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Taxi Music Forward - Urban-Based Tension Instrumental 

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

URBAN-Based TENSION INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a European Music Library that's expanding and needs lots of new music. 

They’re looking for Mid-To-Up Tempo Instrumental Cues in the stylistic ballpark of the following examples below: 

Basketball Wives (0:13 – 0:53) 

Love & Hip Hop: New York (2:09 – 2:39) 

Please send them contemporary sounding Instrumental Cues, built around a rhythmic Urban/Hip-Hop beat that would support tension-filled scenes in Reality-based TV shows. Build your Cues around a central melodic theme, while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as they progress to create dynamics, interest, and forward movement. 

TAXI Tip: Please avoid anything that’s overtly busy, as it could potentially interfere with dialogue. 

All submissions should be at least 90 seconds long (give or take). Non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings will work best. Please do NOT copy the referenced examples in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, texture, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Pizzi-Based Instrumental 

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

"Pizzi" is short for "Pizzicato Strings" With a short, plucking style of playing, they can sound sneaky or kind of cute, depending on the track. 

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ORIGINAL, PIZZICATO-BASED INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an A-List Music Publisher/Music Licensing Company with a long history of placements in Film, TV, and Commercials. They're eagerly looking for simple Pizzicato Instrumental Cues that would fall in the generalstylistic ballpark of these examples they provided to us: 

Dad’s Who Play Barbie (Starting at 0:16 - 1:16) 

Did You Know 

Please send simple, well-composed Pizzicato String Instrumental Cues that could work for many kinds of happy, optimistic, and lighthearted moods in commercials. Instrumentation that could work well for this pitch includes (but is not limited to) Pizzicato Strings, Timpani, Light Percussion, Piano, Oboe, Warm Sustained Strings, or Drums. 

Your Cues should be built around an optimistic central melodic theme while layering instruments in and out as your Cues progress to create a nice developmental arc. You’d be smart to avoid submitting anything that’s frenetic, overly quirky, or just plain silly. 

All Instrumentals must be 1:00 in length (including ring outs and reverb tails) with non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings. In this context, we think One-Minute really means 59.5 seconds. That makes it more usable for TV Commercials! Please do NOT copy the referenced music in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for instrumentation, texture, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Dramedy-Style Instrumental Cues 

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

DRAMEDY-Style INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a legendary, Major Music Library with tons of top-notch placements in TV Commercials, Hit TV shows, and Feature Films. They’re looking for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Dramedy Cues in the general stylistic ballpark of the following examples:

KUWTK (From 0:29-1:24)

Love & Hip Hop: New York | VH1 \(From 0:48-1:12\)

Please send them well-composed Instrumental Cues that could be used in a variety of quirky, playful, mischievous and comedic scenes in Reality TV Shows. Build your Cues around a central melodic theme while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as it progresses to add dynamics, interest, and some forward momentum. You’d be smart to avoid submitting anything that’s overly busy for this pitch, as it could distract from a scene’s dialog. All submissions should be about 2 minutes long, give or take. Non-faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings are encouraged for this pitch. Do NOT copy the referenced songs in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for feel, texture, tone, and vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.

 

Taxi Music Forward - Dramedy Style Instrumental 

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DRAMEDY-Style INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a hot European Music Library that’s expanding their reach and catalog size. They’re looking for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumentals in the general stylistic wheelhouse of these examples: 

WARNING:  The subject matter in some of the reference videos might require Viewer Discretion. 

“KUWTK” (From 0:29 – 0:50) 

“RHOC” (From 0:00 – 0:26) 

“Little Women: Dallas” (From 2:21 – 2:35) 

Send them fun Dramedy Instrumental Cues that could work for silly, funny, or sneaky scenes in Reality TV Shows. Instrumentation that could work for this pitch can include Pizzicato Strings, Marimba, Xylophone, Clarinets, Whistles, etc. Structure your Cue around a central melodic idea, while layering instrumentation in and out as your Cue progresses to add dynamics, keep it moving forward, and to keep your Cue from sounding too repetitive. Simpler is better for this pitch! 

TAXI Tip: Tastefully adding an instrument that isn't often heard in this genre could help your music stand out. Stick to something that works well in context, and doesn't make end users say, "OMG!" when they hear it. Try things like a touch of bassoon or maybe a tiny little pinch of mouth hard here or there. Whatever you try, do it sparingly... don't overdo it! 

Your submissions should be around 90 seconds long, give or take. Non-Faded, Button/Stinger endings will work best for this pitch. Do NOT copy the referenced artists or songs in any way, shape, or form. Broadcast Quality is needed.

 

Taxi Music Forward - Inspiring, Elegant Instrumental Cue 

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

Using some new sounds and trying to make it sound as real as possible, I'm always learning something new.
My daughter calls this my "Hallmark Channel" track. :)


INSPIRING, ELEGANT INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a boutique Music Library with tons of credits in big Feature Films, countless TV Shows, and TV Commercials. They’re searching for positive, Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues in the general stylistic wheelhouse of the following reference that we got from our client: Instrumental Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFyAzXSe9Oo&t=75s Please submit elegant-sounding Instrumental Cues that have a modern, inspiring feel and vibe. The client is looking for a crossover of modern and acoustic instrumentation that has an “advertising-friendly” sound and could also work well as background music in a variety of other media. Build your Cue around a central melodic theme and mood while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as your piece progresses to add emotion and dynamics. Also, please avoid anything that’s overly busy or frenetic, as it might distract from dialogue. Quoting The Music Library: “Your Cues don’t need a prominent melody – rather, nice musical motives that work well as background music, with some sense of forward movement.”
All submissions should be around Two-Minutes long (give or take) with non-faded, buttoned endings. Do NOT copy the referenced example in any way, shape, or form. Use it only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine).

Taxi Music Forward - Blues/Rock Instrumental Cue 

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

BLUES/ROCK INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a well-respected Music Library with a very solid track record of TV and Film placements. This company ran a lot of listings with TAXI about 10 years ago, and placed a bunch of music from our members. They’ve recently started a New Company, so this is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor, and they pay an Upfront Fee to Composers! They’re looking for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues that would fit well on a playlist with the following references: “Howlin’ for You” by The Black Keys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSCsoQ87MQ8 “Badman Redux” by Brent Lindsay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC1u-Wia3P0 “Heartbroken, In Disrepair” by Dan Auerbach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0N2xsFiOOo Although the references have vocals, please submit Instrumentals only for this pitch.

Please submit well-crafted Blues/Rock Cues that have an edgy sound with standard Rock band instrumentation, and great musicianship that’s played with conviction, attitude, and authenticity. Adding some “rust” and “grease” couldn’t hurt! Your submissions should be well structured, with catchy, gritty guitar riffs, engaging melodies, and a super in-the-pocket rhythm section. Add and subtract layers of instrumentation as your Cues progress to add dynamics and keep it moving forward. Your submissions should be about 2 minutes long (give or take), with Non-Faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings. Please Do NOT copy the referenced bands or songs in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine).

Taxi Music Forward - Fun, Emotionally Upbeat Inst. Cue 

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

Available now for YOUR nearest kids channel!

FUN, EMOTIONALLY UPBEAT INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed for several $250, NON-Exclusive, Direct-to-Supervisor placements in a new Kids’ Game Show on Major Cable Network. They’re looking for Up-Tempo Instrumentals that are in the general stylistic wheelhouse of these examples: BrainSurge (0:06 - 0:30): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=occhsPjeDq4 Splatalot! - Season 2 (0:16 - 0:30): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIGWaSM_o5A

Send them emotionally upbeat, high-energy Instrumental Cues that deliver a positive, fun vibe, and sound like something that would work well in the context of an exciting kids’ competition game show. Your Cues can be a little bit crazy or zany, but don’t go too far. Come in fast and strong, and structure your Cue around a central melodic theme while adding and subtracting instrumentation as it progresses to give it dynamics and lots of forward momentum. They need a bunch of Cues in this style, so if you’ve got them, don’t be shy about submitting for this!

Here's the alternate version w/melody:

Taxi Music Forward - Quirky Dramedy-Style Inst. Cues 

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

2nd time for this bit of quirkiness!

QUIRKY DRAMEDY-Style INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a successful Production Music Library with an extremely long list of placements in Commercials, Films, and TV shows. They’re looking for Dramedy Cues that can range from quirky and mischievous, to playful, sneaky, or quizzical sounding. Please listen to the following references to get in the stylistic wheelhouse of what they’re looking for: Will Dives In from “The Little People” (0:00-0:55) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSnuEbcaOY0 Project Runway (:23 - :47) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIukd6qvpu4 Leah Remini: It’s All Relative (0:29 – 1:09): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RvJqA4pl8
Please send them well-crafted Instrumental Cues that reflect the fun and quirky range of styles in the references above. Build your Cue around a central melodic theme while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as it progresses to add dynamics, interest, and some forward momentum. You’d be smart to avoid submitting anything that’s too frenetic or overly busy for this pitch, as it could distract from a scene’s dialog. Feel free to push the envelope a bit, and send them something they don’t already have. Give them something fresh yet familiar if you’d like to make TV show’s editors gravitate to your Cue(s)!
All submissions should be about 2:00 minutes in length, give or take, with non-faded/buttoned endings. Do NOT copy the references in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, texture and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine)
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Taxi Music Forward - Quirky Dramedy-Style Inst. Cue 

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

Okay, so one of these days I'm going to get a call back from someone that's actually going to use one of these little creations! But until then, I'll just keep writing, learning, submitting! "Quirky" = Fun

QUIRKY DRAMEDY-Style INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an International Production Music Library with an awesome, 20-year history of great TV and Film placements. They’re very eager to find some fresh Dramedy Cues that can range from quirky and mischievous, to playful and silly.

Please listen to the following references to get in the general stylistic wheelhouse of what they’re looking for: Will Dives In | The Little People” (0:00-0:55) Project Runway (:23 - :47) Leah Remini: It’s All Relative (0:29 – 1:09)

Please send them well-crafted Instrumental Cues that reflect the fun and quirky range of styles in the references above. Build your Cue around a central melodic theme while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as it progresses to add dynamics, interest, and some forward momentum. You’d be smart to avoid submitting anything that’s too frenetic or overly busy for this pitch, as it could distract from a scene’s dialog.

TAXI Tip: Many music libraries already have a lot of Dramedy-style Cues, so this company is looking for material that sounds fresh, with that little something extra that will make TV editors gravitate to it. Your submissions should be about 1:30 in length, 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 (great sounding home recordings are fine).

Taxi Music Forward - Public Domain Christmas Songs 

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

And just like that, another forward to follow the previous "Urban Dramedy" track. This one has been around for a while. You may have heard it. After it was written for a previous pitch, I never heard back, so I released it as a Christmas single. There's even a video!

PUBLIC DOMAIN CHRISTMAS SONGS (In Various Genres) with Male or Female Vocals are needed by a growing Music Library that’s actively pitching to a number of high-end Films and TV shows. Send them great, Mid-to-Up-Tempo Songs that you’d expect to hear on playlists with artist/songs like (but not limited to): “Jingle Bells” by Tiffany Alvord: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDMmJ6u0R3w “Silent Night” Justin Bieber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WZI4g7qKrg “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Hannah Kerr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_TdWsWPD6E Jingle Bells (Rock Version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTuXPUP06H0 Do you have a Rockin’ version of Jingle Bells? How about a stripped-down acoustic Singer/Songwriter-style version of Silent Night, or a Jazz version of Joy To the World? If so, this Music Library wants to hear it! Please submit well-crafted Public Domain Covers that capture the true essence of the holiday season, with a great overall performance that sounds really fresh and current. Please stick to the original melody and lyric of the song(s) you choose to cover and submit. You’d be wise not to send something that’s too whacky or outside-of-the-box for this pitch.