Your guide to download free music

words and graphic by: Telegraphy

 "The word "author" simply means - A persons ownership of  it's creation. If a thought comes to your own mind, it's your property. Therefor, your the author of it."
                                          Telegraphy 2013

Disclaimer:  This artical is intended for the beginner whom is just getting started in the netlabel scene. This step by step instructional is by no means the only way,  just the most popular way of downloading free music.  

That's right.  I'm going to teach you how to steal music - legally. Technically it isn't "stealing" because all music that I will show you how to download will be licensed under Creative Commons, which basically means that the artist release his or her's music for free, without charge.  No, there's no special hacker friendly software required to connect your computer to some remote illegal website out in the middle of the ocean. Nor would you have to risk yourself from the internet police for downloading copyrighted songs.  All that's needed is a little bit of web surfing know how and a open mind.

  I'm going to let you in on the internet's biggest (not to mention - longest) kept secrete. Since it's inception, many adventurous users of the internet knew about it. Now I'm going to pass this along to you.  The internet is filled with tons of "Netlabels". Whats a netlabel you should ask? It's like a record company but instead of selling you their songs for a price, netlabels provide you with their songs for free. No strings attached. No sign-up contracts. No nothing. It's completely free music. You can stream it. You can download it. It's 100% free for you to keep. 

 So, your thinking, free uh. I heard some free music before and it was terrible. It sounded as if someone recorded it on my grandfather's old cassette recorder and the music was nothing but some guy singing in his bathroom. Well, here's another big secrete - The music that comes from these netlabels are so professionally recorded, and so well written, that it's hard to tell weather their an actual record label.
To hear what I mean, click on this link Don't be afraid, it won't bite you. Just click on the play buttons. If you don't see any play buttons or when you press one, nothing happens, you might need to download the latest version of adobe flash . After that, press the play buttons and listen to the music through your headphones. YOU DID REMEMBER YOUR HEADPHONES? RIGHT! Believe me, all music sounds better through a good pair of headphones. Those small tiny speakers on your computer will not reproduce the great sound quality these netlabels have to offer. So always use headphones. You don't know what your missing.

                      Want more website suggestions ?
                             free music archive

  So you've listened to a few songs on the recommended page I gave you or you went out on your own searching. If so, great, your doing awesome. At this point  you may have found one song you really want to download. Here's a painless way of going about it but before we get into that, there's one piece of software you need in order to play the song back after you had downloaded it. A MP3 player is a software program that allows you to play back MP3 files or any other standard audio files such as WAV, FLAC, Ogg, and ACC. Don't worry about all those different "audio file formats" has their called in internet land,  for now we will only concentrate on the MP3 since it's so popular. What's a MP3 you should ask? It's a digital audio file. In other words, it's a song that has been transformed into a digital language only computers can read. In order for your computer to download a audio file, it must read it in a language it can understand. Computers don't talk in guitar chords; no they speak in MP3-ese (Ha Ha). This is why you need a MP3 player to translate this digital language into a song that both you and I can hear.

  Wow, after all of that per-learning about what a MP3 player is and the reason why we have MP3's, it's finally time to do the dirty deed - DOWNLOAD and LISTEN! Most netlabels will have almost the same format for accessing a audio file, which is as follows:

 1) Links to audio files, which goes to say that when you click on something highlighted or click on a object, it takes you to a different place on the web. That highlighted word or object is "linked" to a different place, hence the term "link".  These links are almost always present in the album track listings. They could be highlighted as "download" or in this case it's a arrow pointing down. Hey, arrow pointing down - download - you got it. Your such a smarty pants.


right clicker
right clicker

small menu box appears out of nowhere.

click on "save as"
2) Now hover your pointer over the highlighted or object link and press the right button on your mouse. NOT THE LEFT BUTTON. Believe me, it"s easier this way. Once this is done, a small menu box will appear. Inside of this box is a list of options, one of them being the one we want to "left click" on. 

3) At this point you should receive the Nobel Prize for Science because your technical abilities in science of free music downloading are flawless. Now "left click" like you would normally do, on "Save As". The small menu box will now disappear.

4) Ah, now we are at the final step in our free music download. You've learned about complicated scientific terms and methods used only by a hand full of internet savoy techno-heads to get to this point. You might as well tell your younger siblings that you can download your own music and you don't need their help.  After the small menu box vanishes, another small but different box will take it's place. This box is called the "Save as dialog box". This is were you become the BOSS of your computer. You see, your computer is like a employee of yours. You have to tell your employee what to do. Same thing with your computer. You have to tell it what to do.  So this "save as dialog box" is asking you,"Where do you want me to to save this MP3 and what name do you want it called?" Simple right? Yea you got!

save as dialog

  On the far left of the "Save as dialog box" is a list of folders. These are the main folders in your computer that has been set aside for saving music, photos, and documents. So, which folder do you want to double "left click" on? Hey, I tell you, just wait for that Nobel prize to arrive in the mail because your right on. The "my music" folder is where you want it saved. Your almost done. Your at third base now and ready to go to home plate and win the Nobel prize of Science. One last thing. If there is no name  in the "file name" box at the bottom (which is rare that should happen) type in a name. Now after the MP3 has been named, the final step is to "left click" on "Save".

Progress bar

5)  After clicking on "Save",  the "Save as dialog" box will disappear to make room for a smaller but different box with a long horizontal bar going across it. This box is called the "Progress bar box". It visually represents how much of the MP3 has been downloaded into your computer. Now if the "progress bar" takes several minutes to complete it's travel across, that's OK. Don't panic! Go and grab yourself a cold drink from the fridge. Sometimes the time it takes for a song to download all dependents on how fast your internet connection is. A slow connection = slow download time. A fast connection = faster download time = Awesome!

 6) At this point you have successfully downloaded free music off the internet like a pro. Now it's time to go show off that Nobel Prize by playing back the song you just downloaded. To do just that you have to find that song saved onto your computer. Where did you save it? I'm sure you said, "My Music" as your polishing that Nobel Prize. Go to My Music and find the file, double "left click" on it. The MP3 player in your computer will begin playing that song through your headphones. Sweet!         

Kurz-above liveset

 A live impromptu live set from Ionosonde Recordings resident artist - Telegraphy. Using tracks from his latest album Kurz-above ,  Telegraphy creates different pallets of sound through heavily processed dubbly delays. The textural differences from "Kurz-above [iono-12] can be apparent in this extended track which begins as if you were in the deepest part of the ocean where everything has a fluidity quality about it. Slowly you and the company of an octopus, rises toward the surface of the water as the track progresses.       
As recorded live at Ionosonde studios on March 15, 2013. All tracks were produced by Richard Sudney (Telegraphy) 2013.

01: Kurz-above liveset..............................30:30 min

Track listing:
01: Kurz-above intro (0:00 min)
02: Kurz-above Transmission (8:46 min)
03: Kurz-above Multipath (13:07 min)
04: Kurz-above Noise (21:06 min)
05: Kurz-above Detector (25:27 min)

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Detroit music festival 2013

Words and last photo by: Telegraphy

  One morning while driving to one of Detroit's last true record stores, the traffic I was  following meandered it's way through "rough on the edges" neighborhoods. The slow precession of old beat up compact cars, hoped from traffic light to traffic light. I wasn't in a rush to get to the record store and neither was anybody else. Heck, it was Saturday morning - everybody was taking it easy after a long hard work week. This crawling parade of dilapidated four wheeled ghetto cruisers, gave me a chance to gaze my attention to the lush scenery - abandon schools to factories that are more akin to empty eggshells, I thought to myself," wouldn't it be cool for Detroit to have something where bands or a musical performers can have an event which would pop out of nowhere in one of these abandon properties, like a old fashioned rave". The location of such event wouldn't be broadcast only until the day of. An underground party if you will. On a side note, there is one such event that I know of that subscribes to this style. Detroit funk night is an event that hops from bar to bar. Every last Friday of the month their at a different location.

    Now, surly you think to yourself, "In a creepy neighborhood, in Detroit?".  Think about it (I'm looking at you event planners) what better odds do you have in making a honest buck - in a run down bar somewhere in Hamtramck or at an abandon  location somewhere in Detroit ?. Heres a rundown of some of the expenses you might encounter at "hole in wall bar" and compare that to "land groping free Detroit" :

Hole in wall bar          
1) Renting out the place (this could be the biggest expense out of them all)
2) Paying for the alcohol ( if you want happy costumer's and a band or DJ that will have fun - there's nothing more worst then having a crabby band leader or DJ on the stage acting like a two year old)
3) Security ( yes,  big well built Egor's that only lets in the ladies he's going to bed with later that night)
4) Parking ( sometimes you might have to pay for this modern age luxury. A secure parking lot in some areas is a good thing)

Land groping free Detroit 
1) Renting ( Ha, ha, Seriously folks. You didn't think you had to pay anything in Detroit, heck over half of the residence don't even pay there taxes)

  I'm not here trying to sell this idea or try to convince any party planner that this is the perfect time to hold a free event somewhere in Detroit. I mean know one in their right mind would take advantage of Detroit's incredibly low land rental fees. I mean big names like Metalica, Red Hot Chilli peppers, and the Deftones wouldn't dare come to Detroit for fear of losing money  Orion Music Festival then again I digress. The Orion Music Festval as you may or may not know, is planing to be at Belle Isle this summer. Known as Americas largest inner city island, Belle Isle this summer will host big name bands and will ultimately become home to thousands of hot, sweaty, and drunk metal-heads.

Detroit's favorite soft drink.

 Certainly this paradise island doesn't have world class facilities to accommodate world class entertainers. Belle Isle, which by the way is having it's financial problems stemming from bad governmental decisions, has virtually been abandon by the city of  Detroit. The basic functioning of this place is almost non-existent. Now there has never been a music festival to my knowledge of this magnitude on the island - EVER. So let me get this straight, This Orion Music Festival is holding it's event on an island that hasn't been fully operational since 2000? Maybe the city of Detroit offered Orion a deal that they couldn't refuses? Or maybe their coming just to divulge in Detroit's favorite soft drink?
  Another festival that took advantage of the city of Detroit's "rental fees" was the short lived free festival - The Detroit Electronic Music Festival  from 2000 - 2004. This festival went under several different management until 2005 when it started charging an enterence fee. Changing ownership once more in 2006, Paxahau  an event promotions company, presently continues to consistently run the DEMF every Memorial day weekend where they consistently jack up the admission fee every year. You might say, "Telegraphy, you seem to have some animosity towards the DEMF nowadays ?" Yes you are correct on that assumption and for answering today's question right, you will be entered into our drawing for a chance to win a  life time supply of Faygo. Animosity only towards the fact that Detroit's crown joule festival has sold-out. I remember attending this event when it was free. The people that came back then were music lovers, and they attended just for that reason alone. I don't think it's fair to say that today's crowd doesn't have the same intentions. Then again, I digress.
we're here for the music.

Vicks vapor rub, anyone?

Molly Monster


  Free music festivals brought like minded people together. It started revolutions to the extent that it changed the fabric of our lives. Everything from art to philosophy can change when a mass of people comes together to explore different sounds, different individuals and modes of  alternative thinking. I real do feel that greed has pulled the carpet out from underneath the free music festivals of America. It's prime time for a revolution here in Detroit. We have the infrastructure, the open land (a lot of open land) . We also have a lost generation that so desperately needs a community to come to, to share the most basic language us humans have to give to each other, without charge - MUSIC     

For whom the Belle tolls. by:Telegraphy

Kurz-above iono-12

track listing:

01: Kurz-above Transmission..............................4:57 min

02: Kurz-above Multipath.........................................8:20 min

03: kurz-above Noise................................................4:39 min

04: Kurz-above Waveguide....................................10:23 min

05: Kurz-above Uplink................................................7:20 min

06: Kurz-above Detector..............................................9:59 min

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The twelfth release of ionosonde recordings is all about dub techno on a micro scale. Analog synthesizers were used in this album which explored the sonic wonders of the super high frequency (SHF) electromagnetic band where radars listen intently. This frequency range goes by the name "the Ka band" or Kurz-above.

Using only analog gear to produce the best sound quality as possible, Telegraphy recreates sounds that might be heard by a person who's in control of one of these radars. Atmospheric noise mixes with the steadily cycling "on's and off's" of the radar signal. These sounds are mimic by Telegraphy's synthesizers. Echo's from distant targets shows up on the view scope in the radar room, the same goes for Telegraphy as he echos his target chord in his audio control room.

With a computer only used as a MIDI source, Telegraphy produces ionosonde recording's best sounding album.