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Taxi Music Forward - Inspiring, Building Cinematic Orchestral Inst. 

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."
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A Bunch of INSPIRING, BUILDING CINEMATIC ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an internationally distributed Music Licensing Company that's landed some really high-end placements for TAXI members, recently.

This Company is looking for quite a few Instrumentals in the general stylistic ballpark of the examples below:

"Cloud Atlas Finale" by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil

"Moving Skies" by Daniele Carmosino

"One Day" by Hans Zimmer

"We Have To Go" by Steve Jablonsky

Please submit well-crafted Orchestral Instrumentals that slowly build to create an inspiring, cinematic feel to a scene! Uplifting motifs with dynamic arrangements that have a slow-building forward motion should work well for this request. Orchestral instrumentation that's in the general stylistic ballpark of the references will work best. Please be sure that any virtual instruments or samples you use are high-quality and very realistic-sounding.

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. Do NOT submit any material with unauthorized samples of any other artists’ music, sounds, or any other form of media. Broadcast Quality is needed.

2 Taxi Music Forwards - Inspiring, Cinematic 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."
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Several INSPIRING, CINEMATIC ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTALS are needed by a Music Library with International distribution, that has landed a lot of Major Network placements.

This Company is looking for Instrumentals in the general stylistic ballpark of the examples below:

"Kiss of Sunlight" by Cody Martin

"Feel The Heartbeat" by Melodality

"Arrival of the Birds & Transformation" by the Cinematic Orchestra

"Bittersweet" by Michael Maas

Quoting The Client: "Looking for inspiring cinematic instrumentals with orchestral instrumentation that features acoustic piano or nylon string acoustic guitar. They should be inspiring, hopeful, and beautiful sounding, with a touch of romance (nothing sad or dramatic)."

Please submit Orchestral Instrumentals with an inspiring, Cinematic sound that could work well for a variety of sync placements! Your submissions should have hopeful-sounding melodies and dynamic arrangements with lots of forward motion and interest throughout. Orchestral instrumentation that features acoustic piano or nylon string guitar, and is in the general wheelhouse of the references will work best for this pitch. Please make sure that any virtual instruments or samples you use are high quality and realistic.

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. Do NOT submit any material with unauthorized samples of any other artists’ music, sounds, or any other form of media. Broadcast Quality is needed.

On Assignment - Magical Orchestral #3 

Here's the third of three tracks that has been signed with a music library for use in TV and film. I had an assignment to write “Magical Orchestral”. The title: “The Forest Path”.

I used a small bit of video through a… forest path (see below)… to get the idea started. You can get an idea of what the tempo of a piece of music should be from the movement of the visual and and then write according to that. (Notice the very slight up and down movement of the camera. Seemed like a good tempo to me!)

And once again, many thanks to a couple of new friends and veteran composers with the music library who helped me dial in the mix to get things where it needed to be.

 

A No for Now 

I'm always posting about the "yes's" that make it through a pitch. Well, here's a "no". It needed to be less somber and more “inspirational” for the client. You live/write and you learn to respect the feedback, knowing the track could find a home somewhere else. And every time a track is written, new insights about the skills required to get to the final product are gained. 

On Assignment - Magical Orchestral #2 

Here's the second of three tracks that has been signed with a music library for use in TV and film. I had an assignment to write “Magical Orchestral”. After perusing a huge list of titles given for the task, this one peaked my interest, “The Knowledge of Good and Evil”.

I used no visual aides to get this one started like I had for the previous track posted.

I couldn't help but think of Adam and Eve and that infamous tree of forbidden fruit.  But the genre is in a magical, possibly “Harry Potter-ish” kind of setting so I did't want the mood to get too dark. I thought it should have a little mysterious “good” mixed with “playful” evil (if that's even possible!) Hence the beginning comes in, ends at 0:40 with an “edit point” and that brings you into, oh I don't know, the wizardly evil section?

And once again, many thanks to a couple of new friends and veteran composers with the music library who helped me dial in the mix to get things where it needed to be.

2 Taxi Music Forwards - Inspiring, Cinematic 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."
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Several INSPIRING, CINEMATIC ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTALS are needed by a Music Library with International distribution, that has landed a lot of Major Network placements.

This Company is looking for Instrumentals in the general stylistic ballpark of the examples below:

"Kiss of Sunlight" by Cody Martin

"Feel The Heartbeat" by Melodality

"Arrival of the Birds & Transformation" by the Cinematic Orchestra

"Bittersweet" by Michael Maas

Quoting The Client: "Looking for inspiring cinematic instrumentals with orchestral instrumentation that features acoustic piano or nylon string acoustic guitar. They should be inspiring, hopeful, and beautiful sounding, with a touch of romance (nothing sad or dramatic)."

Please submit Orchestral Instrumentals with an inspiring, Cinematic sound that could work well for a variety of sync placements! Your submissions should have hopeful-sounding melodies and dynamic arrangements with lots of forward motion and interest throughout. Orchestral instrumentation that features acoustic piano or nylon string guitar, and is in the general wheelhouse of the references will work best for this pitch. Please make sure that any virtual instruments or samples you use are high quality and realistic.

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. Do NOT submit any material with unauthorized samples of any other artists’ music, sounds, or any other form of media. Broadcast Quality is needed.

On Assignment: Magical Orchestral 

Here's 1 of 3 tracks that has been signed with a music library for use in TV and film. I had an assignment to write “Magical Orchestral” and one of the titles I had to choose from was “Joy of Paradise”.

Hmmm, how to get started?

I “googled” “Joy of Paradise” and click on images. Here's what I chose:

Ah, here we go! Heavenly paradise. It turned out to be a painting of the Resurrection, but all I needed was a quick-start to get the piece rolling. A melody started forming from the visual in front of me, and then I was off on another writing adventure.

I learned that this painting, “The Resurrection” by American artist, Robert Clark, can be seen at Forest Lawn in Glendale, CA. I'm going to be making the trip myself.

Many thanks to a couple of new friends and veteran composers with the music library who helped me dial in the mix to get things where it needed to be.

2 Taxi Music Forwards - Internationally-Flavored Dramedy 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."

INTERNATIONALLY-Flavored DRAMEDY INSTRUMENTALS and/or INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed for a TAXI COMPILATION going directly to A WHOLE BUNCH of our favorite Music Licensing Companies and Ad Agencies for Film, TV, and Advertising placements! 

We’re not giving references for this request, as we think they may be too limiting or misleading than helpful. 

Please submit top-notch Dramedy Instrumentals (or Cues) with a distinct international flavor. Your submissions should convey a typical "Dramedy" sound and feel while incorporating traditional styles and/or instruments from other countries including (but not limited to): Japan, Mexico, China, Korea, Peru, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, South Africa, India, Brazil, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jamaica, etc. etc. etc. 

Your submissions should have quirky motifs, solid arrangements, and excellent musicianship. Craft your pieces around a central motif and layer instrumentation in and out as they progress to create a sense of forward motion, dynamics, and interest. Please be sure your production is polished and any virtual sounds or instruments you may choose to use are state-of-the-art and high-quality. If you have tracks that can convey a playfully mischievous vibe as well as help to establish an international context, send them in! 

TAXI Tip: There is a lot of room to get creative with this request since we are NOT searching for typical Dramedy Instrumentals and Cues, so please think outside the box by changing up the cadences, rhythms, instrumentation, etc. 

Our A&R team will have a simple mandate: Is it GREAT? Does it scream "Dramedy"? Does it sound ready to go as it is? Would it work well for placements in Film, TV, and Advertising? Would TAXI's clients be happy to hear this on the playlist we send them? The bar will be high for this request. 

All submissions should be about 2 to 4 minutes long for Instrumentals and roughly 90 seconds to 2 minutes for Cues, give or take. Do not submit any material with unauthorized samples of other artists’ Songs, sounds, or any other form of media. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Asian Dramedy 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."

ASIAN DRAMEDY INSTRUMENTALS and/or INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an International Music Library with lots of great placements in Film and TV. 

Since this is a specialty request, we have decided not to include references as we feel they might be more misleading than helpful. 

Please submit well-composed Asian Dramedy Instrumentals (or Cues) that seamlessly incorporate traditional Asian instruments and musical elements (melodies, chord structures, etc.) to create an overall lightly stealthy, suspenseful, and quirky sound and vibe. Your instrumentation should contain pizzicato strings and traditional Asian instruments like Koto, Shakuhachi, Erhu, etc. to give your pieces the distinctly Asian sound needed. Some additional Orchestral instrumentation to supplement your pieces (like woodwinds and strings) could work, as well – but please be sure not to overdo it! Craft your pieces around a central motif and layer instrumentation in and out as they progress to create a sense of dynamics, interest, and forward motion. Your production should be polished and any virtual sounds or samples you use need to be high-quality and realistic sounding. 

TAXI TIP: There is room to get creative with this pitch since this Library is looking for a fresh, new take on Dramedy. Think of changing up the cadences, rhythms, instrumentation, etc., to help give your pieces an added edge. 

Your submissions should be roughly 90 Seconds long for Cues, and about 2 to 4 minutes long for Instrumentals, give or take. Non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings will work best. Do not submit any material with unauthorized samples of other artists’ Songs, sounds, or any other form of media. Broadcast Quality is needed.

New Video! - To Catch A Cloud 

I finished a track a while back for a pitch then forgot to submit it! So, I just made a video to show it off!

To get started writing this track, I found some short hang gliding footage seen at the beginning of this montage (the first 20 seconds) to get inspired. I started fiddling with the simple, upward-moving piano motif, and then the arrangement just....took off from there! 

I added some additional footage later to fit to the whole music track.

This "Uplifting Orchestral Instrumental" was composed, orchestrated, and mixed by Yours Truly.

The track is also on Soundcloud:

Taxi Music Forward - Criminal Investigative Tension/Sci-Fi Inst 

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."

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE TENSION INSTRUMENTALS and/or INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an International Music Library with lots of great placements in Film and TV. 

This Company is searching for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumentals (or Cues) in the general wheelhouse of the following references: 

"404.2 IRC Fantasy" by Mac Quayle 

Detroit: Become Human - Investigation 

"Crime Scene" by Thomas Ferriere 

Send them well-composed Instrumentals (or Cues) that could enhance the investigative tone and mood in shows like Crime Scene Confidential, Criminal Minds, and Law & Order. Your submissions should have moody motifs, strong dynamic arcs, and solid arrangements that feature Electronic or Electronic/Orchestral hybrid instrumentation that is generally similar to the references – think arpeggiated analog bass, synths, etc. Craft your pieces around a central motif so your pieces remain cohesive, and layer new elements in and out as they progress to create interest and a sense of forward movement. We recommend keeping your submissions on the simpler side for this style. 

Your submissions should be roughly 90 Seconds long for Cues, and about 2 to 4 minutes long for Instrumentals, give or take. Non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings will 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. Do not submit any material with unauthorized samples of other artists’ Songs, sounds, or any other form of media. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Emotional, Cinematic Orchestral Inst. 

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 track, like many I've worked on, just kept getting bigger and bigger, attracting more "moving parts", and making the deadline seem unattainable. 

Now, it doesn't mean this will get signed and placed right away (or at all) in a commercial project, but I'm pleased I made it work somehow into something pleasing to the ear!

EMOTIONAL, CINEMATIC ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTAL CUES for SPORTS are needed by a seasoned Music Supervisor working on an upcoming project! 

NOTE: This Music Supervisor is BRAND NEW to requesting music from TAXI. This is a great opportunity to create a new outlet for your music and begin a new relationship with an awesome music supervisor! 

This Company is looking for moving Instrumentals in the general style of the following references: 

SC Featured: Kikimita: The Hansel Enmanuel Donato Story | SportsCenter (from 3:47 - 5:10) 

SC Featured: Josh Jacobs' rise from homelessness to becoming a 2019 NFL draft first-round pick | SportsCenter (from 0:00 - 1:43) 

Greatness Has a Cost (from 0:00 - 2:29) 

Please send well-composed Orchestral Instrumental Cues that exude an overall emotional and determined vibe that could work for inspirational or aspirational Sports segments. Your submissions should have sweeping motifs, engaging rhythms, building arrangements, and pull at the listener's heartstrings. Orchestral instrumentation that's generally similar to the references (and others like them) will suit your submissions best. Some non-orchestral instruments are okay to use as well, as long as orchestral elements are the prominent focus. Please be sure that your production is polished and any virtual Orchestral instruments or samples you use are high-quality and realistic-sounding. Craft your Cues around a central motif and layer instrumentation in and out as they progress to create a dramatic and impactful arc with peaks and valleys as well as tons of forward momentum. 

Your submissions should be about 90 seconds to 2 minutes long, give or take. Non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings will work best. Please do NOT copy the referenced artists or songs in any way, shape, or form. Use them as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Do NOT submit any material with unauthorized samples of any other artists’ music, sounds, or any other form of media. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forward - Anthemic Orchestral 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."

ANTHEMIC ORCHESTRAL and/or ORCHESTRAL HYBRID INSTRUMENTAL CUES are are needed by a Music Licensing Company that's secured tons of great placements with Major Network TV Shows, Films, Commercials, and Video Games. This Company has signed many TAXI members over many years and has garnered lots of placements for them! 

This Company is searching for Instrumental Cues that could be found on a playlist with the following references: 

"Legendary" by Antti Martikainen 

"I Am Iron Man" by John Debney 

"Formula 1 Theme" by Brian Tyler 

Please submit well-composed Instrumental Cues that exude tons of epic, anthemic energy! Memorable motifs, engaging rhythms, solid arrangements, and top-notch Orchestral-based instrumentation are all musts for this request. Your submissions can feature straight Orchestral instrumentation OR a hybrid approach combining Orchestral with Electronic, Rock, and/or Hip-Hop elements. We recommend crafting your Cues around a singular, rousing motif and mood, and creating a sense of dynamics and forward momentum by layering instrumentation in and out as they progress. Your production and any and all virtual instruments and samples you use need to be modern and high-quality. 

Submissions should be about 2 minutes long, give or take, and have non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings. Do NOT copy the references 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 - Dramatic Orchestral-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."

DRAMATIC ORCHESTRAL-Based INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a very successful Music Licensing Company with worldwide distribution in over 50 countries that lands hundreds of placements a year – many of them on Major Networks! 

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

American Ninja Warrior (from :00 to :37) 

Kitchen Nightmares (from 17:48 - 18:26) 

Survivor (from 6:20 to 6:56) 

Please submit top-tier Orchestral-Based Instrumental Cues that could add dramatic intensity and energy to Reality TV competition shows. Your instrumentation should be Orchestral focused, and some sound design or hybrid elements are okay to include, as well. However, this Library asks to avoid any instrumentation that could give the Cues a tribal feel. 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. This Library is open to hearing pieces that are tension-based as well as more epic Cues – check out the references to hear what we mean. Please be sure that your production and any virtual instrumentation you use are high-quality and fresh – nothing stiff, synthetic, or MIDI sounding will work for this request. If you have pieces that would work well in the context of dramatic scenes in competition reality TV shows, this company wants to hear them! 

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.

2 Taxi Music Forwards - Fantasy-Style Trailer 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."

Well, WOW. I got another one of these (and then the previously submitted Trailer Inst) sent on to a music publisher. This is some real encouragement right here!

I modeled this one after the trailer for the Christopher Robin movie. It's like a self-paced, online course into everything that goes in to writing these. The previous forward is posted down below as well. 

Here's what I used where about 1:30 worth of music somewhat fits the video. After that I'm not writing the music to the video any more, just focusing on the build to the climactic ending, as the end goal is such that the music has to stand on it's own for another project. 

FANTASY TRAILER-Style INSTRUMENTALS and/or INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a NEW International Music Licensing Company started by highly experienced, successful founders! 

TAXI TIP: This is a hot new Library that's BRAND NEW to requesting music through TAXI, so chances are you don’t have any material in their catalog yet! This company is all about "new, fresh music," so this is a great opportunity to get in first and create a new outlet for your music and begin a new relationship with an awesome new company! 

This Company is searching for Instrumentals and/or Instrumental Cues in the general ballpark of these references: 

Come Away Trailer 

The Mysterious Benedict Society Trailer 

Christopher Robbin Trailer 

Please submit top-tier Fantasy Trailer Instrumentals (or Cues) that could help create an epic, wonder-filled mood and work well in the context of family-friendly fantasy movie trailers. Enchanting, sweeping melodies, top-notch arrangements, and three "acts" that build throughout to a climactic ending are all musts for this request. We think Orchestral-based instrumentation will probably suit your submissions best. If you are planning to use any virtual Orchestral instrumentation, please be sure it is indistinguishable from the real thing – nothing that sounds stiff or obviously MIDI-driven will work for this request. Overall, your production should be polished and generally competitive with the references. 

TAXI Tip: Don't be afraid to layer up your instrumentation to create a majestic, blockbuster sound – the bigger the better for these types of Instrumentals! 

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Company offers an Exclusive deal, and has a strong preference for signing material from songwriters who have worked for libraries and licensing companies in the past and understand how standard deals work. If you don't have that experience and you don't know the drill on typical deals, they politely ask that you don't submit to this request. 

All submissions should be at least 1:45 minutes long and no longer than 2:45 minutes, with non-faded, buttoned 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 - Family Film, Fantasy Trailer-Style Inst. 

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 am thankful for each and every forward I've received, but here's one I'm especially happy about. My background is definitely not in any kind of orchestral writing, but I guess I've developed a pretty good "ear" for how things should sound... and I can't leave well enough alone! I love the end result too much.

Now it seems someone thought it acceptable enough to send it on down the line.

Here's an example of what the music publisher was looking for. I removed the music already there, as well as the dialog and sound effects, then "wrote to picture". You'll see the video end, but I needed to continue the music going for at least 1:45 to 2 minutes. Here's my version (if it stays on YouTube):

FAMILY FILM, FANTASY TRAILER-Style INSTRUMENTALS are needed by a Production Music Library with lots of great placements in TV Commercials, Sports Programming, and Movie/Video Game Trailers. 

CHECK THIS OUT: If you’re looking to diversify and get your music in a globally recognized (and distributed) catalog, this company might be just what the doctor ordered! Several TAXI members have reported placements outside the United States as a result of being signed with this awesome company! 

This Library is looking for Instrumentals in the general stylistic range of the following references: 

The Secret Garden 

The Mysterious Benedict Society 

Come Away 

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Company is looking more for Composers they can build relationships with, rather than just a specific track for a specific placement. We suspect that if they hear a couple of your tracks and love what you're doing, they'll ask you to send them more music on an ongoing basis. 

Please submit top-notch Fantasy Trailer Instrumentals that could help establish a wonder-filled mood and work well in the context of family-friendly fantasy movie trailers. Your submissions should have enchanting melodies, well-crafted arrangements, and three "acts" that build throughout to a climactic ending. We think Orchestral-based instrumentation will probably suit your submissions best. If you plan on using any virtual Orchestral instrumentation, it should be indistinguishable from the real thing – nothing that sounds stiff or obviously MIDI-driven will work for this request. Overall, your production should be polished, high-quality, and competitive with the references, as well! 

TAXI Tip: Don't be afraid to layer up your instrumentation to create a majestic, blockbuster sound! The bigger the better for this type of Instrumentals 

All submissions should be about 2 to 3 minutes in length (give or take). Non-faded, stinger endings will work best. Please do not copy the references in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for overall feel, texture, and tone. Broadcast Quality is needed.

Taxi Music Forwards - Investigative Tension ..... and 2 for Dramedy! 

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."

INVESTIGATIVE TENSION INSTRUMENTALS are needed by a Music Licensing Company with a large list of placements in Films, TV Commercials, and A-List TV Shows. 

NOTE: This Company has signed lots of TAXI members over many years and nailed down lots of placements for them! 

This Company is looking for Instrumentals that could be found on a playlist with the following references: 

"404.2 IRC Fantasy" by Mac Quayle 

"Vacation Days" by Thomas Newman 

"The Crime Scene" by Kaae & Batz 

Please send well-composed Instrumentals that could help establish a suspenseful, tense mood in a variety of investigative scenes and scenarios. You'd be wise to stick to a singular motif throughout your pieces, and create a sense of forward momentum and dynamics by layering instrumentation in and out as they progress. Your Cues can be composed around Electronic and/or Orchestral Instrumentation – dark, droning synths, moody orchestral arrangements, or a combination of both. Whichever approach you decide to take, your production and any virtual instruments or samples you use should be top-notch and modern. 

TAXI Tip: We suggest trying to keep your submissions on the simpler side, melodically. Your job is more about establishing a tense mood rather than winning "Composer of the Year"! 

Submissions should be about 2 minutes long, give or take, and have non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings. Do NOT copy the references in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

And for Dramedy....

ORCHESTRAL DRAMEDY INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a Music Licensing Company with a large list of placements in Films, TV Commercials, and A-List TV Shows. 

NOTE: This Company has signed lots of TAXI members over many years and nailed down lots of placements for them! 

This Company is looking for Instrumental Cues that could be found on a playlist with the following references: 

The Bachelor (from 3:00 to 3:58) 

"Fluffing a Duck" by Kevin MacLeod 

Fixer to Fabulous (from 2:44 to 3:21) 

Please submit quirky Instrumental Cues with high-quality Orchestral instrumentation that could help establish a light dramatic mood in reality TV scenes. Craft your Cues around a singular motif and mood, and create a sense of dynamics and forward momentum by layering instrumentation in and out as they progress. Please be sure that your production and any virtual instruments or samples you use are fresh, high-quality, and modern. 

Submissions should be about 2 minutes long, give or take, and have non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings. Do NOT copy the references in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.

"Hears" to 2021 

Here is a modest collection of tracks either signed by music libraries or released by yours truly in the year 2021.

As you may know, live music is my "day gig", but when I'm at home I'm working on original music, most always during the day, so.... now I'm confused....  haha. Anyway, as usual, my musical tastes are all over the map. 

Taxi Music Forward - Dark, Dystopian Christmas & Dramedy 

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."

ORIGINAL DARK, DYSTOPIAN CHRISTMAS INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a Music Library that’s always hustling and landing placements for TAXI members in TV Shows, Film projects, and Movie Trailers! 

This Library is on the hunt for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues that could fit in the general stylistic ballpark of the following references: 

"Snow Wonders" by Myuu 

"Carol of the Bells" by Lucas King 

Please submit original, well-composed Christmas Instrumental Cues that have a dark, dystopian sound and vibe. Craft your Cues around an eerie motif, and create a sense of forward momentum and dynamics by layering instrumentation in and out as they progress. We think Orchestral or Orchestral Hybrid instrumentation with Christmas-y accents like glockenspiel, jingle bells, tubular bells, etc. will be the best approach for this request. Please be sure your production and any virtual instruments or samples you use are high-quality, polished, and modern. If your Cues could put a chill down the listener's spine send them in! 

All submissions should be about 60 to 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.

Lots of QUIRKY ORCHESTRAL DRAMEDY INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a Music Licensing Company with a large list of placements in Films, TV Commercials, and A-List TV Shows. 

NOTE: This Company has signed lots of TAXI members over many years and nailed down tons of placements for them! 

This Company is looking for Instrumental Cues that could be found on a playlist with the following references: 

"Desperate Elves" by Steve Barden 

RHOSLC Highlights S1 Ep6 (From 1:35 - 2:00) 

"Fluffing a Duck" by Kevin MacLeod 

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Company has specifically requested that you only submit pieces that have distinct, complementary A and B melodic sections. Be sure that when the sectional change happens, the mood and/or emotion stays cohesive.

TAXI ROAD RALLY - Film & TV Instrumental and Cue Pitch and Feedback Panel (TAXI Screeners) – Instrumentals and Instrumental Cues (from TAXI MEMBERS only) 

Instrumentals and Cues played during this panel will be chosen randomly from a playlist generated from this TAXI Listing! 
Submissions NOT played during the panel will be screened about 30 days after the Rally by the panelists, and Forwards will go on to a TAXI Instrumental Compilation that will go out to a few of our favorite Music Libraries. 
Instrumentals and Cues submitted will NOT be pre-screened before the panel, so every submission has an EQUAL CHANCE of being randomly selected and played on the panel by a randomization algorithm! 
You get two chances at having the panelists hear your Instrumentals and Cues: 1) Randomly during the panel, or 2) By getting Forwarded by TAXI’s A&R people after the Rally!

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.