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Genre :: February 08, 2012

Classical Suite #3SmartSound’s collection of classical music is impressive, with 28 albums currently featuring tracks labeled as classical.  Numbers from genuinely classical composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart are well-represented, as are modern composers who write in classical style.  Just as guitars are essential in modern rock music, strings are the heavy hitters in classical.  SmartSound’s Classical Royalty Free Strings Music fills these albums with the beautiful sounds of violins, violincellos, and acoustic basses.

Baroque musical style implies embellishment with flourishes as colorful as they are, sometimes, extreme.  Spirited Baroque 1 from album Parlour Games pours it on, despite only four instruments used in this Chamber Group quartet track.  It’s regal and dignified, reflecting the power of just a few people working together.   As was done for movie Marie Antoinette, whimsically juxtaposing modern music in a 200-year-old story, this track could find a home in an Indie Film or Short Film.

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Published on: February 16, 2014

Jesse Smith and Blind OptimismMore than 40 albums fill the Royalty-Free Rock, Hip Hop and R&B section. From heavy metal, to hip hop, to R&B the SmartSound selection of Royalty Free Rock Music will have what your looking for. Our musicians have helped define the sound of many world renowned artists. Guitarist Bob Mann recorded, toured with, and arranged for a wide array of rock icons including Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Steve Tyrell, Celine Dion, James Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, and others. Josquin des Pres shared credits include Jack Johnson, Gypsy Kings, Spencer Davis, Charlie Daniels, Bernie Taupin, Billy Sheehan and Peter Frampton. Whether you’re producing an Indie film, sports film, product video, or you just want to spice up your on-hold music with something guaranteed to keep your callers from falling asleep on the line, this category has something soulful for you.

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Published on: January 30, 2014

Bright SideRoyalty Free Pop Music reigns king as the biggest category ever in Smartsound’s library. Pop elements show up in everything from kid’s fun songs to gospel to hard rock. Depending on your point of view you could say pop is where music has been destined to go over the centuries, given its almost universal ability to lighten up the spirits of even the most dreary mood!

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Published on: January 28, 2014

Royalty Free Trance MusicDespite its name, Royalty Free Trance Music isn’t just for Halloween. The style developed in the 1990's as part of many electronic genres most at home on the dance club scene. Growing originally out of disco roots, electronic music got gradually faster and more minimalist, giving dancers the opportunity to merge with the repetitive melodies into their own trance in motion.

From the vibrant Club Scene album, slick, sexy Miami Lounge exhibits the characteristic Drum & Bass/Electronica sound of Trance. Commercials, Reality TV and Video Games and any scene needing a cool current chill out to this Synthesizer Track.

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Published on: January 23, 2014

Michael RaphaelVocals always add a confident note of energy to any musical interlude. SmartSound’s Vocal Royalty Free Pop Music brings out the full range, from pointed, spot-on lyrics to soothing background syllables that are themselves an atmospheric instrument.

The heartwarming, yet bittersweet vocal tone of Gold from newer release Nova Page & AD21 (reviewed December 6, 2013)

echoes in the lyrics “We gotta move on.. I wish you are gold, but you’re not mine.” Driving acoustic guitar background moves towards the inevitable conclusion, at least for now, of this relationship. If your story indeed sees the couple out and on to other things, Gold works, and the hopeful tone indicates they’ll be wiser, if sadder. As always, though, the storyline could take a twist. Once they’ve well and truly let go, they may, in the future, see it was what they really wanted all along, and the kind parting words leave the door open.

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Published on: January 22, 2014

Cinematic ExplorationRoyalty Free Orchestral Music tends to be big and dramatic, as big as the idea that the entire cast of musicians is at your service--working together to bring you all the drama and adventure the orchestral sound conveys.

Heavy hitting tracks in Orchestral Impact delivers big-budget effect, no matter the size of the screen!

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Published on: January 21, 2014

Indie music, or music produced independently from the big record labels has a reputation for quirkiness and eclectic qualities.  A little bit of the do-it-yourself spirit often shows up, while the style may fit into different genres.  Indie Royalty Free Pop Music from SmartSound is always smooth and sprightly, while keeping its stylings unique and unpredictable.

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Published on: January 17, 2014

Indie Band 01Pop Rock for the 21st century takes in even more ground than during its birth centur(ies)—Indie music has formalized a mid-ground reaction to Heavy Metal and super-sweet teeny-bop, and ballads continue unabated with synthesizer and electronica embellishments. Count on SmartSound’s Pop Rock selections to add whatever piquant note you need for video projects ranging from TV/Film dramas to offbeat Commercials to a more transparent style of Corporate videos.

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Published on: January 15, 2014

Heartfelt RetrospectiveMelancholy can range from sustained sadness to the merely reflective and sereneSmartSound’s Melancholy Orchestral Royalty Free Music selections carry your project seamlessly between these subtle variations using instruments with both angelic tenderness and powerful intensity.

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Published on: January 13, 2014

Nu JazzJazz and funky sport a natural synergy, like bread and balsamic. SmartSound’s vast collection of Funky Royalty Free Jazz Music brings you what you need in all that’s smooth, sparky, and leisurely.

Check out earlier suggestions in a post from June 4, 2013, when Funky Royalty Free Music was the topic.

Singing saxophone and cool piano strike up a slick collaboration in Stephan Sechi’s Da Vibe from Acid Jazz Vol. 2. Bring this hip hop background in for infusing club scenes or pretend tough guy acts with the required funky foundation. Smooth vocals add to the groove.

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Published on: January 10, 2014

Royalty Free Electronic MusicWhen the circuits are busy churning out futuristic techno tones that drive the action on and off the dance floor, Smartsound’s Royalty Free Electronic Music rolls it out.

Electronic pulse is at the forefront with slick, retro Club 45 from Eurobeat/Club/Electronica, strutting out the background beat with disco style that doesn’t interfere with narration or visuals. R&B meets electronica in smooth, soulful Funk Machine, a punchy track with background vocals available.

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Published on: January 09, 2014

SmartSound’s Action Orchestral Royalty Free Music describes the movement of many, whether slow, methodical and deliberate, or fast, furious and all-in.  It can also focus on the driving exploits of a lone agent courageously facing the enemy, and setting the pace.

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Published on: January 07, 2014

Royalty Free Christmas Music Everyone loves festive Christmas music. If you’re producing a holiday-themed movie, television show or pilot, commercial or video piece, sprucing up the soundtrack with the spirit of the season is a must.

At SmartSound, we’ve created a comprehensive royalty free holiday music library. You’ll find all your Christmas favorites as well as our own unique renditions of timeless yuletide songs. Whether you want a classic sound or a more contemporary feel, our Christmas music collections run the gamut.

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Published on: December 31, 2013

Holiday MagicHow can Jingle Bells not have made it into Smartsound holiday music blog posts yet?  The time has come to trot it out, so to speak, since the rollicking, easy-going version of this cheerful holiday standard from album Christmas Treasures is just the ticket for sending the upbeat urban cowboys around the line dance floor.  Rockin’ Holiday Royalty Free Music with a county feel…

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Published on: December 20, 2013

Christmas TreasuresSmartSound Traditional Holiday music demonstrates how enduring old-fashioned holiday music can be, especially when given a jazzy new treatment.

For example, traditional Christmas carol, “O Come All Ye Faithful” was originally published in Latin -  (“Adeste Fidelis’) in 1743, and the words may have originated in the 13th century.  This joyous Christmas staple comes in an easy rock arrangement that manages to sound modern, yet ancient at the same time—the electric guitar, sax, and drum brush come together in what sounds like an instrument you’ve never heard before—fluffy oboe?

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Published on: December 18, 2013