You gotta love that little, balding music nerd. Moby has just opened up a site that lets anyone sign up and license his music. Well not anyone but particularly film music for “independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.” The word “licensing” immediately fills my head with anxiety about a long, drawn-out, expensive experience. But not ‘ol Moby. He is making his music free to anyone who doesn’t profit from their film or video project. If you are doing a commercial venture then you can apply for an “easy license” with any money that’s generated being given to the Humane Society. Not a bad deal for top notch accompanying film music.
Currently there are 3 pages of songs to choose from. While a lot of the songs are unreleased experiments. There are a few from some of his albums including all of the songs on his album Hotel – Ambient. I wish he had God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters on there. That is a beautiful score that would be interesting to release as a Garageband mix for budding composers to see how the song was layered and put together. Expect to see more artists opening up their work to the remix/mashup communities as it benefits everyone by advancing our culture.