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ange on 01/30/2013 at 08:58AM

Music for Video: Stay Inside with the Electronic Devices

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Cozy up next to your space heater's comforting humm, rest a warm laptop over your thighs, and use your headphones as earmuffs as you enjoy a collection of instrumentals made by machines. For our latest Music for Video selection, a mix of beeps, buzzes, clicks and whirrs. Few of these sounds come from an instrument you learned in band class. They are perfect for your sexy robot love stories, hackday montages, and lonely urban sunrises.


1. Asthmatic Astronaut (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - The chill dance party that must go on inside our computer towers. These colorful wires have moves you've never seen before.

2. Etc. (websiteCC BY-NC) - This is the song that went through my head when I would sneak onto my family computer late at night to visit seedy AOL chatrooms. A dial-up dance party.

3. Leggysalad (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - This track has the amazing ability to infuse sentimental feelings the present moment. It's a flashback of your happiest moments spliced together into an sonic Facebook album.

4. Bleak House (websiteBY-NC-SA) - Music for wondering if something's the matter, perfect for your most gentle and thoughtful moments.

5. C. Scott (websiteCC BY) - In this magical dreamscape, all your beats will come true.

6. Johnny_Ripper (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - An innocent journey back to a simpler time that soon becomes exponentially more dynamic. A good match for an animation project.

7. Johnny Haway (websiteCC BY-NC) - The soundtrack to forward momentum. The title of this track is "My Gun Do Error." Once your ears identify phrase in the notes of the song, it will either ruin it for you or make you love it more.

8. Blue Ducks (websiteBY-NC-SA) - Music for strutting down a dirt road at the start of your hero's journey. Distorted voices get mixed in around 1:30, and are swept away after at 2:00. Watch out DJs, after the track ends a clip plays that uses the F word.

9. Springtide (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - Begins with a great bass riff, and then climbs high in giant climbing spirals. Optimistic, crashing sounds.

10. Miro Belle (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - A perfect track for rolling credits. Put on headphones to get the stereo effects, and interesting touch of record crackle.

11. Mincemeat or Tenspeed (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - This is what it would sound like if a rusting robot army made dance music. A exploration of complex sonic textures that can be used in so many ways, even a DIY Vitamin water lesson.

12. Salto Koji (websiteCC BY-NC-SA) - More sound collage than song. Minimal and sculptural based in infinite loops.

13. Pariah Carey (websiteCC BY-SA) - A soundtrack for post-apocalyptic raves held in the cloud.

Don't forget to send us links to your proud creations. We'd love to share them with our fellow screen-loving winter hermits.

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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.



austinhavican on 03/06/13 at 04:03PM
Track 6 might run into some copyright issues since it's almost a direct lift from this anime credits sequence (starting about the 1 minute mark):
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