The FilmPunch Music Thread

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Josiah Clark on May 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm

We’ve all been there. And probably more than once. You’ve had a great idea, you’ve scripted it, planned it, shot it, and now it’s finally time to edit. Things are pulling together nicely, and then comes the moment you’ve been trying to keep from thinking about all along.

The music.

Thanks to the complicated copyright laws that prevail over most music available online, none of which are friendly to independent filmmakers, even when no profit will be made, most of us find ourselves wasting hours, or even days, searching through websites of poorly orchestrated midi tracks, sound loops, and, if we’re really desperate, the stand-by royalty-free music sites such as

Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with sites like incompetech, the music there is well made, and it’s an awesome (and needed!) contribution to the online community. But for me, I can never shake the frustration that even when a track works well in one of my videos, it’s still not communicating the feel I was looking for, and it’s the same music track that can be found in scores, if not hundreds or thousands, of other videos online.

Now, for me, I have been fortunate enough in the recent past to learn that I have a few good friends of mine who love to make music, who are actually good at making music, and who are excited about working together with me to bring stories to life. This is a huge blessing to me, but I also know it’s not one that many independents have, unless you are lucky enough to have musical talent along with your filmmaking talents.

This thread is intended to begin a change in all that. …How?

By creating a database for independents like you and me, a database of music. Be it websites with safe-to-use royalty free music, the work of an independent artist who has given permission for people to use their work in videos, or maybe even some of your own work, if you’re one of those lucky talented few with the skill and the passion to make film-worthy tracks.

So if you have a website, an artist, or a personal music database you’d like to make available to fellow filmmakers, post it below! Additionally, if you are yourself a musician looking for projects to contribute to, post an example of your work to make it easier for others to find you and learn about your style. You’ll have the thanks of not only myself, but the rest of the frustrated community as well.

Here’s to FilmPunch, and, hopefully, to the end of many irritating editing sessions!


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O'Ryan McEntire on May 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Great Idea. Post your links below and I’ll curate them into this second post so it’s easier to sort through:

The List:

  1. The Awesome Kevin MacCleod:
  2. Vimeo Music Store:
  3. Did you know Moby has free music?
  4. Community remix site:
  5. Freesound is mostly sound effects but is a great for samples:
  6. Envato has an audio site:
  7. Not all of the audio at FMA is royalty free, but many are free for use with attribution:
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Josiah Clark on June 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Just thought of another one: Danosongs. His music’s really top-notch, and he lets you use it in commercial videos with nothing but credit.

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J.J. Petty on June 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

There’s a sweet free music arranger from Sony called Acid Xpress that allows you to build music from loops that they release every week for free called 8packs. Whatever you make with them is your own (according to their FAQ).


Then another sweet free program to check out is Linux MultiMedia Studio (LMMS).

Acid Xpress 7

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Jared Charles Choate on June 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I haven’t spent a whole lot of time looking for music yet so I don’t really know how frustrating it is and I don’t have any websites that I know of. But, one of my friends likes making music and happens to be good at it. He enjoys requests and I’m sure if you tell him you want him to make some music for a movie, he would be glad to do so. At the moment he is just playing around with beats and has had music offers from well-known artists, but like I said, I’m sure he will be glad to help. His Youtube name is AJMequalsTRIM. This way, you could get music that is a little more personalized for the movie.

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Phlume on August 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Here is a site that had some nice music to add to the list: You have to sign up (of course) but its free and gives you full access.

If you want a bit more bang for the buck, try out this site: It costs money for the “credits” which get you about 120 for $100… but you can get quite a bit with the credits too.

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Ben on February 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Hook-up with my friend and see his work at !

He’s very friendly and *honestly* my favorite composer ever.

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Grey List on July 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm,, Incompetech!

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