So far I’ve seen fit only to let select Creative Commons music filter through onto the page, but the time has come now for me to promote my favorite resources. With these resources, a person could if they were so inclined begin their own exploration of what’s available for free out there.

A good first place to start is at the source. The Creative Commons website doesn’t just explain and promote the license, it also has a selection of links to help people start looking for works licensed under CC. This can help familiarize people with the culture, and the directions it’s taking.

Next up is a website responsible for the last two artists I reviewed, The Comfort Stand. This website is a small affair, essentially a browsing ground for a modest collective of artists. While the website appears stagnant, only offering new material when one of their preselected artists releases another album, The Comfort Stand is nevertheless stocked with several quality musicians, and I recommend giving them a once over.

Did I mention the direction the culture is taking? Then for a more in depth exploration I definitely recommend checcking out CCMixter. Harder to navigate for those not in the know, what CCMixter does best is promote samples for reuse. While the pure patron can find songs, even albums, to peruse here, the real target audience is for the up and coming sampler or mix artist, looking for open source sound and samples to work with. The result is that those looking for full albums (or even on occasion complete songs,) may have to wade through a bunch of strange samples, bleeps and bloops, but if the bleeps and bloops is what you were going for in the first place, then you’re set!

The sheer size of it may overwhelm many, but it never hurts to pay a visit to the Internet Archives. This vast library of public domain works stretching back for decades has a huge music and sound archive where all manner of unusual treasures can be unearthed, from the spoken word poetry of yesteryear to Grateful Dead live recordings. More of the information here falls simply under the “Free” as opposed to “Creative Commons” category, but that simply makes it all that much more accessible!

Finally, the resource of resources for the CC music patron, I present Jamendo. This massive and constantly expanding archive hosts thousands of artists of every genre and nationality, all putting out songs and in most cases full, extended play albums for anyone to delve through. Most of the artists I review come from or end up on Jamendo, and any music lover could lose weeks scrolling through their archives. Jamendo is a resource that helps legitimize the entire concept of free music.

Whether you’re a broke college student who can rarely afford to legally upgrade their music collection, a connoisseur on the lookout for some rare new taste, or an artist yourself looking for materials that might both inspire and provide substance for your own works, these resources will all put you well on the right track.