Where Do You Look For Open Licensed Music?

Let’s say you are working on a media project, maybe even planning a podcast (hint) and need some good background or music. Where do you go for open licensed music? Especially with a global / international focus?

Open music: is it viable? flickr photo by opensourceway shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

I have a few sources from an old project but bet there are some much better ones.

Thanks for your suggestions.


That’s a nice list of sources… If you want to add a “dramatic” touch. Moby has a catalog of his music. It’s meant for student filmmakers, but anyone can use it for non comercial use.


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Thanks Mario!

Just because you suggested it I went through and will try the “We Start” track. They are a bit dramatic/dark but this one has a good steady beat. That’s quite an application to get a download, wish us luck.

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We are taking suggestions for instrumental tracks that would work for intro/outro tracks for a new podcast OEG is developing, maybe something with 20-30 seconds at least of something with a regional or world flavor? We are looking to use different music for each episode.

Suggest something, and we give the artist/source credit as well as you too for suggesting!

For example, I never had used Purple Planet before, their tracks are available under CC-BY. I sampled a few listed under “international” like “Mongolia”, “Serengeti”, “El Toro”… they are okay, but feel a bit… cliché?

Help us find great world music tracks!

That’s an extensive list.
I also like Bandcamp https://bandcamp.com/tag/creative-commons.

Here’s an interesting interview of OneManSymphony describing their release of 174 songs on Bandcamp https://www.reddit.com/r/Filmmakers/comments/hrltho/ive_composed_174_songs_and_sound_effects_and/

I’m thinking “open music” ought to be one of the activities we explore on the informal connect days of our OEGlobal 2020 conference.


Thanks Paul, that’s great to know Bandcamp has a CC collection, there’s much to explore there.

Maybe as an activity we can have some collaborative music creation with something like Audiotool or Soundation that allows people in different places to put together studio tracks via a web interface.

Thanks for all those links, thats great!

A collaborative music creation would be fantastic!

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We heard you! And welcome to OEG Connect and the place for the 2020 OE Global Conference. This is the kind of activity we hope people launch and participate in via the “Convo and Collab” area. Anyone can suggest an activity or a topic to convene discussion on.

Here is a start for you :wink:

To @Melanie and @cogdog thank you very much for opening this discussion on the same subject matter on music, i might be out of context but i will be interested in a discussion regarding Mathematics and Music. What is the missing link here and how can we tie this knot together across these two disciplines?

Hey @mumbo, thanks for your message! I teach languages…for the moment I can’t really imagine how we could get a link between languages, mathematics and music :slight_smile: ?

Great topic! I am just struggling to find free music for creative agency, which is going to produce educational movies for our MOOC. Thank you all for the links!

@Melanie I totally agree with you, this is one of the areas that really need much insights especially to teachers and educators. Please feel free to tag along people who might be interested in these discussions.

@mumbo Not out of context at all- this is the kind of conversation we hoped would happen here.

There is completely a relationsho\ip of music and math- getting into the physics of how sound propagates, you get to the math of waves, frequency, etc. The concept of scales, and different ones in different cultures, etc is … mathematical. You can look at how analog music is digitized, where you get into sample rates.

Just some fast thoughts, some quick searching found many articles, video, some course material here from Johns Hopkins University https://www.ams.jhu.edu/dan-mathofmusic/

Bring on the music and math. Now, to toss language in? We can make more connections I am sure.

Thank you @cogdog for some of the great insights here. Really resourceful link here. I have been involved in trying to find an easier way to show these connections in a clear and simpler ways for learner to get to appreciate and understand.

Victor Wooten gave a talk on Music as a Language (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zvjW9arAZ0) and Adam Neely talked about the relationship between rhythms in language and rhythms in music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7cG9QIvIWo). Mathematics is a language as well, according to Gallileo. But for those of us who are not well-versed in math or music, the relationships can be hard to understand.

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