Southern Blues Music is a staple of many types of video as well as video games. With tremendous variety in beat, tempo, and even instrumentation, this broad category can fill many roles. Ranging from slow and soulful to fast and rockin’, just about any scene can benefit from the pure emotion shown in these tracks.
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Musical GenreGenre :: February 08, 2012
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Get on the Bright Side with Room to Grow, an easy-going, light country soundtrack. Room to Grow features acoustic guitar and percussion which blend to create a calm, gentle, innocent tune, with a positive, light groove. Folk music with its variety of strings can elicit bluesy, folksy, Southern, Americana, country and even a pop vibe thanks to these versatile instruments. Light country music fits commercials, home or product videos, nature or corporate communications. Relaxed, motivating music casts the spotlight on your scene while adding an easy-going vibe.
Horror music with an edge driven by special effects, unusual instrumentation or unique compositions is perfect for instilling an enhanced level of fear in your viewers. Move them to the edge of their seats with edgy horror music that’s bold, competitive and fiercely stylistic.
There’s something sinister about eerie and somber music that sets the heart to pounding as pulsating, dangerous music fills the listener’s ears with ominous, dramatic and haunting music akin to the mythological Sirens’ songs.
Electronic music has come a long way since it was popularized in the 70’s with sounds created with musical instruments and electronic music technology. Polyphonic synthesizers, electronic drums, drum machines and computer technology offered diverse options for composing inimitable tracks. The late 90’s brought affordable music technology to the world and the music scene exploded with contemporary electronic music in many genres from experimental art music to popular electronic dance music as composers attempted to create sensations of flying, dreaming, or being in outer space with ethereal electronic effects.
Bands in stadiums across America frequently feature the opening four notes of The Addams Family theme song with dramatic chords dominated by a harpsichord. Melodramatic finger-snaps, a triangle, wooden block, a slide whistle, a duck call and Lurch’s voice punctuating the lyrics were all used to simulate dramatic horror music back in the ‘60s. Though sports fans have replaced the finger-snaps with shouts of DE-FENSE, the familiar music sets the stage for the intrigue and suspense that follows.
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.
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.
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.
Old Time Music
Banjos make music fun! Banjos are often heard in country, folk, Irish, Appalachian, traditional and bluegrass music, and even in minstrel shows. Once central to African American folk music, banjos were then crafted with the body of a gourd and a wooden stick for a neck with varying numbers of strings added. But no matter what it looks like or how it’s played, when you hear someone fingerpicking a banjo, you know it’s going to be a fun scene.
Reggae, Calypso, Salsa, Oh My!
Every single island and inch of coastline in the Caribbean boasts its own style of music it seems, but what’s common to all of them is their irresistibly dance-friendly rhythm. You just can’t sit down while listening to Caribbean music. We’re not just talking Bob Marley either; we mean Calypso, Salsa, Flamenco, Merengue, Bachata and more.
Big cities are often loved for their diverse music scenes; especially world music which can be heard in every club and on every street corner. World music transports listeners to lands of mystery and intrigue, but when an abstract effect is added to it, well, now you’ve got some seriously awesome abstract music from around the world. Uniquely creative, world music always adds an element of surprise as unusual or uncommon instrumentation unites this genre.
Pop it Like it’s Hot
Edgy pop music is the way to go when productions require a driving, energetic or wild beat. Pop music is often eclectic or borrows elements from other music styles including rock, urban, dance and Latin, though there are common elements to pop music. Edgy pop music can be bold, raw, jagged and dissonant, and employ repeated choruses, melodic tunes and hooks to catch the listener’s ear and draw them into the song. Edgy pop music is great for youth culture, romantic sitcoms, viral videos, promotional videos and high-energy ads.
Fantasy comes from the Italian word “fantasia” and fantasy music was originally created as orchestral musical scores which were primarily improvisational and whimsically inventive. Instrumental Fantasy music pays tribute to the magical idea of music rather than to a particular genre of music allowing it to become the backdrop for fabled tales in fictional worlds with supernatural phenomena and mythological themes.
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