So, this show is going to be a showcase of creative commons music, but where does one FIND creative commons music to begin with?
Well, there is no set place for everything to be, but there are certainly popular sites you should know.
Jamendo is a great resource for CC music. Possibly the most polished looking of all the sites, it offers advanced search functionality, automated genre guided “radio” stations, and an easy to use discovery system if you’re feeling adventurous. For musicians, it has a ton of features that make it an attractive choice to use for hosting their songs. Not the least among them is the ability to sell their music for professional/commercial applications like commercial multimedia projects and ambient music for public venues (like restaurants, hotels, etc.).
If Jamendo is Apple then ccMixter is old school Linux. It’s not that pretty, but it’s uniquely powerful. See, Jamendo is where musicians go to publish, but ccMixter is where they go to play around. Built around the idea of remixing, artists on ccMixter don’t just offer you the final songs, but the individual parts of the songs as well. Want to combine the bass line of one song with the vocals and beats of another? Go ahead! The remix culture of the site is what often yields some of the most unique and delicious tracks you’ll ever hear on the internet.
Tribe of Noise
Tribe of Noise is a website I discovered only recently. Their selection, so far, has been pretty good. It doesn’t take you long to find a song you like and, once you find one, you’ll be happy to know that it, along with every other song on the site, is licensed under the most liberal of the Creative Commons licenses, asking only for attribution and that you share what you make in kind. If you were planning on putting together a soundtrack for a commercial project and didn’t want to have to bother checking the license of every song you found, then this site should be your first stop.
Free Music Archive
The Free Music Archive is… well, an oddball. It’s not very good looking and the music there is often quite eclectic. Still you can occasionally find those diamonds in the rough. Occasionally.