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A site that features a wide variety of electronic (Industrial, EBM, Darkwave, Synthpop, Electronica, Noise) mp3 downloads. You can also download loop files to remix. Unfortunately, to download songs, you must be registered. Use a throw away address.
Weekly updated original mp3s plus online radio. Home of Phoebus and NoSushi.
Online mixes archives from Amon Tobin, Coldcut, Dj Shadow, Dj Spooky, Diplo, Sixtoo and more...
Karadar offers a simply superb selection of all things classical. Downloads, librettos, texts, et al.
Agnula Libre Music
A database of Libre Music (works which have been put by their authors under a license which allows free redistribution and usage). Artists, who want their music to be accessible to the widest audience possible, without artificially limiting how and how much their creations spread around, can better publish their music there, instead of on this Wiki page.
Micromusic.net is many things. first we are a music label, though we deal with .mp3's and hard drive space not vinyl! Micromusic.net is also what the users make it. It is an organic community that can shape their own identity by uploading and downloading, organising parties, bringing their own projects to micromusic.net, making bands with other micromusic.net members, helping with any aspect of the site programming, designing... whatever.
Huge electronic music Net label based in Manchester UK - some amazing free mp3 releases.
Loads and loads of hardcore, post-hardcore, and metal songs for download. Most of these tracks are DIY or pre-production recordings, but there is an equal number of gems for the angst-ridden 16-year-old scenester in you.
mission: to gather and provide free electronic grooves. area of operation: internet
Feng's Distorted World
Presenting Free and Legal Mp3 Downloads from Underground Electronic Music Artists.
Blentwell is an ongoing document of the evolution of blended music. A daily updated link log of hot mixsets and fresh new tracks heard online..
Beats, breaks, mixes...
Avantgarde Pop from Hamburg
Free punk rock from the local South Bend, Indiana music scene. More added all the time.
Free bizarre brokenbeat mp3s from this stable of underground talent based near brighton, uk. New and remixed tracks added all the time.
Like the Blues and 'olde tyme' stuff? Then you'll like the Public Domain mp3's coming out of this small site. Needs much more to make it really sing and dance, but still a nice alternative to all the indie stuff out there.
Small and select collection of Asian classical music tracks taken from cassette tape recordings. Worth a visit if you're an enthusiast.
Free classical music is difficult to find among the many hosting sites. Classic Cat provides a neat overview - sorted by composer and work.
'Donner Farms are proud to broadcast the finest in old-fashioned music, the kind that Maw-Maw Donner and Pap Donner loved to play and listen to on the porch or by the fire.' Streaming old fashioned music broadcast.
Hip Hop. Vinyl singles for sale, free radio streaming, Top 40 and new releases. Couldn't find any free downloads though.
Surprise! It's a ragga-jungle site. Streaming radio and free registration needed for music downloads.
Heavy metal fans only. This is your stop. Downloads of all sorts of stuff. Heavy!
Another one for heavy metal fans.
Computer games are fun. So too apparently is the background music when it's remixed and offered as mp3 downloads. Lots of downloads!
Christian mp3 downloads.
Small, but tastefully targeted children's mp3 music download and streaming service.
Designed to help artists sell their tracks directly to listeners and keep most of their own money. Lots of features to help artists promote themselves and to help listeners find good stuff.
A music portal dedicated to contemporary classical and avant garde music; linking sites with freely available mp3's by several hundred selected contemporary composers.
Independent artist collective, many genres. Downloads available at most of the artist sites. The Radio Room highlights unusual stations and sound collections.
Eclectic guitar focussed site with variable selection of streaming and downloadable mp3 tracks featuring...er...guitars. The axeman cometh!
Free Music Group
Quick reference page to several free, legal sites. Featured are the solo piano, solo guitar, Christmas, children's and Christian music below.
Free Solo Guitar
New, but excellent resource for multiple fingerstyle guitar artists who present full-length songs for free download.
Free Solo Piano
Well-trafficked site features quite a wealth of solo piano music by popular indie artists.
Christian MP Free
New, but growing selection of indie Christian artists. Emphasis on quality material.
Free Kids Music
Very popular source for free music for kids.
Free Childrens Music
As above, a great place to discover top indie music for children.
Feels Like Christmas
Traditional or contemporary, instrumental or vocal. A treasured source of quality legal music to enhance the holiday season.
The Free Music Directory
Developing directory of sites which offer at least one full-length, high-quality song download on their site. Free listings to all who qualify.
Searches the web for the finest free dance music available. A collection of independent techno, house, hip-hop, broken beat, downbeat, nu-jazz and electronica genres.
DJ Kenny Mac
Eastern Europe from Kyiv , offering a small number of Ukraine free alternative rock downloads (om English). Free submission's for qualified bands interested in networking East and Central Europe.
Dr. Safa YEPREM's guitar page
Special documents for Art of Flamenco and Guitar, videos, lessons and mp3 files.
MIDI Pianola & Player Piano Rolls
Links to huge archives of midi-files converted from late 1800s & early 1900s punched paper rolls for automatic player pianos. Get one of the widely available free midiPlayers for your PC/Mac and take a trip back in time.. these collectors/archivars deserve a massive thank you for the effort taken.. just wonderful !!
Out of the Blue Productions
Floor filling Electronic Beats for your ears! A MUST HEAR! Go to music page!
the roots music listening room
wonderful collectors site including 1000++ mp3s of the oude time music, mainly from vintage 78rpm recordings now in the public domain, a true treasure chest !
Zambian Music Site
The best site for all Zambian Music
A site that encourages members to upload original compositions and \"duel\" where community members can vote on their preferred track. (Site formerly known as guitarwar.com).
headjog - royalty free music
high impact royalty free music, instant downloads
General Music Sites
Free downloads from Indie bands mostly American but some worldwide. Community features, voting, friends, online journal....
Nice selection of over 6000 tracks for streaming and download, along with useful reviews.
Rapidly becoming the 'street' music community of choice. Massive amount of unsigned talent - some very good! - showcased on their own mini-site pages with lots of cool community features, photos, comments etc etc. If it's too loud, you're too old!
Offers music from independent musicians releasing their own material, chooses quality over quantity with reviews of the artists. It's a cross between an english music mag and an mp3 site.
Billed as a 'community directory of freely available music'. Eclectic collection of Mp3 tracks ranging from Beethoven to the Beastie boys.
Daily downloads, daily news, bittorrent downloads and much more.
Music News, Album & Concerts Reviews, Free and Legal mp3's, Music Videos, Art / Entertainment and much more.
mp3 blog which also hosts downloads from labels such as Radio Khartoum and Ninjatune. Reviews and more.
Reasonably sized indie music sales portal with a fair amount of full tracks to download. Definitely worth a visit.
Nice simple song portal. No actual downloads, but lots of direct links to artists tracks hosted elsewhere. Neat!
Self proclaimed indie rock record store with a small record label on the side. Offers streaming radio, lots of signed bands and a very respectable collection of free mp3 tracks for download. Nice vibe.
A front end portal for more than 16,000 artists and 51,000 tracks. Throw in some news, forums and a general community feel and you get the picture. Nice place to visit and worth taking time to browse.
Unsigned artist portal, and part of the Vitaminic Group. Some interesting foreign bands.
65,000 'specially formulated' mp3 tracks which can only be played or downloaded by the site's advert sponsored Play Vox Studio player. In its favour, the site does offer a fairly decent partnership with artists (50% revenue split on sales and a share of any potential company profits).
Started as a online record store but now also a record label, magazine, internet radio station and mp3 site. Alt-country, Folk rock, Americana and singer/songwriters are strongly represented but pop, emo and indie rock are here too.
Belgian mp3 site, featuring over 1000 tracks for download and streaming from 600 artists (in English).
Musical Family Tree
Features a lot of indie bands from Mid West USA, in the hope of exposing them to a larger audience. Message boards, downloads, streaming, it's all there. indieTunes
Music community for independent music artists offering online auditions, streaming radio, free downloads and music sales. Offers artists the highest payback anywhere in the world. [Update: Nice looking site, some good music, although not a huge selection of free downloads yet. Red.]
One of the fastest growing community of indie artists on the planet. Broadjam is the engine driving the music of independent musicians around the world.
Music Therapy: Dr Julie Trudeau invites you to enjoy her online music natural health products and join her love affair with the phi harmonic vibrations of the Music of the Spheres. Buy digital Music created by her and enjoy life!
Free MP3? music downloads that are hundred percent legal. Select from over 30,000 free MP3?'s, from a vast collection of genres. Stay up to date with current music news, discuss your favorite song and artist, add your music, and more.
Site dedicated to 'Creative Commons-licensed, legally downloadable, freely distributable creator-approved files' distributed via BitTorrent?. Lots of music, but also movies and books too.
Certified Sound MP3 Mastering
Online Mp3 mastering service for the Independent Artist. We have the experience to bring out the best in your studio mix. Check out our quality at our free streaming radio site.
iTunes freebie downloads
Great - i.e. comprehensive and growing - list of free music downloads currently available on the iTunes store. Delivered by the good folk on the MacRumors forums. Good on yer!
Web site listing links to web sites with free legal music and mp3 downloads.
Links to Tens of Thousands of Legal Music Downloads
The original July 2003 (updated in Feb 2004) essay about all this legal and free music stuff with lots of links.
The Online Music Business Space
An excellent, up to date and frozen summary of the major info on this page.
Mr Red Penguin
Amusing blog with various free and hard-to-find indie mp3s.
Free Music Blog
Basically what it says. A blog celebrating free and legal music around the world.
Use Free Music
Visit NEWS/Free track for good quality free loops & samples with a new track every month. Site also provides Royalty Free Music for Film, TV, and web based media. Site has produced music for Dr. Who, Graham Norton & iBuzz.
365 Days Project
The legendary 365 Days Project, in which an mp3 a day -- of mostly outsider, novelty, and oddball recordings -- was made available for the public to download over the course of 2003. It has been archived in its entirety, complete with images and vast commentary on each selection on UBUWEB.
Knobtweakers.net Free Mp3 Blog
Free electronic music downloads, daily. Techno, electronica, house, drum n bass, IDM, glitch, trance, breakbeat, hardcore, downtempo, minimal, 2-step, garage, even the occasional chip. All legal.
Interesting art entity. They brought you Free Radio Linux, and bring you streaming softwares, manuals, music and more.
Subsystence is a web magazine, but not in the traditional sense. The Downloads section on the main page features bi-monthly stores of electronic music mp3s from a variety of Chicago-based artists.
Close Your Eyes
A cool list of mp3 blogs, which post links to tracks in various music categories. Well worth a visit if you're starting off. See also Thom:Blog for another selection.
Mystery and Misery
Links to legal (and free) music of all different genres from the really obscure to lesser known indie bands.
Mp3 blog aggregator over 45 blogs which feature mp3 tracks to listen to and download..
Collection of eclectic mp3 remixes available for free download.
A sort of UK promo, marketing type site, with a 'radio' section which offers free downloads of a small eclectic mix of bands.
A sort of artistically correct community of artists. A creative collaboration with music. Small number of downloads and streams.
They post a title, the community writes the song, people download or stream the mp3 tracks and vote for favourites. Quirky, cool and fun.
FTP based mailing list for exchanging live concert & show recordings from willing bands. No mp3's, music is downloaded via the 'Shorten' format then has to be converted to WAV before being burned to CD. Includes an extensive wiki with information about how to convert those shorten files and set up the FTP transfers. Slower than downloading mp3's. If you're into jam sessions and other live stuff from artists like Counting Crows, The Allman Brothers and The Tragically Hip.
Weed is a truly innovative music file sharing service. Complex to explain but in a nutshell, Weed files are tricked out WMA which can play 3 times then stop unless purchased. But - once bought they can be sold on ad infinitum. And the clever part is that the artist always gets 50% of the sale price, but you get between 10 and 20% each sale. It's sort of MLM without the naff conferences. Downside? Only 17 artists minor label artists as yet. Might work with major names, but this may be hard uphill work. ('Update': Heart have just released their new album using Weed, so it may be gaining traction?)
Weed music downloads
Weed music distributor offering large collection of legal music downloads.
Excellent collection of thousands of free downloadable MIDI files. Movie and TV themes, Queen, REM...just lots.
Free sheet music for download. Over 300 pieces and growing. A sort of hugely laudable Project Gutenberg for sheet music.
Every day the site nominates one track as a Jackpot mp3 winner, and gives a direct link to the artist's mp3 for download. Sort of a collaborative recommendation service for finding new music. See also their sister site, MP34U.com
Use these bookmarklets to play web pages of mp3's in your browser or preferred media player. Generated playlists are added to the database, which now contains hundreds of links to pages with music files.['Update': actually this is way cool, check it out! Red]
Commons License. If you did not pick up a newsstand copy of the magazine with the CD featuring artists like: The Beastie Boys, David Byrne (radio), Zap Mama, Gilberto Gil and others... Rip, mix, burn. Swap till you drop. Copyrighted for the 21st century - 100 percent legal, licensed by the bands. The CCmixter site shows the results of this initiative.
An entire "virtual album" of solo piano music from a single artist. Available to all, but presented especially with the intent of being freely distributed to those who are grieving or convalescing...
A research project conducted by scientists from Columbia University to learn about how people form opinions about music. If you participate you will have a chance to download free new music for personal use. After answering a few questions about yourself, you will be presented with a menu of songs by cool new artists. Your participation might take up to two hours, depending on how many songs you want to listen to. Explore it and report here if you found it worthwhile.
Guilt Free P2P
Guilt Free P2P? is an experiment in web based media distribution. Many free/legal music as well as video and software downloads.
Krankit.com Live, interactive
bedava mp3 Best Music is in this site and chipper.
Swedelife is an indie music collective based in the SF Bay Area. They are releasing a song a day for free. It's an Mp3 blog with a Podcast as well.
Access Tonal Communications
Electronic music collective ranging in different styles from Experimental to Electro Funk.
The netlabel for electro-organic dance music releases high quality mp3s under a creative commons license. Purpose is to promote danceable electronic music, based on organic or natural samples, sounds and structures, and to merge experimental weirdness with complaisant audibility.
Quirky interface aside, this German netlabel portal offers a large and varied selection of labels in various genres. If you can be bothered to navigate the cryptic links you'll probably find something cool.
Fabulous online record store with 71,000 artists. Taste the 2 minute streams of their huge catalog.
Indie label featuring noise, noisecore, darkwave, spoken word and other "Cruel and Unusual Music". Plenty of free mp3 files plus all songs are availble for download for 75 cents!
The Netlabel Catalogue is now a (Wiki) list, index, directory of music labels which offer you free downloads from their pages. Those netlabels are also often called mp3 label, online label, web label, internet label or even netaudio label...
A german CD-R and netlabel, bringing you a wide range of indie music from postrock over electronica to abstract rap. All the music is free and creative commons licensed.
New Zealand's Digital Dance & Electronica Label.
Their entire Indie Catalog Online.
Nice Canadian label selling lots of old blues, folk and other eclectic material for reasonable prices (e.g. $4.99 for 118MB file download of Blind Lemmon Jefferson tracks). Artists also include Elvis, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and others, along with a fab streaming 40's jukebox and a few free Mp3 downloads. But not enough folks!!! C'mon don't be mean, upload some more!
Strict quality control and a slow release schedule continue to set them apart from the pack.
Opsound is a record label and sound pool using an open source, copyleft model, an experiment in practical gift economics, a laboratory for new ways of releasing music.
Home of the Harshnoise music label. Numerous free mp3 downloads of tracks by some great harsh noise artists. Be aware that when they say 'harsh' and 'noise', they mean just that!
Classy, 21st century record label/distribution site with an impressively growing list of artists from many genres. No download links, but lots of free streaming and radio stations, applying the shareware idea to music, and if you fish the urls out of the playlists, (open them with a text editor), and copy/paste them into your browser's location bar, you can download the 128kbit mp3s directly
Beautifully designed site with a high quality output of Rap, Disco, Jazz, Funk, Soul and House. Tracks available both Mp3 and Ogg Vorbis files.
The "original" SoCal pop/punk label founded by Fat Mike from NOFX. Limited downloads.
New York Indie label. Small but interesting selection of mp3's available for download from their roster. But wot, no Belle & Sebastian?
US indie label. Fair few artists on the roster, and a small collection of mp3's available for download.
Aloha Misc. Media House
Music and other media for free and for sale, from Victoria, BC, Canada.
Small 'net' label, featuring downloadable electronic music from a roster of artists. Nicely presented.
Small electronic net label featuring mp3 downloads and stuff.
a platform for electronix to create and inovate sounds and music. with artists from switzerland, germany and england... providing high-quality music and vision to your terminal.
Small indie and electronic label with a reasonable selection of downloaded material available to all, as well as some politi-props to flesh out the decor.
Net label promoting a small stable of artists under a creative commons license. Cool, artistically done site. Small number of tracks.
Sounds That Soothe - music to calm & relax
Sounds That Soothe are a record label producing music that is both relaxing and inspiring. Listen to excerpts from their albums and download a free full mp3 of 'Highland Sunrise' from the album 'Silver Streams'
Small label by the looks of it.
Indie label with small selection of stuff for streaming and download.
Free mp3 downloads from the innovative underground rap collective Anticon.
Certified Sound Music
Small selection of free music downloads and streaming from albums in a few genres.
QED records offers free singles, EP's, and full-length albums of electronic and experimental music. These releases include studio-recorded material as well as live recordings.
Comatronic is a netlabel focused on distributing quality electronic music.
Another indie band site.
Independent record label specializing in dark ambient, experimental electronic and space music.
Steam Powered Studio
Offers mp3 and ogg files from a variety of performers from the central PA region- blues, folk, jazz, and other. We are supported entirely by your sponsorship!
Experimental music netlabel.
userfriendly netlabel portal.
Musical Family Tree
1000s of Free MP3s? by Midwest based Indie Rock bands.
Netlabel featuring wide ranges of electronics, deep ambientish to danceable. Explore & enjoy. [Bare bones file structure site, so don't expect anything flash in the way of user interface. Red]
Webbed Hand Records
Webbed Hand Records is an independent netlabel with a focus on strange works of audio art that defy tidy categories. With an expanding catalog of unique recordings and a growing roster of visionary sound artists, we're the label to visit for sound in the service of enchantment .. includes beautiful artwork ..
We are a small record label based in Leipzig / Germany and we produce a kind of music here which we call - for the lack of a better term - DIGITAL LAPTOP REGGAE (DLR).This means nothing else but that we produce first and above all REGGAE music (or DUB) in it's classical sense, which in itself is nothing new, but since we're having a background of mostly electronic music we're doing this with the only tool that is obvious to use for that purpose - a COMPUTER, and a computer only.
Free electronic music with limited number of streamed tracks only though.
Polish net-label (in English) and concert agenda for experimental electronic music.
The Doubtful Palace
Five tons of fill dirt and a bucket of squid. [Should net-labels be quite this wacky? :) Red]
Lepers Produtcions is a free new net label. We give for free what our lepers produce. Lepers Plays Noise, pop, glam, country electronic, with a lo-fi DIY attitude. We're proud of ourself. Spread the disease.
Erratik Productions - Free Music Videos and MP3s
Erratik Productions is a production company that creates fresh, eclectic entertainment including rock, jazz, electronica, and hip-hop music.
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