Free & Legal Music For Your Creative Commercial Projects [Sound Sunday]

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A few chords is all it takes to get your audience hooked. Here’s some music you can use for your YouTube videos, podcasts or anything else you’ve got cooking.

The music in this edition of Sound Sunday is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported. This means you can copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format (Share) and remix, transform, and build upon the material (Adapt) for any purpose, even commercially, under the condition that you give appropriate credit (Attribution) and distribute your contributions under the same license as the original (ShareAlike).

Swing Jazz

Genre: jazz, swing, blues, charleston, dixieland

Monkey Doo’s swing jazz ranges from blissful to melancholic.

Instrumental

Genre: acoustic, instrumental, guitar

UK musician James Corachea presents calming songs on acoustic guitar. His 2014 album is fully copyrighted and comes with a 7 GBP price tag. Get this CC-licensed EP for free while downloads last.

Genre: instrumental, progressive rock

In Limbo is a three piece progressive rock band from France. They make all their music available for free under a creative commons license.

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Electronic Retro Pop

Genre: indie, electronic, 80s, synth, pop, dreamwave

What started as a fun attempt to group as many people as possible to get back at sites that steal and sell our music became a fully fledged multi-product release.
Source: Bandcamp

Electronic

Genre: electronic, bass, house, techno

Prepare yourself for four tracks lovingly extracted from the deepest memories of German synthesizers, forgotten floppy disks, and Japanese drum machines. The music of Balloon Fight is hard to categorize, straddling many genres, sourcing unorthodox sounds and implementing accidental techniques, to create a Dance sound all his own. One thing that can be said for sure is that there will be bass.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: electronic, chillout, instrumental, beats, trip hop, hip hop

Nick Siamas’ parents knew they had a musical prodigy on their hands when he was born, not from his mother’s womb, but by smashing his way out of their stereo speakers. It was at that moment, holding an 8-track cassette deck and a midi keyboard that he faced his musical destiny head on.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: electronic, idm, drum & bass, avant-garde, breakcore, glitch

I feel a bit constricted in Germany (population density: 226/km2 — 583/sq mi.) —- / – Every track is a walk through a different digital terrain and the encounters I had with all kinds of organisms.
Source: Bandcamp

Ambient

Genre: ambient, downtempo, trip hop, hip hop

Most times, Jash produces music without his brain. A condition called Myalgic Eencephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, forces him to find creative ways to compose tunes, while his attention is drowned in tiredness. He is currently fundraising for a charity skydive, meant to draw attention to M.E.
Source: Last.fm

Genre: ambient, instrumental, neo-classical

So I’m An Islander is a Danish, hobby-based musical project. Its lone member, Søren Nissen Jørgensen, from the small town of Augustenborg located on the island of Als, Sotuhern Denmark, writes many of the song titles in the Danish dialect, Southern Jutlandic.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: ambient, electronic, downtempo, chillout

I was born in the late eighties in Saint-Petersburg. Russia. My home neighborhood was near the seaport. I loved watching the ships in the bay and listen to the sounds of the sea. I still love these sounds. My second passion is a space. Soviet space program, Sputnik-1, Gagarin’s flight to orbit. I always try to convert my feelings in music and share it.
Source: Bandcamp

The Playlist

Just hit play to listen to the best of this edition in one go. If you like what you hear, you can go back to listen to and download the entire album above.

How Do You Use CC Music?

This is the second Creative Commons music edition. Have you used material from our first edition? Can you share projects for which you have used CC licensed music or other material?

You’re welcome to fill the comments with your feedback and requests, add music to the Sound Sunday Suggestions playlist on minilogs, get in touch with me @TinaSieber on Twitter, or email tina at this domain.

Featured image credit: CC Music Sheet by opensourceway via Flickr

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Nahla D

Nice! Thanks for recommending John Corachea and Monkey Doo! Love the latter’s Italian jazzy album. Just the type of music and artist that I’m looking for! Oh, loving Retro Promenade, too! I like how they fused Japanese dialogue with all the retro video game tune! Inspired to make a Youtube video with this…hmm…

Tina S

Happy you found something inspiring in this collection. :) Please do share your video when it’s ready!

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James Corachea

Thanks for finding my music and for the exposure! It was quite a surprise to see lots of downloads and plays in the bandcamp stats. I’d love to see any new videos from the blog readers who might use my music.

Tina S

My pleasure and thank you for sharing your music!

Has your music been used anywhere you know of?

By the way, I think I may have seen you perform in Second Life some time back. Do you still do that?

James Corachea

It’s been used in some random but very well shot outdoor videos and in one person’s Minecraft video.

Looks like the gravatar account is set with my old SL avatar :) I haven’t played there for about a year but I attended a gathering of Second Life musicians last May in Nashville. Those meet-up jams are always fun.

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Søren Jørgensen

Hi! I really appreciate the mention (So I’m An Islander) :) I actually just created a fancy portfolio of the projects in which my music (So I’m An Islander) has been involved in. A great record of how Creative Commons can add value to creative people’s projects around the world – the but it also functions as a more goal-oriented website trying to tell the world about the significance and possibilities the Creative Commons license contains! Think you should check it out: siaiskopet.weebly.com

Best,
Søren (So I’m An Islander)

Tina S

Thanks for sharing your portfolio, Søren!

How do you find out about people using your work? Do they tell you or do you have some smart tools that alert you when your work is credited?

Søren Jørgensen

Your welcome! People usually contact me via email and asks me for “permission”, and telling me that they would love to use this song for that project – and then they ask me to simply approve the crediting :) So no smart tools… But personally, I appreciate when people ask me, not because I’ll ever say no, but it’s exciting for me to keep track of where my music is going and to see how the music can become part of so wonderful projects (films, arts etc.) and help create value in different forms and shapes and for different people. That makes it worth it!

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