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.
Winter might be on the thaw, but you can instill that icy chill into any multimedia project with this week’s royalty free production music pick of the week, Great Expectations. With choirs, bells, and orchestral strings, this track has a layer of intrigue and motivation that combines with sounds traditionally heard during the cold winter months to create a character all of its own.
It sort of reminds us of a Harry Potter sequence — a dark sinister stroll through enchanted woods, or in the deep recesses of a medieval castle. A suitable theme for an evil villain, sorcerer, or fantasy role playing game, this piece has moments of huge muiscal epic-ness and quiet contemplation (or brooding). But don’t let that pidgeon hole you to the fantasy genre. Ad campaigns for companies ranging from security systems to banks and insurance companies could find creative use for these tracks. We feel a sports car commercial would probably make great use of this production music track.
For our pick of the week video, we paired this short piece with stock footage of nighttime snow and fog filmed from a moving car in an eerily empty parking lot. Notice how the creepy feel transfers over to the second stock footage clip, establishing a winter scene haunted farm, demonstrating the music’s versatility.
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.
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.
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.
Most people know that using royalty free music can save them a lot of time and money in production. Similarly, stock footage is a great time saver, allowing producers of multimedia content to deliver their final projects on budget and on time, without sacrificing creativity and visual diversity. Here are a few ways you can use stock footage to your advantage:
1) Background projection at concerts and live events. Music and visual stimulation go hand in hand, and stock footage creates awesome background animations for large-scale projection needs. Whether it’s a small club or giant rock venue, your graphics team can enhance any production with the use of royalty free video. Think timelapse clouds, bustling urban scenes, or psychadelic sequences to accompany your next performance or speech. Stock footage allows you to create amazing live performances with moving images at a fraction of the cost of hiring out a full production crew.
2) Establishing location. For films and television shows requiring shots that set location, stock footage clips can go a long way in helping you to tell the where of your story. For example, inserting a stock video clip of a city highrise just before a scene can help your audience visualize that the scene takes place in a downtown office. Stock footage allows for a lot of creativity along these lines, easily affording aerial shots of cities, mountain ranges, and futuristic planetary locations. The only limit to where your next film can take place is your imagination.
3) Montages. Timelapse stock footage comes in really handy for creating montages and similar visual sequences. The fact that the video has already been edited together for you is also a huge timesaver. We like to combine montages with some royalty free music for really effective promo videos with inspiring messages.
4) Source footage for props. With a little bit of graphic artistry, you can take any clip and put it on a TV screen, computer screen, or anything else you can imagine. When a prop requires moving images, you can get a lot of utility out of simple stock footage clips.
5) Video to accompany podcasts. When you’re producing a daily or weekly audio podcast, you don’t always have time to find great images to accompany your audio. You can easily take an audio-only podcast to the realm of video podcasting with some stock footage clips. With some simple video editing software, you can mix your podcast audio with clips covering just about any topic.
News broadcasts. Have a breaking story to cover? We all know that being first with a story is everything in the news industry, and stock footage clips allow you to break the news visually faster than any other method of production, short of standing on the scene live. Inserting cool animations, historical shots, and other royalty free clips can help provide visual variety to your watchers with minimal investment of time and money.
It’s that time of the month! A new episode of the Productiontrax.com New Royalty Free Music Podcast is online at iTunes. This episode features the newest (and we think some of the best) royalty free stock music posted to Productiontrax as of May 14, 2012. As always, the music in the podcast is available for further preview and instant download for use in any multimedia project, and most tracks are now available for download in WAV or FLAC format.
Here’s a run down of the music in this month’s episode:
We started off with the hard hitting Lunch Time by Vladimir Khokhlenkov, which worked great for an opening underscore, thanks to it’s high energy level, but unobtrusive vibe. We kept things rolling with a surfer rock track called The Wave Chasers, by Gary Wolk, followed by a pretty cool hip-hop background music track that would work in just about any kind of project, What’s Up? by Tony Lopez.
On the softer side, we explored the Jewish sounds of The Wailing Wall by David Hollandsworth, an emotional waltz featuring haunting piano and strings. My Guitar Is So Happy, by Benjamin Lindholm, is a quintiscential folk-pop guitar track that would make a great soundtrack for any television advertisement. It’s hip, fun, and accoustic — a great mix, and super usable. Fivestep, by Running Dog Music, is an ambient, yoga-like track, that features smooth, lush pads and very light percussion. Makes us want to meditate, or start stretching.
We start to pick up the energy at the end of the podcast, moving into Dawning and Sundown by Ruslan Minin, which features a medium tempo smooth jazz feel with an interesting use of asian pipes for the melody. Content and Happy by Tim Brown is a fun, upbeat, pop-rock bed that just screams corporate, presentation, and pop-culture advertising. But before you get to excited, spice things up with a little latin romance with Latin Lovely main by Alec Makinson — it’s a smooth latin jazz track that will make your heart melt.
To celebrate our move to the cloud, we’ve brought back our New Tracks podcast, featuring several individual new royalty free music tracks each week. You can get our podcast on iTunes or check out our video version on YouTube. Here’s the links — I’ll publish the video as soon as it is online.