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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).
Genre: jazz, swing, blues, charleston, dixieland
Monkey Doo’s swing jazz ranges from blissful to melancholic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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