Use Case: Royalty Free Music and Sound Effects for Black History Month

We don’t claim to be experts on African history, but here are some great ideas to help you put together a classroom lesson your students will remember with royalty free music and sound effects that represent the rich African-American culture for Black History Month. Drawing from musical genres such as Jazz, Soul, African, and Gospel, you can create an interactive learning experience for students of any age.

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Traditional Africa
Start with a trip overseas to Africa, the heartland of the world, and delve deep into the cultures of the kingdoms of the African plains. From the Ivory Coast to Kenya and Ethiopia to the Congo, African heritage has its roots on this huge continent. So transport your students with royalty free sound effects and music beds of african drumming, chants, and songs. Explore rhythmic textures and traditional percussion and wind instruments native to Africa while letting students see images of proud kings, queens, and African royalty, and explore the African terrain with stock footage clips from Africa. Teach your students about the teamwork, compassion, and community needed to survive in both harsh environments and luxurious oases. Empower students with family history and African ties to tell their family’s story, and encourage creating family trees to trace for royal lineage.

Slavery and American Gospel
Of course, no African history lesson is complete without a close, careful examination of slavery. For far too long, native Africans were treated as commodities by western and European conquerors, bought and sold along the waterways and trade routes across the Atlantic and around the world. Paint a vivid picture of what it was like to be a slave: the horrible conditions, the tireless work, and the lack of freedom. Have your students imagine growing up without parents and access to education and resources. Play traditional royalty free gospel songs to illustrate to your students how slaves communicated not only religious beliefs, but hope and secret messages for the underground railroad.

Afro-Cuban Music
You can pair these images with the vibrancy of Afro-Cuban music, which transported traditional African bata drumming to the Western Hemisphere, providing a scintillating mix of cultures and musical styles. Show your students how traditional drumming patterns are similar to those in Salsa and Afro-Cuban genres, and how African dance influenced western movement.

Civil Rights and Rap, Jazz, and Rock
Finally, remind your students that modern day American rock and roll, jazz, and R&B and Rap all have their roots in the 19th and 20th century Black-American struggle. Whether via civil rights injustices or economic injustice or via social triumphs of progress and reform, show the rich cultural impact that African artists have had on modern art, culture, and society. Listen to some stock jazz music in class, and compare how poetry from Harlem is similar or different that Rap from the streets of Compton, and discuss the social problems that drove these art forms, and the steps towards progress we can all take.

Ratavox – Italian Royalty Free Stock Production Music

Whether you’re putting together a short film or advertisement about an Italian Restuarant, or need something quirky but worldly sounding for a comedy, try this week’s royalty free music pick of the week: Ratavox. The live vocals in this production music track, along with live winds and effects make Ratavox the perfect soundtrack for creating something with extra character. We combined this piece with some stock footage from our Restaurants & Food category, and applied a little filter for some extra aging and fun.

Great for Italian comedy, this Italian style mazurka is fast, fiery, funny & rousing. It conjurs up big Italian family dinners or homecomings where accidents occur, pasta boils over, laughing children playing games, and several grandfathers tell jokes. Give it a try in your next cartoon or animated piece, short ad, radio spot, or time-warped montage.

License the track for use in your next project: http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/240866

South America Travel Uses Royalty Free Music From Productiontrax

To complete their latest video, our friends over at SouthAmerica.travel have used some Royalty Free Music from Productiontrax.com as their soundtrack. The 3:20 minute video features their popular Top 10 South America Tour, a 10 day tour of Chile, Andes, & Buenos Aires, and uses the stock music track Chilean Folk Song by Annie McGee.

Check out their video:

SouthAmerica.travel has 6 videos (and more on the way) featuring some of their most popular tours. Travel has a very visual appeal, and these quick and informational videos help prospective travelers visualize just what exactly is covered on each tour. South America is a vast and beautiful country, and video can bring boring itineraries to life.

It’s easier to explain to someone who has never been to South America about how amazing it is to visit the Iguassu Falls (on the border of Argentina and Brazil) when you have a video clip to show them, rather than to simply say, “It’s one of the world’s largest waterfalls, and it puts Niagara Falls to shame.” An itinerary and photos are great, but a YouTube video embedded in a tour page is going to sweeten the deal, and put that tour above competitors’ tours in the mind’s eye of the viewer.

SouthAmerica.travel has had thousands of YouTube channel views at http://www.youtube.com/SouthAmDotTravel, and many visitors come to their website after watching a video. Visitors to the website often spend extra time on the website than the average user does, which means that once a person watches a South America travel video, they are way more likely to be interested in booking a tour. So the company is excited about the potential for YouTube to connect with a larger audience of travelers.

Royalty Free Music: New and Notable on Productiontrax

The Soulkeeper
Track ID: 263800
Film Moods > Horror
by The Brotherhood

This music track is an electronic horror soundscape, a journey into pure evil. A place of death and lost souls, and a place between worlds. Piece is well suited for Halloween projects.

Tags: horror, creepy, scary, gore, paranormal, ambient, halloween

Sommer Breeze (60 sec)
Track ID: 263738
Mixed Genre > :60 Second Spots – Advertising/Commercial
by Evgeny Kiselevich

Easy and calm background music. Good pop groove, melodic lines of acoustic guitar, light and romantic atmosphere. After the second refrain dynamic splash with a drive-guitar riff. Great as background music for tv and radio production. Available for download in WAV, FLAC, and MP3.

Tags: dreamy, cool, friendly, groovy, light, optimistic, latin

Restore
Track ID: 263084
Film Moods > Corporate
by Jon Lawson

Upbeat, positive music track, similar style as U2, Coldplay, guitars, bass percussion. Suitable for a wide range of projects, including corporate video and advertising. Available for download in WAV, FLAC, and MP3.

Tags: U2, Coldplay, commercial, corporate, upbeat, motivated