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Welcome to the Danger Collie Music collection.  This was originally started to make available a collection of music that was legal to download and share on P2P file networks.  It has grown significantly beyond those early days. Music here is offered under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licenses. Consult the FAQ and download text for specific restrictions. These songs may not win any awards, but they are legal and you can't complain about the price. I'll add to these as they're created and I do take requests. And constructive criticism is appreciated if you have suggestions. Please note that some songs may be released under more than one license as indicated on the web site and the individual ID3 tags.

 
This is a cinematic action sequence for the same film as the previous piece.  As before the movie producer was okay with distribution here, but you must get written permission to use this piece  in another production.  

Action Sequence sample
(Cinematic)
 



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These songs are made available in OGG, MP3 formats. A link to this page and the license information is embedded in the ID3 frames. I've also added this inventory to gnomoradio.org and the Creative Commons content directory .

The LOC (www.loc.gov) is clearing the copyright forms a little faster these days and I now have Form SR's back from almost all the songs on the web site.

Song Title

Description

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Samba and Salsa

Tribal Reggae - Sample

Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter
Vocals: Chris Poindexter

This is one of those songs that is hard to fit in a mold.  Kind of tribal, sort of reggae, kind of salsa...kinda strange but I like it. 

*** Please note this license requires written permission for commercial use. Try the online request. ***

OGG

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Cinematic Music

Movie Sequence
Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter
This is a sequence I wrote for a comedy short.  It's a cute backgrounder with enough variation between four sections that it can be reused.  Movie producer was okay with distribution here, but you must get written permission to use this piece  in another production.  

Movie Sequence
(Cinematic)
MP3

OGG

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This music free to share under a Creative Commons Music Sharing License.
Slow Walk - Sample
Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter

I was getting really tired of the Kill Bill bad guy song and associated knock-offs. Great song, not downing it at all, it's just everywhere. I needed something with the same pace for a scene introducing three really dangerous characters with a similar slow motion walking sequence, but needed to have darker and more ominous overtones. When these three walk into a scene flowers wilt, the sun goes dark, and the living instinctively repulse in terror. Reverse cymbal echoes a threatening hiss, bass rumble hints at distant thunder.

*** Please note this license requires written permission for commercial use. Try the online request. ***

Slow Walk is already has license requests for two small projects so it must've come out pretty good. It got a 5 out of 5 rating from all of my beta testers and everyone said not to change anything. Usually a good sign.

OGG

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Creative Commons License
This music free to share under a Creative Commons Music Sharing License.

Kung Fu Muz - Sample
Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter

Wasn't sure what to call the genre and it was written to be the music for a marital arts type music video called Angel and the Fat Man which was supposed to end up being part of a longer movie. Production would have started this week, Friday as a matter of fact. After working out the script, story board, shot record, costuming, location and scheduling travel for the crew from California it came to light my female lead was diagnosed with a permanently disabling disease that will keep her from taking part in production. Very, very sad to see someone with so much talent struck down so painfully.

*** Please note this license requires written permission for commercial use. Try the online request. ***

It's always possible we'll be able to consider production at a later date but replacing the talent is going to be hard. All I have to find is a female lead near model-quality good looking, in shape with some martial arts background willing to put in six weeks training and learning the choreography of the fight scenes in stuffy Kempo armor and risk serious injury for a week and half shooting the fight scenes with stage fighting swords and willing to commit to doing it all over for the rest of the movie. All for no pay and only appearance credit (but you get to keep the really hot costume...sorry it gets cut in a couple places during production). Yeah, they'll be lining up down the street for that gig. Better put up some barricades for crowd control. No pushing.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

New Disco

Disco's Alive! - sample
Vocal/Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter

Disco will never die, and this song has been surprisingly popular among the age group that one would guess your parents met in a disco. Get out your best nylon shirt, open to the waist of course, and your stacks and let's boogie. lol.

I can't believe we ever used the word "boogie" in conversation and didn't sound like total retards.

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Blues and Easy Listening

Walk Down Beale Street - sample
69 BPM, 4/4 time
Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter

Cool Memphis walking jazz/blues/gospel mix inspired by my rare trips downtown.

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license

Object Oriented Blues - sample
83 BPM, 4/4 time
Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter

If you've ever tried to learn VB's implementation of object orientation, then you can relate to being low down.

This is just an easy listening slow blues groove that I use a lot for background in local scenes.

OGG

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license

Summer Acoustical Groove - sample
127 BPM, 4/4 time
Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter

Just a light summer time acoustical mix with an upbeat bass line. For some reason this song really sticks in my head. A light, breezy summer acoustical that I use a lot for real estate videos.

Someone has been deep linking to the SHN version of this song and I'm sorry to have to cut that off without sending you notice but you didn't contact me and I have no way to get ahold of whoever is doing it. Apologies for the abrupt change but if you Email me about deep linking I can let you know if things are going to change on the server.

This was recently replaced with the live version that, due to contractural obligations, is no longer licensed for commercial use. If you have the older version that was then you're okay.

OGG

MP3

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Lost Baby Funk - sample
83 BPM, 4/4 time
Instrumental
Composer:Chris Poindexter

It's supposed to be one of those sad my-baby-left-me type songs. Until right at the end where she starts singing something like “...maybe they'll find the body in the woods, maybe not. He kept telling me I didn't have the guts to pull the trigger. Asshole right to the end...leave me for a younger woman, will ya...Oh, my baby left me da-da-da-daaaaa...�Due to difficulty getting the vocals right I'm going to release this an instrumental. Maybe after I get the autotuner...

OGG

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Boogie and Rock

Bring Back Route 66 Boogie - sample
110 BPM, 4/4 time
Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter

A pretty standard three chord rock/boogie. My longing for the days of road trips down Route 66. The world may not have been a better place back then but it certainly was less mean-spirited.

This made a great background track for a robot mower how to video.

OGG

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Meltdown -
Rock Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter
An 80's big metal rock song. Great for introducing a really bad-ass character, like a vampire biker. Drums pound, base booms, guitars blare, neighbors complain. It's only 40 seconds long but it's a great 40 seconds.

MP3

license

Never Gonna Be (the girl you want) - sample
153 BPM 4/4 time
Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter

The words go "I'm nev-a gonna be the girl you want, no-no-no..." Has kind of a British rock thing going on. I originally wrote this envisioning a Cyndi Lauper type singer but all my friends think someone with a rock-ballad type voice like Pat Benatar would be better. Soon as my vocalist is ready to take on a rock song I'll put up a vocal version. Any other vocal volunteers want to step up? Come on, I dare you. I double dog dare you. In fact, I triple dog...oh, you get the idea.

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Techno and Electronica

Strange - sample
Techno/Dance
Composer: Chris Poindexter

This is another song we wrote for our private club.  This one kicks.  Universally popular with the friends who come to visit. 

*** Please note this license requires written permission for commercial use and may not be sampled. Try the online request. ***

I know some things....

OGG

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This music free to share under a Creative Commons Music Sharing License.

Code 3 - sample
Techno/Dance
Composer: Chris Poindexter

A thumping beat, sirens wail, air horns blare, helicopters circle. If it was a little longer it would be a great song for a spin or aerobics class.

*** Please note this license requires written permission for commercial use and may not be sampled. Try the online request. ***

Code 3 will definitely get your heart rate going.

I know it's kind of 80's but this is the kind of music us old timers used to really enjoy.

And stay off my lawn! :)

OGG

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Sweat - sample

Techno/Dance

Composer: Chris Poindexter

We're turning our huge garage into a personal private dance club and I needed to write some dance-friendly music.  Since the garage is too big to air condition, this seemed like a good name for a dance song, because we're going to do plenty of sweating.  Wonder if that means we'll have to change the name in the winter to Chill? 
 
*** Please note this license requires written permission for commercial use and may not be sampled.  ***
 
These days going out to a dance club just isn't much fun.  Police and roadblocks to deal with, too many people with bad attitudes inside, some places even have airport style security in an attempt to keep the patrons from shooting one another.  Forget that.  We decided to build our own.  We can drink as much as we want and not have to navigate anything more difficult than a flight of stairs.  Dress is, of course, casual.  

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Creative Commons License
This music free to share under a Creative Commons Music Sharing License.

Time Lord - sample
Techno/Industrial
with vocals
Composer: Chris Poindexter
My tribute to the old Dr. Who British sci-fi series. I miss that show and the cheesy special effects, humanoid aliens and terrestrial sets. It was a great series. Always wondered where they got the idea for a space ship inside a phone booth. Brilliant.

This song is 100% original but with a distant hint of the old series in the pad selection. I only wish I could find someone at the BBC who could get me rights to use dialog from the old series. That would be totally cool. Or, better yet, they could release their own version of this song. I'll be happy to send them a non-vocal copy, derivatives are allowed by the license.

OGG

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license

Industrial Revolution - sample
Techno/Industrial/Rave
Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter
Sometimes you feel like industrial and sometimes you don't. This song is for the times you do. IR has gotten very good reviews from my friends who like techno/rave type music. One DJ friend has already tried it out where he works with positive feedback. OGG

MP3

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Asia Echo - sample
Techno/Dance
Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter
Techno dance song with vaguely asian overtones. Strange that this song would be so popular among my loyal band of beta testers but hasn't done much here. Actually thinking about shooting a music video for this one.

OGG

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80's Electric Nightmare - sample
Rock Electronica
Composer: Chris Poindexter
Doesn't this remind you of every bad 70's and 80's concert you ever raised an unchild-proofed Bic? If you were old enough to go to concerts back in those days.

OGG

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license

Big, Bad Hog - sample
109 BPM, 4/4 time
Instrumental
Composer: Chris Poindexter
Inspired by big, bad motorcycles. I tried to capture the contrast between the throaty rumble you can feel in your chest and the glassy smooth ride down the highway. Sub-woofer suggested for maximum effect.

OGG

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Surreal Afternoon- sample
New Age
Composer: Chris Poindexter

You could also call this rainy afternoon music because that's what it really is. We had a long weekend and it rained every day. Good time to work on music!

I used it for part of a documentary background but it hasn't shown much popularity here.

OGG

MP3

license

License and Music FAQ

Is this legal?
Are you the copyright owner?
Can I share these songs on Kazaa, Gneutella, etc.?
Can I use these songs in commercial works?
Does that mean if I use your song in a film it becomes public domain, too?
Can I add to these songs?
Can I redistribute your songs for money?
Do I have to tell you what I'm doing with your music?

Can I change a couple notes and claim the work as my own?
What's stopping someone from deep linking right to the files on your server?
What can I do to fight RIAA and the record companies behind them?
Are there other people doing this?
Want to swap links?
Site User Questions - I'm posting some of the Email questions that come in from site users...anonymously, so don't worry I'm not going to post it with your name.

It's legal because I am the lawful copyright owner of this music and I am giving you permission to download, copy, and redistribute my musical works and providing guidelines for their use. The MP3 format is the property of the Thompson company. If you're going to distribute MP3's commercially, you may need a license from them. This license only applies to the music, not the distribution medium.

Are you the copyright owner?

Yes, and I've filed Form SR's on all the music you find here. The intent is to make sure these songs remain available. The copyright claim helps me enforce the licensing terms in case anyone else tries to lock up my material. It's not necessary for me to take that step, merely extra insurance in case there's ever a dispute. The LOC moves slowly but the SR's keep trickling in a few at a time. Most are licensed as part of a collection, with the more pIt can take up to a year for them to make it to the web site but Samba Woho is there if you search by title.

Can I share these songs on Kazaa, Gneutella, etc.?

Yes, provided you don't alter the attribution data in the file itself.

Can I use these songs in commercial works?

If the license authorizes commercial use, yes. Movies, video, TV, radio CDROM, DVD or any other media. There are no public performance royalties assigned to these songs and no payment required to use them. Proper attribution is required by terms of the license. But, honestly, if you're using one of them as background on a 30 second radio spot I'm not expecting announcer boy to cut in with a music by-line. Attribution should be appropriate to the medium. Station logs, end credits, CD jacket like you would for any other song.

If the license says you need permission for commercial use, then contact me before putting it in a work that you want to sell. Those songs we'll have an agreement in writing but that's not as scarey as it sounds. I have a boilerplate for just about every use you can imagine.

The commercial use songs still allow downloading for personal use and non-commercial distribution.

Does that mean if I use your song in a CD or film it becomes public domain, too?

No. The intent is that the viral nature of the license only applies to the song itself, not anything it might be used in. Perish the thought that I would try to stop you from sending your lawyers after some poor soul copying your movie, but the song must remain in the public domain. For instance, if you had your sound people brush up one of the wav files and added some vocals for your movie, the derivative song becomes public domain not the movie. You can still send the MPAA after someone copying your movie, but you can't send RIAA after someone trading your version of that song. If the song is part of a music CD the intent of the license is that only the song remains public domain, not the entire CD. So, yes, if you were a totally greedy butthole jackass you could send RIAA out to sue some poor college student trading the other songs on your CD (assuming you're the copyright holder) but not these.

Can I add to these songs?

Again, if the license allows deriv works, then yes. In fact, I'm hoping someone comes up with a vocal track for Bring Back Route 66 Boogie. Be aware that the ShareAlike license terms are viral and that is the intent. Whatever derivative work you create must remain in the public domain, similar to the software GPL/GNU licenses.

Can I redistribute your songs for money or on ad supported web sites?

If the license allows non-commercial use, then yes. If the license says you need permission for commercial use, then you have to ask first.

Do I have to tell you what I'm doing with your music?

Not unless you want to. I'd be interested to find out if you have a minute. Obviously for commercial use music I'll need to know.

Can I change a couple notes and claim the work as my own?

No. The standard for determination of a derivative is generally “recasting, transforming, or adapting�, not a tweak here or there. In either event the ShareAlike provision is intended to keep the derivative work in the public domain. Why you'd want to try and claim someone else's free music is beyond me anyway. Get a mixer and have at it yourself.

In some cases it'll be okay, but do me the courtesy of asking first. If someone is redistributing my songs for money and burning my bandwidth, we're going to have a problem. When I run across that behavior in the log files I'll block the offending IP. There's also the chance that I'll move and change the name of some files. If you let me know you're deep linking I can inform you if the location is going to change. Otherwise a giant sucking sound will be your first clue.

What can I do to fight RIAA and the record companies behind them?

First off not all record companies are evil and don't take anything I've said as an endorsement of copyright infringement. But if you are trading legal music you shouldn't have to live in fear of getting a subpoena. Greed has gotten out of hand in this country and you are paying the price. The best way to hit back is to hit them where they'll feel it the most: In their pocketbook. Some tips:

Boycott. Take one month and don't buy a CD from any record label on this list. As a group of consumers you have power beyond what you can possibly imagine if you operate in an organized fashion. One month. 30 days. Try it.

Write your own music. You might surprise yourself. Get a copy of Adobe Audition or Acid, a couple loop CD's and have at it. Make sure the loop CD's you get allow commercial use of derivative works, not all of them do. Loopology and Acid Loops do, but read the license before buying. Many, many sources of loops for making music out there. Hundreds. You might actually like the music in your own head better. Putting up a couple of your own songs up for download adds to the volume of free and legal music.

Buy used CD's. Hey, it's just a month. You can go without Brit-Chris-Jason-Whoever for 30 days. Besides, you'll be amazed at the treasures in the bargain bin.

Support Companies Treating You Like Human Beings

Buy music from independent groups selling music online. Throw a few bucks at some independent labels selling music and CD's on the Internet. If you like blues check out Icehouse Records and Blind Pig Records. Sending money to groups not aligned with major labels will make a huge difference.

There are some companies offering non-DRM downloads for a fee that's just a little more than you'd pay for DRM'd vendor specific downloads. They have a great selection and a really slick site for downloads. I encourage you to take some of the money you would have spent on other music and toss it their way:

Bleep.com
WarpRecords.com

If you know of any others, please pass them along and I'll add them to this section. I working on finding out just how much of the download fee goes to the artist on these sites, but you can bet it's more than they're getting from the big labels.

If you must buy music at a store, buy RIAA free music. Please be patient with this site as it's routinely under a heavy load. And guaranteed dolphin safe!

According to recent news articles price cuts are underway to try to win you back. My suggestion would be not to sell out so cheap. Keep in mind this is an industry that's been boning the American public for years. One moment of doing the right thing shouldn't let them off the hook. Will it work? I hope not, unfortunately most people are pretty short-sighted.

Write your Congressman. I know it sounds trite but it really can make a difference if enough people do it. That comes from knowing a couple real Congressional staffers and a lobbyist who will back that up. Money talks on the Hill, but they'll be talking quietly, making sure no one else is listening if the member is getting a ton of mail from constituents. And, this may come as a surprise to outsiders, but most in Congress have a genuine desire to do right by their constituents. However, when winging away on a private company jet to a corporate fund raiser, lobbyists have a great opportunity to tell them their side of the story and how their position is really in YOUR interest. That's bullshit, of course, but unless you send your Congressman a short, polite and reasoned fax or letter, then one of the staff or interns won't have to take time to craft a reply. If enough of the staff are writing responses to those type letters, it will make a difference. One page, use bullet points, the staff will love you. Believe it or not your representatives like hearing from constituents.

Vote. I know, I know but think about it. There are 62 million people utilizing P2P networks in the US. If just half of them voted against the incumbent we could throw the bums out. True the next batch might not be any better, but they would be smarter. And the record lobby would have to start all over buying influence and hustling people around in corporate jets, which gets expensive. Just walk in and whichever candidate is marked incumbent, vote for the other guy.

Are there other people doing this?

Heck, yeah. Lots of them. Like Michael David Crawford. And lots of other artists using the Internet and P2P file sharing to actually get paid for their music, quite a different experience than those working with big labels. Maybe think about getting away from the mini-Barbie look alikes and unimaginative tripe the big labels are promoting these days. There are some amazing people out there producing high quality music and it's all within your reach. The tools for a home recording studio are within the budget of most people. Microphones like Cascade produce excellent quality for a fraction of the price you'd pay for big name mics. Add a mic stand, a mixer, a couple hundred bucks worth of acoustical tile and a digital capture card for your PC and, who knows, you might be the next Sun Records. Doesn't cost much to find out. Either way you'll be taking a shot at an industry that is a hold over from a bygone era. Big labels and big content distributors, like Clear Channel, are dinosaurs in the modern communication industry. Their time is past, the future is your time.

Want to swap links?

Absolutely. Just put "reciprocal link" in the subject line.

Site User Questions

Is your logo a real dog? Is it a Border Collie?

Yup, she's a real dog. Ms. Cleo is a tri-color rough collie. Same breed as Lassie just a different color. Most people don't know that collies come in two flavors: The blonde Lassie type and the black/white/brown mix. Ms. Cleo was abandoned in the neighborhood we used to live in. She lived under a neighbor's tree for four days, the local kids would feed her some of their lunch. The homeowner was going to call the pound so we took her in. With her ratty hair cut we also thought she was a border collie at first, but the vet informed us she appeared to be pure collie. I can't imagine why anyone would abandon such a beautiful and well-mannered dog. We put up Dog Found posters and watched the papers but no one ever came looking for her. The Danger Collie brand and logo idea came from the fact that Ms. Cleo is one of the most fearless dogs I've ever owned. She's not afraid of anyone or anything. Fortunately she's got a bigger and tougher big sister dog backing her up because I honestly don't think she's as tough as she thinks she is, but try to tell her that. In her mind she's the Alpha Female anywhere she goes.

I thought it was illegal to download music off the internet.

That just gives me a twitch. If that was the case iTunes would be illegal. Distributing someone else's material without permission is copyright infringement. This is MY material and this is how I choose to distribute it and the license terms are linked right on the web page and in the ID3 tags. These songs fall into two categories: Commercial use okay and commercial use needs permission. In either case it's okay to download them for personal use and it's okay to share them in a non-commercial context. The songs requiring permission for commercial use or resale are clearly marked. What could get you in trouble? Violate the license terms: Try to claim my music as your original composition, try to break my songs down into loops and resell the loops (big trouble), try to resell or redistribute my music under a different license. The safe route is if the intended use is a commercial application, including use in a video or movie that you might want to sell, just ask. I've only turned down one request for a commercial license to date and that was because the song was reserved for another customer. Commercial releases are done in writing and I have a boilerplate for almost every use you can imagine.

What if you decide to change the license?

I can do that. I can even redistribute it under more than one license. To keep in simple I usually don't, but nothing stops me, the copyright holder, from doing so. Okay, so suppose I sold a song to someone and they said I had to pull it off the web site as part of the deal. I can say okay to that. But you downloaded a copy under the old license before I pulled it! You're okay. If you have a copy of the song released under the old license, you're okay as long as you abide by the license terms. It really blows that things have to be this complicated. Greed is corrupting so many nice things these days, it's really a shame.

 


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Last Updated:09/4/06