Library music has it’s place. It’s quick, convenient and cheap. But sometimes, you just can’t find something that fits – so, what other benefits are there to using bespoke music?
Part 1: Benefits to you.
Using a composer for the music in your video means a personal interaction. Yes, if you’re using a music library you can most likely phone them up and ask advice about their catalogue, but by employing a composer you can do so much more than that.
You can bounce ideas off each other, have real discussions about musical direction, and reach the end goal together. A composer may have ideas that you hadn’t even thought of.
One of the most obvious benefits is versatility. If you buy a library piece, you can’t say “Can I just have that guitar a little quieter”, “Can the second section start sooner because we’re changing the edit” or “Can it be a bit faster”? Usually any changes have to be made by your editor, using up their time not only editing the picture but the music too. Which brings me to:
A Composer Could Actually Save You Time
Some people may imagine using a composer as a long, drawn out process, when actually it could save you time. We all know how adversely the music can affect the perception of the picture. Imagine delegating this to a professional composer, leaving your editor to concentrate on the visual side of things. You’d still have to approve a couple of samples and discuss the direcion of the music, so why not discuss those things with a specialist?
Someone You Can Trust
Understandably, delegating such an important part of your project can be daunting. Look at the composer’s testimonials, previous work and credits. Get to know them – ask them for their ideas on a new brief. You never know what they could come up with, and if you get a good feeling about them, why not give them a try?