Music Briefs: Handpan Music


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A handpan is a musical instrument from the percussion family. It is a steel drum played with the hands, therefore the term “handpan.” The instrument is typically convex in design, with a central “ding” or “note” surrounding a series of more minor tuned sounds.
Handpans are renowned for their rich, resonant sound, and a wide range of musical genres put them to use:

  • Meditation music: The soothing and meditative tones of the handpan make it a popular choice for ambient and meditation music, creating a calming and healing atmosphere.
  • World music genre: The handpan’s percussive and melodic qualities make it well-suited for world music genres, such as African, Latin, Middle Eastern, and Indian music.
  • Experimental music: The handpan’s unique sound attracts musicians in experimental and contemporary music, where artists explore unconventional sounds and textures.
  • Film and game soundtracks: Composers and filmmakers have employed the handpan in film scores and soundtracks to evoke specific moods or create a sense of otherworldliness.

 

History of the handpan instrument

Felix Rohner was the first recognized player of the Trinidad Steel Drum, a musical instrument that gained popularity in Europe in the 1970s. With a thorough understanding of steel drums, he and his business partner Sabrina Scharer founded PANArt, an organization well-known for producing dented musical instruments, in 1990. It wasn’t until 2001 that Felix and Sabrina officially unveiled the “Hang” steel drum in Musikmesse Frankfurt in Germany.

However, the founders didn’t want to mass produce the instrument, so there was a limited supply each year despite a high demand. As a result, in 2007, other instrument makers in Europe and the United States began to release various versions. They referred to these versions as the “handpan” rather than the “Hang.” There are presently over 100 manufacturers of handpans worldwide.

 

Handpan Music Characteristics

Handpan music crosses typical genre limits, making it an adaptable instrument in various musical settings. Its relaxing and atmospheric tones are ideal for world music, ambient, and new-age genres. Check out some of the distinctive features of handpan music:

  • Melodic Resonance: The handpan produces rich, resonant tones. Its euphonic character enables artists to compose appealing and harmonizing songs.
  • Expressive Dynamics: One of the most striking features of handpan music is its expressive dynamics. Musicians can produce a wide range of dynamics, from gentle and delicate notes to louder and percussive sounds.
  • Meditative and relaxing vibes: Meditative and relaxing settings are often conducive to handpan music. The instrument’s peaceful and tranquil tones make it ideal for generating soothing soundscapes, making it a popular choice for meditation, yoga, and ambient music. Also, playing the handpan involves a direct physical connection between the musician’s hands and the instrument. This physical element evokes a more spiritual and intimate feel.
  • Emotional expression: One of the main attributes of handpan music is its expressive range. Thanks to the many possibilities for playing the instrument, songs can convey emotions and narratives without requiring lyrics.

 

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Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 2-8 minutes long.
  • Generally, handpan music can range from around 60 BPM for slower, more meditative pieces to 120 BPM or even higher for compositions with a livelier and more rhythmic character.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with a combination of handpan with other instruments, such as woodwind instruments like flute or clarinet or various ambient electronic keyboard pads, that add to the relaxing factor as well as complexity and richness of the handpan music.

 

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Music Briefs: Nightcore


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Nightcore emerges as a captivating and energizing niche in the vast landscape of musical genres, and the internet is increasingly recognizing its potential. Join us on an adventure into the world of internet genres, where Nightcore becomes the secret ingredient to enriching your repertoire, whether you’re a music producer ready to experiment with something new or a trend hunter aiming to broaden your portfolio.

 

What Is Nightcore Music

Nightcore is a music genre developed online, specifically on platforms like YouTube. Initially, the genre referred to a type of remix that sped up and increased the pitch of existing music, frequently accompanied by anime-inspired images. These remixes often feature a faster tempo, higher pitch, and sometimes different melodies than the original tunes.

 

History of the genre

The term “Nightcore” was derived from the name of the genre’s pioneers, Thomas S. Nilsen and Steffen Ojala Sderholm, also known by their stage names DJ TNT and DJ SOS.

Formed in the early 2000s, the Norwegian music duo specialized in generating remixes of various electronic dance music (EDM) and Eurodance songs. Nightcore remixes are distinguished by increased tempo and pitch, giving the songs a quicker and more cheerful feel.

The term “Nightcore” refers to their debut remix of La Bouche’s “Be My Lover.” They titled the remix “Nightcore,” and the moniker stuck not only for that particular remix but also for the entire genre they and others were developing.

Over time, the Nightcore genre evolved, and currently, there are original songs produced in the Nightcore style. Some Nightcore musicians compose their own music with the genre’s trademark fast speed and high-pitched vocals. It has grown in popularity, especially among anime fans and online gaming communities.

 

Nightcore Characteristics

We can clearly recognize this genre for its lively and upbeat nature, characterized by these essential elements:

  • Increased Tempo: One of the distinguishing characteristics of the genre is the considerable increase in tempo that adds to the lively and uplifting quality of the songs.
  • Elevated Pitch: Typically, Nightcore involves raising the pitch of the vocals, giving them a higher, young chipmunk feature. This change is a fundamental component of the genre’s distinct sound.
  • Pitch Shifting: Besides raising the pitch, pitch shifting is frequently used in Nightcore to generate a harmonious and coherent sound despite the increased velocity.
  • Energic Atmosphere: Nightcore songs aim to create a lively and dynamic atmosphere full of energy and excitement.
  • Cross-Genre Adaptation: Originally associated with EDM and Eurodance, Nightcore has expanded to cover various musical genres, such as pop, rock, hip-hop, and more.

 

 

Pond5 Examples of Nightcore

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  • The tempo should be between 160 and 180 BPM.
  • Use electronic music instruments, synthesizers, and high pitch vocals.

 

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Music Briefs: New Orleans Jazz

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Add a touch of timeless nostalgia to your stock music library with the melodies of New Orleans Jazz. Its roots are deep in the heart of New Orleans, and the genre has enchanted listeners for over a century. This article explores New Orleans Jazz music origins, history, iconic artists, and key characteristics, giving you valuable insight into this enduring genre. Dive into the fast pace of this genre playing out from the gramophone and prepare your next masterpiece that resembles the nostalgia of the good old days.

 

What Is New Orleans Jazz

New Orleans Jazz, often known as “Dixieland” or “Traditional Jazz,” is a genre that emerged in the early twentieth century, particularly in the southern United States. The former name “Dixieland” refers to the original Confederate states, which historians typically connect with the distinct culture and tradition of the American South.

We can trace this genre back to the vibrant musical traditions of the city, where a fusion of African, European, and Caribbean elements gave rise to this recognizable genre. Its early evolution was influenced primarily by brass bands, ragtime, and blues, which resulted in a vivid and distinct sound.

The movement of jazz musicians from New Orleans to other places, particularly Chicago, was a turning point in the history, resulting in the spread and popularization of the genre in the 1910s and 1920s.

 

New Orleans Jazz characteristics

We can clearly recognize this genre for its lively and upbeat nature, characterized by these essential elements:

  • Instrumentation: Key instruments include trumpet, clarinet, trombone, piano, banjo, and a rhythm section consisting of drums and double bass. This instrumentation produces a lively and upbeat ensemble sound.
  • Fast tempo: New Orleans Jazz is generally played quickly, sometimes with a vibrant two-beat rhythm. The music has an appealing intensity that is ideal for dancing and celebrating.
  • Improvisation: New Orleans Jazz, like its roots, welcomes improvisation, allowing artists to express their creativity and add distinctive touches to performances.
  • Melodic Phrasing: New Orleans Jazz is known for its memorable melodies and expressive phrasing. Its catchy and memorable songs make it suitable for stock music.

Among the most prominent figures are:

  • Buddy Bolden was an African-American cornetist regarded by contemporaries as crucial in forming New Orleans ragtime music, or “jass,” later known as jazz.
  • Louis Armstrong’s performance of “When the Saints Go Marching In” is a renowned New Orleans Jazz classic. He is known for his excellent trumpet talents and seductive voice.
  • King Oliver, a cornetist and New Orleans jazz pioneer, mentored Louis Armstrong. His Creole Jazz Band records are classic, with songs like “Dippermouth Blues” standing out.
  • Jelly Roll Morton is a pianist, songwriter, and bandleader whose “Tiger Rag” is a genre’s standard.
  • Bix Beiderbecke is best known for his cornet skills. Beiderbecke’s “Singin’ the Blues” and “In a Mist” are also New Orleans Jazz classics.

 

 

Pond5 Examples of New Orleans Jazz

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Please note that we are looking for genre-inspired original music tracks, not actual public-domain music from the past.

 

Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 3-6 minutes long.
  • The tempo should be between 120 and 180 BPM.
  • Use authentic instruments like bass, trumpet, harpsichord, tuba, banjo, guitar, clarinet, drums/percussion, or piano.

 

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Music Briefs: Halloween Music and SFX


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Halloween music refers to a music genre and specific songs associated with the Halloween holiday. These songs often have spooky, eerie, or macabre themes that are in keeping with the overall atmosphere of Halloween. People frequently use Halloween music to enhance the mood and ambiance of Halloween parties, haunted houses, and other Halloween-themed events.

Inspire yourself with the following genres and subgenres associated with Halloween, and prepare your next production to leave buyers craving it like a vampire thirsting for blood.

 

What are the sounds of Halloween?

Halloween music doesn’t belong to a specific genre but draws from various musical styles and genres that evoke spooky and eerie feelings. Here are some examples of typical music and sounds associated with Halloween.

 

Horror Soundtracks

Horror soundtracks are typically instrumental compositions explicitly created for horror movies, Halloween-themed events, and horror video games. Examples include the music from the ‘Halloween’ film series composed by John Carpenter and Danny Elfman’s music for Tim Burton’s movies like ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and the legendary ‘Psycho’ theme composed by Bernard Herrmann for Alfred Hitchcock’s movie. Halloween playlists frequently incorporate music from scary movies and TV shows, like “The Exorcist Theme” or the “Addams Family Theme.”

 

Spooky Pop

These are often songs considered nowadays as classics of Halloween due to their spooky or creepy themes. Examples include evergreens like ‘Monster Mash’’ by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson, Rockwell’s ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ by Ray Parker Jr. Halloween playlists also contain some modern pop songs with words or themes about ghosts, monsters, or the paranormal activities, such as Rihanna’s ‘Disturbia’.

 

Goth Rock and Darkwave

This category includes music from gothic rock and darkwave genres, which often have haunting or melancholic tones. Strong percussion beats, reverb effects, powerful basslines, and distorted guitar sounds are typical characteristics of gothic music. Bands like Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Sisters of Mercy often find their way onto Halloween playlists. Read more about it in our dedicated blog post to Goth Rock.

 

Cartoon-spooky Humorous Music

Sometimes, cartoons may use humorous or whimsical music alongside scary visuals to create a comedic contrast. This can be a form of dark humor commonly found in horror-comedy cartoons.

 

Halloween Sound Effects

The Halloween SFX category enhances the spooky, eerie, and immersive atmosphere of Halloween-themed events, haunted houses, horror movies, and other ominous occasions. Get inspired by the following list of most requested Halloween SFX from our buyer community:

  • Creaking wood: The sounds of a creaking door, old wooden floor, or tree branches are a classic Halloween sound effect.
  • Gloomy weather: The sound of wind howling adds an eerie and desolate quality to the environment, as well as thunderclaps, lightning strikes, or heavy rain.
  • Footsteps: Slow and deliberate footsteps or fast running patterns. Try different surfaces and shoe types.
  • Halloween Monsters: High-pitched evil witch cackles, zombie growls, creepy roars and snarls of wild monsters, werewolf howls, and angry cat sounds. These are the classics of Halloween.
  • Fearful human sounds: A rapid, pounding heartbeat, quick breathing implicating increasing panic and fear, screams and shrieks of characters.
  • Ghostly sounds: Ghostly sounds like laughter, groans, and faint whispers.
  • Cackling ravens and owls: These bird sounds add an eerie and foreboding quality to nighttime scenes.
  • Evil laughter: The sinister and maniacal laughter of the bad guys is a must.
  • Eerie ambiance: Ambient sounds like distant screams, wind rustling through trees, or distant whispers.

 

Pond5 Examples of Halloween Music

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Pond5 Examples of Halloween SFX

Deep dive into Halloween sounds and have fun creating your own!

 

Submission ideas

 

  • Submit tracks in length between 30 seconds and 5 minutes long.
  • The tempo should be between 90-120 BPM.
  • Use instruments like organ, piano, various strings, flutes, synthesizers, suspense percussion, bells and chimes, guitars in the distortion way, or theremin, which produces eerie, wailing sounds
  • Mix sound effects to your tracks, such as distant laugh, whispers and other vocal techniques.

 

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Music Briefs: Arabic Pop


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Arabic pop, commonly referred to as “Arab pop” or “Middle Eastern pop,” is a contemporary music style that combines Western pop music with traditional Arabic music. It first appeared in the middle of the 20th century and has since become one of the most popular and influential musical styles in the Arab world.

 

Arabic Pop History

The 1950s and 1960s saw the emergence of Arabic pop music as Arab musicians began fusing aspects of Western music with classical Arabic music. The first Arab pop song is believed to be “Enta Omri,” which was released in 1964 by the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum.

In the following decades, it continued to evolve and expand into what we are more familiar to hearing today. Here are some of the major influencers.

 

70s and 80s – Egyptian Pop

During the 1970s and 1980s, Egypt significantly contributed to the rise of this genre. Egyptian artists like Abdel Halim Hafez, Umm Kulthum, and Mohamed Abdel Wahab gained immense popularity across the Arab world and beyond. .

80s and 90s – Lebanese Influence on Arabic Music

Lebanese pop musicians like Fairouz, Wadih El Safi, and Sabah made a vital contribution to the development of Arab popular music in the 1980s and 1990s. During this period, Lebanon developed into a hub of culture and a center for music production in the Arab world, and its musicians significantly influenced the sound of modern Arabic pop.

The 90s to Present – Contemporary Arab Pop

Arabic pop musicians have continued experimenting with combining different genres and varying their techniques in the new millennium. Contemporary Arabic popular songs now frequently incorporate elements of Latin music, hip-hop, and electronic dance music (EDM), resulting in a vibrant and avant-garde musical environment.

During this time, Tamer Hosny, Nancy Ajram, and Amr Diab rose to prominence and the world started to recognize their contributions to Arabic pop.

Social media like TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube and online music platforms like Spotify have revolutionized how Arabic pop music is consumed and distributed. Arabic pop remains a prominent and influential genre in the Arab world and continues to gain popularity worldwide.

 

Genre Characteristics

Traditional Arabic instruments:  Arabic pop often combines the oud, darbuka, and qanun with contemporary instruments like electric guitars and synthesizers in the music tracks.

Melodic vocals: Artists frequently display their vocal prowess in lively and emotional ballads and Arabic pop vocals are commonly defined by rhythmic and expressive singing techniques.

Unique rhythmic patterns: The genre has a variety of rhythmic patterns with occasional influence by Middle Eastern folk music and local dancing forms.

Arab lyrics: Arabic pop touches on various subjects, such as love, romance, social issues, and daily life. The words can be in standard Arabic or dialects specific to different Arab countries.

Influence from Other Genres:  Musicians may adopt aspects from other genres, such as Latin music, electronic dance music, and hip-hop.

 

Pond5 Examples of Arabic Pop

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Arabic pop - Modern Arabic Loop

Arabic Pop - Arabic Style Pop Holiday East

 

Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 2 and 7 minutes long.
  • The tempo should be between 100 and 140 BPM.
  • Use traditional Arabic instruments like the oud, darbuka, and qanun. In some tracks, a violin is incorporated.
  • Arabic lyrics are an advantage but optional – don’t limit yourself by them, and feel free to upload purely instrumental tracks.
  • Don’t forget to experiment with different genres.

 

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Music Briefs: Afrobeat

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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Nigeria was the birthplace of the Afrobeat musical style. Fela Kuti, a political activist and musician from Nigeria, created it by combining elements of highlife, jazz, funk, and West African percussion with traditional Nigerian music. As the genre gains popularity and shows signs of trending, we’re looking for fresh Afrobeat content this month.

 

Afrobeat History

Fela Kuti

The Nigerian singer, composer, and political activist Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti was born in 1938. More commonly known as Fela Kuti, he is regarded as a founding member of the Afrobeat genre and one of its most influential figures.

We characterize Fela Kuti’s music by its fusion of traditional African rhythms, highlife, jazz, funk, and Western influences. He combined these elements to create the distinctive sound of Afrobeat.

In addition to his musical accomplishments, Fela Kuti was a well-known activist and outspoken opponent of the Nigerian government. He spoke out against oppression, corruption, and social injustice in Nigeria and Africa using his music and public platform.

 

Afrobeat Artists

Several well-known Afrobeat bands and performers, such as Fela Kuti & Africa ’70, Egypt 80 (another band formed by Fela), Antibalas based in the US, Kokoroko from London, or Afrobeat-inspired band The Souljazz Orchestra have had a significant influence on the genre.

Today, Afrobeat is a strong and prominent genre, representing African identity, social awareness, and musical inventiveness. It continues to inspire musicians and strike a chord with audiences worldwide because it blends many musical forms and is committed to tackling socio-political issues.

 

Genre Characteristics

Infectious rhythms, large horn sections, intricate polyrhythms, and socially conscious lyrics distinguish the sound of Afrobeat music. Call-and-response singing, Yoruba chants, and African percussion instruments like the talking drum are all included, along with more contemporary sounds like guitars, synthesizers, and brass instruments.

  • Complex Rhythms: Afrobeat is renowned for its deep, complex rhythms. It creates polyrhythmic patterns that are infectious and energizing by fusing traditional African percussion instruments with contemporary drum sets.
  • Horn Sections: Horn sections, frequently made up of trumpets, saxophones, and trombones, are a key part of Afrobeat. These horns play melodic lines, adding to the Afrobeat genre’s dynamic and colorful sound.
  • Social and Political Lyrics: Afrobeat lyrics frequently touch on social and political topics. Musicians use their platforms to spread the word about injustice, repression, and corruption.
  • Fusion of Genres: Traditional African music, jazz, funk, and Western influences are all included in the ingredients of Afrobeat. This fusion combines African rhythms with Western melodies and instrumentation to produce a distinctive and varied sound.

 

It’s vital to remember that because the genre has developed and expanded over time, these traits are not absolute nor exclusive to all Afrobeat songs. Afrobeat may be interpreted and reinterpreted by various musicians and bands, so please don’t limit yourself to these characteristics only, and feel free to experiment with all the elements of Afrobeat.

 

Pond5 Examples of Afrobeat

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Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 2 and 6 minutes.
  • The tempo should be between 90-150 BPM.
  • Experiment with a fusion of different genres.
  • Don’t forget to distinguish the track from Caribbean music, dancehall, etc.
  • Lyrics are optional.

 

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Music Briefs: K-Pop


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K-Pop, or Korean Pop, is a globally popular music genre that originated in South Korea in the 90s. It is distinguished by a blend of music genres such as pop, hip-hop, R&B, electronic, and rock, accompanied by aesthetically compelling performances, perfect choreography, and visually-appealing MVs (music videos). K-Pop is not just a genre of music. It’s a standalone subculture made up of music and a variety of entertainment elements such as music videos, fashion, and general aesthetics.

 

K-Pop History

Western-style pop music inspired Korean artists in the early 1900s due to Japanese and American cultural influence and genres like jazz, trot, and even rock’n’roll in the 50s. However, modern K-Pop gained popularity in the late 90s.

In the 1990s, contemporary Korean Pop began to take shape. Seo Taiji and Boys, a trio of Seo Taiji, Yang Hyun-suk, and Lee Juno, is widely regarded as the pioneer band of modern K-Pop. Their debut in 1992 with the song “I Know” broke cultural standards and pushed the Korean music landscape to a fusion of pop, rock, and rap.

K-Pop has continued to expand and diversify since then, with new groups and solo artists debuting regularly. It has become a substantial cultural export for South Korea, with K-Pop acts traveling internationally, collaborating with Western musicians, and earning a global fan following.

 

Genre Characteristics

  • Catchy melodies: K-Pop songs frequently have catchy, memorable tunes intended to be immediately recognizable and entertaining for listeners. Strong hooks and repeating phrases make them easily singable and memorable.
  • Genre fusion: K-Pop blends various musical genres, including pop, hip-hop, R&B, electronic, and rock. It usually incorporates elements from several genres, producing a rich and dynamic sound. K-Pop can be cute, pink, sweet as candy as well as dark and sassy.
  • Upbeat and Energetic vibe: Many K-Pop songs have an intense and lively tempo, aiming to be danceable and giving the listener a good mood. There are exceptions in emotional songs, but this is a general rule of thumb.
  • Harmonies and Vocal Layering: Harmonies and vocal layering are important in K-Pop, with numerous vocalists singing harmoniously to produce rich and layered melodies.
  • Electronic and Synthesized Sounds: These elements, such as electronic beats, synthesizers, and programmed sounds, are commonly used in K-Pop as they give it the known futuristic modern feel that makes K-pop different from other genres.
  • As K-Pop praises the fusion of genres and Western influences, we often hear English in the tracks. Some songs are even English only.

 

 
 

Pond5 Examples of K-Pop

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Submission Ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 2 and 6 minutes
  • The tempo should be between around 90-180 BPM
  • Lyrics in Korean and English is welcomed and vocal harmonies are a great advantage but don’t limit yourself to them
  • Use catchy electronic dance beats and typical Western pop music elements

 

 

Summary

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Music Briefs – Old School Hip Hop

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Hip-Hop is a musical and cultural movement that emerged in the late 1970s in New York City’s black communities. Hip-hop has no official anniversary. However, the first hip-hop event occurred on August 11, 1973, in The Bronx, New York. The concert, organized by DJ Kool Herc, is considered a historical turning point in hip-hop history and is celebrated as the International Day of Hip-Hop.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the cultural movement that still defines society today.

 

History of the genre

Hip-hop emerged in the late 1970s in African American communities of New York City as a synthesis of several sources and inspirations, including funk, soul, jazz, reggae, and Afro-Caribbean music.

Keith Cowboy, a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, is considered the creator of the term “hip hop.” Afrika Bambaataa, a DJ and hip-hop pioneer, popularized the word by using it to describe the entire culture and movement. Over time, the term “hip hop” came to refer to the music and the associated dance, art, and fashion.

 

DJ Kool Herc

DJ Kool Herc is a Jamaican-American DJ and music producer generally regarded as a forefather of hip-hop music and culture. Kool Herc mixed music on two turntables, looking for the track’s most rhythmically exciting and danceable parts. He then included these passages in his set and used them in loops, which he played repeatedly to give dancers more time to dance. This mixing approach enabled Herc to produce a new sound that became the cornerstone of hip-hop music.

Old School Hip-Hop

Old School Hip-Hop is the first era of hip-hop music, emerging in the 1970s and 1980s. Its socially conscious lyrics addressed topics such as poverty, racism, and crime in the streets of New York, combined with samples from funk, soul, and disco records. Looping these lyrics and sounds together created the basic beat that defined the genre.

As the genre grew, the artists later used drum machines, synthesizers, and other electronic instruments to generate beats, and the genre evolved into New School in the mid-80s, using more complex rhythms and rhymes, focusing more on personal experiences, wealth, and fame, more complex beats, etc.

 

Pond5 Library Examples of Old School Hip Hop

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Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 2 and 5 minutes.
  • The tempo should be between 80 and 120 BPM.
  • Rap or beatboxing is a great advantage and addition to the Pond5 library.
  • Don’t limit yourself. Instrumental tracks are also in demand if you don’t have any vocals available!
  • Use samplers, electronic drums, multiple vocals, beat samples, groovy drum samples, or minimal simple beats that define old-school hip hop.

 

Summary

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  • Please do not use recognizable band or artist names!
  • We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social media use.
  • Please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

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Music Briefs: UK Grime

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UK Grime is an innovative genre of hip hop that started in the UK in the early 2000s, and nowadays, new grime music comes up on the airways and playlists everywhere.

Fast beats, electronic noises, UK accents, and wild energy are cornerstones of grime music. Grime crews, groups of musicians who create music together and perform at underground nightlife venues, make up the grime music scene.

UK Grime History

Richard Kylea Cowie Jr. MBE, better known by his stage name Wiley, is one of the rappers credited with creating the grime sound. Wiley rapped in icy-toned lyrics about his life in London to the sound of heavy beats he called ‘eski-beats.’

With its pounding rhythm and British-accented rhymes, in 2004, Wiley’s debut album ‘Treddin’ on Thin Ice’ established Grime as a recognizable genre. After that, the musician started a group called Roll Deep with other grime musicians, including Danny Weed, Breeze, Jamma, Skepta, and Dizzee Rascal.

 

Most Grime musicians, except for Dizzee Rascal, remained underground, flourishing as a form of underground music aimed toward young people and gaining popularity on pirate radio stations like Rinse FM. Grime music experienced a resurgence in popularity in 2016. New musicians like Stormzy and Bugzy Malone brought this genre into the mainstream.

Genre Characteristics

Grime is an eclectic mix of music genres and techniques, including UK garage music, techno, jungle music, and many more subgenres ​​combined with rap and several UK musical subgenres that were popular in the 1990s.

  1. Grime is an eclectic mix of music genres and techniques, including UK garage music, techno, jungle music, and many more subgenres ​​combined with rap and several UK musical subgenres that were popular in the 1990s.
  2. Quick beat: The average tempo of grime music is 140 bpm, giving it a very quick breakbeat and a powerful bassline.
  3. British accent: Grime was created in London to reflect the lives of its creators. Rappers in the grime genre often have British accents, distinguishing this form of music from American hip-hop. Urban life is a common theme in grime music. Many artists focus on life in gangs, money, social status, and other related topics.

 

Pond5 Examples of UK Grime Music

Have a listen to the tracks dedicated to the genre and get inspired for your next production.

Submission ideas

Submit tracks in length between 2 and 5 minutes
The tempo should be between around 140 BPM
Rapped lyrics are a great advantage but don’t limit yourself to vocals
Use hip hop, sample, and sampler as instruments

 

Summary

  • Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. Please do not use a recognizable band or artist name!
  • We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social media use.
  • Please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

 

Top image: Dizzie Rascal at Glastonbury 2017 – Stormzy by AssociatedNews.

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Music Briefs – Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave)

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Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave, as known as NDW) was a German music genre popular in the ’80s, originating from post-punk and new wave music with an electronic influence.

One of the earliest uses of the term was in a record-shop advertisement by Burkhardt Seilen in August 1979 in the issue of the West German magazine Sounds. Journalist Alfred Hilsberg then used it in an article about the movement titled Neue Deutsche Welle — Aus grauer Städte Mauern.

Musicians and fans characterized NDW as punk-rock instruments combined mainly with synthesizers, which were then coming to the market and were very interesting in price.

 

History of Neue Deutsche Welle

Neue Deutsche Welle consists of two major parts. The genre was mainly an underground movement with roots in British punk and new-wave music from its beginnings to 1981. Due to the unique sound and rhythm of the German language, it swiftly developed into a distinctive style. Artists like Nena and Ideal, capturing life in West Germany during the Cold War, or Spliff, Joachim Witt, and Trio, using the language in a surreal way, are distinctive genre representatives.

Around 1980 the genre gained popularity, but attention switched away from promoting current bands and toward forging new ones that were more mainstream-friendly. Bands that had nothing to do with Neue Deutsche Welle started to promote themselves as NDW, and commercialization by the music industry made the initiators of the movement frustrated. The NDW era ended around 1983–1984 due to oversaturation in the market with stereotyped, manufactured hits.

 

Pond5 Library Examples of Neue Deutsche Welle Music

Check out some of the examples in the Pond5 library as an inspiration for your submissions.

 

Submission ideas

  • Submit tracks in length between 2 and 5 minutes.
  • The tempo should be between 90 and 120 BPM.
  • German lyrics are a great advantage but don’t limit yourself to vocals.
  • Use electric guitar, the drum kit, electric bass, keyboard, and synthesizers as instruments.

 

Summary

  • Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. Please do not use a recognizable band or artist name!
  • We also encourage you to submit separate :15 and :30 versions of these tracks for social media use.
  • Please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Frank Elstner (3. Von Li.) Mit Band Nena 01/83 Stroe Frank Elstner by IMAGO.

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