andygcohen on 01/10/2017 at 02:27AM
I am Andy G. Cohen, a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who, since October 2015, has had my music available under CC-BY licenses on Free Music Archive. This blog post is my story about how FMA has been helpful to me as a musician. In short, it directly led to about a 1/3 million plays directly on FMA and most likely tens of millions of plays indirectly (through the videos and podcasts which feature my music).
I am a musician in my spare time -- for me, it's a hobby to play different instruments and compose songs; I've been doing this since I was about 9 years old. After many few years of making music for myself (or playing in little bands), I decided that I would share some of my original songs online, originally on the platform SoundCloud. Some of my songs started being used in different homemade videos on YouTube. When I saw that some of these videos were quite good, and that my music was really adding something to them, I decided to license almost all of my songs with the CC-BY (attribution) license.
Once I changed the licensing to CC-BY, I was eligible to be featured in SoundCloud's moderated Creative Commons Group (sadly and frustratingly for CC musicians, SoundCloud has gotten rid of the groups feature). I then saw my listens jump from a few dozen to a few hundred. I also started occasionally seeing videos pop up with my music in it. Nice!
At this point, I realized that releasing my songs under CC licenses significantly increased the total number of people who heard my music. I started getting emails from people who liked my music, and some even occasionally voluntarily paid for my music! At this point, I tried to get myself onto FMA, probably the biggest site for CC-licensed music. Initially I contacted an admin and was added to ccCommunity -- later my music also got picked up by the Music for Video curators.
andygcohen on 03/28/2016 at 10:32AM
"Through the Lens" is an album of multi-instrumental, dreamy, guitar-based songs I composed and recorded between September 2015 and March 2016. The style of music falls somewhere around post-rock, indie rock, and instrumental folk. You may have heard some of these songs in the past month on FMA or in different videos or podcasts because I was releasing each song as it was finished. Now the whole set is finished.
The instruments used on this set of songs include acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, PercPad, keyboard, tambourine, egg-shaker, kanjira, beatboxing, and some limited synth.
All of these songs are released under a CC-BY (Attribution) license, so feel free to do whatever you like with it as long as you attribute properly (attribution is listed on each track's page). Feel free to let me know if you used any songs in a video or other interesting production.