A new initiative called Citizen DJ has uploaded hundreds of thousands of archived audio samples to a new browser app that lets users remix them on the fly. Started by the Library of Congress, users can explore free-to-use sounds in an interactive audio map, remix and combine them with beats in your browser, or just download them in bulk and explore them in your DAW. Sounds include sounds from motion pictures, snippets from interviews with actors, musicians and other celebrities, a free music archive and more. Most of the audio is small snippets to encourage sequencing with beats rather than a wholesale sampling of sections, inspired by 'the golden age of hip-hop'.
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Having the right song or background music can make or break a video. Seriously, check out Star Wars without the music. Royalty free music is music that artists have created and either contributed to the public domain or created with the intention of being copyright free.
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Many musicians choose to release their songs under Creative Commons licenses , which give you the legal right to do things like remix them and use samples from them in your tracks 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, and even remix or sample them for use in new compositions. For more information, visit our Learn More page. Here are a few:. In short, any use that you make money from is a commercial use. Most importantly, you need to use music that is not licensed under a NoDerivs license. Also, make sure to properly credit the musician and the track you remixed or sampled, as well as express the CC license the track is under. For example, you might include text like this alongside your track:.
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