Finding Online Music for Digital Media Projects

By Crystal VanKooten

Finding music to use as part of your digital media projects can be tricky: you need music that is engaging for audiences, can argue or back up a point, is free for reuse and modification, and is quick to find. For those looking for online music to use in a digital video or audio composition, here are some useful links and sites!

Dig at CCMixter is a community music remixing site that features music that is licensed under Creative Commons. All of the songs on the site can be used in your projects, but some songs have certain restrictions depending on what kind of Creative Commons license they hold. Each song on the site is clearly marked with a Creative Commons license that stipulates how you can use it. Here is more information about CCMixter and Creative Commons.

Listen to and download music from Focused primarily on classical and instrumental music, Musopen’s mission is “to set music free,” and they provide a large royalty free music catalog, sheet music, resources for music educators, and even a free radio station of classical music! You can search their archives by composer, performer, instrument, period, or form.

Find music through FreePlay allows free downloads for specific circumstances, including personal use on Youtube and classroom uses. To use the site, you are required to make an account, select a license type, and accept the terms of a license agreement that stipulates your use of the music. Here is more information about FreePlay and how the website works.

What additional sites do you use to find music for your projects?

Issue 7.1 Teaser – Project by Heather Harlow

By Justin Hodgson

In 2015, Heather Harlow submitted this project to TheJUMP – one of the last projects we accepted before beginning the slow migration to our new site. Our reviewers loved this project, but timing constraints meant that it didn’t quite make it into Issue 6.1. In many cases, a two-year delay on publishing works like this often renders the work irrelevant—as technologies and cultures shift so rapidly. But Harlow’s project, which picks up with Douglas Ruskoff’s work on identity, anonymity, and civility on the internet, actually seems timelier now given today’s web culture and social media frenzy. While this project will fully release with Issue 7.1 (Fall Semester publication), we wanted to offer it here as a mid-summer teaser for the upcoming fall issue. Enjoy!

Identity and Civility on the Internet – By Heather Harlow from TheJUMP on Vimeo.

In this video, Harlow explores the ideas of Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of the book, Program or Be Programmed. According to Harlow, Rushkoff believes empathy is “a cure for incivility online,” and to achieve this “we need to drop the veil of anonymity and be ourselves.”