YouTube shares royalty-free 'Muzak' library to help amateur film-makers
150 tracks of generic white bread manage to pick out all the clichés of background music
Wednesday 25 September 2013
YouTube’s Creators program has always offered generous support to amateur and independent film-makers and its latest endeavour might be one the most useful initiatives yet: providing the public with a library of royalty-free music categorised by the emotional pushes they push.
The YouTube Audio Library includes 150 instrumental tracks that can be used “free, forever, for any creative purpose (not just YouTube videos)” and can be downloaded as 320 Kbps MP3 files.
The songs in the library are intriguing in that they manage to be both completely generic and undeniably appealing.
YouTube's blog suggests that the song below (‘Locally Sourced’) might work for a ‘family video’ and indeed, the track’s jangly, upbeat folkishness is instantly recognisable from any number of comfortable adverts trying to sell you some new healthy snack or a bank account that ‘works for you’.
The new library is undoubtedly doing amateur filmmakers the world over a massive favour – helping them cut costs by not having to pay for music licences and also meaning less video takedowns over copyright disputes.
It’s just irritating how easily a well-timed whistled harmony manages to bypass a listener’s musical judgement and conjure images of trees and sunshine and the like.
The tracks can be sorted by mood, genre and instruments and there’s also a small selection of well-known classical numbers including Les Toreadors from Carmen, the finale of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries.
Life & Style blogs
Watching TV after work makes you feel 'guilty and like a failure'
NHS medics are being lured away to Australia by more money, status and sunshine, survey suggests
Xiaomi Mi4: 'Chinese Apple' launches flagship mobile to challenge iPhone
Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Condom couture: Latex dresses hit the catwalk to raise awareness for HIV and Aids
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
- 1 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 2 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 3 Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£65000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: The client is a...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established software house ba...
£400 - £401 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SSIS Administrat...
£25000 - £30000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: An ambitious...