Jun 19, 2018, 23:22

Featured Track: “Brief Pause” by Solxis Music

For the first time in his life, my 16-year old son is experiencing the intricacies of being – and having – a “wing-man”. He recently updated me on his social life and, while he spoke, I wished Solxis Music’s “Brief Pause” was playing in the background.

That’s because “Brief Pause” is the ultimate wing-man for video footage that doesn’t get there on its own. Pete Lengyel explained why.

Listen to “Brief Pause” (#04936985)
http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/02271464/freedom

Lengyel was a music professor at Georgia State University in the 90’s who taught Arrangment for Big Band. He was one of those professors who actually did it for a living so he didn’t have time for academic jargon or over-thinking. One day he said, “Creating a piece of music is just a series of a thousand tiny decisions – one after the other. Sometimes the end result is fixed in your mind while making those decisions. Sometimes it’s not.”

I really think Solxis Music had such an end result in mind while they made the thousand tiny decisions behind “Brief Pause”. That end result was, “It’s not about me. I’m the wingman.” It’s an incredible track not because of what they DID include; but because of what they DIDN’T.

This is the ideal track for when the corporate B-roll footage you’ve shot looks beautiful but lacks soul. Because they made it about you.

 

See All Tracks by Solxis Music
http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/02271464/freedom

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses  and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians. mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.

May 20, 2018, 23:53

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Southern Cali Feelgood” by Joey Stebanuk. This is a feelgood, easy going, classic rock instrumental track that is perfect for advertising, broadcast programming and film.

Southern Cali Feelgood” (#04345058)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/04345058/southern-cali-feelgood

Track Description

Southern Cali Feelgood” — A feelgood easy going classic rock instrumental. Uplifting, happy, positive, melodic. Harmony electric guitar. carefree, bright, good mood, feeling good, upbeat, steady, flowing. 125 BPM. A touch of Latin, Chicano.

Influenced by– Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, The Allman Brothers Band

Track Metadata

Moods— Corporate, energetic, inspiring

Instruments—Bass, electric guitar

Genres—Corporate, Latin, pop, rock

Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, film, retail

Length– 2:11

About Joey Stebanuk–

JoeyStebanukFrom Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Joey Stebanuk is an instrumentalist who composes in various genres and styles including rock, pop, blues, country, Americana, full instrumentation and solo, all performed on real instruments and guitar based. Joey’s music has a unique character and a personal style high in mood, emotion and personality. Joey’s music has been placed on MTV, in feature films, commercials, corporate videos, DVDs, web videos and is also being used in various venues for background music. Joey has over 500 tracks on MusicRevolution.com. Click here to listen to more of Joey Stebanuk’s tracks.

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom background music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library, which includes an extensive selection of “Non-PRO” royalty-free music, is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music / in-store music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications.

May 3, 2018, 13:12

Featured Track: “Freedom” by Sweet Soul Sister

This week’s featured track is “Freedom” by Sweet Soul Sister. This is a pop/rock vocal track that traverses the full spectrum of dramatic emotions. It begins with a percolating electronica beat that forbodes a primal scream, to which we can all relate, about being trapped by life. The song then goes to a soft place (featuring a spoken word performance by Atlanta-based Simon Stone) that culminates with a huge Zeppelin-esque coda.

Listen to “Freedom” (#02271464)
http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/02271464/freedom

Track Description

“Freedom” is about being released from our own mental slavery and pursuing our dreams. An industrial electronic beat churns while Dominique Brittain and guest vocalist Simon Stone wax poetic about the possibility of a better life. Then the track explodes with a hard rock epilogue featuring guitar work by Ray Hemms.

Track Info

Mood(s): Angry, Inpsiring, Serious

Instrument(s): Bass, Electric Guitar, Synth, Synth Pad, Vocals

Genre(s): Pop, Rock, Sports, Vocal

Application(s): Film, Internet

Length: 4:33

About Sweet Soul Sister

Sweet Soul Sister is rocking Atlanta with soulful, funky blues/rock tunes. Their lives of passion-filled music making and listening fuel their energetic, fun-loving shows. Lead by Dominique Brittain, Sweet Soul Sister features original music and covers songs by Joan Osborne, Danielia Cotton, Nikka Costa, Grace Potter.

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses  and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians. mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.

Apr 27, 2018, 12:17

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Sweet Memories” by The National Pool. This is a moving, emotional, orchestral track that is perfect for advertising, broadcast programming and film.

Sweet Memories” (#01103187)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/01103187/sweet-memories

Track Description

Sweet Memories” –This highly emotional orchestral cue features cello, viola, and piano, with just a sprinkle of synthesizer. It opens with a subtle contemplative arrangement and then builds to an almost celebratory refrain.

Track Metadata

Moods— Corporate, inspiring, sentimental

Instruments—Piano, strings

Genres—Classical, corporate, orchestral, period

Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, film, special events

Length– 3:12

About The National Pool–

TheNationalPoolaFrom Baltimore, Maryland U.S.A., The National Pool offers some great music that can be described as modern, techno, electronica, pop, rock, energetic, corporate and inspiring. Click here to listen to more of The National Pool’s tracks.

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom background music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library, which includes an extensive selection of “Non-PRO” royalty-free music, is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music / in-store music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications.

Apr 15, 2018, 23:45

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Cha Cha” by Salieri Music. This is a fun, comedy, Latin track that is perfect for advertising, TV/sitcoms, and film.

Cha Cha” (#00000338)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/00000338/cha-cha

Track Description

Cha Cha” is a fun Latin track that is perfect for advertising, TV/sitcoms, film or other media projects where you need a little comedy.

Track Metadata

Moods— Comedy, fun

Instruments—Horn section, piano, steel drums, world percussion

Genres—Comedy, jazz, Latin, world

Applications—Advertising, presentation, product for sale, special events

Length– 3:49

About Salieri Music–

SalieriMusicAlex Khaskin of Salieri Music is based on Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. With over 800 tracks on MusicRevolution.com, Salieri Music produces music in a range of genres. Click here to listen to more of Salieri Music’s tracks.

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

________________________________________________________________________

Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom background music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library, which includes an extensive selection of “Non-PRO” royalty-free music, is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music / in-store music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications.

Mar 29, 2018, 12:31

Our Clash of The Music Titans series has been documenting the ongoing drama between ASCAP, BMI, SoundExchange, record labels and the U.S. Government; in their efforts to pay fair royalty rates to musicians. In today’s installment, we’ll answer the question: “How exactly do I get paid if my music is streamed on Pandora?”

The short answer is…SoundExchange, a non-profit organization formed in 2000 who was virtually knighted by the U.S. Library of Congress in 2003 to be the sole administrator of royalties due whenever your music is used in a “non-interactive” * fashion. As you can imagine, this is a huge new market. SoundExchange has so far paid $5 billion in royalties to musicians and record labels.

The deftness with which SoundExchange’s executive team maneuvered themselves into the flow of money should be a case-study for all MBA students.

“Non-interactive” means your song was included in a Pandora station or Spotify playlist wherein the end-user did NOT specifically go in and select your song.

 

As publishers, we’ve worked closely with both SoundExchange and the traditional PROs (ASCAP, PRS, BMI, etc.). The differences are interesting. Here’s what we’ve noticed so far:

 

1) The Government Hasn’t Handcuffed SoundExchange for Being a Monopoly…Yet

 

In the 1940’s, the U.S. Government brought an anti-trust suit against ASCAP because it looked too much like a monopoly. As a result, ASCAP and BMI must allow the music they control to be used at whatever terms Pandora offers. It’s hard to understate how much this has constricted these organizations from getting more money from Spotify, etc.

 

SoundExchange, on the other hand, has no such restrictions. Perhaps in time, monopoly concerns will arise. But for the immediate future, SoundExchange appears to have the blessing of Congress to sue Pandora for whatever share of Pandora’s revenue it wants. To us, this feels reminiscent of Fannie Mae; a publicly traded company who – prior to the Great Recession – had Congress’ blessing to exert huge control over the consumer loan market.

 

2) SoundExchange and ASCAP/BMI Collect Different Types of Royalties

 

If you’re an independent artist recording an album in your home studio, the following distinction is just academic, but it’s worth understanding.

Traditional PROs (Performing Rights Organizations) consider themselves the protector of a song’s fundamental compositional elements. That is, the melody as it would appear on a score or the lyrics as they would appear in a notebook. In 1938, that made complete sense. On any given night, George Gershwin’s “Summertime” was being interpreted hundreds of different ways on hundreds of different stages. Nothing was being recorded. It was all about the song’s underlying structure.

But in 2018, anyone who’s built a track in Logic or ProTools can attest that written notes on a page aren’t really a thing anymore (in a future blog, we’ll talk about how much that sucks).

SoundExchange had the good fortune of writing their constitution post-Napster. Therefore, their jurisdiction is not the underlying composition, but the sound recording of that composition – the actual recording that has been mixed, mastered, published, and financed by the record label.

 

From an intellectual property standpoint, SoundExchange is the hip mega-church poking fun at Catholics.

 

3) The Writer/Publisher Split Is Basically the Same…But With Some Twists

Whereas BMI and ASCAP consider song ownership an even split between “author” and “publisher”, SoundExchange considers it a split between a “featured artist” and a “rights holder”.

To visualize the difference, imagine Mozart’s agent anxiously standing by while the maestro finishes his Requiem. In ASCAP’s eyes, Mozart is the “author” (50%), his agent is the “publisher” (50%). As soon as Amadeus hands over the score (and dies per the movie Amadeus), the publisher runs off to the opera house to negotiate a deal and earn his half.  That’s the ASCAP model.

Now for the SoundExchange model. Let’s say that same Mozart symphony – now in the public domain – is being recorded by the Foo Fighters (as if). In SoundExchange’s eyes, the Foo Fighters are the “featured artist” (45%). As soon as the track is finished, a rep from RCA Records will upload the track to Apple Music and spend a bunch of marketing dollars around it. The label, RCA Records, is the “rights holder” (50%).

Where does that other 5% from the featured artist half go, you ask? That sliver of the pie goes to a general fund for the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and AFM (American Federation of Musicians).

You heard us correctly. A portion of the Foo Fighter’s royalties will go to Carrot Top.

 

4) ASCAP/BMI Carry Decades of Baggage. SoundExchange Does Not

 

We’ve heard horrors stories about ASCAP representatives wandering into bars in the middle of nowhere and shutting down the jukebox until a payment is made. Legally, they’re justified in doing that. And surely, performing rights publishers are grateful for the check. But Karma can be a bitch.

Working with ASCAP often feels like visiting the DMV. Their web interface for filing direct source licenses is clunky. They don’t answer the phone. And their mafioso bullying tactics have now been adopted by foreign subsidiaries.

Alternatively, SoundExchange is the new kid on the block. When we called to do research for this blog, a cheerful service rep answered the phone. Their website is modern. Their collection efforts are focused on giant streaming services rather than mom n’ pop shops.

 

5) SoundExchange Makes It Easier for Musicians to Share a Piece of Their Pie

 

This is so cool. SoundExchange recently introduced a feature to their members called a Letter of Direction.

Say you’re a Featured Artist on a recording. By that we mean, you’re not the label. Rather, you’re a key member of the band who recorded the song. While you were laying down that incredible bass line, your best friend and fellow bass player happened to be in the room. You feel their presence “inspired” you.

With a Letter of Direction, you can easily cut your friend in on 2% of your royalties…just as a gesture. With ASCAP, the red tape on something like that would be virtually impossible.

 

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In conclusion, if there’s any possibility at all that your music will be included in a Pandora stream or Spotify stream, register yourself and your music with SoundExchange. It’s sure to be the fastest-growing source of music royalties and you’ll want to get on this train now…while SoundExchange is still willing to take your call.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses  and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians. mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.

Mar 24, 2018, 13:01

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Guitar Landscape” by KBH Production. This is a dreamy New Age track that is perfect for any kind of background music for advertising, corporate use and retail environments.

Guitar Landscape” (#04730510)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/04730510/guitar-landscape

Track Description

Guitar Landscape” is a perfect audio background for any multi-media project including corporate, commercials, advertising, slideshows, promotional video, YouTube projects, websites, time lapse or for music on-hold.

Track Metadata

Moods— Corporate, dreamy, inspiring

Instruments—Bass, electric guitar, electric piano, piano, synth pad

Genres—Corporate, documentary, new age

Applications—Advertising, Internet, on hold, presentation

Length– 3:09

About KBH Production–

KBHProductionKBH Production is a musician, pianist and composer based in Toulouse, South of France. KBH Production produces a range of Non-PRO music in genres including corporate, epic/cinematic, acoustic/folk, instrumental pop, electro/lounge, and orchestral. Click here to listen to more of KBH Production’s tracks.

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

________________________________________________________________________

Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom background music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library, which includes an extensive selection of “Non-PRO” royalty-free music, is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music / in-store music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications.

Mar 15, 2018, 17:46

This week, we continue our feature of music created by musicians who are NOT members of Performing Rights Organizations such as ASCAP & PRS. You can subscribe to any of these streams here.

1) Retail Dreams

When you wander into a trendy clothing store, you don’t recognize every song lulling you to the cash register. That’s because, with the advent of consumer streaming services, tastes are more splintered than ever. This works to the advantage of you, dear business owner. If your store is hip to all the hot new bands, you must be hip to all the hot new fashion. Right?

When you utilize our nonPRO music, this same psychology is in full force. These non-conformist, NonPRO musicians are as indie as it gets. The fact that they’re not afraid to blaze a trail shines through in their music; and will give your retail location a super cool aesthetic.

 

 

 

 

2) Relaxing Classical

When a Mozart symphony is wafting in the air, any price is justified. After all, your customers are the chosen few with educated tastes that require sanctuary. Only in a sophisticated, peaceful bubble will they fully comprehend why the China should only come as a set.

 

Sadly, it’s a matter of security. How else are you, dear store manager supposed to keep the proletariat away from your luxurious merchandise? Let the tire kickers go elsewhere. Let them eat cake.

 

 

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses  and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians. mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.

Mar 10, 2018, 17:21

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Chillout Lounge Nirvana” by ColourTunes. This is a relaxing chill out track that is perfect for any kind of background music in advertising, presentations, spas and retail environments.

Chillout Lounge Nirvana” (#04827974)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/04827974/chillout-lounge-nirvana

Track Description

Chillout Lounge Nirvana” — Relaxing, chill out ambient background music track which is well suited for background music in videos, slide shows, relaxation, memories videos, spa music, podcasts, lounge, and also for general listening.

Track Metadata

Moods— Dreamy, hi-tech, inspiring

Instruments—Electric guitar, flute, pluck synth, strings, synth pad, vocals

Genres—Drama, electronica, new age, specialty

Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, Internet, presentation

Length– 2:26

About ColourTunes–

ColourTunesFrom Moscow, Russia, ColourTunes produces a range of Non-PRO music including chill out, ambient, orchestral, cinematic, country, emotional and funk. Click here to listen to more of ColourTunes’ tracks.

With over 50,000 tracks online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

________________________________________________________________________

Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom background music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library, which includes an extensive selection of “Non-PRO” royalty-free music, is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music / in-store music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications.

Mar 1, 2018, 13:06

A push back we sometimes get from business owners when discussing NonPRO music for their retail locations is their concern about quality. “If these musicians don’t belong to a union, are they any good?” they say.

Background music is a business market like any other. And currently it’s over regulated; which creates opportunities. Like the mid-1800’s California Gold Rush, there are always an enterprising few who get in early and get in first. These musicians are innovators in every way. So we’ll just let this music speak for itself.

 

1) Martini Bar

A well staged martini bar is a place where all who enter feel both prosperous and indifferent. Beautiful people casually congregate to solve the world’s problems while glancing at a city skyline.

James Bond meets his nemesis here for the first time, early in the story when they’re both well-dressed and well-behaved. The key ingredients to a good martini bar are contemporary decor, dim lighting and soft electronic music that simmers with sexuality.

Every track in this collection is NonPRO.

 

 

 

2) Coffee Conversations

Meeting for coffee is different than meeting for drinks. Because at the end of coffee, someone is accountable for something. All parties have agreed to be sober and alert during their exchange of thoughts. And that’s good for all of us. The restaurant owner is expected to facilitate these

Cups of drip coffee on bar of coffee shop

conversations with human busy-ness behind the counter, the smell of coffee beans to remind us all we must get through one more day together, and music that is un-intrusive yet inquisitive; inoffensive yet vulnerable.

Every track in this collection is NonPRO.

 

 

If you’re a musician interested in contributing your music to this collection, and your tracks are attributed to an author who is NOT a member of any performing rights organization; then please upload your tracks to MusicRevolution. Our upload interface is easy to use, and your tracks will usually be reviewed and approved by our music team within two business days.

Join us!

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 50,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses  and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians. mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.