Jun 26, 2015, 02:09

The tragic loss of film composer James Horner in a plane crash last week marks the end of a distinguished life and career. Horner’s work entails some of the most powerful film moments in the last twenty years.
In interviews, Horner was often outspoken about the trials and tribulations working for directors, producers and studios who “have no taste and no understanding of music”.

James HornerThis often struck me as unappreciative. But later, after my own battles with ad agency creative directors – over lousy 30 second car commercials – I gained more respect for Mr. Horner, who worked with the likes of James Cameron for months at a time. Passion isn’t easy.

And passion is what yielded heart-melting themes like “Glory” (1989)- which was later used to in almost every dramatic movie trailer in the 90’s:

Check out the goosebump-inducing strings in the opening credits of Mel Gibson’s 1995 masterpience Braveheart and how it foreshadows the roller-coaster history lesson you’re about to experience.

And finally, feel how this seductive low string motif lures you into Dr. Graham Nash’s schizophrenic madness, portrayed by Russell Crowe in the “A Beautiful Mind (2001)

It is my hope that James Horner – a personal hero of mine for more than a decade – finally gets a chance to catch his breath and look down into the millions of hearts he has permanently marked with his gorgeous music.

On behalf of the members of the MusicRevolution community, many of whom can hum your themes on command…thank you, maestro.

Sources:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000035/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/23/titanic-composer-james-horner-feared-dead-in-southern-california-plane-crash/
http://jameshorner-filmmusic.com/conversation-james-horner/

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 35,000 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 22, 2015, 11:55

MusicRevolution.com has nearly 40,000 tracks of high-quality, royalty-free music online. MusicRevolution.com also offers a variety of royalty-free music subscriptions that are a great value. For limited time, buy a 1-Month Complete Subscription (regularly $249.99 for up to 10 downloads) for only $199.99 and Save $50. That’s less than $20 for any track in our production music library. Tracks can be downloaded in either WAV or MP3 format.

Check out our subscriptions today at http://www.musicrevolution.com/subs_options.  This special offer to Save $50 expires July 3, 2015.

With a variety of royalty-free music subscriptions and nearly 40,000 tracks 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 nearly 40,000 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.

Jun 15, 2015, 00:34

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.

Fireworks for the 4th of July

We wanted to feature some of the great royalty-free music for the 4th of July on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) that could be used for a range of purposes including TV and radio commercials, corporate videos, web videos, trade show videos, company meetings, background music, on hold music and a range of other commercial applications. We have a wide selection of royalty-free music for July 4th.

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “July 4th” yields the following royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=july+4th&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=38&y=8

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “Star Spangled Banner” yields the following 21 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=star+spangled+banner&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=30&y=5

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “stars and stripes” includes “Stars and Stripes Forever” by Catch 22 Music. This is a perfect royalty-free track for any 4th of July project—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=42185

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “Independence Day” yields the following royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=Independence+Day&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=38&y=1

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “marching” yields over 350 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=marching&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=30&y=5

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “parade” yields the following 50 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=parade&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=46&y=4

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “patriotic” yields nearly 150 royalty-free tracks—

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

With nearly 40,000 tracks of royalty-free music online, there are many other affordable music choices for your 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 nearly 40,000 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.

Jun 7, 2015, 13:31

June is considered by many to be the traditional wedding month so it’s time for our annual wedding music update. We wanted to highlight some of the affordable royalty-free music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) that could be used for wedding ceremonies and for background music for wedding receptions, wedding videos and wedding slideshows. We have a great selection of royalty-free wedding music.

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “wedding” yields 150 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=wedding&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=43&y=9

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “wedding march” yields the following royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=wedding+march&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=35&y=3

Since there are many choices here, we wanted to call out a few tracks that really set the wedding mood—

Often referred to as “Here Comes The Bride”, here is an arrangement of “Bridal Chorus Wagner” by Sonic Imagery–http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=3087

And for the traditional choice for the wedding recessional, here is an arrangement of “Mendelssohn Wedding March Op. 61” by The Sound Room– http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=51223

And here is an arrangement of “Canon in D – Pachelbel (Arr J Francis)” by Shockwave-Sound– http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=48777

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “romance” yields over 600 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=romance&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=30&y=5

A search for “sentimental” yields over 7,000 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=sentimental&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=41&y=9

A search for “love” yields over 2,000 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=love&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=26&y=9

MusicRevolution.com also has a number of CDs, available in both physical CD and download CD format, with hand-selected royalty-free music tracks that are perfect for background music for wedding videos and slideshows, including:
Sentimental, Vol. 1Sentimental, Vol. 1” –

http://www.musicrevolution.com/cd_details/sentimental_vol_1/

Acoustic Guitar, Vol. 1Acoustic Guitar, Vol. 1” —http://www.musicrevolution.com/cd_details/acoustic_guitar_vol_1/

New Age, Vol. 1New Age, Vol. 1” –

http://www.musicrevolution.com/cd_details/new_age_vol_1/

Piano, Vol. 1Piano, Vol. 1” –http://www.musicrevolution.com/cd_details/piano_vol_1/

Orchestral/Classical CD, Vol. 1Orchestral/Classical, Vol. 1”–http://www.musicrevolution.com/cd_details/orchestral_classical_vol_1/

There have been cases of professional wedding photographers who have been sued for using music online and in wedding videos that are produced for customers. While a popular song might only cost $0.99 on iTunes, this provides for personal use only, and not for commercial use. A professional wedding photographer / videographer might have to pay a huge fee (in the thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars) to use a popular music song in a wedding video or slideshow. A high-quality, royalty-free music track can keep you and your company legal and it can help to professionally complete your wedding video or slideshow without breaking your budget.

With nearly 40,000 tracks of royalty-free music online, there are many stock music choices for your wedding video or slideshow, or any other project on MusicRevolution.com.  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 40,000 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 29, 2015, 12:16

The ukulele is often associated with music from Hawaii. When I hear the ukulele, descriptive terms such as happy, fun, joyful and uplifting come to mind. The use of the ukulele has become increasingly popular in music used for advertising. We have a great collection of royalty-free ukulele music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) that could be used for TV, radio and video ad campaigns, as well as for a range of other media productions and commercial applications. This is a fun collection of ukulele music.

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “ukulele” yields nearly 400 royalty-free tracks where the ukulele is used—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=ukulele&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=26&y=8

Since this is a large collection, I thought I would call out a few ukulele tracks that are really fun—

Here is a ukulele track from JHunger Music titled “Relax a While”–

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=18943

Here is another ukulele track from SeaStock titled “Playful Ukulele”–

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=51350

And here is a ukulele track from Benny Hawes titled “Ukulele Commercial – Sunshine Island”. This track has vocals and uses a whistle which creates a fun, happy feeling—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=34258

When our musicians tag their music for search on MusicRevolution.com, they often describe which popular musician might have influenced the style of the track. This becomes useful when searching on MusicRevolution.com because music buyers often think about or describe the type of royalty-free music they are looking for based on popular musicians. When I think of musicians who are known for the ukulele, the name Israel Kamakawiwo’ole comes to mind. I had to look up the spelling, but Kamakawiwo’ole came to mind.

A search for “Israel Kamakawiwo’ole” on MusicRevolution.com yields the following royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and his ukulele—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=Israel+Kamakawiwo%27ole&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=41&y=5

With nearly 40,000 tracks of royalty-free music 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 40,000 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 22, 2015, 12:54

In memory of B.B. King, we asked one of our newest musicians for parting thoughts on the reigning King of Blues. This particular musician, Robert Heft, was the right guy to ask because tracks he uploaded such as Bottom of the Blues and Hey Baby exhibit a depth and authenticity that goes way beyond the mechanics of pentatonic scales and cigarettes. This guy’s lived through some serious stuff and it oozes through his music:

“B.B. King was the first guitarist I can remember seeing on television,” Heft explains. “I was about 12 years old and already learning to play. He had this amazing vibrato, I’d never seen or heard anything like it. It changed the way I looked at and listened to not only guitarists but all string players, horn players, vocalists, etc. This was a guitarist’s signature, their stamp, their individuality, their tone. Hearing B.B. King play MEANT something, made me FEEL something. Every electric guitarist on the planet is influenced by him and owes him a debt of gratitude and respect. B.B. King may be gone, but the THRILL will never be and his music will live on forever.

Robert Heft joined MusicRevolution.com the week B.B. King passed away. At the risk of being shmaltzy, we’d like to think something reincarnated it’s way into our humble collection that day.

Welcome, Robert. Thanks for being a part of MusicRevolution.com.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 35,000 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 17, 2015, 23:38

A few weeks ago we wrote about acoustic guitar music on MusicRevolution.com. We also wanted to give the electric guitar equal billing, so here it is. We have some great royalty-free electric guitar music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) that could be used for film, TV, video, ad campaigns, media productions, background music and a range of other commercial applications. We have a huge selection of royalty-free electric guitar music that is worth listening to.

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “electric guitar” yields over 9,000 royalty-free tracks where the electric guitar is used—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=electric+guitar&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=22&y=4

A search for “rock, electric guitar” yields over 5,000 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=38&instrument=52&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=31&y=9

A search for “jazz, electric guitar” yields over 900 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=30&instrument=52&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=39&y=6

A search for “blues, electric guitar” yields over 900 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=18&instrument=52&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=41&y=8

A search for “electric guitar solo” yields over 100 royalty-free tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=electric+guitar+solo&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=31&y=4

When I think of musicians who are synonymous with outstanding electric guitar work, among others, Jimi Hendrix. Eddie Van Halen, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chuck Berry, Steve Miller and Keith Richards come to mind. When I think of musicians who are synonymous with great guitar work, both electric and acoustic, I needed to add Eric Clapton and Neil Young to the list. When our musicians tag their music for search on MusicRevolution.com, they often describe which popular musician might have influenced the style of the track. This becomes useful when searching on MusicRevolution.com because music buyers often think about or describe the type of royalty-free music they are looking for based on popular musicians.

A search for “Hendrix” yields the following 22 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Jimi Hendrix—

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

A search for “Van Halen” yields the following 46 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Eddie Van Halen —

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=van+halen&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=42&y=3

A search for the late, great “B.B. King” yields the following 13 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by B.B. King—

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

A search for “Stevie Ray Vaughan” yields the following 41 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=stevie+ray+vaughan&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=28&y=3

A search for “Chuck Berry” yields the following 13 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Chuck Berry—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=chuck+berry&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=33&y=5

A search for “Steve Miller” yields the following 6 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Steve Miller—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=steve+miller&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=29&y=4

A search for “Keith Richards yields the following 14 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Keith Richards—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=keith+richards&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=45&y=2

A search for “Eric Clapton” yields the following 63 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Eric Clapton—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=eric+clapton&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=43&y=3

A search for “Neil Young” yields the following 50 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Neil Young—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=neil+young&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=45&y=6

With over 38,000 tracks of royalty-free music 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 38,000 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, 2015, 12:09

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 25, 2015, less than a month away, we wanted to highlight some of the excellent royalty-free music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) that would complete for your Memorial Day media production or be used for background music on Memorial Day.

We have a great collection of royalty-free Memorial Day music that will touch and move your listening audience.

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “memorial” yields 13 royalty-free tracks-http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=memorial&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=0&y=0

A search for “tribute” yields the following 81 royalty-free tracks–

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=tribute&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=25&y=5

A search for “patriotic” yields over 130 royalty-free tracks–

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=patriotic&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=22&y=7

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=34&y=6

A search for “remembering” yields the following 45 royalty-free tracks–

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

A search for “freedom” yields over 140 royalty-free tracks–

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=freedom&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=46&y=5

A search for “glory” yields nearly 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=9

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 38,000 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 38,000 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 2, 2015, 15:23

As a kid, watching those murders take place as Michael Corleone calmly baptized his nephew in church was horrific. But years later, after I was promoted to corporate manager, it seemed obvious to me that Michael was just doing what he needed to do. Classic media such as The Godfather or The Holy Bible bring up different reactions in me as I get older. Although that media hasn’t changed over the years, I certainly have.

So in this blog I’ll share an aspect of the band Van Halen that looks far different to me in my 40’s than it did when I was in high school. Not only because I have changed, but because some juicy facts have recently come out about the band. 

I still remember the exact spot where I stood as Van Halen’s “Eruption” blared out my buddy’s cheap monophonic cassette player – forever changing what I believed was possible in music. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s groundbreaking technique made such an impact on musicians that every profile article in Guitar Player Magazine in the following years had to begin with a disclaimer classifying the subject as either “Pre-Eddie” or “Post-Eddie”.


And on top of virtuosity, Van Halen had a sensational side too.  According to rumor, whenever the members would arrive at a new tour stop they would immediately inspect the candy bowl for brown MnM’s. If any were present, they would fly into a decadent rage and trash the dressing room. You see, Eddie’s guitar sound – for reasons that didn’t concern my teenager ADD at the time- was known as the “brown sound”. As lead singer David Lee Roth explained in an interview, “Brown is a sound. It doesn’t belong in a candy bowl.”  That explanation made complete sense to my pimply-faced self. My beloved band was so passionate about their music and its place in the world they would accept no compromise. 

20 years later, it turns out the band’s reasons for destroying those dressing rooms wasn’t just to feed a PR machine, but also a brutally efficient quality control measure. Watch as David Lee Roth explains:


The fogged-out teenager I used to be wouldn’t have understood what the heck quality control even was. But the 40-year-old me who’s been screwed by my share of legal contracts now has a whole new reason to love and respect Van Halen.


The other aspect of the band that looks far different to me – after years of troubleshooting technical stuff on the internet – is Eddie Van Halen’s legendary “brown sound.” No matter how loud he turned up his amp or how distorted he played a power chord, there was never any harshness to his sound. There was a certain softness to his tone even as the decibal levels were loud enough to break glass. It was a massive part of Edward’s mystique. 

As it turns out, this all happened by accident….and by necessity. Eddie’s first amplifier was ordered from an overseas catalog and therefore didn’t use standard US voltage levels. As a workaround, Van Halen employed the use of a variable transformer that could lower or raise the voltage going into his amplifier. The current level that sounded most pleasing to his ear was approximately 90 volts, lower than the usual 110 volts routed to Marshall stacks. Eddie Van Halen essentially created a “brownout” – the kind you hear about in big cities – within his guitar rig. His power chords wet still powerful; just more..well…brown.

So just like me, stadium PA systems across the US took a small amount of energy current from Edward Van Halen and amplified it into something bigger. Something that served us. Something that met a need at that time.
Here’s to looking back in history at whatever turned you on back then. Not so you can turn back time. But so you can see how you’ve changed.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 35,000 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 26, 2015, 12:17

Location: Westford, Massachusetts U.S.A.

Member since: August 2, 2012

Tracks in portfolio on MusicRevolution.com: 31 (click here to hear all tracks) http://www.musicrevolution.com/search?artist=6254

–Background

Led by Zac Cataldo and Zac McIntyre, Black Cloud Productions is a unique music publishing company that has successfully placed tracks with such companies as Discovery Channel & Warner Bros. Black Cloud Productions represents a growing roster of over 30 up and coming Indie artists, composers, writers and producers with 100% Master/Sync controlled music designed for film, TV, commercials, and video games. Black Cloud Production’s music ranges across all genres.

-High profile projects or clients you have worked for?
Verizon Wireless, Nationwide Insurance, PBS, MTV, Discovery, VH1, A&E,  History Channel, TLC, OWN, Oxygen, SYFY, BRAVO, G4, Warner Bros., USA, National Geographic  & E! Network

–Film score or song you admire? Why?

We love big epic and powerful scores that you move and really enhance what’s happening on screen.  The “Book of Eli” main score by Atticus Ross and Hans Zimmer’s score of “Inception” are two examples of scores like this.  We also enjoy the quirky, moody and uniqueness of the scores Danny Elfman writes.

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

We would love to record with any of the Muscle Shoals artists or the Beatles of course.

–Moment you first knew you would be a musician?

When I first held my father’s guitar–  Love at first note.

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

Practice, practice, practice.  Also, more practice.  It’s not an easy business to get into, so maybe also have a solid day job?

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

Recently I started learning the ukulele.  I’m already in love and want to master it!

–Favorite time of day to work in your studio?

3:30am.  Not a second before.  Not a second after.

–Some of your favorite tracks that you would want us to feature in the blog.

“Soft Upon Entry” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=27575

“Meet The Revolution” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=27581

“Strung Out” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=27562

We thank Zac Cataldo and Zac McIntyre of Black Cloud Productions for sharing some of their musical background with us and for contributing tracks to MusicRevolution.com, the Royalty-Free Music Marketplace.  The next time you need tracks for film, TV, commercials, video games and other commercial media applications, check out Black Cloud Production’s music on MusicRevolution.com.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 38,000 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.