Unlike popular and classical music publishers, who typically own less than 50 percent of the copyright in a composition, music production libraries own all of the copyrights of their music, meaning that it can be licensed without seeking the composer's permission, as is necessary in licensing music from normal publishers. This is because virtually all music created for music libraries is done on a work for hire basis. Production music is therefore a convenient solution for media producers—they can be assured that they will be able to license any piece of music in the library at a reasonable rate, whereas a specially commissioned work could be prohibitively expensive; similarly, licensing a well-known piece of popular music could cost anywhere from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the prominence of the performer/s.
Production music libraries will typically offer a broad range of musical styles and genres, enabling producers and editors to find much of what they need in the same library. Music libraries vary in size from a few hundred tracks up to many thousands. The first production music library was setup by De Wolfe Music in 1927 with the advent of sound in film, the company originally scored music for use in silent film.
Library music is frequently used as theme and/or background music in radio, film and television. Well-known examples of British TV series whose themes were sourced from library catalogues include Ski Sunday ("Pop Looks Bach" by Sam Fonteyn), Dave Allen At Large ("Studio 69" by Alan Hawkshaw), Mastermind ("Approaching Menace" by Neil Richardson), the original theme for the BBC's Grandstand ("News Scoop" by Len Stevens), Crimewatch ("Rescue Helicopter" by John Cameron) and Grange Hill ("Chicken Man" by Alan Hawkshaw). Arthur Wood's "Barwick Green", written in 1924, still serves as the theme for long-running BBC Radio soap The Archers. TV comedy series such as The Benny Hill Show and Monty Python's Flying Circus also made extensive use of production library cues (many sourced from the De Wolfe catalogue) as background or incidental music.
American television has also utilized British library music, most notably with the themes for Monday Night Football ("Heavy Action" by Johnny Pearson) and The People's Court ("The Big One" by Alan Tew). Another notable example is the Nickelodeon animated series The Ren and Stimpy Show, which used both well-known classical music excerpts and a wide range of pre-1960's production music cues -- including many pieces familiar from their use in earlier cartoons -- which were chosen for their ironic and humorous effect.
Library music composers and session performers typically work anonymously and have rarely become known outside their own professional circle. However in recent years some veteran composer-performers in this field such as Alan Hawkshaw, John Cameron and Keith Mansfield have achieved cult status as a result of a new interest in production music of the 1960s and 1970s, notably the 'beat' and electronica cues recorded for KPM and other labels, which have been widely sampled by DJs and record producers. In recent years some of these British musicians have given public performances of their classic compositions under the group name KPM Allstars.
预告片音乐制作现场： (Position Music)
01. The 7th Clandestine
02. Hunters Prelude
03. Megiddo Avenue
04. The Soldiers Promenade
05. Qiu Mansion
06. The New York Nightfall
07. Journey of Honour
08. Man At Arms
09. Nox Trigger
11. Charmands Empire
12. 3 Two Action
13. Urban Pursuit
14. Eta Carinae Hybrid
15. Blazing Torches
17. The 7th Clandestine (Non Choir)
18. Hunters Prelude (Non Choir)
19. The Soldiers Promenade (Non Choir)
20. Qiu Mansion (Non Choir)
21. Journey of Honour (Non Choir)
22. Man At Arms (Non Choir)
23. Nox Trigger (Non Choir)
24. Charmands Empire (Non Choir)
25. 3 Two Action (Non Choir)
26. Eta Carinae Hybrid (Non Choir)
27. Blazing Torches (Non Choir)
28. Vengeance (Non Choir)