1... 2... 3... KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby)
Agouti Apr 23, 2013 @ 3:29am
Public License songs to test with
I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread with public license - legally free - songs that are well suited to rhythm games (and hopefully generate a bit of interest for artists who release good music at no charge).

I'll start with one of my favorites, Dance of the Pixies by MachinimaSound
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYMJnWqUfS8
Artists website: https://machinimasound.com/music/dance-of-the-pixies
License: https://machinimasound.com/license (Free Audio Works License: Creative Commons CC-BY)
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mcarriere  [developer] Apr 23, 2013 @ 5:59am 
Wow. That's incredible. Please keep these coming!
ANeM Apr 26, 2013 @ 1:27pm 
There was a pretty great list of freely available albums and songs on the old Beat Hazard Steam Forums http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1963573
Sora Hjort May 10, 2013 @ 2:55am 
I recommend Lapfox Trax's tracks. http://lapfoxtrax.com/ A lot of his albums are avalible for free. Some are pay for, but he doesn't really care if people pirate his music. (he think's it's good for promoting his stuff)
I suggest starting with the "Best of" Volumes, like "It's Murder", and the ON Trax albums.

He's stated numerous times that he doesn't mind how people use his music as long as its not for making money. Unfortunately the site is currently going through a redesign.

I did grab a bit from his FAQ using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine site. http://web.archive.org/web/20121003043949/http://www.lapfoxtrax.com/ (click thet top of the page text to drop the FAQ down)

Originally posted by Lapfox Trax's FAQ:
Q: I PIRATED YOUR MUSIC!
A: great! piracy rules. piracy and filesharing are great promotional tools, and help spread the word of artists. people that love the music they pirate generally do end up supporting the artists, and the only people that think otherwise are the RIAA and the labels under its umbrella. if you buy some music from me and want to send it to your friends, go ahead! i don't care what you do with it as long as you aren't directly reselling or bootlegging it as a whole. use it in your YouTube videos, post it on your website, whatever!

That's pretty much Creative Commons from what I can tell.
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Crimor May 12, 2013 @ 5:44pm 
hamster from www.hamsteralliance.com makes some pretty bomb ♥♥♥ tracks too.
Skywatcher68 May 13, 2013 @ 1:04pm 
Try some of the old utempo genres like Jazz or Swing from the Internet Archive.
http://archive.org/browse.php?field=subject&mediatype=audio&collection=78rpm

Or go over to their live section for groups like Smashing Pumpkins.
http://archive.org/browse.php?collection=etree&field=%2Fmetadata%2Fcreator
DeadJack May 20, 2013 @ 10:56am 
Wow,Awesome Track!
Defending Pie Jun 13, 2013 @ 1:10pm 
Try Binaerpilot. He has some awesome tracks (going to stream them tomorrow probably!)
Zoidberg5103 Jun 15, 2013 @ 2:40am 
Everything on http://ocremix.org/ is free. The Site is dedicated to Remixes of Video Game Sountracks. One of my Favourites: http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01686/ Original: NES Ducktales - Moon Theme
omegafinal Jun 18, 2013 @ 9:16pm 
I'll recommend Jamendo.com. They have a variety of music by different artists, and are released under the Creative Commons.
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Magnus Dux Awesomiae XLII Jun 22, 2013 @ 4:43am 
I might have an idea to get some attention and some more customers.

I just tried some of the Team Fortress 2 songs and both the main theme (generating alteration between those car-filled streets and general buildings) and the song "playing with danger" (generating a really diverse world, with some of those amazingly hard spherical tunnels) create really neat cities.

Now, it would generate a lot of customers if Kick it! had a Team Fortress 2 promo, like Azumi's hair or something. Along with that you could ask Valve for all songs created by the Valve studio orchestra. Looking at previous sales TF2 promos really generate a lot of new customers.

(someone would have to model the promo though)
TGR Jun 23, 2013 @ 11:07am 
Originally posted by the Duke of Awesomia:
Along with that you could ask Valve for all songs created by the Valve studio orchestra

Gibe FLAC files plos. 128kbps GCF file rip bad for ear.
Last edited by TGR; Jun 23, 2013 @ 11:07am
Magnus Dux Awesomiae XLII Jun 23, 2013 @ 1:46pm 
Originally posted by tgr:
Originally posted by the Duke of Awesomia:
Along with that you could ask Valve for all songs created by the Valve studio orchestra

Gibe FLAC files plos. 128kbps GCF file rip bad for ear.

What? This sentence is hard to understand but I'll try anyway:
Why FLAC? All the songs which come with the game (in SteamApps\common\123kickit\Songs) are in mp3 format and I'm fine with their quality. I'm also not using GFC, I'm using MP3 versions of the TF2 songs and the quality is fine for me.
Agouti Jun 24, 2013 @ 2:36am 
It depends on your equipment and your ear whether 128kbps is acceptable - everyone is different. I could insult people who buy expensive wines or are fussy with their coffee just because I am not, but that is pointless.

Back on topic, Blue Sky Black Death have a few of their songs available for free through Spotify, while they aren't GPL they are widely available and suit rhythm games if the long intros are trimmed a little. Orchestral/chilled house is probably what I would call them. Youtube Gold in/Gold out.
TGR Jun 24, 2013 @ 10:54am 
Originally posted by the Duke of Awesomia:
What? This sentence is hard to understand but I'll try anyway:
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/huahuehuahue
There ya go.

Originally posted by the Duke of Awesomia:
Why FLAC? All the songs which come with the game (in SteamApps\common\123kickit\Songs) are in mp3 format
Not talking about those.

Originally posted by the Duke of Awesomia:
I'm also not using GFC
Um, that sounds like you think GCF is an audio format? The thing is that the TF2 soundtrack exists in the game files (previously packed in a GCF archive) because it plays in the menu, but only as 128kbps MP3 files, which is fine in this context, but disappointing by itself, so if Valve actually decided to do another promo for KICK IT, which is unlikely, it would be great if they could finally release some high quality versions. (read: V0 or better.)

Last edited by TGR; Jun 24, 2013 @ 10:55am
Gandalf Freeman Jul 20, 2013 @ 12:26am 
http://potholesinmyblog.com/download-el-p-and-killer-mikes-run-the-jewels-album/
Currently the dopest albeit one of the shortest hip-hop album of the year, and absolutely free! I don't know if it will really work in this game though.
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