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Vocal JazzA singer in a jazz tune can add a whole new element to either a slow, silky number or a fast, racing beat that has the ability to blow you back with its huge sound. It’s hard to imagine what great jazz songs would have sounded like without vocalists like Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and others at the front. SmartSound channels some of the greats of yesteryear with its vocal jazz collection – it is sure to truly reach listeners with the added instrument of the voice.

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Published on: September 15, 2014

Funky CountryWhy the long face?? Got the blues? Find solace in Smartsound's Royalty-Free Blues Music, with pages of suggestions for albums, songs, and blues-influenced tracks. Start with All About the Blues and get the history of the blues in one gritty collection, spanning the range of styles from the New Orleans Delta to Chicago.

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Published on: September 04, 2014

Ambient Royalty Free MusicAmbient music focuses on creating a mood or atmosphere, and rarely features the structure of a recognizable composition, melody or rhythm. Developing in the late 1970’s in the United Kingdom, this synthesizer-heavy genre combines elements of space rock, and Krautrock (German experimental music.)

Eerie Binary Tides, from album Dreams and Whispers pulsates through various disconnected ambient sound effects and rhythms to create a chill, mellow texture for Meditation, Science, or Short Film projects. Subdued, ethereal Explore the Now, adds a quiet touch for scenes of wonder, discovery or mystery for Documentaries and Indie Films.

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Published on: August 05, 2014

Happiness is a choice; it’s ten percent what happens to us, and ninety percent how we react to it. Easy Listening Royalty Free Music from SmartSound conveys both the peaceful reassurance of this viewpoint, and also its unconventionality, in the variety and intriguing treatments available through SmartSound’s multi-track albums.

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Published on: July 31, 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

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

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

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

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

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