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Browsing Sound

Use these call numbers to browse for books at the Cabell Library:

M1-5000 -- Music

ML3800-3923 -- Philosophical and societal aspects of music.

                                 Physics and acoustics of music.

                                 Physiological aspects of music

NX650 -- Sonic Art

QC225 -- Acoustics and physics of music

TA365 -- Acoustical engineering

TK7881.4-.9 -- Sound systems. Sound recording. Sound reproduction

Sound Recommended Readings

Stock Sound/Music Resources

Many podcasts include music at the beginning and end, as well as during transitions. Music can also be added into the background of a noisy interview clip to mask the noise.

Royalty free music allows you to purchase a license for a piece of music that entitles you to use it for the duration of the license.

For free music, search for creative commons licensed music, which generally allow you to use a piece of music for free and without permission, as long as you credit the artist. Some creative commons licensed music is restricted to non-commercial uses. Always make sure you have permission to use a piece of music. You can also search for music that is in the public domain, in which the copyright has expired. Websites to browse through include:

Sound Effects
Free Sound A collaborative database of CC-licensed sound. Freesound focusses on sound and sound effects, not music Non-profit digital library with collections of digitized free movies, music, images, websites and more
Sound Effects CDs The Workshop has a royalty-free sound effects library of more than 250 CDs (with searchable indexes) that can be used to add sounds to audiovisual projects.  
Free Music Archive CC-licensed music grouped by genre  | 
ccMixter CC-licensed music for film, video and games  | 
CCTrax CC-licensed music grouped by genre  | 
Incompetech CC-licensed and royalty-free music from one composer  | 
Soundcloud Audio-sharing site with a decent amount of CC-licensed music  | 
mobygratis Electronic musician Moby has released many of his songs to use for free in educational projects  | 

If you have a musical friend, consider asking them if you can use their music or if they’d like to partner with you to create sounds specifically for your project.