Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Posted by Ken Railey at 6:53 PM
Flowlab can play mp3 files provided as web links, which can be useful, but requires that the file be uploaded somewhere accessible on the internet. There a many free file hosting services, but Dropbox is my personal favorite. It is free to sign up, and you can upload files immediately.
It's really easy to upload and link to mp3 files for use as music or sounds. Once you sign up for an account (you can just choose the free option once you log in the first time), just click the "Public" folder as shown below:
You can upload files by dragging and dropping them directly into the page from your computer:
Once the file is uploaded, right click and select "Copy public link":
There is a handy "Copy to clipboard" button to copy the link:
Then just paste the link into a Sound behavior, and click "loop" if desired.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Posted by Ken Railey at 10:54 AM
Adding some appropriate theme music can be make a huge difference in the impact of your game, and help make your games feel more polished and fun. Below is a collection of resources that I have run across, but feel free to post more suggestions. I will try to post updates as I find them:
Public Domain - completely free to use, no fees or attribution required:
FreePD.com The songs are well made, organized by genre, and some of them are loops - which can be super useful.
GiveLifeBackToMusic is a Public domain record label, where artists release and distribute entire albums into the public domain.
Game Assets Subreddit Reddit is popular social link-sharing site with many game-development related communities. The "Game Assets" subreddit is where users can share their game music and art with the community.
OpenMusicArchive.org provides downloads of music that is no longer under copyright, and so free to use. Most of the music here is pretty old, but that may be ideal for certain game themes.
Creative Commons attribution - these songs can be freely used, even in commercial games, the only requirement is that you credit the musician for their work.
No Soap Radio - lots of songs, all with an attribution-only license
ccmixter.org - Lots of music with various Creative Commons licenses, much of it is attribution only, but be sure to verify before using
soundimage.org - Lots of high quality songs, many are game oriented.
Noncommercial Only - this music can be used for free in non-commercial projects, but if you plan to sell your game the music can be licensed for a small fee
incompetech.com - many styles & genres, high quality music - great for games.
hartwigmedia.de - site defaults to German, you may need to select your language at the top