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Megatrax offers new music catalog for TV shows and spots

Megatrax Production Music’s new original music catalog, Track Distillery, offers a variety of genres with musical elements designed for underscore and background in TV shows and commercials.

Each 2:00 cue has edit points at :60, :30, :15… all the way to :05. Track Distillery tracks come with a full mix and a stem for every musical element within each cue, ready to remix, rearrange, or take back to basics.

Producer Derek Jones says, “Track Distillery responds quickly to trends, requests and changes within the industry.  As one example, we have a full album of Nortec. Nortec is an emerging style of hard techno that fuses elements of Norteño, Tambora and Banda, and we have 12 full tracks (63 total tracks) of it out before the trend has peaked.”

Track Distillery offers “stripped down” productions, for use in reality TV show underscore and TV commercials. All of the music in Track Distillery is designed with builds, stops, breaks and sting endings. None of the tracks feature melodies or melodic instruments; all the cues are designed as beds to support scenes instead of overwhelming them. The catalog features music from veteran and emerging composers, including Peter Bateman, Sunna Wehrmeijer, Eddie Wohl, Mike Plas, Ivan Virijevic, Michael “Nomad” Ripoll and David Sparkman, among others.

“Every album in Track Distillery has 12 cues,” says Jones. “All of them are in the same genre and the same specific direction. They vary in tempo, key and musical composition, but the palette of sounds within an album are the same because I am purposefully limiting the composers to using only the core musical elements specific to the style they are writing. The concept is, if you love one track but it doesn’t quite work for your spot, you’ll have 11 others on that album with that same sound and style to choose from.”

Track Distillery is available now and features 30 albums and a total of 1,524 tracks.

Learn your musical rights at upcoming PMA Conference in Hollywood

The Production Music Conference (PMC) will be held at the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex in Hollywood on September 9. The PMC is open to the public, and may be of special interest to composers, music publishers and music users, including music supervisors and clients who license music for film, television and other media.


Ron Mendelsohn

Ron Mendelsohn, CEO/co-founder of Megatrax Production Music and secretary/co-founder of the Production Music Association, will be moderating a panel on legal considerations for music libraries at the event. Mendelsohn’s “Blurred Lines: Legal Considerations for Music Libraries,” asks: “Production music libraries are often asked for sound-a-likes, but is it legal? What are the legal ramifications of re-titling? To what extent can loops and samples be incorporated into a library cue?” It will also cover potential legal risks and pitfalls that all successful production music libraries must navigate in order to survive and thrive.

The Blurred Lines panel features John Houlihan, music supervisor/ president of Guild of Music Supervisors; David Helfant, attorney, Arpeggio Entertainment; Cary Ginell, musicologist, Sound Thinking Music Research; and John Graham, composer.

Mendelsohn conceived of this panel to arm his peers with an awareness of the legal boundaries of inspiration and sampling when creating new work, while remaining respectful of the role inspiration plays in the creative process.

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L-R: David Helfant and John Graham are just two of the panelists on “Blurred Lines.”

In his recent article for the Megatrax blog, “Will the Blurred Lines Decision Stifle Creativity’?,” he said, “Finding inspiration is not the same thing as plagiarism. Of course we must respect and enforce copyright law and protect creators from the threat of blatant infringement. For example, if a new work in toto appropriates an existing theme, melody, lyric or hook, a case for infringement may well be warranted. However creating a song with a similar ‘feel’ or ‘groove’ or using similar instrumentation or chords is simply not grounds for infringement since such elements are not protectable. Musical works are not created ‘out of the blue’; they do not appear out of nothingness like the big bang. Virtually nothing in music can be truly said to be 100% new and original. Every new work is sparked by inspiration and builds on what came before. We need to be vigilant about giving creators the freedom to find inspiration anywhere and thereby allowing the arts to flourish for future generations.”


Music Rights: A look at the DOJ’s consent decree review

By Ron Mendelsohn

The US Department of Justice is currently undergoing an extensive review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. Established in 1941, the consent decrees constitute a set of guidelines and rules that govern the operations for these two major performance rights organizations (PROs).

At the time when the consent decrees were established, the PROs were widely seen as wielding a monopoly over music licensing and it is therefore somewhat understandable that the DOJ imposed restrictions on the scope of their operations in an effort to curtail their power and make music more available and affordable to licensees such as radio stations, TV stations, bars and restaurants.

However, nothing could be further from the truth today. As performances shift online and Continue reading

Megatrax offering music that targets local news broadcasts

Megatrax Production Music has added another tool for local television news broadcasts with its HyperLocal, music specifically designed for local TV news promos. The collection launched at the end of June 24 with two volumes that will be updated regularly.

The first volumes were produced by Randy Hart, CSD for Aircast, Megatrax’s custom music division. “Noting a general void in contemporary news related music, we assembled a group of CSDs, promo producers and news directors to give us input on what they would want and need to make their news promo production more efficient and more effective,” explains Hart.  “This collection is designed to answer today’s news promotion needs based on that feedback.”

According to Megatrax CEO Ron Mendelsohn,“Clients have indicated to us that it is difficult to find the right track (since tracks are usually given generic titles) and that they desire fresher, more contemporary music to connect with younger viewers. In addition, they have [a] desire for a full array of cutdowns (:30, :20, :15, :10) for each track rather than having to do their own editing. HyperLocal was conceived to meet these needs and deliver a complete music solution for local TV news.”


Here are three things to consider when choosing a music library


By Ron Mendelsohn

There are many different types of production music companies on the market. Since different business models and offerings exist, it’s important to do your due diligence before deciding which company to work with. Here are three things to consider before deciding on your vendor.

Does your production music company commission new, original music or broker pre-existing music?

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