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jason on 08/01/2011 at 05:22PM

Tracks to Sync, August 2011

Tracks to Sync is our series of Creative Commons mixes curated with the online video producer in mind.

Most of the tracks on this mix can be used as long as you follow the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license, while some grant more permissions, either striking the "ShareAlike" clause and/or the "NonCommercial" clause. Click the "i" for the song's info page, where you can see the license and find more of the artist's music -- they all have a bunch more music to share! 

Kevin MacLeod and Dan-O are two of the world wide web's most prolific and talented artists composing royalty-free music under Creative Commons Attribution licenses. All they ask is that you credit them in their specified manner, and/or make a small donation in thanks for their generosity.

Possimiste is an 18-year-old "uber-experimentalist" from the wonderland of Estonia.

The self-titled LP from Brazil's Chico Correa & Electronic Band (released by Bumpfoot), and the EP by Swedish surf band Pharaos were both discovered through Oddio Overplay, who've gathered a collection of 40+ largely instrumental albums that allow for derivative works.

Damscray is a favorite among the pack of new Russian beatmakers, spotlighted here

Blue Swerver's "Tasky" is the only non-instrumental track on this mix, but damn it's a good one if you're looking for chilled-out jazz/lounge vibes. I discovered it via BlocSonic's netBloc vol. 30, and their label Modify the Van tells us that more tracks from the album The Art of Collapsing were recently used as the soundtrack to documentary about Shetland wind farms. 

Netlabel 12rec calls Nic Bommarito's music "cinescope beauty," and this track is off of the Rhode Islander's Harp Fragments.

Trip-hop turntable wizard Anitek hails from Morristown NJ, and has a vast library of instrumental tracks available via Jamendo.

Dave Merson Hess -- a fantastic composer in his own right -- recently contributed a spotlight/interview with Good Old Neon in which the band explains their reasons for using a Creative Commons license that allows for derivative works:

we’ve known right from the beginning that we wanted to be a part of the ‘musical/artistic conversation.’ We want people to remix our songs, to use them as soundtracks to their YouTube movies"

well hey, here's one mashing Good Old Neon with public domain footage, and it's got 100,000+ views on Vimeo -- pretty cool!

Helping Johnny Remember from ashleigh nankivell on Vimeo.

You can read more about Creative Commons licenses here, and be sure to check out our FAQ if you're new to this whole concept.



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