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Tracks to Sync, June 2012

Tracks to Sync is a monthly mix of music curated with the video producer in mind.

As more and more people turn to video in the digital era, they are faced with the music licensing hurdles that have hindered many a film. At the same time, the increase in video production offers new opportunities for multimedia collaboration. This series aims to unite producers with musicians who have music to share for these purposes.

The tracks is this mix are available under Creative Commons licenses that allow for "derivative works," like a video (some CC licenses specify "NoDerivatives"), while retaining the parts of copyright that the rightsholders wish to keep. Creative Commons offers a few custom license combinations, and each is hyperlinked to a human-readable license + legal code, i.e. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike, aka "BY-NC-SA". 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.

Solo Instrumentals

1. Gillicuddy [] is Andi Rhoden, whose newest album of solo accoustic guitar instrumentals are chock full of simple harmonies and gentle sincerity. Gillicuddy has been releasing Creative Commons music online for quite some time now, so be sure to check his website for more. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial]

2. We've already covered Kimiko Ishizaka's groundbreaking public domain recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations here, so if you are looking for a recognizable classical piano composition for your project look no further. [Open Goldberg Variations] [Creative Commons Zero (Public Domain)]

3. Mark Lejeune records under the name Circus Marcus [] and is buiding quite a catalogue of contemporary classical compositions and improvisations for piano.  Perfect soundtrack for your rainy day contemplations. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial]

4. Stephen Siebert's piano compositions have a jazzy elegance that could pair well with a foggy film-noir or pensive character study. His diverse selections offer a wide emotional pallette, so give them all a listen to find something that compliments your project. [myspace] [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

5. One last solo piano instrumental, this one from Russian composer Peter Rudenko [website]. Sparse and beautiful compositions with a strikingly cinematic quality, 15 Etudes has something for everyone. [Creative Commons Attribution

Alt. Instrumentals

6. The Paniks [myspace] cover a wide range of mostly vocal works informed heavily by traditional Balkan folk music. The instrumental starts with a wonderfully meandering fiddle passage, but this long-player covers a lot of ground once the ensemble comes in. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike]   

7. This track from Pajaro [Happy Place Records] screams Spaghetti Western. Tremolo-heavy electric guitar makes way for a scorching trumpet, with a great rhthym section to back it all up - courtesty of the Budabeats label and Breitband. [Creative Commons Attribution

Powerfull / Driving

8. The Upsidedown's "E-Love" marries folk-pop vocals with an incredibly driving drum/electric guitar combo that will be sure to push your video wherever it needs to go. Featured recently on the Dead Bees Sampler #11, you'll find more great Creative Commons music at the Dead Bees label page. "E-Love" is licensed [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike].    

Mid-tempo Groove

9. Megatroid [] is a producer/beatmaker currently based out of Vancouver who hosts many of his creations on Soundcloud. He also presides over the Australian beat blog Futurebeats. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike]

Down-tempo Groove

10. Poland's Adubter brings the dubby slow groove with a sticky beat-based ambience for your syncing plesure. He's got more tracks up on his Jamendo page. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike]


11. Two of our featured Creative Commons labels (Beko-DSL & Crash Symbols) banded together to put out this compilation, featuring the hazy daydream "Window #3" from Two Bicycles. Find more on their Bandcamp page. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial]   

Atmospheric / Drone

12. Hiroshima's Gallery Six [bandcamp] creates fragile ambient textures and experimental sounds. "Hydroscope" lays down the drone and slowly builds with wave after wave of sandy tension. This comes to us via ElementPerspective, a netlabel focused on experimental sounds from Japan. [Creative Commons Attribution

13. With a haunting piano melody and a gloomy feedback/fieldrecording howl "Fall Moon" will ratchet up the creepiness factor. This one comes from New York's Buildings and Mountains,who have a slew of drone and improvisation releases on their Bandcamp. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike]

14. Luminous in Number from Western Massachusetts builds impressive drones, with "Lichoned Forest" exuding a tranquil and almost blissful suspension of tones. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike



This series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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