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Need A Soundtrack? Download Free Creative Commons Music [Sound Sunday]

Tina Sieber 14-07-2014

Sound Sunday has shifted from random free music downloads and plain genre editions, to focusing on practical uses of music, including music collections that can help you relax Free Music & Nature Sounds To Relax, Sleep, Meditate, Study & Concentrate [Sound Sunday] Discover a vast collection of free ambient, electronic, drone soundscapes, plus nature sounds, ASMR, and singing bowls. Many hours of free music downloads are hidden in this edition of Sound Sunday. Come inside and listen. Read More , work out Free Music Downloads: Energetic Workout Playlist [Sound Sunday] Dancing boosts confidence and it's a great workout, too. Whether you're dancing, biking, or lifting weights, these free music downloads will keep you moving during your workout sessions. Read More , or fall asleep Got Insomnia? Fall Asleep With Relaxing Music [Sound Sunday] Free music downloads, streaming albums, and a playlist to ground your thoughts and help you drift off into sleep. Read More . Today, I prepared a wild mix of Creative Commons licensed music The 14 Best Sites to Find Free Creative Commons Music Need to get hold of royalty-free Creative Commons music? Find everything you need for your projects on these sites. Read More .


Creative Commons copyright licenses offer creators an easy way to grant copyright permissions to creative work What Is Creative Commons and Non-Commercial Use? What is Creative Commons? What does "non-commercial use" mean? Learn about Creative Commons licenses and how they work. Read More . If you are in need of a soundtrack or background music for a non-commercial project, look for matching material below. If you just enjoy quality music, scroll down for the playlist, which features the best songs from this week’s collection.

All music in this edition is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonComercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported. This means you can copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format (Share), as long as you give appropriate credit (Attribution), do not use the material for commercial purposes (NonCommercial), and do not distribute remixed, transformed, or otherwise modified material (NoDerivatives).

Pop & Rock

Genre: alternative, indie, pop, rock

The two tracks of this EP are almost instrumental. The vocals are blurred and barely audible, creating a dreamy atmosphere.

Genre: alternative, rock, blues, funk, progressive rock


Alternating between introspective melancholy and playful exuberance, byron play alternative rock with a progressive flair. They’re equally comfortable with loud amps or no amps at all, and they filmed a gig in a salt mine (300ft below) just to show they mean business.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: indie, alternative, acoustic, folk, pop

An acoustic indie-folk album offering up stories of The Wild Land, a place where the untameable aspects of humanity and existence are brought back into the light and celebrated; everything from the birth cycle to the death cycle is raised up in celebration and gratitude, giving thanks for the wholeness of our reality, without exception. Maingard also offers his other albums under the same creative commons license.
Source: Bandcamp

Ambient Jazz

Genre: ambient, electronic, bass, jazz, violin


The UK’s most celebrated solo bassist, here with lots of looped/layered solo albums, & collaborations, most notably with genius singer Lobelia. Dig in deep, there’s a lot to discover. All albums come with a creative commons license.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: ambient, jazz, piano, drums

Trio Metrik completely improvised this album with a large collection of classical instruments and even a typewriter.

Genre: ambient, instrumental, jazz, bass, folk, piano


Much of the album has a melancholic touch, but every other song delivers upbeat and energetic sounds to your ears.

Ambient Electronic

Genre: electronic, instrumental, experimental, chill, hip hop

The debut album by Den Kokoro is a chilled mix of classical, pop, and electronic elements.

Genre: ambient, electronic, new age, relaxation, sleep


C.paradisi is the moniker of Free Floating Music founder Brad Ross-MacLeod. His site promotes legal free ambient music downloads. Sketches from the Edge of Silence Volumes I & II is his own work.

Genre: ambient, electronic, instrumental, chillout, downtempo, trip hop

Sound engineer Jonathan Frémont makes music as 28 and Akira Club. The second track on his EP is a remix from a song found on the Nine Inch Nails album Year Zero.

Genre: ambient, instrumental, drone, noise, shoegaze

35’45” of tape loops, pink noise and the occasional guitar improvisation. Cut up recordings all-but-destroyed digitally then recorded in glorious 24bit. Worn drones fading in their own reverb. A hommage to thirty+ year old VHS tapes. A sonic trip along the roads of the pacific Northwest. The record shifts glacially, a grainy collage of slow motion.
Source: Bandcamp

The Playlist

Listen to the best of each edition with the Minilogs Mixtape.

Did You Know About Creative Commons Before?

Do you actually pay attention to copyrights Confused About Copyright Law? These Online Resources Can Help It's a confusing subject, yes, but it's important that you wrap your head around it. If you're involved in any sort of creative work, these resources will help you do just that. Read More when downloading things from the Internet? Have you searched for CC licensed material before and do you use music in any of your creative work? Please share your take on copyrights and how this edition impacts you in the comments!

You can also 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

Related topics: Creative Commons, Indie Music, Music Album, Sound Sunday.

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  1. Radoslaw
    November 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Hey everybody.

    I looking for music in comercial purpose.
    How i make sure about license?
    Where is information about that?

    Thanks for ansewer

  2. Shannon
    January 3, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Can you recommend any sites that do creative commons relaxation/meditation/hypnosis music?

    • Tina
      January 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      You could check Bandcamp; some of the music there is CC licensed.

  3. Joanthan Frémont
    August 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you Tina. Sharing my music is always helpful. Anyway, there is more to check on this page : https://creativecoderecords.bandcamp.com.

    I'm going to check your playlist !

    Jonathan F (28)

    • Tina S
      August 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Thank you for sharing your music, Jonathan!

  4. Nahla D
    July 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I don't know about copyrights that much, but then again I don't really use downloaded music for creative work purposes that often anyway. But If I do, I always mention the name/owner of the song. Is this enough? Bottomline: I am guilty of not paying attention that much, but I usually download for personal use a.k.a leisure.

    By the way, thank you Tina for compiling another great list!! I sooo love almost every song here. Just downloaded! Looking forward to this Sunday!

    • Tina S
      July 20, 2014 at 8:12 am

      If you download music from Bandcamp or NoiseTrade or other such sites for personal use, that's perfectly fine. Using that music for creative work, which you share publicly / online is not OK if it didn't come with a respective license. You could get into trouble, even if you credited the original creator. Although I'm sure most (amateur) artists will feel honored. Just don't use stuff from the already-rich folks.

      And thank you very much for your feedback! It's great to hear Sound Sunday is being appreciated - it's my pleasure! :)

  5. Nicola
    July 14, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Hey thanks a lot for checking out my music, cheers from Italy!

    - Nicola (Worlich)

    • Nahla D
      July 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      I like your music posted here. Very dreamy~~

    • Tina S
      July 20, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Most welcome, Nicola. Thank you for sharing your wonderful music! :)