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Genre :: February 08, 2012

Fear of the future gets concentrated and distilled in futuristic movies—they always seem apocalyptic—why is that?—and SmartSound Futuristic Royalty Free Music delivers the goods for electronic scariness and power.

In the way that most all trailers amp up the drama of any coming attraction, Cybershark from Massive Edge Orchestral pulls out all the stops in the Studio Orchestra and Synthesizer’s repertoire to paint a fierce, extreme picture of the future. Video Games are another venue for the intense chaotic stylings of this track.

Commercials that march to a different drummer could do worse than call on Ultra Pop’s Analog Dance. This concentrated track has something for everyone, from future rock kitsch (with variations like Gnarly, Funky, and Get Ready—where’s Austin Powers when we need him?) to electronic machine gun fire to pizzicato strings.

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Published on: January 20, 2015

Industrial Music Whether we like to admit it or not, work is work and even if you’re an office worker, you can get into the groove of instrumental music. There’s no better way to do it for your production than by using SmartSound’s instrumental corporate music tracks for the occasion. Here’s just a small sampling of those songs:

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Published on: November 24, 2014

Instrumental Wedding MusicWhile vocals can often add to the beauty of a wedding song, sometimes the piece being purely instrumental can say it all. SmartSound’s library has a wide array of instrumental wedding music that will bolster your wedding video production. Here’s just a sampling of the music we have to offer in this genre:

Lush and moving, heartwarming track A Tender Melody features a pensive clarinet on a stirring and memorable melody. A high string entrance later creates a sense of emerging hope. Many great songs just like this one can be found on the parent album, Tender Moments. It is comprised of subtly orchestrated tracks that exhibit a variety of tender emotions: pensiveness, quiet, personal hope, introspective playfulness, quiet strength, soft redemption and more. Lightly orchestrated with simple piano, light strings and an occasional woodwind, use Sonicfire Pro's Mood Mapping feature to reduce texture for a more fragile and touching story line.

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Published on: October 29, 2014

Motivating Rock MusicMusic has a strange way of being able to get you into different moods for different times in your life. Many associate rock music with being able to get you in a mood to be motivated, to achieve something great. SmartSound has a diverse array of songs to do just that for your production. Here are some examples to help get you started...

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Published on: October 03, 2014

Driving Rock MusicEveryone knows the scene: You’re driving along a long, open highway with your convertible top down and the wind whipping through your hair. What’s missing? A ripping, roaring rock song track is. It portrays liberation and progress like only the open road can. SmartSound has a large variation of rock songs that are perfect for driving occasions. Here are just a few tunes to get you started in the right direction:

The apropos named album Heartland Rock delivers acoustic and electric, blue collar rock inspired by the American Heartland - this music is built solid and tough.

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Published on: September 29, 2014

Lively JazzLively Jazz pieces have the power to bring you back to a time when bands had a big, full sound and fedoras were originally in style. SmartSound’s collection is robust and offers tracks that are a perfect time capsule of the jazz era.

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Published on: September 22, 2014

Mellow JazzMellow jazz music can be used to portray several different scenarios: beach scenes, romance, coffeehouses, elevator music, and more. SmartSound has the beats for all these occasions in our in-depth jazz collection. Here are five songs that we would like to highlight to start your browsing off right:

Looking to escape for a while? Westwind is a jazzy cut can underscore all sorts of projects, from travel stories to corporate videos. It features acoustic guitar and a groovy bass line that will have listeners thinking about a special time they spent on a white, sandy beach. This and other tunes from the Travel & Leisure album help you to relax and unwind with casual music for your travel footage. Whether taking a stroll in the plaza or going for a weekend jaunt, these tracks are the perfect travel companions.

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Published on: September 19, 2014

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

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

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’ 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

World musicAs 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.

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Published on: July 07, 2014

Royalty Free Country Music features catchy upbeat rhythms, ballads and barroom blues. Contemporary Country goes to town with Southern, confident Beer Bottle Blues, a no-frills gritty guitar jam that kicks back and wails it for a biography or any scene needing the good-times Country/Folk feel. Tasty funk guitar licks strut through the nightlife scene with Down Home Funk, in a fresh country-soul blend.

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Published on: June 18, 2014

Home Cooking

It's the soundtrack for strolls down big city streets, the sunny deck of a private pool at a Miami resort, a pensive moment on an isolated California beach. A warm saxophone sets the tone, a piano answers and perhaps an acoustic guitar interrupts the conversation.

It's smooth jazz and very few musical styles have the ability to create a distinctive backdrop for so many different scenes. If your next production calls for musical accompaniment that can be both unobtrusive and filled with personality, consider one of SmartSound Inc’s distinctive royalty free smooth jazz collections.

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Published on: June 17, 2014