Category Archives: PIR News

Download 200 Free iPhone Ringtones (no strings attached)

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We created these ringtones specifically for our iPhones so that we could have something other than the stock ringtones or the latest iTunes hip hop track blaring out of our iPhones when someone calls us.

To be honest we tried to figure out how to sell these ringtones to iPhone users but it is just too much of a hassle and we’re busy with lots of other stuff so we thought we’d give them away.
No strings attached.
A collection of 200 unique, different, hip and cool iPhone ringtones for you to drop right into the ringtone area of your iTunes program and then synch up your iPhone to load them in.
Once your iPhone is synched up go to settings and choose a new ringtone.
There’s something for everybody here to check it out.

200 Free iPhone RIngtones.zip 13megs

Introducing the Partners In Rhyme Programmers

Partners In Rhyme Programming TeamJust wanted to send out a big thank you to the Partners In Rhyme programming team at Harvest Technologies.
We’ve come to rely on Guru and the team to realize all of our ideas and help update our websites and keep things running smoothly. Whenever we receive a feature request from our clients (which we do quite often) we immediately contact Guru and see if we can implement the idea.
We’re particularly proud of our latest website at http://www.naturemusicdownload.com/ which the guys did a great job from design and functionality to coding and implementation.

Also notice the Partners In Rhyme T-Shirts the guys are wearing in this photo.

Thanks a lot to Guru and Harvest Technologies and look forward to realizing more of our ideas with you and the team.

Free VFX Elements from Final Light

A friend of mine sent me a link to Finalight.com which is a new website that sells VFX stock footage. For those of you that may not be familiar with the term VFX is short for ‘visual effects’ and is used to describe all the computer generated effects you see in films these days.
Finalight.com sells elements like smoke, fire, shockwaves and explosions that you can use to add to your video or film project. You need basic compositing knowledge to add the effects to your project but the guys at Finallight have made it pretty easy by providing masks and well-filmed or computer generated elements.
They have three elements available on their site here
http://www.finalight.com/-/maindir/webpages/STHANKS.php
So you can test them out to see if you want to purchase anything from their library.
I purchased a flame effect and added it to a quick VFX test I am working. Take a look here

Add Audio to Your Web Page / Blog (free and easy)

Adding audio to your website or blog post isn’t always as simple as it sounds. I put together a quick tutorial using my favorite little plug ‘n’ play flash embed code for adding a nice looking audio to player to a web page or blog post.
Here is an example of the player:

Instructions:

1. Upload the music to your server in MP3 format. If the MP3 file exists on a server somewhere else you just need to grab the URL of that file (but remember if the owners of the server change the location of that file your embedded music will no longer work).

2. Copy the URL, it will look something like this

3. Copy the code below and save it somewhere on your computer so you have easy access to it

4. Where you see MP3_FILE_URL in the code above replace that with your URL, so your code would now look something like this

5. Now paste the result into your blog post or web page and you will get a nice looking flash player for your audio file.

Reddit Conversation re: Performing Rights Organizations

There’s a very funny and very informative conversation going on regarding performing rights organizations like BMI, ASCAP and in this case PRS going after people singing to themselves at work (?!?!?).

Check it out if you have a moment, it’s pretty enlightening;
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This comes as ASCAP loses their battle to charge mobile phone users every time their phone rings calling their ringtones a “public performance”.
Judge: No Royalties for Music Industry Each Time a Ringtone Plays

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Top 10 Selling Tracks on Musicloops.com for September

Here are the top-ten selling royalty free music tracks from www.musicloops.com for September 2009.
There’s some pretty cool stuff here:

1 Supercritical_Supercilious by Michele Vanni



2 HighLights by Dan Phillipson



3 Hope For More by Dan Phillipson

4 Live Wire by Bjorn Lynne

5 Lift Me Up by Bjorn Lynne

6 Fashion Groove by Michael Cymbalista

7 Les Pieds by Felipe Vassão

8 We Are Loud by PIR

9 Mataleon by Roberto Feltracco

10 Starting Lineup by Mark Petrie

Music and Sound Effects for Halloween

Halloween Music and Sound Effects
Here’s a quick list of our scariest audio resources for any of those last minute Halloween type projects you might be working on.

Happy Halloween!

Mystery & Suspense
Mysterious pads and voices, exotic percussion and instruments fill this royalty free music collection called Mystery and Suspense.

Check out ‘I’m Watching You’ for a subtly suspenseful background track or ‘Unclear’ for mysterious underscore using harp and strange swelling pads.

Horror!
A royalty free collection of horror background music, horror hits and scary sound effects.

Use this horror background music library, halloween sound effects and scary Sounds to make your website, film, video or Halloween party a big, scary sounding event.

Scary Sound Effects
Alien Monsters breathing, groaning and sneering plus creaky doors and recordings of ghosty ectoplasm (these are really hard to find let alone record)

This collection of 93 high quality horror sounds effects includes monsters, bats, creaks, heartbeats, soundscapes and screams.

260 Horror Music Soundtracks
Download individual music tracks from our Horror and Suspense genre on www.musicloops.com. There’s a huge variety of scary music here.
Human Sound Effects
Screams, grunts, coughs, sneezes, eating, chomping, breathing, vomiting, kissing, it’s all here for you to download and add to your projects.

An incredible collection of 445 human sound effects for you to use in your music, films, TV, video, websites or just about anything you can think of.

Horror Sound Effects
We have a huge selection of individual, professionally recorded horror sound effects available on our sound-effect.com website including;
Horror Accents
Aliens
Horror Ambience
Body Fall
Body Hits
Bone Breaks
Dinosaurs
Dragons
Ghosts
Lasers
Scary Machines
Monsters
Horror Production Elements
Robots
Horror Swells

More Free Video Background Loops: Romantic and Corporate

vbsd0961_ntsc_thumbWe have uploaded two new pages of free video background loops to our growing collection of free video loops. The new pages include 12 romantic video loops with lots of hearts and flowers plus 10 corporate video background loops with lots of charts, globes and team building images.
They are available in full rez and in both NTSC and PAL formats. You can use these video loops as backgrounds in your personal and commercial projects completely free of charge (you are not allowed to repost, redistribute or resell these clips without syncing them into your own projects first).

Street Fight Simulator for the iPhone

Street Fight Simulator:
Punch ‘n’ Stab

New Sound Effect iPhone App


Sound design your fake street fights with Punch ‘n’ Stab

Have fun with your friends and frighten complete strangers with these powerful sounding punches and super-gory sounding knife wounds.
The sounds are triggered by throwing ‘air punches’ and ‘air stabs’.

Simply hold your iPhone sideways with the screen up and thrust forward to trigger the power punch sound effect.
Then hold your iPhone forward, like a knife, with the screen up and thrust forward to hear the steal-y slash of metal connecting with a gory flesh wound.

The punch and stab sounds alone are pretty cool but what is a good street fight without some great action music?
The Punch ‘n’ Stab app also comes with a music soundtrack menu to choose from a list of real action movie soundtracks.

You get:

’70′s Cop Show’ for that Starsky and Hutch type TV drama

‘Mission Incredible’ for that super-spy action movie vibe

‘Heavy Rock Action’ soundtrack for all you metal-heads out there.

We’ll be adding more functionality and music choices in future upgrades.

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More Free Royalty Free Music Clips

Besides all of the free royalty free music we give away for personal and commercial use here
http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/pir/free_music_loops.shtml
we also like to point you to other websites and blogs that offer free royalty free music. Here are three composers that I ran across today:

Taylor Howard
http://www.taylorhayward.org/recordings.htm
Some very nice ambient / classical piano recordings from Taylor Howard with wide-open, copyright-free terms for use:
“The music on this site is: free to download and play, free to rebroadcast in any form for any purpose, free to play in public, free to publish for profit, and free to sample.
There is no copyright on this music.
If you can think of a creative way to use this music, you have my full support.”

Bill Cushman
http://ghostnotes.blogspot.com/
This talented is offering his beautiful piano pieces for free use in personal and commercial project. You need to contact the composer before using music.

Derek Audette
http://derekaudette.ottawaarts.com/music.php
A collection of free royalty free music from Derek Audette. Although most of the tracks are very midi sounding there are some interesting and usable pieces here:

“There is no charge or licensing fees associated with the use of any of these songs for any reason. I only ask that if you use them in a production in which you are able to give credit, (such as closing credits in a video or film production) that you do provide the proper credit in your production. ”

Pump Audio Demands (A lot) More Money From Their Composers

Pump Audio has sent out the notice posted below to all of their contributors.
It basically says that from now on their split will be 35% to the artists and 65% to Getty Images.

It would be surprising if this was a Pump Audio decision but it is definitely not surprising that this is a Getty Images decision. Getty Images along with Jupiter Images are pretty ruthless in how they treat their composers. And their composers are the ones who make their business models profitable.

Dear Pump Audio Artist,

We would like to thank you for your music and congratulate you on being part of one of the fastest growing music licensing companies in the world. Since the acquisition of Pump Audio by Getty Images, we continue to hear praises from a wide expansion of our clients on the depth and quality of our catalog and that is a testament to you.

As we plan for the future growth of our offering to the global music licensing client base, we have determined that to fully support the 400+ person Getty Images sales staff and invest in marketing and technology needs that we must make adjustments to the current revenue split system. By making these changes, we intend to accelerate the pace of our growth and achieve our goal of becoming the largest music licensor in the world.

The new model will be as following:

1) Licensing fees will now be 35% to the artist, 65% to Pump Audio/Getty Images

2) This change will take place as of July 1, 2009. Any royalties payable through June 30, 2009 will not be affected by this change

3) Performance royalty splits will remain at 50% of the publisher’s share

4) Those that don’t accept the new split will have their music removed from the system no later than December 31, 2009.

5) The rights you granted to us in the original contract do not change

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Please sign the enclosed amendment and send back to Artist Relations.

I have been reading about this development on blogs like the themusicsnob.com here
Pump Audio Reduces Music Licensing Payments

There are lots of comments regarding this move by Getty and Pump Audio, most of them bad, things like;

“That’s defaulting on the contract. If they have a signed agreement with me that states 50/50 and they decide to make changes to the split, they need to have a new contract signed with that agreement, which I will not do, and if they default on my contract and change the terms without my written consent, I will sue them.”

and;

“You have to really stay on top of things with Pump/Getty and I will definitely be looking for alternatives. Just when I was thinking they were cool it turns out to be another artist-leaching corporation”

I’d also like to quote Scott Hallgren, Owner/composer/producer at Scootman Music Productions http://www.scootmanmusic.com

Scott has contacted his rep at Pump Audio with some direct questions and received these as replies

1. Nacia at Pump couldn’t promise me the problems they’ve been having reconciling all of their databases (including, among other things: incorrect contact, PRO, and direct deposit info) are going to be fixed anytime soon. Even with all the new bodies, notice none are dedicated to admin…

2. She also informed me that Pump would now be giving their ‘clients’ UP TO A YEAR to report usage. Not pay, just report! So an artist could conceivably be waiting for 2+ years for payment if the bi-annual reporting didn’t fall in one’s favor.

3. I’ve also learned from another source that Pump are 15 months behind in registering their PRO info.

Scott goes on to say:

I have music in the PumpBox and have gotten a placement, but after this and the forced addition of our content to iStockPhoto.com (without receiving the benefits that people who joined iStock of their own volition, natch), I’m beginning to wonder if I need to ‘beat feet’ and let my participation die a natural death…

I think one of the reasons behind the success of Partners In Rhyme and www.musicloops.com and www.sound-effect.com is that we are a company run by musicians, first and foremost we think of our musicians above all else because we know first-hand what it is like to try to make a living at composing music.

It is difficult in that musicians are just that, musicians, they do not have MBAs or degrees in marketing and promotion and they are often times completely socially inept. To expect a musician to spend his/her days producing creative work and then ask them to also handle all the business dealings plus the marketing, self promotion, accounting, etc, etc. is a really big ask.

At Partners In Rhyme we are trying to make a place where musicians just have to create, we take of the rest and send them a nice paycheck every month. I can promise you we will never turn “corporate” (even though we are incorporated) and we will always be on the side of the little guy.

50/50 Forever! :-)

So how do you feel about this new development at Pump Audio?

Do you have music in their library and are you going to keep it there?

Are you also looking for alternatives like these other Pump Audio composers?

Tell us your feelings and what your plans are. It might help other composers figure out their own way forward.

GUNS! New Sound Effect iPhone App

GUNS!
new sound effect iphone app

GUNS! is a collection of 24 different gun sounds including shotguns, machine guns, pistols and rifles from Partners In Rhyme and Lynne Publishing.

The sounds are available via buttons on four separate panels and includes loading and racking weapon sounds giving you the ability to play a variety of sounds at the same time without having to scroll through a long list just to change sounds.
Info about each gun is available by pressing on the name of the gun in the button.

These sounds were professionally recorded and are being made available from the Partners In Rhyme sound effects catalog (http://www.sound-effect.com/).

The sounds available in the Guns Sounds application are listed below.

Machine Guns
Thompson Machine
Gun AK 47
Heckler and Koch
MP540
Uzi
MP40
Insert Magazine

Shotguns
Remington 870 1
Remington 870 2
Mossburg 500
Load Round
Rack & Load fast
Rack & Load slow

Rifles
Remington 7mm
Howa Model 1500
Winchester 30-30
Marlin 30-30
Rifle Bolt Action
Load Round

Pistols
Liberty 22
Target Pistol
Rhuger Magnum 44
Smith & Wesson P99
Remington GP 38
Revolver Dry Fire
Revolver Chamber Opened

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New Preview Player on Partners In Rhyme

The New PIR Preview Player
Last month we announced our new preview player for the musicloops.com site and this month we have a new preview player for the Partners In Rhyme royalty free music collections site. This new preview player was also created to address customer requests and complaints from the previous player.

The new features include:
1. The new player looks really cool and is much easier to use.
2. There is now a volume control
3. You can turn looping on and off next to the volume control
4. The length of the file playing is now shown in the upper panel
5. Total amount of files, full length tracks, edits and loops are listed.
6. Play, stop, pause and scrub controls have been added.

Check it out here:
Feel Good Music Vol 1
Sonic 4: Disco, Hip Hop, Electro…
Groove Salad Vol 5

Most of the product pages are updated with the new player and we are still waiting one one update to fix the listing bug so that everything lists alphabetically instead of randomly.

My New Guitar

Check it out. I’ve been passing this guitar in the window of Guitarland, the guitar shop just down the street from where I live, for about a month now.
I finally justified buying it and MonaoLia says if I get it I have to create a new collection of guitar music to put out on Partners In Rhyme in the next 20 months.
Sounds like a fun challenge.

Sparrow Flame Burst Gretsch Style

Sparrow Flame Burst Gretsch Style

Free Scary Halloween Sound Effects

I created a new Horror / Scary / Halloween free sound effects page on the main Partners In Rhyme site. It has genres in the free area like Horror Ambience, Torture Chamber, Haunted House plus Screams, Wicked Laughs, Ghosts and Monsters. All free and ready for you to download.
Click Here For Scary Halloween Sounds

For my blog readers I am making available the Birds in an Abandoned Warehouse sound effect for free to use in your personal and commercial projects.
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(right-click on the link above to download)

We also have a nice Scary Sound Effects Collection available in the Partners In Rhyme store.

And of course we have have a great collection of Horror Music that is perfect for any scary horror film available in the Horror / Suspense genre on Musicloops.com.

Royalty Free Music Discounts, Deals and Freebies

We’ve made it super easy to see all of our deals, discounts and specials in one place so you don’t have to search through the entire site to find bargains on royalty free music and sound effects.
We will be updating this every month with new specials.
The really cool special this month is the ‘Stimulus Package’ with two royalty free music and sound effects collections available for free download with every purchase.

The Royalty Free Stimulus Package
To do our part to help stimulate the economy by giving entrepreneurs as much music as possible for free to create their new products and venture out on their new endeavors we are giving away two royalty free music and sound effects collections with every purchase.

Royalty Free Stimulus Package
Free Download Of
Multi Media Music Vol 1 &
Web Designer’s Collection
with any royalty free music or sfx purchase


On all orders we have a 10% and 20% discount that is applied automatically to the shopping cart as you shop. Once you hit $200 in your shopping cart you will see the 10% discount kick in and once you get above $400 you see the very substantial 20% discount get subtracted from your grand total.


As if four DVDs of incredible film music weren’t enough we’ve recently added the royalty free film music collection Hollywood Soundtracks Vol 1 to the mix for absolutely free.

Our hugely popular collection of 50 of the most recognizable royalty free classical music tracks has just gotten more propular with the addition of 25 classic Tchaikovsky peices for absolutley no charge.
Just download and use them.
Check out Appollo Symphony Orchestra: Greatest Hits and listen to the 25 beautiful Tchaikovsky tracks that you can download for free.

Richard Quest Remix (Deep Hypnotic State)


We’re big fans of Richard Quest and have been twittering with him since he began his show on CCN called ‘Quest Means Business’. The show is cool because he twitters while he is on air.
His voice is of course great for a remix.
(
Monalia is playing Melodica and piano)



If you want to download the MP3 you can find it here http://tr.im/gCN5



Ha! Got the twitter stamp of approval from Richard himself!

RQ Tweet

And now we got a really nice write-up on the CNN blog promoting the track:

Making Music While the Economy Burns

Check out our recent Christian Bale Techno Tirade Remix as well (due to very explicit language this remix is rated NSFW, not safe for work).

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

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.

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!

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