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ange on 10/24/2013 at 06:00PM

Music for Video: Horror Soundtrack Music for Producers

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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.

Here's a trick! Try mixing these tracks with the Prelinger Archives for a real treat. May I suggest their footage of a Halloween Party or Experiments in the Revival of Organisms

 

1. Lee Rosevere (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - The music has a heavy-handed foreboding feeling, as if it was used in a lost episode of David Lynch's Twin Peaks.

2. The Waiters (website, CC BY) - Ticking clocks set the rhythm of this track, before it enters the Twilight Zone. Dark guitars emerge about halfway through.

3. Kevin MacLeod (website, CC BY) - Classical music for your next gala affair in an empty castle, with a ghostly guestlist.

4. Weirdomusic (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Wet music for inside the lab of a mad scientist.

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.

6. Kreng (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Dark electronic music meets jazz. A child whispers the command, "Go to sleep. Go to sleep. Go to sleep, little baby."

7. Black Math (website, CC BY) - Black Math is a trio from Chicago making lo-fi darkwave. Good music for a skeleton race on fixed gear bicycles through Pilsen.


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ange on 09/28/2012 at 06:00AM

Music For Video: Autumn 2012

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Tracks to Sync is here with a new bushel of songs that video producers will find delicious. These are songs we drove out to the apple orchard to harvest, picked fresh off the trees, and brought home in a basket. They're crisp, cool, and want you to coat them in production caramel.

We think a lot of these tracks might work especially well as you prepare your entries for our video contest with the Prelinger Archives. That's because contest entries require that at least half the music you use come from the video-friendly materials in the Free Music Archive. To make sure the materials you use want to be shared, one trick is to use our "sync to video" search filter

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. You can read more about the various Creative Commons lisence combinations here, and check out our help and faq for more information. 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.'

 

1. Jazzar (website, CC BY-SA) - A rock instrumental with forward momentum. Like hitting the open road in your muddy vehicle with something on your mind.

2. Pierlo (website, CC BY) - Dreamy synth patterns with futuristic nostalgia breaks. The album is named after the long-gone Italian manufacturer of Pierlo's first PC.

3. Revolution Void (website, CC BY) - High energy electronic music with live improvisations. A cartoony voice repeats the phrase "How Exciting!" in the first half of the track, and returns at the very end.

4. Broke For Free (website, CC BY-NC) - Mid-tempo chillwave beats. Like swimming through an urban strait. 

5. Dexter Britain (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Contemporary classical music. Sounds like an introduction, a beginning. Note that this artist asks that you attribute Dexter Britain as the composer/writer in your projects with a link back to his website. You can license this music for commercial use here.

6. Ghosts (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Emotional electronica with dark ambient dubstep. Moody and hypnotic, like rain. There are faint vocals in this track saying, "Misery."


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dvd on 08/31/2012 at 03:59AM

Music for Video: August 2012

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

As more and more people begin to create video in the digital era, they are faced with the music licensing hurdles that have hindered many a film project. This series aims to unite independent video producers with independent musicians; creating videos that want to be seen with music that wants to be shared.

More than half of the 50,000+ tracks at the FMA are available under Creative Commons licenses that allow for "derivative works," (like a video) while retaining the parts of copyright that the rightsholders wish to keep. You can search through all of these tracks by using our "sync to video" search filter, or check out our list of featured tracks. 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.'

 Rock the Baby from The NED Show on Vimeo feat. music by Ant Neely

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.


1. Fhernando [www] is a mexican DJ/Producer putting out some very nice Disco-Funk tunes. Throw this track underneath some dialogue to keep the sonic backdrop pulsing, or use it to bring some energy to your visuals. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

2. This Björn & Gorden [www] track is bit more down-tempo and meditative. There's a lot of room in the mix if you want to focus in on the bass or mids, and when those guitars come in you've got yourself a nice dreamy electronic track to fit many moods. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

3. This CHLLNGR [soundcloud] remix has a bit more of a house vibe, while still keeping that ethereal chill-out ambiance. Great as an unobtrusive music bed for your urban scenes. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

4. Another selection from a very similar palette of sounds. Risey puts the bass up front and keeps it pulsing all the way through. Another house track that would be great for slideshows or how-to videos. Find more on this  compilaton of house sounds from Toucan Music. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial]

5. Ghostandthesong's [soundcloud] poppy synth sounds make for a great chilled track. With a solid, catchy baseline, interesting samples, and super smooth production - snag this if you need some hip music to go with your indie film. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

6. This single from Isle [facebook] made quite an impression when it first landed here at the FMA. We normally don't put too many tracks with vocals in the Tracks to Sync feature, but this song would make a stellar addition to any soundtrack. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike


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happypuppyrecords on 07/22/2012 at 07:27PM

One Turn Into Another

One of the coolest things about having our music on FMA is not only people downloading and listening to it, it's also when it gets used in videos and short films.  Thanks to FMA partnering with Vimeo's music store, our music is being currently used in over 150 videos on Vimeo.

The song "Eileen" from the Music For MOBA album is getting the most amount of exposure now, and it's interesting to see all the many ways that people use the track.  One of the latest instances appears in an entry for Seattle's 48-Hour Film Festival, "Turn", directed by Fred Sprinkle & Josh Burdick.

 

Turn (48HFP Seattle 2012) from Veritas Media Productions on Vimeo.

 

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dvd on 07/16/2012 at 03:45PM

Tracks to Sync, July 2012

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

As more and more people begin to create video in the digital era, they are faced with the music licensing hurdles that have hindered many a film project. This series aims to unite independent video producers with independent musicians; creating videos that want to be seen with music that wants to be shared.

Recently the Free Music Archive hit a major milestone of 50,000 tracks. Of these, more than half are available under Creative Commons licenses that allow for "derivative works," (like a video) while retaining the parts of copyright that the rightsholders wish to keep. You can search through all of these tracks by using our "sync to video" search filter, or check out our list of featured tracks. 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.'

 Riders from Josh Becker! on Vimeo feat. music by Two Bicycles

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.


1. Tyrannic Toy [Los Emes Del Oso] is a French experimental outfit. This track is notable for a number of reasons, but I really like the transition from the delayed electric guitar intro into the meaty rock groove. The excellent production on this track could give your project the extra aural polish you're looking for. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

2. Jiony [soundcloud] makes blissed electronica from his home base in Mexico City. This track has a great unobtrusive groove that could work as a bed for a variety of scenes and applications. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]  

3. Dexter Britain has released two volumes of Creative Commons music on the FMA. Each one is filled with a diverse array of genres and moods, so dig into his repertoire and find something for your film. If you don't find something here, be sure to check his well-designed website that offers individual licenses for a multitude of uses. It also has a great browsing feature where you can filter his music by instrumentation, mood, and genre. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]  

4. Ant Neely [webiste] is a writer, producer, and composer. This track may well be the whistle anthem of the Summer, and you know those only come around once in a blue moon. Upbeat and smiling. Also, check out this interview with Ant. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike]  

5. Super Flower is one half of infamous New Jersey industrial duo Smersh. I'm getting a real fashion avenue feel from these Vogue beats and runway breaks; this might be just what you need to strut your stuff on film. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

6. This track is from the third release from Sacramento born visual artist David Mohr, who moonlights as electro-pop band FAVORS in addition to running a small imprint called Future Push. Expect bright electro sounds and a subtle beat. [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial]


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