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Featured User – “Made In The Shade” video production

made in the shade video productionOur new Featured User is “Made in The Shade” video production.

“CARL FOSPERO Carl started his television career at WGBH Boston in the late 1980s and went on to become a broadcast news producer in New York for NBC, CBS, Reuters and ITV. In 2002 he started Made in the Shade Ltd and began a productive career in the UK as a writer, director, producer and editor for many corporate clients including, Virgin, Virgin Galactic, SONY, Ford, 3M, Canon, BMW, BT and AkzoNobel. He lives in London with his wife, Helen and two children.”

Promote your businessWe’re happy to promote trusted users of smartassmusic.com.
You can manage your profile via your account and we promote you on our homepage, Facebook, Twitter and this Blog.
Only trusted users are made publicly visibly…meaning the free promotion is 100% spam free, high quality content.

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Easily Sharing Tracks with Clients – New Site Features

Our new site contains many new useful features, one of which allows you to easily share music listing with clients.
Click track image (1) which will open the track’s unique page.

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Within this page, you now have access to multiple sharing tools (3) as well as the track’s unique URL (4).
Here you can email the track with a single click (it will open up your mail program), tweet the track’s url, “like” the track on Facebook or open up the sharing widget, with many more options – my personal favourite.
And that’s it!

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Our First Featured User – Promote Your Business

featured userWith the launch of our new site comes our very first featured user. This month it’s “The Cultivated Word“,  a boutique creative services agency specializing in animated video production, among other things.
Users of smartassmusic.com can create their own profile from within their account and choose a profile to be featured on our homepage.
We also approve (or deny) profiles from being made public so that the content is only high quality with no spam links.

Having a Profile means that we can provide your business with a little boost. You can add video, images, weblinks and text. Each of these  links are seen by Google as well as all the other search engines.

Our featured user is given prominance on our homepage and we do not take paid advertising, so you won’t be hidden amongst a pile of adverts.

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Live and Kicking

SMARTassMusic Version 2.0 is live with a host of new features:

  • PDF licenses
  • PDF invoices
  • Save tracks to favourites
  • Search filter
  • Filter tracks/ edits/ loops/ packages/ compilations
  • Secure Credit Card transactions
  • Promote your own projects/ websites/ videos
  • Share music listings easily

….and loads more.

Tutorials to follow ………

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SMARTassMusic V2.0

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Children’s Music Composition

kids-musicWe  managed to combine hard work with a lot of fun recently, composing  children’s music for a client who is offering a  new concept in kid’s dance classes.
We were given only the lyrics to work from and we had  to compose original  kid’s pop-music which was fun, catchy and rhythmically correct for the children to dance to.
Check out these rough mixes :-):

Cars and Trains :
Farmyard Dance :
Seaside Dance:
Goodbye Dance:

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Big Band on a Budget

Big Band Swing has been back in favor recently and you just can’t beat that sound. Gone are all the production effects, loops and synthezisers used in today’s music and the quality rests solely upon good arranging and good playing. We’ve had a lot of fun arranging Big Band music for a dance show, which will be touring the USA and Canada.

This particular 16 piece band actually consisted of 5 musicians, multi-tracking their parts and joined via the internet!
Our job has been to write the arrangements and make sure that they sound stylistically authentic and are easy to read.
These excerpts are completely unmixed but you can clearly hear the quality of the playing and hopefully, the writing too 🙂

Big Band 1 (unmixed) :
Big Band 2 (unmixed) :
Show Band (unmixed) 1:
Show Band (unmixed) 2:

If you’ve ever sat down to work out the notes of your favourite tune then you’ll have some idea of the daunting task of transcribing and arranging individual notes for 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones and rhythm section. When it all comes together and you hear that sound, there’s nothing to beat it.
So if you need a Big Band sound but don’t have a Big Band budget…all is not lost 🙂

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Daily Free Downloads

Every day you can now download a different, completely free, full length royalty free music track for your non-profit projects.
Simply login or register and visit this page for your free download:

http://www.smartassmusic.com/royalty-free-music/free-downloads.html

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Orchestral Soundtracks by Yuri Sazonoff

orchestral musicWe’re introducing film composer Yuri Sazonoff this month with  a  stunning collection of  orchestral pieces – recorded with a live orchestra in Moscow.
Both the playing and the writing are simply wonderful.

These tracks are available to download either as a collection (including various edits) or as individual edits.
Orchestral Soundtracks 1 includes:

Passion of Love – A beautiful,  romantic, 8 minute  uplifting orchestral score. Beautiful string writing.

Vengeance – An exciting Hollywood style action score suitable for  battle scenes and action sequences.

Requiem – A stunning romantic, melancholic piece similar to Barber’s Adagio for strings. (No separate edits available).

9th Sense –  Mysterious, romantic, uplifting, sensual, soundtrack similar to Danny Elfmann.

Olympic Glory – Strong, slow theme. Sophisticated, rich, warm, beautiful, Hollywood style theme.

Olympic Spirit – A triumphant, uplifting, winning style orchestral soundtrack . Exciting and moving.

Each of these tracks (excluding “Requiem”)  have multiple edits available to download.

If this collection was purchased as individual edits it would cost over $400  but you can download this entire package for under $95 🙂

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