Reality TV Music and Effective Key-wording

Reality show music is a style that is formulaic and contains distinct elements that are used universally irregardless of Musical genre.
Some of these elements include: underlying pulsing drones, beds, heavy percussive hits, quick mood transitions, rises, sound design, tension and builds.  These elements are the bells and whistles that create high level energy and an exaggerated dramatic mood.

We will discuss some effective tags that can be used in the categories of “mood and texture”, analysis of “genre” in certain selected reality shows and effective “style” tags that can be used to describe reality show music.

 

Mood and Texture

Identifying mood changes and transitions is an important aspect of curating this style of music.

Here are some samples of transitional tags:

Mood Tags
Sad-Happy, Happy-Sad
Fear-Heartfelt, Heartfelt-Fear
Tension-Resolution, Resolution-Tension
Uncertain-Uplifting, Uplifting-Uncertain

Textural Tags
Dark-Bright, Bright-Dark
Smooth-Edgy, Edgy-Smooth
Light-Heavy, Heavy-Light

 

Australia’s Next Top Model offers great examples of mood transitions:

 

 

 

Genre

There are many genres that are used in reality shows, from EDM to epic orchestral.  Beds, drones, percussive hits, rises and elements of sound design are also incorporated to create more dramatic tension.

Below is analysis of Reality Show Themes that represent different Genres.

 

Shark Tank:

Genre: Orchestral Hybrid
The Shark Tank theme song features dramatic orchestral sonorities with a heavy driving beat.  Creating solemn, dark, action oriented, and serious moods with an edge.

 

Real Housewives:

Orange County

Beverly Hills

Genre: Dramedy
The Real Housewives theme song features elements of Dramedy (pizzicato strings) bright synth and string melodies with an underlying  hip hop feel that create sneaky, insistent, and suspenseful moods with a playful feel.

Project Runway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBTgwBKpp6c

Genre: Rock
Edgy electric guitar, driving drums and electronic elements and underlying strings help create additional tension.

 

Style Tags

Here is a list of highly effective Industry Standard tags that maybe helpful when describing your music.

Competition
Bring it On
Time Out
Execution
Making it Happen
Show it Off
Arena
Game Show
Talking Beds
Elimination
Fight
Intensity
Heroic
Adventure

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