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ange on 02/28/2013 at 04:14AM

Music for Video: Sonic Oddities and Doodads

Graphic by l o o k/flickr (CC BY-NC-SA)

The Free Music Archive is full of interesting finds, but some of them are easier to find than others. I was recently chatting with a talented animator, who told me she scours our Sound Collage page for her projects. It made me realize that our Music for Video series is slanted towards entire songs for your projects, when sometimes you might just need a little 4 second long doodad.

For this special edition, we present a collection of elements to repurpose for your intro bumpers, loops, and transitions. From simple beeps, mellow beats, and the occasional bark, we hope this helps you fill your digital craft box full of sonic whatevers to cut, paste and cover with glitter.

1. File Under Toner (website, Public Domain) - Are the hiss, crackles, and pops on records protected by copyright? This track is part of an entire album made from the silent grooves of well known records.

2. The Books (websiteCC BY-NC) - One of eight samples carefully selected from the Book's vast library of musical bits, strange phrases, and sonic doodads for a Third Coast Festival Short Doc contest. The next contest of this sort is underway here.

3. Lucky Dragons (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - A song for moving on. Find more interesting elements to work with in the Lucky Dragons' Dark Falcon project including lots of firework sounds. Contact them for more permissions.

4. agoostus & Henna Dress (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Synth, samples and xylophone sounds create a dark and playful landscape. Lovely looped singing emerges towards the end.

5. Elvis Herod (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Saturday morning cartoons on Jupiter.

6. Vernon Lenoir (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - A freestyle is busted and shut down in 10 seconds flat.


7. The Custodian of Records (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - This is the kind of track that wouldn't normally make the Music for Video series cut becuase of the vocals, but we know you'll find something great to do with it. Contact the artist for more permissions.

8. The Spazmodics (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - This collage is high energy and aggressive. Asks, "do you ever think of the super things you can do for yourself?"

9. Cancelled (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - This is a journey through upright bass, ticking clocks, and handclaps. The layers build up into an electronic frenzy then sets you down gently where you started.

10. Copydex (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Touch that dial. Explore the many tiny game show universes wrapped up in one song.

11. Afrika Pseudobruitismus (websiteCC BY-NC) - It's raining electricity.

12. Ergo Phizmiz (website, CC BY-SA) - A sweetly imperfect acoustic dance song from Ergo's Music for Interior Designs album.

13. Don Trust (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - A glitchy stew of grammar instructions, soaring piano and acoustic guitars. A musical buffet of sonic dishes.

Don't forget to send us links to your proud creations. It would let us know that you'd like more mixes like this one in the future.

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. To do this, just click on the track names and look on the right hand side of your screen. You can read more about the various Creative Commons license combinations here, and check out our help and faq for more information.

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This mix was made with help from WFMU's Kirsten Zinser.

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



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