Taking the plunge on Jamendo.

After months of exploring Jamendo and listening to the music on offer there, I decided to take the plunge and upload some of my own music and share it with the world. In doing so, I have in a way turned into an independent artist, although I still see myself as an amateur who enjoys creating music in his spare time.

As of this writing, I have three tracks uploaded, all of them early works.

  • Space Dreams – A soothing, ambient track and one of my personal favorites. I enjoyed it so much that I played it while at work in the office where I was employed at the time. A co-worker overheard it and liked it so much that he wanted me to upload it to the server that stored the music files for everyone’s listening enjoyment.
  • Trip Hopping – A catchy, cheerful track originally created as an instrumental track for an imaginary rap group but it took on a completely new life of its own.
  • Pretty Strange – At just over 5 minutes, this is one of my longer tracks and the result of an impromptu one-man jam session. I weaved in some of the better parts to the steady rhythm, added some effects and ended up with a unique track I consider a personal favorite.

Now to wait and see how these tracks do. As of this writing, they have received 87 plays. Not bad for a start, but then again, I’m only getting started myself.

More favorite albums on Jamendo.

Here are some more enjoyable albums I found on Jamendo, in no particular order:

  • Freestyle Percussion Magik – Catchy rhythms that will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.
  • La Marche Des Lutins vs Punish Yourself – I usually don’t dance to music but I must make an exception with this mind-blowing track with an irresistible beat. Make sure you have plenty of room.
  • No Trump.et – This album has an 80’s sound to it yet manages to work in some catchy contemporary dance beats as well.
  • Bazooka – A self-titled album from a jam band of the same name. I can hardly hear the vocals but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the contributions from the rest of its very talented members.
  • Space Traveller – This single, cinematic track effectively captures the feel of drifting somewhere in deep space.
  • Sailboat Bed – I was pleasantly surprised to find a band from the United States on Jamendo. This mellow, soulful track had me listening to it again and again.
  • Living It All Wrong – One listen and you’ll see why this album received such critical acclaim. Melodic vocals, very gentle piano music with occasional orchestral accompaniment add up to a very soothing album that’s a joy to hear again and again.
  • Sleepwalker II – The Haunting – With the exception of the last track, this album has no music, instead it creates an atmosphere of horror using simple electronic sounds and scary sound effects. I got a good scare from listening to this myself, so be warned.

My favorite albums on Jamendo.

Jamendo is a music site where you can find free music from independent artists all over the world.  I’m still new there but I’ve visited it enough times to find some music I truly enjoy. Here are some of my favorite albums I’ve discovered, in no particular order.

  • Bang The Crowd! – This is the first album I downloaded. It’s a short and sweet album of instrumental music combining exotic folk instruments such as the didgeridoo,  flute and saxophone, all of them deliciously blended into a unique listening experience.
  • Spaceman’s Dream – Some of the most soothing and relaxing electronic music I have ever heard.
  • Soothing Moonbeams – Another delightful album with some very calming yet melodic music.
  • Music For Mars Missions – An ambitious synthesized undertaking with epic results.
  • Electro Space Kraut – This 9-minute track feels like flying through space and encountering shifting electronic soundscapes, all set to a catchy beat.
  • Where Its @ – My search for guitar music led me to this artist, who plays all the instruments on this album of some very fine instrumental rock with a touch of blues.
  • Diving – The depth (no pun intended) of this music is amazing. It’s only two tracks but deeply mesmerizing.

Good stuff. I can’t wait to see what I’ll find next.