SoundBible — free sound effects

soundBible-iconThe folks at SoundBible have collected hundreds of CreativeCommons licenses and public domain sound effects from around the web. The sound files are tagged with the license clearly displayed.

If we demand that our students obey copyright laws, then I believe we should make it easy for them to obey the law. SoundBible does just that.

The only downside is that the sound effects can be a little hard to find.

Bottom line: free sound effects for mutli-media projects.


Description: sound effects for students media projects, with clear licence reqirements.

License: CreativeCommons, public domain

Usefulness: possibly

Free Music Archive – legal music for your students’ projects (and yours, too!)

jjffjj Free Music Archive LogoObviously, many students steal music without a second-thought.  As educators, we can make them think twice by not accepting projects with stolen content.
And, by “think twice,” I mean teaching them about respect for artists.
But, it is not a reasonable requirement if permission is too hard to get or if royalties are more than a couple of bucks.jjffjj Free Music Archive Screenshot
Free Music Archive helps solve that problem because nearly all of the artists have given permission to use their songs non-commercially.   And, importantly, the music is usefully organized by genre and properly documented.
Free Music Archive is a service of WFMU, one of the great “open”  radio stations in America (another is KEXP who also contribute to this project).
With 63,000 songs, organized into 15  genres (including some specifically for video soundtracks) it is reasonable to require that students use legal music for their videos and multi-media presentations.   While licenses vary at FMI, nearly every song I surveyed had a Creative Commons license that would allow classroom use.

Tool:  Free Music Archive
Description:  Free music, mostly licensed for re-use.
License: mostly  Creative Commons
Alternatives: Audio archive at
Rating: very useful