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2 Taxi Music Forwards - Orchestral-Based Dramedy Instrumental Cue 

Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film/Publishing pro that will hear it next."

ORCHESTRAL-Based DRAMEDY INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a very successful Music Licensing Company that lands placements on hundreds of shows on Major Networks every year! 

This Company is on the hunt for Instrumental Cues in the general stylistic ballpark of the following references: 

"Desperate Elves" by Steve Barden 

"Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod 

Please submit top-notch Dramedy Instrumental Cues that could work well in the context of funny or quirky scenes in competition-based Reality TV Shows. Craft your Cues around a singular motif, and create a sense of forward momentum and dynamics by layering instrumentation in and out as they progress. Please be sure that your production and any virtual Orchestral instrumentation you use are high-quality and modern – nothing low-quality or synthetic-sounding will work for this request. 

NOTE: The placements generated from this Company will likely have good royalty payouts on the backend since they would be on Major Network Shows! Sounds great to us! 

Your submissions should be about 90 seconds to 2 minutes long, give or take. Non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings will work best. Do NOT copy the referenced material in any way, shape, or form. Use it only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Ambient to Unsettling Instrumental Cue 

Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film/Publishing pro that will hear it next."

Had to change moods "mid-ocean" for this one!


"AMBIENT to UNSETTLING" INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a hard-working Music Library that’s always landing placements in TV Shows, Film projects, and Movie Trailers! 

NOTE: We’re not providing any references for this request, as we think they might be more limiting than helpful. Please be sure to read this Listing very carefully! 

Quoting the Library: "We're looking for Cues that start in an ambient state, feeling like you're floating without a care in the world, loved, ethereal and then something unsettling starts to get added. Something that makes your stomach feel uneasy, that makes you feel not quite right. Like you've been in this euphoria and then your inner voice is telling you something is very wrong." 

Please submit top-notch Instrumental Cues that start out with an ethereal, ambient mood and transition into an unsettling mood as they progress. We think Orchestral or Electronic instrumentation (or a hybrid of both) will suit your submissions best. Please be sure that your production and any virtual instruments or samples you use are high-quality and modern. 

TAXI Tip: Although the mood of your pieces changes, they should still remain cohesive. They shouldn't feel like two different Cues stitched together. We think starting off with a tranquil, almost drone-like mood at the beginning of your Cues and then introducing some dissonant tones and maybe some unsettling, pulsating rhythmic elements could be a good approach to take – feel free to get creative! 

Submissions should be about 90 seconds long, give or take. Non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings will work best. 

TAXI Tip 2: There's no exact request for timings as to how long each mood should last, but given that they've asked for Cues that are about 90 seconds long, you might want to try sort of a three-stage approach - about 30 seconds of "all is good in the world," followed by about 30 seconds of "here's a hint that the $#!+ might hit the fan soon," followed by about 30 seconds of building dissonant, unsettling, pulsating, "Oh yeah, this is going to get bad." They didn't ask for a big, bombastic, climax, so don't take it all the way there. Just leave listeners with the feeling that something bad is going to happen, and we're pretty sure the editors of (presumably Trailers) will add the big stabs, Taiko drum hits, and whatever bombastic stuff they need for the climax. 

Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Light Drama Piano-Based Instrumental 

Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film/Publishing pro that will hear it next."


"LIGHT DRAMA" PIANO-Based INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an EXCLUSIVE Music Library that's connected with many TV Production Companies and Showrunners! 

IMPORTANT NOTE: This company is brand new to requesting music from TAXI's members, so chances are you don’t have any material in their catalog yet! This is a great opportunity to create a new outlet for your music and begin a new relationship with an awesome company! 

This Library is looking for for a bunch of Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues in the general stylistic ballpark of the following references we got directly from them: 

Instrumental Reference #1 

Instrumental Reference #2 

Instrumental Reference #3 

Quoting the Library: "We'd like to hear light drama Cues in a range of moods from sad, to positive, hopeful to dark." 

Please submit well-composed, Piano-based Instrumental Cues that could create a light sense of drama in a range of TV show scenes. Your submissions can contain instrumentation in addition to Piano, but it should remain the base and focus of your pieces. Craft your Cues around a singular motif and mood, and create a sense of forward momentum and dynamics by layering instrumentation in and out as they progress. Please be sure that your production and any software sounds or samples you use are high-quality and modern (nothing dated, please!). 

TAXI Tip: This Library is NOT looking for huge, building pieces. They want Cues that could help establish a mood in a scene without getting overwhelming. Listen closely to the references to see what we mean by this. 

All submissions should be at least 90 seconds long, and can run up to 2 minutes (a little bit longer is fine). Well-crafted, buttoned/stinger endings are required – do NOT submit anything with faded endings. Do NOT copy the referenced tracks in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Track Signed! 

I wrote this for a particular project that was looking for a theme song.

As sometimes happens, what you write a track for doesn't get chosen, but it ends up being signed with someone else. Which is the case here. It will eventually get re-titled for whatever it gets used for.

It was an excellent learning experience writing within a specific time constraint and trying to translate the emotion needed for a news or political program.

Taxi Music Forward - Light-Hearted Orchestral Comedic Dramedy Instrumental Cue 

Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film/Publishing pro that will hear it next."

All my clowning around in the studio has awarded me another track sent out for consideration...


LIGHT-HEARTED ORCHESTRAL COMEDIC DRAMEDY INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an EXCLUSIVE Music Library that's connected with many TV Production Companies and Showrunners! 

IMPORTANT NOTE: This company is brand new to requesting music from TAXI's members, so chances are you don’t have any material in their catalog yet! This is a great opportunity to create a new outlet for your music and begin a new relationship with an awesome company! 

This Library is on the hunt for a bunch of Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues that could be found on a playlist with the following references: 

"Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod 

Instrumental Reference #2 

"Desperate Elves" by Steve Barden 

Quoting the Library: "We're looking for light-hearted, funny Cues with simple orchestration, light beats, lots of comedic stops. Childish or toy-ish sounds will work well, here." 

Please send well-composed Dramedy Cues with a light-hearted, quirky vibe and sound. Craft your submissions around a singular mischievous mood and motif, and create a sense of forward movement and dynamics by layering instrumentation in and out as they progress. Your Cues should incorporate light Orchestral instrumentation like pizzicato strings, oboes, glockenspiel, etc. If you're planning on using any virtual instruments, they need to sound high-quality and modern. Your production should be top-notch, as well. 

TAXI Tip: Simpler is often better for these kinds of Cues! Your pieces shouldn't be so busy that they could distract from dialog from a scene. 

All submissions should be at least 90 seconds long, and can run up to 2 minutes (a little bit longer is fine). Well-crafted, buttoned/stinger endings are required – do NOT submit anything with faded endings. Do NOT copy the referenced tracks in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

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