Music has the ability to make or break your video content. When you’ve carefully edited and put together a visually powerful video, adding music that doesn’t fit the edit can make it all fall flat. Finding the right music to build your edit around can make it that much more engaging.
This doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise. Royalty-free music can offer your videos what they are missing. It’s important to take note of the Creative Commons licenses around your track, but if it is a CC0 or CC-BY license you should be safe.
Here are five places to find free music.
1. Free Music Archive
FMA was originally started by a radio station. It includes a significant archive of free tracks and a wide variety of genres of music. Just be sure of the license – a number of them are only allowed to be downloaded for personal use and listening.
FreeSound may look a little outdated, but don’t judge a book by its cover. It is a wealth of free sound, including everything from songs to sound effects, instruments, and sounds of nature or the bustle of a street or coffee shop.
It may not have hundreds of tracks to sort through, like the previous two examples, but Incompetech has a very user-friendly filter. You can narrow down your search to include the genre and ‘feel’ you’re looking for, and then even the number of beats per minute. Easily listen to a preview and then just click to download.
This is the type of website you could get lost in just listening to tracks and browsing various stations, but that also means it is a great place to find inspiration. Again, just take careful note of the license.
5. YouTube Audio Library
YouTube is a great place to look, particularly if you are uploading a video to YouTube that you want to add sound to. It’s very easy to see what the licensing is on the tracks and one of the best features is the ability to mark your favourite tracks and return later.
Don’t forget, always be sure of what the Creative Commons license on your track is.