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Enjoy the earthy energy of Classic Rock Royalty Free Music from SmartSound’s extensive library. There’s enough high-octane vibe to populate a year’s worth of on-screen concerts, or films that move just like one. Whether the Boomers are getting together for an ensemble weekend, or the animated feature is teaching a fun, lunatic lesson, classic rock sets the tone.

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Published on: April 18, 2014

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Published on: April 18, 2014

SmartSound's royalty free Hawaiian music transports us instantly to cheerful, relaxed days in the sun. Bring out the ukuleles and Hawaiian guitars, and in just a few short notes, you know exactly where you’re supposed to be right now, hula dancing under the palms, and forgetting all your woes.

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Published on: April 17, 2014

New album going green

Light, easy and infectious tracks with a crisp, clean production value, simple musical approach and unique instrumentation. Pulsating percussion and other unique elements intertwine with various guitars, keyboards and coloristic accents to create activity with a purpose.

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Published on: April 16, 2014

Like their cousins, Soul, and R&B, SmartSound's Royalty Free Gospel Music cuts a wide swath. The gospel feel of Holy, Holy, Holy, from the album Hymns Revisited, plays it straight with a soothing, traditional religious theme. The instrument is piano, the style is gospel ballad, and this heartfelt arrangement of the popular hymn is great for church productions and other religious projects.

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Published on: April 15, 2014

Royalty Free Hard Rock Music from SmartSound bristles with intense masculine energy; hard-driving, hard-core; a few less-intense moments thrown in lighten the mood for a moment before barreling on.

That intensity never lets up in raucous, hard-hitting Smother Me from Core Beyond. Variations like Grunge, Suffocate, and Relentless tell the story of the ferocity that lies within. Use this slammin track for Video Game terror, and Film Traileraction portending a v. powerful movie opening just a few ominous months hence!

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Published on: April 14, 2014

Royalty Free Dramatic MusicDramatic Royalty Free Music from Smartsound describes all that life drama itself ranges through from moving, to vivid, to startling, to theatrical. With "serious" its middle name, dramatic music can range from wildly crashing and thunderous, to confrontive, to tender and poignant.

Dozens, if not hundreds, of Smartsound albums contain dramatic music — here’s a few that really turn up the intensity.

Rich orchestral album Emotional Depth creates positive, high-drama venues for passions, both personal and political, in your characters’ lives.

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Published on: April 10, 2014

Ever wonder how to go about finding the perfect royalty free song for your production, from the Smartsound website? Here are some tips and inside info about the site, which should make it easier:

If you have a lot of flexibility, or are just looking for general ideas, search the "Categories" listed under "Smartsound Royalty Free Music Library" on the home page, and several other pages. You can also click on the Music Library link at the top of each page, for a visual of the categories and series.

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Published on: April 08, 2014

Reality contest album

Chill Out music with a laid-back yet rhythmic feel. These lush tracks paint a deep, evocative image. The use of complex musical layers and soothing rhythms will put the audience in a mellow mindset.

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Published on: April 08, 2014

Reality contest album

Fat, blunt hip-hop beats straight out of the West Coast. Set a grooving, laid-back vibe for your scenes with these rolling beats and big bass lines.

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Published on: April 04, 2014

SmartSound's Royalty-free Music with Vocals & Lyrics section gives you that opportunity to showcase up-and-coming musical talent in your own productions.

Energetic, punchy Everybody, features vocals, and R&B band to show how rapper Sugakane rolls. Rap is about the moves as well as the words, and Dance Floor brings sleek, sexy, and sultry to your club scene with an irresistible invitation to dance.

With any track featuring vocals Mood Mapping allows you to easily blend vocals in and out of your scene at will. The poetic lyrics, gravelly vocals, and blue-collar rock of Josh Eagle and the Harvest City bring intensity to your sequences that resonate with heartfelt meaning.

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Published on: April 03, 2014

Reality contest album

Bold, emotional music perfect for driving the narrative of reality TV contests. Combining orchestral and rock elements, it is also great for corporate videos with a competitive edge.

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Published on: April 02, 2014

Royalty Free Latin MusicAptly-named Latin Flavors serves up a feast of delectable, spicy tracks, guaranteed to make your mouth water. Is it any wonder Latin music brings up visions of food and festivity? Party, travel, or romantic scenes love the Latin touch!

Festive, punchy Cha Cha with Me lights up the kitchen with sassy brass horn riffs, cha cha piano and spirited percussion. Its high-octane energy dances its way through your happiest Travel, Cooking, and home Video projects.

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Published on: April 01, 2014

Final Countdown album

Backgrounds for scenes of drama, action and suspense; music designed to be unintrusive while fully underscoring the mood of production.

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Published on: April 01, 2014

Electro Beat album

A variety of beat driven tracks, chilled out and cooked up hot, ready to serve over visuals that are just looking for some tempo to help them move.

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Published on: March 30, 2014

Sunday Matinee Album

Guitar bands that heat it up, smoke it and burn it. Hard edged the way you want it.

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Published on: March 28, 2014

Direct Consequences Album

Guitar bands that heat it up, smoke it and burn it. Hard edged the way you want it.

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Published on: March 26, 2014

Nu Skool Royalty Free MusicLike dub music, Hip Hop developed first as a purely instrumental offshoot of African-American music, in the 1970’s. Part of its origin was block parties in the Bronx area of New York City, where DJ’s started isolating the percussion breaks of popular funk and soul music songs.

Vocals in the form of rap, breaths, or monosyllables were added over the top, and a whole new style was born. One legend of the origin of the term has rapper Keith Cowboy mocking a friend who’d just joined the Army with the nonsense phrase “hip/hop hip/hop” to mimic the marching soldiers.

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Published on: March 25, 2014

Live Wire Album

A cool collection of fun, energetic and dramatic tracks to increase the heart rate of your next production - music that will add intensity to your scenes of surveillance, suspense, chase and capture. Case closed.

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Published on: March 24, 2014

Live Wire Album

Straight-ahead, lift your spirits, red-blooded rock, with energy to get the job done.

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Published on: March 21, 2014


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