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A thread for sharing and discussing free-licensed music.
What are your favorite albums, artists, sources, netlabels, ~

>the Netlabels collection at the Internet Archive. This collection hosts complete, freely downloadable/streamable, often Creative Commons-licensed catalogs of 'virtual record labels'. These 'netlabels' are non-profit, community-built entities dedicated to providing high quality, non-commercial, freely distributable MP3/OGG-format music for online download in a multitude of genres.
>Big list of netlabels
>Panda.cd is a BitTorrent tracker that features free, legally distributed music with Creative Commons and artist permission.
>Bittorrent tracker provided by the etree.org community for sharing the live concert recordings of trade friendly artists.
>You can listen to a selection of the Libre.fm community's favourite tracks on our Community Station. It's made up out of a random selection of all the tracks that Libre.fm users have said they loved, with the most popular ones being played most frequently.
>We scan the web, keep in touch with netlabels, try to stay on top of the news and pick the best of free & legal content available online. We are big champions of Creative Commons licensed content and we will always give first dibs to artists that are opened to fans freely sharing their content with friends and family.
>The heaviest website on the wired is full of free tracks.


FreePD is nice.

Here's one of my favorite works from it; I should really start exploring it more:

I usually settle for music made by individuals or small groups and sold on Bandcamp. I haven't given much thought to the advantages that Freely licensed music gives because I don't usually make any heavy modifications to preexisting music I listen to. I enjoy paying these small individuals because I can be certain they're actually getting the money and so it helps them continue to produce music.

I should start contacting these musicians to ask about their licensing and whatnot. Many of them let one pay what they want to, so they probably wouldn't have any disagreements.

I suppose I really should be as concerned with Free Art as I am with Free Software. It will also help me become a better artist so I can contribute.

What are your thoughts on the value of Free Music and the relevance of the small groups in this?


>FreePD is nice.
>Yes, it was a joy trying to slog through 45,000 Public Domain sermons to find some of this stuff. At some point it was easier just to write new music.
Pretty cool, going track by track sounds like a bunch of work.
>I don't usually make any heavy modifications to preexisting music I listen to.
Neither do I, but being able to download and share the music, and knowing that the artists are not millionaires but reachable hobbyists are what I like about free art.
>What are your thoughts on the value of Free Music and the relevance of the small groups in this?
I think free is how art should be made art should not be business.
Small groups and artists are the body of free music, if some blockbuster millionaire personality of the music enternainment industry went Creative Commons the free art wouldn't grow as a consequence, as its growth can't be measured in dollars or number of consumers, it grows with diversity, dynamism, exploration and sharing. You know, art.
I even find myself uncomfortable with the idea of someone living off music. I think it's cool to find a good musician and donate to him so he can buy better music equipment, but why would art buy the guy a new TV?
Still that's a non-issue in free music if you compare it with the money/art-value ratio in commercial music.


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Ektoplazm has tons of Creative Commons licensed psytrance:


A ccmusic podcast, not everything is in german.
Free music, it also has a series of podcasts sorted by genre.
A podcast of ccmusic, the songs to include are selected by vote.