Digital Music News, , , , , , — June 20, 2013 10:59 — 0 Comments

Moby relaunches his free music service for indie filmmakers

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A good egg: Moby wants you to use his music – for free

Millionaire musician gives part of his catalogue away on Moby Gratis to be used as soundtracks on low-budget films


As we reported way back in 2011, Moby, the multi-million selling DJ and musician, wants you to use his music for free on indie and low-budget film soundtracks via his website Moby Gratis.

Moby Gratis was created about five years ago, and the 47-year-old has relaunched the initiative by offering free licences for a huge chunk of his recent catalogue, assuming the music is being used for non-commercial ends.

And if you end up using Moby Gratis material on a for-profit film, the artist still won’t get paid: a long-time vegan, he is diverting all licensing fees to the Humane Society, an animal protection organisation, writes the Guardian.

More than 150 tracks are listed on Moby Gratis, from his most recent album to the B-sides from 1999′s Play.

The catalogue includes dozens of unreleased works, with titles such as Rotator and Bird Meets Dog, the Guardian has discovered.

“There’s quiet music, and loud music, and fast music, and slow music,” Moby said in a video, “so my hope is that somewhere [on the site] you will find the music you’re looking for, for your indie film, or your non-profit film, or your student film.”

Moby was a pioneer in placing his music in other forms of media. His 1999 album Play sold 12m copies after every track from it was licensed for use in movies, TV and advertisements.

Play followed the critical and commercial flop Animal Rights, and initially struggled for both airplay and sales, says the Guardian.

Once Moby’s licensing campaign began, however, he was able to bypass traditional promo routes and establish a template that is still emulated – and envied by many struggling musicians.

So, next time you need a piece of original music for your film or video, check out Moby’s website.

• Source doc: the Guardian

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