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The word “Epic” gets thrown around all the time.  So much so,  the true meaning of the word is lost.  Some libraries use the word so much you begin to wonder what something that isn’t “Epic” might sound like. Fortunately, we pretty much know EPIC when we hear it. It means huge, grandiose, bigger than life, etc., etc.  So it should become pretty obvious that a light corporate, light industrial or light activity tune is…

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How Great Compositions Move Us We’ve all experienced that moment when we’re engrossed in a film and as the final scene concludes and the music soars, we find ourselves wiping tears from our eyes. Think about the final scene of “E.T.” or the opening scene from the terrific animated movie, “Up,” the multiple heart-wrenching scenes in “Schindler’s List” or the emotional conclusion in “Saving Private Ryan.” While these films would probably still bring a tear…

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Why Electronic Underscores Are So Effective If you’re a fan of the great composer Hans Zimmer like we are at CSS Music, you’ve probably noticed his use of a “tick-tock” under opening scenes. His latest composition for the hit film Dunkirk utilizes the sound of an actual watch owned by the director Christopher Nolan and this sound evolves into an unsettling wash that creates a tremendous amount of tension. More than just a simple single…

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Silence CAN Be Golden In 1971 William Friedkin directed the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The French Connection. This groundbreaking film starred Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider as NYC cops hot on the trail of a French heroin smuggler. American jazz composer/trumpeter Don Ellis wrote the score providing an interesting blend of modern jazz with traditional film underscore elements. But what really grabs your ears in this film is…nothing. Just the ambient New York…

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Why A Good Beat Moves Your Show Composer Antonio Sanchez created one of the most ingenious scores for the film Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.) Were there soaring strings, evocative woodwinds and triumphant brass statements? Nope. The entire score for this four Oscar-winning film was played on the drums. And did it ever move this uniquely unusual movie! You probably notice percussion tracks adding excitement to films and television shows more frequently these…

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Exploring Two Popular Instruments Did you take piano lessons as a child? Or maybe you got the urge to become a guitar hero as a teen? These two popular instruments, played alone, evoke their own particular sounds that may be just the ticket for a scene in your next show. CSS Music has an abundance of solo piano tracks and a respectable number of solo acoustic guitar tracks. (We recommend using the Keyword Alpha Search…

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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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Underscoring Your Opening Scene Like Breaking Bad or Saul That opening long shot, taking SO much time to establish. That sense of unease as the camera remains stationary then very slowly pans in as music that doesn’t necessarily make any sense, plays through a radio speaker. Weird, unsettling, bizarre…and you’re totally hooked. Breaking Badand Better Call Saulcreator Vince Gilligan turned the television drama on it’s head with not only unique story lines, but with  a…

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