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The answer of course is more for less and this is what our new expanded “You Pick ‘Em Plan” will do for music end users.  Previously the lowest tier was 10 tracks for $99. Now it’s 5. Pick any 5 tracks from anywhere on the site for $65. What’s so great about this? Some libraries charge $65 for just one track with a limited list of rights.  With the “You Pick ‘Em Plan” you get 5…

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This is a debate that has raged for years.  But honestly, have you listened to music that almost sounds plastic?  Or what about a stereo width that is virtually duophonic, with highs that are higher than high. All this begs the question, “what is production music designed for. Listening or for artful synchronization with a picture?  Sure you want your music to sound good but what happens when it is artificially enhanced? Do you or can…

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In theory multi-track production music should be a real boon to the producer.  But on average is this true? Perhaps depending on the production and the skill set of the sound designer / editor / mixer.  It’s funny how this often works.  Someone spends sometimes an hour or more working with multiple tracks and because of “pride of authorship” can’t see the forest for the trees.  Not only are the results somewhat marginal but the…

CSS Music Essential Genres Search Trends Uncategorized

Yes, there are some libraries that essentially do a data dump but some degree of handpicking or curation is a best practice. But the process at CSS Music starts much earlier.  First, we listen to you.  And by you I mean all the various you’s there are that comprise the market place.  We listen to educators, corporate producers, videographers and film and TV producers, editors and directors.  We set the assignment and then we select a…

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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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What’s Hot in Music This Week/Month/Year? As we’ve previously discussed in this blog, music for AV/Video seems to evolve from 1). What national advertisers have embraced and 2). That music usually is a derivative of current Pop music trends. We here at CSS Royalty Free Music keep our ears tuned to both the radio and television advertising. But we are also strong proponents of creating music that might be the next new trend, or even…

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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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How Pop Culture Sometimes Ain’t That Great We at CSS Music have a question for you guys: Why is today’s corporate music so…wimpy? Has American business become too “chickafied?” What ever happened to red-blooded, rise-to-the-challenge messaging and the music that supports that message? Since we cut our teeth creating many volumes of Industrial music, we have our own thoughts and a challenge. Just like the advertising business that looks to popular trends to “borrow” musical…

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Understanding The History And Styles of This Caribbean Music Rumor has it: the reason Reggae music has emphasis on beats “1” or “3” is that when pop music from the U.S. was first heard by Jamaican musicians back in the 1960s, broadcasts would fade in and out due to the long distant AM (at the time) signals. Ergo, they were hearing the music differently than we did in the States. Instead of the prominent backbeat…

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Writing Easy Edit Points for Your Shows If there’s one thing we’ve learned at CSS Music over the past few years is this: Make music that’s easy to cut. We know how frustrating it can be to find the perfect track that doesn’t have an easy-to-paste ending or points where you can cut on an ending. We know you want a simple, tonic-chord-ending that can be spliced on just about anywhere. Our writers’ main responsibility…

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