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HighVolt29
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Hi. I have both a close up show and a stage show. I've seen magicians whose close up show has music in the background (usually slow meditation music) And then comes my stage show which I would like some more upbeat music. I've been looking for the right music for some time now but I haven't come across anything that I like. If anyone has any good recommendations on some CD's they like I would greatly appreciate it.

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Johnny Clegg & Savuka is one I've seen used in the past and works well (audience claps along with the music)...

Enya is good for more ethereal moods...

In some cases you could use Kitarro, or similar...more jazzy stuff, try Gato Barbieri...

OK...that's just a sample...in fact (Help me out, here, guys...) there IS a CD for sale somewhere...it's music made for magicians and (I think) it's authorized for use in public (?)...

Hope this helps!

Doug
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There are Several CD's from Opus 1 Productions. There are several by Bill White (White Magic). A great CD that has music as well as tools to help make your current music better, richer, fuller...is by the late Gary Ouellet. It's called Designer Textures for Magcians. It has tons of drones, soundscapes, hits and effects to choose from. If you have seen World's Greatest Magic, you have heard what is on this CD and what can be done with it. It is more expensive than the others, it runs around $100, but also available is a great tutorial on mixing music called Music for Magician. It may be purchased at Camirand Magic in Canada

http://www.opus1productions.com/
http://www.billwhitemusic.com/
http://www.camirandmagic.com/


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You could develop your own. You may not be a musician, but there are very decent programs that aid you in the creation of music. Acid Pro is a great example of such a program.
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On 2004-01-02 18:41, Astinus wrote:
You could develop your own. You may not be a musician, but there are very decent programs that aid you in the creation of music. Acid Pro is a great example of such a program.


This is true. And for people who do not want to pay the piper (so to speak) this is a workable option.

Still, studios like mine offer custom music cues with added benefits some performers are willing to pay for.

Different strokes for different folks, I always say.

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You could hire me to compose
something specific for your show.

Links to sounds samples & complete audio
streaming available via website.
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With a stage presentation, you need music that fits what you are doing i.e. actions and not just knuckle busting. A great source of music is films because film music is specifically written for what is happening on screen, (with the possible esception of the soundtrack), this may include some show music. Most other music is just for listening to.

Perhaps something from a Bond film or if a gentler act is what you are after then er... something gentler Smile

I hope this sparks a few ideas.

Cheers - Melty
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When all else fails, do what us film students do:

Royalty free music!!

Lets say U2 write and record a new song. There are 3 copyright licences that apply to that song. One belongs to the author of the lyrics, one belongs to the author of the music, and one belongs to whomever owns the actual recording of the song (generally the record company). So, to be able to use this song legally in your performance or video or whatever, you must get permission from those three sources.

Royalty free music is produced by professional musicians who know that Bono and The Edge will never call us poor, struggling artists back no matter how many times we leave messages with their management asking for permission to use 'With Or Without You' in our short films or stage shows. These musicians sell their music to "royalty free music companies", who produce CD's containing the music, and sell them on to us. You could probably buy a decent one for $50 US. I'm guessing. I live in Australia. When you buy one of these CD's, you are also buying permission to use the music contained on it however you see fit.

Years ago, it was generally all wedding music and bad disco 80's tracks, but with people now having the ability to produce professional quality music on their home PC, there's a tonne of really good, modern music available, whether it be a Spanish guitar track or a funky techno beat.

Search for royalty free music in Google or whatever search engine you prefer and you should get some decent results. Most of the websites have samples of their music online.

Good luck buddy!

Cheers,

Chris
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I use Bill Whites' stuff and it's good
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Thank you all for the advice!
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