Best of 2015

Best of 2015

I dread writing the “Best of” post every year. Not because of the amount of work in listening to music or coding the page, it is the nagging feeling that I have missed a great release thereby slighting a musician’s accomplished work. But a “Best of” post is somewhat required. The list helps friends and other listeners of the free music scene find some music they have missed and it may add a bounce to the step of a musician or netlabel owner listed here.

This list has releases licensed under Creative Commons (CC) as well as the draconian All Rights Reserved. My small hope is that musicians will see other artists who use CC licensing and may even start to use Creative Commons for their own work in the future. (I can dream can’t I?) This year’s “Best of” list also includes some cassette releases, but all of these cassettes have a corresponding free digital release. Maybe more cassette labels can start doing this?

The one hundred albums listed below are divided into two sections: a Top 20 and Another 80 listed afterward. I wrote out the Top 20 just to see if I could and also make it easier on the more casual listener. On any given day, the Top 20 could be very different depending on my listening mood with albums moving from one section to the other.

Download, listen and enjoy.

Martin Rach - ArtebellumMartin Rach
Artebellum
Control Valve
August 2015
©
zip
Bebawingi - BebawinginiBebawinigi
Bebawinigi
Strato Dischi
July 2015
CC BY-NC-ND
zip
Juan Antonio Nieto - Big MistakeJuan Antonio Nieto
Big Mistake
suRRism-Phonoethics
May 2015
CC BY-NC-SA
zip
Iris Garrelfs - Breathing Through WiresIris Garrelfs
Breathing Through Wires
Pan y Rosas Discos
January 2015
CC BY-NC-ND
zip
Mers - Click PussyMers
Click Pussy
Editora do Porto
March 2015
CC BY-NC-ND
zip
Gurdonark - Constellation BlackbirdGurdonark
Constellation Blackbird
We Are All Ghosts
May 2015
CC BY-SA
zip
Cagey House - Cry One Best DemoCagey House
Cry One Best Demo
0kbps
April 2015
CC BY-NC-SA
zip
Peter Wullen - Do You Dream About MePeter Wullen
Do You Dream About Me
Haze
August 2015
CC BY-NC-SA
zip
The OO-Ray - Empty OrcestraThe OO-Ray
Empty Orchestra
Lifelike Family
April 2015
CC BY-NC
zip
Stinky Picnic - Hamster World
Stinky Picnic
Hamster World
Self-Released
March 2015
CC BY-NC-SA
Bandcamp
Willy Stamati - In Search of Noise (Parts 1 and 2)Willy Stamati
In Search of Noise (Parts 1 and 2)
Mahorka
February, December 2015
CC BY-NC-SA
zip (1 and 2)
Dalot - LevellingDalot
Levelling
Panospria
January 2015
CC BY-NC-ND
zip
(dell.tree + Metek) - Lisergic Weird Funk(dell.tree) + Metek
Lisergic Weird Funk
Editora do Porto
March 2015
CC BY-NC-ND
zip
Ryukau - MuryokuRyukau
Muryoku
Etched Traumas
November 2015
CC BY-NC-ND
Bandcamp
Gavin Gamboa - Quartet ForensicsGavin Gamboa
Quartet Forensics
Self-Released
April 2015
CC BY-NC-SA
Bandcamp
Stephen Emmerson - Radio/TapeStephen Emmerson
Radio/Tape
Control Valve
March 2015
©
zip
Hammer of Hathor - SphereHammer of Hathor
Sphere
dontrustheruin
February 2015
CC BY-NC-SA
zip
Vasectomy Party - The Truth is IllusiveVasectomy Party
The Truth is Illusive
Control Valve
Feburary 2015
CC BY-NC-ND
zip
Graham Dunning - WoundGraham Dunning
Wound
Self-Released
March 2015
©
Bandcamp
Jonáš Gruska - Zvuky SlovnaftuJonáš Gruska
Zvuky Slovnaftu
Self-Released
August 2015
CC BY-NC-SA
Bandcamp
Bastl Orchestra – Acetitic Syndrome (Signals for Arkaim)
Annie Kerr & Gus Garside – After thought (Spirit of Gravity)
Marcello Magliocchi – All in One & Duo recital (Plus Timbre)
METEK and Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt – The Beauty of Blasephemy (suRRism-Phonoethics)
Vziel Pojet – big brown balls (Genetic Trance)
Carl Kruger – Blip Service (Digital Minimum)
Miquel Parera – by Zero (República Ibérica Ruidista)
Matra Espectra – Cantos and Meditations (Self-Released)
Golgotha Communications Limited – A Certain Fondness (Haze)
C. Reider – Certainty Reducing Signals (Happy Puppy Records)
Lucie Vítková – Chorals (Signals from Arkaim)
Souns – Coastal (Panospria)
Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt – A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there (Kruk Records)
NOPOSORP – Concrete Gain (Etched Traumas)
Pavel Madurov – Day of Mechanician (Zenapolæ)
Jeremy Gluck and Michael Dent – Div Joyvision (Expanded Editiion) (suRRism-Phonoethics)
Lyn Goeringer – Dolly (for M.A.) (Pan y Rosas Discos)
Philipp Bückle – Drawings (Invisible City Records)
Edø Pistø Sømi – Error : dot: can’t open (Hortus Conclusus Records)
Microseq – False Awakenings (Inkilino)
Stella Velce – For a Flat ( Pan y Rosas Discos)
Shredderghost – Golden Cell (Power Moves)
Oneirich – Gruchte (Petroglyph Music)
AODL – Harborlust (Sunhill)
Dr Sparkles – Hello, Good Evening and Yes (Self-Released)
Splicey and Tracky – Horses, Horses … Horses! (Haze)
Michael Jackson Pollock – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rocks_on_Mars (Signals form Arkaim)
Compost Haven – Icky Vicky (Pan y Rosas Discos)
Porcje Rosolowe – Insects 4-7 (Crónica)
el owl – Invisible Predator (Lifelike Family)
mutanT.R.I. – Katacumoridako (Dog Park)
Phenotypo – Kings of Disco Vol. 1 (suRRism-Phonoethics)
Caroline Park – Less Than Human (Pan y Rosas Discos)
Mal Occhio – Mal Occhio (suRRism-Phonoethics)
Jaan Patterson – Music for Shadows (suRRism-Phonoethics)
Daniel Barbiero – Cristiano Bocci – Nostos (Acoustronica)
Liew Niyomkarn – OEL (Deep White Sound)
Derek Baron – Palmillas (Power Moves)
Stephen Emmerson – Letters to Verlaine (Deep White Sound)
Acryllic Drape – ph 12 (Deep White Sound)
People Skills – Pogradec Embankment (Self-Released)
psoph.OS – Polypodiaceae (Tape-Safe)
Rocheleau – Bussière – Couture – RBC (Pan y Rosas Discos)
Dead Peoples Records – Scheiße Kunst: ist tote menschen schallplatten (Self-Released)
Nat Grant & Furchick – Scrap Yard Lingerie (Dog Park)
Andrea Borghi – Sessile (Con-v)
The Shouts from the Sea – The Shouts from the Sea (Power Moves)
Phirnis / Katarrhaktes – Sleepers (Fwonk*)
Baptiste Boiron & Chris Sliver T – Soliloque (Ozky e-sound)
Brandon Cardon – Something About Tape (Deep White Sound)
Alexander Chernyshkov and Marina Poleukhina – Songs About Trees (Pan y Rosas Discos)
Jack Hertz and Jukka-Pekka Kervinen – Sonic Overload (suRRism-Phonoethics)
Robert Kroos – Sounds of Hokkaido (Green Fields Recordings)
Jazznoize – The Sounds of Power Lines (suRRism-Phonoethics)
Alejandro Remeseiro – Soundcapes from R’lyeh (Second Family)
Juan Antonio Nieto – Static (Plus Timbre)
Linear Bells – Tapology (Self-Released)
M.NOMIZED – Textures and Parasites (Hortus Conclusus Records)
Seth Cooke – Transfer, 3/1000 (Very Quiet Records)
Kecap Tuyul – Tunnel Songs (Eg0cide Productions)
Enrique Maraver – Underground Variations (Echo Music Recordings)
Aeristirvx – Untitled (8 ravens)
No Way Out – Untitled (Etched Traumas)
Olivier Dumont – Viscose (Con-v)
Pat Moonchy – Vorfeunde (Pan y Rosas Discos)
Retsevlis Sva – Warranty Certificae 8613219554 (Great Hedgehogs’ Records)
Alexei Borisov and Sergey Kostyrko – Watchdog Violation (ZeroMoon)
Neglect – Western Romance Novels (Lifelike Family)
Lezet – Whimsical (Cold Land Records)
Ogikubo Sex – 1 (Mayoware)
Memory Metal – 2 (Deep White Sound)
Martin Rach – 4 BACH/2 MF (Self-Released
Suzana’s Bauten – 8 bits de puro odio (Plataforma Records)

The photograph, 100 by duncan c, is licenced CC BY-NC.