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Music Outpost

Licensing Music on The Sonic Frontier

...Cuneiform...revel in blurring the lines between different musical genres, not getting caught up in dogmatic views of music, but merely releasing music determined on merit.  –  jazzandblues.blogspot absolutely unexpected gem from the delightful Cuneiform label-which between showcasing some of the world's brightest and most adept contemporary composers and spotlighting by unsung masters, is...the most adventurous record company out there...  –  Yahoo! Music

...this company has...artists who aren't timid about swimming against the tide.  –  Sounds

The wondrous Cuneiform label does the business again...This is glorious, joyous, fierce music...  –  BBC

Where do you hear innovative, adventurous music? Cuneiform...has long that satisfies even the most discriminate underground tastes.  –  Surreal [Detroit] of the most consistently exceptional is the Cuneiform that reaches beyond the standard progressive rock stylings into the truly inventive completely original forms....  –  Exposé two artists sound the same, yet most sound radically different than anything you've likely heard before.  –  Exposé

Cuneiform Records has a long history of releasing genre-destroying artworks from some of the most icconoclastic musicians on the planet.... one of the most challenging and rewarding catalogs of music ever assembled.  –  Stereophile

Kudos to Cuneiform Records for yet again releasing some of the finest progressive music of the year!  –  Music Street Journal

Welcome to The Music Outpost

The Music Outpost: Licensing Music on the Sonic Frontier provides access to music that is readily available for licensing for use in various audiovisual media, including motion pictures, television, videogames, dance or theatrical productions, and much more. Our archive is ideally suited for filmmakers and media professionals who are looking to license music that is as original and as visionary as their own projects.

Our archive features unique, adventurous, strikingly original, and high-quality music of various genres and styles, created by some of the most gifted, cutting-edge, composers and musicians in the world. The distinctive music found on The Music Outpost is not available on any other music licensing site. We are continually discovering new music and artists. We promise you ongoing musical adventures, new songs that surprise and entice.

Licensing music on the sonic frontier, The Music Outpost offers a fresh alternative to the tunes overused in too many soundtracks. We invite you to explore our site, and we promise you'll find a world of breathtaking music to set your productions apart.

Legal Notice: All materials contained in this website are property of Cuneiform Records and its content providers, and are protected by United States and international copyright laws. The content on this website is provided only for informational purposes, and no rights are granted or implied for unauthorized uses without prior consent. Read Terms of Service. Instructions on how to license content from Cuneiform Records can be found under "Licensing."

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Recent News

Summer 2014 Update - Mon 2 June 2014

The Music Outpost would like to welcome Omar Khan to the Summer 2014 team. Omar is a current student at the University of Maryland, studying Communication and Film Studies. Additionally, the Music Outpost is adding more sound excerpts and descriptions of the tracks.

Winter 2013-2014 Developments - Wed 19 Feb. 2014

The Music Outpost has been steadily adding new sound excerpts to its archives.  In the Fall 2013, Elizabeth Meyer (American University Audio Program) and Neha Dayal (University of Maryland) worked on increasing content in the sight and exploring marketing options. Early in 2014, Oscar Quinn Myers, Oscar Diaz Panting (George Washington University) and Evan Oliver (American University) came on board.  All participants have been working closely with Project Manager/Ken and Content Manager/Joyce to increase content and bring the site to launch. New artists added to the Music Outpost archives include the Belgian Chamber Rock/post-classical ensemble, Present, led by composer Roger Trigaux, and the American ensemble The Claudia Quintet, led by composer John Hollenbeck.


New artists added to The Music Outpost - Tue 20 Aug. 2013

The Music Outpost has recently added to its archive, music by several new artists, including: Ergo; Curtis Hasselbring; The Kandinsky Effect, and Dylan Ryan/Sand. Check out these new sounds; there's music for every taste, whether classical or jazz, ambient or rock....

Summer 2013 News - Mon 15 July 2013

The Music Outpost welcomes Lauren Wright to its Summer 2013 team. An MA student in Audio Engineering at American University, Lauren has professional experience in composing music for film. Experienced as well  in radio and social media, we are happy to have her work with us as we prepare to launch the site this summer.

We are currently completing tagging, descriptions, and sound samples for the music currently in the archive. After that stage is completed, we launch the site in late summer.

2014 is Cuneiform's 30th anniversary.  Announcements of the anniversary will also include announcements of the Music Outpost site.


late Spring 2013 Music Outpost update - Fri 17 May 2013

We added new artists and new music to the Music Outpost during the first four months of 2013, and are now refining existing content prior to official launch in Summer 2013. During her Spring 2013 Internship at Cuneiform, Christal was a wonderful asset to our team, doing extensive research to prepare for launch, as well as doing audio and other work on the site.
The Music Outpost is new looking for a Summer 2013 Intern, who will work with us on the official launch.

New additions to the Music Outpost Staff - Tue 26 Feb. 2013

The Music Outpost welcomes two new members to its team. Christal Jerez, a student at American University, came on board in Feb. as our Spring 2013 Semester Music Outpost intern.  She will work with Joyce to bring the website to launch, focusing on introducing the site to the film community.  Writer Jim Allen also came on board in Feb.2013; he will contribute track captions to the site. We look forward to working with Christal and Jim in the coming months, to prepare the Music Outpost for launch!

Numerous artists added to The Music Outpost! - Thu 20 Dec. 2012

Over the autumn of 2012, we added numerous artists and a broad variety of new music to The Music Outpost. We invite you to explore The Ahleuchatistas' hypnotic guitar/percussion instrumentals, encompassing minimalism, jazz and experimental rock; the catchy melodies, haunting vocals, and visionary Americana/ avant rock of Alec K. Redfearn & the Eysores, which often feature accordion; Steve Moore's expansive electronic soundscapes, rooted in vintage '70s equipment; Jason Robinson's jazz instrumentals, and Thinking Plague's intricate, vocal-entwined avant rock compositions.  Additional music coming soon...


New Music, New Staff Addition, & Upcoming Design Changes - Sun 23 Sept. 2012

We've added numerous new artists & new music to The Music Outpost:  entrancing avant folk music infused with energy and emotion by Swedish accordionist/composer Lars Hollmer, whose instrumental "Boeves Psalm" is a Scandinavian classic; upbeat jazz infused with the rhythms of pop by the Norwegian group Pixel; and jazz infused by Latin rhythms by NYC's own Positive Catastrophe. And more music is to come, from all over the world!

In addition, we're pleased to welcome a new addition to Music Outpost's staff, Alexandra Giasi, a Graduate Student at George Mason University. Alexandra will help with design changes to the site in the next few weeks; revisit soon to see the exciting results...

New music on The Music Outpost: Janel & Anthony! - Fri 10 Aug. 2012

We've just included 13 new, gorgeous tracks by the American cello/guitar/electronics duo, Janel & Anthony.

Guitarist Richard Leo Johnson's joins The Music Outpost! - Fri 29 June 2012

The Music Outpost now features the works of American guitarist Richard Leo Johnson. We've recently uploaded to our library many of his solo works as well as ones with his Richard Leo Johnson Trio (w/ violinist Ricardo Ochoa and synth/keyboardist Andrew Ripley), and are currently in the process of adding more. If you love the acoustic guitar music of John Fahey, Steve Tibbetts, Ralph Towner, Bill Frisell and other master players, then Richard Leo Johnson should hold a seat in your acoustic guitarist pantheon. All Music Guide calls Johnson's music "a wonderfully hushed and delicate univers that manages fo be beautiful, eerie, ominous, soothing and startling by turns"; his exensive collection of breathtakingly gorgeous, atmospheric instrumental work features something for filmmakers and other media professionals of all stripes.

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble now on Music Outpost site! - Fri 18 May 2012

We've uploaded numerous upbeat tunes by the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble to the Music Outpost.  Think finger-snapping, street-strutting urban jazz swirling through the moonlit streets of New Orleans - or New York... The funky, danceable "Slots" evokes casino halls bedecked with red velvet, crystal and gold...   In addition, a couple of traditional spirituals, including a breath-taking, heart-wrenchingly beautiful vocal of "Down by the Riverside". Bio text & written descriptions of tracks will follow..

More music coming soon! - Mon 7 May 2012

Music Outpost staff is preparing new content for the site; stay tuned for a larger slection than ever before!

Richard Leo Johnson's Estancia(Stay) Movie - Fri 4 May 2012

Guitarist & photographer Richard Leo Johnson is now also a movie director.  Using music and visuals and avoiding dialogue, his poetic film, Estancia(Stay) [not to be confused with the migrant worker documentary LaEstancia], weaves a gorgeous, nostalgic story of change and loss in the Mexican village of San Cristano. Johnson directed the movie and created the music soundtrack; it was filmed by Johnson with Skip Terpstra and Russ Powell. See for more information.

Stay tuned for more music by Richard Leo Johnson on the Music Outpost site.

FEEDBACK FORM for Music Outpost Beta Site - Thu 8 Sept. 2011

We ask all of our Beta Site testers to please fill out the BETA FEEDBACK form, after looking at our site. The button to access the form is next to the other Menu buttons, at the top of the site. Thank you!

The Music Outpost Beta Site Welcomes Testers! - Wed 31 Aug. 2011

A momentous day: The Music Outpost Beta Site was uploaded to the net, and is now active and ready for feedback from testers. We welcome you, our testers, and ask you to set aside time to explore our site. Once you're done, please fill out the Feedback Form and press the button to Submit. We greatly appreciate your time, help, and thoughtful comments; your expertise will help us to create a service that will be an asset to media professionals like yourselves.

The Music Outpost is trademarked. - Wed 6 July 2011

The Music Outpost registered for official trademark today. Changes were also made to text on the site.

Phase 1 Construction of The Music Outpost near Completion! - Fri 10 June 2011

We're making the final changes on the first phase of construction (Beta v.o.1) of The Music Outpost site. Once those changes are finished, we'll add more than 5 hours of new music to our archive from another brilliantly talented musician – the American guitarist Richard Leo Johnson! Visit us again soon, to see the results!

Random Samples from our Archive

  • Richard Leo Johnson Trio - "Haploid Springs (Excerpt #1)"

    Anxious ripples of acoustic guitar brush up against electronics and violin like a rising ...

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  • Beat Circus - "The Good Witch (Excerpt #1)"

    A short piece with female vocalise, i.e., no lyrics. Ethereal and atmospheric.

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  • The Claudia Quintet - "They Point...Glance...Whisper...Then Snicker… (Excerpt #2)"

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  • Janel and Anthony - "Lily in the Garden (Excerpt #1)"

    Simple, rhythmic electric guitar rhythms and arpeggios are counterpointed by subtle, snaky cello lines ...

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  • Djam Karet - "Myth of a White Jesus (Excerpt #1)"

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  • Present - "Samana (Excerpt #1)"

    A playful, episodic piece that begins with a vaguely Latin beat and some jazzy ...

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  • Univers Zero - "Variations on Mellotronic's Theme (Excerpt #1)"

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  • Djam Karet - "The Pinzler Method (Excerpt #1)"

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  • Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Nevergreen (Excerpt #1)"

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  • Afuche - "Initaleone (Excerpt #2)"

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  • Lars Hollmer - "Tama-Chan Snoa (Live: Gouveia 2005) (Excerpt #1)"

    A merry, perky accordion spins out a peppy tune that touches on European folk ...

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  • Alec K Redfearn And The Eyesores - "Black Ice (Excerpt #1)"

    The soundtrack to a belly dance from hell, with exotic-sounding, minor-key accordion lines pivoting ...

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  • The Kandinsky Effect - "Lars Von Trier (Excerpt #1)"

    [Tempo: Down-tempo]

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  • Djam Karet - "Province 19: the Visage Of War (Excerpt #2)"

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  • Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Dinosaurs Theme (Excerpt #2)"

    Riveting rhythm guitar and slithering sax pound out a threatening, foreboding rock instrumental with ...

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  • Richard Leo Johnson - "More Than All the Stars in the Sky (Excerpt #1)"

    Rapidly picked acoustic guitar arpeggios are repeated long enough to pick up steam, dragging ...

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  • The Microscopic Septet - "Hang It On a Line (Excerpt #1)"

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  • Lars Hollmer - "Go to Africa (Excerpt #1)"

    This track stays somewhat true to its title, maintaining a head-nodding African-flavored groove throughout, ...

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  • Lars Hollmer - "Den arga kvinnan (Excerpt #1)"

    Imagine the most chaotic scene in a classic Warner Bros cartoon, with a maniacal ...

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  • Richard Leo Johnson & Gregg Bendian - "Little Sparrow (Excerpt #1)"

    [Tempo: Up-tempo]

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