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Monday, October 31, 2011

 

Some thoughts behind our 'Suggested Production Types'

The "Suggested Production Types" music browsing tool is something that we introduced to our site quite recently. We used to have just a list of Music Genres (Jazz, Rock, Classical, Ambient...) and nothing else. But searching for the right music for your project can be more complicated than that. You may not know exactly which "music genre" you are looking for. You may simply be looking for something - anything - that works for your project.

This is why we introduced the Suggested Production Types. You can find this as a Browse button in the music browsing tool on the right-hand side of our site. Click on Suggested Production Types and you'll be able to click on things like "Relaxation, Spa & Indulgence" or "Spy, Secret Agent, Undercover" and more, to bring up a list of music tracks that we felt would work well in those types of productions - regardless of the actual music genre of that track.

Additionally, we've written a page where we illustrate and explain a little bit about what we mean by the various "Suggested Production Types" and what criteria we've used when selecting music tracks for each of them. A little bit of background as to what makes certain music / sounds work well for a particular genre of production, be it a video game, TV show, YouTube video, or any other media.

Should you be interested in reading about each of our Suggested Production Types and the thought process behind them, click here. Hope you enjoy it.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

 

Have Yourself A Merry Royalty-Free Christmas

It's almost Christmas time again and we can see that time coming, as people start buying royalty free Christmas music from our catalogue. Tracks like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", "Jingle Bells", "Silent Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful" are so popular that many of our composers have made their own versions of these, from the straightforward and cosy to the cool and funked-up, to the downright silly. We also have a lot of Christmas music that aren't actually traditional or well-known tracks, but that are new, original compositions made by our own composers in a Christmas style. We call this area New & Fun Christmas Music so if you're looking for something a little bit different for this year's Christmas presentation or electronic Christmas greeting card, you may want to check out those tracks.

But where are the other famous Christmas classics, such as Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow and others? What about Walking In A Winter Wonder Land? Why don't we have it? We get customers writing in and asking about these tracks and about why they can't find them on our site. It seems odd for us to have 66 search results for "Jingle Bells", but nothing for other famous Christmas classics like the two I just mentioned and Frosty the Snowman? What's up with that?

The simple answer is, that these "missing" Christmas tracks are under copyright and therefore cannot be offered up as royalty free music / stock music / library music, by anyone. In contrast to "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" where the actual compositions are in the public domain, and only the recording and arrangement is in copyright to who ever actually created that recording -- these other tracks including Frosty the Snowman have the actual composition still under copyright to the authors and their publishers. Therefore, these tracks cannot be done up as royalty-free music and this explains why you can't find them here, or indeed on any other music licensing website:
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Holly Jolly Christmas
  • Let it Snow
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Walking in the Winter Wonderland
  • Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
  • ...and others
We are a little bit bummed out about this, because several years ago we actually spent quite a lot of time and energy on making our own arrangements and versions of these tracks, and we have some pretty good recordings of these tracks that we've played and made ourselves. We wrongly assumed that these compositions were public domain until just before we were going to start selling them from our site.

Anyway, for those of you who were looking for this, and possibly other Christmas tunes that you can't find on our site -- that is the explanation. Merry Christmas!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

 

Lifeyo has made a cool Content Management System / Website building tool that makes it easy and fun to make your own website and blog. Putting together the YouTube video that demonstrates their service, they came to Shockwave-Sound.com for royalty-free music. We really liked the video and thought we'd post it here too.


Notice that Shockwave-Sound.com's music is not in a Content ID program at YouTube and therefore does not cause advertising for a competing brand to appear on Lifeyo's YouTube video.

The music track used in this video is "Spirit" composed by Dan Gautreau. We felt the music worked really well in their video and thank Lifeyo for using our music. Two thumbs up from us!

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

 

Finding your picked tracks on a different computer

We are occasionally asked how it's possible to make a list of favorite tracks, and then find that list on a different computer. You may be browsing music from home and wish to make a list of bookmarked tracks that you would like to come back to when you're in your office, to actually make the purchase from there.

As you may have noticed, our site does not have "user accounts" and does not require that you set up an account, or log into an account, before making a purchase. We have considered this several times, but we feel that a lot of customers like that about our site - that they can just come, browse, place an order. All without having to create a user account first.

However, not having any user accounts, we have no way of tracking a person from their home computer to their work computer. But there is still a way that you can create a list of favorite tracks from home, and then access that list from your work computer, by using Mozilla Firefox web browser.

[Click on the actual track title to be
taken to a page for that track specifically]
The Firefox browser has a feature called "Firefox Sync" which lets you create a Sync Account with Firefox, and all your bookmarks, log in information, saved passwords, etc. will be stored within that account. So you can have all your bookmarks and other such information shared between your computers. I'm using that feature myself and it's really great. If I bookmark a page on my office PC, I can see that bookmark on my laptop when I'm traveling.

If you want to bookmark a specific music track, simply click on the track title. That will take you to a page that specifically displays only that one track. The URL for that page looks something like: www.shockwave-sound.com/track/xxxx (where the x'es represent the track ID number in our catalog). While viewing this page, you can Bookmark the page and easily find this track later. And if you're using Firefox Sync feature, you can see that bookmark on all your synced computers. So when you start up Firefox on your work computer, you'll see the track bookmarked there.

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