Month: January 2017

When A Big Orchestra Is Too Much and Vice Vera At CSS Music we love the movies! We see just about every major release and have done so for too many years to count. And if you’re like us, you probably pay close attention to the music! But what makes a great soundtrack and what type of orchestration works best for different films? While a small, independent film might benefit from a large orchestral score—say…

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Doing It Movie Editor Style At CSS Music we’ve always believed in providing alternate mixes. In fact, our PowerTrax library was built around this premise. And you’ve probably noticed some new Project Platinum albums with alternate mixes and even some cue loops. The question is, how to most effectively use these in conjunction with the full mix cut? And what exactly are these alternate mixes? Starting with the latter, an alternate mix is generally the…

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Using Electronic Elements Effectively If you’ve ever seen a film where there are scenes with tension, horror or something otherworldly, you’ve undoubtedly heard the ubiquitous (usually) low synthesizer or bass/celli drone. The static, unrelenting tone is generally the harbinger to something important is a comin’! Whether you’re trying to convey anticipation of quietly stalking a wild animal or waiting to see if the engine you’ve been rebuilding will fire, the use of a drone can…

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Why The Blues Sometimes Makes You Feel Good A couple Blues jokes. Q: What was etched on the Blues singer’s tombstone? A: “I Didn’t Wake Up This Mornin’!” Q: What’s the difference between a moose and a Blues band? A: The moose has the horns in front and the a-hole in the back. All joking aside, understanding The Blues—and understanding different types of Blues—requires a little exposition. While we at CSS Music can hardly be…

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A Look At Music From The Clubs To The Runway If you’re a fan of Lifetime Network’s “Project Runway” you’ve undoubtedly heard a lot of Fashion music. The upbeat “4 on the floor” kick drum, pounding bass, syncopated synthesizer chords and arpeggio sequencers are the hallmarks of this style (pun intended) of music. And we at CSS Music want you to look your best while you “vogue” through this blog. J The origin of Fashion…

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