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Hi, I'm Dan-O. I am a singer songwriter and I also like making instrumental music which you can use royalty free. Click here for info on licensing my music and songs for your video, photo slideshow, film, app or other media. For questions about my music see the FAQ.

Tutorial Video: How to Add Music to Microsoft Windows Movie Maker Using MP3 Audio Files

I found a very well done, simple tutorial video that shows how to add music to your video for YouTube using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker and MP3 audio files.

You can try this out by downloading one of my free songs if you want. Feel free to edit the MP3 files in order to create clips with a sound that fits in your movies – just like the tutorial shows.

If you are totally new to using the program, here is an article about locating, downloading, installing and “How to Use MovieMaker on Windows 7“. Also, if you are not on Windows you can read about “Online Video Editing Alternatives” as well.

My Tip: Instead of inserting such a long track into moviemaker (as shown in the video) and then having to shorten it, try using the free software called Audacity to edit the clip first.

How to Insert Music into You Movie or Film: Tutorial Video



Latest Music Licensing News and Groundbreaking Developments

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Here is a bit of interesting news on the forefront of the music licensing business:

Tadcast.com is trying to get musicians to pay for having their music placed in popular YouTube videos. This is definitely a groundbreaking attempt in the music licensing world that I’m sure will cause quite a stir. Read More

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will no longer allow music licensed under creative commons. They say it is because most of it does not allow commercial use. They are right! That is why I allow commercial use of my music so it is easy to use. Read More

Promotion company DMX thwarts ASCAP‘s attempt to price gouge them with a 25 million dollar performance licensing fee. Oh, the complications and the drama of the PROs! That’s why the commercial-friendly creative commons license added a new paragraph to exclude ASCAP and BMI. Read More

The founders of Skype and Kazaa are now in the music rights administration business! It is a new world we are in and I’m just waiting for Google to step in on music licensing. The company, Music Report, is helping Rdio manage their music subscription licensing. Read More

See How Tadcast Is Trying to Get Musicians to “Pay for Play” in YouTube videos!

Man is this a major faux pa, sure to spark controversy and change. Question is, will musicians sign up? Reality is that desperate labels probably will.



Production Music Library for Video and Film at The Blue Mask

I found Film Composer Simon Wilkinson online at his site www.TheBlueMask.com and I was compelled to mention him because he is also composing royalty free music.

I love his music, the promo videos he does and the way he has packaged his tracks as MP3 or wav downloads at his own production music library.

Simon offers a range of services and specializes in dramatic and atmospheric instrumentals. For more information, check out his site, IMDB page, and follow him on Twitter @thebluemask72.

Check out the very touching piano pieces in this video:

Production Music Library Promo Video from “The Blue Mask”



5 Royalty Free Music Tracks: Featured User Videos

Hey, here are some of the top viewed YouTube videos that use my royalty free music library as a soundtrack. You can download all of these instrumental songs as MP3s from my home page. You can use them as background production music in video trailers, Websites, Internet radio, podcasts, or for on hold.

This cute pet video uses “Joker with Honey Lips” which has a country rock feel. This is adorable.

The alternative rock guitar track “Sun Spark” is used in this highly rated video with great clips of game play.

Acoustic rock tune “Art of Gardens” used to demonstrate smart phone typing app.

“Silver Shine” is a new age style piano track used in a girly tutorial. I can’t believe how many girls use my music for these kinds of videos – really funny!

“Black Box in the Ground” is a hard rock style epic that I made to be used as just for background music – perfect for a zombie game guide!



Magix Music Maker | Create Royalty Free Songs for Video and Movies

Magix Music Maker is a simple music studio software program you can use to create your own music for your videos. It comes with royalty free loops, a beatmaker, a variety of native instrument samples, mixer and editor.

The below video shows you how to get started making your own beats. It also demonstrates the creation of a basic composition by “painting on” and arranging loops.

You might also want to try using Sony ACID and Soundation, but Magix Music Maker has an “easy mode” that is really good for total beginners new to making their own music.

Magix Music Maker: Royalty Free So You Can Use the Songs for Your Movies

Click here to see the latest Magix Music Maker programs

Here are some other articles about Magix and other music creators that you might be interested in:

The Best Audio Editing Software Programs

MAGIX Announces MAGIX Video Easy HD

3D editing comes to Magix Movie Edit Pro

Mix Superstar – review



How to Make Beats Using Kanye West Style Layering

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Great video by BBoySpaz showing us how to make beats using the layering technique used allot by Kanye West.

I’ve been doing this for a while, but his idea of layering an instrument over the vocals with the same melody is new to me. Also, BBoySpaz makes a cool point about mixing your own keyboards with a loop or sample.

You can use any software program to create custom rap and hip hop instrumental beats from scratch with this tip.  So, check out this tutorial and break out the laptop to give layering a try and follow @bboyspaz.

BBoySpaz Video: How to Make Beats Kanye West Style



Music for On Hold | The Revolution in Background Tracks

There is a huge change taking place in the music for on hold industry. It has become easier than ever to get music to broadcast at your place of business and not have to pay a performance royalty license to ASCAP, BMI or PRS. Of course you can download the songs on my site and play them for free if you play the credit sounder or  link to me from your Website. More info: click here.

Another service, I just read about in this article MusicRevolution Launches Internet Music Stream For Businesses. For a fee that is the fraction of the cost of a performing rights license, you can get an Internet stream of high quality music from selected artists in the music revolution library. This way you can get unlimited background tracks for a basic monthly fee.

Music Revolution also has royalty free songs in genres like blues, world, Christmas and anything else you can think of. So they are another good option for licensing production music rights for your videos, films, Web and TV programs.

Here is a silly video about the importance of using music for on hold, however it has some good points such as “studies show” that without music on hold callers will hang up after one minute:

Here are some other interesting articles about the performing rights organizations that will charge you for using their artists’ music:

Appeals Court Tells ASCAP: A Download Is Not A Performance

How Do Musicians Get Paid When The Music Is Played On Pandora or Sirius Radio

Appeals court tosses ASCAP fees

ASCAP Loses Its Anti-Digital Music Lawsuit



Royalty Free Music Loops Controversy

Interesting story in the news this week about Steve Angello of the act Swedish House Mafia using royalty free music loops in his recording of the track “KNAS”.

There is some controversy over whether or not it is artistic to create tracks using loops from a royalty free music library. In fact this MTV article even goes as far as to interview Angello and get his view on the debate.

Ha! MTV is dreadfully behind the times and misses the point. There are millions of tracks all over the world that are created using royalty free loop libraries. Beatportal.com is the site that “caught” Angello doing this and they make no judgment on his creativity or integrity.

Using loops is simply what Music Producers and DJs do. Sound Designers and Musicians create loops – Producers mix, master and market a finished track. It’s the new division of labor in the 21st century music industry.

What I say to people who think using loops is inartistic is – try mixing up a track like KNAS yourself and then decide if it takes talent or not. In fact, I always encourage people to try out making their own music using legally cleared royalty free music loops from Sony ACID and PowerFx.

This piece gives me the chills and getting that effect, is all in the mix…not in the loops.

Steve Angello’s KNAS: Uses Royalty Free Music Loops



Free Commercial Music for Advertising Jingles at Tribe of Noise

Tribe of Noise is a service that provides free commercial music from independent artists that you can use under a creative commons share alike license. Its a very elegant site with allot of international composers.

You have to register to listen and download Mp3s. Additionally, make sure you understand the creative commons share alike license, which is different that the more simple attribution licensing, like I use.

So if you need some background music for a video advertisement or jingle, and can not find what you need on my site, then check them out. The music spans many genres like rock, jazz and hip hop.

Tribe of Noise Free Commercial Music: Introduction Video



Free Music for Video from Paskal-IMC

I just found another site that has free music for video which has a creative license. Check out Paskal-IMC and take a listen if you can’t find what you need in my music library.

It looks like you can download the songs as MP3s just like my site and use it as background music in your videos. They have about 30 clips you can use as intros, outros, loops and bumpers. They also have a few complete downloadable songs.

Free Music for Video Trailer from YouTube



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