Throughout its history, ‘Production Music’ (or ‘Stock Music’) has undergone numerous changes as its style and usage has adapted with the times. The origins of Production Music most likely lie with the birth of cinema, where screenings would be accompanied by a pianist or organist providing a live soundtrack to the event.
La Sortie de l'Usine Lumière à Lyon, often referred to as the first real motion picture ever made.
Early musical accompaniments would often either be classical pieces read off sheet music or skilled improvisation, but soon enough the growing demand for music to pair with screenings led to specialised compositions being written.
The track in the following video is "Fat man" from album Slapstick comedy I
Music also became more accessible in the early twentieth century with the availability of vinyl records and the gramophone. This increased the demand for pre-recorded pieces, while the growing popularity of television meant a greater need for Production Music compositions that created a mood, set an atmosphere or brought life to a scene, gaining the moniker of ‘mood music’ or ‘library music’ as they proliferated.
A lot of these early Production Music recordings utilised orchestral instrumentation and were close to jazz in style. They were skilfully composed, producing a musical output of the highest quality. Even in the 70’s, when synthesisers took the place of more costly traditional instruments, the music retained its reputation for quality despite being more economically produced. This continued as the decades passed, with more modern styles such as pop, rock, or even EDM being adopted to keep up with current trends and better utilise improvements in recording equipment.
The track used in the following video is "Hollow beat" from our album:Summer house
The passage of time also standardised the disparate names given to describe soundtracks created for this purpose into the single and commonly adopted term, ‘Production Music’.
Originally distributed on vinyl, Production Music went on to be sold on different formats as they developed such as tape and CD. The advent of the internet and digital downloads also assisted in the proliferation of Production Music as media creators across the world now sought high quality audio for their creations.
Production Music companies who were involved in the creation and marketing of this music along with the collection of royalties suddenly found a means to share their music library with the world in an effective and efficient manner. The audience for such music is usually companies wishing to use it for commercial purposes such as in movies, corporate videos, advertisements, websites, television, radio, apps and other media.
As part of this they can also buy the licence to the music, as needle drop or royalty free: this often means the purchase of music in this way is cheaper, quicker and more straightforward than having the music composed from scratch.
With modern technology reaching new heights of sophistication and recording gear being more affordable than ever, sound libraries no longer remain the exclusive domain of big records labels. High quality Production Music is no longer a privilege granted to the big studios, but a right that all media creators have to make their products the best they can be.
As an ever-developing and burgeoning industry, Production Music can now benefit professionals and amateurs alike with a broad range of royalty free musical options that are sure to suit your needs.
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