Friday, October 11, 2013
Finding great free music for your games
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