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A Guide to Production Music Styles and Genres


Productiontrax.com offers great sounding royalty free music that is stylistically accurate in a wide variety of musical styles and genres. As a music-purchasing customer, it is important to know at least little about these different styles, and for composers, it is absolutely imperative to understand stylistic differences and idiosyncrasies in order to accurately create and classify your music.

New Age and Ambient music covers a wide range of instrumental performances that are often influenced by a combination of pop, jazz, and classical music styles. New age is often easy listening, using soft pads, pianos, orchestral sounds, and sounds that create the illusion of wide open spaces, although some can be quite intense. Generally, most film music will fall into the new age and ambient category or classical.

Royalty Free Classical Music is fairly self-explanitory. This section contains royalty free music that is written in the style of the classics, ie ala Mozart or ala Berlioz. This section also contains several recordings of actual orchestras playing music by the great composers. These recordings are specifically licensed for royalty-free usage by the composers who sell them.

Productiontrax.com offers a large Country and Bluegrass section with music influenced by folk, pop, and country-western and blues. Many of our royalty free music pieces are songs with lyrics performed by some of the worlds most talented country vocalists, while some are instrumentals geared towards giving your project that backwoodsy, home on the range sound.

The Jazz category is the largest category of American-influenced music, containing blues, straight-ahead and bebop ala Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, and Miles Davis, more intense acid and fusion styles, as well as the laid-back, funky contemporary sounds of smooth jazz ala Dave Koz. Jazz is probably the most difficult music to authentically produce because it relies on a unique vocabulary of improvisation and rhythms, but is probably one of the most creative and interesting styles to use as underscores in your films and multimedia projects.

Latin styles include Afro-Cuban and Salsa music, which is rich in poly-rhythm and dance beats, brass, and percussion. Prominent artists in this style include Arturo Sandoval, Pancho Sanchez, and more. Other national styles represented in the Latin section include Brazilian Sambas, Mexican music, Flamenco (with the guitars and the clapping), and traditional chants and dances.



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