Catchy vs. "Fade into the Background" Music?

#1

Hello all!

So I’m pretty new to Audiojungle and stock music creation in general, so I’m still trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t work as the style is still somewhat unusual to me.

However, somethings been on my mind lately, and I can’t seem to find any other topics regarding this.

Would GOOD stock music be something that’s catchy or something that, if included in a work, wouldn’t necessarily be noticable? If something is catchy and has a good melody to it, wouldn’t it technically stick out from the work it’s included in? I’m trying to work on music that I believe is unique, yet grounded enough to still be marketable. However, would the fact that it’s “unique” at all be an unmarketable trait for stock music?

I apologize if these are pretty beginner questions. I’m currently at an impasse with my ideas as it’s been a constant fight between “Do that, that sounds good!” and “No no, that might stick out too much”. I guess I’m just trying to wrap my head around the aspects of stock music, but I’d love to hear any thoughts regarding this!

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#2

The answer is this:

Music that works with video.

This can be catchy, in-your-face music, extremely aggressive dubstep, mellow ambient background music or a corporate bed that can repeat for 30 minutes.

So the answer is both. Just watch ANY video on YouTube. If there is no talking, and maybe a hard workout video, there will be a catchy, aggressive track.

If there is talking, and someone is trying to describe a new technological invention, the music will be mellow with a simple melody that changes just a little bit over time.

Stock music isn’t a style. It’s simply music that is in stock. Music that’s already made. People need all kinds of music for their projects.

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#3

Good question!

Watch videos on videohive, watch commercial videos, youtube and decide for yourself what music you need to create. The both ways are working.
Music should not draw attention to itself, it should be the addition to the video.

Cheers!

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#4

There’s no rule that says that! And that’s definitely not always the case.

There are plenty of video segments where the music draws a lot of attention.

#5

Friend. Here’s an example. here is the track, which in the opinion of the "reviewer’s “non-commercial”. here you will find the truth. only personal experience. good luck.
https://soundcloud.com/user-194736939/fun-run-corporate-prev-aj

#6

Sorry for the late reply, but thank you very much for the response! It definitely does give me some more clarity over this. I guess I just have to think more in terms of “could this work for someone else’s Youtube Video?”. I mean, obviously it’s a little more complex than just that, but I do feel more comfortable about the decisions I’m making now.

@PrestoSound Thank you! I hadn’t thought to check out VideoHive

@EvgenM Ah, I’m sorry to hear that. I think it sounds good! I guess a lot of the time it comes down to trial and error.

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#7

Keep in mind, that AJ is focused more on catchy than on background. There is a lot of folks having problems with rejections because their tracks are too backgroundish.

But still there are some categories like “ambient”, where backgrounds (even those quasi-corporate) are more likely to be accepted by reviewers.