The important role of those background music in movies, videos film and games
Image your video, movie or game without any form of soundtrack. Although background music may pass unnoticed to the spectator or gamer, it has a very important function in the mulitmedia experience.
- It sets the tone and emotional context for the story itself or for the thoughs, feelings or actions of the characters.
- Image the next American superhero movie without that heroic orchestral string section, or a horror movie without the dissonant sounding piano parts.
- Background music helps the flow of a video, film, movie or game, by suggesting a certain pace.
- Fast backing tracks give the impression that the scene it faster than real life: a car chasing scene supported by a pumping guitar track may be shown in one minute but spans a timeframe of about an hour.
- Slow romantic of melancholic melodic movement suggests that time has slowed down or has stopped for eternity. Perfect for that romantic kiss that lasts forever.
A musical phrase or motive that is repeated throughout a movie or game helps to glue the scenes together and makes the story more consistent. Think of an opening scene that depicts the young life of the main character. As a composer, we link his feelings and positive or negative experiences to a certain background melody.
- During the whole movie this musical theme is repeated everytime the story refers to the experiences in his younger life.
- This repetition may be exactly the same arrangement but most of a time the part will be rewritten specificly for every scene.
- The same melody is at one moment played in the background with an old piano, later on with a string arrangement, and in the final scene that same motive may be played with a full orchestra.
Why Royalty Free Background Music ?
The question is not only if you should use royalty free music. There is even a more important question from a legal point of view: are the composers / publishers part of a performance rigths organisation?
- If you buy a cd or download from iTunes you have the legal right to enjoy the productions in you own private environment: your house, you car, your iPod,…
- Playing this track in your movie or video game is not allowed. Most composers and publishers are a member of some kind of performance rights organisation and this means you need permission and have to fill in cue sheets and pay performance rights to be able to use the song.
- This is even the case when you buy a load of tracks named “royalty free music’ because although you have the right to use the song under the given license you will still be invoiced by the performance rights organisation that represents the composer of his publisher.
- If your video or game that uses this kind of background music becomes very successful (and of course you hope it does ) you better prepare yourself for an invoice that may easily go up to a few thousand dollars, pounds or euros !
- For this reason, all composers on Royaltyfree.com are not members of any performance rights organisation, making our background music 200% safe to use on any of your projects: multimedia, film, video, movie, games, radio spots, television ads. If your project becomes visible on Youtube, it is important that your music is Youtube safe. What this means is explained on the page youtube background music.
What kind of background music ?
Classical, jazz, piano, pop, hip hop beats, blues, rock, urban: there is a enough to choose from. But how to decide what kind of style you want to pick from our stock library
- We have on our website a nice selection of different tracks in different styles, all with a clear labeling in the description. We have different categories of tracks: pop piano, orchestral & classical feel, smooth pop, hip hop beats, accoustic guitar, rock and heavy rock,.. Consider the age of your public, their lifestyle, traditions and the setting where your project will be enjoyed. Make sure to have a style that appeals to everyone. Extreme genres like hiphop or trash metal can be perfect to emphasize a certain mood but will not pass unnoticed and may distract the spectator.
- To help you find what you need as fast as possible our stock library is very user friendly. Within each categorie we clearly label every background tracks tempo:
- slow, midtempo or fast. The kind of scene or mood you want to create will dictate the tempo needed: slow evolving scenes need slower music, scenes with a load of movement need a faster tempo .
- We give a brief description of what kind of mood, scene or feeling the track suggests. This greatly helps our clients in selecting the best track from our background stock library.
If you need tailor made background music, or an adapted version of a stock track, we are of course at your service. Contact us with a brief description of your needs and we will come asap back to you with more info.
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