Over the years, we’ve published a number of posts about various forms of free music available online. Our favorite are two make-your-own-digital-music synthesizers: Andre Michelle’s ToneMatrix and Pulsate.  When you click a spot with within the grid with your mouse, it creates both a sound and a visual pattern. Gradually, you’ll find yourself improvising repetitive riffs that are great to work to. They are addicting.

Perhaps the most popular of the free music compendiums we’ve found is Pates Tapes, hours of cool mixed tapes to stream. They are the masterwork of Charles Pates, who since 1977, has been creating mixes from his remarkable collection of vinyl records. You can choose a tape to suit your mood or what ever’s going on, from Global Mixes, to Blues.

We also love Brooklyn-based designer Adam Parks‘ The Illuminated Mixtapes, a wonderfully designed site of musical grooves to chose according to your mood or activity.

And that’s not all. Check these out:

sagan’s mixtape of the human experience – for aliens
weekend music and games: national jukebox + monopoly revised
kraftwerk mixtape + their new music generating app
bbc’s astonishing world music archive 

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