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dvd on 07/16/2012 at 03:45PM

Tracks to Sync, July 2012

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.

Recently the Free Music Archive hit a major milestone of 50,000 tracks. Of these, more than half 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.'

 Riders from Josh Becker! on Vimeo feat. music by Two Bicycles

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. Tyrannic Toy [Los Emes Del Oso] is a French experimental outfit. This track is notable for a number of reasons, but I really like the transition from the delayed electric guitar intro into the meaty rock groove. The excellent production on this track could give your project the extra aural polish you're looking for. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

2. Jiony [soundcloud] makes blissed electronica from his home base in Mexico City. This track has a great unobtrusive groove that could work as a bed for a variety of scenes and applications. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]  

3. Dexter Britain has released two volumes of Creative Commons music on the FMA. Each one is filled with a diverse array of genres and moods, so dig into his repertoire and find something for your film. If you don't find something here, be sure to check his well-designed website that offers individual licenses for a multitude of uses. It also has a great browsing feature where you can filter his music by instrumentation, mood, and genre. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]  

4. Ant Neely [webiste] is a writer, producer, and composer. This track may well be the whistle anthem of the Summer, and you know those only come around once in a blue moon. Upbeat and smiling. Also, check out this interview with Ant. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]  

5. Super Flower is one half of infamous New Jersey industrial duo Smersh. I'm getting a real fashion avenue feel from these Vogue beats and runway breaks; this might be just what you need to strut your stuff on film. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

6. This track is from the third release from Sacramento born visual artist David Mohr, who moonlights as electro-pop band FAVORS in addition to running a small imprint called Future Push. Expect bright electro sounds and a subtle beat. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial]

7. Jamie Evans [website] is an Irish musician specializing in composition for Film, TV, and Video Games. This track comes from his sample EP, a kind of trailer for his composition work. These four tracks sound straight out of Hollywood, so give 'em a try if you're shooting for studio sound on a budget. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]  

8. Dan Warren [website] is the creator of a somewhat eccentric remix of President Obama's Audio Book, and this track is one of the instrumentals from that album. Turns out he's a gifted composer and sound engineer, in addition to an expert editor. Listen to them all for some innovative instrumentations and post-apocalyptic imagery. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

9. This mid-tempo ambient electronic track by Arizono Kazuhiro kind of sounds like the Postal Service without the vocals and could be just what you're looking for. [Creative Commons Attribution]

10. Give your video an international vibe with this acoustic guitar duet from Costa and Nero played in the style of the Greek Folk music Rebetiko. At least stick around till the rhythm kicks in around 1:20 and be sure to check the rest of the compilation for lots more great music in the Rebetiko style! [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

11. F.S. Blumm [myspace] gives us a chilled out guitar number with a lazy rhythm section, swinging and happy. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

12. This guitar exploration from Decade in Exile [bandcamp] creates a nice reverb-filled headspace with field recordings of rain and subtle electronics followed by a more straight-ahead electric jam. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

13. Kid Flicks [facebook] is an Athenian graphic designer and visual artist working with experimental electronic pop sounds. Check out this track for some great sync-ready independent pop music. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

Recent Posts from this Series: May | June

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.


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User Comments

smersh boy on 07/17/12 at 02:38AM
Infamous ? I had no idea that I had that bad a reputation.
macedonia on 07/18/12 at 02:16PM
I always look forward to this series, some wonderful picks this month. Super Flower is easily the biggest surprise of them all. Making a beeline straight over to their FMA page to find out more...
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