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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.

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!

Electronic Music Production & DJ School: Online, NYC and LA

Dubspot is a unique electronic music production and DJ school you may want to check out. They offer personalized programs that meet the needs of a wide range of students from those with just a spark of interest in the industry, to those who have been producing music for many years.

With campuses in Los Angeles, New York City, and Online, you have many options to find a location. The school fosters a creative environment that unites students with common interest to network and grow. The instructors at Dubspot come from all over the world. They have a wide range of diverse musical backgrounds, are very creative and encourage their student to discover innovative paths in the industry. For example, Silent Events, which has become a phenomenon because of the multiple ways to enjoy it. Silent parties have become a movement and a revolution of sort and electronic music is one of the types of music at the heart of them.

The equipment at Dubspot is state of the art and students are able to experience a diverse range of high-tech equipment. This is a hands on program where students get to use nearly every piece of equipment currently on the market for electronic music production.

Students don’t have to wait until they are done with the program to get to work. Dubspot encourages them to go out and start producing. By the time they finish the program, nearly all of the students at Dubspot have had real world experience turning their dreams into a reality.

Students that come to Dubspot with a vision in mind of where they would like to go and what path of music production they would like to choose are already on the right track. They sit down with instructors and find a way to make those dreams a reality. Dubspot is about the students finding a way to express their own musical and creative talent, whether that be music production, an artist, or a silent party in the heart of Chicago.

Music is fun and can be enjoyed as a career or just a hobby. Either way, chase your dreams and enjoy life!

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.

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:

50 Cent Covers by Girls on Guitar

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As one of the most controversial and galvanizing rap artists of the new century, Curtis Jackson is a man of stark contrasts. He is a millionaire with a lavish lifestyle who constantly brags about his personal fortune after renaming himself 50 Cent, and he is a self-styled but serious business man and entrepreneur who started out as a drug dealer at the tender age of 12. He is a huge proponent of fashion culture and has paved the way of that hardcore “gantsa” look and attitude with his cold stares and ice cold jewelry. You’ll catch him wearing his infamous durag along with these best gold chains for men you’ve ever seen in hip hop jewelry. And although he may have chosen his unusual moniker as a metaphor for “change” in his troubled life, he has given small denomination currency a new value with his flamboyant music and his inflammatory prose.

But in spite of his questionable language, mainstream success hasn’t eluded him, and his bleeped-out videos are featured in every music channel all over the world, leaving many people wondering what happens when the sound dies off and Mr. Jackson’s mouth is still moving. And although it is uncommon for hip-hop songs to be covered by artists from other genres (usually it’s hip-hop the style that borrows heavily from other sources), 50 Cent has had its share of famous renditions of his work performed in the most unusual settings.

There’s the viral video of a singer with relatively poor dental hygiene smiling widely during his extravagant banjo-driven version of ‘In Da Club’. There’s Jackson’s British alter-ego 50 Pence turning his tunes into drinking songs with titles like ‘In Da Pub’ and ‘P.I.N.T.’, and there’s even steel-drum reggae-infected versions of “Fiddy’s” catalog. And there’s obviously the WTF heavyweight titlist in the 50 Cent Covers Championship: the bizarre and hilarious rendition of ‘Candy Shop’ by the nameless wedding band and its theatrical singer scandalizing guests and hosts alike in the final scene of ‘The Hangover’.

But there is always a way to take the hip-hop cover challenge up another notch. And this time, the proverbial hat has been picked up by a group of teenagers with decent guitar skills, who found themselves simply unable to resist the temptation of youtube-ing their folksy renditions of some of 50 Cent’s most iconic songs.

Isabelle Alexandra – “Baltimore Love Song”

First up is Isabelle Alexandra with crude but charming skills on her Spanish guitar and the ability to make the slur-laced rants of “Baltimore Love Song” sound innocent. Her YouTube channel also includes renditions of works by artists such as Notorious B.I.G., Ashanti, Cam’ron and other rappers. She has a beautiful voice and laid-back style.

Liv Miraldi – “In Da Club”

Another sample of girl-next-door-gone-gangsta comes to us from Liv Miraldi. Her strumming is controlled and well-timed, and so is her falsetto. The brevity of the rendition (just a few lines and the infamous chorus) and her refusal to commit with the entirety of the composition are a bit of a disappointment, but the overall result is still quite pleasant. The tons of great material available in her YouTube channel and her ongoing songwriting studies at Belmont University reveal a great potential here.

Jenny Ondreyka – “Wanksta”

Next up is Jenny Ondreyka, who puts herself in a pickle by picking the toughest song to cover in this whole pack as she takes on “Wanksta”. A pleasantly surprising elaborate guitar intro and an awesome instrumental arrangement (using her instrument for harmonic, melodic and rhythmic accompaniment) set the bar high. A quick look at her YouTube channel reveals a handful of true gems. She performs with her Ann Arbour, MI based band, Headless Cabbage, an all-girl outfit with a penchant for unusual guitar tunings and very imaginative arrangements. When singing with her band, Jenny’s voice soars in beauty and power, revealing a truly gifted singer waiting for a better chance.

DJ Chennette – “21 Questions”

But the true gem of the pack, however, comes to us from DJ Chennette. The number of “likes” in her post is a good omen, and only a few seconds after clicking on the Play button you will see why. Her harmonic choices are plain enough to keep the attention centered on the lyrics and the vocals. The bluesy, Joni Mitchell-esque quality of her voice and her solid guitar work make her the only lady of this group that manages to make her performance sound like a self-penned tune.

As disturbing as it may be if it ever becomes a trend, these folksy renditions of 50 Cent are apparently here to stay. The profusion of Fiddy covers in every setting and every style imaginable (yes, there’s even a polka version of one of his songs, in case you asked) threaten to flood the YouTube-sphere with the most bizarre sights and sounds this side of Liberace. The final verdict is up to you. Which foul-mouthed, Heidi-looking, guitar-strumming girl will capture your imagination the most?

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Music: Dopamine Injection or the Ultimate Vibration?

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Music feels good and can help you feel better. It can be relaxing, uplifting, moving, inspiring or just really fun.

Why?

Well after having been immersed in music my whole life I understand now more clearly than ever it is about vibration and its effect on every aspect of our being.

The mind, body and feelings.

So then why and how does vibration affect us? It enters through the ear drum, then presumably into the mind, but then what?

Well according to Wired it all comes down to the release of the old familiar brain chemical dopamine.

Drum_vibration_mode21To me that is a rather flat explanation and I feel like there is more to it than that…

I recently went to a wedding in the city based on yoga tradition. The ceremony opened with 3 collective deep breaths and an AUM from everyone.

I’m not a yoga guy but I do know that AUM is considered the fundamental vibration of the universe. When I do AUM it feels like the essence of music to me.

According to this article, the foundation of universal energy is the vibration of “God’s Word”. I think that is interesting and if you believe in an ultimate designer, could explain the intense human connection to the vibration of music.

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But I think Jimi Hendrix said it best Music is my religion”.

So this may seem like a nice little package of yet another science versus faith controversy.

But sometimes I feel like the only person in the world who sees science as simply a wonderful way to self-explain, temporarily comprehend and brilliantly appreciate a few “hows” of what to me is an obviously magnificent behind the scenes intelligence—call that what you will.

So personally, my answer to the question is “Both”!

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What is Production Music?

When I tell people I run an open source production music library, I often get asked “What is Production Music?”. Its a bit complicated, but I’ll try to explain it here : )

While popular music publishers hold about 50 percent of the copyright in a typical compositiona production music library usually owns the entire copyright of their music. This means the music can be licensed without the permission of the composer.

Many media producers like to use music libraries as it’s a convenient solution for them. They can license a piece of music quickly at a good rate and they don’t have to spend the thousands required to license more popular works.

These libraries contain all styles of music and various genres so the producer or editors can find the types of music they want to use. Libraries can have several hundred tracks or many thousands of tracks. In 1927 De Wolfe Music created the first production library for use in silent films.

Examples Of Production Music

In radio, television, and film, the background music often comes from a production library. British T.V. shows like BBC’s Grandstand, the Benny Hill Show, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus all used production music as a background during the shows. American T.V. has used production music too such as in Monday Night Football, The People’s Court as well as The Ren and Stimpy Show.

The performers who work in production music are usually anonymous and they aren’t known outside of their professional circle. Some composers have achieved cult status such as Keith Mansfield, John Cameron, and Alan Hawkshaw. There’s a bigger interest in their production music from the 1970s, and 1960s. Some of these production composers have given performances under the name KPM Allstars in recent years.

The Business Model

There are two income streams in production music which are:

License or synchronization fees—these are paid to the library upfront to synchronize the music to video, audio, or film. The fees for this vary greatly from country to country.

Performance Royalty or Performance Income—When the music is publicly performed this type of royalty is generated. The broadcasters give these fees to performing rights organizations who distribute the income to their members. A library can receive about 50 percent of this income and the performer the other 50 percent.

Libraries

Some libraries are affiliated with large publishing and recording companies like EMI, or Universal Music Publishing Group. However, there are both large and small music production companies in the UK, US, Canada and other locations.

Some smaller libraries don’t charge customers for licensing music upfront. The customer will purchase a CD where the content is licensed to them to synchronize when they wish. These libraries get royalties from performances for the bulk of their income.

Some libraries are non-exclusive which means the library gets the composer to sign a non-exclusive agreement which allows the artist to license the piece of music to other clients and libraries. The composer can’t have exclusive contracts with other companies, however.

So to sum up, when people ask me “What is Production Music?” I explain that the main difference between what I do on DanoSongs and what a record label does, is that I sell music to people to actually use and not just to listen to.

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The Best Electronic Music Blogs

I have been doing electronic music for years (listen here) and I can tell the genre is definitely getting more popular. I have seen a huge increase in the number of people listening to the style online. A major reason for this is because each year electronic artists invent fresh new styles. Electronic music is very interesting and fun!

Blogs have popped up everywhere to cover all the innovative music making out there. They provide the latest news, information about events and offer free or paid downloads of the latest songs. This selection of the best electronic music blogs is based on the number of hits they receive, what they offer, popularity and freshness.

Discobelle

One of the most visited blogs is Discobelle. The blog is based in Sweden and has been in existence for the past 6 years. Over this period it has managed to get allot of fans.

Content is posted regularly about a wide range of sub-genres. They have posts on single tracks, remixes and new videos. They also have exclusive guest mixes.

Feel My Bicep

Feel my bicep, is a blog based in London. The owners of the blog have a electronic music project which is well established and they tour extensively.

The blog has a wide selection of tracks that are of great quality, and that is why it is preferred by many fans.

Salacious Sounds

Salacious sounds is a very popular blog. It has new and fresh electro, dubstep and house music. The layout is great and simple – enabling a user to easily navigate the system.

Allot of the music can be downloaded for free. There all also lots of “best of” lists, news and articles.

Fresh Beat

Fresh beats has a collection of really amazing music.

The blog has a great design. It has information ranging from the latest news and music to a bunch of interviews and fresh promos.

 

Resident Advisor

This unique electronic music blog publishes reviews, features and news. Thousands of label profiles and artists are also featured.

You can view the club listing and user-generated events, applicable for both club-goer and clued-up music lover. Users are also free to join competitions and other activities by browsing their forums.

Bacau House Mafia

This electronic music blog offers previews and downloads of quality house music.

The blog often posts entire sets of tracks at once you can download. It also has a clean, nice and simple layout that is very easy to manage.

Just beware that tracks are on file hosting sites that are hosted on cheap hosts like BlueHost – so you will have to open new tabs to listen and download.

Electro Station

This electronic music blog specializes in daily posts with quality tracks from different music genres.

Every post is tagged and sorted for fast and easy browsing. As a visitor, you have the ability to preview tracks without leaving the blog.

 

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