a list of
different places to research music and sound
effects for your Lighting and
Sound Presentations or for your Sound Design for
one of our Productions.
Browse our Online Sound Library.
rather than "FX" or "Offline".
includes some 500 royalty-free compositions
in different styles:
Corporate and Industrial, Easy Listening, Easy Rock,
Holidays, Jazz, Light and
Easy, Light Jazz, New Age, Rock, and Sports.
composition is available
in three different lengths:
(> 3 min)
pioneering 1950's Electronic Music.
over 100 tracks from 1930s and 40s.
a number of online sites where you can browse and
download music tracks in
-- This is the best source for most things,
whether incidental or background music, karaoke
tracks or sound effects. Browsing is
free. You can preview 30 sec. clips of each
track. It costs $0.99 - $1.99 per track for
downloads, but that’s a lot better than having to
pay $20 for an entire CD when you only need one
track. The Sound Designer for each Production will
have access to the Department’s iTunes account.
-- High quality production music for TV, Film,
Advertising and Corporate Video. Pre-cleared for
worldwide and multi-platform use — forever.
The cost per track for student, educational or
festival usage is $1.35. This is where I found the
“Jungle Drums” by Evelyn Glennie for “The Tin Can
-- SoundCloud is an online audio distribution
platform which allows collaboration, promotion and
distribution of audio recordings. Many of
the tracks are downloadable.
-- Freesound is a collaborative database of
Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download
and share sounds.
-- A downloadable collection of musical selections
(mostly short samples, some entire pieces) from
the Baroque era (1600's).
-- Browse a huge collection of classical music
selections by composer, artist or album.
Download ($ maybe) single tracks.
-- Musical compositions free for student
-- Source for traditional and digital sheet music
files. Digital Files can be transposed, tempo and
instrumentation can be changed.
of Space -- http://www.hos.com/#
-- Website of National Public Radio broadcast
featuring a mix of ambient, electronic, world, new
age, classical and experimental music, weekly
since 1973. Good for researching artists.
Classical MIDI Collection -- http://www.classicalmidiconnection.com/index.html
the site's name, a collection of MIDI files of
music from various periods and in various
styles, including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical,
Romantic, Impressionistic, Twentieth Century.
-- providing recordings, sheet music, and
textbooks to the public for free, without
copyright restrictions. -- Thanks to Isabel Faia for this
sites would be more of interest if you were
looking for backing
tracks for a musical production but might give you
some ideas for your
-- "Karaoke" style backing tracks for musical
-- Complete orchestration tracks to enhance the
sound of a small band for a musical. Orchestration
follows keyboard for tempo.
-- Off-the-shelf or customised accompaniment
tracks for musicals.
-- Sharing site for MIDI tracks for musicals and
other uses. Files can be modified, converted to
mp3 and downloaded.
looking for Sound Effects that you can't find in our
Library, try some of these sites. Just remember,
you get what you pay for. A good Sound effect
will probably cost you something -- $3-$5.
In most cases, left click on links to listen, right
click and choose "Save
Link" or "Save Target" to download mp3
file -- don't
forget to convert to *.wav format – Stereo, 44.1 kHz,
IMPORTANT NOTE: For any of these sites,
carefully read licencing
info before considering use outside of class.
(Lighting and Sound
1 and 2 Presentations are part of your classwork, so
shouldn't be a problem.)