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cheyenne_h on 02/05/2018 at 08:51AM

Not All Music on FMA is Licensed for Video

Some of our music is just for listening. Sorry video-making friends! (image via flickr commons)

Just a friendly reminder.

We know, the FMA is a great resource for all sorts of people - filmmakers, remix artists, people who wanna hear strange new sounds - but we've been getting a LOT of messages lately from confused people about whether or not they can use X song in Y video.

It depends on the license, and how you intend to use the music, my friend! And best of all, you can find out all the information you need on your own. There are tons of resources out there to help.

We have a robust FAQ (complete with webinar!) about which licenses are suitable for video here. But here are some basics:

1. ND or No Derivatives: If you want to use a track from FMA for a video, you are not allowed to use anything with an "ND" or "No Derivatives" clause in the license. You must get further permission from the artist in order to use it for a video.

2. NC or Non Commercial: If you want to use a track for commercial purposes (including a monetized YouTube video, a real estate listing, or a video telling people about a product or service that costs money), anything with a "NC" or "Non Commercial" clause is not pre-cleared for this type of use. If you want to use it for a commercial purpose, you must get further written permission from the artist, and possibly pay for a license to use the song.

3. SA or Share Alike: If you want to use a track that is licensed CC BY-SA "Share Alike" or CC BY-NC-SA, you are required by that license to share your own work under the identical license. If you can't, or don't want to, do this, you must get further written permission from the artist. (Noticing a pattern yet?)

4. BY or Attribution: Anything with a CC license with "BY" or "Attribution" in it means you must give credit to the artist, but that's it. You can use it for whatever you want, even derivative works like videos and remixes. If you don't want to, or can't give attribution in your derivative work (such as a video)... guess what? You have to get further permission from the artist! (Now you're getting it!)

We have pre-screened a lot of stuff and it's tucked neatly in the Music For Video curator page (though this includes NC and SA tracks - so make sure to look for the license you need). You can also use stuff from our Public Domain collection without attributing or getting permission from the artist.

If you need guidance, please consult our FAQs, License Guide or read up on the Creative Commons website before asking - you may find the answer right in front of you!

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murmurintemporel on 02/02/2018 at 02:26AM

New Release : Humanfobia & Dariusz Jackowski - Vampire's Decadence

Vampire's Decadence, a collaboration album inspired by vampires themes and mixed with an avant-garde obscure psychedelic sound.
Instrumentation & Improvisation by Dariusz Jackowski & Humanfobia.

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massdist on 02/01/2018 at 01:26PM

Jonah's Field Recordings from Africa and Asia Up Now!

Jonah Rapino always carries a handheld recorder around whenever he travels. 

And then when he gets home, he edits and compiles these recordings into unique and awesome releases.

He's done it forever, whether tripping around the USA, while making awesome collages for his own albums, or in this case - a couple trips he took in Asia and Africa.

Jonah was over there touring with Devil Music and Debo Band but the whole while he was recording the street, jams, behind the scenes, conversations, whatever...

These are a couple of my favorite Mass Dist records. Amazing stuff.

Check them here:




Or better yet, press the PLAY PAGE button at Handheld Recordings and your next few hours are gonna be awesome.

Thanks and you're welcome.

Playlist below:


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cheyenne_h on 01/31/2018 at 03:33AM

Lonely Hearts Music Challenge

For the next month or so, we're opening a submission page for songs about love, longing, and how to celebrate Valentine's day your own way! If you've never submitted a song to FMA before, now's your chance! We are accepting submissions from now until Tuesday, February 13th. Your song must meet the following criteria: 

  • **thematically consistent with Valentine's Day, love, candy, longing, roses, chocolate, going on dates, or disdain thereof (in title OR lyrics - can be instrumental)
  • **less than 5 minutes long
  • **licensed CC BY-NC
  • **marked if inappropriate for all audiences

You can submit a song (as long as you're logged in to our site) by clicking on the "Submit Track" button on the Lonely Hearts Challenge page

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10khrs on 01/29/2018 at 01:21PM

Music from Georg Graewe and Carman Moore!

On thursday, celebrated German pianist and composer Georg Graewe premieres new work for solo piano, plus US premieres of his works Afternoon In Coloured Frames, AusFaltungen, and Rhyme and Discourse. New York composer/conductor Carman Moore leads his Skymusic Ensemble featuring special guest Mor Dior Bamba (voice), with Martha Mooke (viola), Linda Wetherill (flute), Neil Alexander (keyboard), Eli Fountain (percussion), Dale Kleps (saxophone and flutes), Brian Lee (bass and keyboard), and David Pearl (piano) in a program including his Harlem (Morningside Mystique), The Quiet Piece, Point-Counterpoint (guest Thomas Buckner), Dante Hell Water, and Righteous Heroes

In anticpation of this concer, we have posted new audio tracks from Carman Moore and Georg Graewe. Enjoy!

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rosso on 01/26/2018 at 06:11AM

New Player in the Works

We have received many bug reports and feature requests concerning the audio players on the FMA site.  This includes the in-page player (play buttons on the webpages) and our outdated flash-based pop-out playlist player.  I am currently developing a brand new html5 pop-out playlist player for the site and am working to remove the last traces of flash from FMA, which includes portions of the image and audio uploaders.  I hope to have all of this completed by Jan. 31 so keep watching here for updates!

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massdist on 01/25/2018 at 10:26PM


I met Pat Muecke when I was 20 and he turned me on to a ton of music that i'd never heard before - country blues, reggae dub, Minutemen, etc. He is a huge influence in my life.

He also was (and remains) an iconoclast, a hot s--- guitar player and one of my favorite song writers.

He's got his own style, combining slide guitar, self taught funky notes, great lyrics, and real soul.

I'm proud to have compiled so much Pat Muecke music on Mass Dist's page on the FMA.

You can follow his artistic trajectory - 

It starts with Blind Mitre where creatively and sonically the sky was the limit and the river was raw.

Boils is totally gnarly but his song writing has become more focused and slightly refined.

With Pick Ups, Pat really found himself and figured it out. When a lot of his friends were getting more abstract, he got more direct. I never questioned Pat's trajectory. He was always right on. Still is. Crazy motherf----- :)

Pick Ups was Patrick, Jordan Colon on bass, and 3 different drummers. This Discography features their full length CD Finest Quality with John Motley behind the kit, an excellent demo featuring Joanna Prisco on drums, and a live recording from the Pilot Light in Knoxville featuring Tim Nylander banging away.

And lastly, we have for you a nice recording of Pat playing acoustic blues on Harvard radio.

MASS DIST... playlist below...


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Alpha_Hydrae on 01/22/2018 at 03:38AM

New Komiku : Poupi's Incredible Adventures !

CC0 Monplaisir

Hello there ! It's Komiku/Monplaisir, I hope you're okay ! Here is my new album "Poupi's Incredible Adventures !", which is an album of 70 tracks dedicated to my plush dog Poupi. At first, I thought to make this soundtrack as a cartoon soundtrack but it slowly became a videogame like soundtrack. I hope you'll like it, don't hesitate to send me feedback about it ! I leave you with the soundtrack and the pitch of their adventure :

It's the story of Poupi, a little dog who need to avoid the accomplishement of a prophecy. So, in one week, they has to travel through space to find the music sheet of serenity, and to go after the horizon to find the time flute. In their way, they will meet Mr Paillettes, a glitter with a crooner voice, and Princess Cheese Burger, the strongest person in the universe. Together, they'll need to find the tiniest place to play the time flute.

The story is more developped on my bandcamp if you want to read about it. If you wanna usethe story or the music, please go for it, it's all in Creative Commons 0. Don't hesitate to contact me, I'm always curious to know what you do with my music !

Thanks for reading this post and listening to my music, I love you all <3


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massdist on 01/18/2018 at 10:33PM

The NO PEDDLERS Discography Now Up On The FMA

No Peddlers is Colin Langenus and Jonah Rapino.

No Peddlers is the first band either of us ever released original music with.

For over 20 years, we have continued to make tapes, cdrs, and movie, as well as founding and managing Mass Dist.

This marks the first time No Peddlers' music has all been available together online.

Warm is our first tape from 1994. It contains the first songs we ever wrote. Pretty straight ahead acoustic guitar and violin.

Corn Smugglers was a double cassette mostly put together by Jonah. It still has the folk roots but things are getting weirder. Our friends liked this one a lot.

Dueling Psychos is a wonderful mess. 48 songs featuring all of our friends. In retrospect, more about the community than the music.

Live 97 we were in our punk folk mania period.

Finding 2000 is a movie Jonah made about a road trip we took in 1999 where we kept running into Elvis. This is the soundtrack featuring music we scored years later along with handheld street recordings from our trip.

X Members 1 and 2 is where we broke up but made solo albums together


Rap Album - the best album ever!


MASS DIST, baby...

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murmurintemporel on 01/17/2018 at 04:17AM

New Release : Zeffon - The Sun Departs

The Sun Departs by Zeffon (USA).
An audio journal dedicated to the preservation of my life story.

Zeffon - "Dark Hill" (05:59)
Zeffon - "Dark Hill" (05:59)
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