Choosing the right music for my videos

Philip Bloom’s short documentary ‘Ponte tower’
In this mini doc is used a track by Tony Anderson, one of the most esteemed Musicbed author
In this video I used a Feet On Wood’s song available on Art List
For the brand film ‘Revenue Eleven’ I used a Dan Phillipson’s track
A travel video for which I used Locarn’s ‘Embrace’ available on Music Vine

The selection

Basically the four sites I considered, though they have different graphic styles, have a similar contents organization.
Often the starting point is music genre and this kind of search is encouraged mostly by Music Vine, thanks to a clean and visually captivating layout.

On Music Vine home page musical genres stand out
Musicbed staff curated playlists
Art List offers a song for every moment

The importance of a customized playlists

Customized playlist is a very helpful tool when I search for some music to use in my videos.
When you register on the sites I considered for this article, you can pick and group your favorite tracks in playlists with specific characteristics (genre, mood, instruments used ecc.).
For example, I often work on documentary-style videos (mini docs and brand films) so I created (and I often update) a playlist called ‘Short Doc’ in Musicbed, where I group all my favorite tracks that could fit that kind of project.
I use this playlist for the first round of selection, then I move the tracks with the right mood for the project I’m working on in a specific playlist, so I start the second round of selection.
Obviously there are many uses of this tool, so you can create playlists by genre, kind of video and so on.

Customized playlists on Musicbed

Affordable solutions: free and cheap music

Though my advice is always to invest in good quality music, sometimes you could be in a situation that forces you to use not copyrighted music.
Here are some sources for free music.

Final thoughts

Choosing the right music for your projects is an essential aspect in video production and, luckily, filmmakers, producers and music advisors have a lot of tools available that makes the selection process easier .
Though there’s the opportunity to have music for free or at a very low price, my suggestion is always to save a good budget amount to purchase outstanding music.



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Michelangelo Torres

Michelangelo Torres

Filmmaker, colorist, and motion graphic designer with a keen interest in short documentaries and brand films. My works at