Music Briefs: Campfire Songs, Psychedelic 60s, Smooth Jazz, Klezmer

This month we’re looking for campfire songs, lost psychedelic classics, the smoothest of jazz and the funkiest of klezmer.

Once you’ve completed your work, a unique code can be applied to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. That way, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

 

Campfire Songs

Light a fire, wrap a scarf around your neck, pull out the acoustic guitar (fingerpick if you can) and soak in the chill of fall.

  • KEYWORD CODE: CAMPFIRENOV19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: camping, fall, autumn, singalong, fire, sleeping bag, nostalgia, cabin, warm, heartfelt, acoustic

 

Psychedelic 60s

Journey to the inside of your mind and get weird! Bonus points for throwing some Hammond organ in there (and don’t forget the pop hooks)!

  • KEYWORD CODE: PSYCHNOV19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: psychedelic, 1960s, far out, groovy, weird, drugs, acid, dreamy

 

Smooth Jazz

Tasteful grooves and sleek sounds of a now bygone era. Bring back CD101.9!

  • KEYWORD CODE: SMOOTHNOV19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: smooth jazz, groove, 1980s, funky, rhodes, adult contemporary

 

Klezmer / Romanian Music

With Chanukah coming up it’s time to whip out the accordion and get funky!

  • KEYWORD CODE: CHANUKAHNOV19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Klezmer, Romania, Chanukah, Jewish, Dreidel, Latke, Yiddish, synagogue, Eastern European, bar mitzvah

 
Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords (but no recognizable band or artist names please)!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.
 
Top image: Angry Clown With Guitar In Funny Concept by Elnur

Music Briefs: Fashion Show, Halloween, Chase Music, 1940s

This month we’re interested in hearing some catwalk anthems, spooky sounds, high intensity scores and bygone tunes from the ‘40s.

Once you’ve completed your work, a unique code can be applied to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. That way, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

 

Fashion Show

Strike a pose and hit the runway. Think cutting-edge, sexy, dark.

  • KEYWORD CODE: FASHIONOCT19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: fashion, runway, model, fashion show, fashion week, dark, edm

 

Halloween

Take a stab (pun intended) at creating a piece you wouldn’t want to listen to if you were alone; think really spooky, creepy, eerie. Moans, groans and sounds that go bump in the night.

  • KEYWORD CODE: HALLOWEENOCT19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Halloween, spooky, creepy, eerie, scary, ghost, ghoul, horror, slasher

 

“Chase” Music

Something tense, technical and suspenseful for a high-speed action scene.

  • KEYWORD CODE: CHASEOCT19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: chase, action, car chase, adventure, trailer

 

1940s

Go Big Band or noir-ish…just keep it classy!

  • KEYWORD CODE: 1940SOCT19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: 1940s, WWII, world war II, newsreel, big band, jazz

 
Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords (but no recognizable band or artist names please)!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.
 
Top image: Guitar Player In The Street With A Basket On The Head by bignoub

Music Briefs: Gospel, Training Montage, Medieval, Gregorian Chants

In an effort to help you achieve even more success, we’re working hard to identify some of the upcoming trends in our marketplace. Each month, we’ll be listing some of the most popular search terms for music that’s underrepresented in our catalog, allowing you to get inspired while filling gaps in our collection.

Once you’ve completed your work, a unique code can be applied to each track — just add the code (provided at the top of each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. That way, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

Here’s what’s been recently in demand in music at Pond5:
 

Gospel

Try to evoke the spirit of a Sunday service with uplifting organ and a soulful groove. Bonus points if you can add a choir!

  • KEYWORD CODE: GOSPELJULY19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: gospel, uplifting, church, choir, Sunday, faith, hopeful, soulful

 

Training Montage

Picture pumping iron, hitting the bag, jumping rope, and breaking a sweat, all set to a fiery guitar solo over classic 80s mid-tempo workout rock.

  • KEYWORD CODE: TRAININGJULY19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: 80s montage, workout, boxing, training, guitar solo, eighties, sweat

 

Medieval Acoustic Music

We’re also looking for predominantly acoustic tracks featuring lutes and flutes based in the European baroque tradition.

  • KEYWORD CODE: MEDIEVALJULY19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: medieval, renaissance, lute, flute, European, baroque, gothic, pre-15th century, middle ages

 

Gregorian Chants

Go for calm chanting (ideally in Latin), either a cappella or combined with an ambient background to create a mysterious spiritual atmosphere.

  • KEYWORD CODE: CHANTSJULY19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: chanting, Gregorian, monks, praying, religious, mysterious, pre-15th century, church, new age, peaceful, choral, sacred

 
Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords (but no recognizable band or artist names, please)!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.

Top image: Funny Nun With Red Guitar by Elnur

Music Briefs: Podcast Themes, Back to School, Disco, Lo-Fi Hip-Hop

This month we’re heading back to school to check out podcast themes, lo-fi hip-hop and classic disco.

Once you’ve completed your work, a unique code can be applied to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. That way, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

 

Podcast Themes

With the explosion in podcasting we’re seeing more and more customers looking for short, direct intro music. Themes can vary but keep it to :15!

  • KEYWORD CODE: PODCASTSEPT19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: podcast, intro, theme, opening, bed

 

Back to School

It’s that time of the year again! Stock up on pencils and paper, grab that brown bag lunch and wait on the corner for big yellow bus. Don’t be late (and please don’t call your track “Back to School”!)

  • KEYWORD CODE: SCHOOLSEPT19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: school, elementary, middle school, high school, teacher, classes, simple, cheerful

 

Disco

A relentless four on the floor beat (potentially) augmented with rubbery bass, syrupy strings, butterfly collars and the sense of optimism that–for a brief moment in the mid to late 70s–we could leave our cares at the door and work it all out on the dance floor.

  • KEYWORD CODE: DISCOSEPT19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: disco, 1970s, dance, dance floor, four on the floor

 

Lo-Fi Hip-Hop

Plenty of Pond5 customers are looking for dirty beats, booming bass and scratchy samples. Bring the noise and keep it there!

  • KEYWORD CODE: LOFIHIPHOPSEPT19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: hip-hop, lo-fi, beats, groove, vintage, jazzy, vinyl, old school, mellow, funk

 
Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords (but no recognizable band or artist names please)!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.

Top image: Portrait Of A Guitar Player by Melnyk

Music Briefs: Middle Eastern, Bebop, Anime, Chansons

With this month’s music briefs, we’re encouraging you to think a little differently, whether it’s imagining yourself in another place, another time, or an entirely different reality. From Middle Eastern sounds to animated environments, all of these themes have been in demand with Pond5 customers, and we’d love to hear your take on any — or all — of them!

Once you’ve completed your work, a unique code can be applied to each track – just add the code (provided at the top of each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. That way, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

 

Middle Eastern Music

We’d love to hear your take on traditional Middle Eastern music with a spiritual bent, featuring instruments like the oud, nay, qanun, riqq and darbuka.

  • KEYWORD CODE: MIDDLEEASTERNMAY19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Middle Eastern, Arabian, Andalusian, Turkish, Ramadan, Muslim, Islam, Sahara, Syrian, Egyptian, oud, nay, qanun, riqq

 

Bebop Jazz

Hit us with some fast tempos, complex chord progressions, and key changes — we’d love to hear some fun trumpet and sax leads, too!

  • KEYWORD CODE: BEBOPMAY19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: jazz, bebop, improvisation, swing, 1940s

 

Anime Themes

Create an imaginary soundtrack that’s either bouncy and upbeat or melancholy yet hopeful, all with an emphasis on futurism, synth pads, and an overall light touch.

  • KEYWORD CODE: ANIMEMAY19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: anime, animation, bouncy, cartoon, Japan, Japanimation, manga

 

French Chansons

Picture yourself sipping a rosé in a Parisian cafe and being serenaded by light and airy accordion, acoustic guitar, and stand-up bass. Sounds nice, eh?

  • KEYWORD CODE: CHANSONSMAY19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: France, French, Paris, chanson, cafe, bistro, brunch, accordion, stand-up bass, acoustic guitar, romantic, wine

 
Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords (but no recognizable band or artist names please)!

We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.

 
Top image: Still from A Man Plays the Oud Guitar by wideweb

Music Briefs: Mexican, Doo Wop, Bollywood, Sad Flutes

This month’s music briefs continue our international sonic journey with stops in Mexico and India, with a slight detour back into the past and a pensive stop. Check out the briefs below to see what’s been in demand in Music at Pond5:

Once you’ve completed your work, a unique code can be applied to each track – just add the code (provided at the top of each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. That way, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.
 

Mexican Music

We’re looking for both traditional and contemporary takes on Mexican folk music, mariachi, banda, and norteña. Robust acoustic guitars and accordions welcome!

  • KEYWORD CODE: MEXICANJUNE19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: mariachi, norteno, fiesta, guitarron, mexico, mexicano, cinco de mayo, viva, acoustic guitars

 

Doo Wop

The classic sound of the late 1950s and early 60s: vocal group harmonies with little or no instrumentation, simple lyrics about love, ornamented with nonsense syllables.

  • KEYWORD CODE: DOOWOPJUNE19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: doowop, acapella, 1950s, harmony, retro, sentimental, vintage

 

Bollywood (Filmi)

Upbeat, often quirky mash-ups of traditional Indian instrumentation (sitar, tabla, dhol) and pop rhythm and melodies.

  • KEYWORD CODE: BOLLYWOODJUNE19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Bollywood, India, Bangladesh, sitar, tabla, dhol, bhangra, dancing

 

“Sad Flutes”

Pond5 customers just can’t get enough of those mournful, haunting, contemplative, vaguely new age-y and slightly ethereal sounds.

  • KEYWORD CODE: SADFLUTESJUNE19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: flute, mournful, haunting, contemplative, new age, poignant, loss, funeral, sad

 
Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords (but no recognizable band or artist names please)!

We also encourage you to submit separate 15 and 30-second versions of these tracks for social-media use.

Top image: Man Plays Acoustic Guitar in Traditional Mariachi Suit by mindstormphoto

Music Briefs: Soca, Reggae, Hawaiian Music, Sitcom Themes

This month, we’re going global with our music briefs, bringing you a number of styles from around the world that have been in demand in our marketplace. Perhaps with summer on the way, it’s not surprising that people are looking for brighter vibes, so take your pick from soca, instrumental reggae, or Hawaiian vibes and give the people what they crave. Or bring it back home and channel your favorite retro sitcoms, because nostalgia never goes out of style.

Once you’ve completed your work, a unique code can be applied to each track – just add the code (provided at the top of each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. That way, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

If you have any questions or comments about any of these briefs, just email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.
 

Reggae Instrumentals

We want to hear your take on classic, mid-tempo, deep bass, offbeat guitar roots reggae. Don’t be afraid to throw some dubby delay in there!

  • KEYWORD CODE: REGGAEAPRIL19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: reggae, Jamaica, rasta, weed, dub, dreadlocks, ska, spliff, summer, caribbean, island
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    Hawaiian Music

    Mahalo! We’re looking for authentic-sounding tracks utilizing ukulele, nose flute, and slack-key guitar. Be sure to mix up the tempos!

  • KEYWORD CODE: HAWAIIAPRIL19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Hawaii, island, ukulele, tropical, clam, leai, palm tree, travel, honeymoon, sun, sunny
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    Soca Music

    Get into the groove with some bouncy, upbeat Caribbean tunes! Soca fuses latin, soul, calypso, and West African rhythms.

  • KEYWORD CODE: SOCAAPRIL19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: soca, carnival, festive, caribbean, trinidad, tobago, upbeat, party, groove
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    Sitcom Themes

    Relive the days of the classic multi-camera sitcom by leaning into some sweet ‘70s and ‘80s sounds. Make sure you end your cue with a nice flourish — the cheesier, the better!

  • KEYWORD CODE: SITCOMAPRIL19
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: sitcom, half-hour comedy, 70s, 80s, cheesy, fun, funny, comical
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    Don’t Forget:

    Take advantage of the 50 keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords, but no recognizable band or artist names,please!

    We also encourage you to submit :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social-media use.
     
    Top image: Little Boy Playing Ukulele at the Beach by cppzone

    Music Briefs: Holiday Hip-Hop, Traditional Asian Music, Sad Strings, Awards Ceremony

    In an effort to help you achieve even more success, we’re working to identify some of the upcoming trends in our marketplace. Each month, we’ll be listing some of the most popular search terms for music that’s underrepresented in our catalog, allowing you to get inspired while filling gaps in our collection.

    Once you’ve completed your work, a unique code can be applied to each track – just add the code (provided at the bottom of each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. That way, we’ll know which genre you’ve been focusing on.

    If you have any questions or comments about any of these briefs, please email Pond5’s Director of Audio Collections, Mike Pace, at mike@pond5.com.

    Here’s what’s been recently in demand in music at Pond5:

    Holiday Hip-Hop

    It’s never too early to get ready for December! Holiday tracks with a hip-hop beat have grown in popularity over the years.

    • KEYWORD CODE: XMASMARCH19
    • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Holiday Hip-Hop, Christmas Rap, Cheerful, Festive, Xmas, Sleigh Bells, Santa

     

    Traditional Japanese & Chinese Music

    Authentic-sounding tracks using instruments like the koto, shamisen, shakuhachi (flute) and guzheng.

    • KEYWORD CODE: ASIAMARCH19
    • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: China, Japan, Asia, The Orient, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, World Music, Traditional, Authentic, Koto, Shamisen, Shakuhachi, Guzheng

     

    “Sad” Strings

    Specifically violin and cello. Mournful, yearning, and nostalgic.

    • KEYWORD CODE: SADMARCH19
    • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Sad Strings, Sad Violin, Sad Cello, Mournful, Yearning, Melancholy, Plaintive

     

    Awards Ceremony/Show Themes

    Roll out the red carpet for these short, swelling, cinematic cues.

    • KEYWORD CODE: AWARDMARCH19
    • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Awards, Awards Show, Ceremony, Hollywood, Red Carpet, Celebrity, Movie Star, Movies, Premiere

    Don’t forget:
    Take advantage of the 50 keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords, but no recognizable band or artist names please!

    We also encourage you to submit :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social media use.

    Top image: Young Guitarist With Music Sheet by ra2studio