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Taxi Music Forward - Modern, Orchestral-Hybrid 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."

Just piano, strings, and harp for this one based on a BMW commercial. It was nice exercise in starting with a pensive musical mood releasing into a building, hopefulness. :) An added, "Well played and orchestrated!" critique gives me confidence to keep looking ahead.


A Bunch of MODERN ORCHESTRAL-HYBRID INSTRUMENTALS are needed by a very active and fast-growing Music Licensing Company! 

This client is looking for Mid-To-Up-Tempo Instrumentals that are in the general ballpark of the following examples: 

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet: Revelation of Luxury | Trailer 

2019 Lexus ES Luxury Sedan Experience (From 0:00 - 2:20) 

BMW Commercial 

Please send original Orchestral-Hybrid Instrumentals with a sophisticated feel and vibe. While your arrangements can include Organic and/or Electronic instrumentation, modern high-quality string sounds should be the focus. Please be sure any Orchestral instrumentation you use is well-played and articulated. Anything that’s obviously synthetic-sounding won't work for this company. If your pieces sound like they would work in the background of a luxury car commercial, you’re probably on the right track! 

TAXI Tip: Please be sure your submissions stick to one central motif, mood, and style from beginning to end. Your submissions should be well structured and have developmental “arcs” that build throughout. 

Your Instrumentals can be anywhere from 60 seconds to 3+ minutes in length; however, 2:30 to 3:00 is ideal, per the client. Non-Faded, Stinger endings will work best for this request. Do NOT copy the referenced examples in any way, shape, or form. Use only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

 

Taxi Music Forward - Epic, Cinematic 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."

Once again, it's Spitfire's BBC Symphony Orchestra Core Sample Library for the majority of this track with some help from EastWest Composer Cloud for piano, choir, drums, and percussion.

 Utilized more of the woodwind section for this adventure. 

EPIC, CINEMATIC INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a very successful boutique Music Library that's distributed by Universal and has tons of credits in Big Films, Countless TV Shows, and Commercials! 

This is a catalog you want to be in! Please listen to the following examples our client gave us to get yourself in the ballpark of what they need: 

The Bravery by Sky Mubs (From 0:00 - 1:31) 

Never Give Up by Walter Bergmann (From 0:00 - 1:18) 

Quoting The Music Library: “These reference tracks are intended to inspire you and help you understand what we’re after. We recommend you use these listening examples only until they complete the first climax section." 

Please submit well-composed Instrumental Cues that deliver an epic, cinematic vibe in the general ballpark of the references above. Submissions should have ONE clear compositional concept/motif per Instrumental Cue and should continuously build throughout. Stick to a singular mood so that your submissions are cohesive from top to bottom. Please avoid very prominent melodies, and instead use understated motifs and accents that complement the patterns/textures. 

Your instrumentation can be Organic, Orchestral, Electronic, or a hybrid, as long as your Instrumental Cues have tons of epic energy that builds as they progress. Please be sure any instrumentation you use sounds realistic, and not stiff or synthetic. Top-notch programming, and the use of excellent samples and virtual instruments are all requirements for this pitch. 

All submissions should be about 2 minutes long, give or take. Good edit points and Non-Faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings are required. Broadcast Quality is needed. 

NOTE: This company is only interested in signing material from composers who have worked with music libraries and music licensing companies in the past, and understand how those deals work. If you don't understand the drill on library deals, they politely ask that you don't submit to this request. 

This Music Library offers an EXCLUSIVE deal with a cool twist.  You’ll keep 50% of all gross income generated by your music, plus you’ll retain 100% of the Writer’s share income generated by your PRO. In other words, if the company licenses your music under a blanket deal, you’ll get income. If they license it for a YouTube video, you’ll get income. Not all music libraries pay you for things like that! The Publisher will get 100% of the Publisher’s share.

 

Taxi Music Forward - Hopeful, Inspiring 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."

This pitch called for a bigger production, so I dared to come up with something. I'm ecstatic about making it through the gate with this one! 

I do not have any formal training in composing and arranging for orchestra. So I humbly relied on my God-given "ear" to make it all come together somehow. Absolutely love the outcome! At no time was a guitar played during the making of this musical piece! So weird, right?

I recently acquired Spitfire's BBC Symphony Orchestra Core Sample Library for the majority of this track with some help from EastWest Composer Cloud for piano, choir, and percussion.

 There's another big orchestral track as well I'll be posting about shortly.

A Bunch of HOPEFUL, INSPIRING INSTRUMENTALS are needed by a European Music Licensing Company with an impressive list of placements in Film, TV, and Commercials! 

Please submit well-composed Instrumentals that are emotionally uplifting and full of hope. Your submissions can be composed of Electronic, Organic, or Orchestral Instrumentation, or a hybrid of any combination of the three! There are many possibilities that could work for this request. Please be sure your submissions feel uplifting and have a developmental “arc” that builds throughout. 

TAXI TIP: If you plan to use virtual instruments, please be sure that they sound like the real thing. Synthetic or obviously MIDI-driven material will not work for this pitch.

 

Taxi Music Forward - Emotionally Uplifting Orchestral Instrumentals 

..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."

I've truly enjoyed my little musical tangent into writing orchestral tracks. More to come!


Several EMOTIONALLY UPLIFTING ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a very successful boutique Music Library that's distributed by Universal and has tons of credits in Big Films, Countless TV Shows, and Commercials! 

This is a catalog you want to be in! Please listen to the following examples our client gave us to get yourself in the ballpark of what they need: 

Instrumental Examples 

Quoting The Music Library: “These reference tracks are intended to inspire you and help you understand what we’re after. The examples should give you a deeper and more intuitive feel for the main aspects of composition, mood, and sound, but in no way are we asking you to copy them. We’re looking for your own unique interpretation.” 

The client is looking for Inspiring Instrumental Cues that start quietly and build to a lush, dramatic climax. Submissions should have ONE clear compositional concept per Cue and should continuously build throughout. Please avoid very prominent melodies, and instead use understated motifs and accents that complement the patterns/textures. 

Your Instrumental Cues should be primarily Orchestral-based, and should be relatively minimalistic in their arrangements. They are NOT looking to hear epic trailer style Instrumental Cues for this request. It’s fine to have a few lower percussion hits in isolated spots, but in general, stay away from anything that sounds too big or grand. 

TAXI Tip: Please be sure any Orchestral instrumentation you use sounds realistic, and not stiff or synthetic. Top-notch programming, and the use of excellent samples and virtual instruments are all requirements for this pitch. 

All submissions should be about 2 minutes long, give or take. Good edit points and Non-Faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings are required. Broadcast Quality is needed.

2 Tracks Forwarded, 4 Tracks Signed 

So the way it works, you get 2 tracks sent to a music library, they email you they would like to sign them and ask if you have anymore.

Why, yes I think to myself. [Open email. Attach, Send]

Moral of the story: Sign 4 tracks! Oh, and also, work hard at getting your work up to snuff.

Still, it doesn't guarantee a placement on TV or in film, but it gets me that much closer. In the meantime, I'll keep writing.

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