If you’re unfamiliar with clearing music rights, the basics are getting publishing rights and master recording rights. Then you go through the whole rig-a-ma-role of how much, how often and what medium.
Free Music Archive kills all that. And quite literally, I just found ’em. I’m pretty thrilled as I’ve almost completely tapped out Moby’s free music source. Here is a new source of really high-quality stuff curated and moderated. I’ve had a chance to listen to a few and there is over 20,000 awesome tracks to pick from.
The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America….Every mp3 you discover on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws that were not designed for the digital era….A radio or video producer searching for instrumental bed music that won’t put your audience to sleep?…The Free Music Archive is a resource for all that and more, and unlike other websites, all of the audio has been hand-picked by established audio curators.
It doesn’t get any better than this. I found a few tracks to throw on the iPod. The only thing I’d suggest? Next time you have that paying gig and you pull a free track, dig up the artists website for free PR and then donate a little something to FMA to say “thanks.” It’s only only proper.