Music Briefs: Tuareg, Grime and Shoegaze

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New month, new music briefs. This month we’re looking for Tuareg, Grime and Shoegaze.

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

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

 

Tuareg

Tuareg music originates in Northern Africa and is sort of a “desert blues,” utilizing violins and electric guitars to dramatic effect.

  • KEYWORD CODE: TUAREGJAN21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Tuareg, desert blues, North Africa, electric guitar, African

 

Grime

Influenced by hip hop, dancehall and UK garage, Grime is hard-edged 140BPM EDM characterized by breakbeats.

  • KEYWORD CODE: GRIMEJAN21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Grime, UK garage, Drill, Hip Hop, Breakbeat,Dancehall

 

Shoegaze

Waves of delayed feedback and distortion combined with ethereal vocals and electronic elements that create oceanic-sized, introspective and emotional alternative rock.

 

  • KEYWORD CODE: SHOEGAZEJAN21
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Shoegaze, feedback, ethereal, alternative, Brit Pop

 

Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. On the other hand, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!

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

Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Playing The Guitar by Bialasiewicz.

Check out more Music Briefs here.

Music Briefs: French House, Western Vistas and Two Different Versions of the Same Song!

This month we’re looking for French House, western vistas and two different versions of the same song.

Once you’ve completed your work, apply a unique code to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. As a result, 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.

French House

Keep the party going one more time with that non-stop four-on-the-floor beat, melodic (and legal!) vocal samples, and envelope filters galore.

  • KEYWORD CODE: FRENCHHOUSEAUG20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: house, beat, sample, dance, French house, envelope filter, EDM

 

Western Vistas

We’re calling for attempts to capture the sound of big sky, endless vistas, native mysticism and the Promise of the West.

  • KEYWORD CODE: WESTERNAUG20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: western, the west, vista, native american, epic, american

 

Same Tune, Different Moods

A client recently came to us with an odd request: multiple moods for the same melody (for example, an “upbeat” and “melancholy” version of the same underlying music). I thought this would be a cool experiment for the artist community to try: take a song and create two different versions (optimistic/contemplative, upbeat/slow, light/heavy, etc). Moreover, be sure to differentiate the moods in your titles (“I Love You” – Light Version, “I Love You” – Heavy Version)

  • KEYWORD CODE: TUNEMOODSAUG20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: Describing the mood

 

Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. On the other hand, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!

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

Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Acoustic Guitar Player On The Street Of Alfama In Lisbon, Portugal by Sopotnicki

Music Briefs: Yoruba, Fourth of July and Cleared for Sampling

This month we’re looking for Yoruba, Fourth of July and Cleared for Sampling tracks.

Once you’ve completed your work, apply a unique code to each track – just add the code (provided in each brief) to your keyword tags when you upload. As a result, 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.

Yoruba

Yoruba music is perhaps the most prominent West African Music tradition, and it is best known for its incredibly advanced drumming patterns, mixing different beats. This technique is known as Polyrhythm. In this track, we’ve used original Yoruba rhythmic patterns and traditional Yoruba instruments, for example, the agogo, the Bata drums, or the dundun, an essential element of all Yoruba drumming music.

  • KEYWORD CODE: YORUBAJUNE20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: yoruba, nigeria, africa, african percussion, polyrhythms, west africa, agogo, bata drum, dundun

 

Fourth of July

Independence Day in the States is a celebration of freedom, patriotism and hot dogs on the grill.  We’re looking for all-American cues of all stripes, both august and a little silly.

  • KEYWORD CODE: FOURTHOFJULY20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: July Fourth, Independence Day, America, United States, patriotic, march, BBQ

 

Cleared for Sampling Hip-Hop Beats

In an effort to attract more music producers to Pond5, we’re looking for beats, beds and loops that are labelled “cleared for sampling.” This means the buyer can remix, rap or sing over, chop, screw, and modify the track.  Also, make sure you check the “Cleared for Sampling” box on the Edit Item page when you upload.

  • KEYWORD CODE: SAMPLINGJUNE20
  • SUGGESTED KEYWORDS: cleared for sampling, hip-hop, royalty-free, boom bap, rap, beat

 

Don’t Forget:

Take advantage of the 50-keyword limit and add both broad and specific keywords. However, do not use recognizable band or artist names, please!

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

Moreover, please note you can apply tags to existing tracks in your portfolio.

Top image: Senior Man Playing Guitar Against Tree Trunk by CentralStreetFilm

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

    Contributor Tips: What to Create This Month (and What to Avoid)

    Artists, are you looking for inspiration for your Pond5 portfolio? Do you feel like creating something new and different? Or are you just wondering what would make our curators happy? Read on to find out what kinds of content we’re currently saturated with, and what we’d like to have more of in our collection.

    Video: Go Beyond the Ducks

    Ducks in ponds are pretty to look at, easy to shoot, and found in abundance in our library. Unless you manage to capture something truly unique — a rare breed or an action that’s interesting or funny — this type of footage isn’t likely to stand out among all the other similar content we have. Because of that, we’ve decided to scale back on how many Donalds and Daffys we’re adding to the collection.

    Wild Ducks by Palomnik

    We still love wildlife clips, but we encourage contributors to think strategically about the specific footage you’re shooting. It’s easy to go to the park and start filming — anyone can do it, so many, many people do. However, other varieties of birds are still highly sought-after, and we would love to see more of those.

    Footage of birds of prey or woodland birds (and other wildlife) in their natural habitats is much rarer and highly encouraged. Here’s an example of a European robin singing — both the image and the audio are very well captured, and it highlights unique behavior of a wild bird in its environment. This particular video has been very popular, and we would love to see more examples of footage like this from artists like you.

    Robin Singing in a Tree by wildwatertv

    Music: 2016, The Year of Brazil

    With this year’s Summer Olympics happening in Brazil, we’re on the lookout for authentic Brazilian music. Try your hand at samba, bossa nova, sertanejo, pagode, tropicalia, and lambada. Experiment with lots of percussion and nylon-string guitars. Go for the gold!

    Get inspired by this tune:

    Viva Brazil by Porrazzo

    Meanwhile, upbeat, poppy tracks featuring ukulele are a staple of advertising these days. So if you search on Pond5 for “ukulele” you’ll be confronted with over 7,000 results, which is probably 6,990 more than you’ll ever want to listen to. If you’re absolutely dead-set on using your uke, try creating some authentic Hawaiian-style tunes to round out our portfolio. Throw some slack-key guitar on there, record it in a hammock, and make yourself a tropical drink!

    Listen to a great example:

    Waikiki Serenade by heaven

    After Effects: Keep an Eye on the Calendar

    AE templates that animate 2D graphics into 3D are a great and easy way to improve your logos. But right now we already have 2,640 of these, so most of the styles and treatments are starting to turn out similar. As a result, we’ve been stricter in curating these. They’re still very much welcome, but try to step it a notch and show us something that’s never been done yet.

    3D Glossy Logo on Textured Background by artdesign

    We rarely get templates focused on events, holidays, and seasonal themes, like Graduation, Ramadan, St. Patrick’s Day, and Awards Ceremonies. In fact, we only have eight templates spotlighting the 4th of July so far! So if you’re running out of ideas, take a look at your calendar, see which holidays are there, and create an AE template to go with it!

    4th of July Photo Montage by MagicalGraphicsDesign

    Photos: Shopping Made Real

    Shopping is one of the world’s most popular activities — everybody loves bags full of new clothes. That’s most probably why we have so many women with shopping bags in our collection (mostly on white backgrounds). We’re still looking for people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds with their catches though — local feel is always a benefit!

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    Happy Young Woman With Shopping Bags by bluejeanimages

    Try heading to the nearest shop and capturing some images of real shopping. If you have a bunch of models, maybe they could be a family? They can choose the best product together, try on new shoes, or pay at the counter. These images will be super useful for e-shops and stores all over the world.

    Grocery store shopping - Woman with child in a supermarket choosing bread

    Grocery Store Shopping by CBIProduction

    Illustrations: From Abstract to Concrete

    Abstract backgrounds are popular, but also plentiful in our illustration collection — that’s why we generally discourage artists from concentrating on this sort of artwork too much for their submissions. (We still appreciate a good one when we see it, though!) Modern geometric backgrounds with trendy color schemes like this one are still very much welcome:

    Abstract geometric background full vector

    Abstract Geometric Background by Orkidia

    If you’re building a portfolio of backgrounds, try dipping a toe into the creation of illustrated seamless patterns. They’re amazingly flexible to use — a funky pattern can be the star of the show, or just a supportive element in someone’s final design.

    Hand drawn baking seamless pattern, muffins with chocolate, jam and raisins, Retro pencil food illustration on polka dot background

    Hand Drawn Baking Muffins Seamless Pattern by Depiano

    Stay tuned for more tips on what to (and not to) submit in the near future. In the meantime, have fun creating!

    Top image: Eastern Bluebirds by SteveByland