Mystery Groove – Stock Music loop for Detective Shows

This week, we dive in to the genre of detective mysteries. Our royalty free music pick of the week is a short little stock music track by Matthew Anklan called Mystery Groove (track ID 387379). Without sounding dated, this production music track features four trumpets and rhythm section, complete with note bends, harmon mutes, and a delightfully funky beat and bass line.

The looped groove is perfect for comedy, mystery, and investigative shows, and immediately gave us images of the Pink Panther, Inspector Gadget, Mr. Monk, Sean Spencer, and other famously wacky television detectives. We combined this track with a stock footage clip ID 74853, which is a shot of a forrest road winding through some pretty dense fog. The video, also available for download at Productiontrax, adds to the mysterious yet almost comical flare of this music track. We think this piece will work equally well as a soundtrack for children’s projects or advertising.

License the audio: http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/387379
Get the footage: http://www.productiontrax.com/stock-footage/74853

Recording Public Domain Songs for Production

Classical music and other public domain songs make for excellent source material for production music. But utilizing these compositions and then legally licensing your recordings can get tricky. With a little forethought, research, and knowledge of copyright rules, you can avoid inadvertently infringing on another composer’s copyright. Give your tracks a copyright tune-up. Here are some things to consider:

copyright1) Research the song. First and foremost, you need to know exactly when the song was written and published. Take careful note of this, as copyright terms expire after a specific time, as determined by where the music might be used. In the United States, works published prior to 1923 are currently public domain. For example, the common song Happy Birthday was written and published after 1923, meaning that song, as common as it is, is still under copyright and cannot be used. There are some caveats, however. So…

2) Research your composer. Know some basics about your composer. Is he still alive? This is important as copyright status depends largely on the composer’s date of death. Find out when the composer died. If he or she is still living, chances are you cannot license any of their music. In the United States, for all works published after 1922, if the composer is no longer living, the copyright expires 95 years from the date the song was written and published. That means that any work published in 1923 will enter the public domain in 2019.

3) If there are lyrics, the lyrics must also be in the public domain. This makes operas, arias, and classical songs a royal pain. You cannot reproduce a song with its lyrics unless the lyrics are also in the public domain, as the lyricist still has rights in the piece. Research this carefully if you are considering producing a recording of any popular operas. Puccini operas are a prime example of this — depending on the lyricist, some operas are now public domain, and some are not.

4) Never, EVER, sell or license a recording you did not make. Period. Don’t do it. Because of the complexities of copyright law, absolutely NO SOUND RECORDINGS are currently in the public domain. Sound recordings have their own copyright, so all recordings must be licensed from the producers or owners of the recording, i.e. the record label that produced them.

Considering producing a classical work for your next round of library music tracks? Be sure to carefully research every aspect of a song before you dive in. This will save you huge headaches, legal trouble, and lots of time.

Overlooked Production Music Categories for Composers: Australian & Digidiroo

For our next installment in examining the the most overlooked production music categories, we’re turning to world music. Specifically, Australian & Digidiroo. Royalty free music libraries around the globe tend to be lacking in the extremely useful and oft neglected compositional genre, representing a huge opportunity for composers involved in stock music production.

australian digiderooAustralian music has a long, rich, and diverse history, and spans a diverse range of tastes and cultural sounds. Heavily influenced by European colonization, Australia’s classical music and folk music mirror the styles common to Europe in their respective eras, while modern day pop and country genres are largely consistent with trends in the United States.

But most notably, and probably the most recognizable, is the use of digidiroo in aboriginal and folk music. Similar in sound generating function to the trumpet, the digideroo is a long wooden wind instrument that creates that quintessential drone pipe sound. If you’ve ever seen a film with a chase scene through the jungle, or a pan across a hot desert, you’ve likely heard the low, buzzing drone of the digigeroo.

Why is Australian music so useful in production? The characteristic digideroo sound can be used in a wide variety of film and video genres, most effectively to set foreign scenes in harsh environments. Commonly, the sounds tytpical to Australian folk genres create excitement in advertising, hinting at the new and different. The drone can be used to create tension, either in concert with other tribal percussion, symphonic strings, and brash brass stingers, or on its own as a minimalist score.

The Art of Dreaming Up an Ambient Royalty Free Music Film Score

Texture is a necessity in your audio when creating quality film scores and soundtracks. This week’s royalty free music pick of the week is a beautifully horrifying collection of sound and stock audio layers that could easily be a track of all trades (so to speak). Whether creating a mellow, hypnotic soundscape or something a little more scary, this nifty little piece of production music has the texture you need, adding depth and suspense to any project.

For this week’s pick, we’ve paired The Art of Dreaming by Russell Harris (track ID 388196) with a serene stock footage clip of a sunset over the ocean (footage ID 234247). The piece is a sad and reflective contemporary piano track, evolving into a dreamlike mood of isolation and confusion with haunting strings and electronic textures. The pristine and calming nature of the footage matches the ambient and spacey soundscape provided by the first 45 seconds of the track. Like any good soundtrack, however, the music turns dark and foreboding at 0:45, and we highlighted this with a quick shift in the video effects (ok, so we used the same effect again… but it looks so good!). The result, however cookie cutter, is haunting.

We heartily recommend this production music track for reflective underscores in TV drama, fantasies, and games. It would also fit well in documentaries and mysteries.

Get the track: http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/388196
Get the footage: http://www.productiontrax.com/stock-footage/234247

Take a Vacation with Funky Bossa Nova Stock Music

Feeling the need for some sunshine? Get away this winter with the help of this stock music track by George Christie: Funky Bossa Nova – Instrumental. The perfect royalty free music track for warm weather and vacation themed projects, this upbeat and refreshing soundtrack takes a new spin on a classic latin jazz genre.

Funky Bossa Nova features acoustic guitar, funky bass and drums, traditional Brazillian percussion, and a strong melody. Its breezy and positive nature makes it ideal for travel, comedy, and sitcoms. The track brings a cheerful vibe to any imagery. The track features some quirky human whistling for some character, and is reminiscent of Ipanema without getting too cheesy. A full version is available with ID number 369337.

For this week’s stock music pick of the week, we’ve combined it with a loopable stock footage clip (ID 168239) of a tropical plant swaying in the breeze overlooking a beachfront city somewhere warm in Benalmadena, Spain. The footage is only 11 seconds, but loops seamlessly to fill the time of this stock audio track.

Get the music here: http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/369336
Get the footage here: http://www.productiontrax.com/stock-footage/168239

Royalty Free Christmas Music Pick of the Week – Santa In A Hurry

The holidays are right around the corner, and christmas video production projects are in full swing and nearing the finishing touches. Add a little Christmas cheer with this fun royalty free music track, Santa In A Hurry. Our pick of the week this week, this piece of Christmas production music (music ID 325147) is perfect for children’s projects and holiday themed work. A perfect mix sleigh bells, woodwinds, and brass band, this track combines cheer and wonder with a sense of simplicity. We picture elves working in the workshop, or a goofy romp through a winter wonderland.

Our stock music pick of the week video features stock footage clip 388130, a looping 3D animation of a night journey over snowy hills decorated with Christmas lights, cookies, presents and candy canes. We think it adds the childlike fun and holiday character to complement this music track. We looped the video to fit the short length of the music.

License the track online: http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/325147
Get the stock footage: http://www.productiontrax.com/stock-footage/388130

Royalty Free Music Pick of the Week – Trippy

A little off the beaten path, some quirky, psychedelic royalty free music lurks in the shadows, waiting to be brought to light in crazy, trippy projects. And that happens to be the name of this week’s production music pick of the week. This production music track boasts sitars, tablas, and ethnic and a hybrid trip-hop electronica undercurrent that will make your next multimedia production feel a little high.

While we’d probably classify this more as a world music track, the trance and electronica underpinnings make this a superb background track for any type of project needing an ethnic flair. We could see Trippy used as a sound bed for video games, or establishing shots, even as an eerie theme or film underscore. According to the composer, the track was inspired by The Beatles track Within You, Without You and Tomorrow Never Knows.

Trippy is track ID 384563, and for our video showcase, we’ve combined it with stock footage clip ID 300554 of a nice kaleidoscope effect to enhance it’s off-beat nature.

License the track here: http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/384563

Overlooked Production Music Categories for Composers: Opera

A lot of production music composers focus their energy on creating royalty free music for just a few specific categories. Typically, composers will say, “I’m a film music composer,” and subsequently post music to the film music category. Or they might be really familiar with corporate videos, and therefore only classify their music as corporate. These categories are not only well known, but also have a lot of competition as a result. This practice leads many composers to overlook production of music for different genres, which are equally as necessary for the licensing needs of many a multimedia project.

Stumped on what style to write in? Here this series explores genres that are extremely useful for customers of royalty free music, but tend to go neglected over the course of a composer’s production schedule.

Opera
operaThis sub genre of classical music is often overlooked, usually because of its complexity, and the resources needed for production. Opera requires orchestral composition and recording, which, ironically enough, is the easy part, given the higher quality and lower cost of orchestral samples for digital workstations. The difficult part? Finding a good live singer to float over the orchestra.

Opera tracks are exceptionally useful in places you normally wouldn’t expect. Car commercials, fragrance commercials, even cleaning supply commercials. Opera tracks can add an element of sophistication, mysteriousness, even comedy, depending on how the track is used. And yet, this category is strikingly relatively empty.

If you’re a composer, you have a few strategies for approaching production. Public domain operas are an excellent choice (not to mention one of two legal approaches). Be sure the composer is long gone, and that the lyricist is, as well. Note that some more recent operas by Vivaldi are not in the public domain, not because of Vivaldi, but because the lyrics belong to the estate of the lyricist. So do your homework before selecting one to produce to make into usable royalty free music. That said, however, the scores to most operas are easily accessible, so with the right samples, and a good strategic approach, you can create realistic, and by-the-book production music opera tracks. Dig in to an old public domain opera like Mozart. Select a couple of popular or not so popular movements, and team up with a great singer.

You can also write something original — no need to write a full opera, just something that has the same sound and feel. Keep the music sounding classical to impressionist, lush and stringy. Pick a language, any language, and write some lyrics. They don’t even need to make sense, especially if your singer has some great technique and vibrato. The point is that making a statement isn’t necessary here, simply creating the sound and feel of an opera is all that a commercial production needs. Have fun, and treat it like any other production project. It’s just another song, in a slightly different style.

Edgy Skater Punk Royalty Free Production Music

For any project in need of some edginess and youthful rebellious energy, Skater Punk by Robert Neary is the royalty free production music track that will deliver. From comedy television shows and prime-time cartoons to indie news and political satire, this track fits a variety of multimedia applications so well, you can hardly call it stock music.

Featuring heavy guitars, and hard-hitting drums, this track is triumphant, motivated, and frenetic. We synced up this music with one of our high definition stock footage clips to demonstrate how this might work for a political news show (think the Daily Show with Jon Stewart or Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert) title sequence. While the youthful exuberance gives the video an edgy, in-your-face, stick-it-to-the-man flair, there’s something remarkably authoritative about the sequence as well.

License the music for your next project: http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/99279

My Friend – Nostalgic Folk Pop Royalty Free Production Music

This week, we’re featuring the Production Music track My Friend, ID 378834, a nostalgic folk pop cut that is great for peaceful, reflective moments in any type of multimedia project (such as the stock footage clips we paired it up with). This piece of royalty free music isn’t your typical stock music track: it’s packed with emotion and pensive thought, with gentle acoustic guitar strumming and interspersed piano melodies moving the piece forward while reflecting on all that is and was.

For demonstration purposes, we’ve combined this track with some amazing nature stock footage: clips 350535 (a large tree branch dripping from rain) and 350306 (a stately tree with autumn-colored leaves gently flowing in a fall breeze). The clips are peaceful and reflective, and show off the emotional nature of this week’s royalty free music pick.