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More Royalty Free World MusicGenre :: December 19, 2013
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.
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.
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.
Foot Stompin’ Folk
Everyone has a favorite song that makes them jump up, start stomping their heels, clapping their hands and twirling around. Often, these tunes are folk songs with their merry fiddles, mandolins, violins and banjos which create lively, rollicking tunes that reach to the heart of who we are. Every culture in the world claims their own folk music which originates in their unique oral tradition and is generally of unknown authorship as it’s been transmitted through multiple generations. Today’s composers are inspired by and imitate folk music of old with a bevy of newer folk music styles.
Most 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.
As 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.
SmartSound has much to choose from in the realm of Royalty Free Indian Music, starting with India’s Mantra from Scoring Essentials. This hypnotic, sensual, earthy track, perfect for short film, meditation, massage therapy, or any contemplative venue features multiple exotic instruments from drones to large-bore wooden flutes to rhythmic tablas.
Royalty Free French music can’t help but lend an air of high society polish to your video production. Even innocent, whimsical French Waltz, from the Parlour Games album manages to sound cultured at every turn, with Chamber Group, piano, and violin consorting to bring out the posh in your next Indie film, Short film, or Biography.
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.
Aptly-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.
SmartSound's Royalty Free Irish music kicks your video production into high gear in a few beats or less, thanks to the enduring quality of the genre itself. Irish music remains one of the few genres that have not only morphed and evolved into some of the most popular rock, pop, and soul performers of modern times (U-2, Enya, Van Morrison), but has kept its traditional forms alive and thriving.
Off-beat music genre, Reggae, developed literally off the beat. Unlike most other forms of music, the emphasis is on the third beat of the measure, instead of the first (downbeat). Its roots hail from Africa, by way of Jamaica, where Reggae was developed in the 1960’s, as well as from jazz, and R&B.
The music line is often slower than some other Caribbean styles, but sly and seductive, and well suited for background music designed to put you into a relaxed, stay-in-the-present state.
If Africa is the cradle of humanity, African music is the cradle of all modern music, with a compelling, incessant beat, and an earthy energy. Pop, rock, soul, R&B, gospel, rap, and hip hop all trace their roots to the primitive soul of the African home.
Many Smartsound albums featuring Royalty Free African Music are compilations of several exotic themes around the world, as diverse as they are world-conscious and sophisticated. Check out World Beat for a collection of traditional sounds and contemporary arrangements.
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