Copyright Friendly Audio for the Multimedia Producer
The question knocking around our email is what are some copyright free and/or royalty free music resources for the multimedia journalist.
The answer is in the list below. While not all encompassing, we think it a good start to get you going.
- ccMixter: dig.ccmixter is devoted to helping you find that great music, all of which is liberally licensed under a Creative Commons license so you already have permission to use this music in your video, podcast, school project, personal music player, or where ever.
- FreeSound.org: The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Freesound focusses only on sound, not songs.
- Musopen: Musopen is a non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.
- Jamendo: Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses.
- Library of Congress: Get that old-timey feeling from public domain works via the LOC’s American Memory project.
- SoundCloud: Creative Commons tagged music from this musician sharing site. Think of it as a Flickr for audio.
- Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project: Before their were MP3s there were CDs. Before that there were tapes and vinyl. And before that, the cylinder. UC Santa Barbara has been digitizing music from the late 1800s and early 1900s since 2002. Now free for you to use.
Want a Giant Lists of Others?
Check out this massive list from Wikispaces, or if you’re looking for beats and loops to create your own songs, the dmoz Open Directory Project has everything from electronica to banjo for you to sample.
Have resources of your own? What would you add to the list?