Inter-corporate music competition

James Vasanthan's BigDeal media regularly conducts inter-corporate music competitions during the last 3 -4 years, where singers and bands from the corporate world take part. Many software companies and organizations from other sectors take part in this competition. Our band, from AdventNet, has participated 3 times in group music (band) category. I play the keyboard in our band. We got the 1st prize in the first competition and 2nd prize during subsequent competitions. The competition predominantly used to be film music (popular music). However since last year, they included additional categories for classical music and western music. We couldn't participate last year due to lack of time and preparation.

This year, the competition starts on October 13th. And we intend to participate in it. And this time, Star Vijay channel is covering the event as a reality show. For more details on this competition, refer:

If you are an aspiring singer, or if you have a band in your organization, go ahead and register in this competition. You have celebrity singers and musicians, judging and take noticing of you.

Find sounds on the web

I came across 2 sites from where you can download various sounds or drum loops. Do you want a clock ticking sound or an animal sound or a vehicle sound or a dhol beat loop or an african rhythm for use in your compositions? You can get many such sounds in these sites.

Here are 2 sites that I came across:

1. seems to be free from copyright issues. From their site:
Soundsnap is the best platform to find and share free sound effects and loops- legally. It is a collection of original sounds made or recorded by its users, and not songs or sound FX found on commercial libraries or sample CD's. It was originally started by a small group of sound people from all over the world. Our common belief is that sounds and samples should be free for everyone to use in their projects, commercial or not.
So basically if you have some unique sounds or loops, you can contribute in the above site too. I created a couple of loops in the FL Studio demo version software. I am planning to share them in the above site. By the way, the FL Studio software is awesome.

2. on the other hand searches for audio files hosted by Web sites throughout the world. So there are bound to be copyright issues. From their site:
When you perform a search using or the WebPalette feature of FindSounds Palette, you obtain links to audio files hosted by Web sites throughout the world. The sounds in these audio files may be copyrighted and their use governed by national and international copyright laws. We do not offer advice on the fair use of these files. In compliance with the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, we will remove links to copyrighted sounds from and FindSounds Palette at the request of the copyright holder. Such requests must be made in writing and identify the specific links to be removed.
Let me know if you find more such sites.

Here is another site that I came across:
3. is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Here is the license: