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Sound Sunday features free music downloads from independent artists. In this edition, the spotlight is on contemporary classical music. It’s all you’d expect, yet filled with surprises. Give it a spin!

Soft As Air

Genre: ambient, instrumental, piano, classical

Ben Woods began writing music intended for release in 2008 whilst studying at the University of Plymouth in the Southwest, UK. (…) His style shifts between an ambient and piano sound achieved with processed MIDI instruments.
Source: Last.fm

You Know This Guy

Genre: ambient, electronic, instrumental, classical

You have heard the music of Dexter Britain before. One of his albums was featured in the Soundtrack Edition 13 Free Original Soundtracks [Sound Sunday] 13 Free Original Soundtracks [Sound Sunday] Sound Sunday presents an edition full of original soundtracks. Free music from films and video games, including rock, ambient, 8-bit, dubstep, and classical music. It's the soundtrack for your week! Read More of Sound Sunday. Even if you missed that one, you have likely heard his music elsewhere. Dexter is a composer who gives all of his music away for free and has been picked up quite a bit.
Interview: You’ve Heard This Man’s Music Before, You Just Don’t Know It: Interviewing Dexter Britain You've Heard This Man's Music Before, You Just Don't Know It: Interviewing Dexter Britain You've Heard This Man's Music Before, You Just Don't Know It: Interviewing Dexter Britain Soundtrack composer and multi-disciplined creative director. Read an interesting interview and meet the the man behind the music you might have listened to, but just didn't know. Read More

Orchestral Soundtrack

Genre: indie, instrumental, classical, orchestral, soundtrack

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This album is the original soundtrack of the video game Aarklash Legacy.

Intense Piano Solos

Genre: instrumental, classical, piano

The songs are meant to be loud and more in your face. The album is a reflection of my battles, successes and determination to move forward. There is a lot of venting exemplified with intense and heavy notes throughout the songs. I’m not scared anymore. The “Woods of Chaos” will always be there, but I’m able to overcome the beasts and find peace. Create your own experience with each song.
Source: Jamendo

Soft Piano Solos

Genre: instrumental, classical, piano

After a quite long time, here finally is my next album “New World”. This album just contains solo piano tracks and sounds a bit different to the other piano albums I released. My new songs offer a wider range of harmonics and chords. After several piano albums, I try to develop the level and style of my songs more and more which is a must for instrumental music. There is just this one piano that can convay the mood and the feelings of each song which actually is the challenge of this kind of music.
Source: Jamendo

Piano Renditions

Genre: instrumental, classical, piano, orchestral

Karim Kamar is a south London based pianist who composes original pieces, as well as renditions of popular tunes. The Covers contains solo contemporary classical piano renditions of his favorite pieces.
Source: Bandcamp

Electropop Piano

Genre: electronic, instrumental, classical, piano

Electric Grandma is the on-stage and real persona of Lucia Aurora Garcia, the multi-dimentional mastermind responsible for igniting the fire that is Electric Grandma. Lucia sings lead vocals, plays piano, performs synth and programs the live shows along with Grandpa Fractal. (…) Throughout the years of pursuing music, dance, performance, and studying classical piano, she can be considered a modern day Renaissance Woman.
Source: Facebook

Short Songs Without Words

Genre: electronic, instrumental, classical, piano, strings, soundtrack

Pianos, strings, guitars, and synthesizers have all been used in ways I hope you enjoy. ~Nick Logan
Source: Facebook

Improvised Piano Pieces

Genre: acoustic, instrumental, classical, piano

Debs is a painter and photographer as well as a maker of music. (…) She has had 15 group and solo exhibitions in recent years including shows in London, Canada, Japan and San Francisco. (…) Debs music is acoustic and moves between folk pop, folk rock, indie and instrumental styles. (…) Her recent music focuses on solo acoustic work. (…) Debs has played live in session for the BBC and received multiple plays on [many international radio stations] since August 2012.
Source: Facebook

Energetic Electronic & Classical Fusion

Genre: alternative, avant-garde, electro-acoustic, instrumental, classical, piano

Composer and musician Rebecca Brandt mixes electro-acoustic, contemporary classical and electronic sounds. Numbers & Shapes is Rebecca’s debut album. She also scores a variety of film projects.
Source: Bandcamp

Minimalist Classical Drone

Genre: ambient, drone, minimalism, instrumental, classical, piano

Crane’s Dreams is a music project formed in 2011. Based in Russia, the unknown artist uses nature sounds, voices, and various noises to create his ambient, drone, classical music.
Source: Bandcamp

Music & Poetry

Genre: poetry, spoken word, classical, piano, strings, orchestral

Seattle natives Troy Osaki and Ariel Loud combine classical music with spoken poetry to form their art.

Classical Soundscapes

Genre: instrumental, drone, pop, classical, cello, soundscape

Oliver Barrett is a musician and illustrator currently living in London. Having played in various bands, Oliver has most recently put out several releases under his ‘Petrels’ moniker on various labels internationally including Denovali, Tartaruga, and Patient Sounds. As a composer he has had work commissioned by the BFI, London Word Festival and the Southbank Centre amongst others, and as a performer has played with artists ranging from Duane Pitre to Steve Beresford to Damo Suzuki. A multi-instrumentalist, Oliver’s musical practice ranges from solo electronics, acoustic improvisation, band work, and sound art, to orchestral arrangements and song, drawing influences from a broad spectrum.
Source: Floating Limb Homepage

The Grand Finale

Was that the kind of classical music you expected? Which album did you enjoy most? Which one surprised you the most? What else were you looking for?

Add your feedback to the comments, send me a tweet to @TinaSieber, or email Tina at this domain. Pitches welcome.

  1. Nick Logan
    July 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Hey Tina,

    Thanks so much for hosting my music! Much appreciated. I actually have another free album that would be better-suited for the site if you want to take a listen: http://www.nicklogan.bandcamp.com/album/songs-in-almost-blue

    Thanks again!

    Nick

  2. Marvin Goldstein
    February 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Tina:

    I use Adobe CS3, 5, 6 for digital document and photo restorations ... My wife and I owned a printing company, 36 years, and serviced multi-international corporations like Bayer, AG (Germany) which was formerly Miles, Inc, Elkhart, IN ...

    I retired in 1998 and became a casino dice dealer; after two years I retired and became a full time casino dice player --- wrote two manuals and produced my own 7.6 hours video teaching people they can "Beat the Odds" at any casino, any dice table ...

    YOU have no idea how much I enjoy listening to the music you provide !!!

    • Tina S
      February 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Wow, sounds like you have a few stories to tell! I guess you're not welcome at the casinos anymore. ;)

      And I'm glad you're enjoying Sound Sunday. :) It's a pleasure to put it together every week.

  3. likefunbutnot
    January 27, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Most of this seems closer to what I'd describe as ambient or New Age and I suspect most of the artists in question would rather be painted with one of those brushes than forced into the cubby hole of conservatory-type "Serious" music.

    One of the most interesting purely classical piano pieces I've heard in recent memory is the "Dreilide Thrace Sonata #1", used in Season 4 of Battlestar Galactica.

    Philip Glass's relatively contemporary soundtrack to "The Hours" is another good example of 21st Century classical piano composition.

    All of this music is certainly pleasant in the way that New Age/Ambient music often is.

    • Tina S
      January 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      The artists above have self-labeled their music as classical or contemporary classical.

  4. Angel Senderis
    January 27, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Your announcement of classical music albums for download surprised me. Do you really call this "classical music"?

    • Tina S
      January 28, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      I called it "contemporary classical" and the artists featured above have self-labeled their music as classical or contemporary classical.

  5. Kevin
    January 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Thank the gods none of this was not actually modern Classical music which I term as 'Neo Modern Pseudo Music' not to be confused with real classical music like Mozart or Beethoven.

  6. Matthew H
    January 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Loving the Rob Costlow, Tina! I'm a huge fan of his stuff. :D

    I know it's not free music, but check out Victoire on Spotify. They're quite interesting contemporary classical. In particular, have a listen of I Am Coming For My Things. I really think you'll like them.

    • Tina S
      January 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks for sharing Rob and Victoria with me, Matthew! That album by Rob Costlow has been in my bookmarks for way too long. Glad I could finally feature it. :)

    • Matthew H
      January 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      It was my pleasure! I actually think you mentioned Rob Costlow in an earlier article! :)

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