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Saturday, 04 February 2006

Free music!

Filed under: — Sebastian Kirsch @ 14:02

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No, I’m not talking about eMule, Kazaa or BitTorrent. There is also free music on the web that won’t get you in the crosshairs of the Recording Ass. of A or the IFPI – the only problem is to find out what’s worthwhile.

Unfortunately, I’m not one to browse endlessly through collections, wading through thousands of entries and sifting for good stuff. Therefore, I mostly rely on recommendations from friends, or the odd pointer I come across on the web. One such recommendation came from Monika yesterday:

Two Zombies later, a two CD collection of electronica, easy listening and lounge music. I’m listening to it right now, and it can definitely hold its own against other such collections. If you like this genre, you should definitely check it out – it’s just a mouse click away, and it’s free!

The album is hosted on one of the most-overlooked resources on the internet: the Internet Archive. Most people will (if they know it at all) only know about their web archive, which allows you to look at past versions of web pages – an essential service where web pages change quickly and without notice (and sometimes quite an embarrassment when you see how blandly your web page looked some years ago.)

But the Internet Archive also hosts tens of thousands of videos, almost 100.000 audio recordings, and tens of thousands of texts – all downloadable free of change (and definitely legal, in difference to the services mentioned above.) They have collections of old TV series and silent movies, a huge number bootleg Grateful Dead recordings, and lost and lots of other stuff.

So … I’ve told you about some stuff I’ve come across on the archive. How about you tell me about some stuff you have found?


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