Free Music Archive

Free Music Archive

So I was listening to this Throatcast Episode 20 interview with Dan Nadel of Picturebox conducted by LPH and posted here on fullfrenzy. That’s one thing, but I got excited to hear the opening track on the interview and then double excited to see the link to the source of the track on a site called Free Music Archive. The track is by the Alash Ensemble, which is a quartet of throat singer/musicians from Tuva. (Above photo by David Aronson). On the FMA you can download live recordings of their fantastic music.

I keep yelling at my students about being aware of copyright issues as they make their animation and videos so that they are completely free and clear to do whatever they want with their works after working so hard on them. Free Music Archive is a resource that allows you to download any of their music and enjoy it, and sometimes use tracks for additional purposes. All you have to do is to look at the license granted to you by the artists, specific to each work to see how it is available to be used and what is required of you if you use it. See the FAQ. Also see earlier posts where I go wild for public domain media.

The Free Music Archive makes the point that they are a curated site and this is reflected in their high quality music selections across many genres including such specifics as field recordings, Skweee, and Wonky. (Definitely not going to pretend I was in-the-know about those last two classifications before this morning. But they’re good.) This curated collection sets it apart from the selection of free stuff on archive.org, for example, but both are worth exploring. In general if this seems relevant to your life as a media creator, you should also be aware of the Creative Commons organization which is the source of the alternate licenses to straight up full-on chub-on copyright.

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