The internet was recently hit by a craze known as the Harlem Shake
– we all know it. A somewhat cheesy rap / hip-hop / electro beat with retro Roland 808 drum machine sound, building up to a massive “drop”, with a suitably crazed dance group.
The actual track “Harlem Shake” is obviously under copyright, but there are royalty-free, library music options here at Shockwave-Sound. Thanks to some particularly clever music producers, we have some tracks that will do the job nicely as a replacement track for the famous Harlem Shake track.
The actual music style is referred to as TRAP, or Hot Trap. Here are some TRAP tracks you may want to check out:
Some times when you’re working on a project, be it a video game, a
film / video or another type of project, you find yourself really
needing music consisting of only drums! Rather than a whole
orchestra, band, or synth ensemble filling every possible frequency
range, you need the transparency and open, expansive feel of drums and
percussion to bring the right type of nerve and tension to your
Over the past several weeks we have been working hard to bring you a large number of percussion only tracks.
These tracks range from Epic, Exotic, Menacing, Pensive,
Foreboding…they combine traditional orchestral percussion such as
cymbals and timpani with exotic, foreign and ancient percussion from
around the world, such as the Japanese Taiko drum, the Malaysian Gong,
the African Djembe, and many other percussion instruments.
All in all we have released 48 new drums only tracks over the past few weeks, and also no less than 4 volumes of “Percussion Trax” downloadable CD-collections.
We have made sure we also included seamless loops for every one of these 48 tracks, which means that you can play the sound file in a never-ending loop within an app, game, interactive menu system or looping video installation, and the music/percussion will just keep playing, endlessly, until the user proceeds to the next screen / stage etc.
To find these Percussion only tracks in our database, use the Advanced Browse tool on the right-hand side of our main website. Fill the Advanced Browse tool with the following settings:
Prominent Instruments = Drums (Epic & Marching) AND Ethnic percussion / Tribal drums. (Here you should be sure to choose the “Match all options” and not “Match any option” on the Prominent Instruments selection screen, to make this an AND query, rather than an OR query.
Then set: “Moods / Emotions” = any mood/emotion you like. We would suggest “Menacing / Dangerous / Threatening”.
Now hit “submit” and you will get a pretty good listing of percussion only tracks that match your Advanced Browse settings.
You may also be interested in these four volumes of Percussion Trax CD-collections, featuring 10 tracks on each:
It’s almost Christmas time again and we can see that time coming, as people start buying royalty free Christmas music from our catalogue. Tracks like “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, “Jingle Bells”, “Silent Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” are so popular that many of our composers have made their own versions of these, from the straightforward and cosy to the cool and funked-up, to the downright silly. We also have a lot of Christmas music that aren’t actually traditional or well-known tracks, but that are new, original compositions made by our own composers in a Christmas style. We call this area New & Fun Christmas Music so if you’re looking for something a little bit different for this year’s Christmas presentation or electronic Christmas greeting card, you may want to check out those tracks.
But where are the other famous Christmas classics, such as Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow and others? What about Walking In A Winter Wonder Land? Why don’t we have it? We get customers writing in and asking about these tracks and about why they can’t find them on our site. It seems odd for us to have 66 search results for “Jingle Bells”, but nothing for other famous Christmas classics like the two I just mentioned and Frosty the Snowman? What’s up with that?
The simple answer is, that these “missing” Christmas tracks are under copyright and therefore cannot be offered up as royalty free music / stock music / library music, by anyone. In contrast to “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “Jingle Bells” where the actual compositions are in the public domain, and only the recording and arrangement is in copyright to who ever actually created that recording — these other tracks including Frosty the Snowman have the actual composition still under copyright to the authors and their publishers. Therefore, these tracks cannot be done up as royalty-free music and this explains why you can’t find them here, or indeed on any other music licensing website:
- Frosty the Snowman
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- Let it Snow
- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
- Walking in the Winter Wonderland
- Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
- …and others
We are a little bit bummed out about this, because several years ago we actually spent quite a lot of time and energy on making our own arrangements and versions of these tracks, and we have some pretty good recordings of these tracks that we’ve played and made ourselves. We wrongly assumed that these compositions were public domain until just before we were going to start selling them from our site.
Anyway, for those of you who were looking for this, and possibly other Christmas tunes that you can’t find on our site — that is the explanation. Merry Christmas!