Nic Fanciulli's EDM Mixes at SoundCloud

Nic Fanciulli is a DJ, producer and label owner who has remained one of the UK’s finest exports in electronic music throughout the last decade. A Grammy nominated producer, Nic has worked with artists as diverse as Underworld, Kylie Minogue, U.N.K.L.E, Loco Dice, Josh Wink and Tracey Thorn in addition to producing a plethora of solo club focused tracks that have achieved both critical and commercial acclaim. Now releasing on the likes of Rejected and Souvenir, Nic is responsible for a high output of a sleek, intelligent yet driving strain of house and techno. On his SoundCloud page, you may download his hour long mixes of great EDM music. Download here.

Free sound fx

If you need sound effects, anything from nature sounds to weird fx, freesound.org is offering free downloads of sounds uploaded by their users. You may be lucky and find exactly what you need here. Freesound write about themselves:

"Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. Freesound provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to:

- browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a "sounds-like" type of browsing and more
- upload and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license
- interact with fellow sound-artists!

We also aim to create an open database of sounds that can also be used for scientific research. Many audio research institutions have trouble finding correctly licensed audio to test their algorithms. Many have voiced this problem, but so far there hasn't been a solution.

freesound.org is using the Creative Commons licensing. If you are in doubt how you are allowed to use the sounds you download, check out the FAQ for freesound.org: FAQ


Soundowl

Soundowl is a place for artists, musicians and blogs to share their music. The staff make it clear to their users that they are only to share music that they have created or have the rights to distribute. In the case of music blogs they are only to share music on Soundowl that has been provided to them by the record label or artist with the express intent making a free download available for promotional purposes. This means that if you find music you like and download it from Soundowl, that has been approved by the artist. You will not only find music from independent artists here, but also from big-name artists. Check it out here!

Noisetrade - download great music from established artists for free!

NoiseTrade is a very popular music service that helps new and established artists connect to music fans, and give music lovers a nice and 100% legal way to download their music. You may pay a small amount if you want, but you may instead choose to download the music for free without feeling any guilt at all. NoiseTrade is all about enjoying and sharing music!

Below is a typical album at Noisetrade, in this case a popular chillout collection by Homeless Balloon. Click it to check it out, or download this popular album for free - here!






Download free concert recordings from bt.etree

This site is provided by the etree.org community for sharing the live concert recordings of trade friendly artists. The owners of this site say: "Please tell your friends and family about new bands that catch your ear, and support these artists by going to see them live and buying their CDs!"


Go to the site and download legal free music here.

Europeana releases 20 million records into the public domain using CC0


Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Today they announced some great news for those of us who do belive that sharing is good for our culture: The article is written by Timothy Vollmer.

This week marks a momentous occasion, as Europeana — Europe’e digital library — has released 20 million records into the public domain using the CC0 Public Domain Dedication. This release is the largest one-time dedication of cultural data to the public domain using CC0. The Europeana dataset consists of descriptive information from a huge trove of digitized cultural and artistic works. Now, per the Europeana Terms of Use, “all metadata (textual information on digitised cultural heritage) on the site are published without any restrictions on re-use.” The public domain data can be useful for cultural institutions, researchers, and application developers. By removing all copyright restrictions from the data, Europeana helps to promote innovation and economic activity. From the press release:

Importantly, the change represents a valuable contribution to the European Commission’s agenda to drive growth through digital innovation. Online open data is a core resource which can fuel enterprise and create opportunities for millions of Europeans working in Europe’s cultural and creative industries. The sector represents 3.3% of EU GDP and is worth over €150 billion in exports.
Europeana’s announcement was praised by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, who said:

Open data is such a powerful idea, and Europeana is such a cultural asset, that only good things can result from the marriage of the two. People often speak about closing the digital divide and opening up culture to new audiences but very few can claim such a big contribution to those efforts as Europeana’s shift to creative commons.
The Creative Commons Affiliate teams in the Netherlands and Luxembourg, through partner organizations Institute for Information Law (IViR), Kennisland, and the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg provided expert support to Europeana during this process. Europeana has been at the forefront of exploring ways to share the European cultural record. They are one of the first adopters of CC’s Public Domain Mark and continue to support a vibrant, healthy public domain.

Read the full article here.

Free Music Friday - Synthtopia's weekly free downloads

One of the coolest sites for synthesizer enthusiasts is named Synthopia, and they have an interesting section with free music downloads from skilled artists around the world. Check out what they have to offer here!

Do you need legal music for your Videos?


Many musicians choose to release their songs under Creative Commons licenses, which give you the legal right to do things like use their music in your videos.

What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is a new system, built upon current copyright law, that allows you to legally use “some rights reserved” music, movies, images, and other content — all for free. CC offers free copyright licenses that anyone can use (without a lawyer) to mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. For instance, a musician would use a Creative Commons license to allow people to legally share her songs online, make copies for friends, or even use them in videos or other compositions.

More info and a list of sites with cc music is here.

Noisetrade - thousands of downloads

Noisetrade is a popular site where artists are offering their music for the price you are willing to pay, or as a free download - fully legally. Check it out - there are thousands of albums and talented artists at Noisetrade! Check it out here!

Free Music Downloads from MadeLoud

Looking for top free music downloads legally from underground bands and solo artists? MadeLoud offers tons of mp3 songs, rated by you, our fans. Start listening now with just a click of a button or download them 100% Legally. Below is a list of legal free music downloads from various genres. To hear free songs from top independent artists within a specific genre, simply click on any Music Genre sub-category.
Go here to listen and download tracks!

Download free music from Indie Songs

The Indie is a popular music web site where the artists choose to share some of their tracks as free downloads. You may find some great music here: download

Are you a music maker? Here are free loops and samples!

If you are a music maker, here is a nice site who offer absolutely free music loops and samples. On their front page, they explain:

Download all sounds with 1 click! Free-Loops.com provides free loops and audio clip downloads to the music production community. Our free loops can be used to produce; Hip Hop, RnB, Drum Loops, Bass Loops,Synth Loops, Fruity Loop Sounds, Techno Loops, Rock Loops, Piano Loops, Flash Audio Loops, Video Game Loops, Movie/Soundtrack Loops, Sound Fx, Vocal Loops, Pad Loops, 808 Loops, 606 Loops, 909 Loops, Crunk Loops, Drum Rolls, Break Beat Loops, Acid Loops, Trance Loops, House Loops, Jungle / DnB Loops, Prank Calls,7 0's Funk Loops, Live Instruments, Theme Songs, Midi Loops and more. Think of Free-Loops.com as your online audio toolbox that you can access anywhere anytime.

Check out this web page: here

Free Classical Music

More and more Classical music enters the so called public domain, which means that the composition behind the work is no longer restricted by copyright restrictions (the arrangement may still be restricted). Classic Cat is a web site with links to free downloads of classical music, so if this musical genre is you cup of tea, you are welcome to download some great, legal and free music!

Download Classical Music

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Download free music from popular SoundCloud!

SoundCloud has grown into a huge and popular social platform for both commercial and independent music artists. What isn't that well known, is that most artists sometimes give one or more great tracks away for free. Look for the black arrow and "Download" button on top of each track! Accounts are free :)

Download great music from SoundCloud

Last.fm - free downloads from top artists

Last.fm is one of the most popular sites with streaming music from a huge collection of artists. In fact, most artists have their own artist page on last.fm. There is also a special page with free, legal downloads which is updated often. You can filter the list by choosing you favorite musical genre as well. You will also find free tracks on each artist's page. Look for the blue "Free MP3" -button besides a track.

Go to the Last.fm Free Music Downloads list

Dubroom - for the dub and reggae lover

The Dubroom is a site dedicated to authentic dub and reggae music, and in addition to reviews and lists of classic artists and albums, you will find lots of free downloads from both commercial artists and new and independent acts. Remixes by Bob Marley, original songs by Ziggy Marley, Beenie Man, John Brown's Body, Ultimate Shines, Black Seeds, No More Babylon and more.

Download great dub and reggae from Dubroom

mp3.com has a free music directory for you to download!

mp3.com is one of the oldest music sites on the web. It is probably better known for its original incarnation, as a legal, free music-sharing service, popular with independent musicians for promoting their work. The domain name is now owned by CNET, and the site is still a great source of music - with it's own section of legal and free music downloads.

Download tracks from the free mp3.com music directory

 

jamendo top 100- great music for free!

Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses.
Both independent and more established artist are sharing their music on the site. Every track is a free download.

Download the jamendo top 100

The Free Music Archive

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. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.
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. These uses vary and are determined by the rightsholders themselves. You must visit the track page to discover what you can and cannot do with each track.

Download free music from FMA

Did you know that Amazon.com has a huge list of free downloads?

Did you know that Amazon.com has a great collection of free, music downloads? Take a look, and you will find great hits from established artists like Underworld, Beyoncé, David Sylvian, Ziggy Marley, Dirty Vegas, Jeff Beck, Elliott Smith, Public Enemy, Mogwai, Mike Snow, Philip Glass, The Church, Extreme Party Animals, Deep Purple and more.

Download tracks from top artists at Amazon.com

Welcome!

If you are a music lover like me, you are always looking for new and exiting music. The web is a fantastic place where we may discover both old classics and new compositions we never knew existed. Music artists have the right to get paid when their music is downloaded from the web. Still, they sometimes choose to give a track away for free! This blog has a collection of 100% legal music downloads from such artists. Note: Even if you have permission to play the music on your personal device(s), you can usually not share these files with others. You should always check what kind of restrictions each music track has before you download it from the site. - You are of course always allowed to share a link to a site with legal, free downloads, as you see lots of in this blog :)

- Helge Krabye (Norwegian artist and listener)