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ange on 10/24/2013 at 06:00PM
After you've wiped all the makeup off your zombie actor friends, it's time for the real scarey part -- picking out music for your Horror flick. Music to Video has assembled a mix that will send shivers down your spine, make all the ghouls dance, and get grandma to climb out of her grave, just to tell you to turn down the volume.
3. Kevin MacLeod (website, CC BY) - Classical music for your next gala affair in an empty castle, with a ghostly guestlist.
5. Vitus Von Degen (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Baron Vitus Von Degen is a German composer who lives on a Grecian island. Inspired by John Carpenter and Goblin music, he produces soundtracks for movies still awaiting to be shot. The first 20 seconds of this track are a movie of their own.
ange on 09/09/2013 at 02:05PM
The colors outside are changing, and this collection of driving rock, electronic and experimental pop instrumentals are here to help tell stories of change and progress.
This is a Music for Video collection for tucking away your swimsuit, taking out a fresh pencil, and getting back to work. Click on the artist names to visit their page on the Free Music Archive. Many of them can be contacted there for more permissions, or to simply share a link to your new creations.
1. krackatoa (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Starting a journey and looking cool doing it. This song title and album art refers to the story of Noah's ark, and the track appropriately evokes sonic waves and a sense of fulfilling one's destiny.
2. Los Amparito (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - The beginning of this song is an echo of chimes (perfect for a bumper), and then stereo dueling guitars take over. You won't get sick of this song no matter how many times you play it.
3. Fields of Ohio (website, CC BY-SA) - Steady driving drums begin this song and lock you in. Then faint voices emerge repeating something that sounds like, "tomorrow." Turn this on when you have homework to begin and want to fall into a productive trance.
4. Peter Gresser (website, CC0) - A funky jam that makes you want to pick up a joystick or leap on a treadmill. Licensed for the public domain via the Open Game Bundle, you can do whatever you'd like with this track including using it in your video games.
6. Thiaz Itch (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - An intriguing flute kicks off this track and tells a story throughout. Many other instruments emerge, including a delightful güiro. This song is part of an album perfect for using in cartoons or animated shorts.
bronwynbishop on 07/12/2013 at 08:30PM
Monk Turner is a Los Angeles-based composer and musician best known for the concept albums he’s been putting out for over ten years. These include Kaleidoscope (2012), an album about color that Monk produced in collaboration with over 40 artists from all over the world, and Calendar (2007), which features a song for every month of the year. He also won a little contest we held trying to overtrow the most popular song in the world.
For his latest release, Instrumental Friends Part 3 (2013), Monk wrote and performed twelve instrumental pieces about twelve of his friends. We caught up with Monk to chat about the album and his inspiration for the project.
Fill in the blank: ____ Monk
Are the people in the track titles (eg. Demented Dustin and Kind Katie) inspired by real friends of yours?
They are friends of mine who took the time to fill out a questionnaire about themselves. They were asked to choose their adjective and musical selections. Other information biographical obtained from the questionnaires has been listed on my blog. On every post is a YouTube playlist for each Instrumental Friend that includes the tunes that their song is based on.
How does being a musician affect the friends and relationships in your life?
I have a joke amongst my friends that if you know me long enough, you’ll end up on a concept album. Many of those close to me have ended up on my albums including my parents! Also, many of my friends are gifted musicians and I see this as a fun way to showcase their talents.
ange on 07/10/2013 at 12:49PM
When filmmaker Jesse Brass first stumbled upon the Faux Fetus artist Welcome Wizard, he discovered three seperate tracks that helped him profile a painter and her work. The first song "MLU" had an energy, demonstrating how passion can spark interest. To show the seriousness of the artwork, he was drawn to a dark and contemplative track called "Sheep Asleep." For the closing track, "Twelve Diseases," he found the motion and movement, "helped emphasize that her career is ahead of her and helps inspire people in the closing of her story."
His profile of how painter Melanie Norris sees beauty was recently selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and his next project about Toronto artists is currently up on Kickstarter. To find more Creative Commons Attribution tracks from Welcome Wizard, you can find their artist page here.
ange on 06/06/2013 at 08:14AM
Sometimes the sound you're looking for is a sound that sustains. Music for sitting right where you are, but going somewhere, slowly.
This Music for Video mix highlights many shades of drone and ambient electronic music from across the Free Music Archive, including some that can set a relaxing and joyful tone, and others that can be a tool for your most tense and chaotic scenes. The best drone delivers, creating a tonality upon which the rest of the piece is built, often creating a meditative space, taking on the feeling of a sculpture, and evoking intense feelings.
2. Zachary Cale, Mighty Moon & Ethan Schmid (website, CC BY-NC) - The fifth in the Natch collaborative series features a team effort on "Trees Don't Sleep," which begins with two minutes of drone before the drums and melodies join in. Drone stays along for the ride.
ange on 05/10/2013 at 10:15AM
A mix of songs that are inspired, euphoric, and a little flirty. Tracks that remind you that it's getting warmer outside every day, and things are starting to grow.
As a follow up to our moody April Showers Mix, a collection of instrumentals for new loves, new creative challenges, and that feeling when the air outside perfectly matches your body temperature. A mix for noticing flowers on trees. For when all the girls start wearing skirts without tights again, and you leave your jacket at home. Let's go outside and enjoy every minute together.
1. Springtide (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - You just got home from high school, and your favorite show is on TV. What it sounds like to think about moving to California. For more permissions contact the artist.
2. Small Colin (website, CC BY-SA) - This song adds the right amount of significance to anything you pair with it. Try playing this while you tell a boring story. See? Contact the artist for more permissions.
5. Mermonte (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Indie instrumental with joyful bells and shakers. The Mermonte album art shows a girl in a blue dress, walking on a beach alone and barefoot. Vocals enter about a minute into the song.
ange on 05/06/2013 at 09:00PM
Have you spotted Free Music Archive tracks out in the wild? Send us your links.
ange on 03/29/2013 at 12:46PM
This is Snoop Dog's favorite Music for Video collection, because it's perfect for drizzle.
A mix of mellow, reflective and moody songs, perfect for watching Spring rainstorms outside your window. It's like lying upside down off the edge of your bed thinking about someone far away. Like walking home early in the morning, after sleeping somewhere you shouldn't have, while the streets are still wet. It's a mix that makes you want to throw away all your adderall and start feeling again.
2. Podington Bear (website, CC BY-NC) - There is an entire world and an epic tale within this song. If you like this, then you might also like the huge library of instrumental albums Podington Bear offers for non-commercial use. Contact the artist for more permissions.
ange on 02/28/2013 at 04:14AM
The Free Music Archive is full of interesting finds, but some of them are easier to find than others. I was recently chatting with a talented animator, who told me she scours our Sound Collage page for her projects. It made me realize that our Music for Video series is slanted towards entire songs for your projects, when sometimes you might just need a little 4 second long doodad.
For this special edition, we present a collection of elements to repurpose for your intro bumpers, loops, and transitions. From simple beeps, mellow beats, and the occasional bark, we hope this helps you fill your digital craft box full of sonic whatevers to cut, paste and cover with glitter.
1. File Under Toner (website, Public Domain) - Are the hiss, crackles, and pops on records protected by copyright? This track is part of an entire album made from the silent grooves of well known records.
2. The Books (website, CC BY-NC) - One of eight samples carefully selected from the Book's vast library of musical bits, strange phrases, and sonic doodads for a Third Coast Festival Short Doc contest. The next contest of this sort is underway here.
3. Lucky Dragons (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - A song for moving on. Find more interesting elements to work with in the Lucky Dragons' Dark Falcon project including lots of firework sounds. Contact them for more permissions.
kiemzi on 02/11/2013 at 10:30AM
In setting out to discover how the music on the Free Music Archive gets put to use, a good place to start seemed to be with Jared C. Balogh. Since he started sharing his music for free online in the mid-aughts, he’s seen it applied in any way you could imagine -- from student films to promotions for a public television series. it can be a challenge to find time to make music and corresponding with people from around the world interested in using his music in their projects, and then keeping track of how it’s used.
When you hear the depth and range of his genre-spanning catalog, it’s no wonder that so many other artists hear things that resonate with their own work. While Jared’s been recording since the 90’s, he started his own label, Altered State Reflections, in 2006 and used it to launch his Trans Atlantic Rage project. He began recording under his own name in 2010, which he discussed with us about a year ago on the blog.
For our new Music for Video interview series, he took some time out to chat with us again, this time about how it feels to see your work used everyplace from motion pictures to podcasts.
What’s it like to have people constantly sharing how they’ve used your music with you? What are those e-mails like to get?
At times it is overwhelming, but I find ways to manage it. More than half of my time now is devoted to answering e-mails, IM sessions, updating websites, posting on social networks etc.... with all the usages of my music. I guess you can say it is a good problem to have. My time for writing music is dramatically cut in half. It is more than a full time job (7 days a week) several hours a day. I want to post everything on my website because I am honored and grateful that all of these people spend all this time creating something with the music I create. I watch all videos, films, documentaries, listen to all podcast, radio, newscast etc.... Then I leave a comments. I don't want to come off as being ungrateful. No ways do I want it to stop. I am enjoying every minute of it. It is fun and exciting!