We’ve added a whole host of talented musicians and DJs to our MoodMixes catalogue during April and May. The wide variety of genres and top quality musicianship demonstrates that we only add high-end music for background use to our website.

Here’s an overview of our latest additions. We hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we do.


If you are looking for music that creates the perfect start to an uplifting weekend then check out our hottest release, Creation and Destruction by Love Amplifier. It’s packed full of feel good dance tunes making an ideal choice for bars and clubs.

Fashion Themes from Alexander Lisenkov contains a fabulous collection of upbeat electronic dance grooves ready made for the catwalk. This album is also suitable for a broad selection of hospitality venues.

Looking for this year’s hottest summer album? There’s no better choice than another high-energy release from Vate. Cachonda is perfect for independent clubs, festivals or beach bars.


For music a little more chilled then perhaps Daniel Estrem’s album Telemann Trios on Guitar is more appropriate – wonderfully relaxing colorful classical guitar music ideal for restaurants.

Renowned talented soloist Sebastian Forster adds to his classical collection with exquisitely performed Beethoven’s Sonatas providing great energy, drama and passion in Magnificent Obsession series with Vol 6.

Alternative Rock

We’ve added some great new releases to our Alternative Rock section. London based artist Robin Grey returns with another fantastic album, More Than Today that demonstrates impeccable song writing skills and gently experimental, slightly quirky, fresh nu-folk tunes.

Also new to our alternative rock collection this month is Cole Pond by The Donnis Trio, a confident indie folk driven EP with melancholy vibes – a great choice for smaller, more intimate venues.

A strong selection of crisp, acoustic instrumental guitar sounds also comes from Jon Swift’s album Travelog. Relaxation at its finest! Bellwether, Arbutus from Nathan Mathes also consists of easy-going, laid back summery tracks perfect accompaniment to a refreshing beverage.


Introducing Claudia Schwab to MoodMixes! Claudia’s album Amber Sands is a combination of refreshingly original Irish, Indian, Swedish and Eastern European music styles overlaid with Austrian yodelling. This album is definitely worth a listen and would make great audio for businesses serving international cuisine.

If you run an Irish themed bar or club then don’t miss this! Ahoy and shiver your timbers to some Irish World music with a smattering of pirates from Barbepeste Official Orchestra. Bootleggers is full of fun tracks and individuality.

Luke Gartner-Brereton provides our listeners with some relaxing music therapy in his latest release, Ambrosia. Listen to the serene sounds produced by Luke in his latest release. Great for retail environments.


We would also like to welcome Oliostere to MoodMixes. Their new release, Circonflexe, is cool progressive jazz at its finest. According to the band the concept of the album revolves around claves and rhythmic patterns making each track distinguishable.

Electro Rock

If you’re searching for instrumental pop music then try Kyven’s aptly named album For Commercial Use Only. You can even add your own lyrics if you wanted to encourage improvised singing.

New Age

Searching for music to fall asleep to, but in a good way? Strange Slumber, Music for Wonderful Dreams by Barry James was written as a present to Barry’s godson and his parents, who are avid music fans and love to fall asleep to various kinds of music – great option for spas, health clubs and meditation.


Everyone should take the time to listen to this truly wonderful experimental album from Francois Couture! Ludovica consists of electronic, acoustic, vocal and traditional sounds. Can you hear the hand saw?

Would you like to hear your music on our MoodMixes website? You can find out how to submit your music here.  

If you run the type of business that looks for the deeper darker side of ambient, have a taste for melody driven indie folk or perhaps veer towards traditional instruments such as the lute or cello then be sure to check out our latest additions to the MoodMixes library.

Here’s our monthly roundup of some the best new music added during March.

Alternative Rock
We’re thrilled to see the return of Nathan Mathes to MoodMixes. Nathan’s new album, Recs is crammed full of impeccably crafted indie folk songs about life’s struggles and how to never give up. Easy Weather by The Bell Hours is another brilliant album that we’ve added to our alternative rock collection. Easy Weather is a sentimental take on modern rock and roll. Both albums are certainly worth adding to your business’s music collection.

If, however you are on the search for rock that’s a bit different then we recommend Swell by Hollywood Drunks. Swell is an energetic swirling vortex of rock, funk, rap and alternative brewed with elements of comedy.

For restaurants or bars looking for background music that creates a cool vibe and exudes an air of sophistication then we highly recommend our latest addition to our Jazz library. Downtown Ride from Canadian composer Francois Couture is a fitting choice.

Another option for background music is the aptly named album Solitude, from Julian Blackmore. Solitude consists of one 20-minute track that takes the listener on a journey into the depths of a dark ambient world.

Looking for music that’s a bit more upbeat? Then Summer 2014 by Kyven could be the answer. Positive and uplifting 80s pop with modern chops.

We’ve added a wide selection of albums to our classical section recently, particularly from lute, clarinet and cello musicians including James AkersRomualdo Barone and Alison Crum and Roy Marks.

Also new to our classical collection this month is the latest album from Daniel Estem. Daniel is our second ‘most licensed’ artist on MoodMixes. We are confident that Daniel’s new release, Bach Harpsichord Suites on Guitarwon’t disappoint and will prove to be just as popular as his previous works.

In addition we also have a whole host of electronica new releases starting with Prisma by Philipp Weigl. Prisma oozes relaxation and eases the listener into a blissful, dreamlike state – a perfect choice for spas or simply meditating.

At the opposite end of our electronica spectrum is the faster paced, urban electronica cumbia album Exotica from Vate. Exotica would make a superb audio choice for any modern bar or club. We also love the latest release from Mike McGuillStult consists of confident, fresh new electronic sounds.

New Age
In our World category you’ll find The Lake, a new release by Hans Christian. The Lake produces an utterly captivating sound of New Age meets Indian cello. Following his magnificent debut album, Australian composer Luke Gartner-Brereton also returns to our World section with his latest release Ronroco Dreaming – a blend of classical tones with folk/Latin rhythms, an excellent choice for restaurant owners.

Remember, you can listen to all the latest releases by visiting our website, even without a membership.


You can now easily download a PDF of your license certificate and agreement, which serves as proof that you have legally licensed music. You can show this PDF to anyone who might want proof of your license, such as when your friendly local collecting society agent shows up at your front door.

To find this feature, go to your license page:

In your web browser, you’ll see a new “Download PDF” link.

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Click it, and a PDF of the license will download and display in your web browser. You can then choose file/save in your web browser to save it to disk.

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The same PDF download feature exists for the longer “agreement” as well.


Our credit card system now directly supports foreign currencies, so you will no longer have “currency conversion” fees on your credit card, if you are paying in a currency other than US dollars.

Previously, if your monthly fee was €15 per month, this would be converted into dollars when charged to your credit card. This would cause you to incur a currency conversion fee, applied by your credit card company.

Now, the €15 charge will go through as Euros on your card, so there is no currency conversion fee.

So… in effect… doing business with us just got a little bit cheaper…

We recently had a client build a playlist with over 2700 songs in it, which the customer was having trouble downloading, given their limited internet bandwidth.

So… we added a feature, which makes a script to download each song in your playlist, one at a time, instead of as a big single file that can be hard to get entirely if your internet connection is slow or unreliable.

To use this feature, choose the (script) choices in the “download playlist” choice (which you’ll find at the bottom of the songs in a playlist).

Here is what it looks like:

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The next step goes very quickly, and then you can download scripts that will work on Windows (a batch file), OSX (a terminal shell script) and Linux. You might need a technical person to help you if you don’t know how to run a command line script.

A new “recent” option now appears on MoodMixes’ music pages. We typically add 4 new albums every week.

You can see what recent albums have been added by genre, or for genre “all”. If you want to download them you can either click the “download” button for each new album, or else add the tracks to a playlist and download all the albums together in a zip using the download-a-playlist feature.

Artists are listed by date order, with artists who have had a recent release listed first. If an artist has other albums, these are also shown when you click on the artist. The date of each release is show next to the album name.

If you click the “recent” choice at MoodMixes and you’re not logged in, only albums that are from no collecting society are shown, and this is a much smaller list than if you’re logged in and are allowed to see music from all countries.

The “albums” page also has an “all” genre now too.


We’ve released a free iPhone app for MoodMixes, which:

  • lets you play background music for your business directly from an iPhone or iPod touch
  • features a simple flip-through-the-genres interface. Tap the image to play. Simple!
  • plays music without needing any permanent connection to the Internet: shows are automatically stored on your iPhone.
  • automatically downloads new music daily when the Internet is available, transparently rotating in new music.
  • You can subscribe directly from iTunes and have Apple charge you the monthly fee, or you can sign up with MoodMixes and enter your name/password into the iPhone app.
  • Has full support for shows that you create for yourself using the MoodMixes web site. These appear as new “Your shows” graphics in the app to the right of the standard genres.
  • Automatically supports both “shuffle-play” and “album-at-a-time” versions of our shows.
  • Lets you disable genres (shows) you don’t want your staff playing (i.e., Hip Hop or Intense Rock), giving them a limited choice of music that’s appropriate for your venue.
  • full support for Apple’s “Airplay” standard, letting you pipe music to remote speakers using inexpensive “Airport Express” devices.

You can click here to install the app using iTunes, or just search for “MoodMixes” in the app store using your iPhone/iPod touch.

Here are two pictures showing the classical and chill out genres, which you access by flipping right or left with your finger:

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The currently playing song is automatically displayed:

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You can double-tap an genre image if you want to see a list of downloaded episodes, as well as choose to play specific episodes. However, most people won’t bother with this and will simply single-tap the genre and let the music play automatically.

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I received this lovely unsolicited email from one of our customers today, La Margherita restaurant in Rugby:

This is just a quick email to thank you for the email and above all for the music. We haven’t updated our playlist for quite a while and while doing it tonight, we realized how fortunate we are to have found your company.

The music is of great quality, the software quite easy to use, an absolute we wealth of artists, styles and albums and all of it superbly managed. We love the fact that we don’t get endless emails and updates and basically we are left to enjoy it, unless there is a problem.

A great satisfaction for us as well is the fact that we do not feed into the commercial mass marketed and marketing music out there. We feel that somehow the artists we play will benefit far more from our money than some celebrity. Thank you again and looking forward to discover some more exciting artists.


I asked Maria if I could reprint her letter, also letting her know:

I don’t know if you already knew, but MoodMixes is a “fair trade” business, and 50% of what you pay us goes directly to musicians, not lawyers, managers or labels, so you are absolutely right in believing that the musicians you play benefit from your working with us! There’s a short paragraph about this on our ‘about’ page.


to which she replied:

Congratulations on maintaining your principles in these dire times. I am sure you will be able to make it though for more and more years to come, mainly because so many companies I know are tired of the charges and rudeness of PPL and PRS.

Feel free to use our contacts for whatever you might need and if we can help in anyway let us know.


Thanks for the love!

This week we launched iLicenseMusic, a royalty free music licensing web site, available as a subscription service.

-> We’ve been licensing music like mad for 10 years…

At Magnatune (our sister company to MoodMixes), we’ve licensed our music to over 5000 projects, of which almost 3500 were indie films! Two of these films have won “best film music” awards. I’m really proud of this, and part of what made this possible was being way out ahead of everyone else with what was (for many, many years) a one-of-a-kind model. Our success helped inspire the CCPlus license at Creative Commons as well has 3 copy-cat businesses.

10 years ago, there was no online music licensing : I grafted the stock photo licensing idea from Getty Images onto the music business. There had been one famous attempt by Gerd Leonhard (who is now a good friend, and who tried the idea with his licensemusic.com), that crashed and burned rather spectacularly.

Magnatune’s licensing model has been to sell each different use of our music separately, so people only pay for the rights they need. Ask a musician for all rights, forever vs 30 seconds in a film for a festival and you’ll get a very different idea of what the price should be. For many years, this unbundling worked well, and it got rid of the dreaded “music lawyers crafting a custom agreement” which has killed music licensing revenue for so many labels (well, the lawyers liked that arrangement).

But… in recent years we’ve found that almost all videos go on the Internet, and they also go global. The notions of restricting media types and distribution territories no longer make any sense.

Film festival organizers have been asking for complete clearance of the music, for all uses forever, in order to simply submit a film for consideration at a festival. Our unbundled approach no longer works.

In recent years I’ve also provided music to the same film makers year after year, as they’re a very committed bunch, and keep making movies one after another.

Finally, and unexpectedly, I always thought that Magnatune would be a money-losing idea, and that the real profit would be working with businesses. Much to my (happy) surprise, Magnatune as a consumer business has done just fine. We’re just about to work on a total rewrite of Magnatune, and a good part of that is having it only be a consumer-music-service, and not do double duty as a business-to-business service.

These thoughts and more were going through my mind, as I came up with the idea for …

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–> The new idea

So… what if we were to change Magnatune’s music licensing approach to encourage repeat customers to stick with us, to use more of our music (and of course, less music from the competition), by having a low-cost subscription service? They pay a monthly fee, and all their music problems go away.

Magnatune and its musicians win, since we get a dependable income stream.

Film makers win by lowering their music costs, not having to negotiate, and having all the rights cleared so there aren’t any troubles later on.

So… that’s how iLicenseMusic works — for $89 per month, a film maker (or anyone else who needs a music license) can use our music in their projects and products, and there are no other fees. They can cancel at any time: after which they can’t use our music in new projects or products. Seems fair, no?

Nobody else is trying this business model with music licensing. I thought it’d be interesting to be the first, and to see how it works out. Our old way of doing things worked great for many years, but now it’s time for something new.

As of this week, all music licensing goes to either:

1) iLicenseMusic: film, video, internet, games, presentations, etc…

2) MoodMixes: background music for restaurants, stores, offices, etc…

I’ll let you know how it all works out!


MoodMixes is now available, fully translated, in German and Spanish.

We also have people who can answer your emails in those languages.

If you visit MoodMixes from Germany, Switzerland or Austria, the site should automatically be in German. If not, you can choose “Deutsch” from the bottom of the MoodMixes home page, or simply visit http://moodmixes.de

If you visit MoodMixes from Spain, Mexico or a Spanish speaking South American country, the site should automatically be in Spanish. If not, you can choose “Español” from the bottom of the MoodMixes home page, or simply visit http://moodmixes.es


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