Option #1: Library Music
music has improved in quality over the years, and there are some pretty
nice tracks available now. Most probably, it will not be hard to find
one that is not far from the mood you would like to set for each of
your cues. But is this a good investment? Are you improving the perceived
quality and value of your production? Only if you get lucky.
Here's the problem with library music:
Option #2: License preexisting
The music is nonexclusive. The same piece
of music you are using for a specific purpose today may show up
in an entirely different setting tomorrow - allowing for the potential
of all kinds of connotations you don't want attached to your project.
- The music is never exactly right. It wasn't
written specifically for your production, so unless you are really
lucky, you end up making compromises - and in the process, you compromise
- The music will not hit the key dramatic points
of your film, unless you surrender control of the film and edit
it around the music. Even with today's technology that allows for some manipulation of tempos, the music cannot adjust effectively to your story, so
you have to adjust your story to the music.
- For longer projects, it will be very difficult
for the music to provide a sense of unity or structure, as each
cue is independent of the others. Musical themes cannot be developed
over the course of the film.
- You have to deal with the headache of finding
and licensing a track for every cue in your project.
Thomas C. Baggaley Music
4117 Montego Drive
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045