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The Official Blog from | 2014

I Know That Tune - Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No.1 First Movement

posted on 10/02/2015

You may have heard it many times before, but never knew where it was from, what it was called, or who composed it. The Piano Concerto No.1 First Movement has a distinct section that has been used again and again in popular culture. Find out the origins of this memorable piece of royalty free classical music.

The Piano Concerto No.1 First Movement was composed by Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky between November 1874 and February 1875 and revised a few times until the final piece was published in December 1888 and has become one his most popular works.

An interesting fact behind the introduction to the piece is the concerto's first theme, which follows the famous introduction, is actually based on a melody that Tchaikovsky heard performed by blind beggar-musicians at a market in Kamenka (near Kiev).

The most popular and prominent part of the piece is the first 0.50 seconds which has been hugely popularised worldwide including use, most recently by Russian energy supplier, Gazprom in their 2013 European Champions League television advert, below:

It was also widely popularised way back in the 1970s featuring in a Monty Python sketch, parodying Sviatoslav Richter, a Russian pianist whom was also famous for playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 First Movement. See the Python Sviatoslav Richter and Rita Sketch below:

This piece was also further popularized among many Americans when it was used as the theme to Orson Welles's famous radio series, The Mercury Theatre on the Air. The Concerto came to be associated with Welles throughout his career and was often played when introducing him as a guest on both radio and television:

Browse more royalty free classical music or more pieces by Tchaikovsky.

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New Beautiful, Delicate and Inspiring Piano Music

posted on 05/11/2014

We've updated our beautiful royalty free piano music collection with brand new inspiring, delicate and warming piano based music tracks.

The piano (an abbreviation of pianoforte) is a musical instrument played using a keyboard. It is widely used in classical and jazz music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music, accompaniment, and for composing and rehearsal. Although the piano is not portable and often expensive, its versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the world's most familiar musical instruments.

This royalty free piano music collection features music designed to provoke emotions and feelings sincerity.

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Trying Out The New Native Instruments Remix Decks

posted on 29/10/2014

Local DJ and Traktor Specialist Steven James from Guitar Guitar Newcastle popped down to our studio to give us a look at the power and potential of the excellent Native Instruments Remix Decks, discussing the Future of DJing and gives us a demonstration of the creative potential of this new Remix Set format and how the new Traktor Kontrol S8 could be a game changer. Read the full review here.

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Following a trend to rebel against the trend

posted on 16/10/2014

When a brand hits a successful strategy that works, competitors can either produce a better campaign, or simply go with what seems to work in the current market. But sometimes, subtle parodies of successful competitor campaigns can attract an even bigger following, igniting a storm throughout social networks with users sharing and laughing at your parody, while at the same time massively promoting your brand. All on the back of an original, innovative new campaign.

Apple have made their mark on advertising with their distinctive ads and the continued surge of popularity for their brand and products has left competitors somewhat left behind. Here's a few of our favourite parody ads that pay homage to Apple's new approach:

Somersby Cider

Ikea Catalogue


It's not just the television commercials that have absorbed the Apple appeal. Many of our clients ask us for "Apple-style" music for use in their projects. Well, we delivered. Check out our Minimix of Apple inspired tunes:

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About Royalty Free Epic Music

posted on 08/10/2014

Our new collection of royalty free epic music captures the excitement and drama of Hollywood style soundtracks, but how did epic and cinematic movie scores come to be?

A film score is often an emotional rousing or dramatic and epic piece of music that accompanies particular moments of a movie/film. The score forms part of the film's soundtrack, alongside dialogue and sound effects, and comprises a number of orchestral, instrumental or choral pieces called cues which are timed to begin and end at specific points during the film in order to enhance the dramatic narrative and the emotional impact of the scene in question.

Scores are written by one or more composers, under the guidance of, or in collaboration with, the film's director and/or producer, and are usually performed by an ensemble of musicians – most often comprising an orchestra or band, instrumental soloists, and choir or vocalists – and recorded by a sound engineer.

Film scores encompass an enormous variety of styles of music, depending on the nature of the films they accompany but are commonly known for the epic, dramatic and cinematic feel that isn't heard outside of cinema.

Certain movie score composers have changed the industry and how music is portrayed. Some have created a piece of music or style so good, it becomes the benchmark for 'that sound' for years to come. Here's a list of 10 iconic Hollywood movie composers and the movies they've worked on:

Hans Zimmer

Notable movies: The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception, Lion King, Gladiator

Danny Elfman

Notable movies: Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Spider-man, Mission: Impossible, Men in Black

John Williams

Notable movies: Star Wars saga, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones saga

James Horner

Notable movies: Titanic, Star Trek, Avatar, Troy, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Braveheart

James Newton Howard

Notable movies: The Fugitive, The Village, King Kong, Michael Clayton, I am Legend, Defiance

Howard Shore

Notable movies: Lord of the Rings trilogy, Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, the Aviator

John Barry

Notable movies: James Bond, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves

Maurice Jarre

Notable movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Topaz, Dead Poets Society

Elmer Bernstein

Notable movies: The Great Escape, The Ten Commandments, Ghostbusters, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Magnificent Seven

Nino Rota

Notable movies: The Godfather, La Dolce Vita, La Strada

Of course, epic, dramatic and cinematic music isn't just confined to cinema. With emerging new technology able to capture footage almost anywhere, very easily with the likes of GoPro cameras, there's a growing need for music that will match what is being recorded and shown. Video producers are using royalty free epic music to capture the perfect soundtrack to accompany their exciting footage.

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Royalty Free Meditation Music

posted on 02/10/2014

Meditation music is designed to be tranquil, relaxing and none-intrusive to help calm and ease the listener. Our collection of royalty free meditation music can be used as both an aid to personal meditation and commercially in group sessions, or made available as part of any commercial meditation product.

Meditation music can have a specific religious content, but also more recently has been associated with modern composers who utilize meditation techniques in their process of composition, or who compose such music with no particular religious group as a focus. The concept also includes music performed as an act of meditation.

Modern meditation music in the 20th century began when composers such as John Cage, Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, La Monte Young and Lawrence Ball began to combine meditation techniques and concepts, and music.

Today, royalty free meditation music is ideal for a wide range of uses and not confined to the practice of meditation. Many health and beauty Spas will use ambient and relaxing meditation music for patrons during massages and treatments at the resort.

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A Brief History of Horror Music

posted on 01/10/2014

We've got an incredible collection of royalty free horror music available to license and download. But where did horror music come from? Find out more about the beginning of music being used to accompany horror movies and which influential composers set the score for an entire genre.

In the early days, horror movies were screened as silent movies and had little or no accompanying music score. As time went by, horror movies started to incorporate music into their scenes to help create tension, suspense or shock audiences. Franz Waxman's score for Bride of Frankenstein is often cited as one of the first modern film scores.

Horror Music - Early Cinema Scores

The late 1930s and 1940s saw unknown and often uncredited composers such as Hans J. Salter and Frank Skinner setting the tone for later horror music. Often the music was darkly and lushly romantic, but heavily influenced by impressionism, atonality and serialism. A chief example is The Wolf Man (1940) music score, to which Salter and Skinner both contributed.

Horror Music - Hammer Horror (1950s-'70s)

The sound of British Hammer horrors of the 1950s, '60s and '70s owed their musical feel to composer James Bernard, whose fast paced, frenetic, jarring scores to films such as Dracula (1958), The Plague of the Zombies (1966) and The Devil Rides Out (1968) are among his best-known. Bernard was fond of using the score to play along with the title of the film—his three-note signature for Dracula can be sung, and by prefiguring it with another four notes, Bernard could underscore the main title of Taste the Blood of Dracula.

Horror Music - 1960s Onwards

On the other side of the Atlantic, it was perhaps Bernard Herrmann's string score for Hitchcock's Psycho that changed the sound of horror music. The stabbing rhythms of the famous shower scene have been imitated many times since.

The 1970s saw a new wave of slasher films, which tended to have more contemporary-sounding scores, often using electronic instruments. Horror director John Carpenter was well known for scoring his own films, such as Halloween (1978). For The Exorcist, William Friedkin rejected a score by Lalo Schiffrin and used the temp track featuring assorted pieces of music including part of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells.

Music is incredibly important in cinema to accompany scenes and invoke particular moods and emotions. We covered the musical score behind JAWS in this article.

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GrooveTrain Charity Show at Sage Gateshead

posted on 18/09/2014
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We're proud to support and shout about an upcoming gig this weekend at the Sage, Gateshead in support of two local charities, North of England Children's Cancer Research (NECCR) fund and Rainbow Trust Children's Charity.

The gig takes place this Sunday (21st September) between 6-9pm at the Sage, Gateshead including over 40 artists and an incredible pre-show at a stunning venue in the North East. Tickets are only £10.00 each and all proceeds go directly to children's cancer charities.

If you can't make the gig you can still support the charities by donating to Dominic's Fund via JustGiving.

There's only around 100 tickets remaining. Lineup announced so far includes the frontman of The Stranglers, legendary touring rock musician Russ Tippins, songbird Immy Williams fresh from supporting Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, and, joining our band for one night only, a host of world-class session players who've played with the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Brown and UB40!

We'll see you there!

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Music used in the Ben and Jerry's Greek Frozen Yoghurt Advert

posted on 02/09/2014

We love ice-cream! We also love music. So when Ben and Jerry's pop up on TV with their unique brand of happy go lucky style music and their latest ice-cream flavour it's quite hard to resist. It also gives us a chance to show off our best "Ben and Jerry's style" music below including a range of upbeat, happy and positive nu-folk/acoustic tracks:

The playlist above is made up from royalty free background music across collections including: Creative and Fresh, Sunshine and Smiles, Nu-Folk and Feel Good.

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Guillermo del Toro teams up with YouTube for Halloween Short Movies Competition

posted on 02/09/2014

Movie director, producer and writer Guillermo del Toro and production company Legendary Pictures have teamed up with YouTube for an exciting Halloween Short Film competition offering help and advice to elligble YouTube channel owners/content creators.

In collaboration with YouTube spaces, individuals with channels on YouTube with at least 10,000 subscribers, who are part of the YouTube Partner Program, will get to film in the production facilities and use its cameras and editing equipment for free.

YouTube Spaces currently exist in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo, with a location in New York City about to open in November. The Halloween event will still utilize that space, and give creators a sneak peek at the production facility before the official opening date.

All of the sets are inspired by various del Toro movies so you can expect some creepy, gothic and alternative set designs/props. Remember, this guy did Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Devil's Backbone and Don't be Afraid of the dark.

If you're looking to work on your own horror movie short this Halloween, we've got a great collection of royalty free horror music for you to sink your teeth into, including our Mystery, Tense and Suspense music.

When does it kick off? 22nd September 2014

When does it finish? 27th October 2014

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