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Chris Nicholasbackground music for talking heads
by on Jan 2, 2008 at 7:09:49 am

thought i'd pick your guy's brains regarding how i should handle the editing of an informational style video. the video is for promotion of a student conference; outlining the activities in store for the future event. the final program is about 6 minutes of talking heads (with some cut aways). all solo speakers were mic'd w/ wireless lav's, and it was a two camera shoot (one shot wide, one tight). anyway, each speaker (at a unique location) briefly discusses a given aspect of said conference, and then it switches to the next "section"/speaker.

what i am asking you guys is how would you handle the audio tracks, i.e. music? would you try and find a stock track to play softly in the background or just leave it as it? it sounds pretty boring with just the dialogue by itself. another option i was thinking was just get a single "stinger" and play that at the beginning of each section over a title? that may get repetitive though. i thought that i'd see what you guys would do, before i spend money on purchasing stock music.

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Greg BallRe: background music for talking heads
by on Jan 2, 2008 at 11:46:50 pm

Go to someplace like You can purchase a cut fairly cheaply, or even a whole CD with simimilar music. Remember music determines the feel, emotion, and pace of your video.

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Mark SuszkoRe: background music for talking heads
by on Jan 3, 2008 at 6:56:06 pm

"Wall to wall" music is not always a good choice. My first choice might be to use it only for main and end titles, then voiceover narrative parts and introductions/ bumpers out of segments, but not under each person's speech. It should also try to carry an emotional subtext that's in line with the story you're telling. I like Bakery products, we have pretty much the whole collection. is a great option for a la carte shopping. We also now use a lot of custom loop-generated tracks to fit exact lengths, using Garage Band as well as Sonicfire.

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Mick HaenslerRe: background music for talking heads
by on Jan 18, 2008 at 1:36:48 pm

The new Sound FX libraries from Digital Juice have a ton of ambient music as well as music "sets" with stingers, tags and themes. There is a huge range of styles for not a lot of money. Plus you also get over 10,000 sound effects recorded at 96K including foley sounds. You can't beat it for the price.

Mick Haensler
Higher Ground Media

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