How do you get music and fireworks to go off together? It is a question that has been plaguing mankind for centuries.
Nowadays computers and technical gadgets and gizmos make the job a lot easier for the professionals. Some have remote firing systems that automatically work in time with the beat. For us normal types however it can be a lot more difficult. If you cannot afford expensive equipment to do the timing for you, how do you set off fireworks in time to the music?
The answer is simple, a lot of planning and preparation and a little bit of luck.
The secret is to know exactly how long the music and the fireworks are going to last, if you have a song that is 5 minutes long and you only have 4 minutes worth of fireworks, you’re gonna have a bad time. Or 1 minutes worth of bad time to be precise. So rule one is to make sure you know how long each firework lasts and how long your music lasts and make sure they match Common sense stuff.
So how do you make the music and the fireworks sound good. Start with a good song, if you try to do a fireworks display to Cliff Richards “Summer Holiday” it may not have the impact you are looking for, try aiming a little more rocky if possible. The message here is power. A powerful and drum beat ridden tune will most likely get the crowd going, just look at almost any video by Brothers Pyrotechnics and you will hear the music from the Rocky movies. This is excellent fireworks music, powerful, anthemic and rocky. Get the crowds toes tapping and you have almost got it.
Choice of fireworks is very important as well, if you have a fast firing barrage, use fast music, if the song is slower and sedate, let the music reflect that. It is all about capturing the mood of the pyrotechnics and the music and blendign into one experience for your audience.
Always remember to finish on a loud and busy number to get the blood flowing in the audience. Like in any form of entertainment you should always leave them wanting more.
So, to recap, make the music’s mood match the fireworks, keep it busy at the end. Finish on a loud and busy finale and make sure you like the song, if it’s a song that is not popular, the fireworks won’t look as good. Know your audience.
Here it is the list of the 50 most popular songs our customers have recommended to go with fireworks. If you have any suggestions to add to the list please let us know.
Rocket Man – Elton John
Eternal Flame – Bangles
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Light my Fire – The Doors
Firestarter – Prodigy
Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Spinning Around – Kylie
Relight my Fire – Take That
Fireworks – Embrace
Boom Bang a Bang – LuLu
Chariots of Fire – Vangelis
Boom Boom Boom – Outhere Brothers
Bang Bang – Sonny and Cher
Time to Burn – Storm
Rocket – Def Leppard
All fired up – Pat Benatar
Unforgettable Fire – U2
She Bangs – Ricky Martin
Rocket – Herbie Hancock
Bang Bang – BA Robertson
Ashes to Ashes – David Bowie
Fire by Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Wheels on Fire – Siouxsie & the Banshees
We will Rock You – Queen
Don’t Stop Me now – Queen
Cochise – AudioSlave
Burn Baby Burn – Ash
Through the fire and the flames – DragonForce
Falling as One – Rise to Addiction
Music for Royal Fireworks – Handel
Paradise City – Guns N Roses
Jonnie b. Good – Chuck Berry
Eye of the Tiger – Rocky Theme
Fight fire with fire – metallica
Rule the world – take that
Two Tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
“Zadok the Priest” from the Coronation Anthems. – Georg Frideric Handel
Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Chasing Rainbows – Shed Seven
The day we caught the train – Ocean Colour Scene
Chop Suey – System of a Down
Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm
We didn’t start the fire – Billy Joel
1812 overture – Tchaikovsky
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Harry Potter Theme
Independence Day Theme
Star Wars Theme
High Voltage – Electric Six
Just Watch The Fireworks – Jimmy Eat World
Rage Against The Machine – Sleep Now In The Fire
War of the Worlds Theme
Boom Boom Boom – Black Eyed Peas