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Where to Get Free Soundtracks to Download

Downloading music is a tricky issue these days. With internet authorities acting fast to shut down illegal music downloads sites, you have to be careful where you get your music files from. One wrong move and you could end up in more trouble than you bargained for.

However, you could just want to get free soundtracks to download for your art project or school assignment. Well there allot of free music sites on the web.  First check out my music and then here are several more  sites with safe high quality music and a good selection:

Freemusicarchive.org

This site has a large selection of free production tracks to choose from, and you only have to click on your selected track to download it. Sample tracks on the site’s database, and if you like it, you may be able to use the track. If it is offered under the Creative Commons license, you may be free to copy and distribute tracks.

Funkyremixes.com

Like the title suggests, this site has a variety of great quality remixes to choose for your production. Downloads are free and legal, and you have wide selection of music genres to choose from. You can rip, download, remix or share tracks, all for free.

Jamendo.com

Another free music site that allows you sample free tracks online. All music on the site is royalty free, and the easy to navigate website makes it a joy to make use of.

Opsound.org

This site allows you to upload your own original or remixed track after registration, thus increasing the volume of music you have at your disposal. Download music in order to play, and browse from one of the largest free music databases on the internet.

How to Write Songs for Film and TV: Online Course

The Emmy award winning composer Brad Hatfield shares his songwriter experience, starting an online course that is available for those who want to make a career in writing songs for film and TV.

Brad Hatfield started his career as a professional musician, having the opportunity to accompany many big names, such as James Taylor. Even from the beginning of his career, he attended major jazz festivals, next to well-known jazz artists. With time he began to get placements in film and television, realizing that he has a passion for visual media. At the beginning it was a great challenge to succeed, but right now success seems to be his middle name. Right now, while you are reading this, there are hundreds of his songs that are playing somewhere on the planet. Speaking about money, it seems that for this amazing composer it is enough to get an income that will allow him to sustain his family.

Right now he is excited because he has the opportunity to teach this course that will cover many techniques and skills. Even if some of them will be already mastered by the students, there is an entire set of skills that are necessary in order to succeed. For instance, in visual media you will have to start thinking like a director, having the chance to step back and to look at the song from a different point of view, mainly because in a movie the song can’t stay alone, but it rather has to enhance what is going on in the screen.

Another thing you will learn is how to collaborate effectively, since the communication is an essential skill and the key to succeed in this course. You will have the chance to meet other musicians and writers, and not only. There will be a whole new web of people that will come in your way. Even if this business is for those who are passionate, and not for those who are looking for more money, you will learn how to negotiate. In this business, people try to find a common ground.

This is a unique course that will teach you more than just how to write songs, it will teach you how to give and to receive feedback, and constructive criticism. You will have to listen each other’s songs and tell your opinion regarding what you hear. You will learn both what to do and what not to do, and many of the examples will be Brad Hatfield’s in person. Therefore, you will have the unique opportunity to learn from his 30 years’ experience. He is ready to give you all his secrets, as long as you agree to take them. Every student will have the opportunity to internalize the information, and with some luck their names will appear on the big screen. This is the purpose of this course.

Even if you are a song writer, after this course you will be able to improve your songs using the new skills and techniques that you acquired during this online course.

Top 3 Free Online Sound Effect Download Libraries

If you are a film enthusiast and enjoy shooting, editing, and splicing films or videos you are probably always on the lookout for good free sounds. There are lots of good sound effect websites that you can visit to find exactly what you’re looking for. Here are the top 3 free online sound effect download libraries with Mp3s and wavs including some of their most notable qualities. Start at the top and work your way down to find the sound that you’re looking for.

Freesound.org. This is a massive database of sound effects and there are new ones uploaded daily. The majority of the sounds are created by users so they are organic and original, unlike those out of a sound stock collection. Look for public domain licensing so that you can use it for any project and note that attribution and non-commercial licenses restrict what you can use the sound for. They also have one of the largest collections of room tones or ambient noise tracks that you can use to fill in the audio of a scene or contribute to the ambience of a location.

Soundbible.com. Here’s another that is on par with Free Sound. However, to make things extra easy for you they’ve separated their sounds into more categories so they’re easier to search. There’s even a royalty free sound category so that you can be sure to avoid sounds outside of that category if you’re going to monetize your project.

Sweetsoundeffects.com. These high quality sounds are available for download in packs. Simply put in your email address and you’ll be able to download the packs that you want. Plus, there’s a whole section for sounds from movies so that you can download lightsaber effects, for example. If you can’t find what you’re looking for you can submit a request for a sound and you may see it available for download in the future.

Still searching for the perfect sounds? You can also check out soundjay.com, soungle.com, jojikiba.com, and soundeffectsfactory.com!

10 Minute Online Film School by Robert Rodriguez | Quick Summary

10 Minute Online Film School by Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez created the award winning El Mariachi for $7,000 and it made 2M! Why was shooting it so inexpensive?

Here is a summary of his 10 Minute Online Film School videos:

• The movie was shot silent which helped to save film.

• The bus sequence was shot incrementally, without multiple takes. Each time progress was made, Rodriguez just changed camera position and took it from the last mistake.

• So basically there was no B roll or extra footage being shot at all.

• He was making editing decisions while he filmed. So the camera technique was mindful of saving editing time.

• Instead of a film crew Rodriguez used the actors that were not in the current scene for help.

• He zooms in and out mid take to give the impression of the scene being shot many times.

• He used utility lamps from the hardware store for lighting.

• The soundtrack was done by local musicians and recorded on the spot with equipment from RadioShack.

His advice is “refuse to spend any money” and “make it dirt cheap, have fun and just go make a movie”.

If you have about 10 minutes, these are so worth watching!…

Photo credit www.flickr.com/photos/rinzewind

Getting a Music Education Master’s Degree Online from Buffalo State

Getting a music education degree over the Internet is a relatively new option. It can give a great advantage when seeking to teach private lessons, becoming a highschool teacher, or getting a job as a university professor. Of course taking the time to study will make you a better educator and musician too!

The Buffalo State online music education masters degree includes practical, philosophical and research musical coursework. The program aims to improve students’ deep understanding of music. Students will have the luxury of choosing what date and time they can study. This really helps people who are already working, have children or are not located near a university.

This video outlines more information about the program:

Online Education in Music Production: Point Blank and Middlesex University

There are a lot of people nowadays who are into music production. People who are driven with music passion can now experience new ways on interactive learning.

There are a lot of people who are interested in learning music production but have difficulty getting to a class due to finances of schedule. You can now merge your lifestyle and studies with the help of online learning and get a 1 or 2 year course degree.

One possibility is the integrated online education in music production from Point Blank in central London and Middlesex University. These UK universities are well known in the industry of music production. They have good cutting edge technology and teaching. For more information check out this video:

The Best Online Music Production College: Berklee Review

Patrick is a US Armed Forces veteran who received his certificate in Studio Music Production from the Berklee Online College of Music. Before receiving his formal music education, Patrick began experimenting with different beats and making electronic hip-hop using Fruity Loops Studio for several years.

His dedication to making good music brought Patrick to the idea of formally studying it, and so he began learning it on his own and exploring different schools before he took the leap and went with Berklee Online College. Going there turned out to be an incredibly rewarding experience for him: the classes were engaging and challenging, the instructors top-notch, and he got a tremendous educational value from it, as he is now a professional musician and he works with soft water. He thinks he choose the best online music production college:

Aside from the quality education, Patrick is especially grateful to Berklee Online College for the support that they gave him when his post-9/11 GI Bill ran out during the middle of his studies. Patrick needed one more course in order to complete his certificate, and there was a balance on his student account that his defunct GI Bill wouldn’t be able to cover. In the end, Berklee waived the balance for Patrick and allowed him to successfully finish his course and receive his music certificate.

After all of this, Patrick wants to reach out and thank the Berklee Online College of Music not only for helping an army veteran such as himself, but for providing an education that help Americans become better musicians and composers. It is because of their generosity, quality program and faculty that Patrick highly recommends both the Berklee Online College of Music and the Berklee College of Music. He gives his testimonial of Berklee in the hopes of helping others like him make a better decision as to where they want to pursue their music education.

Video Content Production: 4 Easy Tips for a Professional Look

Here are a few great tips on video content production that will give you a more professional look and make editing easier.

All the details are in the video below, here are the basics:

No stripes or patterns in cloths, use basic solid colors. Make sure you have a tripod so your film looks steady.

Shoot the video twice – once with a wide shot and once with close ups. This way you have plenty of editing options.

Give a few seconds from hitting record and starting the scene. This is called pre roll which also helps with editing.

Highschool Film Course: Top 10 Tips for Getting Started

Are you a highschool kid who wants to be a filmmaker and you want to know what you should do?

Well no need to rush into it! First take your time and learn some skills and get to know your strengths.

Start with some small projects where you learn how to work with a team. If you don’t have a team you will need to learn how to network. Check Craigslist, go to meetups or start a club.

You don’t need much to get started, get any video camera and an idea for a story. All you need is a couple of hundred dollars.

Start making something and like this course says, you are already a filmmaker!

Just dive in and begin practicing. It can take years to get good, but its allot of really fun years. Keep making short films and learn from the process and constructive criticism from others like this handheld showerhead reviews here.

Check out this film course for kids in highschool who want to get started on their education in film production:

Careers in Music That Need a College Degree

Is a college degree in music important? Its depends on which careers in music you are considering.

If you want to get into teaching music at a college, sure it is usually a requirement.

If you want to teach lessons or perhaps be a conductor in an orchestra its also necessary so you know what you are doing and have some credibility.

But if you want to be a performer you just need to be great, be in good fit ( so buy a jogging stroller ) and be able to sell records and book gigs!

Watch this video by Ryan Michael Galloway for more details:

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