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New Album GFGF

Inspired by the highly popular Food Network show, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, GFGF (short for Great Food, Great Friends) gives you the ultimate palette (pun intended!) of rousing, fun rock tunes. Ideal for almost any type of project, these tunes are so toe-tapping they’ll turn your movie into an instant party of good friends. Use Sonicfire Pro’s Mood Mapping technology with these tracks to easily create different textures that follow your scene’s transitions perfectly.

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Published on: September 15, 2015

Screams Are Us
Movie producers love when viewers rip a scream or two out, grip the armrest, or otherwise squirm in their seats when viewing suspenseful scenes. And, contemporary tricks allow viewers to be more a part of the scene than ever before as special effects, 3D and more draw them into the drama, emotion and action. Suspenseful music is found in all types of productions, whether for a few moments or entire scenes. Keep your viewers intrigued with the seat-of-the-pants suspenseful music found only in SmartSound’s customizable music library.

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Published on: September 14, 2015

Consider thrilling and intense music when scoring scenes with drama and rising emotion. Intense background music offers a panorama of emotional cues as it moves seamlessly from tender, romantic intensity to poignancy and thrilling greatness.

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Published on: September 11, 2015

Sad memories are food for the soul and scoring scenes with sad music often lends an air of tragedy or depression to it. Unless there are a bunch of robots in your audience, scoring scenes with sad music might elicit a tear or two along with lonely, helpless, tender or even apocalyptic feelings.

» Read the entire Sad Background Music article

Published on: September 09, 2015

Tropical Grooves
There’s something so happy about Tropical Music; it sets the heart on fire and the feet to moving with grooves and jives, and shakes and wiggles that just come naturally. Tropical music is fast, slow, soft, sensual, upbeat or other-worldly; it’s not all just Latin or Caribbean music, but it is all danceable with its natural liveliness.

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Published on: September 07, 2015

Slow it Down

Meditation music is ideal for creating earthy, ethereal or mystical themes for scenes needing background music specifically designed to enhance a quiet, delicate or touching moment.

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Published on: September 04, 2015

Starta Series - Thrive

A strong, well-produced album of tracks all created with the intent of taking your audience to a brighter, more fulfilling, engaging and happier place. Thrive offers a striking variety of styles under the rubric of its singular focus – from simple acoustic guitar-vocal driven tracks to jangly guitar styles to fully orchestrated themes with inspiring horns and soaring strings – and everything in between, this one album covers a lot of stylistic territory!

» Read the entire New STRATA Series Album: Thrive article

Published on: September 02, 2015

Specialty Music is meant to be different, to add a dimension of the unusual, unreal or surreal as it snaps, crackles and pops with musical fireworks. Specialty Music is often riddled with special effects or instrumentation not generally heard in pop, contemporary, disco, Western or other forms of music. Consider the use of cellos, xylophones, synths and soaring strings which all add richness to a soundtrack not found with classical piano or acoustic guitar.

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Published on: August 31, 2015

Zydeco Is Us

Admit that you love Zydeco music with its rich rhythms and melodies. Zydeco music is meant to keep your feet movin’ and your body groovin’ as accordion, guitar, violin, mandolin washboard, squeezebox, percussion, drums and more triumphantly unite and blast out of the gate with confident intensity. You’ll find Zydeco influenced music in country, contemporary, Western and even earthy music as it benefits many types of scenes.

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Published on: August 28, 2015

Composing a bright, cheery tune for an earthy, outdoorsy or even a world scene is a snap with Leisure Music soundtracks. Leisure music bounces along with a cool, refreshing vibe that wins the heart of all who hear it. Leisure music creates a warm, comfortable backdrop for many scenes.

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Published on: August 26, 2015

Electronica Rhythm & Blues

Rhythm and Blues music has undergone many changes over the years, though it originated with the heartbeat of African American music. Today, whether acoustically or electronically performed, rhythm and blues music is heavy with themes of love, loss, romance, freedom or economics. Rhythm and Blues’ groovin’ and soulful beat creates a soft, easy-going mood for the background.

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Published on: August 24, 2015

Video Scoring Tip: When To Use Music In Video, Part 2

Russell Crowe in "Gladiator". Music score by Hans Zimmer.

Last month we explored the creative impetus behind where to start music in your movie or video. Of course once you have music playing in your video, it forces a new question upon you: Where should I end this?

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Published on: August 21, 2015

Movin’ and Groovin’
Watch people at a jam session when Relaxed Island Music is played and you’ll notice no one is sitting still. You can’t help but move and groove to the light, carefree and happy sounds of Relaxing Island Music. When you want to convey a cheerful, leisurely mood, consider adding a touch of relaxing island music and your audience will connect with it.

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Published on: August 19, 2015

Orchestral Comedy Another superb-quality orchestral album from Artist Series composer, Francisco Becker. This time we get his classy and sophisticated take on music ideal for comedic settings of all sorts. Brimming with infectious comedic themes, this album covers pretty much any humorous, light-hearted backdrop imaginable including: hectic screwball, light-activity, comedic-suspense, the unsteady character, tongue-in-cheek tango, goofy moments and more.

» Read the entire Orchestral Comedy - New Music article

Published on: August 17, 2015

Environmental Sound Effects
Sound effects, or ambient sounds, are in many of the scenes you watch. Sound effects create mood, tone, emotion and feeling, or give sound to an action. Music can only take a scene so far; add sound effects and create a legit beach scene with crashing waves or a subway scene with the jarring, screeching sounds of the sub’s brakes. Albums with a diverse collection of sound effects, ambient sounds and environmental sounds are always used for scenes at events, in retail stores and crowded areas, at parties, in fight scenes and battles; there are even sound effects for a kiss, a slap and a laugh, though no one’s bottled the sounds of silence yet.

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Published on: August 17, 2015