Sunday, September 23, 2018

What's Happening: Week of September 24, 2018

I currently have no new music in the pipeline this week, but am considering making changes to my website.

I was poking around on Pond5 and noticed something. It turns out that part of that site's recent makeover included a new wrinkle. I noticed that they now use HTML to embed media in the artist forums, forsaking Flash in the process. This is potentially huge, because browsers now don't particularly like Flash due to security concerns. I myself stopped using Flash to embed files on this site, choosing instead to create and host my own mp3 preview files and then use HTML audio code to embed the previews.

I sent a request to Pond5 asking if it they would have a problem with me using HTML code to embed files in my own site. They provide different ways of integrating content, but most of these involve some combination of PHP/JavaScript/AJAX and I'm not in the mood to do that much coding. However, if I can embed HTML in the pages then it becomes a simple matter to install WordPress and use the built-in audio shortcode. If I can do that, then I'll probably look to migrate my current one-page site to WP and host a lot of audio previews there. That would allow me to use WP categories and tags to create a keyword-rich site environment that would be awesome for SEO. But first, we'll have to see what P5 has to say.

My featured stock music item this week is Dramatic Sorrow. It's a plaintive piece with classical guitar and orchestra. I hope you'll check it out. Maybe next week I'll preview my featured item here with HTML embedding from Pond5. For that matter, if it works out well and I migrate the main site to WordPress, I may just consider migrating this blog there as well.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

What's Happening: Week of September 17, 2018

I'm spending more time recently on non-music projects, but I do have some news to share on the stock music front. First . . .
I have a new intro in the Pond5 pipeline. It's another "heroic" intro with big orchestral sounds, cinematic percussion and strings. Here's a sample:

My featured stock music item this week is Blues Rock Intro (30 Second). It's gritty and has a Bo Diddley rhythm cranking out. Consider this one for sports or talk podcasts where you want to impart a gritty, edgy vibe to your audience.

I have a couple of other items that are sort of on the back burner at the moment. They've been sitting since I took my end-or-summer break and I'll probably have a fresh look at them this week. One is an upbeat EDM track that AudioJungle rejected. I'll probably go back and try some fresh tweaks of at that this week. Another is more ambient and a third is more corporate/business oriented. More info when it's available.

And with that, I wish you a happy week!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

What's Happening: Week of September 10, 2018

I'm back from seeing my son, daughter and beautiful granddaughter in Utah, and am ready to get back into the swing of things.

New this week is a project I think I mentioned a few weeks back. It's a 60-minute ambient soundscape I created for Danita in the hope of helping out with her tinnitus. It combines white noise with water sounds, bird calls and some sampled synthesized music, plus a few odds and ends thrown in. The working title was "Environs," but I've decided to call it "Sanctuary" instead. It's available now on YouTube.
My featured stock music item this week is Corporate Podcast Intro 9 (15 Second). It's a straightforward, upbeat opener for business friendly podcasts and similar content. I hope you'll check it out.

Finally, a little more rumination. After taking a good long look at the data, I've come to the conclusion that my social media efforts have been, at best, marginally helpful in promoting my work. Therefore, I plan to change my strategy to focus more on promoting collections and my artist pages rather than individual items. I'll continue to plug individual items that sell. I also think I'd like to do more writing (as in essays/non-fiction), so I'll probably start spending less effort on social media to accommodate that. Also, I'm not really sure I want to release any more new music outside of the stock realm. It just doesn't seem worth it, at least not in the near term.

But, I've been known to change my mind . . .

Sunday, August 26, 2018

What's Happening: Week of August 27, 2018

First things first: My featured royalty-free stock music item this week is City Shadows. It's a kind of urban feeling track for your version of a contemporary noir video. I hope you'll check it out.

I'm working on a little something different right now. My wife Danita has been having trouble with tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. She was looking at devices that would generate white noise, and asked me about them. I've heard of devices and even phone apps that would generate white noise along with environmental sounds that would relieve tiniitus, help with meditation, and other helpful things. I thought about it, and said to myself, "I can do that!"

So, over the past few days I've been working on a sixty-minute ambient piece with a working title of 'Environs.' Basically what I did to build it was to put down a bed of white noise. Then I sprinkled in sampled environmental sounds: streams, waterfalls, birds and so on. Lastly, I laid down some ambient pads and simple pentatonic melodies. I hope to polish it and upload it to YouTube early next month so Danita can enjoy it. When I do, I'll also make it available in case you would like to check it out too.

In the meantime . . .

There will be no weekly update from me next week. I will be in Utah for several days through Labor Day weekend visiting my son Alex, daughter-in-law Leah and my new granddaughter Ellie. I may post a little on Twitter (hopefully lots of pictures of the little angel), and I'll schedule some tweets to promote my existing portfolios. Look for another post from me around September 10. Until then, take care.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

New In The Pipeline - August 22, 2018: Stillness

I have a new stock music item in the pipeline, awaiting curation at AudioJungle. The title of this piece is "Stillness." It runs just under two minutes in length, and is a little different for me because I took a chamber music approach with it. The instrumentation is a harp and string quartet (two violins, viola and cello) playing a quiet to somber background. I could see this working for scenes in your audio or video productions where you want to convey a sort of thoughtful or even dreary sonic atmosphere. Check out the sample below...

As always with AudioJungle, it takes time for them to evaluate submissions, and there's no guarantee they'll accept it. If they don't, I'll be submitting to Pond5 and/or MotionElements, so stay tuned here and on my Twitter feed for updates.