What is a royalty-free stock music library?

Stock Music is an affordable alternative to the use of well-known music in a promotional film, corporate video or commercial spot.

It has been produced specifically for the use in audio and audiovisual productions. Stock Music is also very often used as background music in stores, hotels or airports.

Royalty-free Music for airports
Royalty-free Stock Music for airports, hotels and malls

In the past stock music was delivered on CD in the Red Book audio format to allow easy cueing and rapid synchronization. Today, simple download a stock music track online. The most tracks that are provided by stock music libraries are registered with a collecting society, for example, ASCAP, BMI, SOCAN, PRS, SIAE, PRS and APRA. For this there are extra fees for the public performance or mechanical reproduction.

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In the Proud Music Library you will find plenty of royalty-free stock music. About 1/3 of music (about 8,200 songs,  Feb. 2016) is completely royalty-free stock music and as such also featured.

How to download royalty free music for free to test the music?

To download royalty free music for free, please create an account in our Proud Music Library. Then you can download all tracks from the Proud Music Library, to test them in your project or to introduce some tracks to your customers. The download will costs you nothing. The mp3 file has also no beep! However, the quality is a reduced to avoid abuse. Do not use a track without a Proud Music Library License. Be fair!

Production music - Proud Music Library

Interview with composer Reinhold Poehnl

Reinhold Poehnl is one of the most versatile composers I have had a chance to interview. All you need to do is search his name, and you come across an array of compositions that range from classical to jazz to hip hop. Every piece is clear and precise. Following, find out what has contributed to shaping this multi-faceted personality.

PM: When did you discover your love for music?

Reinhold: Maybe it was at the age of 5, when my older sister had her first piano lessons and I was allowed to stand next to the piano.

PM: If you were not a musician, what other path would you have taken?

Reinhold: I am excited about photography, and maybe this would have been my alternative choice. I am also interested in mathematics. There are so many fascinating paths other than music! There is: science, physics, computer graphics, parachuting…., but I think, I never would have become a lawyer or a business manager.

PM: Do you have a favorite composer?

Reinhold: There are, first of all, of course, the three greatest of all times: Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. Nevertheless, there is unimaginably much more music now. If somebody is going to buy a luxury car, it is possible to get some kind of market overview before you do, but when it comes to music, several lifetimes are not enough to browse through the existing music. And every day there is new music. So let me name a few artists or composers I like:  Astor Piazolla, the Beatles, Prokofiev, Ravel, Debussy, Count Basie, and Skrillex. It might not make sense because they are so many and so different.

PM: How would you describe your style?

Reinhold: My style is varied. I write and produce very different music. Above all, I like colorful harmonies and surprising changes. I enjoy trance and techno, as well as creating a traditional polka, which then takes a not-so-traditional turn. I like experimenting because I’m inquisitive.

PM: Is there a musician who has influenced your style?

Reinhold: There are countless. As with the question regarding a favorite composer, there are too many.

PM: When did you start composing?

Reinhold: I started soon after I began to play the piano. Of course, that could not actually be considered composing.

PM: Do you write, play, and produce all your pieces?

Reinhold: I write, play and produce, and together with other instrumentalists as well. There is also music which I have written for other performers, such as a string quartet, or music for accordion, or short piano pieces for students. There is a great deal of music I have written that has been performed by others, but which has not been recorded yet.

PM: How many pieces have you written?

Reinhold: More than 500 so far, although I’m certain there will be more. I must admit, some pieces are just for mass production, like musical wall paper, but there are some pieces which I consider little jewels and take a little longer to write.

PM: Do you play an instrument? Which one(s)?

Reinhold: My main instrument is the piano, but I have played the viola for many years, I had to play the unavoidable recorder in elementary school, I still play guitar, and I also have some experience with drums. I have tried the accordion, the upright bass, and the timpani. I have played the traditional organ at church service, as well as a Hammond organ when performing jazz and rock. I have yet to master any of those, except maybe the piano. Still, the experience with so many different instruments, in my opinion, has been quite useful.

PM: What is a normal day like for you?

Reinhold: I am lucky, I think. Most days, when I am not traveling, I can just do what I feel like. Apart from writing, creating and producing my own music, I also work as a freelance musician for Yamaha, producing musical content or training new members. Last week I was sent to a place near Marseille to train a French musician on how to create musical content data. My job is to explain the technical details to make that musical data work best on a particular (digital) instrument. Yamaha wants local specialists to create musical data to perfectly fit the local taste and demand. For these projects I have traveled to Turkey, Spain, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and the USA, among other countries. The interaction with musicians from different parts of the world and cultures is very exciting, interesting and inspiring to me. I also love to explore the local cuisines and enjoy trying new food, new spices, and experiencing new impressions.

PM: Do you follow a ritual when you write your music? Do you take special measures?

Reinhold: No. Most of the time, I have music paper and a pencil with me; whether I am on the beach or on a train, and certainly, next to the piano. I take notes, write songs, and I have plenty of music notebooks filled with ideas that have not come to fruition yet. I browse through these notes and check and compare once and again. At times, I just sit and play and I start to develop a piece of music based on a kind of improvisation or a spontaneous idea.

PM: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about becoming a composer?

Reinhold: On the one hand, there is the creativity, the genius, the divine inspiration, the unexplainable, which probably cannot be learned or trained. I am not sure why, it is just so. Then, there is also the basics, the craftsmanship, the knowledge about music theory, harmony and all the stuff found in music books. I think it is a good idea to learn what is learnable, and to hope to just have that special something.

PM: What would you say is the hardest thing about what you do?

Reinhold: After having composed, performed, recorded and produced a piece of music, it is hard for me to find a suitable name for it. I am not good at finding catchy titles, so I share the music with my daughters, or I play the music for my wife and I ask for their feedback and suggestions. Most of the time, they have nice recommendations I would never come up with.

Over 22,000 music titles in our library!

Proud Music continuously updates its music content, and is excited to announce that you may now enjoy over 22,000 music titles from its library!

Music tracks for commercials
Proud Music Library for royalty-free music and production music

We offer a wide range of music styles and genres, e.g. rock (1411 songs), pop (1892 songs), jazz (1932 songs), classical (858 songs), metal (712 songs), film (5404 songs), and blues (247 Songs). As were this not enough, Proud Music also licenses production music. Because we are the owner of the copyrights to the music we sell, you will save time and money, with the added bonus of perpetually using an original theme as you please, whether it is as background music for an advertisement on radio or TV, a film, or a video game.

Background music for airports, hotels, shopping malls and department stores

Royalty-free Music for AirportsWe offer worldwide licenses for the use of more than 6,000 6,400 songs from the Proud Music Library as background music for airports, hotels, lobbies, shopping malls, supermarkets and department stores. No rights to the songs consist of any collecting society (ASCAP-free, PRS-free, GEMA-free, etc.)! The Performance Rights have already been resolved by us. You pay a one-time fixed price and no further charges.

Currently there are approximately 316 hours (15 days) in the music library from which you can freely choose what music you want to use as background music. The minimum purchase of music is for a total of a 48 hours duration. That’s about 900 songs.

For every purchase you will receive a license document. This document allows the perpetual use of licensed music as background music for your venue or establishment (airport, hotel, department store or shopping mall). For more information, please contact us: soundtracks@proudmusic.de. Or by phone: +49 (0) 6132-4308830

Proud Music licenses “Got better things to do” (by Frank Herrlinger) for the campaign LEGO

Nowadays, children spend much more time in front of the television set and less time playing than they did decades ago. This info trailer is about a campaign LEGO led to encourage children to view less television and play more, while still using the media as a promotional means. With the support of the Nickelodeon.de channel, LEGO accomplished its goal. Nickelodeon television went off the air for six hours on May 28, 2010, and told children to go play. Up to that point, the manufacturer had advertised legally on the channel, giving parents and children the chance to buy their products. The outcome of the campaign exceeded expectations, since parents and children did play, sales for LEGO increased exponentially, and Nickelodeon’s acceptance as a TV channel for children grew among parents. The title of the music used for this trailer is most appropriately called “Got better things to do”, and it is by Frank Herrlinger. You may find it in the Proud Music Library.

Proud Music Licenses Music for the 2012 Winter Olympics Teaser

 

Everybody is getting pumped up for the 2012 Winter Olympics, and so are we! Listen to Nils Bergholz’ title “Dirt Gun” on the 2012 Winter Olympics Teaser (dtp entertainment for PC, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS). It is a great example of guitar frenzy that comes from the Indie Punk Rock. Audacious. Dynamic and vibrant. Available in the Proud Music Library.

Proud Music Library Update: Currently more than 17,000 tracks online

The Proud Music Library has grown again. 1,500 new tracks have been added since July 2011. Right now, there are 17,212 songs online, of which 5,449 are royalty free titles. Through the expansion of production music content, the variety in common genres increased exponentially. In numbers: 1,600 songs in the pop category, round 1,200 tracks in the rock category, or plentiful 2,160 music titles of world music. The subgenre has also gained certain attractiveness. For example, there are currently 171 Christmas songs in the program.

Royalty-free music and production music
Proud Music Library (Royaly-free music and production music)

In the meantime, many music titles are delivered with loops and edits. In addition, the different loops and edits (15-60 seconds) are provided for the client as a zip file. Music to be proud of!

Battle of the Bristle Bots with music by Proud Music

The objective: to build a “toothbrush-bot” or a robot made of toothbrushes. This wacky activity took place at the event Ignite Nuremberg at the Zentrifuge Art Gallery in Nuremberg, Germany, in February 2011, where ten teams of members that did not know each other previously had to execute said task in 45 minutes. There were awards for the prettiest, the fastest, and the funniest. Although, not everybody was a winner, everyone had fun, and the activity set the stage for the remaining acts of the conference. The contest was captured on camera by Martin Goldmann (RedGo.Tv) in his vimeo “Battle of the Bristle Bots”, and it is accompanied by music from Frank Herrlinger, available at the Proud Music Library.

Ignite Nürnberg: Battle of the Bristle Bots from Martin Goldmann on Vimeo.

How many music titles does the Proud Music Library include?

Every week, Proud Music Library adds 40 to 100 tracks to its collection. If you click on the search button under the menu tab, you can see how many we offer at this time. Through this search, you have access to all titles available, and may also verify the actual number of titles. Here, you may also obtain a general idea of which titles are licensed as completely royalty free music.