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Well, after a couple of weeks of testing it looks like the intermittent slow issues with the site have been resolved and a BIG thank you to Eamon and Paul at GlobalGold for their expertise in resolving that one.
The site is running really smoothly and quick now – as it should be………..just how I like it! ūüôā

We’ve lots of music in the pipeline and the quality is getting better all the time. I’m excited about quite a few of these. I’ll keep you posted here over the next few days.

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Download Full length Preview Tracks?

Over the past few months¬†a¬†lot of you have asked for full length preview tracks to test your production or show¬†them to your clients.¬†Currently, if you’re a signed up member¬†(obviously free!) then we’re happy to send you an MP3 version of the track to try out, but right now you do have to email us, which we realise can be annoying and you have to wait.
We’re currently looking at implementing a full length download feature¬†which will allow logged in users to download a full length low resolution version.
¬†We’ll have to make use of the MP3 files in oder to do this though, which means that¬†only the high quality WAV files will be available for purchase. Do¬† let us know if you’d prefer to have the preview facility or access to both the WAVs AND MP3s.
Depending on the feedback we get, we hope to have this in place at the begining of next month.

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Royalty Free Carousel Music

So many people have visited our site looking for “Carousel” music (you know, the merry-go-round, fairground music)¬† that we just had to write a carousel track and it’s ended up being one of my personal favourites.
Have a listen to Carousel Waltz, it’s slightly melancholc, yet insanely catchy¬†faiground ride music. This track is available to download either as a single track, individual edits/loops or the whole package of 9 edits.

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Royalty Free Valentines Music

With Valentines day looming we’ve collected some of our rather beautiful romantic royalty free tracks for your current¬†projects. You can’t miss them, on the the home page with our rather nifty Valentine icon ūüôā

Listen to  Carousel, which has two versions. This version is a guitar duet (played by concert guitarist Jonathan Preiss) and there is also a version with a subtle string arrangement which you can listen to here. 
We also have two beautiful romantic piano and string tracks, Slumber and Dreamscape.

Alex Khaskin and composed some great romantic music –¬†listen to “We’ll Meet Again“, “Never Too Late” , “Last Goodbye” and one of my favourites “Beautiful Rose

I’m sure you’ll find something suitable but whatever happens, do have a great day ūüôā

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Jazz Harmony PDF

Our harmony¬†downloads are proving popular so here’s another Jazz Harmony PDF.
This sheet is titled “Practise Worksheet – intermediate” but it’s vital for all serious Jazz/Commercial¬†pianists¬†to know these chords inside out.

The first exercise is a simple series of II-V-I progressions in closed position, around a cycle of fifths. These are vital and even if I’m playing¬†a weird large chord with loads of extensions and no root-I’m still am aware of¬†the closed position voicing underneath it all!

When this is familiar, move on to the next exercise which then opens out these chords using an interval of a fifth in the base and adding the 3rd and 7th (or 7th and 3rd) above.
These voicings are absolutely vital to good jazz piano and indeed, good arranging. This style of opening out a simple chord uses the least amount of notes (in Jazz harmony) to the greatest effect.
The next exercise goes on to add extensions to these chords, utilising a bass note in the left hand and chord in the right.

The final exercise is to play the previous chord shapes in the left hand with the intention of leaving the bass notes to the bass player so as to allow the right hand to improvise.
There we have it-most of Jazz harmony, all on a single sheet of paper!

Jazz Harmony PDF download 

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Free Royalty Free Music Pack 2

We’ve just uploaded our second free royalty free music audio pack.
This pack of 10 free loops and stings is completely free to use in non-profit works and there’s no need to even register-just visit the page and download.
These free loops and stings are all in CD quality, 44.1khz WAV files.
Obviously, if you¬†use our music we’d really appreciate a mention or link in your webpage or blog.

Enjoy ūüôā

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Brass Arranging for Michael Gray

We had a fun job this week, to provide the brass arrangement for top producer Michael Gray.
“You Got Me Twisted” is a great crossover Dance track, with -as you woud expect-superb production values.
He needed a riff from a Michael Jackson track transcribed, transposed and arranged for trumpet.
We altered¬†the original to fit the¬†rhythmic style and¬†it was a pretty simple job musically, but when you arrange for studio sessions there’s always different things to consider than arranging for live music.

One thing that I always like to do is to notate the “drop in” times on the part. This is the time from the start in minutes and seconds at each prominant section of the arrangement. This makes it easier for the arranger and producer to know exactly where each section¬†is- ¬†musically and from a recording point of view.
Ok, we didn’t actually need it this time but it’s always best to cover every base rather than waste time/money on a session.

When you arrange for recording musicians you can also add more parts than you could live so we had 3 trumpet parts which we then recorded using different mikes. Essentially the part only need a single trumpet but we used 2 on the top octave and doubled the part an octave below to thicken the sound. The producer now has a minimum of 6 tracks to mix as he likes.

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New Royalty Free Ambient Music

We’re delighted to introduce a new young composer¬†to SMARTassMusic- Jon Cooper.
Jon’s¬†composing style is synth based ambient music …….and I know what you’re thinking……”we’ve heard that a million times before!” BUT………..these tracks are full of style, subtlety and great production quality and I’ve found myself listening to them when doing site maintenance.¬†

My personal favourites are:
Alpha Рa really beautiful, enticing ambient, atmospheric track Neuromancer and Suspension.

In fact, we think that this music makes perfect atmospheric underscores so we’ve put a collection together of 12 electronic, ambient background tracks “Ambient Underscores“.
This collection of 12 full royalty free ambient  tracks is £59.99 which is a saving of over £100 if you bought them individually!

We’re adding lots of great new music at the moment so don’t forget to view the “new tracks” section and we’ll try to keep you updated here too ūüôā

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Free Loops and Stings Download Packs

In case you didn’t realise – we posted our first “Free Audio Pack”¬† at various software download sites at the end of 2008.
This pack contains 8 completely free loops and stings in high quality WAV files.
These free music loops are simple to download and import into any multimedia production and are completely free for use in non-profit productions. The pack also contains information, links and license terms.
We’ve now made this pack available for download directly from the SMARTassMusic website on our updated “free royalty free music” page. From here you can access members only free music or download our free audio packs without the need to register.

We’ll soon be releasing our second Free royalty free music audio pack which should contain 12 high quality loops and stings. We’ll update you first¬†from the blog, so watch this space ūüôā

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Production Music for TV, starts the year.

Our blog’s been quiet over the holiday period¬†but while many of you have been putting your feet up, we’ve been really busy behind the scenes.

We’ve upgraded our servers, improved our payment system and added lots of great new music.

We also managed to fit in¬†a TV ad commission from Miami. The company¬†had found a track they liked but they¬†needed something very specific. We recreated the style and then changed it to fit the video exactly. The 24 hour ¬†turnaraound made life quite interesting but Tedi and Debi were a pleasure to work with. Thanks guys ūüôā
We’ll post shortly with details of new music, new composers and more free music!
Have a good 2009 ūüôā

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