FAQS

What does Evolving Sound do?

Firstly, we’re a small, totally independent label, fueled by a passion for and obsession with movie trailers, and the music and sound-design that supports them.

We partner with some of the best composers and producers of dramatic music and sound-design, along with leading orchestras and musicians, to create jaw-dropping music for theatrical trailers.  We like to think we do it really well, constantly striving for excellence in both writing and production, pushing some boundaries occasionally, exploring new trailer genres and seeking to serve our clients in theatrical promotion, broadcast TV, game promotion and the wider visual media with exceptional content and a smile on our faces.

Our music is released on industry-exclusive albums, orientated towards high-end trailers, TV spots and game promotion.    After a period of trailer-industry exclusivity, it is sometimes released more widely via our network of sub-publishers.

How do I access your 'industry-only' releases?

If you’re a trailer-house, studio or creative agency involved in film-trailer production, we keep our industry-only releases on our Source Audio client site.   Please sign-up here for access.

How do I license your music?

Most licenses are dealt with direct, so just contact us and we’ll do our very best to help.  If you’re outside the UK or US, please reach out to our local sub-publisher (see contacts page).

If you’re in the UK and are a broadcaster or Independent Production Company,  music which is no longer exclusive to the trailer industry (ie. on general release) is covered by most MCPS blanket agreements for production music.

If in doubt, please just drop us an email and we’ll do our very best to help.

Do you put all your music on your website?

No.  All music on general release is available via our website.  Certain brand new material is released on an ‘industry only’ basis to clients in the film-trailer industry only.   This music is available via our client site.  If you’re a trailer house, creative agency or network who would like access to our industry only releases, please sign-up on our client site.

I’m a UK broadcaster or production company, is your music covered by my MCPS blanket agreement?

Yes. Once on general release, our music can be used under MCPS blanket agreements for production music.  Simply sign-up for an account (subject to approval) and you’ll be able to download full broadcast-quality files for the tracks you need.  Or get in touch and we’ll sort things out and send you links direct.

Can I download your music?

All registered industry users (registration subject to approval) are able to download any of our tracks in both MP3 and broadcast quality WAV format.  Unregistered visitors are able to stream music only.

Please be aware that although our music can be downloaded for free, this does not grant the user any rights to use it in productions of any kind, without first obtaining the appropriate license. We’re enormously grateful to our visitors and clients for respecting the hard work of our composers and the copyright of our material.

If you have questions, or are unsure about licensing, please just contact us.

How much does it cost to license your music?

Licenses and rates are generally agreed direct on a case by case basis.  Every project is different and budgets vary.  Please contact us for a quote.

For UK productions, use of our music will often be covered by existing MCPS blanket agreements for production music.  Otherwise licenses can be purchased via the PRS for Music License Manager.

Outside the UK, we have a network of agents who can help you arrange licensing for your project.  Please see their details on our contact page.

How do I use your audio player and manage my tracks?

Browsing Music

Click on an album to audition it in our audio player. Or browse by category, genre, playlist etc. using the shortcuts in the left hand panel. Use the search box to search by style/keyword, composer, title or instrumentation.

Stems, Alt Versions, Related Tracks

In the track-list, use the drop down arrow on each track bar (far left) to audition alternative versions, edits and stems, and to learn more about the track.   The ‘Related Tracks’ will bring up a list of tracks which are of a similar feel or genre.

Playlists (requires account), Likes and Shares

Click the ‘+’ button in the tracklist to add a track to your personal playlist.  Create a new playlist or add to an existing playlist.  To manage your playlists, click the ‘playlist’ link in the header bar.   Create or delete playlists, remove tracks, save settings etc.

Use the share icon either in the track bar (to share individual tracks), or in the upper album panel or playlist page, to share links to playlists or albums.  Share via social media or email (streaming only).

Download Tracks (requires account)

From either the main player track-list, or within any of your playlists, or from the large player bar (bottom of screen) simply click the download button to download.   Stems and alternate versions can be downloaded in the same way.

Packaged zip files for each track are sometimes provided, including all versions and stems for that track.  Click the drop-down arrow (far left of track bar) then select the zip download to the right of the tabs.

Full, broadcast quality wav files are made available when a license is purchased, or for blanket agreement holders (PRS/MCPS and certain overseas PRO’s).

Which territories do you supply music to?

We have sub-publishers in place who cover most of the principal territories around the world – please find details here.

In the event that you’re located somewhere we’re not represented, please contact us and we’ll be happy to arrange licensing direct.

How does licensing for film trailers work?

All trailer licenses are agreed on a quote request basis.  Please contact us for a quote.

Can I license music from you on an exclusive basis?

We offer industry pre-releases of our albums, and are always happy to discuss exclusive use ahead of release, if this suits or is a requirement of your project please get in touch.

Do you offer ‘blanket agreements’ to production companies/broadcasters?

Yes.  Although our catalogue is still small, we’re happy to make blanket terms available to users who feel they might like to use our music on a regular basis. Please contact us.

In the UK, our albums on general release is covered by MCPS/PRS For Music blanket agreements for Production Music.

Do you offer bespoke compositions and how much does it cost?

Yes, we’re always happy to provide commissioned music for specific productions. Timing and cost will depend on the availability of composers and the nature of production you need music for, as well as length and style of piece etc. Please contact us if you feel your project would benefit from a bespoke composition.

Am I allowed to use your music on my personal Youtube channel?

It is possible to purchase a commercial online license, which would also cover any personal use.   However, we’re currently not able to offer personal Youtube licenses via our online licensing system, which is geared primarily towards commercial users.

If there is sufficient demand for personal, non-commercial and non-monetized Youtube licenses, this is something we may offer in the future.  However, inside the UK we are governed by the PRS’ rate system for online use which would restrict us from offering separate licenses.

Are you recruiting composers at the moment?

We’re always happy to listen to great dramatic music and provide feedback, always receptive to composers who bring something truly original and inspiring to the trailer-music genre. Although we’re not actively recruiting new writers at the moment, we always have new releases in the pipeline and if you think your music will blow us away, we’d love to hear it.

What are Stems and how can I use them?

In order to offer producers and editors maximum flexibility, we offer stems for all our tracks.  Stems are the component parts of each track (drums, sound-design, synths, brass, strings etc.), separated out so that the track can be ‘rebuilt’ or ‘remixed’ to suit the requirements of your project.

So, if the sound design is interfering with voiceover, you’d prefer not to have percussion in the intro, or all manner of other scenarios, you’re able to re-shape the track to your exact needs.

Stems are unmastered, in order to preserve the sonic integrity of the individual parts, so you can re-combine to recreate the original unmastered mix, and then master where necessary to fit the project.

We provide this functionality in good faith and, needless to say, stems may not be used without authorisation for projects not explicitly covered by a license.

Is this ‘royalty free music’?

No, this is pretty much the exact opposite of royalty free.  Our music is carefully, professionally and laboriously crafted and produced, agonized over and revised by in-house producers in collaboration with our composers, to ensure that we deliver only outstanding tracks suitable for synchronisation to dramatic visual media.   We specialize in music specifically designed for film trailers, but  it’s also suitable for TV spots and some in-show uses, video game promos and other media that demand exceptional dramatic cues. Each track is written by a composer with extensive experience in writing for visual media, often recorded with live musicians, sometimes a whole orchestra, and professionally mixed and mastered to the very highest standards.  It’s packed with meticulous attention to detail, endless hours of creative passion, brutal self censorship and obsession with perfection.  No corners cut.

Each type of use requires a specific license, which can be purchased direct from us, our overseas partners, or (in the UK) via the PRS License Manager.

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