It takes a lot of time to find music for your productions. And legal music for videos can be costly. That’s why Every week the staff of Dare Dreamer FM finds five Creative Commons songs that are free to use in your productions. Since we do it anyway as we look for CC music for Radio Film School, we share our favorite discoveries with you. Enjoy!
I chose Robotic Birds by Scott Holmes because it’s a very soft, ambient track. It reminded me a bit of an 8-bit track but a bit more complex. I was thinking about the movie Tron the entire time I was listening to this. It’s definitely an easy listen. I wish it was a longer song because I didn’t want it to end. I could see this being used to showcase any kind of technology. If one were an entrepreneur and had a product they wanted to sell, this would be a great song to pair it with. This can be found in the Soundtrack Genre under ambient or Post-Rock at freemusiarchive.org
I chose Hammer and Damper by Blue Dot Sessions because I don’t hear many songs use the xylophone anymore. Though this song is also fairly short I love the eerie spin to a classical song. The organ to replace a grand piano was really interesting. This made me think of something similar to the Adams Family. It could be used for a semi-creepy scene but I also find it to be pretty awkward as well. As a film maker, you could get creative with this one. Maybe there is a really awkward family dinner where there is a lot of tension because of a strange guest has arrived. This can be found in the Soundtrack Genre under instrumental at Freemusicarchive.org
I chose Dead of Night by Psychadelik Pedestrian because of its ambiance. I love the way this was produced. The track is long enough to give it a lot of room to work with. While it’s a fairly simple collection of sounds at any given time I think it works well with what the producer was going for. As the song gets closer to the middle the enmeshment gets a bit more complex and there are rises and drops to the intensity which makes this track very dynamic. I could picture a filmmaker using this track in a suspenseful thriller in which there are rises and falls to the intensity of the scene in which the characters are in. A movie like James Bond comes to mind when listening to this. This song can be found in the Electronic genre under Dubstep, ambient and chill-out at Freemusicarchive.org
I chose Every Time by Elysian Bailey because it feels like a very complete modern track that you would hear on the radio today. I like how this song has those electronically layered instruments but you can still hear the organic heart of the song through the lyrics. This was well produced. I can see this used in a multiplicity of settings and in many ways. The fact that vocalist is singing to a girl he likes adds some context to its use but it doesn’t have to be limited to the lyrics. The beat and rhythm is also very catchy. This track can be found under Pop or Electronic at Freemusicarchive.org
Just Like a Rainbox. Public Domain.
I chose just like a Rainbow by The Columbians because of its 1950s feel. Though the sound quality isn’t what sound is like today, it is still an iconic sound in which people associate with our more recent history. Hearing stories from my grandparents about what the 50s were like makes me appreciate music like this. They used to play old records for my siblings and I and we would sit on the floor and just listen to the strange new yet old sounds. I can see this being used in any movie or show that wants to have an episode or a theme of history. I always love a good time travel story for those who want to go that route. You can find this under Old-time/ Historic section of Freemusicarchive.org