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.

Jun 7, 2017, 10:58

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “American Heroes” by Geary T. Newman. This is a moving, inspiring track that is perfect for films and documentaries.

American Heroes” (#03071624)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/03071624/american-heroes

Track Description

American Heroes —A film underscore written to showcase the stories of American Military Servicemen. Moving, inspiring, dramatic music.

Track Metadata

Moods— Inspiring, serious

Instruments— Clarinet, flute, horn section, oboe, strings, trumpet

Genres—Classical, documentary, orchestral, period

Applications—Broadcast programming, film, Internet, presentation

Length– 4:34

About Geary T. Newman–

GearyNewmanFrom Roswell, Georgia, U.S.A., Geary T, Newman is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and trumpet player. Newman’ s music ranges from Large Orchestral, Big Band, Classical, Standards, Film Underscore, Symphony, to Ballet Incidental music. Click here to listen to more of Geary T. Newman’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 30, 2017, 00:57

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Thank You” by Davis Harwell Music. This is a moving, emotional, introspective track that is perfect for tender moments for films and documentaries.

Thank You” (#00166361)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/00166361/thank-you

Track Description

Thank You” —A moving, emotional, ambient track. Driven by electric guitar and strings.  With vocals that sing “Thank You” in the middle section.  Very introspective and great for tender moments.

Track Metadata

Moods— Dreamy, inspiring, sentimental

Instruments— Electric guitar, piano, strings, synth pad

Genres— Documentary, orchestral, specialty

Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, film, Internet

Influenced by– Hammock, Explosions in the Sky, All The Bright Lights

Length– 7:36

About Davis Harwell Music–

DavisHarwellMusicDavis Harwell Music’s mission is to make stories come alive by composing musical scores that inspire the heart and capture the imagination. Davis Harwell Music delivers anything and everything from classically-influenced orchestral tunes to ambient soundscapes to hard-hitting electronic and hip-hop. Click here to listen to all of Davis Harwell 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.

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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 22, 2017, 23:39

We have over 50,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). This week’s featured track is “Sea Breeze” by JHunger Music. This is a pretty, light, joyful, acoustic folk tune that is reminiscent of a sunny day.

Sea Breeze” (#00048865)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/royalty-free-music-track/00048865/sea-breeze

Track Description

Sea Breeze” —60 second loop featuring lightly picked acoustic guitar, ukulele, electric piano, piano, bass, and a shaker to make it drive.  This is a pretty, light, joyful, acoustic folk tune that is reminiscent of a sunny day.

Track Metadata

Moods— Dreamy, fun, sentimental

Instruments— Acoustic guitar, ukulele, bass, electric piano

Genres— Children, country, folk

Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, film, Internet

Length– 1:00

About JHunger Music–

JHungerMusicJoel Hunger of JHunger Music has been writing, performing and recording music for over 20 years.  Although Joel writes in many different styles, his main genre is acoustic folk and rock. Click here to listen to all of JHunger 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.

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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 17, 2017, 11:59

Dominique and I were recently watching videos of X-Factor auditions on YouTube when this pre-roll ad for French’s Jalapeno Mustard appeared:

Clicking “Skip Ad” has become second nature for most of us by now, but this spot was the exception. It totally got our heads bobbin’. Congratulations to ADROC – the retail marketing agency for the Frenchs Food Company who produced this spot – for nudging digital advertising in the right direction.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 48,000 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.