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Here are some links to sites that I have found useful, informative, helpful, or just plain cool. It is not exhaustive, and I will try to update it from time to time. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I do not own or operate any of these websites, and cannot attest to their accuracy, readability, or any other quality. Any issues with these sites need to be taken up with their respective owners. If you find a broken link, though, please let me know at visceral_audio [at] yahoo [dot] com. Thanks!

Audacity: Audacity is a free/open source audio editor and recorder. For cleaning up samples or doing after-effects on a finished mix, Audacity is a great choice.

Buzzmachines: Buzzmachines is the home of Buzz, a modular synth/sequencer with a tracker interface. Despite some bugs and stability issues, Buzz is a very powerful music-making tool. Be warned, though, it can be rather complex.

ccMixter: ccMixter is a site set up for Creative Commons licensed music. Download, share, sample, remix, all legally.

Creative Commons: Creative Commons is an organization devoted to the open sharing of artworks, whether musical, visual, literary, or what have you. They have a variety of licenses set up for people with different needs.

Freesound: The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. No songs, but a great many samples to be had.

Free Software Foundation: The Free Software Foundation is the parent organization of GNU, and are the pioneers of the free/open source movement that has led to other organizations such as Creative Commons.

GIMP: The GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free/open source alternative to proprietary solutions like PhotoShop. All of my website art has been made or modified with the GIMP.

GNU: The GNU project is the grandaddy of all truly free/open source sofware. The GNU project encompasses an operating system, system utilities, network tools, and many other programs such as the GIMP.

KVR Audio: KVR is the home of a great many tutorials for musicians, and also has one of the largest database listings of free and commercial VST plugins on the web.

Psycledelics: This is the primary online location for Psycle and its community. Psycle is a modular tracker similar to Buzz.

Psycle Wiki: Surprisingly, this is the wiki for all things Psycle, including offshoots such as QPsycle.

Ravenspiral Guide: An easy-to-read introduction to music theory in PDF format. It is a work in progress, though, so it may be incomplete. As far as I know it is still in development, so you may want to periodically check for updates.

Renoise: Renoise is a new generation of tracker. It has a relatively simple interface, and can be quite powerful.

SoOn: SoOn is a netlabel and online community, and is also the host of this website.

Traverso: Traverso is a free/open source DAW and multitrack recorder/editor.

Trax in Space: Trax in Space is another online community of musicians. You can check out my TiS profile here.

Un4seen: Un4seen Developments are the makers of, among other things, XMPlay. XMPlay is a very versatile audio player, with some of the best playback for a variety of module formats (IT, XM, FT2, etc. etc.).

WikiRecording: WikiRecording is a free online guide to audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering.

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