While in most of the film I was looking for very specific pop music to help echo the message of that section of the film, when I was talking about (spoiler alert) Miss Emilie’s illness I wanted to find something that was atmospheric but also unobtrusive. Something that would help reinforce the emotion of the scene without overpowering it.
In other words, I was looking for something that is a traditional soundtrack.
You can search for royalty free music out there. While the reality is that much of this sort of music is being composed on a computer, when it’s done well it sounds like an orchestrated soundtrack.
The key phrase: when it’s done well.
As I was slogging through the royalty free sludge, I was getting the feeling that me working in Garage Band would have a better chance of finding the right sound. The music was either too over the top or it sounded as if it had been done on a first-generation Casio. Yes, I know the adage you get what you pay for. But still.
And then I found Bensound.
His name actually is Benjamin Tissot and he’s a French composer who’s been doing music for over a decade. I’m using his track Better Days in the film. He describes it this way:
Slow ambient cinematic piece with a melancholic and sad feel. The minimalist guitar part is accompanied by soft strings.
It’s really quite perfect.
At the moment I’m using the song under a Creative Commons License. That means I credit him using specific language and he won’t require a royalty. In exchange, I have no expectation of exclusivity. I appreciate that he allows that.
But I still want to pay him.