Here’s a collection of electro/electronica songs (as mp3) I like and that are free and libre. I’ll just call this collection “Electro Collection #1”!
I’ve picked these songs because they each contain a unique melody and they are easy to listen even for those who might think they don’t like electro music. Really, listen to the first three songs (though you should listen to them all) and see! I’m sure you’ll find one that you like!
They almost all have the same genres. Mostly, it is: Electro/Electronica, Dance, Experimental.
If I had to pick favorite ones among these, they would be (as unsorted list):
02 – Jolie Micro Girl
04 – Struttin
05 – dub is dumb
06 – Chips dreams
11 – The sun is coming
13 – Plume
14 – don’t be shad
17 – Pour toi
Note that this is not an album. Each song in this collection has its own copyright, copyright holder(s), and license. The songs are in their entirety in unmodified form and are seperate and independent works in themselves. See below for copyrights/licenses.
Tarball containing all the songs: electro-collection-1.tar.gz (~97Mb)
Download each song separately from:
FTP: Here or connect using a FTP client to codealpha.net on port 21 as anonymous.
Smasher is an easy to use and lightweight audio loop slicer for Linux and Windows. I decided I would give it a try and that I should package it for Ubuntu (see Download section below).
It might need a little time before you figure out how this thing works. First you need to understand the Patterns (upper-right part); Smasher divided the file you’ve given him into slices, and each slice gets a number and that’s the numbers you see on the left. From there, you can select in which order to play the slices.
Below the pattern area, there is the effects area, that’s where you can apply an effect to each slice (first column for first slice being played). Then it is very easy to understand the rest of how it works.
Important: Smasher doesn’t seem to support (or struggles with) files that are relatively big. I suggest you stick with mp3’s that are less than 1mb, or Wav files are less than 2 or 3mb. Otherwise you’ll see your Ram memory go up and your computer will start freezing.
Here are some of the features it offers (from official website):
After discovering Libre.fm which is an open alternative to last.fm, I found out about Jamendo.
Jamendo is a portal where artists can upload and share their music. The files/songs are available for gratis and libre download to the public (licensed under Creative Commons licenses). So you can download any files for your personal use, but for commercial use or derivative works, it depends on the album license, but you can easily see what the license is on the album page.
For example, you can see this album of Silence, called Encre. And on the right you’ll see Your rights on this album, and this tells you what you can or cannot do with this album. Pretty neat 🙂