was We Are the Vikings by Kobi LaCroix.  The five of them are available from The Funny Music Project at and are licensed under an Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license.

So, that's all for today.  Remember - piracy of commercial music only proves your dependence on that model and justifies further censorship and restriction.  So don't pirate it - replace it with something better.  Listen to open licensed music, donate to the artists behind it, go to concerts, and buy music from artists whose record labels don't see you as their enemies.  Support artists where your support actually counts.

This episode was made using Xubuntu Linux, Gentoo Linux, Audacity, Audacious for organizing playlists, and Leafpad for notes, and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share-Alike license.  Feel free to give it to your friends, or if you didn't like it, your enemies.  Links to the songs in this podcast are available on the website.  Listen in next time for various styles of music with a bit of a western feel.  See 'ya!

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