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ange on 11/21/2012 at 05:55AM

Music for Video: Soundtrack for Retro Film Ephemera

From "How Do You Say Goodnight" by Carlo Patro

For our Past Re-Imagined As The Future video mashup contest, remixers were invited to use tracks from the Free Music Archive as the soundtrack to the Prelinger Archives. But what does that sound like, exactly? The answer is a lot of dub, some tape pops and hisses, and an overall attraction to all that's dark and strange.

We've assembled just a sliver of the songs that inspired our remixers here below, and we hope they'll continue to inspire future creative works of all types. Don't forget to keep voting for your favorite contest entries on our voting portal from now through Sunday, November 25 at 5pm ET.


1. Keshco (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Somber and distracted. A calming mix of psychedelic folk and scratchy electronica.
    Video: The Power of the Future Remembered

2. Tzara (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - A mix of klezmer, hip-hop and militant communism out of Aberdeen. Includes sampled voices, including a woman saying, "But the rich pay the taxes, why should I worry?"
    Video: Tapped

3. Ant Neely (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Begins as quirky music full of morse code, perfect for spy chase scenes. Changes feel dramatically at 1:30, and then shifts back at 2:07.
    Videos: How Do You Say Goodnight? & Make Space, Not War

4. Asura (websiteCC BY) - Music for watching a city or landscape change before your eyes. A feeling of something epic taking place, as human voices wah-wah the melody.
    Video: Ad Nauseam!

5. Oskar Schuster (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Sentimental piano music perfect for childhood memories, fairy tales and snow falling. Listen for a typewriter-like instrument that enters about a minute into the story, taking the nostalgic feeling to a whole other level. 
    Videos: America Empire & I Link, Therefore I Am

6. Bit Basic (websiteCC BY-SA) - Jazzed up glitch and IDM takes you on an electronic journey.
    Video: Be Careful, I've Stood On It Too

7. Go-qualia (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Creative electronic ambient music, plus a hint of sadness.
    Videos: CCTV & Reframing the Summer Before We Lost Her

8. The Womb (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - The exciting electronic sounds of The Womb were a big favorite amongst our remixers. The Melbourne musician has an incredible free catalog to explore.
    Videos: Whatever You Do, DancePanama Canal & The Womb & Let's Get Rejected

9. Ultra Cat (websiteCC BY-NC) - Don't let the first 15 quiet seconds scare you away. The beats kick in and you will soon feel like you are shopping for pants in a department store, or touring a modern apartment full of models.
    Video: The Future of Intelligence

10. Dub Terminator (websiteCC BY-SA) - Standout dub step, with the occasional newsroom voice sample discussing THC content.
    Video: Dub Steel Traffic

11. Rob Steady (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Don't judge this song too quick. It's spontaneously changing in incredibly interesting ways. 
    Video: Better Off Dead

12. Room For A Ghost (websiteCC BY) - Rock instrumental with a haunting tension that says something big is about to happen. Like, say, a space ship taking off.
    Video: Astro Panic

13. Juanitos (website, CC BY) - High energy music that lovers of funky 60's soul and Latin dance music will dig.
    Video: The Gateway Beverage

14. Krackatoa (websiteCC BY-NC) - If you like rain, monkeys, and other clues to our inner makeup, meet your new groove.
    Video: New World for Ancient Eyes

Before using any Creative Commons music for a project, you need to make sure you follow the track's license in order to avoid copyright infringement. You can read more about the various Creative Commons license combinations here, and check out our help and faq for more information. If you're not sure whether your use is pre-cleared by a particular license, it's always a good idea to reach out to the artist directly. 


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You can find a list of all of the music featured in Music for Video here.

This series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.



keshcology on 11/25/12 at 07:47AM
Hey thanks for including one of our Keshco tunes in your round-up. Much appreciated! Always a thrill to hear our tracks mashed up in new ways.
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