5 Tips for Setting up Contrast Lighting

By Ryan Allen | June 29, 2022

Any photographer or videographer knows that lighting can transform a subject. Indeed, you’re not photographing a subject at all. You’re …

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How to Set Up Your Video Editing Desk

By Ryan Allen | June 20, 2022

There’s no question that your work environment can influence your creativity. George Lucas famously lives in a low-tech Victorian house …

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When Can You Download an MP3 From YouTube and Use It in Your Media Project?

By Ryan Allen | June 20, 2022

Taking YouTube videos and turning them into downloadable audio files used to be standard practice on the Internet. One of …

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How to Use Music in a Great Poker Scene

By Ryan Allen | January 11, 2022

The right music can make or break a scene in a film. For amateur filmmakers or indie projects with a shoestring budget, that often means sorting through stock music to find the right piece for your project. Over on the StockMusic.Net blog, we’ve talked about how the right music can give your …

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How Epic Action Music Changes Your Video

By Ryan Allen | December 13, 2021

Think of some classic action sequences — Tom Cruise dangling from a ceiling by a cable in the first “Mission: Impossible,” or a Colosseum scene in “Gladiator.” Chances are you can immediately call to the mind the suspenseful action music that underpinned these scenes. You can probably hum the “Mission: …

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The Best Fighting Background Music of 2021

By Ryan Allen | December 13, 2021

Music and Fighting: A Match Made in Movie Heaven From the silent comedic slapstick of Buster Keaton to the “drunken master” style of Jackie Chan, to the stylized slo-mo cool of the action in John Woo’s films, to the bloody operas of Quentin Tarantino, Brian DePalma, and Martin Scorsese, great …

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How To Use Royalty-Free Romantic Songs Without Making Your Project Corny

By Ryan Allen | November 21, 2021

Who doesn’t love love? And who doesn’t enjoy a good romantic movie? Maybe you’re a rom-com addict, or maybe it’s just an occasional indulgence, but who among us hasn’t shed a tear when lovers embrace and the soundtrack swells?  Maybe it depends, at least in part, on the soundtrack. The …

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11 Unique Ways To Use Fight Scene Songs

By Ryan Allen | November 21, 2021

Film fighting and music go together like a horse and carriage, peanut butter and chocolate, or melody and counterpoint. Whatever the apt analogy – if you can think of your favorite fighting scene in a movie, chances are you can also think of the music that accompanied it. Whether the …

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26 Great Royalty-Free Tracks for Podcasts

By Ryan Allen | November 15, 2021

Introduction: Music and Podcasts, a Perfect Match Music can make a podcast snappier, more memorable, and more emotional. But do you know where you’re going to source your music? It’s possible to produce an interview podcast at home with minimal resources, but a lot harder to come up with a …

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The Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Royalty-Free Music for Your Project

By Ryan Allen | October 31, 2021

The Power of Music The right music will enhance any project. You may not even be aware of music when you watch a film or listen to a podcast, given how ubiquitous it is, but music is almost always being employed, adding to your enjoyment of any emotional experience. It …

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A Review of Joi Veer’s New Album “Beauty and Madness”

By Ryan Allen | October 27, 2021

All of the songs on the new album “Beauty and Madness” are now available on StockMusic.net. This royalty-free music by Joi Veer is ideal for anyone looking for a set of cohesive songs to form the soundtrack to your next YouTube series, podcast, or video game. Instrumental Versions of Songs …

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Psychology of Music: How to Tune Yourself to a Certain Mood Using Different Genres

By Ryan Allen | October 21, 2021

From ancient drumbeats to modern streaming services, music plays a vital part in human society and experience. And while the psychology of music is a profound discipline, researchers have figured out some mood-boosting therapeutic benefits of music.  Music has the potential to induce different emotional states. As such, people can …

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9 Ways to Mess up Your Video With the Wrong Cinematic Background Music

By Ryan Allen | October 15, 2021

Think of your favorite movie or TV show – say, Star Wars. Think of its big vistas, fun set pieces, and majestic score. Now think of it with sad tinkling piano, lone ukulele, or a bagpipe suite. Chances are it would not have the same emotional impact, to say the least. …

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Seven Reasons Why You Need To Buy Background Music for Your Podcast

By Ryan Allen | October 12, 2021

Seven Reasons Why You Need To Buy Background Music for Your Podcast Do you have a favorite podcast? Likely you’re interested in the theme or subject matter or captivated by the hosts’ interplay. If you think about it, though, you probably know the theme music by heart. Once it starts, …

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Background Music for History Presentations

By Ryan Allen | September 30, 2021

Background Music for History Presentations Movies, Music, and Emotion Anyone who has watched a movie with sound and then without it knows the incredible difference music and sound effects make. The right score can enhance your sense of place and time, emphasize emotions and character journeys, and add excitement to …

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