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Hybrid Tracks

Example 1:

Example 2: Has both orchestral and electronic elements.

Below is another another great example of an Orchestral Hybrid with Dubstep elements that is the underscore for a video game trailer from the beginning to 0:02:45.

Filing Cue Sheets

So, I have a big hole in my education when it comes to filing cue sheets. Recently a company in Ireland licensed a piece of music for a commercial to be aired in Ireland. This was through Audiosparx (AS) and AS did send me the track usage info and cue sheet. I know I should file the cue sheet but am a bit in the dark with foreign usage and the proper procedure. I know AS would did this for me but I’m not willing to give up that income for something I can do myself, once I learn.

I also received a cue for a piece sold for Internet broadcast that was sold through Productiontrax and in the dark about filing that cue sheet also.

I know I could go to BMI for this info but thought I would start a thread as I’m sure others could have questions along this line.

Production Music Glossary

TimV suggested a glossary of production music or library music terms and I thought it was a great idea.

To quote Tim:
“For example, I would like to see definitions of sting, sting out, and needle drop. (I once tried to google “sting out”, but all I got were articles about treating mosquito bites.) Someone else recently asked for a definition of trailer music.”
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Cue Tips

No this is not about cleaning your ears out! Well maybe in a metaphoric way. Matt had mentioned “editor friendly” library tracks and MichaelL had asked for clarification. Matt’s response was:

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I think most editors would say that an easily editable track has these characteristics:

– a short intro, getting to the main idea quickly (no slow fade up)

– sticking to one emotion, idea, genre

– stays in one key (some editors like modulation, but it’s easier to edit when the music’s all in the same key from beginning to end)

– for TV, ‘A-B-A’ is a useful format, with the last A section being a bigger version of the opening. For longer tracks it could be ‘A-B-A-B-A’ (each time getting bigger) or ‘A-B-A-C-A’

– breaks in the music between sections, so that the editors can cut from those points to the end easily

– a nice solid, final ending, with a long ring out (there are always exceptions of course).

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Seems to me this would make for an interesting thread. Basic tips and tricks for writing library music. I have moved the comments that started this discussion to here.