31 October 2012

Horror Music for Video Production

Happy Halloween 2012! Katya here with this mix just in from the Free Music Archive:

Music to Video has assembled a 13-track mix that will send shivers down your spine, make all the ghouls dance, and get grandma to climb out of her grave, just to tell you to turn down the volume.

All the tracks in this mix are licensed for reuse, such as in music accompaniment for your video productions. You might also use these tracks as you prepare your entries for the FMA video contest with the Prelinger Archives. The FMA suggests footage of a Halloween Party or Experiments in the Revival of Organisms? Deadline for this contest is creepily close: November 4th.

You can enter the contest and win prizes and prestige! I've played around making one with snippets from the social guidance films by Coronet Instructional Films. Those 1950s classroom films are a hoot!

photo: The fabulous Mantan Moreland as Jefferson Jackson in the 1941 horror flick King of the Zombies. The film is now in the public domain and available for free download from the Internet Archive. Enjoy!


30 October 2012

Creative Commons Halloween Mix 2012

It lives! The Creative Commons Halloween Mix 2012 is here. Irene has done it again!

"This mix is full of audio treats, including some poignant advice from the Book of Matthew, H.P. Lovecraft inspired musical insanity, instructions from Eastern Europe's answer to Willard, haunted Korgs, and finally, what you would hear in hell for eternity if your call was put on hold."



22 October 2012

52 Horror Releases

Gearing up for your Halloween soundtrack? Whether you are looking to terrify, make mischief, or fill the dance floor, the Free Music Archive has got you covered.

Here is the motherlode of 52 FMA albums and compilations for your ghoulish celebration. Boogity!




photo: Detail of haunted house scenery, Prater Parc, Vienna, Austria; by Jebulon; license: public domain

17 October 2012

Swinging in Spain

Two new albums of blends of swing, ska, rock, and AfroCuban pop from Spain on the WFMU Free Music Archive!

Click covers to enjoy whole albums. Click players to enjoy a taste.


licenses: Eterno Domingo by Los Sundayers and Donde las Toman las Dan by Oferta Especial are both licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licenses.

13 October 2012

Incredible Shrinking Band


Stealing Orchestra continues to give away the albums they originally released commercially. The newest free offering is their album, The Incredible Shrinking Band, originally released in 2003 on Zounds/Sabotage.

The album is just what you have come to expect from Stealing Orchestra, instrumental performances with copious samples presented as rock, alternative, free jazz, waltzes, and weirdness. The world is a better place with creative musicians like these infiltrating the music.



license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License

05 October 2012

Memento Mori, a remembrance soundtrack

In remembrance of our dearly departed, an homage soundtrack


For times when we pay respects to and celebrate the lives of the dead, such as Memorial Day, Day of the Dead, Araw ng mga Patay, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, Obon, Faun Phii, Ghost Festival, Jerye, Chuseok/ Hangawi, Samhain, Qingming, Gai Jatra, Decoration Day, Dia de los Ñatitas, Tarpan,  Pitru Paksha, Finados, Famadihana, and other ancestor veneration traditions

image:detail from Memento Mori by Andrea Previtali, Italian Early Renaissance painter (ca. 1478 - 1528)

01 October 2012

Advent Chamber Orchestra


The Advent Chamber Orchestra is a conductorless orchestra, based in Bolingbrook, Illinois and usually performing in the Chicago metropolitan area. This non-profit orchestra is composed of five violins, two violas, two cellos, a bass, and an harpsichord. The group specializes in Baroque period classical music.

Three collections of their performances are now available on the Free Music Archive.

The Advent Chamber Orchestra began in 2003 when Roxana Pavel Goldstein and Elias Goldstein, who had met studying and performing at DePaul’s School of Music, worked together in chamber music ensembles. The orchestra functioned primarily as a chamber music collaborative until 2005 when they performed their first concert as the Advent Chamber Orchestra. The ensemble is generally led by concertmaster and music director Roxana Pavel Goldstein, but artistic decisions are made democratically by the group.


license: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License