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“Super Condensed” track list now available

“Super Condensed” track list now available

Hi all, today we are launching a new feature / improvement to our stock music website www.Shockwave-Sound.com: The Super condensed view.

On any track listing (search result, genre browse, mood browse, etc.) you can now choose between the:

  • Standard – shows a Play button for all versions of tracks, with prices, plus description.
  • Condensed – shows only the main / full track version play button, and shows a bit of the description.
  • Super Condensed – NEW! – shows only a big Play button and the track title. Does not show additional versions / edits, no description, no details.

You can choose between these by clicking the “View” drop-down menu where indicated on the image:

Using the “Advanced Browse” music search at Shockwave-Sound.com

Using the “Advanced Browse” music search at Shockwave-Sound.com

Here at Shockwave-Sound.com we are proud to unveil what we believe is the most powerful, most flexible and most useful royalty free music search engine anywhere.

You can find the Advanced Browse by clicking the orange link in the left-hand menu of Shockwave-Sound.com, just below “Artists”.

The Advanced Browse page allows you to combine multiple search / browse criteria such as Music Genre, Moods/Emotions, Prominent Instruments, Classical or Non-Classical, Tempo Feel, BPM Tempo Range, Length (in seconds) and more, to find tracks specifically matching your needs.

The Advanced Browse page is also interconnected with the “Find Similar Tracks” function on our site. By clicking on “Find Similar Tracks” below any Track description, you are taken to the Advanced Browse page, which is then pre-filled for you, with multiple values from the track you were just listening to.

Multiple operators are combined with either AND or OR values, and note that you can Click on any AND / OR button to swap it between working as AND or OR.

Let’s look at a few examples of how to use the Advanced Browse page:

Above, I have used the form to find Country/Bluegrass tracks that have either a Sad / Sorrowful  / Mournful, or a “Gloomy / Dark / Sinister” mood. This gave me a result of 7 tracks, all are kind of sparse country track with a doom laden feel, highly suitable for things like historical drama, westerns / modern westerns and more. Note that if I wish, I could click on the OR button between the two Moods settings, to change it to an AND operator instead.

In the above example I’ve quite simply found that my favorite artist is Dan Gautreau and I would like to browse all the Happy / Joyful / Positive tracks he has produced. This search result gave me 112 tracks, so I’ve got plenty of stuff to listen to.

Since I felt that the 112 tracks I got from my previous browse results was “too much”, above I have added another criteria. This time I’ve gone for tracks by the artist Dan Gautreau, which are Happy / Joyful / Positive, and which features prominent use of Acoustic Piano. Now we’re getting more precise, and this browse gave me a result of 26 tracks.

Above, I have decided to browse Vocal Pop tracks, which are either “Laidback / Easy-going / Chilled” OR “Happy / Joyful / Positive”, and are sung by a Male vocalist. This gave me a result of 128 tracks.

If I wanted to, I could go back to the form and click on the OR button between the mood settings, and this would narrow the results to tracks that are both Laid back AND Happy – whilst still being in the Vocal Pop genre and being sung by a male vocalist. This would then give me 17 tracks.

Let’s look at one more fun example. I wish to find jazz tracks performed by a traditional 3-piece jazz trio of Piano, Drums and Acoustic Bass. Here’s how I would do it:

I’ve set the Music Genre setting to “Jazz: General & faster jazz” (I could change it to “Smooth jazz” if that’s what I wanted), and I’ve selected Piano (Acoustic) AND Drums (Drum kit) AND Bass (Upright/Acoustic). Hit “Search” and I find 119 tracks. Nice result!

Let’s just take one more example:

In the above case, I’ve decided to browse tracks in the Rock -> General Rock genre, which are between 8 and 15 seconds long. I needed this for a short on-screen presentation / intro screen.

Not many tracks are created to be only between 8 and 15 seconds long, but many of our composers create “Stinger” versions of their tracks, which often happen to be between 8 and 15 seconds, so in this case I get a result of 358 tracks. In this case, the resulting track listing doesn’t show me the full length tracks – it shows me only the stinger versions that are between 8 and 15 seconds.

My friends, these are only a few examples of how you can use our Advanced Browse page to experiment with our catalog of stock music / royalty-free music and find exactly the tracks you need, with an amazing degree of flexibility and power in your searches. Experiment with it. Have fun with it. You can’t break anything — we hope! 🙂 You may find some combinations give you zero results, and you may find some combinations that give you too many results to make sense of it. If that happens, go back to the form and think of ways to tweak your settings to make your search more open, or more precise. In particular, keep track of those AND / OR buttons and click on them to change their functionality.

Have fun!

Browse music by historical eras

Browse music by historical eras



We’re always working on improving and diversifying the ways that you can browse and search for music here at Shockwave-Sound.com, and this week we’ve added the possibility to browse for retro music by decade.

By clicking on Suggested Production Types you can see a panel similar to the one shown here on the left. You will see various “Historical / Retro:” selections including:

1980’s: The era of the electro pop and a continuation of the “later era Disco” that was started in the 70’s. Also, soul (Motown) and AOR Rock music was prominent in this era.

1970’s: The era of Motown, Disco and Funk, when pants had flares and the Bee Gees ruled Boogie Town.

1960’s: The era of peace and love, free love and free sex, when hippies set the musical order and pop & rock music took on Beatles’esque sounds and psychedelic colors. Also prominent in this era was the Bossa Nova and smooth latin chill-out music.

1950’s: When Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & the Comets ruled the world. This was the era of the Rockabilly, along with classic Jazz sounds

1920-1940’s: This was the era of happy jazz music, Dixieland and Charleston, but also Gospel, Blues and early Hollywood type orchestral film music.

Older / History Channel etc: This is where you’ll find music that we felt would be suitable for general Historical programmes, historical documentaries, world history / heritage and so on. Much of this music is pretty “ambient” in that it would work well simply as background music to storytelling, documentary film etc.

Remember that you can Combine one of the above selections with other criteria, by using the Advanced Browse feature. For example, you can choose to browse music from the 1970’s which is also marked with having a “Happy” mood. Or, you can choose to browse music from the 1920-40’s which feature a trumpet. There are many, many such possibilities available to you from within our Advanced Browsing tool, which you can read more about here.

New ways of browsing for music at Shockwave-Sound.com

New ways of browsing for music at Shockwave-Sound.com

We’re very happy and excited to announce the new music browsing tool here at Shockwave-Sound.com.

Our site and music catalog has come a long way since the first beginnings back in April 2000 and it was no longer enough to simply be able to look at a music genre and see hundreds or even a thousand tracks listed in that genre. We needed to give you better ways to browse and find music by other criteria than just the genre itself, and to be able to more precisely define exactly what you’re looking for.

So we gathered a team of some 7-8 people who spent a few weeks going back over all our 10,000 tracks, listened carefully to each track and ticked various Moods/Emotions (e.g. Sad, Happy, Excited etc), Suggested Production Types (e.g. Crime TV, Underwater video, Wedding video, etc.), Prominent Instruments (e.g. Acoustic piano), Tempo-feel (e.g. “slow”), and BPM tempo (e.g. 132) for every track. It was a big job, but we had a good team of people and we finished it in about 2 weeks.

We then developed the tool you can see on the left. The 5 blue buttons represent “simple browsing”; you just click that button, select a Mood or Instrument etc., and the track listing comes up immediately. Depending on which criteria you click, the resulting track list can be just a few, or several hundred, a couple of thousand, tracks.

“Advanced Browse” is where you can really harvest the power and flexibility of our new tool. Here you can combine various criteria from all of the other “simple” options to create very accurate track listings reflecting exactly what you want. It can be something relatively simple, like “I want children’s music, it should be happy, and it should feature a xylophone”, or it can be very complex and precise, like “I want acoustic piano and violin, I want it to be sorrowful, I want it to have very slow tempo, I want it not to be classical music, and I want it to be suitable for use in drama”. The tool really gives you a lot of power, as you can combine many different types of criteria and every criteria can be negated to create a “not” out of it too. So you can look for “Smooth jazz, slow tempo, not containing saxophone”.

At the bottom of the tool, you can make a quick search, or you can get to the Advanced Search page where you can search for keywords, titles, sound effects, CD collections and more by using various search criteria to find your music.

If you encounter any problems with the browsing tool, any crashes or unexpected results, please let us know about it by using our contact form. Thanks!