A 12 pack of great action sports soundtracks for Olympians, GoPro heroes or mere mortals

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Articles, illustrated music, staff picks | 0 comments

We’ve been enjoying the Olympics in the last few days and really loving the sweeping vistas of Sochi. That got us monks to thinking, well, maybe we should feature some of our favorite recent additions to the library that can really do well for the slow-motion replays or action shots filmed from a GoPro helmet cam. Here’s a dozen tracks that we really like and think will bring emotion to your video.

  1. Babylon
  2. Babylon-Kristjan Bild
    Artist/Composer: Kristjan Bild
    Epic, catchy fast and dubstep influenced great for action scenes and games. lots of action and deep bass lines, groundbreaking beats with powerful layered lead synth melodies and ambient break.

    KEYWORDS:snow boarding, action, extreme sports, sports themes, music for sports video, adventure, fast, High speed, uptempo, bombastic, action games, action scene, fighting, skrillex, kid zero, Babylon, dubstep, high energy, apocalypse, future, intense

    Price: $34.95
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  3. The Spartan Warrior
  4. The Spartan Warrior
    Artist/Composer: Adi Goldstein
    The Spartan Warrior is a big and heroic theme that is ideal to fit for any epic war scene with spartan warrior !

    KEYWORDS:ads, adventure, armageddon, battle, big, branding, broadcast, cinema, classic, concert, corporate, epic, film, huge, intro, opener, orchestral, outro, podcast, power, scoring, soundtrack, spartan, strong, teaser, tension, timpani, trailer, war

    Price: $34.95
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  5. Alarm Clock Orchestra
  6. Alarm Clock Orchestra
    Composer: Robert Hann
    Anthemic reenactment of a clock's internal workings. Full orchestral.

    KEYWORDS:orchestra, violin, string, harp, mid-tempo, classical, romantic, John Williams, clock, time, watch, wristwatch, alarm, hourglass, metronome, pendulum, tick, tock, ticker, timer, sunrise, morning, farm, dawn, fresh, march, rooster, rise, wake, sleep, music

    Price: $34.95
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  7. Chloe Ballet
  8. Chloe Ballet
    Artist/Composer: Jean Paul Zoghbi
    A warm, happy, epic cinematic theme with full orchestra. Comforting, playful, whimsical, magical. Very melodic & uplifting, in the style of shows like Desperate Housewives. Perfectly suited for family or children movies, fantasy, comedy, casual games, commercial ads, kids TV, holiday and Christmas.

    KEYWORDS:navidad fun cheek funny wholesome mischievous joyful playtime daytime tv magic fantastic wonder child playing kindergarden rudolf santa Claus xmas snow winter

    Price: $34.95
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  9. Sky Mountain Top
  10. Sky Mountain Top
    Artist/Composer: Jean Paul Zoghbi
    Optimistic, uplifting, motivational track performed by full orchestra. A sense of success, goal accomplished, victory, facing new challenges. Heroic, patriotic, majestic. Will suit very well Olympic sports, motivation videos, adventure movies. Also good for adventure, children and teens content.

    KEYWORDS:stately pride proud regal historic American flag honor glory free marching Patriotism patriot history usa president ceremony symphonic grand war soldiers brave

    Price: $34.95
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  11. Shagtastic
  12. Shagtastic
    Artist/Composer: Robert Wayne Johnson
    Groovy neo-60s psychedelic garage rock featuring Vox organ. Very Shagadelic baby! Perfect music for adding a cool retro vibe to your production!

    KEYWORDS:happy, upbeat, alive, retro, nostalgic, psychaedelic, shaggalicious, shagadelic, groovy, baby, 1960's, vox organ

    Price: $34.95
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  13. Kick It
  14. Kick It
    Composer: Robert Wayne Johnson
    Rough, raw and ready rock track with a fun and energetic vibe. Sounds like The White Stripes jamming with The James Gang. Powerful, fiery, hard-driving music perfect for sports news, chases, frat parties, fast cars, smokey bars, grunge and gritty urban themes.

    Price: $34.95
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  15. Another Hero
  16. Another Hero
    Composer: Proofsound
    Royal regal battle orchestral and choir music. Evokes Nordic Viking or a Tolkien-esque world. Music for film. Big cinematic dark and dramatic.
    Price: $34.95
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  17. Anyone At All
  18. Anyone At All
    Composer: Robert Hann
    Uptempo rock song for young lovers.

    KEYWORDS:upbeat, rock, triumph, champion, proud, heroic, band, success, strong, undefeated, conquest, complete, victory, defeat, hero, Blink, elope, lover, love, romance, heart, fierce, music

    Price: $34.95
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  19. Base Station
  20. Base Station
    Composer: Matthew Puckett

    Price: $34.95
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  21. Bondiana – Action Adventure
  22. Bondiana - Action Adventure
    A theme similar to James Bond 007. Spy Caper with urgent bass lines and mysterious pompous orchestral elements. Big brass stabs and lush string section etc. Perfect action chase cue etc.
    Price: $34.95
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  23. Cause and Effect
  24. Cause and Effect
    Fast sweeping techno with choir strings and synth.
    Price: $34.95
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Editor’s Picks for Spooky Royalty Free Background Music

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Articles, Royalty Free Music, staff picks | 0 comments

Top Music Picks for Scary Royalty Free Music

So with Halloween coming up, we were in a spooky mood.  Here’s a few of our favorites from our collection.  These should be useful for your horror film moment or even in a Powerpoint that scares the pants off your boss.

Last Passenger (with orchestra)
Composer: Robert Charles Mann
Mysterious and scary this underscore would suit a sci-fi theme or car crash or even a psychological thriller. A drone mix of synthesizer strings and kettledrum with cymbals.
Price: $34.95
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Suspect in Pieces
Composer: Matthew Puckett
Where were you on the night of the 19th? Oh yeah? She says you came in at 4:30 am with blood on your shirt shaking and stinking of gin.
Spooky spiky piano and synthes.
Price: $34.95
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Run From Monsters
Composer: Andrew Ingkavet
In those immortal words of Monty Python and the Holy Grail "Run away run away!" Orchestral with electronic sound effects.
Price: $34.95
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Nightmare 1
Composer: Andrew Ingkavet
Creeping tension hangs in the air. Orchestral.
Price: $34.95
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Nightmare 3
Composer: Andrew Ingkavet
Zombies arise out of the muck and gather for a danse macabre! Orchestral.
Price: $34.95
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Seed Of Evil
Composer: Robert Wayne Johnson
Composer: Robert Wayne Johnson
Creepy piano, bells and organ that build to an intense climax. Very scary! Tension-building, crime in progress, CSI evidence lab, Lie to Me, high tech discoveries, and introductions for new products and presentations.

KEYWORDS:Film Cue, Underscore Drama, Suspense, SciFi, Horror, Scary, Danger
Price: $34.95
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Blood
Composer/Producer: Brad Halverson
This piece starts out with an eerie Bassoon feature (think John Powells Bourne Identity opening credits) building into an ominous and evil brass and string melody similar to scores of Bernard Hermann. This piece is perfect for suspenseful thrillers horror pieces or trailers.
Price: $34.95
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Branes
Composer: Lucas Lechowski

Medium tempo, scary strings

KEYWORDS:Orchestral, Strings, Ambient, Scary, Soundtrack

Price: $34.95
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Eyes Wide Open_1
Artist/Composer: John Herberman
Solo piano. Very minimalist. High piano stabs of tension with lots of spaces. Increasing tension and pace as the cue progresses. Highly editable. Three versions; version 2 is much slower paced, and version 2 is shorter and more dramatic, suitable for a transition or bumper. Good for drama, intrigue, mystery, TV, feature film, suspense, horror

KEYWORDS:piano, drama, intrigue, horror, suspense, mystery, minimal

Price: $34.95
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Eyes Wide Open_2
Artist/Composer: John Herberman
Solo piano. Very minimalist. High piano stabs of tension with lots of spaces. Increasing tension and pace as the cue progresses. Highly editable. Three versions; version 2 is much slower paced, and version 2 is shorter and more dramatic, suitable for a transition or bumper. Good for drama, intrigue, mystery, TV, feature film, suspense, horror

KEYWORDS:piano, drama, intrigue, horror, suspense, mystery, minimal

Price: $34.95
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Eyes Wide Open_3
Artist/Composer: John Herberman
Solo piano. Very minimalist. High piano stabs of tension with lots of spaces. Increasing tension and pace as the cue progresses. Highly editable. Three versions; version 2 is much slower paced, and version 2 is shorter and more dramatic, suitable for a transition or bumper. Good for drama, intrigue, mystery, TV, feature film, suspense, horror

KEYWORDS:piano, drama, intrigue, horror, suspense, mystery, minimal

Price: $34.95
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Bottled Atmosphere
Composer: Robert Hann
Experimental noises and ambient textures. Unsettling loops of unique organic sounds.

KEYWORDS:weird, strange, different, experimental, wacky, sonic, sound, soundscape, bottle, blow, wind, effect, design, minimal, minimalism, John Cage, background, unusual, spooky, scary, insane, creepy, horror, bizarre, crazy, lunatic, mad, maniacal, mental, schizophrenic, unsettling, tense, thriller, chills

Price: $34.95
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Breakout Song
Composer: Andrew Ingkavet
Dark brooding moody. Orchestral brass swells over a jerky marcato cello line and a spooky repetitive piano.
Price: $34.95
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Awe
Composer: Jonathan Atkinson
Dark spooky synth/string pads
Price: $34.95
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Bell Tower
Composer: Jonathan Geer

A dark and moody orchestral track. Strings, brass, tubular bells and percussion.

KEYWORDS:dark, moody, orchestra, strings, brass, bells, percussion, snare, timpani, full, big, dramatic, adventure, fantasy, tense, tubular

Price: $34.95
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The Crane (no percussion)
Composer: Robert Charles Mann
Suspenseful dramatic orchestral theme that builds with timpani emulating a heartbeat and then releases us to a safe ending. Available edit without drums great for applying throughout your production.
Price: $34.95
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The Crane (with percussion)
Composer: Robert Charles Mann
Suspenseful dramatic orchestral theme that builds with timpani emulating a heartbeat and then releases us to a safe ending. Available edit without drums great for applying throughout your production.
Price: $34.95
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the DJ vs the Vampire
Composer: Sean McNally
Fun, Drum&Bass inspired battle between the DJ and the Un-Dead. Perfect for Halloween commercials or short film.

KEYWORDS:Halloween, Vampire, Haunted house, fun, funny, futuristic, haunting, high tech, scary, lively, mechanical, disturbing, dramatic, strange, suspense, eerie, ominous, festive, playful, wave, drum computer, bass, Drum and Bass, Fast, humorous, fast tempo,video,holiday,party,film,movie,monster,dracula,website,advertising,on hold,scream,costume

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Ghosts_The Bedroom
Artist/Composer: John Herberman
Classic, almost stereotypical horror. This light package contains 2 versions of a theme, and 2 related tracks. Using a combination of eerie synth pads and SFX, and piano with orchestral textures, these tracks can be used on their own or as a suite. They are fragmented and therefore easily editable, and contain many different moods. Good for horror, teen horror, thriller.

KEYWORDS:horror, thriller, tension, foreboding, eerie, scary, piano, weird, synth

Price: $34.95
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Ghosts_The Kitchen
Artist/Composer: John Herberman
Classic, almost stereotypical horror. This light package contains 2 versions of a theme, and 2 related tracks. Using a combination of eerie synth pads and SFX, and piano with orchestral textures, these tracks can be used on their own or as a suite. They are fragmented and therefore easily editable, and contain many different moods. Good for horror, teen horror, thriller.

KEYWORDS:horror, thriller, tension, foreboding, eerie, scary, piano, weird, synth

Price: $34.95
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Ghosts_Theme 1
Artist/Composer: John Herberman
Classic, almost stereotypical horror. This light package contains 2 versions of a theme, and 2 related tracks. Using a combination of eerie synth pads and SFX, and piano with orchestral textures, these tracks can be used on their own or as a suite. They are fragmented and therefore easily editable, and contain many different moods. Good for horror, teen horror, thriller.

KEYWORDS:horror, thriller, tension, foreboding, eerie, scary, piano, weird, synth

Price: $34.95
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Ghosts_Theme 2
Artist/Composer: John Herberman
Classic, almost stereotypical horror. This light package contains 2 versions of a theme, and 2 related tracks. Using a combination of eerie synth pads and SFX, and piano with orchestral textures, these tracks can be used on their own or as a suite. They are fragmented and therefore easily editable, and contain many different moods. Good for horror, teen horror, thriller.

KEYWORDS:horror, thriller, tension, foreboding, eerie, scary, piano, weird, synth

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The Stalker
Artist/Composer: John Herberman
This dynamic track starts with unsettling intrigue and suspense, and develops into a flight-for-life. A broad orchestral theme tugs at the heart as the prey is mercilessly pursued. A sustained chord at the end leaves this track unresolved. Good for suspense, drama, thriller, horror

KEYWORDS:intrigue, suspense, flight, prey, unresolved, unsettled, orchestral, stalker

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Nightroad_1
Artist/Composer: John Herberman
Solo piano. Minimalist repeating figures with some thematic development. Some tension in this introspective piece. Would carry a scene with no dialogue, but there are lots of spaces to let dialogue through. Editable into smaller cues and transitions. Version 2 is darker and in a lower range, with a tragic edge. Good for drama, mystery, TV, feature film

KEYWORDS:piano, drama, tragic, mystery, tension

Price: $34.95
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Nightroad_2
Artist/Composer: John Herberman
Solo piano. Minimalist repeating figures with some thematic development. Some tension in this introspective piece. Would carry a scene with no dialogue, but there are lots of spaces to let dialogue through. Editable into smaller cues and transitions. Version 2 is darker and in a lower range, with a tragic edge. Good for drama, mystery, TV, feature film

KEYWORDS:piano, drama, tragic, mystery, tension

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Cinematic Suspense
Artist/Composer: Jean Paul Zoghbi
A classic and authentic, spine-chilling suspense film music with full orchestra. With several tense passages, the cue builds and raises until reach a fantastic climax at the end. Foreboding, ominous, dangerous, powerful. Perfect for movie trailers, video games, horror, tension, thrillers, sci-fi.

KEYWORDS:orchestral fantasy sci-fi sci-fi movie soundtrack symphonic cinematic trailer filmscore film score dramatic horror Hollywood science fiction dark danger scary

Price: $34.95
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Metaphors 30sec
Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

Price: $34.95
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Metaphors 60sec
Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

Price: $34.95
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Metaphors no bells
Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

Price: $34.95
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Metaphors no drums
Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

Price: $34.95
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Metaphors sting
Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

Price: $34.95
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Metaphors
Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

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08 The Encounter
Artist/Composer: Kenton Gilchrist
Eerie etherial underscore in the style of Thomas Newman.

KEYWORDS:orchestral, symphonic, classical, hybrid, underscore, slow, 54 bpm, 54, strings, pads, piano, evolving, vocal effects, vocal,mysterious, eerie, unsettling, unnerving, sinister, frightening, hair-raising, dreadful, creepy, ominous, sombre, touching, lament,romance, midnight, twilight, hans zimmer, zimmer, danny elfman, elfman, james horner, horner, thomas newman, james newton howard, newton-howard, john williams

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Alien Matrix
Dark heavy and rocking cinematic - heavy metal orchestral.
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Street Fighters
Composer: Marinho Nobre
Mysterious moody dark and ambient film music. Minimalist tension-building but NOT frenetic and bombastic-rather the calm before the storm.
Price: $34.95
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Scare
Composer: Marinho Nobre
Creepy things are happening tonight! I'm scared!
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Easier Licensing Of Royalty Free Music

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Articles, music licensing | 0 comments

 

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Finding Your Royalty Free Music

You can either Browse for Music by Using The Navigation Menu – Or you can Search For Music (more on this below).

 check iconBrowsing Through Navigation Menu

 

If you look up at the new Top Nav Bar (drum roll please), you can see that there’s handy pulldown menus to browse through our music categories:


a) Browse Music By Genre

This is the fancy name music programmers (and the Head Monk) use for style as in like Rock or Hip-Hop or Country etc.

b) Browse Music By Mood

This is like how filmmakers think when they’re setting a scene.  Or like when you’re searching for a movie to watch at Netflix or iTunes, things like Action-Adventure or Horror or Romantic Comedy.  Some of us monks think it would be cool if you could put Horror music to a Romantic Comedy!

c) Browse Music By Setting

This is describing what type of project you are working on such as a Wedding Video or a Documentary or a Trailer.  Did you know that Book Authors are making trailers all the time now?  That’s nifty!

search royalty free music iconSearch For Music

There’s actually 2 search engines on this site.  One is up to your right on the top of the site.  This one is an overall site search.  You can type in band names or songs or moods to get these kind of results:

Coldplay (http://www.300monks.com//?s=coldplay)

Lady Gaga http://www.300monks.com//?s=gaga

or a famous piece like Ride of the Valkyries.  http://www.300monks.com//?s=valkyries

Product Specific Search

The following Search Box is specific to the product catalog.  This can be useful in finding the track you previously downloaded and you only have the name of the file.

download free preview music iconDownload a Preview File

After you find a track or many soundtracks that you like, you can easily download a preview file to try out in your project.  This way you can really sense if it’s working and even show it to your client, producer, mother, significant other or even your cat.

Here’s what our tracks look like in the store.  See the download link?

Lost
Artist/Composer: John Herberman
Reflective and introspective piano. Simple, clear and memorable melody that tugs at the heart in an understated manner. Excellent for extended scene without dialogue or as a principal theme. A version with strings is also available that can be cut in and out, as the string entries and exits are orchestrated to be easily editable. Good for romance, drama, TV/feature film.

KEYWORDS:love story, romance, drama, sad, lonely, alone, melody, piano, strings, theme, introspective

Price: $34.95
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Select Usage of Royalty Free Music icon Select Usage

After you have finalized your music choice, come back to the site and purchase the license for the use you need.  There’s a handy dropdown menu that you can use and it updates the price as you select.  If you need a fast way to find your track again, type in the name of the preview file you downloaded.  For example:  GeoffreyWilson5 or jean_paul_zoghbi30.

Select How You Will Use Your Music

 

 

 

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We use both PayPal and 2Checkout to process payments.  You can choose either one.  After checkout you will be returned to the 300 Monks site for a download link.  You will also receive a link in your email that is valid for up to 48 hours.

 

A Note About Errors in the Music Categories

Now we did a lot of work, but still the Head Monk has been hitting some of us poor lads with his stick and yelling “This is in the wrong category!”  Yes, we know, very un-mindful of him to be yelling and hitting us with a stick!  But it was just a light bamboo one.  Anyway, there will be times when music is in the wrong place, and we’d appreciate it if you told us.  We may even be able to send you a little gift or reward for doing so.  Just don’t bother the Head Monk.  Send it to us regular brother monks (and sisters) here:  errors (at) 300Monks.com  – That’s of course the @ sign.  We did that so the spam robots wouldn’t deluge us with junk mail.

 

 

 

Choosing music for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Articles, music licensing | 0 comments

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There was great interview today with music supervisor Randall Poster on Fresh Air on NPR.

So let’s talk about another Wes Anderson film you worked on, “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which is a wonderful animated film about a family of foxes, and when – who are endangered both on the dysfunctional family level and on the enemy animals out to get them and enemy humans out to get them level. And at the end of the film, you use a great recording called “Let Her Dance” by The Bobby Fuller Four. It’s from the mid ’60s, and that group was most famous for the iconic song “I Fought the Law and the Law Won.”

How did you decide to use this record at the end of the movie?

POSTER: Well, this is one of those sort of special scenarios. That song that I played for Wes probably 10 years ago, and when we played it, we basically, we were listening to it, he said, you know, let’s put this one away, let’s lock it up in the safe. And so we had it and we’d been carrying it all these years and then finally there was the opportunity at the end of the movie to use Bobby Fuller. So Wes and I, we’re always working, and so – and we’re always sharing music and we find something and we sort of tag it and say, OK, this is something that we know we want to use somewhere, some day, and good fortune smiles upon us and we find what we think is the perfect moment. And so that’s how Bobby Fuller’s “Let Her Dance” ended up in “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

GROSS: So I want to play it. And I’ll just like describe the scene. This is the end of the movie. Mr. Fox, played by George Clooney, in a voice by George Clooney, is in the supermarket and all the rest of the family foxes are there too. And so, you know, Mr. Fox is toasting about how they’ve survived and they’re going to survive, and even all the supermarket food that they have to eat now is fake food…

POSTER: Right.

GROSS: …they can make it work. And then they just all break out into this dance in the supermarket. And, of course, it’s all animated. It’s all beautifully animated. And so here is the song they dance to. This is The Bobby Fuller Four.

New music licensing terms

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Articles, News | 0 comments

In our constant search to improve our offerings, we’ve been reviewing how to make things easier for our clients.  One of these ways is to simplify our licensing terms.  We’ve done that today by granting an in perpetuity term, in other words, a buyout term on our music licenses.  This means you can purchase our license and then use it forever in your project.

Click here for full music licensing terms.

Staff Picks of Favorite Ambient Royalty Free Music Soundtracks

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Articles, illustrated music, staff picks | 0 comments

Ambient Production Music Library

A magical place always has a sound element...

Ambience is that special touch of something.  It’s a Je ne c’est quoi, the special atmosphere in the room, the space.  Ambience is invisible, but you can hear it and feel it.  If you think of those special spaces where you felt deeply connected, there’s an aural element, whether it’s the sound of the reflected noise or the wind or colored by a slight music that is just ever so there.

These are some of our favorite tracks out of our many handpicked curated collection of ambient music.  They pay attention to NOT draw attention to themselves.  They make your visuals absolutely fabulous, invisibly.

Enjoy!

 

The Calm Sea
Composer: Aviation Weather

Instrumental Ambient Rock

KEYWORDS:Drama, Reminisce, Explosions in the Sky, Sigor Ros, Massive Attack, Trailer

Price: $34.95
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Grasping At Shadows
Composer: Clint Sargent

Downtempo electronic/atmospheric cue; shadowy, dreamlike, mysterious

KEYWORDS:ghostly, haunting, eerie, somber, dreamy, trance, ethereal

Price: $34.95
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Collapsed Blue Light
Composer: Aviation Weather

Electronic Instrumental Ambient

KEYWORDS:Drama, Reminisce, Explosions in the Sky, Sigor Ros, Massive Attack, Trailer

Price: $34.95
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Magnetism
Composer: Jonathan Geer

A cool, positive electronic track that would work well with hi�tech, scientific images as well as corporate videos or commercials.

KEYWORDS:loop, drum, beat, glitch, brush, snare, synth, cool, electronic, filter, synthesizer, spacey, ambient, texture, ethereal, sci-fi, hi-tech, tech, technology, modern, airy, breath, hi hat, kick, thumping, thump, harmonium

Price: $34.95
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Memories Theme 2
Composer: Lucas Lechowski

Slow tempo, magical ambient space with cello, dreamy

KEYWORDS:Soundtrack, Ambient, Orchestral, Ballad, Cello,

Price: $34.95
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Bedouin Moon
This is up-tempo, hypnotic instrumental track with dulcimer and electric guitar, and a distinct middle-eastern flavor. It creates a tense, haunting atmosphere.

KEYWORDS:desert, middle east, Arabia, nomadic, Bedouin, pulsing, dulcimer, trance, haunting, hypnotic

Price: $34.95
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Where The Trees Are Painted White
Composer: Alex Rich
Beautiful and serene ambient post-rock. Similar to Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky.

KEYWORDS:film, commercials, tv, promos, wedding, nature, Romantic, innocence, love, beauty, life, Pretty, Emotional, Ambient, Atmospheric, Building, Vast, Lush, Drama, Reality, Shows, Young, Love, Romance, Road, Montage, Night, Lively, Uplifting, Moving, Heartwarming, Ethereal, Emotional, Sensitive, Loving, Vibrant, Delicate, Beautiful, Atmospheric, Joyful, Mellow, Warm, Bright, Dreamy, Reflective, Touching, Building

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Starlet (Instrumental)
Composer: Alex Rich
"Starlet" is an instrumental ambient-rock song. Similar to Circa Survive. Melancholic, beautiful, atmospheric indie rock.

KEYWORDS:Romantic, drama, innocent, sweet, Loving, caring, tender, kind, Uplifting, love, adoration, Dramatic, Sad, Sincere, Ethereal, Meaningful, Emotional, Beautiful, Atmospheric, Melancholic, Gutsy, Honest, Heartbroken, Dreamy, Reflective, Lonely, Bold, Serious, Innocent, Dark, Epic

Price: $34.95
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Elska Min
Composer: Alex Rich
Beautiful ambient post-rock. Similar to Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Ros.

KEYWORDS:drama, film, documentaries, romance, love, lost, nostalgia, innocence, beauty, life, Melancholic, Sad, Beautiful, Atmospheric, Gutiar, Emotional, Post-Rock, Road Trip, Montage, Sad, Flowing, Emotional, Sensitive, Beautiful, Atmospheric, Melancholic, Mellow, Warm, Shimmering, Hurt, Tragic, Romantic, Heartbroken, Reflective, Touching, Lonely, Innocent, Calm, Building

Price: $34.95
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The Soundtrack’s the Star – What Makes a Memorable Score?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Articles, film music | 0 comments

An Overview of 6 Historic and Indelible Movie Soundtracks.

By Isabella Woods

In a world where CGI and 3D seem to dominate every movie, many modern moviegoers have forgotten just how important film scores are for creating mood, atmosphere and effects. While whiz-bang special effects have their place, often some of the most tense, memorable and emotional scenes in movie history are the result of the right music at the right time. Whether it’s a Hollywood production, a local commercial, or a YouTube video promoted by a viral marketing agency, the right music score can turn a piece of action or drama into something memorable, emotive and engaging.

For some films, while the images and drama have long disappeared from our memories, the score remains, awakening memories of what we’ve seen whenever we hear the film’s music. On some occasions, the music score becomes even memorable than the actors and plot and is Just as integral.

1. Jaws

Perhaps the most famous use of music, John Williams’ shark theme was incredibly simple, just alternating E and F notes played on a tuba. The result was not only suspenseful, but in Spielberg’s own words, “without it the film would not have been half as successful.” For most of the film, the score was the only representation of the shark. Special effect problems plagued the set, with the shark’s animatronics not functioning the way Spielberg had hoped. For most of the movie, Williams’ score was the shark, and the tempo of the two alternating notes generated all the suspense and terror that made the film a worldwide hit and launched the careers of both Stephen Spielberg and John Williams.

2. Psycho

In Hitchcock’s most notorious thriller, Bernard Herrmann’s famous score also provided terror and suspense. The infamous shower scene, which at the time had audiences fleeing the theatres in horror, is a testament to the power of a good film score. The reason audiences found the scene so disturbing was nothing to do with the visuals – the actual onscreen action only depicts the flash of a blade and Janet Leigh screaming – but Bernard Herrmann’s use of a screeching violin, which generated the true terror of the scene.

Hermann also helped generate the film’s pace and general atmosphere with the main music he composed for the film. A tense arrangement of two melodic lines, the music generates a threat of violence that while not actually present through the first twenty minutes of the film, keeps the audience anticipating it, which maximizes the suspension for when the action eventually does occur.

3. Lawrence of Arabia

Music not only generates tension and emotion but it can also invoke a sense of majesty and location. David Lean’s classic historical drama was one of the most picturesque movies of all time. Maurice Jarre’s magnificent film score, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied the epic landscapes and stunning cinematography to such an extent you can almost feel the desert heat and shimmering landscapes.

4. The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Another score that befits its setting perfectly is Ennio Morricone’s, who used gunfire, whistles and native Mexican chants to invoke a sense of time and place. Using different instruments to accompany the presence of the three main protagonists, Morricone’s score also helped generate character in Sergio Leone’s classic western, making viewers only too aware of who the good, the bad and the ugly were.

5. Godfather

The Nina Rota score in Francis Ford Coppola’s epic crime drama is another of cinema’s most memorable pieces of music, and one of the most controversial. The operatic feel of the music fitted the movie perfectly. However, some of the score was not originally made for the film. Rota’s Love Theme, now so famous with its haunting violins and distinctly Italian feel, was originally used in a 1958 comedy called Fortunella. The music, however, has now become so synonymous with Godfather it would be hard to imagine the film without it.

6. Star Wars

Using a classical orchestra soundtrack in a science fiction action film was an odd juxtaposition, and yet John Williams’ music is now one of the most famous film scores of all time. While the film’s dialogue and characterization lacked depth, the music provided the much needed emotion, which helped shaped the warmth of the protagonists and the foreboding nature of Darth Vader and the Empire.

Choosing Music For A Documentary Film

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in Articles, film music, Filmmaking, music licensing | 0 comments

Royalty Free Music For Documentary Film

Documentary Films have a different process than a fictional narrative.  Most of the time, the filmmaker has a story outline they are trying to tell, but as shooting commences, life happens!  Unexpected events arise and what was going to be the dramatic climax is eclipsed by something more interesting or unusual.

To use music to score the film, you can hire a composer to start developing a library of musical themes for the story.  This is something I’ve done several times and it works quite well.  Because of the fluid nature of documentaries, you can provide the only constant to the whole process which is a consistent emotional tone with the music.  Documentaries come together in the editing process and by having a library of thought out music to tell this story is extremely helpful.

You can also do this by carefully selecting similar pieces of music in a production music library like 300 Monks.  Sometimes you can get great results by using several different pieces by the same composer or even different sections of the same piece.  By the way, you can tell if a piece is by the same composer by the visual icon which are assigned to each composer.

You can also wait until a rough edit of the picture is done and then score the piece with a composer or by choosing from our music library.

Ways to Use Music In a Documentary

  • Create a memorable theme that becomes the audio mnenomic and branding for the film.  This is what every television series and commercial tries to do, why not you?
  • Create musical themes for characters to unite the storytelling
  • Create musical themes for sections of the story
  • Background emotional shading – music is pure emotion and can often lead the audience to a heightened feeling that was impossible without it
  • Foreshadowing of something to come
  • To unite a montage of pictures, video
  • Covering up the sound of bad production audio
  • Masking location audio which you have no rights to, such as the radio is on in the background
  • Ironic or strange juxtapositions – You can do what Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Cameron Crowe famously do, put music emotionally is the opposite of what we would expect.

Here’s a video that goes over some of the basics of music for a documentary.  He forgot to mention that you can license music through a website like ours for affordable and legal clearance.

From Music Videos and Commercials to Hollywood Feature Debut

Posted by on May 4, 2010 in Articles | 0 comments

This guy is responsible for some indelible images in my head (oh and of course the sound was pure delight) – it’s the image of the swinging lamps and Kurt Cobain snarling, sneering and screaming “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

And now, the 48 year old director, Samuel Bayer,  has his Hollywood moment with…Freddy Krueger.  Read more.

Cool Commercial Shows How Composer Lalo Schifrin created Mission Impossible…Fantastically

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010 in Articles, film music, For Composers, how to, illustrated music, Music for Commercials | 0 comments

As a composer, I really got a kick out of this commercial spot for Lipton Yellow Label Tea which shows how a composer, a very famous one, creates the music for a major pop culture event: Mission Impossible.   The music has lasted for decades since the television series and then with the movie remakes with a bonafide star Tom Cruise.

Check it out.  I wish I had a room where these players would drop from suspension wires whenever I needed them!

Interesting how infectious that theme is and how it has lasted the test of time – mainly because of that cool rhythm.  Could it be Lalo Schifrin‘s Argentinian upbringing?  Tango anyone?

And yes, the tea does things for me, though I prefer the pearl jasmine tea I get down in Chinatown at $100 per pound.  Man!  Just talking about makes me want to go brew a pot!

Enjoy!

Andrew

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