Meet A&R Manager – Joshua Priest

T E A M   M E M B E R   P R O F I L E :
AN INTERVIEW WITH AUDIOMICRO’S A&R MANAGER:

At AudioMicro, we’ve got a commitment to the high quality of music we provide, and our A&R Manager is at the heart of this mission.  Meet the man, behind the man, behind the man, Joshua Priest.

– Thanks, Josh, for interviewing with me today.  So you are the resident music expert and A&R manager for AudioMicro!  How long have you been working with the company?

Answer: I’ve been with the company for four years, and I’ve been managing A&R and the ingest contracts for artists for the past two years.

– Very nice. What’s your background with music?

Answer: Well, I’ve been playing guitar for 14 years. And I’ve always been into music ever since I was a kid.  I mean, basically, music has just been a big part of the journey in my life. Because, you know, when you play an instrument, you’re forever learning and struggling with things that you don’t know. Your music within itself is a language, so you’re always kind of learning, every single day. And it’s great. I deal with other people’s music every day as well.  I get to kind of get a snapshot of their musical journey as well.

– So it’s almost like music is a teacher in a way.  And what’s your background before working in the music industry for AudioMicro?

Answer:  I used to work in TV, for  G4 TV, which is now defunct, unfortunately, and I also worked for a year with NBC. I started off as a production assistant for about a year and half, then became a producer myself.

– Ok, so you have a background in music and in producing. With that experience under your belt, what are some top things that you’re looking for as far as the quality of the tracks that you’re ingesting for AudioMicro’s library?

Answer: Well I definitely want to listen to how things are mixed.  We want to provide top-quality music so mixing is very important.I also want to listen to how the melodies fit into the genre that they’re trying to achieve.

Then I also like to listen to the quality of their plugins. Say with a song that has flute, you can basically tell when they have a really good plugin because you can’t tell the difference between a real flute and a really good plugin of the flute.

Sometimes I hear a film score, and I can’t tell if the artist recorded an orchestra or just on his computer doing this?  Either way, it doesn’t matter because it sounds amazing.

I can hear their level of professionalism and effort within the first 30 seconds.

And then there’s timing.  Sometimes people will upload tracks, and you can just hear that the drums are off, or the rhythm guitar is going at a certain beat per minute. But then, the lead guitar is playing way too quick, or way too slow compared to it. And you can tell that it’s not something that they’re actually trying to achieve.

And, one more thing I’d like to add. When you listen to someone’s music, if you can close your eyes, and you can see the song that they’re making being used in some sort of production, like I can see this being in a movie, or I can see this being the background of a blog on YouTube or something like that, then you know that you’ve got something good.

– So the way that it’s mixed, the melody fitting the genre, the quality of the sounds and plugins, and the timing, those are some of the things that you look for when you’re rating.  And, because of your background and TV and music, you need to imagine where it could be used, and it may need to evoke some emotion in you?

Answer: Yeah. Actually, I won’t lie. There’ve been a few times I’ve uploaded contracts to AudioMicro and I was going through a new artist’s music that were just very sad songs. And I felt a very strong reaction, my heartstrings were getting pulled, and I was like, “Oh, I better stop listening to this. I don’t want to start crying at my desk!”

Some of these artists they are really good at what they do. And if I can listen to music and feel emotional, that’s a winner right there.

– I think a lot of video production is telling a story; and that could be a happy story or a sad story, or many times to inspire, right?  Especially motivational videos on YouTube, they’re definitely telling a story, but also evoking some positive, motivational, or inspirational feelings, right?

Answer: You’re absolutely right, because when it comes down to it at the end of the day, if you have a video with audio, the audio is 50% of your video’s impact. If you have a video with audio that doesn’t match what you’re watching, it takes you out of the experience- 100%.  But if you have audio that matches what you’re watching, it can make the impact of the video 100 times better.

– It’s almost as if the measure of a well produced movie or video is that when you’re so involved in the story, that you don’t even notice the music, because it just corresponds so well, it all goes together.

Answer: Yeah, that’s what we hope for at AudioMicro. Content creators for YouTube,  production film houses, or for people that do podcasts. We’re here to help provide music to compliment your visual aspect to make your production the best it can be.  To Complement and Enhance your project.

– Do you ever get requests to help people find music or suggest music for their production?

Answer: Yes, I’m always more than happy to help our customers if they need assistance.  They can just write in to us with info like, “Hey, we’re doing like a little podcast about history and science, that we kind of want something that’s mellow acoustic.” I’ll point them in the right direction or put together 5 or 10 tracks of things that I think they might like.

– It’s great to know you all are there to help!  So, what’s something about AudioMicro that people probably don’t know.

Answer:  It’s a really great working environment at AudioMicro – We all have each other’s backs.  We’re all very chill & casual with each other- I could go talk to my supervisor or CEO and could talk about work or I could talk about something personal.  When you have a work environment where everyone meshes together so well, the productivity and the company morale becomes so high that it feels like the sky’s the limit.

We also have a room that is dedicated to chilling and taking a break.  We have an acoustic bass, a piano, bean bags and couches, and a PlayStation 4 for people want to play video games.  Throughout all hours of the day, you can hear someone in there either banging on the piano, plucking on a guitar, or playing a video game.

I think that is the best way to blow off some steam and clear your head, like if you’re working on something and you kind of hit a brick wall. You can go in there for 10 or 15 minutes, noodle around on the guitar to get some creative juices flowing, and then before you know it, you might be in the middle of playing a song and you go, “Oh, I got it!”  And go back to what you were working on.

– That’s perfect, because they say human beings can only focus efficiently for so long, and then they actually need to take a break and shift into something else.  So last question Joshua, what kind of music are you into right now?

Answer: Right now I’ve really been into Lo Fi Hip Hop to work to.  It’s kind of jazzy, there are a lot of samples from old jazz musicians and they tweak them to create some interesting sounds, and then I’m also really into classical rock and bands I grew up with like the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd .

And also, I normally don’t tell people this, but I have a guilty pleasure… I like to listen to Korean Pop Music or K Pop.  My best friend from elementary and middle school was Korean so I’d always be at his house and that’s what him and his sister listened to all the time. So I learned about it back in 1997 and have been listening to it off and on for a long time, but more recently I’ve kind of gotten back into it.

I’m really digging this girl group called Black Pink.  They’ve been around for a couple of years but recently put out a new album and their sound is pretty different.. It’s like Korean girl rap trap music. Here’s the link to my favorite video.

Awesome Joshua, thanks for your time!

 

T O D A Y ‘S   T A K E A W A Y S

Takeaway 1:  Joshua’s A&R rating is based on track mixing, the melody fitting the genre, the quality of the sounds and plugins, the timing, and if the sounds help to evoke emotion or could help tell a story.

Takeaway 2:  It’s essential to find background or production music that matches your creative project in order to complement and enhance its impact!

Takeaway 3: Joshua and the team at AudioMicro are there to help if you need assistance in finding the right sounds for your production project.  Just write in Here.

Takeaway 4: AudioMicro promotes a work environment that is friendly, supportive, and honors their employees need to express creativity and take breaks!

Takeaway 5: Joshua secretly loves K-Pop! 😉

 

 

AudioMicro Royalty Free Licenses 101

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Want to know more about what our Standard License for Music Track covers?
Let us give you the 411.

We’ll cover all the music licensing types in this article, but will focus on our tried and true- The Standard License for our Royalty Free Music Tracks.

We’re stoked to offer you the most affordable Standard License price in the industry, not to mention our HUGE library of HIGH QUALITY tracks, all for just $34.95 per song.  Woot!

So where can you utilize these tracks?  Let us count the ways…

  • In any free apps, podcasts, software, and games, utilized on iPhone, iPad, Android, & Facebook.  As long as it’s free, you’re free to use these songs as many times as you’d like!  Score!
  • In any non-downloadable casual games played exclusively via a web browser, both free and paid.  Live Games = Game on!
  • In any creative project videos that are non-advertisements, for TV, Radio, Wedding Videos, and Corporate Videos.  No Ads = No Problem!
  • ANYWHERE on the world wide web (we like to call it the Interwebs), including on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Websites, Web Videos, & Slideshows.  That’s right, anywhere on YouTube land – so create away!
  • In any Film Festivals projects, both student and professional.  We love making big screen debuts!

And what about Reproduction?

The Fine Print :: The Standard License includes the reproduction of up to 1,000 copies of your project in physical, tangible products like CD’s, DVD’s, VHS tapes, Blu-rays, toys, and console games.

So, in sum, the Standard License is all you need, unless of course, you are using the music in the following scenarios. ::

  • For Ads- In an Advertisement to be run on Television or Radio
  • For Films Not at Film Festivals – In a commercial film release or theatrical presentation (excluding film festival screenings)
  • For large-scale Paid Games- In a paid (i.e. not free) iPhone/iPad/Android app, podcast, or downloadable software/game where more than 1,000 copies will be downloaded. Notice: Apps and games that offer “in-app” purchasing by the user are considering paid (i.e. not free) and require the Mass Reproduction License if more than 1,000 will be distributed.
  • For large-scale Reproduction- In over 1,000 physical/tangible reproductions of a product like CD’s, DVD’s, Blu-rays, toys, and console games.

So there are the In’s and Out’s of our Standard License, and all for $34.95!
Quite the steal, wouldn’t you say?  And just a reminder that your dollars are supporting the very deserving and talented musicians and artists who spend countless hours providing you with premium sounds!

Now remember, these deets cover our Music Tracks only.  Interested in Sound Effects SFX Licenses, click here.

Didn’t cover your intended use?  Keep reading for increased coverage.

Here’s a run-down of ALL the MUSIC LICENSE options – depending on your use:

B) MASS REPRODUCTION – $134.95 for up to 10,000 copies to $284.95 for unlimited.

This license is ONLY required if you wish to make over 1,000 physical/tangible reproductions of your product or utilize the music in a paid (i.e. not free) iPhone/iPad/Android/Facebook app, podcasts, software, and/or games where more than 1,000 copies will be downloaded.

Notice: The Standard License allows up to 1,000 downloads of both free and paid software/games as well as unlimited downloads of free (and not allowing in-app purchasing) iPhone/iPad/Android apps, podcasts, softwares, and games. Therefore, you do NOT need to purchase a mass duplication license unless you’re distributing over 1,000 physical/tangible reproductions of videos, softwares, games, toys within media such as CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and the like OR using the music in paid (i.e. not free) iPhone/iPad/Android apps and podcasts to be downloaded more than 1,000 times.

Mass Reproduction license prices:

  • The standard license price of $34.95 plus $100 for up to 10,000 reproductions
  • The standard license price of $34.95 plus $250 for unlimited reproductions

 

C) TELEVISION/RADIO ADVERTISEMENT – $134.95 to $284.95.

This license is ONLY required if you are using the music in an Advertisement run on either Television or Radio.
Television / Radio Advertisement License prices:

  • For Music used in Local/Regional advertisements played on Television or Radio (with a range of 250 miles in all directions from the broadcast center), the price is the Standard License price of $34.95 plus $100 ($134.95)
  • For Music used in Nationwide/Worldwide advertisements played on Television or Radio, the price is the Standard License price of $34.95 plus $250 ($284.95 total)

 

D) THEATRICAL / COMMERCIAL FILM RELEASE – $284.95 for worldwide rights.

This license is ONLY required for commercial film releases and theatre presentations. Utilization of the music in non-commercial, educational, and editorial projects, like student films and contest submissions, is included in the Standard License. Please be sure to credit “Royalty Free Music by AudioMicro” in your project.

Theatrical/Commercial License Price:  The Standard License price of $34.95 plus $250 per track

Notice:
All of our licenses allow you use the music solely in your own projects. You cannot resell the music as a standalone product or create a derivative work that primarily contains just the music and the resell it as your own, such as a meditation CD with your voice running over the music. If you’d like to use the music in such a manner, please contact us for a special license arrangement.

Bonuses:
We offer a bonus of 20% on purchases over $500 and in the form of store credit to be used with your next purchase. Simply contact us after you have made your purchase and we’ll place the bonus into your account. We also offer bonuses for verified charities and nonprofits.

So that’s AUDIOMICRO’s Licensing 101 friends.

Let us know if you have any questions, and Go Forward and Create!

~The AudioMicro Team

Spooky Sounds and Terrifying Tracks for Halloween

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There are lots of reasons why I love October. The air is getting cooler and the colors are changing. Football is in full swing and the World Series is within sight. I can finally start using Rocktober on my social media feeds. I never pass up a chance to get my German on at Oktoberfest while indulging in beer and brats. And, of course… pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING.

But the real reason to celebrate this time of year is the one night when you can dress up in not-safe-for-work attire and no one cares… Halloween! Before you hit up your costume parties as Bret Michaels or Bon Scott (Yep. I’ve done both. Bret Michaels was a bigger hit. Can you believe that?), you probably need to put the finishing touches on that creature feature and slasher flick you’ve been working on. Or maybe you want the perfect background royalty free music track to scare the kiddies as they venture on to your porch while trick-or-treating. Now is the time to take advantage of our top Halloween music and sound effects. We’ve already set aside our favorites here:

Hottest Halloween Music

Hottest Halloween Sound Effects

I love anything involving Zombies, so make sure to download the “Single Zombie Snarl” sound effect. It would go perfect with “Movie Homicide” and would even make George Romero proud.

And what’s scarier than a creepy little kid in a horror flick? That’s right. Nothing. “House of Marionettes” seems sweet and innocent, but there’s definitely something sinister going on. It makes me shudder just thinking about it. Juxtapose that with “BANSHEE, SCREAM” and you’ve got yourself a heart stopper.

We all know that picking the right song or sound effect can make or break a project. The right file could be the difference between making the next “Exorcist II: The Heretic” and “The Exorcist.” Keep the evil spirits at bay and choose wisely… you might just be able to sleep at night.

‘Tis the Season for Certified Holiday Hotness

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With the Holidays just around the corner, ’tis definitely the time to introduce you to some holiday hotness from some of AudioMicro’s top contributors. We have everything from classic arrangements of your favorite holiday tunes to fresh, contemporary renditions as well (and a few sound effects to round out the selection).

Our music and sound review team has worked hard to put together the following fantastic collection of royalty free Christmas music and sound effects for your holiday videos.

FreddieHangoler is one of our favorite artists. He most often composes gorgeous and emotive orchestral pieces suitable for epic film trailers. Here is his take on “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”:
                  

EasyAccessMusic is a long standing AudioMicro contributor. His productions are versatile and always top quality. “Holiday Bells” has an uplifting, happy feel perfect for your Holiday productions:

Cinematone produces top notch orchestra music. Here is their take on “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”:

What would a Holiday playlist be without “Jingle Bells”? Not much of one I suppose. AMAH delivers with this fun, jazzy version driven by a great stand up bass line:

You can see the Elves bustling about making last minute gifts in Santa’s workshop in this fun, children’s focused track “Christmas Eve” by Fortefill:

Dreaming of a White Christmas? This elegantly composed version of “Let it Snow” by PPaul3 is the perfect tune for you:
                  

If you’re looking for something a little more contemporary, with a little urban appeal then WeAreAA‘s hip hop take on “Deck the Halls” is perfect:

That does it for music tracks. Let’s move on to some appropriate sound effects for your holiday videos and multimedia. For starters, you gotta have sleigh bells! Wills.theatresound provides:

Here is a nice group vocal shouting “Merry Christmas” by Blastwavefx:

And here are a few takes from Santa himself by Csproductions:

And lastly, Soundjay provides us with some very well sampled footsteps in snow:
                  

That does it for this year’s Holiday Hotness. Of course, we have thousands of other royalty free music tracks and sound effects geared towards the holidays, so if you didn’t hear what you’re looking for, be sure to drop us a line and our support team will be glad to assist.

Have a great Holiday season and upcoming New Year. Cheers!

 

Happy Halloween – AudioMicro Certified Spooky Sounds and Tracks

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Time to pick out your costume, decorate the yard, and add some sweet sound effects and tracks to your Halloween sound track.

Our ace review team has passed along some fantastic gems to keep everyone on top of their Halloween sonics this Rocktober. We have a flurry of scary sound effects and some very eerie royalty free music tracks for use in your Halloween videos, productions or haunted houses. We take great pride in always making sure you get the freshest sounds and tracks for any aesthetic or occasion and I’m confident you’ll find no exceptions in this month’s selections. Without further adieu, let’s get into it.

Certified Spooky Sound Effects:

Certified Spooky Royalty Free Music Tracks

 

That does it for this month’s installment of AudioMicro Certified [Spooky] Hotness. If for whatever reason you didn’t find what you need for Halloween in the above tracks, please email us with the sound effects or royalty free music track types yuou’re looking for and we’ll have our review team find some appropriate links for you.

 

 

 

AudioMicro Introduces Sound Effects Subscriptions

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In April, we unveiled a fantastic redesign of AudioMicro.com – complete with a more straightforward dollar pricing system and increased clarity and options for different music licenses. Unfortunately for some users this also came with the removal of previous subscription options. However our continued interest is the satisfaction of our customer base and correspondingly the constant improvement of our products…

So now we have raised the bar once again – re-introducing monthly sound effects subscriptions for our dedicated sfx buyers.

The sound effects subscriptions offer packages tailored specifically at sound effects users, and greatly reduce the per download cost of a single sound effect. The packages currently available are:

* 5 sounds per month for $9.95

* 25 sounds per month for $39.95

* 100 sounds per month for $99.95

Comparatively speaking, the per sound effect download cost for an a la carte download is $3.95, so needless to say the sound effects subscriptions offer a much more cost effective/cost conscious option for any user who needs several sound effects per month. Even the most modest subscription plan (5 sounds per month for $9.95) cuts the a la carte/per sound effect cost in half. While the best value plan (100 sound effects per month for $99.95) offers users the chance to download sound effects at just $1 per sound effect.

Users can allow the subscription to recur on a monthly basis, or cancel conveniently any time by navigating to their SFX subscriptions page once logged in to their AudioMicro account.

We’re proud to roll out this new addition to our product and know that users will find great value and peace of mind being able to select a package perfectly suited for their sound effects needs. You can sign up now by navigating here.

 

 

Windows Live Movie Maker now Featuring AudioMicro Music and Sound Effects

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I’m proud to announce on behalf of the entire AudioMicro team that the new release of Windows Live Movie Maker now features a link directly to music and sound effects from AudioMicro. Users of the software can now navigate from the edit window straight to the web’s best resource for royalty free music and sound effects – AudioMicro.com.

To enable the music feature, Movie Maker requires that you have some visual element first in the edit window. Once a visual element (either a picture or video will suffice) is in place, the “Add Music” button becomes live. By clicking on the dropdown arrow (rather than the music note itself), users are exposed to a few different external links, the first of which goes directly to AudioMicro’s royalty free music page.

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Video production and media presentation in general can be enriched greatly by the addition of music and sound effects. Lately there has been a flurry of new media and video production products released. Now Movie Maker users have the ability to find great music online by navigating within the software to the web.

Movie Maker continues to progress and is quite an avant garde video production tool, particularly for those with little prior video editing or production experience. It seems Microsoft is taking great strides and great pride in simplifying their users’ experience. We at AudioMicro do just the same.  Making movies shouldn’t require an expensive rig or advanced degree. And neither should finding the perfect tunes for your movies.

AudioMicro has worked with Microsoft in the past, providing sound effects and royalty free music to users of Microsoft Office. With the addition of the AudioMicro link in Windows Movie Maker, an even broader expanse of Microsoft/Windows 7 users will now have direct access to our award winning music and sound effects. We couldn’t be happier.

Happy Independence Day!

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Happy Birthday to the United States of America! Ahhh the 4th- good friends, barbeques, cold beverages, music, and yes of course – fireworks.

Few things are as definitively awesome and American as a butt kickin’ Fireworks show on the 4th of July. That said, if you’re shooting video of the show, catching the sound isn’t always the easiest thing to do – especially considering fireworks shows don’t necessarily take place in the most confined of sonic spaces. How about adding some whistles to round out the scene? Still not quite there? Not to fret because this awesome grand finale fireworks sound effect will fill the void in your 4th of July video’s sound mix perfectly. Check it out.

So we’ve got a couple great sound effects for America’s birthday, now how about some tunes?

Celebrating a nation’s birthday without a sweet rendition of their national anthem would be terribly unpatriotic – good thing AudioMicro has the goods. Check out this fantastically performed National Anthem, and don’t forget to join in the fun by hooting and hollering starting at “the rockets red glare.” It’ll sound just like Dodger stadium.

Lastly, on a more personal note, two genres of music really defined my formative years in the States, and those were Hip Hop and Rock.

There are some fantastic hip hop and rock composers on the site, many of whom also fly the American flag! One of my personal favorites is RCummins. His style is truly classic American hip hop, and the track “Good for the Soul” is an awesome mellow background track for the barbeque scene in your video. Check it out here. Or check out R’s entire portfolio here.

Now, its time for rock! This one’s easy – just yesterday we added tunes from KJrecords, many of which make up some of the best rock tracks the platform has ever seen. Check out:

All Night Blues in E and Swampdog Blues in D – to get a taste. Or check out the entire portfolio of world class studio productions here.

Have a safe, fun and musical 4th! Until next time…

 

 

 

AudioMicro Client Success Story: Japanese Fishing Masters!

We’ll be spending the rest of the weekend dreaming of sushi! Click play for Japanese Fishing Master awesomeness!

Video Games and AudioMicro – Endless Possibilities

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AudioMicro has a massive library of royalty free music and sound effects, and its expanding everyday. Listening to such a vast collection of original sounds on a daily bases, its hard not think of all the fun projects that these tracks can be used for. So hard, in fact, that I had to get some of these ideas out of my head and onto the blog.

I am a huge video game fan, and almost every game I play incorporates a heavy dose of production music and sound effects. Video games, whether social apps or full blown computer games, can have an original piece of music for every moment of play. From the “press start” screen, to the main menu, to level select, and of course all levels, music is everywhere. You can have a jingle for when you beat the level, and then another for if you lose! When you fight the “Boss,” or when time is running out, when you got a new high score or watching the game credits, there is a musical need for every situation.

All of this, and we haven’t even gotten to the sound effects! From the ball dribbling to the crowd cheering, every single action requires its own sound effect, and sometimes they need more than one. You can rest assured that AudioMicro has enough sounds (and more) to fill every possible one.

Lets say we have a race-car game that involves cars that are equipped with “offensive weaponry”(sounds awesome already). We’ll call it “Speed Wars.” Now we’ll need some hypothetical music pieces for such a rad sounding title…here are a few potential winners I came across:

An intro piece:

Race Car Intro Techno

The race begins:

3, 2, 1 Go Voice Sound Effect

High action game play music:

Action/Adventure Video Game Music

The race is on! Lets go faster!

Acceleration

Gotta slow down around this turn!

Tire Skid

Whoa that car just crashed!

Metal Explosion

Now, lets get to the weapons:

Machine Gun Fire for when I need to pop a tire or two!

Machine Gun Warfare

The metal tire protectors are stopping my shots from penetrating!

Bullet Hits Metal

No problem, I’ll just bust out the GRENADE LAUNCHER:

Fire Grenade Launcher

I missed! But it made a great explosion!

Big Grenade Explosion

I shoot again, this time, I hit ‘em!

Car Explosion

I pass the finish line in 1st place! The crowd goes wild!

Cheering Crowd

That was fun, but it’s only the beginning. There are so many different ways to use AudioMicro it’s mind-boggling. What can you come up with?

AJ Video Services and AudioMicro Music – A Winning Combination

We get a lot of great stories from users about how our services played a key part in their success.  In Carlstadt, New Jersey, AJ Video Services recently used five of our royalty free tracks for a client’s election campaign video. All three men who participated in the video were elected.  Each of the three men credited the video as “the video that won the campaign.”

The video begins with the story of Carstadt’s humble beginnings, and is accompanied by the track “Piano, Old Mexican Style,” which really brings the visual and narrative together.  As the narrative transitions to the present, the track “Dare to Dream” begins to play as it presents all the wonderful progress the city of Carlstadt has made and the beautiful small-town-feel it has preserved.

The next sequence cues the danger-infused track “Deadline,” as it warns how Carlstadt’s beauty is being threatened by the proposal of massive new housing, accommodating for 20,000 new people that would be built on Carlstadt’s coveted meadowlands.  Will Roseman, the mayor who is running for reelection, speaks about his commitment to preserving the beauty of Carlstadt and its natural surroundings while “Deadline” fades out.

Next up in the soundtrack is the inspirational “Shades of Blue”, which progressively builds momentum as city councilman Dennis Ritchie expresses his commitment to the hard work and pride he takes in maintaining the integrity of the city’s financial structure.

Transitioning into “Business World”, the video and music work together to strike an inspiring and triumphant chord as Council Candidate Jim Lenoy talks about the strong and safe community that is Carlstadt and his commitment to its preservation.

Each of the five tracks were placed incredibly well in the 11 minute video, and certainly puts on display the versatility and depth of the AudioMicro Library (Not to mention the fantastic video production services by AJ Video).

Congratulations to AJ Video Services and the three newly elected officials for a great campaign. You can check out the full campaign video here.

If you like the tracks, please find the individual links to them below.

Royalty Free Latin Music – Piano, Old Mexican Style

Royalty Free Corporate Music – Dare to Dream

Royalty Free Rock Music – Deadline

Royalty Free Business Music – Shades of Blue

Royalty Free Epic Music – Business World

We’ll be back soon with more exciting news from the AudioMicro community.

 

Royalty Free Christmas Music to Add to your 2011 Christmas Playlist

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Now that December is in full swing, Christmas is right around the corner.  And with the holiday season comes the promise of cooler weather, hot chocolate, wish lists to Santa (hey, you’ve been good this year!), and of course…royalty free Christmas music.

So if you’re looking for the kind of royalty-free music for your store, office, phone lines, commercials, productions or presentations that is going to give all who hear it a jollier feeling than a mob of carolers on a candy cane rush…then consider the top ten best holiday classics to add to your playlist this year:

#1:  Christmas Song: This song is number one on the list because it has withstood the test of time and appeals to every generation.  It is commonly subtitled, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” which is the opening line of the song and one to which we can all sing along.

#2:  White Christmas: If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, it only adds to the magical theme in the air.  This holiday favorite is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas scene.  It became popular during WWII as the lyrics were heartfelt by soldiers and their families.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, selling over 50 million copies worldwide.

#3:  Silent Night. This classic was originally written in 1816 by an Austrian priest and it was first performed at the Church of St. Nicholas on Christmas Eve in 1818.  Ever since then it’s hard to imagine Christmas without it.

#4:  Jingle Bell Rock: Released by Bobby Helms in 1957, this festive tune is another oldie, but goodie.  When you hear the verse about “dancing and prancing in jingle bell square,” you can’t help but to get up and join in the Christmas spirit as you’re on your merry way!

#5:  Carol of the Bells. This song performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has no words but is a necessity for any Christmas enthusiast.  With its dramatic buildup it is unlike any other tune of the season.

#6:  Oh Holy Night. Written in the 1800s by Placide Cappeau de Roquermaure, a wine merchant and poet, this is a song that reflects on the birth of Christ and the redemption of mankind…and it is powerful enough to bring tears to the eyes of listeners and take their breath away.

#7:  Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: A more modern tune than many of the traditional sounds of Christmas, this number was made famous by Brenda Lee.  No Christmas event of any kind would be complete without this cheerful song…put it on and even the Grinch would be sure to get in the celebratory mood!

#8:  Feliz Navidad: This jam was written by a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, Jose Feliciano, and has both a Spanish and an English version.  It is one of the top 25 most played Christmas songs around the globe and is another fun song to have you feeling holly-jolly.

#9:  Santa Clause is Coming to Town: It just wouldn’t be Christmas without this one—not only is it a favorite amongst the kiddos, but the adults love this little jingle as well.  Who isn’t excited about Santa coming to town?

#10:  Joy to the World. This popular Christmas carol came from the words of English hymn writer, Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98 in the Bible.  It was written in 1700s to glorify Christ’s birth and still brings joy to us today.

Erica St. Claire is a guest post author sharing with us the top classic Christmas songs this year.  Erica is also a writer about online dating and you can find her work on Best Catholic Dating Sites.

 

 

October Update- Hot New Royalty Free Music Tracks

Hi there music lovers, media producers, youtubers and the like. We hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to another exciting fall season of production. We’re sure you’re beyond busy again with TV and Webisodes, commercials and all that good stuff…and so wanted to share some awesome sonic goodies to help you along.

DaveLayne (music)

Dave joined us only a couple months ago and has already amassed over 90 fantastically high quality tracks. Dave is a great guitarist, and it shows in his diverse collection of tunes ranging from Surf rock to Big beat. Take a few minutes to check out his diverse selection of tracks here.

Wills.TheatreSound (sfx)

Will has been with us for some time and has some very specialized ambiences and shorter sounds as well. He really provides a lot of the in between material that is difficult to find but oh so important for a great sound and foley mix. Check out his collection here.

MartynHarvey (music)

Martyn has been with us since the early days and has a broad range of tracks. He has a definitive fun vibe to his music but also is not shy to go into more emotive realms as well. Everything he produces is pristine, quality sonics with top-notch composition. Check out his portfolio here.

We hope you find the above portfolios beneficial for your upcoming projects. Please note we’re gearing up for a super holiday season here so if you are looking for anything in particular, drop us a line and let us know and we’ll be sure to include it in our next update.

Watch the Throne – Jay Z and Kanye West Album Review

Watch the Throne - Jay Z and Kanye West Album Review

After months of speculation from both fans and fellow musicians, the duet album (“Watch the Throne”) from Jay-Z and Kanye West finally dropped on Monday. The 12-track album (16-track deluxe version) was produced by some top names in hip hop, including the Neptunes, Q-Tip and RZA.

I decided to take a listen and see what the hype was all about.  After my first run-through, my initial reaction was one of slight disappointment. I didn’t really get what I had just listened to.

Both rap legends put together innovative beats from producers like 88 keys and RZA, and combined it with a style and lyricism that would put most recent rap albums to shame.  Maybe that’s just the problem, comparing it to ‘recent’ rap albums.

On the surface, some tracks like “Otis” and “The Joy” are instant attention grabbers, using collaborations to wow the audience.  The tracks rely on an array of vocalists like Beyonce to supply hooks. The first vocal heard on the album is not from one of the two stars, but Frank Ocean, who provides the intro to “No Church in the Wild.”

The album doesn’t reach the potential that I thought it would. As Hua Hsu notes in his excellent Grantland essay about Watch the Throne, the two stars in this album seemingly present themselves as a solution to a history of issues.  It comes off a bit disturbing.  The primary concept of the album seems to be that Jay and Kanye want the world to know how awesome and rich they are.  Jay mentions that he is “planking on a million” and asks, “what’s 50 grand to a motherf***er like me, can you please remind me?” Especially in today’s economic situation, great message fellas.

Production could have been much better. It’s unfortunate because these are some of the best lyrics that Jay Z and Kanye have written in the past years, but did it over some sub-par instrumentation.  Rather, it’s not that the producers aren’t making good music, but the seamless mesh of music with lyrics was not found. At least by me. If the production seems to be more of West’s saying, we can note that the lyrics probably belong to Jay then.

Despite the star-studded cast, the album seems to be lacking something.  Something that Jay and Kanye used to have, a certain awe of the actual music.  We won’t find a special edge on this album ala “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” or see multiple hits such as “The Blueprint 3”, but it does deliver something.  Two symbols of the industry made a quick album, which despite their efforts, winds up being just another trophy on a wall of accomplishments. Big deal? In a way, yes. Kanye and Jay-Z push each other on the album, seem to have lots of fun doing it, all of which results in a high level of hype surrounding the release.  To strive and try to make something historic, that’s worth applauding.

In the end, Watch the Throne is a respectable attempt at unity, but its inconsistency ultimately harms the project, resulting in a certain uneven-ness that stops it from being great.

 

Royalty Free Music with a Bang- Happy July 4th Weekend!

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What’s up media lovers and music fanatics? We hope you are enjoying your summer so far and are looking forward to a fun filled July 4th Weekend. Happy Birthday USA! You know the drill, we are back checking in with the monthly hotness to keep you in the loop on June’s top new uploads and artists in the royalty free music game. Let’s get right into it.

WeAreAA

We recently saw an influx of very true to form Lady Gaga/Katy Perry/Rihanna esque productions, coupled with some fun urban and hip hop tunes, from Los Angeles based WeAreAA. They recently began compiling their cue library and we are excited to be their exclusive online distributor. Check out their rapidly expanding library of modern synth pop, hip hop and urban music here.

LLMillerMedia

We know, we know, we mentioned her last month…But Lori has been on an absolute tear recently as her portfolio has grown by over 200 tracks since our last post…wow. Most tracks feature her fantastic guitar work, be it acoustic noodling or wall of sound metal style shredding, Lori is on it. Take a few minutes to check out all the new goods here.

NatKingKong

Natkingkong is a fantastic composer who recently began uploading several new cuts in experimental, corporate, dramatic and orchestral feels. His portfolio of just over 30 tracks is not about quantity, but quality, and that quality is par excellence. You will find nothing but world-class compositions and mixes in this collection, and they are both refreshing and incredibly useful. Check them out here.

Know any hot artists we need to get on board? Want some different genres of vibes featured next month? Drop a comment in the comments section and let us know your thoughts. Have a great 4th of July.