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Music With Meaning That Won't Steal The Show

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Pennybank Tunes describes this new release of production music as "a nostalgic voyage to the streets of Paris... featuring accordion, minimalist themes in a tribute to French cinema with melancholic & sentimental piano, violin and retro vibes."

There's a whole world of music out there that, for the most part, goes in one ear and out the other. But if it weren't there, the world probably wouldn't sound as good. We're talking about "production music." Music used to create a mood or feeling without being the foreground element in a production.

Think TV shows, movies, commercials, etc. And with the digital revolution occurring, podcasts, video games, even ringtones are using production music.  And if you think some of the music you hear sounds similar to well known tunes, that's on purpose.

This week on Crossover, we speak with two people who are at the forefront of the genre. Helen Bank is the CEO and music supervisor for Pennybank Tunes based in Paris, and Olivier Szymanski (whose nom de plume is OC Banks), musician and project manager with Pennybank.

We'll play some of the tunes they've produced for use in 30 countries, and talk about a world of music that isn't quite foreground but not quite background either.

Crossover with Jill Pasternak airs Saturday morning at 11:30 am on WRTI-FM, with an encore the following Friday night at 7 pm on WRTI-HD2. Both airings can be heard on the All-Classical web stream at wrti.org.