September 13, 2013

Find the Perfect Music for Your Film with Marmoset, a Revolutionary New Music Licensing Platform

Finding and licensing music for your film can be a bit, well, let's just say that it makes violently tearing your hair out seem like a preferable alternative. Most music licensing sites force you to know what you're looking for beforehand, which makes it quite difficult, if not impossible, to spontaneously find the right music for your film. Marmoset is different, in that it's designed specifically for filmmakers who know how they want their stories to feel, but might not know which tunes or artists fit the bill. Read on to learn more about how Marmoset is revolutionizing the process of music licensing for filmmakers:

In order to understand how Marmoset does what it does, we need to take a step back and look at the work of our peeps over at Stillmotion, because they were instrumental (get it?) in the redesign of Marmoset's new music licensing platform. The Stillmotion App, or SMAPP, is a nifty filmmaking tool that takes user input about the intended emotional tone of a shot and provides technical suggestions for how to achieve that tone.

Marmoset does the same thing, only with music. It takes user input about your story, character, or project and allows you to add up to three highly specific modifying adjectives that filter the results. That section of the Marmoset search engine is called "Mood" and it looks like this:

Mood

The possibilities for customization of Marmoset's music search engine's don't stop there. In fact, the Mood modifier is just the tip of the iceberg. You can also filter your music by how much energy you'd like the tune to have.

Energy

The feature that sets Marmoset apart most is its ability to sort songs by their arc. Maybe you're looking for something that starts slow and builds to a crescendo, then ends slow. Or maybe you want something with multiple crescendos, or something with frenetic pacing. Marmoset can find that music for you without breaking a sweat.

Arc

The awesomeness of Marmoset doesn't stop with its amazing ability to filter its results. Many of the artists on Marmoset are willing to customize their songs just for your project. Want an instrumental version? Need to change a word or two in the chorus to make it perfect for your film? Marmoset can help facilitate that process.

Additionally, Marmoset's site features the ability to make mixtapes (for business reasons or just for personal enjoyment.) The site also remembers every song that you've ever listened to so that you never have a crisis because you can't find something that you had previously listened to.

Above all of these kick-ass features, the music on Marmoset is actually good. I've done several different searches just to test the site out, and not only are the various filtering modes absolutely fantastic, but the resulting music is exactly what you'd hope for. It's almost like it's tailor-made music for filmmakers.

Lastly, if for some reason you can't find the perfect music for your project on the site, the Marmoset folks are also really excellent musicians and songwriters who have been writing music for picture for quite a while. Chances are, if you can imagine it, they can make it happen. Here's their reel:

If you're not yet convinced that Marmoset is the music-licensing service of your dreams, then I urge you to go check it out for yourselves.

What do you guys think? Does Marmoset's unique search engine revolutionize the process of music licensing for filmmakers? Let us know in the comments!

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26 Comments

Good idea, but someone please tell these guys to kill the splash page video-whatever-it-is-back-there-that's-actually-slowing-my-macbook-retina-down.

That wasn't a good idea. =]

September 14, 2013 at 12:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Kholi

+1

September 14, 2013 at 3:16AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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carlos g davis

+1. Slowing down the rest of the site. Marmoset Radio not loading titles, unable to process emails. Bandwidth hog. Kill kill kill

September 19, 2013 at 4:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Miguel

i have friends that make music that do everything for my films

fuck paying for music and fuck buying that stock music elevator sounding stuff

September 14, 2013 at 12:32AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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john jeffries

Clearly you didn't read the post or visit Marmoset's site. The music on there is far from the typical elevator music. Marmoset keeps a relatively small roster of independent artists whose work is not only good, but who are looking to have their work featured in visual content.

Also, if your friends always score your films for free, that's great. But professionals pay other professionals to score their content. Or they license music so that the people who wrote it can get paid. Hence the "industry" part of the film and music industries.If you're not paying people people for their work, then chances are you're just dicking around with your friends instead of contributing to the industry in any way. That's not a bad thing, but don't act like you have everything figured out just because you have friends who write music.

September 14, 2013 at 1:05AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Rob Hardy
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+1

September 14, 2013 at 4:59AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Raphael Wood

+1

As long as it's affordable then it's a very good idea and worth exploring. It's not always possible to have bespoke music. Good post.

September 14, 2013 at 5:54AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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ADC

+1. Free is great but there comes a point when people need to get paid.

September 14, 2013 at 9:18AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Will

+1000, free will only lead us further into the polyphonic ringtone/elevator mayhem!

September 14, 2013 at 11:28AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tahnk you for putting these want-a be producers in their place.

September 19, 2013 at 3:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Walter Malone

Would you mind handling the honeywagon on my next project? I can't pay you of course, but that shouldn't bother you much. ; )

September 19, 2013 at 10:46PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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"let’s just say that it makes violently tearing your hair out seem like a preferable alternative", hahaha! You couldn't have summed it up any better, I love shooting, I love grading and editing but I get cramps in my stomach every time I have to find the right soundtrack...

September 14, 2013 at 12:33AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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P.D. if anyone knows a source for African royalty free music (other than Kevin MacLoed please!) please share! This genre proofs to be particularly difficult...

September 14, 2013 at 2:00AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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September 14, 2013 at 2:42AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Sergey

Thank you Sergey, this is for once a site I had not been on, still very limited offer though...
I like the Marmorset approach, it is innovative. I think it would be a good idea for somebody with develping skills to come up with an app (IOS and android) that would be able to scan into various online music libraries, similar to existing stuff with different search input methods like recording, humming, keywords and other filters like speed, duration, mood, etc... it should be able to build playlists so as you can listen to it on the go (the worst part of looking for music is that it is extremely time consuming) and it should be generating a decent revenue either through referral sales or eventually sourcing from its own library... just and idea, I would certainly spend money on it!

September 14, 2013 at 11:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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I am using "sonic fire pro-5" .. It is better and more easy for me...

September 14, 2013 at 2:40AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Sergey

I smiled at the opening - those guys are Space 1999 fans !!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6spf0h-cmM

September 14, 2013 at 7:30AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Saied

Woah, I'm not sure how that big picture appeared !??

September 14, 2013 at 7:31AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Saied

keep up the good work

September 16, 2013 at 2:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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sam

Two tries through the Marmoset Matrix and it picked two songs I would be happy to use for client work. The stock Licensing options do not fit the need -- commercial promotion of a business on social media, websites and on premise, basically on-demand by customers or employees, so I'm not sure about the value proposition, but am checking the Custom License option to assess. The site worked great. Loved the Marmoset radio station. Better than other choices I have seen. Thanks for bringing this forward.

September 19, 2013 at 4:40PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Miguel

Have you checked out The Music Bed? http://www.themusicbed.com/

September 19, 2013 at 9:52PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Derick

Wonderful interface, great search...probably the best I have ever used. And the music is great! Not typical elevator corporate but actually good music I would listen to...Thanks for the link!

September 23, 2013 at 8:53AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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January 1, 2014 at 6:43AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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At this website Gugge kristofferson offers his royalty free music

http://tracktourmusic.com/

July 23, 2014 at 8:56AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Interesting idea. And very useful. If you are looking for free background music you can also go to next website: http://www.melodyloops.com/music/free/ After free registration you could get access to a large selection of music. Thanks for the topic.

March 7, 2016 at 4:35AM

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Mark
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select and download the tracks that you like. There you will find professional music in different styles (genres) and moods. If you need free music (absolutely free, you do not need to license) - you will find it.
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July 26, 2018 at 5:02AM, Edited July 26, 5:02AM

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