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ange on 12/29/2012 at 10:00AM

Music for Video: Snowfall Soundtrack

From the National Air & Space Museum Spy Technology Section via Wikimedia Commons

For our latest Music for Video selection, we offer a wintery mix of instrumental tracks perfect for your projects. The first half features a light dusting of gentle piano sounds full of nostalgia  As the mix grows into a full on blizzard, the tracks turn more dissonent and stressful, like a tree heavy with ice leaning over your roof. We hope this free mix helps kick off an exciting new year of projects.

Don't forget to send us links to your proud creations. We'd love to share them all over town.


1. Plurabelle (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Synth music for watching the snow fall. Plurabelle is a Bucharest musician who finds inspiration in books, and his latest album is inspired by the Tom McCarthy novel Remainder.

2. Dexter Britain (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - A song so epic and full of feelings that it elevates the emotional significance of any footage or dialoge you place alongside it. This track is a producers 6-minute long fantasy, and the tour de force of a true soundtrack master. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available on Britain's website.

3. Aestrid Byrne (websiteCC BY-SA) - An elegant and thoughtful song written and performed on toy piano from Byrne's room in a Santiago clinic. Because her room could not accommodate a baby grand or upright piano, the toy piano was a tool-of-circumstance. She died in 1998, one month after making her album Laterna.

4. Marcel Pequel (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Minimal piano music with a heavy nostalgia. Music for flash back sequences. Rosebud!

5. Orbique (websiteCC BY-SA) - Gentle electronic music for getting lost in your thoughts. Begins barely audible, and ends with a brief recorded dialogue.

6. Jahzzar (websiteCC BY-SA) - Young and optimistic 80s-style Synth Pop. Perfect soundtrack for a birthday montage.

7. Indian Wells (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Like playing a game of tennis at night, with the rhythmic plip-plop echoing in your ears.

8. Foniqz (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Electronic music for distances and progress. A soundtrack for going from one place to the next.

9. Sunsearcher (websiteCC BY-SA) - Take a break and feel the sun on your face with this latin instrumental interlude.

10. Action Davis (websiteCC BY-NC) - With a strong crashing intro, a hip-hop track that likes to people watch. See how this was used in the Phantoms of Chinatown for our video remix contest.

11. Luciano Foglia (websiteCC BY) - An instrumental rife with tension, complete with a dramatic shift at 4:15. Perfect for following the bad guy into the abandoned building, and then chasing him from roof to roof.

12. Phil Reavis (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - A lo-fi guitar recording with whiskey breath. It's going to come home too late, looking to start a fight, knock something over, and fall asleep on the couch.

13. Andrew Bisset (websiteCC BY-SA) - A thrilling piece for chamber orchestra that addresses "sonority oppositions and analog fading." It will make you feel even more stressed out than you are already.

14. Liu Kaige (websiteCC BY-SA) - Fifteen compelling minutes of experimental ambience to explore.

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.



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