More Details About Using the Music Royalty Free
This is a stock music production library under Creative Commons
licensing for the general public. You can license the tunes royalty
free if you provide a link back or credit to "Free Music by
DanoSongs.com". People also do leave donations. You may download, copy
listen to the tracks without a link. There is no cost for downloading
or buyout fee for creative commons licensing of these MP3s. Check out
the creative commons license page for details. The files are compatible
with iPod, Zune,
Windows Media Player any other player. They can also be used in
everyday life for PowerPoint, photo album slide shows and presentations
for business, education and kids projects.
The songs can be included in podcasting so they are podsafe. Other uses
for the clips might be for background instrumental beds in film, tv,
video, games, websites, songs and even your social network page. For
instance on your myspace or facebook profile. The files are Mac or PC
compatible. In addition to
downloading you can stream samples from the CD. If you just want a copy
of the actual CD release with 15 of these songs sent to you, then you
can order the album "Guitar, Lyrics and Cut-ups".
Let me know if you need custom made music for a project. Depending on
the use, my available time and the style of music, I may be able to
come up with something customized for you. The cost can be anywhere
from free for creative commons licensing to a negotiable fee for a
work-for-hire license where you buy the complete copyright to the song.
I can also do some video editing and customizing of the existing tracks
for ringtones, advertising, commercials and on hold music if you need
that. I work with photographers, producers, college students,
educators, non profits, artists and other musicians from all over the
world and I'm open to ideas. I am in the New York City area if you want
to meet in person to discuss a project.
What is the Style of My Music Like?
People ask me "What kind of music do you do?" all the time. That's hard
to say because I have a very diverse influence. Overall people say my
songs remind them most of David Bowie.
In particular my alternative
rock songs sound like the bands I have been influenced by like Led
Zepplin, Coldplay, The Fray, U2, Iron and Wine, The Rolling Stones and
The more indie rock songs have been compared to Kings of
Leon, Elliot Smith and Ben Folds. My acoustic songs are music like Jack
Johnson, James Blunt, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper and Jeff
My loop-based electronic tracks have a sound like Moby,
Massive Attack and Frou Frou since they are my favorite artists in that
genre. Some people have said my instrumental tracks sound like The
Beatles and Oasis.
As a singer I am have been most influenced by Teddy Thompson, Damien
Rice and Nat King Cole. As a songwriter my ideals lay in the simplistic
rock of Tom Petty and Neil Young. As a lyricist I tend to be a bit
intellectual and esoteric like Sting, Seal and Bono.
As an artist in
general I love the diverse pop art mentality of David Bowie and David
Byrne - both artists, musicians and actors which is awesome. After you
listen to my music and you have an opinion about what the songs sound
like, please let me know. I would really appreciate it so I can list
any additional artists and bands here.
How I Write New Songs
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I get asked allot about how I write songs and the tracks on the site:
1. First I decide what style of song I am going to write. Usually it
will be solo acoustic, but I also use various loop-based software to
create electronica tracks. If I write on acoustic I also keep in mind
that I will be playing the tune with a band in a rock setting at open
2. Then I decide on the theme of a song, for instance if I am going to
write a love song, Christmas carol or something about America.
Sometimes I am inspired by a new album and I want to write in the style
of a band like U2, the Beatles or Coldplay.
3. After that I write the lyrics. I have a system to find the best
ideas and words that rhyme easily and naturally. These words need to
have imagery that brings out the meaning of the theme in a very
colorful way. I usually pick the title at this point.
4. Next I find some chords that fit with the style of the theme. I am
kind of scientific about how I choose them, I don't just make them up
off the top of my head. If I'm writing electronic music I don't write
chords, I just create the tracks with whatever awesome loops I can
find. I usually use a free
online music maker
to create techno music.
In either case I always, always stick to the one song structure
that I find works best. At this point if I am really
loops, I may feel like digging out some world music samples and try out
hindi instruments like tabla and sitar.
5. Only after all that do I try to sing the melody. I have a technique
for just listening to the chords and music and coming up with something
that is effortless for me. Then I decide if I like what I have created
and if it could be a top radio song and if it has some kind of pop
appeal. If I don't really feel like it is great then I spend a little
time trying to fix it. To be honest though, it is usually easier for me
to forget about a bad song, and move on to the next.
What is most important is that if I think the tune could stand the test
of time as a traditional folk song, even if I do rock, pop and techno
versions - the song has to have a hook. There is more about what I'm
after in my article on hybrid songs.
6. Then I practice the song until I get the strumming and vocals down
for every beat and phrase of the tune. Finally I take the tune and
record it somehow. Could be solo, or with a band, or with a friend.
After a while I gather up the songs I have and make an album out of it.
I don't set out to make an album, it just happens over time.
This might seem like a complicated way to make a song, and even
backwards to some people. However, in the end I wind up with simple
songs that people say they love and they last as fun tunes that I play
for years and years. I have taken tons of music lessons, attended
songwriting workshops and I have a college education in music, but I
never learned this process from a book or classes.
Providing the Songs as Free MP3 Downloads
After I write and record a songs I upload it to my Website and offer it
for free. Of course, I still own the copyright to the music but I give
everyone permission to copy, distribute and alter the songs for
anything they want to use it for. This is not public domain music, you
can check out this list of copyright
for songs that no longer have copyrights. Many
people think that providing MP3s
for nothing is not a good idea. However, the huge amount of traffic I
get at this site shows that offering a free license is the best easy
promotion I could possibly ask for!
I choose the Creative Commons Licenses attribution license which
requires that you put a link or credit for DanoSongs.com. That sure
gets the word out. You can also use other open licenses like GPL, GFDL,
EFF Open Audio License, the Free Art license or the LinuxTag's Open
Music License. My music Its allot like providing open source software,
make money on services other than selling the code itself.
The other advantage to offering my tracks for free is instant easy
collaboration, which is just plain fun. For instance I get emails all
the time from people who use my instrumental tracks as background music
for a new song. So now there is a whole piece of music in the world,
that I played a part in, and yet took absolutely no effort on my part.
This also goes for the many super cool video projects that people put
my songs in. Some are for charity, documentaries, schools and projects
for children and I am very happy to be involved!
Licensing My Songs Royalty Free
I know that it can be very expensive to license music bed clips for
videos, film, television and other productions. Plus, there is an
increasing use of music in podcasting, videos and Flash which
is a whole new market for song use. Lots of regular folks need free
background music for home movies and photography montages on windows
movie maker too. That's
why I set up my MP3s as a royalty-free production stock
music library as an alternative to licensing tracks from a music
publisher. At the same time I also offer most of these songs through a
publishing agency called Music Dealers for music professionals who need
Usually you pay once up front for royalty-free music and when you have
an arrangement like this with the copyright holder of the music, it is
known as paying for a license. When you license the music this way it
is a big advantage not to have to pay a royalty for every use of the
song. For example, no matter how many times a film or television show
is viewed, no additional payment is due to the owner of the music,
unless you are required to pay performing rights organization licenses.
Also if you are wondering, this is an international music library so
you have no restrictions anywhere in the world when you download free
MP3 songs from my site.
I don't put any limit on the amount of sync uses of the music as long
as you link to my site. For example some companies limit the number of
views of video trailers or hits on Websites which contain the track.
Most royalty free licenses also typically offer free sound recording
duplication rights, but not free broadcasting rights. The creative commons license waives my right to collect PRO (Performing Rights Organization) royalties. If you are using
my music in a situation that requires reporting to ASCAP or BMI, then
you will not need to add my tracks to the paperwork. You can air my
tunes on radio or podcasts as many times as you want.
by Dan O'Connor