Free Royalty Free Music Clips from Apple

I ran across this page today where Apple is giving a promo pack of royalty free music clips on the Apple site here

royaltyfreemusicpromopackvol3.html

I took a listen and it is actually just four tracks of very “GarageBand” sounding generic music.

You can also download lots of free royalty free music clips on the Partners In Rhyme website on this page

Download Free Royalty Free Music Clips

All original and cool played by real musicians.

Free Horror Scream Clip plus Horror Music and Scary Sound Effects

It is that time of year when producers and party planners start searching for horror music and scary sound effects for their productions and Halloween parties.

Free Royalty Free Sound Effect Clip
Here is this week’s free royalty free sound effect clip called Scream Female Horror:
scream_female_horror_2.mp3

Here is a convenient list of links pointing to all of our mast scary and horrific stock music beds and scary sound effects.

Horror Music Tracks for Halloween
Choose from over 100 scary music tracks and horror music beds here on the musicloops.com site in Horror > Suspense music genre:

Horror Background Music

Horror Music Collection
If you need lots of Horror Music plus some scary sound effects check out our Horror! collection on partnersinrhyme.com:

Horror! scary music beds, horror stings and slams plus scary sound effects

Scary Sound Effects Collection
We also have a brand new collection of scary sound effects available here:

Scary Sound Effects

More Horror Sound Effects
Our catalog of horror sound effects on sound-effect.com is growing every week. Check out some of these categories in the Horror Sounds genre:

Accents
Aliens
Ambience
Body Fall
Body Hits
Bone Break
Dinosaur
Dragon
Ghost
Monster
Production Elements
Robot

New Composer: Emmett Cooke

We have a new composer uploading tracks to www.musicloops.com, his name is Emmett Cooke and his style is very unique and well suited to a variety of genres. His compositions are deceiving in that they sound simple but the melodies are complex and very effective at evoking specific emotions. Loneliness, hope, longing, joy.
You can see how effective his soundtracks are by viewing this impressive animated short he just did the score for
view ‘Connect Ed’ the animated short
You can see how the music conveys almost all of the emotion in the story, without the music the story would not have the same effect and might no even make sense.

If you’d like you can incorporate Emmett’s music into your own productions by visiting musicloops.com here:
Emmett Cooke’s music available on Musicloops.com

Free Download Funky Blues Guitar

Here is this week’s free royalty free music clip. It’s actually just me practicing my blues chops over a bass line and a drum pattern from Strike (drum plugin from digidesign).
There’s no real ending for it but there’s enough of it to edit and and use what you need:

funky_blues_preview.mp3
Right-click on the link above (control-click on a Mac) and choose ‘save target as’ from the menu that pops up.

youLicense, soundsnap and audiomicro

I’ve been noticing that a few audio websites are now changing their business models and going with subscription.

Soundsnap.com
Soundsnap is a great place to download royalty free music clips and sound effects and was originally an altruistic concept that I guess eventually had to fall to capitalist ideals. Soundsnap will soon be changing to a subscription model where the user has to pay a monthly fee to download the sounds on the site.
Details are unclear but it is definitely going to change the basic concept of SoundSnap (which I always thought was a great idea).

YouLicense.com
One of the “big players” in music licensing has also announced that they will be going “subscription”. This time however it is on the composers’s end.
It will cost $39.95 every 6 months (or $39.95 every month, I don’t know, it is hard to tell from the wording in their newsletter and on their website) for a musician to post his music to be heard by production companies in need of licensed music.
This does away with their 9% fee for accepted material and puts a mandatory monthly payment on the composer.
They must not be turning much of a profit with their original concept to warrant such a drastic change on the end of the business model that (historically) has the least money.

Audiomicro.com
Audiomicro sells music and sound effects for extremely low prices. I’m not sure what self-respecting composer would upload to a site that pays out $0.50 for the licensing of a full length track.
Their business model seems to be an oxymoron since you can’t have “the lowest prices for the customer” *and* “the biggest payout for the composer” at the same time. It’s simply impossible.
They are also “paying you to upload” when in reality they’re giving a cash advance of $0.50 per track which you have to payback to Audiomicro (by not being paid until you sell that amount of tracks).
A quote from one of their statements is “at least somebody is paying the composers”, they were telling this to Partners In Rhyme who pays out almost $20,000 every month to their composers…
…and our composers get to keep their money :-)

Partners In Rhyme
Partners In Rhyme has always, from the beginning, strived to help composers make a living at what they love to do. We have never charged them to join any of our websites, we have offered advice (that has been taken and profited upon) and we are always investing and developing in new features and ideas to help our family of composers make a living at composing music.

New Composer: Dimitry Lifshitz

Dimitri Lifshitz is one of our favorite new composers and he is uploading some awesome music to musicloops.com right now.
I think the Alt Rock track Feel Alive is probably my favorite, although if you need a super-funky 70′s/techno track try
Get The Funk Out is pretty cool.
Dimitri also has a sensitive side with tracks like, well,
Sensitive and a very impressive comical quality with tracks like
Don’t Misbehave .

Check Dimitri out all of our other great composers on www.musicloops.com.

Free Sound Effect: Call to Prayer

We recently visited Fes, Morocco for a week or so. We stayed in a beautiful hotel just on the edge of the Medina on a hill. It was a perfect spot to record the Call to Prayer that happens 5 times a day beginning at 5AM.
For those that might not be familiar with the Call to Prayer it is one of the strangest things you’ve ever heard, especially in the Medina as there are hundreds of mosques and minarets, all equipped with distorted loudspeakers and cheap microphones. The elder of the mosque starts wailing into this old fashioned PA system, then times that by 200 with each mosque trying to outdo the next in volume. It is eerie sounding.
It goes on for a while and is basically just a reminder to get to the mosque to do your prayer ritual.

Here is one of our recordings of the Call to Prayer:
call_to_prayer-fr9t_11-02.mp3

Free Royalty Free Music Clip: Orchestral Gothic Loop 1

Here is my weekly free royalty free music clip (or sound effect clip).
This it is the Gothic Loop 1 from our new Film Music Series
. This particular music clip is from the Film Series: Main Theme Songs collection.

Gothic_Loop1.mp3

(This is an MP3 file which usually means they won’t loop properly, however I have gone in with an MP3 editor and removed the blank audio at the head and tail that the MP3 conversion usually adds to the file.)

Royalty Free Composer Tips: Creating A Music Library pt2

Some great questions from musicformedia over at filmandgamecomposers.com:

When you first created your library was it all music you had already made, or was it stuff that you created specifically for the purpose of selling in a stock music library?

We started out our music career as composers for TV shows and commercials, radio ads and video games. We would always give our clients 3 or 4 different ideas to choose from for their spot. These were all fairly well-developed ideas. They would choose one and the rest would go on the shelf. Our first collection of royalty free music (published in 1996) was a collection of these alternate choices.

Once that collection started selling we realized we needed to create music specifically for our production music library.

If you were creating your library of stock music from scratch again, what would you do differently?

I think I would have kept track of the different mixes better. In the old days once a mix was done the set up was pretty much lost forever. Now we can recall any mix and have it come back sounding exactly the way it did a couple of years ago.

Do you think there is a set “package” of types of music you should upload? What I mean by this is, if you sell a lot of music, is there a certain amount of of types that sell more than others – ie. should you create a library of 50 songs (each with a 60 second edit, 30 second edit, 15 second edit and 2 or 3 loops), maybe 4-5 sound effect bundles – like a “Video Game” Sound Effect Bundle, “Horror Movie” Sound Effect Bundle etc. I hope this makes sense – my general question is, should you be creating a set amount of each type to maximise sales?

Bundles are great, the more creative the better. In my experience many of our customers go for the full length track but people who just need a loop for their website will buy one or two of these from the package. Lots of people buy the 60 second version because it is usually a bit cheaper.

We have some composers who upload bundles of music loops and corresponding button sounds. Music and complimenting sound effects is a good idea (we did this with our Horror! collection and it sells very well).
In your case maybe some nice ambient nature sounds to go along with your piano music.

Some advice on pricing your packages; if your full length track is 1:30 I would price it the same as your 60 second version.
In general I would price the 60 second version of the tracks close to or the same as the full length track price.

How long are your tracks usually? I have a lot of 20-30 second piano pieces, but I’m not sure they’re long enough.

This is considered fairly short, you might want to extend them. 20 seconds is good for a website, most of our 20 second loops go for $9.95.
The 30 second version might be $14.95 or $19.95 but you really want to get up to at least 60 seconds for most uses.

I’ve noticed a few full sized scores for films – ie. 10-15mins tracks – do you sell any of these yourself, and do you find they sell well?

Most full scores are actual symphony recordings of classical music. At least on our websites I haven’t seen any composers uploading anything over 5 or 6 minutes.

Free Sound Effects: Cannon Battle

One of my latest uploads to www.FreeSoundEffects.com is called Cannon Battle.
It is a recording of the revolutionary re-enactment group here in Gracia (Barcelona, Spain).
All of the actors have a gun called a Blunderbuss. The guns are enormous and enormously loud and the revolutionary soldiers roam through our streets with them firing at will.
It is an awesome sound to wake up to.
So, I woke up and took my NAGRA out to record the Blunderbuss Battle.
When I got back to the studio to edit the sounds I tried pitching it down without changing the length and it accidentally turned into a Canon Battle.

Right-click (control-click on a Mac) and choose save as:
cannon_battle.mp3

I’m making this available royalty free to my blog readers and especially to Machinima producers as I have been talking to some of them recently and they seem to be having a hard time finding high quality music and sound effects for their productions (for free since most of them are broke).
I will posting more free stuff every week.

Free Royalty Free Music Clips: Purple Planet

I found some more free royalty free music clips today available from Purple Planet.
They have a variety of genres available like calm, dramatic, jazzy, blues, mystery, horror and comic.
Their website states:
"All the music here can be used essentially for free (though we appreciate a small donation) for any type of film production or web presentation (youtube, podcasts, blogs etc). This includes revenue-generating, commercial uses."
Check them out if you need free music, it all sounds pretty good.

Royalty Free Music Composer Tip: How To Build A Catalog

I have been selling royalty free music for more than 10 years now. I receive composer submissions and demos on a daily basis. I also see what sells and what customers are requesting everyday.
I don’t often give advise to composers but thought I would post some basic observations in case it is of any use to composers looking to get into the royalty free music industry.

1. Be Prolific
If you want to make a living at selling your production music the first thing you need is a large library of music.
The composers who have large catalogs on our sites earn the most and earn very consistently. 75-300 tracks and up is considered a large library.

2. Create edits and loops with your full length tracks.
The customers on our websites love the fact that we offer not only full length tracks but edits, loops, underscores and alternate takes. You can also sell the whole package of full length track, edits for a higher price than the full length track alone.
This coupled with a large library will practically guarantee steady sales (as long as the music is top quality of course).

A typical package would be:
Full length track 2 to 3 minutes
60 second edit
30 second edit
15 second edit
2 or 3 loops.

3. Write What You Know
Professional production music composers are a very versatile lot. They can write music in many styles and can do it convincingly. However many of the demos I receive are from composers who are trying to be all things to everybody, writing in as many styles as possible with the majority of the track coming across as mediocre. We pass on these types of demos 99% of the time.
If you are an excellent New Age Music composer don’t try your hand at Nu-Metal just to fill out your catalog, write more New Age Music instead. Write the music you love to write, not what you think will sell.

4. Add Something Real
In this day of laptop studios, garageband and reason it seems that everyone is now trying their hat at being a “composer”. I may be old skool but back in the day musicians used to practice their instruments for hours everyday and went to school to study harmony and composition. Today it seems that anyone who can download some free drum loops from the web calls themselves a composer.
All this to say when you compose try adding something real to your compositions. Instead of only relying on your loop library (the one that thousands of other people are using) try adding some real guitar parts, or a weird vocal part, or a sax, get your friend to play harmonica, pick up any simple percussion instrument, even a tambourine, and record it live. Give your standard loop library composition a soul by adding something real.

5. Melody
Just like in popular music melody plays a big factor in royalty free music. Sure there are lots of instances where you want the music to sit in the background and not attract too much attention but according to our sales stats music with a good, strong, uplifting melody outsells all other types of music.

6. Holiday Music
Would you like a Christmas bonus every year in your royalty free music paycheck? Then do Christmas and holiday music in whatever style your composition skills are strongest. A hip hop version of Jingle Bells, an ozzy osbourne version of The First Noel.
This would go for all types of public domain music, a Nu-Metal version of God Bless America, a jazz version of the Star Spangled Banner, drum n bass Auld Lang Syne, etc.
Our customers just love this kind of stuff.

7. Structure
Make sure to think about the listener when you’re are putting together the structure of your royalty free music tracks.

a. Don’t have a 2 minute intro before getting to the main melody. You need to grab the listener quickly, get to the point as soon as possible (within reason of course).

b. Give them an ending. No fades. Give them a proper ending with a chord and cymbals that ring out. This is very important for the ends of commercials and radio spots.

c. Give them a B section, also known as a bridge. You can do the same thing with a breakdown if it is dance music. You need to give the customer some variety in the track, something to play with in editing.

Hope this helps. Let me know what you think.
I’ll be posting more tips for royalty free music composers in the coming weeks.
-Mark

Partners In Rhyme Sponsers The Indie Short Film Competition

For the 2nd year in a row Partners In Rhyme has agreed to sponsor the Indie Short Film Competition with a big line up of prizes including collection of music and sound effects from our catalog.
If you are a filmmaker and think you might be interested on entering you can visit their website here

IndieShortFilms.net

Welcome to the 2nd annual Indie Short Film Competition. This innovative international short film and video competition is a great opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to advance their career, gain recognition and receive international exposure in the filmmaking industry. Entering this filmmaker friendly competition gives you a shot at being discovered by the right people and opening the right doors to get your short films seen by top industry professionals in the filmmaking business.

Enter your short films and/or videos in any of our 10 Categories: Comedy, Drama, Horror/Thriller, Animation, Action/Adventure, Family/Children, Sci-Fi, Documentary, LGBT, and Music Video. Winners will be selected by a judging panel of top industry professionals who are seeking the next generation of creatively talented filmmakers out there. Winners will receive awards, cash prizes , sponsored merchandise & services and also international exposure!

Royalty Free Music Composer Tip: Keywords & Descriptions

Here’s a great question that I found on the Film and Game Composer’s Forum from a member who is a roylaty free music composer:

"Does anyone have any kind of knowledge about keywords and descriptions on royalty free sites? Does it REALLY help sales? I mean considering the extra time required to think up and input these terms…"

I believe I have extensive knowledge in this area and yes, there is no doubt that good descriptions and keywords for your tracks have a big impact on sales.

"If it is a helpful tool, then what are some of the more popular techniques that are generally employed by composers and producers on Royalty Free websites…"

Here’s a list of general concepts that will help you to fill out your descriptions. If you answer most or all of these questions in your description plus add a little flare and creativity you will end up with a great description that compels the customer click on the play preview button.

Things to convey to the customer
what genre(s) it is:  jazzy, fusion, latin, rock, speed metal
what tempo: uptempo, slow,
type of feel: funky, laid back
instruments used with descriptive adjectives: real guitar, swirling synths, majestic strings
emotion: sad, lonely, happy, soulful, lost,
what type of use: children’s show, wedding video, corporate presentation, hollywood blockbuster
structure: is there a bridge, is there a chorus, is there a breakdown, etc?
sounds like?: name some bands that the music might be similar to.

Examples:

Michele Vanni writes great descriptions

Rearview
The road lies ahead, a new adventure, and in the rearview mirror we see familiar
places fading in the distance. The radio plays this happy and somewhat nostalgic
tune driven by 12 string acoustic guitars. The main theme is played with more energy
and additional electric guitar the second time around.

Dan Morrissey also writes great descriptions

Exit : Stage Front
Twisted synth sequences get this pitbull of a track moving, then massive guitar riffs
crash in with drums and bass to form an irrrestistable groove. Imagine a cross between
White Zombie and Kraftwerk. Contains drums, synth ,bass and lots of guitars!

Bjorn Lynne also knows the value of a great description,

Spellcraft
Depicting a magic fantasy world of fairies and deep forests full of magical creatures and
ancient adventures. Otherworldly, pastoral. Piano, vocal pads, tremolo guitars, mysterious
sounds and hand drums.

Customers love descriptions! It makes it easier for them to browse and gets them interested in the tracks before they even hear it. Remember that customers more often than not use the search function of royalty free music websites. If your description says "rock song" it will probably never be found or purchased.

New Zealand Travel / Lord of the Rings

Monalia Ventress is a composer / sound designer and co-founder of Partners In Rhyme, Inc., she is also an author and has her first novel, Horizontal Rain: Memoirs from Middle Earth, available for purchase on Amazon.com.

It tells the story of our travels through New Zealand, Indochina, Indonesia, Australia and more along with detailed and exclusive ‘making of’ stories about The Lord of the Rings films which I worked on while we were living in New Zealand.

Here is the jacket blurb from the book:

Mona-Lia and Mark are two ex-scenesters living in Hollywood who uproot their recording studio, two dogs and burgeoning Internet company and move to New Zealand where Mark has landed a visual effects job working on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Both of their lives change completely for better and worse. Mark begins working inhuman hours and is swallowed whole by his new job while Mona-Lia travels around the Southern Hemisphere to escape the domestic stress and strain his new job causes. Mona-Lia and Mark rediscover themselves and each other in their quest to explore new and exotic lands such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Tokyo, Samoa, Fiji and Bali. This three year journey is filled with detailed accounts of the making of the visual effects of The Lord of the Rings films along with in depth observations on what it is they learned about leaving their home, friends and family in California to live and work in a new country.

If you’re interested at all in how Partners In Rhyme Inc came about and grew into what is today then check out Horizontal Rain: Memoirs from Middle Earth.
Lord of the Rings Making Of

Guided Stress Relief Audio CDs

We all need a bit of stress relief now and then. For those of you who just need a quick fix while you’re doing the rounds on the web you might want to bookmark our Guided Relaxation and Stress Relief product page where you can get a free 6 minute fix of guided relaxation to wind you down and relax you so you can get through the next few hours of the day without losing the plot.

Check out this link for Free Stress Relief

Stress Relief

Royalty Free Music Composer Tip: Don’t Devalue Your Catalog

With increased competition in the royalty free music marketplace there are lots of sites popping up that are selling music for ridiculously low fees. They are asking composers to upload their tracks promising them only 40% or 45% of a $10.00 fee. The composer would take home whopping $4.50 for a high quality full length track.
$4.50 will barely get you a gallon of gas.
These sites do not offer any backend royalties either.

I urge all royalty free music composers to avoid these types of sites or at least give some serious thought to what you are doing before you upload. These sites will only devalue your catalog and make it hard for other distribution channels to accept your music. If your track is on sale for $10.00 on eCheapMusic.com then it will make it very difficult for a proper site to justify charging a higher price for your music elsewhere.

Just my 2 cents but I know that many other royalty free music site owners agree with me on this one.

Royalty Free Classical Music

You can now download high quality royalty free classical music to use in your commercial project for a low, one-time fee at:
Royalty Free Classical Music

These royalty music clips were performed by a real symphony orchestra playing the most popular favorites from these famous composers:
Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Bizet, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Dukas, Dvorak, Elgar, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Offenbach, Pachelbel, Paganini, Parry, Ponchielli, Puccini, Purcell, Respighi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini, Satie, Schubert, Schumann, Smetana, Sousa, Strauss, Suppe, Tchaikovsky, Traditional, Verdi, Vivaldi, Von Weber, Wagner

Some royalty free music websites will charge you up to $370.00 to use this music in your broadcast TV show or film. Royalty Free Classical Music only charges $34.95.

Partners In Rhyme Visiting the USA

Partners In Rhyme is a US corporation but we are based in Barcelona, Spain. We are currently visiting family and friends and taking care of misc business in California. We are fortunate to be staying at a nice bungalow right on the beach at the end of Topanga Canyon Rd.
We have been catching up with some of our LA based composers while staying here.
Our first visitor was Bob Mann who I have known for almost 30 years now. He is the composer for our Auraspheres ambient music collection and a contributor to musicloops.com.

Mark and Bob
Bob and MTL

Tonight we met Gayle Ellett and his wife who had just flown in from New Zealand. We had a wonderful chat with them over a bottle of wine. Gayle has been part of Partners In Rhyme for a very long time now and has been a steady contributor. His latest collections are Exotic Acoustic and Dreamscapes.

Mark and Gayle
Mark and Gayle Ellett

Paul Black is a friend of mine since the early punk days back in Hollywood. We have been in a few bands together and have always made great music together.
Paul was a founding member and lead singer of LA Guns who are now on a comeback trail with a new record deal and worldwide tours.
It was great to catch up with Paul again after more than 10 years. We sang songs for each other and talked about old times and old friends. Paul is also a film composer and might be contributing to the Partners In Rhyme catalog in the future.

Paul Black and Mark
Paul Black and Mark

Partners In Rhyme, Inc.

Partners In Rhyme has been selling royalty free music online since 1996 and as of January 1st 2008 Partners In Rhyme has become incorporated to Partners In Rhyme, Inc.

January and February have been record breaking months in terms of sales for us. Nearly triple the revenue from the same time last year. Our composers are benefiting from this boom as well, our total composer payouts have been over $10,000 for each month with our highest paid composer earning over $3500 in a single month.

Our policy of not requiring our clients to report the use of music from our catalog to performing rights agencies and depending more on frequency of sales seems to be working. Our composers are actually making a living and their checks are bigger and more regular than any back-end payments might have been (had they been reported properly which is rarely the case).

If our clients want to submit cue sheets we of course supply them with all necessary information but we do not require it.

Looking forward to another great year for us at Partners In Rhyme, Inc. and for our roster of 38 (and growing) composers.

Free Royalty Free Music Clips

I ran across this site at accelerated-ideas.com that has a list of free royalty free music clips available for download to use in your commercial projects:

Free Music Tracks

There are some pretty clips here.

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You can also get free royalty free music clips on our Partners In Rhyme free music loops page here:

Free Music Loops

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One of our visitors mentioned our royalty free music clips page in his blog here
Caddickisms
He also has links to other sources for free music and describes his experiences in using the different formats and types of free music.
Very enlightening.

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Royalty Free Christmas Music

As December comes to a close business usually slows down as people go on vacation or generally take a break from work. I know from our websites and from what our composers tell me that the last 1/2 of December is a bit of slow across the board.
This December however we have done very well with our royalty free Christmas music sales. I am sure other royalty free sites have a spike in their Christmas genre sales as well.
Below is a review of some of the sites and prices where you can purchase and download royalty free Christmas music, starting with ours.

Christmas Classics
This is a new collection for us and it sold really well this year. It is a large collection of Christmas music for producers who need more than just one holiday tune. The collection includes 24 tracks some with edits and loops. It comes with a variety of genres including hip hop, techno, traditional and classical.

Royalty Free Christmas Music
This is our standard collection of Christmas music at an affordable price of $29.95

If you only need one or two Christmas tracks our musicloops.com site has a wide variety from many different composers: Christmas and Holiday Music
Prices range from $14.95 to $39.95, edits and loops are available.

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