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Kerry Kistler
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PostSubject: 25 tips for digging up free music online (free download)   Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:38 pm

Most chalk artists are always trying to improve their soundtracks. Yet, most of us don't want to spend a lot on music. Good news! The amount of free, legal music available on the internet for download is astounding. The problem is that some of it comes with nasty strings attached: pirated files (meaning free to you but often stolen from the copyright holder), embedded Trojan viruses or spyware, and much more. Getting through this minefield can paralyze even the most stouthearted into inaction.

But I have spent a lot of time digging through that online minefield and discovered some great gems buried out there: public domain music, vintage archive collections, sample production music, royalty free goodies, old vinyl, and freebies from musicians who post their works just because they want to share it. As you know, links come and links go. Hopefully most of the links in the article will still be active when you get around to looking. I have cut & pasted them directly from my browser to ensure accuracy.

This article was originally written for The Christian Conjurer magazine (now called The Voice of the FCM).



Click HERE to download the full article in PDF.

Here are a few more links that I have discovered since the article was published:

- Classic Cat: The Free Classical Catalog
- The Recordist (more free sound effects)
- GarageBand.com: Discover Independent Music
- SoundBible.com (free sound effects and clips)

Happy digging,
Kerry

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PostSubject: Re: 25 tips for digging up free music online (free download)   Mon May 03, 2010 2:06 pm

Thanks for all the resources for background music. I just started doing chalk talks and was wondering how to obtain a license to be able to use christian songs from artists like Chris Tomlin or Jeremy Camp in my art performance.
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PostSubject: Re: 25 tips for digging up free music online (free download)   Sun May 09, 2010 1:23 am

Glad to share and thanks for the kind words! I do not have the info handy on obtaining a usage license for Christian music in chalk programs. Those fees are covered by my employer so I have not had to deal with the nuts and bolts of that.

However, I do know of chalk artists who have sent emails directly to different musical artists (usually via the Contact link on the musician's website), and have been granted permission to use the songs in chalk tracks - with no fees involved!

Sometimes it's just worth asking, eh?

Best,
Kerry

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PostSubject: Re: 25 tips for digging up free music online (free download)   Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:42 pm

Another link with totally free music downloads (15 songs) from Royalty Free Music Library

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