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jason on 05/15/2012 at 11:40AM

Tracks to Sync, May 2012

Photo: Vintage Film Reels by Salvage Nation, used under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

Tracks to Sync is a monthly mix of music curated with the online 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 to the track page as well as to our Video Showcase. We'll feature our favorite video made using this month's tracks in the next Tracks to Sync!

1. Broke For Free [] is Tom Cascino from Santa Cruz. He's already had some fantastic viral internet hits like like "Something Elated" and "Calm The Fuck Down." "As Colorful as Ever" is a cut off his latest self-release, the chill-wave beat-oriented Layers. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial]

2. Sunhiilow [facebook] is Valérie Magisson from France. "Le Songe d'Hacolhii" is from the ambient/experimental album "From There To Here," released in a cd-r limited edition of 40 copies on Finland's Om Ha Sva Ha Ksha Ma La Va Ra Yam imprint. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike].

3. Jason Shaw's website audionautix is a fantastic resource for Creative Commons Attribution music in a range of styles. All he asks for is attribution in the form of a link back to his website. "Sidewalk" can be found in his 'Acoustic' collection.

4. Jahzzar is Javier Suarez from Gijón, Asturias. His website offers creative music composed specifically for use in multimedia projects. "Siesta" can be found on the Traveller's Guide surveying contemporary music styles, and it is available under the CC Attribution-ShareAlike license. If you're not able to ShareAlike, you can secure more permissions through Jahzzar's website

5. Denmark's Quantum Jazz [] released End of Line, their second and final album, via Jamendo under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike license. Jamendo PRO offers a cool way to secure more permissions directly from the group.

6. GaBlé's 2003 netaudio release le sac de l enfer 1 is a recent add from France's Los Emes De Oso netlabel. It's chock full of intriguing lofi folk-hop beats. More music available at "humm ok" is CC BY-NC-SA.

7. CBC Radio's technology program Spark first introduced us to Bulgaria's Antony Raijekov ( "By the Coast" can be found on Jazz U, a 2003-2006 retrospective [CC BY-NC]

8. Julian Winter's Slow Movement (Human Workshop) is a beautiful collection of cinmatic, minimal compositions amidst processed field recordings. [ | CC BY-NC-SA]

9. Blank & Kytt have been releasing some killer beattapes on bandcamp, and "RSPN" comes off of their latest from March: Heavy, Crazy, Serious. [CC BY]

10. Wake is Matt Hettich from Oakland, CA. "Steppin" appeared on DUBLAB's Bonus Beat Blast, a Creative Commons BY set of 65 incredible instrumentals released as a special thank you for Proton Drive supporters.

11. Illocanblo is Russia's Ilya Bitekhtin making top-notch dubstep. "SmurfPulser" comes off "The Peony Lantern split w/ Bass Assassin, originally featured by Germany's Progolog. [CC BY-NC-SA]

12. The Monroeville Music Center is based in Calgary, Canada. The center seems to specialize in analog synth and concrete music recorded to reel-to-reel tape. More info is available at "Lee Redmond's Slow Motion Fender Bender" can be found on les défauts de fabrication, released as a cassette on Electric Voice and a free download [CC-BY]

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



ladymock on 05/17/12 at 08:11PM
Good to see some options for commercial uses gathered together here. Maybe this is a step towards getting CBC radio shows with podcasts (e.g. Spark) to use CC music again...
cracksongs on 05/20/12 at 03:57AM
i would like to here more and more

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