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jason on 01/30/2012 at 02:30PM

Tracks to Sync: Twelve for 2012

Tracks to Sync is series of mixes curated with the online video producer in mind. Along with a few new faces, this playlist features updates from artists who'll already be familar to FMA regulars. License and artist info below, and if you're new to the Creative Commons licenses that facilitate online sharing, we've gathered links to great resources in our Music for Video portal.

You might recognize that Windom Earle track if you're one of the 5 million people who watched Fight for the Future's "PIPA/SOPA Break the Internet" video. [Creative Commons BY-NC-SA]

We discovered Immortal Beats on the Frostwire Creative Commons mixtape. [Creative Commons BY-SA]

Grass Hop is the latest release by Broke For Free aka Tom Cascino from Santa Cruz CA. His "Something Elated," as featured in Sept's Tracks to Sync, went on to top the charts at FMA and has been featured in countless videos throughout the web including this really cool timelapse of a 134 hour journey through Norway's "Hurtigruten". [Creative Commons BY-NC]

Bethlehem PA's Jared C. Balogh is a Classwar Karaoke participant who joined forces with Lee Rosevere's Happy Puppy Records for the new album Rhythms of Life. [Creative Commons BY-NC-SA]

Lloyd Rodgers is a contemporary experimental composer who makes his works dating back to the 1970s available through his website with "No Copyright / No Rights Reserved."  This recording of his Cartesian Reunion Memorial Orchestra was originally composed to accompany a ballet.

The Freak Fandango Orchestra is a multi-ethnic band from Barcelona who recently performed at Barbés Brooklyn and release music under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Oddio Overplay first introduced the FMA to Lee Rosevere, a Canadian composer who approaches music informed by his professional broadcast experience. His latest album was imagined as a soundtrack to Isaac Asimov's science fiction stories (link). [CC BY-NC-SA]

Ending Satellites from Bayonne France mix music with photography in a journey between pictures and melodies. Be sure to get the free deluxe version of their new album for its accompanying artworks! [Creative Commons BY-NC-SA]

The OO-Ray took part in disquiet's Instagr/am/bient: 25 Sonic Postcards in which artists composed music to accompany each other's insagram photos, using sonic and visual filters to explore the intersection of technology, aesthetics, and artistic process. [Creative Commons BY-NC-SA]

junior85 aka Tony Higgins has struck up a very cool collaboration with filmmaker Danny Cooke, which began here at the FMA and we wrote about last year. Danny commissioned a new soundtrack for his latest film about letterpress and movable type. Junior85's soundtrack to Upside Down, Left To Right - A Letterpress Film is now available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license to inspire new works.

Blear Moon also inspired a Danny Cooke film, as featured in April's Tracks to Sync.  Now based in Prague, the Russia-born artist returns with another fantastic ambient release, Town of Two Houses. [Creative Commons BY-NC-SA]

Chris Zabriskie recently removed the NonCommercial clause from his work in favor of Attribution-only, and wrote an article, "Why I Went CC-BY," explaining his reasoning. His latest release, Undercover Vampire Policeman, is beautifully minimal and darkly cinematic, with excellent song titles to boot. [CC-BY]


Most of these artists provide contact info if you'd like to reach out for more permissions than the CC license grants -- they'll be happy to hear from you, and it can lead to cool collaborations like this one between Tony Higgins and Danny Cooke:



mtseilback on 03/29/12 at 09:21PM
Great album, thanks for sharing guys!
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