Where does the music come from?
The music in the library was commissioned by professional theater companies, and composed and produced by Jim Ragland. It includes music that was used in production, as well as any out-takes, alternatives and variations.
Who is Jim Ragland?
Jim Ragland has composed music for use in professional theater since 1980, beginning with Desire Caught by the Tail by Pablo Picasso at the famed Off-Off-Broadway theater company Soho Rep.

Since then, he has created music and sound designs for over 200 productions at theaters all over the country, including The Williamstown Theater Festival, The Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Hartford Stage, The Empty Space, Seattle Children’s Theater, Portland Center Stage, The Alley Theater in Houston, The Intiman Theater and A Contemporary Theater in Seattle.

Some of the masterpieces of the theater for which he has created scores include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale and King Lear, Sophocles’ Electra, August Wilson’s Fences and Seven Guitars, Sam Shepard’s A Tooth of Crime, Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Chekhov’ Uncle Vanya and The Seagull, and Sheridan’s The Rivals. In 1993 Jim composed music, designed sound and performed as the solo live musician in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production of The Kentucky Cycle with Stacy Keach.

Other productions Jim has scored include many of the most popular plays in the current and recent American theatrical repertoire, including Crimes of the Heart, Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Royal Family, Fuddy Meers, Miss Witherspoon, Alice in Wonderland, and The Mystery of Irma Vep.

In 2005 he received the Gregory Falls Sustained Achievement Award from Theater Puget Sound.
How do I search the Library?
I have been a sound designer for many years, so, with the help of my brilliant son and webmaster, Gabe, I have tried to devise a search mechanism for MusiCues that does what I would want it to do. I hope it works for you!

Search: Type anything that you like in the Search box, and it will pull up any that has that word or phrase anywhere in its Library entry. Try “sweet”, “noire-ish” or “TV” and you will see what I mean.

Explore by: Another way to zero in on a specific type of cue is to click on any of the Tags that drop down from the categories in the search bar above the Library. For example, under “Style”, click on “ Blues” and you will get everything with that Tag in its Style column.

Sort: By default, Cues are arranged alphabetically by Title. Click on “Length” to sort them from shortest to longest. Click on “Title” to return to the default.

Click on any Tag in any Library entry, and you will get everything with that Tag in that column.

If you want to see other Cues composed originally for the same or related project, click on the Title.

For a Link to a Cue so you can bookmark it or share it, Click on the Title
How do I share music?
Just send a link. You don't need to be logged in to listen, and neither does the person you want to share the music with. You simply send a link to any cue or group of cues to anybody else and they will be able to listen to them, and also explore the library themselves.
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