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Intrigue & TensionSmartSound’s collection of Romantic Royalty-Free Music reflects the gamut of what romantic really means, not just the preoccupation with love or the idealism of it. It also represents the love of adventure, the love of what’s beautiful in life, or being smitten with the delightfulness of one’s own family.

Album Midnight Moods is especially rich in exotic possibilities of a romantic, and even dangerous adventure. Check out Deep Tangier and Dangerous Passion to add drama and intrigue to your set. Gritty, yet seductive Impulse is bound to take your courageous heroes to at least three continents before resolving After Midnight at the denouement in a quiet Paris jazz bar!

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Published on: July 30, 2014

Royalty Free Folk MusicMost people recognize folk music when they hear it, yet it’s not easy to define. Coming from the German "volk," – "of the people," traditional folk music is often unexcitingly labeled "music of no known composer," or "passed down through oral tradition." It’s usually at least as old as the 19th century, but may even pre-date that. Some types of folk music are called world music.

Contemporary folk music reached a peak in the 1960's, being based on a revival of older folk styles. Whatever the era or style, SmartSound Royalty Free Folk Music includes generous examples of both modern composition and traditional songs.

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Published on: July 29, 2014

Suspenseful Suspenseful Royalty Free Music from SmartSound brings up the anxiety with pulsating electronica or somber strings, with a little Secret Agent thrown in.

Aptly named for the product line that keeps us all in suspense, iPulse from Ambient Pulse provides a futuristic atmosphere so subtle it almost seems to be not there, like the addiction you keep trying to forget (not a chance!) Science videos, or suspense projects needing an electronic edge are good spots for this synthesizer piece.

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Published on: July 28, 2014

HappySmartSound’s Happy Royalty Free Music swings along through countless genres from kid stuff to country to retro. Dance to it, drive to it, or just grin ear to ear, but no sad faces will be left behind.

A few strong “Heys” from the chorus keep the fun from being completely electronic in Hella Fun from album Phat Grooves. You can almost see everyone on the dance floor making those flat circles with their fists to match gyrating hips. Pure hip-hop, this track almost yells ‘flash mob’ since everyone will know the moves, and moving is what it’s all about for this lively urban scene!

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Published on: July 25, 2014

Funky Royalty Free MusicFunky Royalty Free Music is all about the beat and groove, with the accent on danceable smooth. It de-emphasizes melody and harmony, with bass and drums predominating, and electric instruments thrown in. James Brown is called the father of funk; when he originated the style in the late 1960’s he took elements of jazz, soul and R&B, and streamlined them to create the funky sound that’s still just right for any scene needing a cool boost.

Check out Smartsound’s Slam Funk, for the gamut of what funk is about. Friend or Funk, billed as funk for the new millennium jams R&B Band with Organ breakdown to punch up Product Videos and On Hold music. This pulsating track is slick and edgy. Pump up action and chase scenes with Funk Proof—driving guitars and piping hot organ give the track a punchy Motown vibe.

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Published on: July 24, 2014

Discovery: new STRATA album

A fresh musical offering that evokes a sense of exploration, inquisitiveness and a drive to move forward. While a contemporary sound and feel exudes these tracks, the chords and song structures keep them accessible and ideal for videos from a corporate and business perspective to lighter television fare such as HGTV and even, of course, the Discovery Channel.

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Published on: July 21, 2014

Swing bandsSmartSound’s Uplifting Royalty Free Music can be found in hundreds of tracks and dozens of genres, from Corporate to R&B/Soul to orchestral grandeur, and more. It’s a key element in any good story, when the heroine finds her own strength, the country finds its inspiration, the child finds his courage.

Elbow Grease from Spring Cleaning: Think Gwyneth Paltrow and her buddy fixing up the office for her fledgling new business in Sliding Doors. Even if your viewers hate that kind of work, they’re going to be leaping into the screen to lend a hand, or at the very least, tapping some encouraging toes.

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Published on: July 21, 2014

mystical By definition “mystical” relates to religious mysticism, or to inspiring mystery, awe or fascination. SmartSound Mystical Royalty Free Music echoes the spiritual ties to exotic, unfamiliar lands with its 68 tracks of primarily New Age-style music.

Angelic strings in Ancient Cities create a sense of peace and wonder ideal for Meditation or Spoken Word/Narration projects. The expansive track from Distant Worlds gives no hint where in time we might be, in the distant past, or the distant future, looking back at the cities of today. Fear is unknown in the magical world evoked.

Travel and Documentary projects are good locations for Ethnic Ensemble background from World Tour, Mystical Karma. Consisting of quiet East Indian percussive variations, it flows with hypnotic ease in World style.

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Published on: July 18, 2014

Composer Amotz Plessner returns for his 5th gig with Smartsound, in his latest release Amotz Plessner & Friends Volume 5 – Rise to Power. His signature style runs the gamut from pop rock to orchestral, but always with a driving force that lets you know the scene or the characters within are making some moves!

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Published on: July 17, 2014

Homespun Guitar Royalty Free Music AlbumSmartsound’s Royalty Free Guitar music covers some big territory, with no less than four albums highlighting Guitar music.

Homespun Guitar features the dreamy, contemplative moods evoked with the clear lines of acoustic guitar. Country/Folk Ballad The Way you Smile, creates a quiet, soothing background for Biography and Spoken Word/Narration. Touching, tender scenes get the right ambience through piano/strings duet.

Easy-going, carefree Wellness, joins piano and acoustic guitar for a light, positive outlook.

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Published on: July 16, 2014

With video games having exploded into a multibillion-dollar business, delivering a unique player experience is more important than ever. Choosing the right royalty free video game music is an important building block in the creation of a complete virtual world.

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Published on: July 15, 2014

Indie Country Just like Country Rock found a lot of fans in the Boomer College years for its ability to blend two popular sounds, Indie/Country music from SmartSound expands the reach of both genres for the 21st century.

Electric Guitar warbles around with genuine Country Twang for Aesthetics: New Rock. You’d almost swear there might be pedal steel in there in this amiable outing. The steady beat cruises along with some mandolin tweaks chiming in from time to time; a perfect background for road trip scenes that heat up towards the middle then taper back.

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Published on: July 14, 2014

Brady HarrisSmartSound Country/Folk Vocals are a select, but earthy collection, starring primarily Jesse Smith and Blind Optimism, Josh Eagle and the Harvest City, and Brady Harris.

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Published on: July 11, 2014

Classical Suite #1Hope springs eternal in the human breast, and never more so than at a wedding. Traditional Royalty Free WeddingMusic from SmartSound underpins the hope that this marriage, at least, will last as long as the traditions it embodies. Whether your wedding scene is a heartfelt reflection of serious intentions, or a tongue-in-cheek contrast to the bride and groom’s real chances of keeping the knot tied for good, one of these tracks will supply the grandeur you need.

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Published on: July 10, 2014

Interestingly enough, the number of tracks answering to both Classical and Orchestral among the SmartSound stacks is relatively small. However dozens of songs in the Classical department, played with full orchestra, could easily take their place in productions needing Classical Royalty Free Orchestral Music.

Leading the pack, as appropriate, is Richard Strauss’ Zarathustra from album Cinema Standards, arranged by Ron Sorbo. Immediately recognizable from its use as theme music for the Apollo space program, and in the greatest movie of all time, 2001, A Space Odyssey, (Can you tell I’m prejudiced?) this theme makes a fantastic intro for stories of epic proportions.

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Published on: July 09, 2014

World musicAs usual music transports viewers wherever you want them, faster than anything, except the sense of smell. These examples from SmartSound’s collection of Royalty Free World Music demonstrate how you can make them feel almost-at-home with a recognizable ethnic sound, or disorient with rhythms and instrument too general to immediately pinpoint.

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Published on: July 07, 2014

Scoring audio density in video

When we talk about “density” in audio we mean how much aural or sonic space a dialogue track, sound effect, musical instrument, orchestra, etc., takes up in the available aural space. This is not volume (loudness) but represents the sonic “thickness” taken by that item. Some sounds are denser than others.

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Published on: July 02, 2014

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Published on: July 01, 2014

Patriotic Royalty Free MusicRoyalty Free Patriotic Music music isn’t limited to just the old favorites, like Sousa march Stars and Stripes, though Smartsound does feature a very lively, dignified version, thank you very much, or vintage Yankee Doodle Dandy. It also brings the spirit of America alive with regional specialties like Dixieland, ragtime, marches and folk music.

Album American Spirit gives you a robust sampling of American favorites, making this collection a perfect background for political, holiday, and historical projects.

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Published on: July 01, 2014

Final CountdownSmartSound’s orchestral TV music adds depth and dimension to the medium, which can be lighter than big screen movie fare. Call on the orchestra to make any scene majestic or ground it in a certain importance, regardless of the overall tone of the scene, from intensely serious to just barely there.

The foe gathers slowly and stealthily at first in Enemy Swarm with descriptive variations like “Lurk,” “Get Out,” and “Scramble” from Final Countdown. This track is good for the slow buildup of tension, and is designed, like others in the album to create an ominous yet unobtrusive background.

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Published on: June 30, 2014


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