Important links for Machinima filmmakers
Major Game-based Machinima sites:
Some good books on Machinima:
List of sites where other filmmakers have found suitably licensed music:
Note: Some charge a small fee for particular licenses, others have free music available. A commercial license is the most wide ranging in terms of rights to use, but most non-commercial licenses will be enough. If in doubt ask a site administrator, or mail a musician directly. Many independent music creators are willing to issue suitable licenses, if their general license isn’t right for you (e.g. for creative commons, ‘no derivative works’ includes filmmaking, but often creators add that clause simply to prevent mashups being made from their work, and are open to having their work used as a film score when asked). We don’t have legal training, and copyright is a bit of a minefield, but remember, most of the time, when in doubt, asking the musicians directly will cover most things (so long as the musicians themselves have the rights to their own music). Please write to Expo Staff if you can add any suitable sites to this list.
Jamendo : Huge site, music can be sorted by license and is free to download. The ‘attribution only’ license covers you for anything, up to and including Hollywood blockbuster, though site admins request that if you are making money from your work to please buy a pro license to support the musicians on site.
Magnatune : ‘We are not evil’ reads their tagline. Profit sharing site. Licenses are easy and quick to obtain and they claim ‘hassle free’. Used by well known pro machinimators for convenience and choice.
Machinimasound : Created by Per and Jens Kiilstofte, offering made-for-score music with pretty much zero restrictions and a specific machinima emphasis. See faqs here,
Incompetech : Composer Kevin MacLeod has a mind-blowing number of selections spanning just about every genre, all available free and royalty free under attribution only.
Z-Studios : Currently has a collection of 27 royalty free / free to download music tracks, not requiring even attribution only asking nicely for it.
Moviestorm Music Marketplace : Music for MOVIESTORM PROJECTS ONLY due to licensing restrictions these tracks can only be played over Moviestorm footage, or a credit sequence of a movie made using Moviestorm
Myspace & Youtube : Many independent musicians showcase their work on this site. Remember to check licenses, which will vary, and beware as professional music companies also use these sites to promote their artists.
Thesixtyone : Second life artists collective. Music can be filtered for creative commons licensing (see under popular/cc tab top right) hovering over download button for any song reveals license.
Radio Isi : Creative commons radio channel and downloadable tracks. Various CC licenses available, including attribution.
CCMixter : Site focused on CC licensed samples, but contributors also share their remixes
Free Music Archive : Interactive library of free high-quality, legal downloads. Inspired by Creative Commons and Open Source music.
Safe Creative : Digital copyright bank, advanced search allows users to find suitably licensed digital work (of all kinds)
SectionZ : Artist community, see this page for creative commons licensed music. Electronic music.
Audio Farm : “Audiofarm helps you broadcast your audio files and connect with other people. It´s the best and easiest way to find new and interesting music, audio recordings, people and friends from around the world.” Music and spoken word, various licenses including creative commons.
scottbuckley.com : A music selection specially released for machinima creators