TV. Film. & Licensing
Montesano Music Licensing
Compositions and recordings on this page are owned by Montesano Music exclusively. No further clearance is necessary. Montesano Music is also the publisher for most of the tracks you can sample on this page. Some tracks are controlled by outside publishers or are in co-publishing agreements with Montesano Music. This means that contracts will be generated by us, or by the administrative publishers involved with each track.
If you find a track that you would like to license for use in your project, film, website, advertising, etc., contact us and we will make it available. You will have the opportunity to see how it works with your video sequence before paying for usage. We offer instrumental versions of songs with lyrics, and we can also create an entirely new piece of music that is similar to one you like. Prices vary according to type of use.
Music for film and advertising is all about the mood.
I have created five playlists below to categorize by style and genre.
Cinematic & International / Soul – Jazz – Funk / Novelty – Humor – Children's / Island & Tropical
Americana – Historic & Western
There is enough variation within each playlist below for your consideration. Search through the recordings, and feel free to request what you need. These tracks are just a fraction of our total catalog
This spectacular aerial tour of San Diego was produced over a 10-year period by KPBS television. The music soundtrack received a regional Emmy nomination in 2011; composed by Paul Montesano and recorded at his San Diego studio.
Cinematic & International
Global Soundtracks (album title)
Music is a Universal language. Harmonies and rhythms speak a language that words cannot express. We can feel a connection to cultures around the world just by listening to the way that sound and color are expressed in their music. Somehow we are all the same, yet different. Music for advertising has crossed all boundaries to promote products and ideas. There is a public acceptance of all flavors in music. Marketing is now a global reality. We are growing out of our "folk" roots and merging into a World Marketplace. If we do it right, we can open our ears and open our eyes the future, and we can celebrate the beauty of our diversity through Music. What I call "Cinematic" and "International" is the development of folk elements arranged and produced with a more classical or orchestrated sound.
Island & Tropical
The Sky, The Sun and Sea (album title)
From Reggae to Samba, Mambo to Bossa Nova, Hawaii to Africa, Tropical is a place of Sunshine and Water, Sensuality and Tranquility. Some people think that this style of music is for a poolside Martini. Others feel a cultural identity from deep within the rhythms that speak to their Soul. One thing we all feel is a freedom from the stress of everyday life. No matter if you're rich or poor, no matter what color you are, everything is all right on this beautiful island in the sun. Is this an escape from Reality? Or just the way it's supposed to be.
Novelty - Children's - Humor
The Lighter Side (album title)
We all perk up when we hear or see the unexpected. Whether it's flat out funny or just weird enough to get your attention, some music just stands out and turns an ordinary video sequence into a party. Different is good in a world full of imitators and wanna-be's. We have a variety of unique songs and instrumentals in our catalog.
Soul - Jazz - Funk
The Natural Groove (album title)
The sound of the Natural Groove is Urban, and urban means either uptown or downtown. But either way, you are on the streets feeling the pulse and the rhythm of people you see and people you meet. The natural groove is Music that makes you feel confident even in a crowded public place. We need to relax at times when tension is high. The Natural Groove is being your streetself. There's something hot about being cool, and vice versa. Life has a tempo and a Beat that moves us forward. We need to pick up on what's going on around us, go with the flow and do what we know. If you don't have your earbuds with you, just find your tune inside and sing it.
Americana - Historic & Western
Back From Yesterday (album title)
Americana is a term for music that brings nostalgia and reflects our American history. Many forms have been stirred into the melting pot of American Culture. Folk music played on the guitar is fundamental to the Blues and Country Music. Piano was big at the turn of the 20th Century with Jazz on the rise. A kind of parlor music with player pianos reflected a new popular sound that combined old folk songs with jazz and even a classical touch. Ragtime was uniquely American.
In our modern times, what is truly Americana sounds slow-paced and rural. There was a time when more Americans lived outside of major cities. As people moved West, the Spanish as well as Native American influences became evident through the developing culture. Through cinema, a unique style of music was eventually developed by Hollywood filmmakers to romanticize the"Old West". Those days have passed, but what is truly distinctive about our roots is that they were untouched by the volume and hype that is given by electronic instruments.