May 18, 2016, 16:25

Sitting in the producer chair as a vocalist pours her/his heart into your track is a bit like holding a nest of baby birds in your hand. You can be too rough and cause bruising. You can care too much and smother. Or you can be indifferent and let in the snakes. These choices may seem abstract, but they matter. As rock producer Howard Benson (Daughtry, 3 Doors Down) once said of producing hits, “90% of it is vocals.”

One trick I’ve learned while producing is what I call the “gravy take”. It’s the idea that once your singer knows they’ve given you a usable take, they’ll relax more and really start giving you gold.

It makes sense. Being behind the mic during a session is about generating, not evaluating. Good singers spend their energy focusing on air control, pitch, effects and emotion. Whether it’s working or not is up to the guys on the other side of the glass – that would be you. 95% of the vocalists I’ve recorded (including me) don’t have the bandwidth to both perform and evaluate. Those are two different sets of muscles.

Therefore your first job as vocal producer is to gently guide your artist to a place where they feel confident they’ve given you at least something of value – something you can use. They need to know they’ve done their job.

After that, tell her/him you’ve got your meat and potatoes and now some gravy would be nice. Give your artist that rare freedom to actually be an artist. Almost always, what comes next will far surpass your vision. Oscar-winning actor Christopher Walken once said there are only two things a director should ever say to an actor: “Do it again.” or “Good. Let’s move on.”

Lead vocalists take bigger personal risks than anyone else in the band. No layman ever said, “I can’t stand that song because of the drum fills.” Or “That concert sucked because the bass player wasn’t feelin’ it.” But singers step into that crossfire every time that recording light goes on.

Treat your vocalists with care. Help them fly. Get that gravy.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 44,000 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 15, 2016, 21:10

We have nearly 44,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com ). Today’s featured track is “Tangolot” by Scewby Mundo. This is a fun, funny, quirky, lighthearted track with a Latin feel that is perfect for advertising, broadcast programming and film where a little humor is required.

Tangolot” (#00000287)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=261

Track Description

Tango with accordion, piano and strings. Keywords— world, passion, sexy, romantic, fun, funny, comedy, exotic and quirky.  Perfect for advertising, broadcast programming and film. Think funny Fiat car commercial!

Track Metadata

  • Moods— Comedy, exotic, fun
  • Instruments— Accordion, piano, strings, upright bass
  • Genres— Comedy, period, world
  • Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, film

Length— 2:02

About Scewby Mundo
ScewbyMundoDewey Dellay of Scewby Mundo composes music for television, film, Internet, games, and theater. Past composing work includes National Geographic Television shows – Chinese Mummies (Emmy nominated), Finding Anastasia, Virus Hunters, Chachapoya, Last Christians of Bethlehem, Afghan Warrior, The Discovery Channel’s Miami Jail, Oprah Winfrey, Date Patrol, America’s Spookiest Places, My First Home, among many others. Dewey received an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design, and IRNE for his composition and sound design in theater. Mood is paramount and the music has to be motivating. Categories include – Quirkitudes, Dramatica, Worldish, Tekitude, Jazzitude, and Hip Fresh.

With nearly 44,000 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 nearly 44,000 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 music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.

May 5, 2016, 17:58

There are at least five ways to cook mountain oysters until they’re hot; same goes for our music. We totally cooked the books when creating this “Hot 25″ list of royalty-free tracks from 2015.

Was the track super-awesome, but didn’t necessarily beat other tracks in terms of sales? On the list it went! Did the track make an insanely-above-average sales for reasons we don’t aesthetically understand?…fine. We’ll cringe as Adam Smith’s invisible dead hand scrawls that title on the list.

Every track on this list made money last year. And that’s all we’re gonna say. Enjoy!

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 43,000 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 3, 2016, 15:44

Memorial Day is a United States holiday held on the last Monday of each May honoring all Americans who have died in wars for our country. We salute and thank the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country, our freedom and the American way of life. With Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, less than a month away, we wanted to feature some of the great royalty-free music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) that would complete your Memorial Day media production. We have an excellent selection of royalty-free Memorial Day music that will touch and move your audience.

Iwo Jima MemorialA search on MusicRevolution.com for “memorial” yields 17 royalty-free tracks-

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=memorial&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=25&y=6

A search for “tribute” yields the following 84 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=tribute&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=39&y=2

A search for “patriotic” yields over 175 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=patriotic&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=36&y=6

A search for “honor” yields over 100 royalty-free tracks–

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=honor&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=39&y=2

A search for “remembering” yields the following 49 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=remembering&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=33&y=6

A search for “freedom” yields over 150 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=freedom&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=37&y=5

A search for “glory” yields over 300 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=glory&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=37&y=6

Some time ago we had a customer request for royalty-free music that could be used for a war memorial for fallen soldiers. The following are some of the royalty-free tracks that were submitted for that project—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=track+request+46&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=28&y=9

With over 43,000 tracks of royalty-free music online, there are many affordable music choices for your Memorial Day production or any other media project on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com). 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 43,000 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 music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.

Apr 23, 2016, 13:36

We have over 43,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com ). This week’s featured track is “Ego Trip” by Skip Peck. This is a fun, energetic jazz track with a bossa nova feel that is perfect for advertising, broadcast programming and film.

Ego Trip” (#00000242)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=216

Track Description

Mystery, intrigue and fun abound in this in-the-pocket bossa nova with piano, bass, electric piano, guitar, drums, percussion and flute. Think Pink Panther movies with the late Peter Sellers!

Track Metadata

  • Moods— Fun, energetic
  • Instruments— Piano, bass, electric piano, guitar, drums, percussion, flute
  • Genres— Corporate, jazz
  • Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming, film

Length— 3:03

About Skip Peck

SkipPeckThe Skip Peck Trio is a family operation all the way. Their music has a definite genetic blend, which is evident in the way they communicate on stage and in their recordings. Skip Peck offers original songs in a wide range of jazz styles, from swing and Latin to heartfelt ballads and feel good blues to orchestral pieces, tangos, and much more. Pianist/composer/lyricist Skip Peck and his wife, vocalist/lyricist Donna Peck have been performing and writing music together since they were married in 1973. They were joined by eldest son Nathan Peck on acoustic and electric bass when he was just 15, and he now lives and works in NYC and tours the world with a variety of great jazz artists. Skip Peck is a winner of the W.V. Cultural Center Fellowship for Composing in 1995, as well as several Merit Awards from the Billboard Magazine Songwriting Competition.

Click here to listen to all of Skip Peck’s tracks on MusicRevolution.com.

With over 43,000 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 43,000 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 music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.

Apr 16, 2016, 02:40

A gnarly industrial-pop song called “Guns Blazing” by Cobra Ramone was used to underscore the most erotic scene I have ever witnessed in a movie where everyone’s clothes stay on. In the 2013 independent film All the Wrong Reasons, our main female character (played by director Gia Milani) has a crush on a male co-worker. In the scene, Milani’s character has a dream where her amore is standing still as a statue in their workplace. She stands next to him – studying him up and down like an object – then kisses him.










The entire dream sequence happens in excrutiatingly slow motion on top of this grinding beat:

My written words don’t do this justice. You have to watch the movie. In art, there are moments when sensuality is holy – not seedy (check out turn-of-the-century paintings by Mamet). This scene – one of those moments to be sure – is worth the price of admission.

Kudos to director Gia Milani and her team for this incredible cinema moment.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 40,000 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 11, 2016, 11:36

Thanks to our community of hundreds of professional musicians, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has over 43,000 tracks online with new music being added all the time. Single tracks start at just $9.99. Most tracks are $49.99.

We have also created a collection of royalty-free music tracks that are absolutely free to use for your film or other commercial applications:

http://www.musicrevolution.com/free_production_music/

Our Free Music Collection offers 38 free tracks. Most of these tracks were written and produced for clients such as IBM, Microsoft and the Georgia Department of Tourism, among others.

You are free to use them in your film, broadcast, web, on hold, physical media, video productions or other commercial applications per MusicRevolution.com’s Standard License Agreement. These tracks are provided to you as a download in MP3 format (192 kbps).

In return for this free royalty-free music license, MusicRevolution.com kindly requests that you credit us somewhere on your website or elsewhere. For example “Thank you www.musicrevolution.com for providing music for our production.”

Enjoy our Free Music Collection!

With over 43,000 tracks of royalty-free music online, 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 43,000 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 music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.

Apr 3, 2016, 11:56

We have nearly 43,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com ). This week’s featured track is “Gateway of the Gods” by Bjorn Lynne of Shockwave-Sound. This is an exotic, energetic track with a Middle Eastern feel that is perfect for a movie soundtrack.

Gateway of the Gods” (#00001383)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=1356

Track Description

Arab, Middle East, Islam, Islamic, Muslim, Arabia, Arabian, Arabic, chant, chanting, film, soundtrack, cinematic, flute, war, conflict, drama, desert, sitar, percussion, drums, ethnic, world.  Think soundtrack for “American Sniper”.

Track Metadata

  • Moods— Exotic, energetic, angry, serious
  • Instruments— Sitar, percussion, drums, flute, vocals
  • Genres— World, vocal
  • Applications—Film, broadcast programming

Length— 2:39

About Shockwave-Sound

Shockwave-SoundShockwave-Sound is a music publishing company owned and managed by composer / producer Bjorn Lynne. Shockwave-Sound is primarily involved with licensing music for commercial and in-public use. Shockwave-Sound has an ever expanding music library of high quality instrumental music (and some vocal music) available to license for legal use in broadcast, film/TV, web, multimedia, games, presentations and other media. Click here to listen to all of Shockwave-Sound’s tracks on MusicRevolution.com.

With nearly 43,000 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 nearly 43,000 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 music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.

Mar 25, 2016, 20:18

Country music wears a lot of different faces today and they’re all well represented in our production music library. Traditional country, rock country, bluegrass and more are wonderful tools to place your viewer in a rural mood before you even start telling your story. Mandolin, banjo, fiddle and more are just some of the instruments you’ll find in this folksy, fun and friendly musical collection.


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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 40,000 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 20, 2016, 19:00

We have nearly 43,000 tracks covering every genre of music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com ). This week’s featured track is “Going There” by Dan Phillipson. This is a driving, uplifting pop/rock track.

Going There” (#01695441)

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=65497

Track Description

Driving and uplifting pop/rock track with lots of guitars and powerful drums. A real sense of movement which could help add that extra dimension to your project. Think Coldplay and Explosions in the Sky.

Track Metadata

  • Moods— Corporate, energetic, inspiring
  • Instruments— Bass, electric guitar, piano, synth
  • Genres— Corporate, pop, rock, sports
  • Applications—Advertising, broadcast programming

Length— 2:40

About Dan Phillipson

DanPhillipsonDan Phillipson is a renowned composer whose music has been used in thousands of productions across the world, ranging from global brands, to small, independent filmmakers. Click here to listen to all of Dan’s tracks on MusicRevolution.com.

With nearly 43,000 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 nearly 43,000 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 music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.