Aug 15, 2017, 10:30

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track, which is also new to MusicRevolution.com, is “Love Train” by Anthony Alleeson. This is a smooth, sultry, dreamy track that is perfect for broadcast programming and advertising.

Love Train” (#03560393)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/03560393/love-train

Track Description

Love Train” — A melodic, happy, smooth, moody, sultry, dreamy instrumental track perfect for creating moods in any media setting such as TV, film, movie, documentary, corporate promo, website,  advertising, commercial video, retail, leisure or phone on hold.

Track Metadata

Moods— Corporate, dreamy, inspiring

Instruments— Acoustic guitar, electric guitar

Genres—Corporate, documentary, drama, rock

Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, film, Internet

Length– 3:05

About Anthony Alleeson–

AnthonyAlleesonUK Composer Anthony Alleeson has musical influences that range from classical orchestral and piano music, easy listening, progressive rock and music from around the world to film scores, TV and commercial music.  Anthony’s music ranges from dark and dangerous to elegant, romantic, cool, mellow, and inspiring. His versatile catalog reflects his varied background in musical styles, which includes Dramatic, Classical, Progressive, Latin, Ambient, New Age, Jazz, World, Pop, and Rock. Anthony’s music is perfect for a wide variety of commercial, corporate, Film, TV, and Commercial projects.

Click here to listen to more of Anthony Alleeson’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.

Aug 10, 2017, 01:33
I once had a steady gig playing piano at a Sunday brunch on a military base. I was never happy with my pay, so after a few months I met with the club manager to politely asked for a raise. “We can’t do that,” he said. “And in fact, next weekend will be your last weekend.” D’oh!
 
That’s kind of what happened to ASCAP and BMI when they recently asked the U.S. Justice Department to revisit a 1941 consent decree against them. The decree, borne out of concern that ASCAP and BMI are monopolies, stated that ASCAP and BMI must grant businesses a license for their music, even if ASCAP/BMI doesn’t like the offered price. The decree has been like a pair of handcuffs on ASCAP/BMI for decades.

“Nothing’s changed, guys,” the Justice Department said. “It’s 2014. And you still look like monopolies. So you still have to grant a license to any who asks. And no, you can’t make exceptions such as Katy Perry’s Firework being used by Pandora but NOT by Spotify. Your song ownership records are a mess. And business owners don’t have time to sort through all that.”

“Oh, yeah. And one more thing. When songs created by your writers were co-written by non-ASCAP members, you STILL have to grant licenses to business owners for that song. The royalty accounting headache is your problem.”*

Ouch.

So what does this mean for restaurant owners? It means that theoretically, business owners can play music written by ASCAP and BMI members in their establishments….at any price they want. But good luck trying to cite a government consent decree with their sales rep.

Business owners should also be aware that a new entity, unbound by ancient leglislation, lurks on the horizon. In an epic case of talking out of both sides of one’s mouth, the US government gave just one organization monopolistic control over every “sound recording” of every song ever made.

They’re like one of those myserious, deep-voiced characters you meet for the first time while the credits are rolling at the end of a Marvel film.

I give you….SoundExchange. Stay tuned.

*The U.S. Justice Department did not say those exact words. I’m paraphrasing.

Source:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ed-ascap-bmi-justice-department-20160804-snap-story.html

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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.

Aug 1, 2017, 00:03

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Words Often Fail” by Alex Grant. This is a sentimental, inspiring, piano track that is perfect for broadcast programming– a beautiful piano solo.

Words Often Fail” (#00001433)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/00001433/words-often-fail

Track Description

Words Often Fail” — Sentimental, inspiring, moving, warm piano music that is perfect for a range of broadcast programming projects. Think Bruce Hornsby.

Track Metadata

Moods— Sentimental, inspiring, moving

Instruments— Piano solo

Genres—New age, jazz, solo

Applications—Broadcast programming, retail, special events

Influenced by: Bruce Hornsby

Length– 2:42

About Alex Grant–

AlexGrantFrom Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A., Alex Grant’s style of contemporary piano is clearly evident in his emotionally evocative recordings.  Piano, Classical, New Age, Beautiful, Relaxing, Serene, Tranquil, Thoughtful, Quiet, Meditation, Peace, Nature, Everyday are keywords to describe Alex’s music.

Click here to listen to more of Alex Grant’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.

Jul 26, 2017, 15:39

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Calling And Calling” by B.L.R. This is a dreamy, sensual, exotic track that is perfect for projects that need the sound of high fashion, luxury, exotic destinations, mystery, intrigue, sensual, travel or espionage.

Calling and Calling” (#01708264)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/01708264/calling-and-calling

Track Description

Calling And Calling” —This is the sound of international intrigue and exotic destinations– from the catwalk in Paris to a back alley in Morocco. If your next project needs the sound of high fashion, luxury, exotic destinations, mystery, intrigue, sensual, travel or espionage, this is the track. Think James Bond 007.

Track Metadata

Moods— Dreamy, sensual, exotic

Instruments— Electric guitar, marimba, sitar, synth pad, vocals, World percussion

Genres—Corporate, electronica, vocals

Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, film, retail

Length– 3:32

About B.L.R.–

BLRFrom Marietta, Georgia, U.S.A., B.L.R. covers the musical gamut from spy-themes to new age and chillout to dance-pop. Click here to listen to more of B.L.R.’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.

Jul 16, 2017, 19:47

My latest binge has been “The Defiant Ones” on HBO, an edgy documentary that profiles the career paths of music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. These are the men who brought you Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dog, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Lady Gaga, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Katy Perry and more.

Gangsta rap is not in my blood. And I’ve always struggled with a personal bias against music creators who don’t know basic music theory. But multi-platinum record sales and the beats that boom out of my teenagers’ bedrooms make it clear I’ve been left behind on this one.

That’s why I’m glad I watched this series. I now understand that in 1986, Dr. Dre, Easy-E and Ice Cube had more pressing things to worry about than music theory. They were experiencing things in in life, in their hearts and in Compton that – like a pregnancy – had to come out.

The resulting passion and authenticity resonated with young music fans everywhere; and cultural connections like that have nothing to do with properly inverting a minor 7th chord.

So with my newfound humility and appreciation for the most brutally honest art form in existence, I proudly present this collection of rap/hip-hop tracks in the MusicRevolution.com library; tracks that don’t aim for complexity. But rather to reference a movement in American culture. A movement about being angry with the way things are. I think we can all relate to that.

P.S. My fifteen year old son helped me pick these tracks.

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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.

Jul 12, 2017, 10:57

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Young Teenage Summer” by Pink Pony. This is a dreamy, energetic, inspiring track that is perfect for party, lifestyle, and teen projects.

Young Teenage Summer” (#02012178)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/02012178/young-teenage-summer

Young Teenage Summer (Instrumental Version)” (#02012182)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/02012182/young-teenage-summer-instrumental-version

Track Description

Young Teenage Summer —A positive and dreamy house track with vowel like sounds, a light piano, soft strings and a groovy beat. A perfect track for party, lifestyle, and teen projects. Dreamy, energetic, inspiring music.

Track Metadata

Moods— Dreamy, energetic, inspiring

Instruments— Bass, piano, pluck synth, strings, synth lead, vocals

Genres—Electronica, pop, sports

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

Length– 3:26

About Pink Pony–

PinkPonyFrom Lüdenscheid, Germany, Pink Pony’s musical style ranges from corporate motivational tracks to epic orchestral scores and trailers. Pink Pony has over 200 tracks on MusicRevolution.com.

Click here to listen to more of Pink Pony’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.

Jul 4, 2017, 22:14

How do you convince a Grammy-winning, household-name that writing a jingle for an insurance company isn’t compromising his artistic integrity?

By letting him re-write it…any way he wants.

That appears to be how ad agency Oglivy Mather got Brad Paisley to sing the “Nationwide is on your side” earworm. This is so cool:

Nationwide Insurance went one step further and had up-and-comers Rachel Platton and Leslie Odom, Jr. add to the collection. Odom is best known for playing Aaron Burr opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda on Broadway’s Hamilton. He left the show in 2016 to break out on his own. In my opinion, this is the best one:

A-list celebrities often appear in ads for overseas brands; ads that their US fanbase aren’t likely to see. It’s one of many ways celebrities earn money without losing credibility with their US audience.

Kudos for Oglivy and their client for hacking this old practice; and reinventing how rock stars feel about doing ads.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 60,000 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.

Jun 27, 2017, 11:00

About Kris Dale– Kris attended the University of Miami’s School of Music graduated in 1997 with a degree in studio music/jazz performance. Upon returning to his home town of Atlanta, Kris joined the Lost Continentals and toured the U.S. playing swing. Since then he has played with Kingsized, Greasepaint and many other Atlanta favorites. Currently with Corey Smith, Kris also can be seen with Bernadette Seacrest and her Provocateurs, Tongo-Hiti, Caroline Herring, Sweet Knievel, Geoff Achison, the Matt Wauchope Trio and Nick Longo, among others. Kris has recorded with Neko Case, Daath, Adult Swim’s “Squidbillies” and more.

KrisDaleKris’ music includes adventurous soundtracks for movies and instrumentals featuring the Theremin, Steel Guitar and Baritone/Bass guitars. Click here to listen to Kris Dale’s tracks on MusicRevolution.com .

  • High profile projects or clients you have worked for? 

I currently play bass for Corey Smith as a touring musician. I have contributed to music for Adult Swim’s Squidbillies and various independent TV and films. I just released my 3rd instrumental solo album, Sputnik which features my own blend of steel guitars, theremin and funky bass.

  • Primary instrument?

Bass (upright and electric) but I spend a lot of time on the steel guitar (lap and pedal) and baritone guitars lately.

  • Favorite music-making piece of gear or software you currently use?

I love the simplicity of Logic pro X plus the affordability of East West Composer Cloud for sounds.

  • Piece of gear or software you wish you owned?

I’d love an old Fender Rhodes for sure!

  • Film score or song you admire? Why?

I absolutely love Yann Tiersen’s score to Amelie. It’s a beautiful, exotic soundtrack that is equally at home standing alone or with the movie.

  • Music education background?

I have a Bachelor’s of Studio Music from the University of Miami.

  • Memorable “Aha!” moment during your musical education?

Talking with my composition teacher about writing for an instrument’s strengths really woke me up. I realized that the more knowledge one has about each instrument that they are writing for, the better. If the composer understands what any given instrument is really good at doing, they will write a part for that instrument that will sound better. It’s worth it to rent a trombone and putz around on it for a while before writing for it. The end result will flow much better through the instrument even when it is in the hands of a professional if the composer has a basic first hand knowledge. This also applies to software instruments in the sense that a Vibraphone part will sound more authentic if the composer limits themselves to working with 2 mallets (i.e. fingers on the keyboard) at a time. It’s also a great idea to run parts by your friends that play instruments that you don’t. I had a great conversation with a violinist once about which double-stops are reasonable to write for a professional to play in tune and lo and behold when the piece was ready to record, the session went very smoothly.

  • Most embarrassing music-related moment?

Wow, there are a lot! I did sneeze on stage once and cover my bass with mucus. There was no way out of that one.

  • If you had a time machine and could record or perform once with any artist, who would it be?

I would give anything to be in Pink Floyd for a day.

  • Moment you first knew you would be a musician?

I played “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Metallica with my band at my high school talent show and immediately went from geek to superstar. That sealed it.

  • Advice you would give to a younger family member interested in a music career?

Most people don’t have a clue as to what a professional artist does, day to day. This is as much our fault as theirs because we market art as a fun, carefree lifestyle filled with parties and effortless performances in front of screaming fans. It’s not cool to show the hours of practice, tons of emails/office work, miles driven at 3am and poverty that precede these events. Having said that, it’s still totally worth it so do it! YOLO.

  • Five songs or albums you’d take with you to a desert island?

Anything by Vulfpeck

Sailors Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

Duke Ellington by Charlie Hunter

Crush by Lettuce

  • If you could master another instrument, what would it be?

The pedal steel guitar is my favorite thing to work on but it’s going to take a while. A long while.

  • Favorite time of day to work in your studio?

I generally start around 10am and finish up around 3pm with a quick break for lunch.

  • Any studio collaboration you experienced that stands out in your mind? Why?

I had a wonderful time with the horn section on my most recent record. To have such great musicians all in the same room around a mic, nailing it with no overdubs is a testament to hiring the best. I try to foster an environment where the horn players feel free to point out any awkward things I had written for them. This back and forth taught me a lot about writing for horns and was very inspirational for future projects.

  • What are your best, or even favorite tracks? Why?

I think everyone’s favorite stuff is their most recent and i am no exception. Grizzly Rose, Spacelab and Moonshot are my favorite tracks off of my new record because of the way all the musicians came together to improve upon my music beyond what I thought possible.

Grizzly Rose” (#03348977)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/03348977/grizzly-rose

Space Lab” (#03348986)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/03348986/space-lab

Moonshot” (#03348979)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/03348979/moon-shot

Click here to listen to more of Kris Dale’s tracks on MusicRevolution.com.

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.

Jun 21, 2017, 00:56

Independence Day, or the 4th of July, honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Independence Day is a Federal Holiday in the U.S. and it is celebrated with picnics, parties, parades, concerts and fireworks. We wanted to highlight some of the excellent royalty-free music for the 4th of July on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) that could be used for a range of media projects including TV and radio commercials, corporate videos, web videos, trade show videos, company meetings, background music, and other commercial applications.

an american flag boldly flying in the wind

An American flag flying on July 4th

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “July 4th” yields the following 20 royalty-free tracks—http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-tracks/keyword/july+4th

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “Star Spangled Banner” yields the following 22 royalty-free tracks—http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-tracks/keyword/star+spangled+banner

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “stars and stripes” includes “Stars and Stripes Forever” by Catch 22 Music. This is a great royalty-free track for any 4th of July project—http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-tracks/keyword/stars+and+stripes

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “Independence Day” yields the following 22 royalty-free tracks— http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-tracks/keyword/independence+day

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “marching” yields over 400 royalty-free tracks— http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-tracks/keyword/marching

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “parade” yields over 60 royalty-free tracks—http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-tracks/keyword/parade

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “patriotic” yields nearly 200 royalty-free tracks—http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-tracks/keyword/patriotic

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.

Jun 14, 2017, 12:08

In the last episode of this blog series, I was planning to hike up a mountain to spread my best friend’s ashes. Two months later, here’s the finished result:

Many thanks are in order….

First, to Apple…for real. I sat down to edit the video at 1 PM on a Saturday with virtually no previous experience. By 3 PM, it was done. How does Apple know what I want before I want it?

Second, to Davis Harwell Music for creating such a beautiful piece of music. When Blue Skies and A Happy Heart (#00536034) begins one minute into the video, it bypasses my clogged up brain and hard wires directly to my heart; then gives me permission to feel sad about my friend. Wow.

And last, to my (now) wife Dominique; for capturing that breathtaking shot of the ashes dispersing into the air on her iPhone. Facebook viewers have commented that the pattern looks like an angel. Others said it was a cross. Either way; we were both stunned when we first previewed it on her phone.

She also navigated us both up that mountain, both logistically and psychologically. And most of all, she sang that beautiful vocal part at the end. Every man should be so lucky. Thank you, baby.

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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.