The Head Monk’s Playlist March 24, 2015

10 of the Head Monks’ Favorite New Soundtracks

Here’s some choice new music from our catalog added in the last few weeks.  All of these are suitable for use in a variety of projects from films to web videos to marketing presentations.

Enjoy!

  • Immensus – I can see the sweeping camera circling our hero.  Is it Russell Crowe?  Love the dramatic tension in this one.
  • Hearts On Fire – slow build perfect for corporate stuff
  • Delicate Hours – cinematic, shimmering, slowly building in a modern minimalist way.  Fans of Philip Glass or any modern film score will love it.
  • I’m On My Own – nice alt rock build.
  • Tybee Island Blues – warm, gentle acoustic guitars lapping at the shores.
  • Mr. Driver, drive on – country with pedal steel guitar, Telecasters, a swagger and plenty of charm.
  • The Greatest Year Ever –  a stomping pop tune with a loving nod to Best Year of My Life.
  • Sittin on Summer Full – innocent, tender, cheerful and bouncy ukuleles, bells and a childlike wonder.
  • The Council – spooky – great to build tension for your indie trailer.
  • Adventure Trek – a good chase scene for a film or trailer
The Power of Music in Video Marketing

The Power of Music in Video Marketing

By Chet Teague

If you are into marketing, you are probably aware of how difficult it is to raise conversion rates. It takes time, it takes testing, and it takes a lot of work. Fortunately enough, there is one thing that you can apply that will help you with your marketing endeavors and that is nothing else but music. Here is why music is one of the most powerful tools that you can use in your video marketing campaigns:

Music Recreates Emotions

If you can reinforce positive emotions and connect them to your product, you will make sales. One of the best ways to do it is through music. I am sure you have watched a trailer of the movie with great music that sticks with you. Music doesn’t have to only relate to trailers but also video campaigns. Remember that what you hear and see together is more powerful than each of them by itself.

Music Drives Loyalty

Music fans are one of the most loyal fans you can come in contact with. They will travel to the other side of the world in order to see their favorite artists. You can capitalize on their passion and fan loyalty to the specific artist by implementing their music for video.  Unfortunately, most well-known music by famous signed artists is unusable without a lot of upfront payment and bureaucratic red-tape for licensing.  Better to stick with royalty-free music like the tracks at 300 Monks.

Music Is Social

If there is anything about music that makes it powerful is that it is social. It brings people together, it connects them, and it gives them something to talk about. If you complement your video with the right music, you will guarantee great results. It will give people something to talk about. They key here is the right music, which is not that easy to find. But if you find one, there is nothing more powerful.

The Bottom Line

What you hear and what you see will either play as an advantage or disadvantage when it comes to video marketing. If you are creating a video to promote your product or service, make sure that you include music that converts. Make sure that the music that you will use won’t ruin your marketing campaign. Remember that music is a powerful marketing weapon that can either play for you or against you. With 300 Monks Music, all copyrights have been cleared so you are guaranteed a legal way to improve your sales. Whether you are looking for royalty free music, product music, music for power point or even music for trailers, we got it all. We are the best place for stock music that will take your marketing to the next level.

Here’s 10 Random Tracks From Our Library of Royalty Free Music

Mischievous 3 Alt

Composer: Brian Thomas Curtin
A fun playful and inquisitive childlike mood is created by a quirky piano melody peculator percussion rhythms pizzicato cello and unique sliding sounds. Good for offbeat romantic comedies and lightly comedic mischievous scenarios of all kinds.
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Europa Champion Theme 1 Full

Composer: Brian Thomas Curtin
Energizing electro-techno track with a fast driving beat and a strong uplifting melody. Positive upbeat music for building confidence and getting pumped up! Great for sports fitness corporate events and motivational activities of all kinds!
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Tension Bed - 5 Second Sting

Sting Impact. Dark Sinister Atmospheric Orchestral Percussion
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agent 00 nothing

A typical cheesy and quirky 80's - 90's suspenseful TV drama music. Positive and suspenseful jazz with synthesized brass drums and arpeggio
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Just Imagine

Composer: Guy Zerafa
Romantic Thematic Enchanted Ethereal Innocent Film and Television Cue. Instrumentation includes: Orchestra Percussion Vocal Uillean Pipes. Duration: 7:15:00
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Making The Music

Composer/Producer: Keychain
Composer: Keychain
Short heavy beat electro-pop song with female singer phrases

KEYWORDS:pop, vocals, female, singer, beat, electronic, hip, contemporary

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portishead

Artist/Composer: Kenton Gilchrist
Luxurious, laid back trip hop instrumental, a la Portishead.

KEYWORDS:electronic, trip hop, lounge, ambient, jazz, 77, 77 bpm, organ, tremolo guitar, tremolo, jazz drums, drums, piano, synth, strings, pads, evolving, serene, serenity, peaceful, calm, contented, luxury, luxurious, hip, groovy, upscale, hotels, fancy, women, clothing, fashion, portishead, massive attack, tricky, morcheeba, dj shadow, sneaker pimps, thievery corporation, kruder, dorfmeister,

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Pumps for Progress (Remix)

Artist/Composer: Kenton Gilchrist
Classical orchestral hybrid with sombre beginning and uplifting resolution.

KEYWORDS:orchestral, symphonic, classical, hybrid, fusion, electronic, industrial, 116, 116 bpm, strings, spicato, classical, romantic, cello, viola, violin, piano, sombre, serious, fun, upbeat, energetic, uplifting, success, exciting, excitement, dickens, austen, running, fields, love, slander, betrayal, true love, corporate, desplat, williams, horner, zimmer,

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Here It Is

Artist/Composer: Fatima Mhedden
Positive and energetic rock track with a simple and subtle melody

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Waltz For You

Artist/Composer: Fatima Mhedden
Hopeful, evocative and redeeming solo piano with waltzy ternary feel.

KEYWORDS:emotional, optimistic, instrumental, new age, peaceful, slow, piano, solo, pensive, meditation, quiet, relaxation, inspiring, heartwarming, quiet, sentimental, nostalgic, ambient, easy listening,

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Happy New Year 2015

We just updated our site design for the first time in many years.   And, we’ve reached our 10th birthday!  Hooray.

Please let us know if there are any problems you encounter.  We’ll even throw in a coupon for catching any bugs.

We hope this will be the best year of your life!

 

regards,

Andrew – the Head Monk

12 happy soundtracks – music for marketers

12 happy soundtracks – music for marketers

We compiled a list of some of our favorite staff picks for those upbeat, bright and positive soundtracks that would work well in any marketing effort.  So enjoy and download this dozen for your next commercial, powerpoint presentation, or web video or trailer.

 

Positive music for marketers.  Use the force, Luke!

Positive music for marketers. Use the force, Luke!

  1. Heartfelt Gifts by David Flavin

    Artist/Composer:David Flavin
    Wonderful advertising, background instrumental for TV, Film or other media projects. Beautiful flowing melody over a ukulele led modern pop instrumental. Positive mood, family love, job teamwork and other warm caring moments would work great with this track.

    Keywords: Teamwork, Brotherhood, Family, Togetherness, Hard Work, Help, Love, clear, confident, affirm, approve, support, collaboration, feeling, joy, alive, living, hope, wish, achieve, optimistic, desire, confident, aspiration, daydream, endure, promise, castles in the air, bright side, reward, reliance, gain, fortune, promised land, pipe dream, rosy, grandma, grandpa, retire, plan, lasting, wealth
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  2. Simple Smile by David Flavin

    Artist/Composer:David Flavin
    Inspirational, emotional and moving piece with a modern feel. Haunting and beautiful piano motif that evolves into a peaceful yet meaningful musical journey. Great for Advertisements, video, media or TV/Film projects.

    Keywords: emotional, expressive, inspiring, meaningful, persuasive, stirring, stunning, touching, awakening, stimulating, affective, impressive, significant, exciting, longing, joy, faithful, dependable, satisfying, possible, likely, impressive, hopeful, faithful, trustworthy, valid, credible, authentic, acceptable
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  3. Yo Man by Taffy Lab

    Artist/Composer:Taffy Lab
    Driving with positive feel, guitar, synth, piano, horns, drums and bass combine in a multi-purpose underscore or music bed that builds into a full epic track.

    Keywords: guitar, drums, piano, bass, synth, horns, driving, positive, epic, builds, energy
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  4. Sweet Imagination by David Flavin

    Artist/Composer:David Flavin
    Inspirational, emotional and moving piece with a modern feel. Haunting and beautiful piano motif that evolves into a peaceful yet meaningful musical journey. Great for Advertisements, video, media or TV/Film projects.

    Keywords: emotional, expressive, inspiring, meaningful, persuasive, stirring, stunning, touching, awakening, stimulating, affective, impressive, significant, exciting, longing, joy, faithful, dependable, satisfying, possible, likely, impressive, hopeful, faithful, trustworthy, valid, credible, authentic, acceptable
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  5. Simply Put by Justin Miller

    Artist/Composer:Justin Miller
    A Piano dominated piece with a clear Rhythmic piano lead, Slow Paced with a building Orchestral Swell

    Keywords: pretty, optimistic, nostalgic, happy, melodic, piano, strings, flowing, sentimental, moving, upbeat, love, romance, Orchestra, Climax, Majestic,
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  6. Ahead by Justin Miller
    Artist/Composer:Justin Miller
    An Optimistic piece with a clear Rhythmic piano lead and a Tempo Drum Beat, quick and short, beautiful music fitting for a commercial

    Keywords: pretty, optimistic, nostalgic, happy, melodic, piano, strings, drums, flowing, sentimental, moving, upbeat, New Age, Rock,
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  7. Tears Of Joy

    Artist/Composer: Adi Goldstein
    very romantic, tender and soft piano theme with a big and mellow orchestra sound,ideal for any drama,romance,trailer and movie scenes .

    KEYWORDS:beautiful, beauty, comforting, delicate, dreamy, easy listening, emotional, friendly, happy, heartfelt, hope, hopeful, innocence, innocent, joyful, light heartwarming, mellow, new age, new beginnings, nice, optimistic, piano, pleasant, positive lift, pretty, relaxed, relaxing, wholesome

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  8. New Destination No Drums by Justin Miller

    Artist/Composer:Justin Miller
    A Small chamber orchestra piece perfect for a classical setting or fancy dining. In Three would work for a waltz type dance scene, Also available with drums for a bigger sound

    Keywords: fancy, classical, pretty, orchestra, waltz, Moving, chamber, beautiful, sentimental, romantic, loving, happy, joyful, slow,
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  9. Alegria

    Composer: Andrew Ingkavet
    Simple sweet melody that brings joy and happiness. Imagine you're at your favorite happy birthday party. blow out the candles and make a wish. Or rock your baby to sleep in the cradle of your love.
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  10. Chemicals

    Composer: Jon Abrams
    Happy groovy sunshiney light folk-rock music in a retro style a la John Mayer. Acoustic and electric guitars bass drums handclaps.
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  11. Celtic Pace by Justin Miller

    Artist/Composer:Justin Miller
    An optimistic serene piece of music with a light celtic flare,. Slow, peaceful with a clear rhythmic guitar Lead and bright calm piano Melody

    Keywords: Serene, pretty, calm, new age, happy, optimistic, guitar, piano, Ambient, rhythmic, slow, instrumental, building, orchestrated, lakeside, sunrise, sunset, morning, waking up, majestic, hills, green, landscape, hopeful, relaxed
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  12. Cup Cake Comfort by David Flavin

    Artist/Composer:David Flavin
    Joyful and modern advertising, background instrumental for TV, Film or other media projects. Beautiful flowing melody with a human whistle over a ukulele led modern pop instrumental. Positive mood, family love, job teamwork and other warm caring moments would work great with this track.

    Keywords: Bright Side, Reward, Clear, Confident, Affirm, Approve, Support, collaboration, feeling, joy, alive, living, hope, wish, achieve, optimistic, desire, confident, aspiration, daydream, endure, promise, castles in the air, reliance, gain, fortune, promised, land, pipe dream, rosy, grandma, grandpa, retire, plan, lasting wealth
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A 12 pack of great action sports soundtracks for Olympians, GoPro heroes or mere mortals

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.
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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

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  19. Base Station
  20. Base Station

    Composer: Matthew Puckett

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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.
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  23. Cause and Effect
  24. Cause and Effect

    Fast sweeping techno with choir strings and synth.
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Editor’s Picks for Spooky Royalty Free Background Music

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.
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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.
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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.
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Nightmare 1

Composer: Andrew Ingkavet
Creeping tension hangs in the air. Orchestral.
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Nightmare 3

Composer: Andrew Ingkavet
Zombies arise out of the muck and gather for a danse macabre! Orchestral.
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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
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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.
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Branes

Composer: Lucas Lechowski

Medium tempo, scary strings

KEYWORDS:Orchestral, Strings, Ambient, Scary, Soundtrack

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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Awe

Composer: Jonathan Atkinson
Dark spooky synth/string pads
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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

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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.
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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.
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Metaphors 30sec

Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

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Metaphors 60sec

Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

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Metaphors no bells

Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

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Metaphors no drums

Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

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Metaphors sting

Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

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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.
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Scare

Composer: Marinho Nobre
Creepy things are happening tonight! I'm scared!
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You can either Browse for Music by Using The Navigation Menu – Or you can Search For Music (more on this below).

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a) Browse Music By Genre

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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!

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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

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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.

 

 

 

Just in Time for Halloween: 15 Suspense Music Soundtracks For Your Indie Horror Film

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Just in time to scare your friends. These fifteen tracks are perfect for the budding filmmaker looking to add some tension, suspense, creepiness so that no one minds that your hand held camera angles are making us dizzy.

1.Slowly building creepiness. 

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.
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2.  Some big things are happening in this action packed soundtrack.

The Briefcase

Composer/Producer: Brad Halverson
This is a suspense/action cue that builds into a chase. It is ominous heavy hitting perfect for any intense action scene that builds quickly. If powerful brass and eerie strings is what you're looking for in a piece this is the one for you!
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 3. Useful for so many types of scenes where suspense and tension are needed… robberies, chases, behind enemy lines, zombies rising, bad  dates…
Pulse

Composer/Producer: Brad Halverson
A suspenseful eerie orchestral piece with driving percussion and electronic pulses. Perfect for suspense/action sequences dark scenes or any medium that requires a dark suspenseful piece to back it up.
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 4. Need big crash?  Search no more.
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5. The town is run amok with the dead.  (The preview music is low resolution but final download is high quality)
Nightmare 3

Composer: Andrew Ingkavet
Zombies arise out of the muck and gather for a danse macabre! Orchestral.
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6. Ghostly – yet understated and minimalist.  Sounds perfect for the establishing shots of the ghost town or the new strange neighborhood.

Ghost Milonga

Composer: Jonathan Geer

An eerie nuevo tango piece recorded live with all acoustic instruments. Haunting and ethereal.

KEYWORDS:creepy, magic, magical, mystery, mysterious, sad, mellow, strange, spooky, ghostly, violin, bass, guitar, piano, accordion, acoustic, live, tango, dark, soundtrack, noir, film, tv, documentary, world, ethnic, eerie, beautiful, romance, romantic, ethereal, disturbing, patient, waiting, anticipation, drama, dramatic, haunting

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7.  Evil is lurking here.

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8.  Modern, cinematic scary suspenseful music from the hinterlands.

Fallen Beings

Composer: Proofsound
Tense scary ambiguous cinematic underscore music.
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 9.  Perfect for a Tim Burton style animated dark and creepy tale.
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10.  The suspense builds as you provide the visual clues as to what the climax will be.

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11.  Sebastien’s creepy soundtrack seems to conjure up a dark mad man in the bowels of some bunker building a bomb.  (Now that’s an alliterative title!)

Angel of Darkness- Instrumental

Composer: Sebastien Morawietz
Dark spooky orchestral electronica trailer music. Gotham City meets Baghdad.
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12. This is a bit bombastic and over the top, but definitely lends well to a great climactic chase scene involving zombies, werewolves or just crazed slashers. Makes your indie production sound like Hollywood! Thanks Marinho!

Creature's Hunt

Composer: Marinho Nobre

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13. Short but quite useful in a creepy ambiguous way.

The Summoning 1

Composer/Producer: Keychain
Dark and mysterious piece for harp and strings

KEYWORDS:dark, brooding, ominous, mysterious, harp, strings, slow

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14.

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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 15.  Creepy electronica.
Metaphors

Artist/Composer: Eric Bolvin
Unique, haunting electronica.

KEYWORDS:Haunting, Techno, Science

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Choosing music for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Memories Theme 2

Composer: Lucas Lechowski

Slow tempo, magical ambient space with cello, dreamy

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

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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

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The Soundtrack’s the Star – What Makes a Memorable Score?

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

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.

How Hollywood Selects Music For Film

This is a portion of a panel from the Music In Film Summit 2010. Obviously this case study example, Despicable Me, is out of the budget range of almost all independent filmmakers, but it does give an idea of all the behind the scenes things that are necessary to select and create music for a film.

Unfortunately, we don’t see the shot with and without the music, but listening to the discussion gives a broad overview of how composers and music supervisors approach storytelling aspect. I always think of scoring film as sort of like taking a big gigantic AUDIO HIGHLIGHTER through the script which I use in multiple colors to draw attention and manipulate the emotions of the audience.

This is mostly about the relationship aspect of making a film work with building a good creative team which includes Director, Producer, Composer and Music Supervisor.

Video Sample from An Instant Filmmaking Tool – Stupeflix

We wanted to see what we could whip up with a few photos and videos and some tracks from our catalog using the very cool video creation site called Stupeflix. This is a short little film about the fruit called Ochuvas from Colombia, South America. You get to see a little of where they grow, the fruit and how to enjoy them with some aguardiente. Salud! Oh and check out the music which you can download and use in your project right now.

I must say this is an awesome video creation tool. Using just a few still photos, 2 short video clips all shot on point and shoot cameras and then the map creation and text to speech capabilities of Stupeflix, I’m pretty impressed. It did take a little longer as I think the server went down over the weekend and I had to wait to finish. Tell me what you think below.

Feeling It – By Andrew Ingkavet

Music for A Book Trailer, Suspense Novels

Have you written a suspense filled thriller?  A novel that begs for attention?  You need a commercial – even just a web video?  Every film has a trailer and nowadays every book needs a trailer too.  Good luck trying to get your publisher to pay for and create one.  But, lucky for you, we have tons of great music for you to choose from to make your simple homemade video or even a powerpoint presentation into a thrilling trailer for your bestseller.

If these aren’t enough, you can check out a collection of Suspense Music.

Vampires

Vampires

Composer: Melodality
This is a dark spooky cinematic track with a haunting feel and vibe. Starts with a drone sound. Scary Demonic Harmonies that will fit best for the horror and suspense shamanic vampire themed film like Twilight.
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Underworld series Dramatic cue 32

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Playing Detective

Playing Detective

Composer: Brian Thomas Curtin
This sneaky and lightly comedic soundtrack has sudden mood changes shifting back and forth from mysterious suspense to playful curiosity. Well suited for humorous cross cutting scenes cartoons animation kids programs whodunit capers and more.
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Nightmare Collage

Nightmare Collage

Composer: Brian Thomas Curtin
An eerie and disturbing surreal soundscape that transitions from a chaotic distressing sonic bad dream into a feeling of relief and resolution. Good for scenes depicting nightmares flashbacks fear confusion horror insanity paranoia and more.
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Crime Scene Aftermath 1 Full

Crime Scene Aftermath 1 Full

Composer: Brian Thomas Curtin
CSI inspired dark and foreboding orchestral soundtrack full of mystery and suspense. Brooding ominous low strings sinister swelling brass and eerie high solitary piano figures create an uneasy mood of uncertainty.
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Cat and Mouse Game 5 Suspense

Cat and Mouse Game 5 Suspense

Composer: Brian Thomas Curtin
After a dark mysterious beginning the music builds up to an intense and suspenseful section with brass electric guitar bass and drums.
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Ancient Wonder

Ancient Wonder

Composer: Jonathan Atkinson
Dark tense and slightly spooky underscore of synth pads strings and a long drone. Useful for many cinematic experiences including suspenseful X-files type science edge and even ancient Egypt period pieces or Indiana Jones archeological digs.
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Against the Clock 3 60 Sec

Against the Clock 3 60 Sec

Composer: Brian Thomas Curtin
Time is running out and the pressure is on to get it done in this electrifying soundtrack that is full of adrenaline and energy. Driving strings swelling brass drums percussion and SFX create a building rush of extreme urgency.
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Adventure Trek 2 Alt

Adventure Trek 2 Alt

Composer: Brian Thomas Curtin
Reality TV inspired underscore with lots of exciting sonic twists and turns. Tribal vocal chants indigenous drums and other exotic colors combined with traditional orchestral sounds create an intense underpinning full of urgency and suspense.
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Cool Commercial Shows How Composer Lalo Schifrin created Mission Impossible…Fantastically

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

Podcasting Music Tips

Music and Voice-Overs: When to Drop the Music

Podcasting Music

Music adds power and polish to podcasts

Most podcasts start with a blast of music, before the presenter fades the volume. She then says a few words with the music playing gently in the background. When she finishes speaking, she either fades the music up and it ends or fades it out entirely.

This is known as a voice-over and is often abbreviated as V/O. The music in the background is often referred to as the music bed.

Usually the music bed will be from a royalty-free ‘production music’ library. Your track will not be a commercial top 40 hit.

Why use a voice-over?

While some people do voice-overs simply because everyone else does, there are actually some very good reasons to use them.

When listeners hear too much spoken word, they often grow tired and become distracted. Music can add energy and refocus your listener’s mind on what you’re saying.

This works either half-way through your spoken word podcast or at the beginning. If you want to create energy right from the start of your podcast, voice-overs can focus your listener’s mind immediately.

But being able to affect energy levels is not the only reason voice-overs are so useful.

Using music behind your voice also affects your listener’s mood. For example, if your podcast is about funerals, you can instantly influence the mood with a calm yet melancholic music track. If you’re making a sports podcast, you might use an up-tempo music piece with an aggressive guitar riff.

Not everyone has what used to be called in the old days a “broadcast voice”. Their diction may be poor or their intonation just lousy. Playing music behind their voice will often dampen the fact their vocals are poor.

Creating great voice-overs comes down to two things. Timing and the level of your music. Before I talk about when you should drop your music volume and start talking, let me say a few words about how loud your music bed should be, when you are talking.

How low should you drop your music?

The best instrument to judge the effective level of music behind the voice is your ear. You can’t make the decision by looking at an audio editing software package and making a guess based on the wave-form.

Listen to the volume of the music and ask yourself, is the voice clear and easy to understand? If not, reduce your music. Beware that many people find it difficult to distinguish between voice and music for voice-overs broadcast on television and radio.

So use your ears when deciding how low to drop the music level. Err on the side of a lower music volume, rather than a high one.

When do you drop the music?

Dropping your music too late can slow the energy of your podcast and make it sound sluggish. And playing the music bed too long before your drop it, transforms the music from a communication tool into a performance piece. You don’t want this.

Playing your music too long before dropping to a voice-over is like spending more time in the restaurant looking at a cardboard menu than actually enjoying your food. The menu should get you excited about the food and set the mood for wonderful cuisine. But the main act is the food, not the menu.

For serious podcasters, the main act is your content which is usually conveyed through the spoken word. Your music should create the energy and excitement that draws your listener to what you have to say.

Timing

So how long before you drop the music? Just a few seconds. To make it sound really good, though, it also helps to know some basic musicology in relation to the beat or time signature of the piece you’re using.

I suggest that you listen to the timing of your music and drop the volume so your first words start on the first beat of the second or third bar. Don’t do a slow fade but smartly drop your music at the 3rd or 4th beat of the bar preceding the bar you will speak.

Fade or End?

When you have finished your voice-over, should you fade the music off gently? Or fade the music bed up so the piece ends on a strong note?

I recommend a quick fade up so that the music actually ends rather than fades out. Depending on the length of your voice-over, this may require you to edit the music bed.

Editing your music to make it exactly the right length is tricky at first. But once you’re in practice, it is very easy.

I think that in most cases, a gradual fade doesn’t sound as good. Editing your music so it finishes a bar or two after your last words sounds much more professional.

Of course rules are written to be broken. There may be times when a slow fade actually achieves your editorial purpose. More often than not, though, you’ll find tight fades actually make your podcasts sound snappier and more professional.

Good luck!

Learn more about how you can create phenomenal podcasts at http://podcastersportal.com . Podcasters Portal is packed with free articles, audio seminars and videos for the podcaster who is serious about content. Jonathan G Halls is a speaker and writer. He has taught thousands of people around the world how to make phenomenal podcasts. He has worked with professionals from some of the world’s leading media organizations and learning professionals across America who use podcasts as part of their learning strategy.

Jonathan used to run the BBC’s television, radio operations and new media training in London. He has worked as a journalist and talk show host. He has a masters and bachelors in adult education. His company Talkshow Media LLC focuses exclusively on new media training and is based in Alexandria, Virginia. http://talkshowmedia.com

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