About Music for Video
dvd on 08/31/2012 at 03:59AM
Tracks to Sync is a monthly mix of music curated with the video producer in mind.
As more and more people begin to create video in the digital era, they are faced with the music licensing hurdles that have hindered many a film project. This series aims to unite independent video producers with independent musicians; creating videos that want to be seen with music that wants to be shared.
More than half of the 50,000+ tracks at the FMA are available under Creative Commons licenses that allow for "derivative works," (like a video) while retaining the parts of copyright that the rightsholders wish to keep. You can search through all of these tracks by using our "sync to video" search filter, or check out our list of featured tracks. You can read more about the various CC combos here, and check out FMA's HELP & FAQ for more resources.
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. 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. Click the "i" button below to view the license along with a URL or email address where you can secure 'more permissions.'
We always love to hear about collaborations inspired by FMA music, so if you use one of these tracks, please post a link on the track page as well as to our Video Showcase. Here's one of our favorite videos made using last month's tracks! We'll feature another video next month that uses tracks from this month's playlist.
1. Fhernando [www] is a mexican DJ/Producer putting out some very nice Disco-Funk tunes. Throw this track underneath some dialogue to keep the sonic backdrop pulsing, or use it to bring some energy to your visuals. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]
2. This Björn & Gorden [www] track is bit more down-tempo and meditative. There's a lot of room in the mix if you want to focus in on the bass or mids, and when those guitars come in you've got yourself a nice dreamy electronic track to fit many moods. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]
3. This CHLLNGR [soundcloud] remix has a bit more of a house vibe, while still keeping that ethereal chill-out ambiance. Great as an unobtrusive music bed for your urban scenes. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]
4. Another selection from a very similar palette of sounds. Risey puts the bass up front and keeps it pulsing all the way through. Another house track that would be great for slideshows or how-to videos. Find more on this compilaton of house sounds from Toucan Music. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial]
5. Ghostandthesong's [soundcloud] poppy synth sounds make for a great chilled track. With a solid, catchy baseline, interesting samples, and super smooth production - snag this if you need some hip music to go with your indie film. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]
6. This single from Isle [facebook] made quite an impression when it first landed here at the FMA. We normally don't put too many tracks with vocals in the Tracks to Sync feature, but this song would make a stellar addition to any soundtrack. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]
7. Aaron Ximm's [www] album of solo Hang recordings is an amazing document in acoustic ambient music. The tone of the Hang is totally unique and seemingly out of this world, while the compositions are meditative and flighty. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]
8. This electro-accoustic track from Origamibiro [www] shifts around between a lot of different sounds and textures. Give it a listen and I bet you'll find something in the mix for your heart-wrenching documentary or dark narrative. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]
10. You know 'em and love 'em, FMA heros Lame Drivers [www] have an extensive catalogue of Creative Commons power-pop tunes that have already made guest appearances in a number of wacky video creations. Their latest track is a winner - catchy and energetic with some of the best production around. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]
11. On this track psych-folk legend Michael Chapman [wiki] is joined by an all-star cast of freeform folk musicians. Mandolin takes the center stage here, but give this one a listen for its free-flowing, back-porch bluegrass vibe. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial]
12. Bright lights, big city. This number from Jazz at Mladost makes me think about those 'hitting the town' montages you always see. A quick walking bass line and refined blues structure makes this a classy addition to your soundtrack. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]
13. The bar is closed and you're stumbling back alone to your dirty hovel. There's a big moon in the sky and you're starting to get all self-reflective, but right before you black out you remember that little pill of Neuroleptic Trio [myspace] you've got in your pocket and suddenly the night gets a little bit longer. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]
14. Walla Walla refers to the sound made by a large crowd of people, and it is the soundtrack to every office party you've ever been to. Our friends at Oddio Overplay picked through some of the best crowd-recordings on the web and put them all in one place, right here on the FMA. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]
You can find a list of all of the music featured in Tracks to Sync over the years here.
This series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.