A new side project by a local record label is offering affordable, and royalty-free, professional music for video projects.
Rockhill Tracks sells licenses and offers downloads for profesionally performed, professionally mastered 3- to 4-minute songs, plus matching 30-second and 60-second tracks. It’s a subsidiary of Rockhill Records, which last year released a Christmas album by Syracuse, Ind., singer Hannah Bushong.
So far, all the songs offered at Rockhill Tracks have been written and performed by local pianist and composer Jon Swerens, who lives in Fort Wayne, Ind. The songs are mastered by Tim Bushong, a regionally known professional record producer located in Syracuse, Ind.
“I had the vague notion that selling royalty-free licenses for my music would be welcomed by videographers,” Swerens said. “But it took the prodding of my friend Caleb Pike to get me moving.”
Pike, a video professional and creator of popular blog dslrvideoshooter.com, said he often is looking for simple, piano-centric music as background audio for his videos, but such music is difficult to find. He encouraged Swerens to re-edit his piano compositions into particular lengths, such as 30 and 60 seconds, that would be immediately useful for videos.
Most of the songs on the rockhilltracks.com web site are from Swerens’ self-produced album, “Wordlessly.”
One song, “Fanfare in Five,” was written as a proposal for a radio newscast. That project didn’t come to fruition, but maybe it’s just what a videographer or podcaster is looking for.
New songs will be added regularly to the web site.
The track packages, normally $49, are on sale for $39 each until Oct. 31.
Listen to every song in its entirety and download music packages at the web site: www.rockhilltracks.com.