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New Stock Music highlights for September 2017

We hope you’re well and that you’re working on some great projects. Here at Shockwave-Sound we have – as ever – been busy with developing new albums and tracks of Stock Music, now available for immediate licensing and download.

Action Thriller, Vol. 8:
12 aggressive, tension filled blockbuster tracks for thrillers, armed conflict, special operations and more.

Christmas Choir, Vol. 1:
It’s not quite Christmas yet, but it’s a great time to work on Christmas projects. We hired a small Welsh choir and recorded 19 favourite Christmas carols.

Relaxation & Meditation, Vol. 9:
Introspective, relaxing, soothing and reflecting tracks for yoga, relaxation, chilled “me-time”, or for use in reflective, ambient media.

The 1950’s and 60’s, Vol. 3 :
11 fun and charming retro tracks that will take you and your project back to the golden era of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Tracks of Inspiration, Vol. 9:
11 tracks with an inspirational, motivating and heartening/uplifting feel. Build communities and build futures to these tracks.

Planet Apocalypse, Vol. 9:
Tracks to help illustrate a dystopian future, perhaps a dark future, otherworldly dangers and bleak horizons….

Feelgood Trax, Vol. 21:
A collection of uplifting, energizing, happy and motivating tracks, with elements from pop, rock, electronica and folk.

Easy Days, Vol. 5:
Easy-going tracks with a natural flow and a care free, trouble free approach. Great for use in media or on-hold.

This is not a complete representation of all the new music we’ve released since our previous newsletter. We’re always busy releasing new tracks and recording new projects. Not all of our tracks end up on CD-collections either.

With all of our “CD collections” (as above), each track can also be licensed individually. Just click on the track title in the audio player at the bottom of the page, and you will be taken to that track’s individual track page, where you can license the track or any sub-version of it.

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All the best from all of us at Shockwave-Sound.

August 2017 new royalty-free music selections

August 2017 new royalty-free music selections

It’s been almost two months since the last time we sent out one of these newsletters, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve been lazy. ūüôā Okay, we took a couple of weeks of summer chill-out, but for the most part, we have been working on our music catalogue, in order to be able to provide you with the best stock music available, carefully curated and produced to the highest standards. Here is just a small selection of our latest additions:

Sweet & Flowery, Vol. 1:
The music here is all about candy, soda, cute little kids and summery fun.

Fantasy Worlds, Vol. 15:
The “Fantasy Words” series is some of our most popular and powerful music, suitable for grand adventures and grave dangers, in an adventure or fantasy setting.

Classical Chamber Strings, Vol. 2:
A live performing string quartet, playing 16 of the most famous and loved classical pieces by Händel, Mussorgsky, Bach, Brahms and more Рrecorded live in the studio.

Classical Favorites, Vol. 7:
16 more timeless, classical jewels by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Strauss, Grieg, Mozart and more – with a full, large orchestra.

Vacations & Fun, Vol. 2:
Uplifting and refreshing sounds with a sense of adventure, exploration, fun and discovery.

Dark Cues, Vol. 10:
15 tracks of cold, dark, eerie and disturbing music for horror flicks, thrillers, mysterious tales…

Emotional Underscores, Vol. 15:
Music to tug at the heartstrings: These subtle, tasteful, fragile and reflective pieces lend themselves perfectly to stories on the human condition.

This is in no way a complete representation of all the new music we’ve released since our previous newsletter. These are just a few highlights. ūüôā We hope you enjoy them.

With all of our “CD collections” (as above), each track can also be licensed individually. Just click on the track title in the audio player at the bottom of the page, and you will be taken to that track’s individual track page, where you can license the track or any sub-version of it.

Please remember to “Like” our Facebook page: And if you have any questions, issues, suggestions etc., please get in touch with us through the Contact page on our site. We are here and always happy to hear from you.

All the best from all of us at:

Polish Folk Music focus at

Polish Folk Music focus at

Polish folk music performers

From the monumental Tatra Mountains in the south, through Lower Silesia on the west with its large number of medieval castles, Lesser Poland with the great City Of Cracow and Magic Wieliczka Salt Mine, ¬†Lubelskie Region on the east with hop fields spreading through the region, ¬†to the Mazovia with its Lowland, the capital city Warsaw, and the oldest city in the region – PŇāock, and further – Podlachia with its woods, ¬†Masuria with lakes, Pomerania at the shore of Baltic Sea and Polonia Maior on the west … Poland offers the great heritage of regional culture, customs, food, beverages and of course – traditional music.

The history of folk music in Poland has its roots in the early medieval era. It has evolved from Slavic tribes in its own specific way and differently in every region. Music has been the companion of every daily activity, work, rituals such as weddings, courtships and harvests. And of course, it’s full of love songs, folk dances and religious songs.

It was influenced by and mixed with music of other countries and cultures like Czech, Slovakian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Hungarian, or Jewish and Gypsy.

The traditional instruments have also evolved. The basis were string bowed instruments with traditional drums and vocals. At the turn of the 20th century the accordion established itself as a the main instrument.

In fact, Poland has long traditions of building accordions. In the late 19th century their constructions were small, like up to 10 sounds on the melody side, and 2 or 4 on the bass side.

Harmonia Trzyrzńôdowa – Three-row harmonium

One unique instrument in the accordion family was a Polish invention – “Harmonia Trzyrzńôdowa” – which can be translated as “Three-row harmonium”. It has three rows of melody keyboards (could be compared to the three or more keyboards like on church pipe organs) and from 16 up to even 140 bass keyboard buttons! It become very popular from the beginning, and was produced through the first half of the 20th century. There were several dozens of manufactures all over the country, most notably – Bogucki, Mejer, MoŇõcicki. With time, the constructions got more complicated, and the embellishments got more sophisticated.

Another Polish invention was the Pedal Harmony (polish “PedaŇā√≥wka”) a type of accordion with a pair of pumping pedals attached below. The instrumentalist was able to pump air into the instrument with by pedaling their feet. Firstly, these instruments were much louder, and secondly, the performer didn’t get as tired as a regular accordionist, and could play for many hours. That’s why – because of loudness and the unique pumping system – these instruments became popular and were often used to play at weddings, which in Polish tradition could last for the whole night, and even into the next day!

PedaŇā√≥wka – Pedal Harmony accordion

Through the years, the constructions became more and more regular, and modern accordionists use regular accordions. There are some enthusiasts who work on renovations of old Polish instruments, and it is possible that some of them will try to reconstruct vintage Polish instruments.

Today, these traditions are cultivated, and in fact still growing. Young people want to know the customs of their ancestors, as well as their way of living, working and having fun. There are schools that teach playing traditional instruments. Krakow Music Academy gives students a chance to study and practice traditional instruments.

Also, the great contribution of the Polish artist Maria Pomianowska in researching and reconstructing playing techniques of old type string bowed instruments can not be overrated. She is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and pedagogue who educates young students of traditional music.  Her work includes research and curation of instruments from Europe, India, Japan, Iran, China and other parts of the world. She has collaborated with the famous Yo-Yo Ma while living in Japan (where she used to perform at Imperial Court in Kioto).

Maria Pomianowska

Maria Pomianowska has reconstructed many Polish folk songs and melodies using the notes from Henryk Oskar Kolberg, a Polish ethnographer, folklorist and composer who lived in 19th century. The greatest work of Henryk Oskar Kolberg is titled “Lud (DzieŇāa Wszystkie)”, and it is a compilation of folk traditions from all of the Polish regions. It contains 12,000 folk songs, tales, proverbs, etc. The Heritage of Henryk Oskar Kolberg made the foundations for today’s Polish folk ethnography.

Henryk Oskar Kolberg

The ¬†traditional ¬†folk music has strong position ¬†in today’s modern Polish society. ¬†It can be found at every level in every situation.

Today’s modern Poland sees a trend of searching for the roots of Polish culture – ¬†including music, of course. Many young people are fascinated by it. One of the greatest old roots traditional musician and violin player, Jan Gaca, died in 2013 at the age of 80. He started to play in the early 1940’s as a young boy and he performed until his death. He educated many young musicians and became a legend of Polish folk music.

We need to mention also the Warsaw Village Band (Polish: Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa), founded in 1997, who tend to combine traditional Polish folk music with modern elements. They have popularized ¬†Polish folk outside the country, and were nominated for the “Newcomer” award in the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards in 2003, and won it in 2004.

Most popular are of course adaptations of traditional music and folk sounds ¬†as a source to popular music. ¬†It can be found at different levels in the music of many bands and artists. For example, Golec uOrkiestra, founded in 1998 by twin brothers PaweŇā and ŇĀukasz Golec. They are mixing folk music with rock and pop. At the time of writing, they have released 11 albums and sold over million copies.

Jan Gaca

There is also scene of Polish Folk Bands mixing Folk with hard rock or heavy metal – which is sometimes called Polish Pagan Metal.

Polish traditional music can be heard in many places and situations. It is often used at state celebrations, traditional fests like “DoŇľynki” – a Slavic harvest festival at the end of harvest season.

It is also quite popular to hire folk bands to perform at private parties. ¬†It’s even possible to arrange an entire wedding in folk style with traditional decorations, clothes, food ¬†and of course, music.

There are many festivals, like “Festiwal Wszystkie Mazurki Swiata” ¬†or “SkrzyŇľowanie Kultur” growing year by year.

Folk music at Polish wedding

Traditionally, the lyrics of Polish folk songs tell stories about love and romance, and daily hard work. They are full of descriptions of beautiful and distinct landscapes, fauna and flora. With our album made exclusively for Shockwave-Sound we would like to invite you for a musical journey through the beautiful regions of Poland.

We’ve ¬†prepared these songs and dances, in traditional arrangements, with authentic instruments like:

  • Suka BiŇāgorajska (reconstructed from the 19th century watercolor painting),
  • Fidel PŇāocka (modern Fidels are based on the original 16th century instrument found during archaeological research near city of PŇāock),
  • Violins (instrument used ¬†in our recordings is over 160 years old),
  • Frame Drum (original folk drum, made with selected wood, and membrane of sheep skin),
  • Accordion,
  • Female Vocals.

There are 13 songs and dances, and every one of them has a following origin:

ChŇāopaku – it is a love song, girl is singing about how happy she is to have a boy, and his closeness gives her strength for living.

Polka ferajna ¬†– traditional Polka with the vocals in middle part that gives feel of ¬†“Warsaw street music‚ÄĚ.

Lipka Р beautiful song from the Lubelskie Region. The story tells about three brothers who fell in love in one girl. Eventually girl is forced by her parents to marry other man.

Obertas Р traditional dance, played mostly on weddings, and folk feasts. This one is specific for Radomskie Region.

Karczmareczka Р from the Karpatia area in the very south of Poland. Tells a story about  love, family life, marriage, and at the end reminds Рnot to lose it, because these are most important things in life.

Opocno – traditional dance from Region Opoczno.

Tokaj – influenced with Hungarian culture, the story about wine drinker and lover, who surely knows well how to live life to the fullest.

Kresowa Polka – Polka in the style and mood of east regions of Poland.

Idzie Dysc – ¬†epic and sad story ¬†from the Polish Tatra Mountains, this is the cry of a woman waiting for her man to come back from war, ¬†but it will never happen…

Polecka na ŇĀoberka – traditional mix of two styles – Polka and Oberek, frequently used at weddings to make guests more hungry and definitely more thirsty after dancing, ¬†and finally to make wedding guests party even harder ūüôā

Komu dzwonińÖ – ¬†traditional song from the streets of Warsaw, the story of heavy drinker who after his death doesn’t want a regular funeral, but just want people to drink at his grave.

W moim ogódecku Р from the Lubelskie Region  Р a love song, about courtship, flowers, and feelings.

Polka Przytkana – traditional song from the east of Poland.

These songs could be the “soundtrack of life” through the years of traditions in Poland, but still there‚Äôs much more to discover in Polish culture and heritage. You can find it out by visiting any of the beautiful regions of Poland and experience Polish hospitality. ¬†Meantime, please take a while and listen to the music that flows straight from the heart of Poland.

Three brand new, royalty-free Jazz music albums

Three brand new, royalty-free Jazz music albums

Hi all, we are very happy to announce the release of three new Jazz albums today:
It’s worth noting that the composer behind all the music on these albums is Dmitriy Lukyanov, who has chosen not to be represented by any PRO (Performing Rights Organization), so his music is free of any requirements to obtain additional licensing from the Performing Rights Organization in your country, to play this music in public and in broadcasting (radio etc). This music is entirely royalty-free. The one license you purchase from will cover you for all usage areas, including public play etc.
We hope you’ll enjoy all that great Jazz music from the talented Dmitriy, and find this music useful for your media projects or in-public music requirements.
Happy Birthday Song now available royalty-free

Happy Birthday Song now available royalty-free

The Happy Birthday Song (Happy Birthday To You) is one of the most famous and most used, most sung compositions in contemporary history. Despite this, you haven’t been able to find this song / melody as a royalty-free music download anywhere, until now.

Why? Because the melody itself has been in copyright. Or at least, somebody claimed copyright in it. And when the melody itself is in copyright, you can’t use this melody for any kind of distribution or public performance, not even if you record your own version of it, without paying royalties to the owners of the composition.

For years we have been getting asked about this song here at Shockwave-Sound. Why don’t you have this melody in your library? Well, now you have your answer. ūüôā Warner/Chappel claimed the copyright in the melody.

However, in a recent development that happened throughout 2015 and early 2016, this melody has now been placed in the public domain by Warner/Chappel as judged by a federal judge.

Says Wikipedia¬†about the Happy Birthday song: “American law professor Robert Brauneis, who extensively researched the song, concluded in 2010 that “It is almost certainly no longer under copyright.” In 2013, based in large part on Brauneis’s research, Good Morning to You Productions, a company producing a documentary about “Good Morning to All”, sued Warner/Chappell for falsely claiming copyright to the song. In September 2015, a federal judge declared that the Warner/Chappell copyright claim was invalid, ruling that the copyright registration applied only to a specific piano arrangement of the song, and not to its lyrics and melody. In February 2016 Warner/Chappell settled for US $14 million and sent the song into the public domain.”

Wikipedia further states: “In the European Union, the copyright of the song was set to expire no later than December 31, 2016.”

As a result of these developments, we here at are happy to announce probably the world’s first royalty-free Happy Birthday To You recording. Composer/Producer Bjorn Lynne created two pretty simple, but nice sounding piano-only versions of this song and it is made available at as of March 6, 2016. ¬†There’s a “lively piano” version and an “easy piano” version, and both are available with or without party noises, and a funny party toot at the end.

We also have a Happy Birthday Funk version in the works, which will be made available on the site in the next few days.

If you’re in the EU, please be sure to wait until December 31, 2016 before you use this composition in public or in media projects.

If you’re in the USA, you should be able to use it right now, without copyright fears.

And if you’re in any other countries, please use information resources in your own country to determine if this composition is in copyright or in public domain in your country.