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ange on 09/28/2012 at 06:00AM

Music For Video: Autumn 2012


Tracks to Sync is here with a new bushel of songs that video producers will find delicious. These are songs we drove out to the apple orchard to harvest, picked fresh off the trees, and brought home in a basket. They're crisp, cool, and want you to coat them in production caramel.

We think a lot of these tracks might work especially well as you prepare your entries for our video contest with the Prelinger Archives. That's because contest entries require that at least half the music you use come from the video-friendly materials in the Free Music Archive. To make sure the materials you use want to be shared, one trick is to use our "sync to video" search filter

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 lisence 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. Click the "i" button below to view the license along with a URL or email address where you can secure 'more permissions.'


1. Jazzar (website, CC BY-SA) - A rock instrumental with forward momentum. Like hitting the open road in your muddy vehicle with something on your mind.

2. Pierlo (website, CC BY) - Dreamy synth patterns with futuristic nostalgia breaks. The album is named after the long-gone Italian manufacturer of Pierlo's first PC.

3. Revolution Void (website, CC BY) - High energy electronic music with live improvisations. A cartoony voice repeats the phrase "How Exciting!" in the first half of the track, and returns at the very end.

4. Broke For Free (website, CC BY-NC) - Mid-tempo chillwave beats. Like swimming through an urban strait. 

5. Dexter Britain (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Contemporary classical music. Sounds like an introduction, a beginning. Note that this artist asks that you attribute Dexter Britain as the composer/writer in your projects with a link back to his website. You can license this music for commercial use here.

6. Ghosts (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Emotional electronica with dark ambient dubstep. Moody and hypnotic, like rain. There are faint vocals in this track saying, "Misery."

7. Jared C. Balogh (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Like looking through a window, and noticing your own reflection. There is a lot happening in any given Balogh composition, but always with a fantastic sense of minimalism. More Info.

8. Mean Moon (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Celestial chillout. An icy digital groove for spinning satellites.

9. Psychedelic Pedestrian (website, CC BY-NC) - Night beach chillout. Downtempo ambient orchestral waves.

10. Asian Women on the Telephone (website, CC BY-NC) - Russian avant-garde. The atmosphere of a dark underground ritual. Primal.

11. Asthmatic Astronaut (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Sinuous, emotional, melodic synths and crisp, heavy hip-hop and electro beats. The song deconstructs itself at 1:30 and then pulls itself back together. Music for reinvention.

12. Leggysalad (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Stereo tick-tocking welcomes finely chopped samples. Gives you the feeling that something magical is happening here.


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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.



Jared C. Balogh on 10/05/12 at 06:05PM
icastico on 10/07/12 at 10:34PM
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