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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!

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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.

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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.

» Read the entire Royalty Free Sound Effects Music article

Published on: August 17, 2015

In an article on (“where business smarts meets video smarts”), their staffers Chris and Dan discuss some points on choosing music for your video. focusing on what considerations go into actually choosing that perfect background score.

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Published on: August 13, 2015

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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.

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Published on: August 12, 2015

There is an excellent article called 8 Tools for Putting Yourself on Tape by theatre and film actor KC Wright that offers good insights for SmartSound users putting together an audition tape.

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Published on: August 11, 2015

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Upbeat Music, particularly when it features a versatile synthesizer, can knock a scene into outer space and beyond as it dials up effects that mimic horns, trumpets, grand pianos, marimbas, chimes and more. A truly talented synth player can easily imitate other instruments or generate unique new sounds. The creative facets synthesizers bring to music often enhance the overall quality of the composition as they add sounds that typical small bands don’t generally produce.

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Published on: August 10, 2015

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Calming harp music adds touches of inspiration, tranquility and heartwarming emotions to scenes as one envisions cherubic angels plucking delicate stringed harps on high. Harpists are mesmerizing to watch as they roll and sway and become one with the music they create with these beautiful instruments. Calming harp music is the ideal background for scenes of tender romance as well as tense, haunting dramas.

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Published on: August 07, 2015