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Taxi Music Forward - Dark, Minimalist Sci-Fi 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."

DARK, MINIMALIST SCI-FI INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an awesome International Music Library – and they need lots of them! 

Check out these references to get in the general ballpark: 

Ambient Sci-fi Background Music 

Cliff Martinez – from The Knick 

Ambient Sci-Fi Music 

All Tempos will be considered, although we assume they’ll mostly want Mid-to-Up-Tempo material. 

Please submit moody, well-composed Instrumental Cues that could help support suspenseful scenes in Sci-Fi TV shows! Build your Cues around simple, tension-inducing melodic figures that will sit easily behind a scene’s dialogue, and add/subtract new elements as they progress to create a sense of forward movement with nice developmental arcs. Gentle pulses, clock-like ticks, arpeggiated leads, and droning synth pads are all potentially great elements to build these kinds of Cues around. Please make sure the instrumentation you use doesn't sound like it's stock or just plain cheesy. Send them the good stuff! 

If you can picture your Instrumental Cues being used in shows like Stranger Things, Black Mirror, and The Twilight Zone, send them in!  Your submissions should be around 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 - Orchestral Tension Instrumental Cue 

..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."

This one was exceptionally fun to write! I could play guitar all day, but this kind of stuff kind of tickles my inner, I don't know, Hans Zimmer? :)

ORCHESTRAL TENSION INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a Music Library that has just started requesting music from TAXI's members. It’s a good time to get in on the ground floor and build a relationship with this library. 

They need a bunch of Orchestral-based Tension Cues in a variety of tempos and styles. Please listen to the references below to get a general idea of what they need: 

Reference 1 

Reference 2 

Please send in well-composed Cues that have a distinctly TENSE style and sound and are also stylistically "on point" with the references above. Your instrumentation can be solely Orchestral, or you can utilize a hybrid of other genres combined with Orchestral elements. Be sure to craft your Cues around simple, tension-inducing melodic content while adding new layers of instrumentation as they progress to add dynamics and some forward momentum that builds to a climax. Think of what you'd hear in sports TV Promos, and you'll likely be on the right track! 

Your submissions should be at least 2 minutes in length. Non-Faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings will work best for this request. Do NOT copy the references in any way, shape, or form. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward(s) - Asian-Influenced and Urban Piano 

..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."

I'm going to post two at once! They were forwarded within the a week or so of each other. I'm a little behind.

A Wide Range of Asian-influenced “Transitional” INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a hard-working, successful Music Licensing Company. 

They’re searching for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues in the generalwheelhouse of the following references: 

Training Po - Hans Zimmer (Kung Fu Panda Soundtrack) 

Mists Of Pandaria Soundtrack - 2 - Why Do We Fight? 

Beautiful Chinese Music - Winds of Spring 

Quoting our client: "We want to hear Asian-influenced Instrumental Cues that can work for scene transitions in TV Shows and Documentaries." 

Your submissions can cover a range of moods and emotions, from Moody and Mysterious to Anxious and Suspenseful – and everything in between! Your arrangements can vary but should incorporate traditional Asian elements like (not limited to) bamboo flutes, gongs, and Taiko Drums, etc. Your Cues should also stay on one mood and melodic/rhythmic idea from start to finish while introducing subtle changes in texture, tone, and dynamics as it progresses. 

NOTE: They're also looking to hear Cues that have a tranquil quality, and that lean heavily on drones and sound design elements to convey the feeling of nature in the background, but please do NOT include any actual "nature" sound effects in your music, such as waterfalls, wind, animal noises, etc. 

Your submissions can range from 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length. Short intros (or no intro at all), good edit points, and buttoned/stinger endings will all probably work best. Do NOT copy the referenced music in any way, shape, or form. Use it only as a general guide for tempo, texture, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

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HAPPY, PIANO-Based INSTRUMENTAL CUES with an URBAN influence are needed by a very successful Music Library. They’re on the hunt for Mid-To-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues in the general stylistic range of these references we got from them: 

“Broccoli [Official Instrumental]” by D.R.A.M ft. Lil Yachty 

“Playinwitme (Karaoke Version)” by KYLE ft. Kehlani 

Please send well-crafted, emotionally upbeat Piano Instrumental Cues with a feel-good sound. Submissions should be built around a rhythmic Urban/Hip-Hop beat.  Shape your Cues around a central melodic theme while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as they progress to create dynamics, interest, and forward movement. Please avoid anything that’s particularly busy as it could interfere with dialogue. 

Submissions should be about 90 seconds long (give or take) with Non-Faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings. Do NOT copy the referenced music in any way, shape, or form. Use it only as a guide for texture, tone, and vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.

Story Behind The Song - PURE WATER 

The blog series that highlights a selected song from my latest album, "III"   

 Episode 11 : PURE WATER

This was written back in 2014 specifically for a music pitch/documentary looking for songs about water. 

Here's part of the info I had to go on to see what I could come up with:

SONGS about DRINKING WATER are needed by an A-List Hollywood Music Supervisor working on a Documentary Film. He’s thirsty (pardon the pun) for Songs with Male or Female Vocals with lyric themes relating to fresh, clean, DRINKING WATER. He’s interested in hearing Songs in ALL TEMPOS and ALL GENRES, as long as they have lyrics about water, pure water, cold water, water is life, etc. Quoting the Music Supervisor: “It’s okay for the lyrics to be literal and right on the nose for this pitch. That’s what I’m looking for! Clean drinking water is a huge issue that this film is dealing with, and I need a song with lyrics that will help us bring this issue into the light.” The right lyric theme and message are more important than the genre or style for this pitch. Please avoid anything that’s too somber or dark. On the other hand, don’t be silly either! They need the perfect song to play during a montage of people receiving fresh drinking water in an environment where it’s typically very hard to come by. This is definitely one of those situations where the Supervisor will know the right song when he hears it, and plays it against the scene.

Well, after all that, it wasn't chosen - so now what am I going to do with it? Put it on a CD!

All instruments performed by me. Recorded and mixed with Logic Pro on a MacBook Pro.

Get the album "III" HERE

To see past song stories, CLICK HERE

Story Behind The Song - SERENGETI STOMP 

The blog series that highlights a selected song from my latest album, "III"   

 Episode 10 : SERENGETI STOMP

The setting where I started writing this track it is brightly etched in my mind.  

I found myself peering out a large window in Las Vegas over looking the golf course of the Suncoast Resort and Casino. It was another Hotel California road trip with 2 nights performing in the showroom. 

This was me creating my first "loop". Recording a short guitar passage, editing it, and then copying/cutting and pasting just like you would with a word or sentence in any computer document. It's only actually played once, but I can make copies of it and manually place anywhere I want in the song. I think there are two of these in "Serengeti..." all throughout the tune.

This is the second and the last of guitar instrumentals I've done. These days, I'm more interested in songs: melody w/lyrics. Any other instrumentals I've been working on are shorter and less "busy" in hopes of TV placement. 

Why titled "Serengeti" Stomp? Oh, I used an African drum loop or two in it that seemed to give it a tribal feel.  

I found a photo of said window from 2012!:

All instruments performed by me. Recorded and mixed with Logic Pro on a MacBook Pro.

Get the album "III" HERE

To see past song stories, CLICK HERE

Taxi Music Forward - Dark and Drone-y Instrumental Cue 

..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."

DARK and DRONE-Y INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an International Music Library that needs lots of new music to keep up with client requests! Please submit “drone-y” Instrumental Cues in the general stylistic ballpark of the following references: 

Sinister Dark Ambient 

Dark Ambient Background Music 

Please send them subtle Instrumental Cues with very little melodic movement. Your Cues should have a droning quality that delivers an unsettling, moody, sort of ominous feel. Be sure to stick to a singular vibe and sound throughout the entire Cue to keep your piece emotionally cohesive from beginning to end. In other words, don't try to score an imaginary scene. Instead, give them one "vibe" from beginning to end because they'll figure out how and where they want to use it. 

All submissions should be about 1:30 in length, give or take. Non-Faded Endings with a natural decay/ring out will likely work best. Do NOT copy the referenced artists 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.

All submissions should be about Two Minutes long (give or take) with non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings. Do NOT copy the referenced examples in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Minimalist Investigative 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."

This one is one of my favorites. I like the ebb and flow and the transitions between sections - much fun figuring out new ways to create moods for scenes! 

MINIMALISTIC INVESTIGATIVE TENSION INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a successful. International Music Licensing Company with worldwide distribution through BMG! 

NOTE: This company has just started requesting music from TAXI's members, so chances are you don’t have any material in their catalog yet! 

They’re looking for the kind of Tension inducing Instrumental Cues that could be heard in Crime Drama TV shows or Feature Films in the general range of the following references: 

Crime Scene Music - Police Investigation Underscore Music 

Detroit: Become Human - Investigation 

Your submissions can have some sound design elements like sparse percussion and atmospheric pads – but remember, less is more. This pitch is all about setting the mood.  Electronic and/or Orchestral Instrumentation can all work, but don’t add too many layers, just enough to give your Cue some forward momentum, and to keep it from sounding repetitive. 

Quoting the Music Library: “We are looking for tracks that are minimalist, sparse, and somewhat simplistic. That does NOT mean boring, repetitive, or without evolvement. We prefer to have at least two instruments in a cue. So if you have a solo piece, add another instrument or two and send the newer version.” 

All submissions should be about Two Minutes long (give or take) with non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings. Do NOT copy the referenced examples in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward(s) - Urban Dramedy 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."

Well, 2 out of 3 forwards out to bad. The second has been forwarded before but hasn't been placed yet.

URBAN DRAMEDY INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a hot International Music Library that’s been signing a lot of TAXI members to keep up with their increasing demand. They love receiving music from TAXI members, and have requested even more! 

They’re on the hunt for Mid-To-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues that are in the general stylistic ballpark of the examples below: 

Check Yourself: S9 E14 (From 1:27 - 2:01) 

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (From 1:23-1:55) 

Please give them well-crafted Dramedy Instrumental Cues with a noticeable Urban vibe, feel, and style. Your Cues should have contemporary instrumentation and solid production values from top to bottom. 

Be sure to build your Cue around a central melodic theme, while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as it progresses to create dynamics and movement. Please avoid anything that sounds overly busy, as it could distract from a scene’s dialogue. If you can picture your Instrumental Cue working well in a variety of comical scenes in Urban-centric Reality TV Shows, send it in! 

TAXI Tip: This library needs a bunch of fresh Instrumental Cues in this genre; so if you’ve got the goods, don’t be shy about submitting multiple pieces for consideration! 

All submissions should be at least 60 seconds in length (somewhere in the ballpark of 60 seconds to 2 minutes is probably your best bet.) Good edit points and Non-Faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings are strongly encouraged. Do NOT copy the examples in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, texture and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Light Marimba-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."

The happy marimba suddenly becomes not-so-happy!

LIGHT MARIMBA-Based TENSION INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a very successful, NON-Exclusive Music Library that gets tons of placements in TV Shows, Films, and TV Commercials. 

NOTE: Due to the unique nature of this request, we purposely didn't include references as we felt they could potentially be more misleading or limiting than helpful. 

Please submit Down-To-Mid-Tempo, Light Tension Cues that are built around the Marimba. Cues that can support scenes with sad or reflective moods have been requested. 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. Please avoid submitting anything that’s busy enough to interfere with dialogue. 

NOTE: Your instrumentation can include electronic and/or organic elements, but the Marimba should be the focal point of the Cue. 

All submissions should be about 90 seconds long (give or take). If you go a little long, don’t sweat it! Non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings will work best. Broadcast quality is needed. 

 

Story Behind The Song - HERE'S OUR BLUE SKY 

The blog series that highlights a selected song from my latest album, "III"   

 Episode 9 : HERE'S OUR BLUE SKY

It occurred to me that this song is apropos for the kind of crazy weather we've been seeing of late.

"Skies" may be dark but it's the blessing of those we love that can help bring us through to the blue skies. And if there isn't a cloudless one at the moment, create your own together. And with that, I guess that would be the "story of the song" - about the important things in life.

The bird you hear is real. Recorded at my own house. It's the annual mockingbird (or ?) that's shows up in the spring/summer and continues it's song just like this, sometimes through late night, early morning! There's nothing in the song about birds, but I guess I thought it sort of fit - a reminder of blue skies.

All vocals and instruments performed by me. Recorded and mixed with Logic Pro on a MacBook Pro.

Get the album "III" HERE

To see past song stories, CLICK HERE