Music For Television
Royalty Free Music For TV
For as long as television has been in existence, music has
played an important part of it. Music has become essential
in everyone's experience of TV and television programs.
Music in Television Programs
Music has been used from the very beginning. We've all seen
music used to accompany the visual logos and idents of the
TV broadcaster, in modern TV as well as older television.
In early TV they even used background music during 'interludes'
between programs. Perhaps the best use of music on television
is in the theme tunes for TV series. Catchy promotional songs
and jingles selling products and services in TV commercials,
background music in a dramatic scene, show some of the countless
other ways music is used on TV. Try to imagine the most popular
TV programs without it, and you will realise how vital music
is on television as a part of the whole experience. News broadcasts
still have music to introduce them that is designed to sound
serious and with a sense of urgency. This is to imply the
importance of the information the program is about to impart.
At the other extreme, cartoons have lively, energetic music
that conveys the humour, energy and fun of the animation.
Whatever kind of subject a TV program is about, TV music is
used to set an appropriate mood. In everything from theme
tunes, theme songs, background tension, lively chase scenes,
romantic sentiments, the list goes on.
Choosing Music For Television
So where does TV music originate, and how do program makers
decide which to choose? A TV program maker (the producer,
director or editor) will face many choices when trying to
decide on the musical styles to use in their project. They
could commission a composer to write some new, original music
especially for the program. This method is often used when
a program needs to have a new, original flavour or strong
brand identity. A composer can write a score designed to do
exactly this, in whatever styles the TV producers think the
most appropriate. Additionally, the program maker may choose
to use an existing piece of famous music, or a popular song,
as a theme for their program. Again this can be a great way
to brand a program. By carefully choosing the right piece
that's already famous, the program maker can forge a link
with their intended audience
TV Programs and Production Music
But what about the background tracks, the kind of music we
hear all the time behind scenes? Sad sounds for those poignant
moment, or fast dramatic for those car chase scenes? Most
TV program makers will use music that's already been written,
and is available 'off the shelf' to use in exactly these contexts.
These are recordings that have been specially written to convey
a particular mood, or portray a certain musical style or genre.
These recordings are then made available to TV producers and
movie makers for them to use in their TV programs and movies.
This kind of music is known variously as Production Music,
Library Music, or Stock Music. The royalty free music we have
available for licensing on this website is a good example
of Production Music. Today royalty free production music is
available online to anyone who needs great music for any kind
of media product.
Music For Media
Music for media is a broad term, and can cover almost any
kind of musical style we can think of. The main purpose of
music on television is that it should work effectively to
support and enhance the pictures that we see. And of course,
music like this is not just limited to television! Exactly
the same techniques that are used to choose music for a television
programme apply whenever you are choosing music to accompany
visual images. Movies, of every kind from major Hollywood
releases, to student and competition films, to you-tube projects,
corporatre training films, commercial movies of all kind for
example TV advertising. Whatever the context, visual images
are greatly enhanced when music is used to accompany them.
TV Companies who have used our royalty free music on television
include BBC, ITV, SKY, ABC, MTV, CMTV, Discovery.
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