David Arivett is making a solo piano recording of New Tango No. 7 and George Spicka is transcribing my hand-written score for Appalachian Awakening into Sibelius.
Starting today, a different original will be featured each day on the Home page of my site. The audio player is under the title Today's Featured Music. The music presented will rotate through the list of my originals that have recordings.
I decided that the Bonus Track and Previous Featured Music pages are no longer needed. Bonus Track has been deleted. The Previous Featured Music page has been converted to More Originals. The new page has a list of links to a selection of my originals. A link to the More Originals page is on the navigation menu.
A new recording has been made of Salt Marsh Rag. David Arivett used a Sibelius MIDI file of my score and with his studio magic created an electronic woodwind quintet and rhythm section. I am impressed with David's work on this project. The recording can be heard on the Salt Marsh Rag at CSIC page on my website.
A rough demo of my Blues For Lester score for mid-size jazz ensemble has been created. It was done in Sibelius with only the 6 horn lines. The solo section and measures in the score where the drums and rhythm section are featured were left out. The demo can enable one to get an idea of what the horn writing sounds like. Of course, it will sound much better with a real band.
My hand-written score for Blues for Lester has been put into Sibelius. Thanks to George Spicka (composer friend in the Baltimore Jazz Alliance) for his help. This piece is for jazz soloist, 5 horns, and rhythm section. Flexible instrumentation is used to enable the music to be played by many configurations of instruments. The Blues for Lester page on my website has a link to the ensemble score. Bands that are interested in playing this piece can write to me from the Contact page.
Being primarily a composer and not having a performing band, I have given considerable time & effort to building an online audience through my website and other music sites I use. Along the way, I picked up a number of tips from musician friends and website developers. Following are several basic tips that have been helpful to me:
Cast a Large Net
There are many music sites on the internet. To name only a few: Youtube, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, Vimeno, BluesJazzRadio, All About Jazz, Last.FM, Hardcoremix Radio, Jango Radio, Fandalism, (the list goes on and on). Having your music on multiple sites is a good way to reach out to a broader audience. In addition, when you have your own website the other sites you are using can have a link to your site. This enables your website to be the hub of a network of music and social media sites.
Your Own Website
Having your own website is one of the most important things that one can do to have an online presence that stands out. The site layout and features can express who you are and what your music is about. There are a number of free or inexpensive site builders that are easy to use (using drag and drop icons). Talk with musician friends to see what they are using, look at their sites, and see which site builder is the best match for you.
When you have your website, think of it as being like a restaurant. What does a successful restaurant do to bring in customers and retain a loyal base? Take a similar approach with a website.
Here is an important tip: Do not let your site become stale or inactive. Do new and creative things with your site on a regular basis to keep it fresh. This includes adding new music, posting news and blogs, making improvements to the site, etc. Active sites typically have more weight with search engines than inactive sites.
A Personal Domain Name
A personal domain name for your site is highly recommended – in particular, using your name. A domain name can be purchased from a website builder or companies like Namecheap. A developer told me that one’s name (with a .com extension) makes it easier for people to remember your site and find it with internet searches.
Without question, Facebook brings the greatest amount of traffic to my site. However, it is my understanding that only 7% (or less) of the people in one’s friend list actually see the messages posted on a timeline. In my experience, one of the best things about Facebook is the groups. With groups, you can find a collection of people who share an interest in music with you. Posting a link to your site within a message to a group (or multiple groups) will usually bring more people to your site than by only posting it on your timeline.
It is also important to have a music page on Facebook in addition to a personal timeline. I have been told that having a Facebook page gives more weight to your name in search engines.
A rough demo of my Sleepy Creek Samba score for mid-size jazz ensemble has been created. It was done in Sibelius with only the 6 horn lines. The solo section and measures in the score where the drums and rhythm section are featured were left out. The demo can enable one to get an idea of what the horn writing sounds like.
Thanks to assistance from George Spicka (composer friend in the Baltimore Jazz Alliance), my hand-written score for Sleepy Creek Samba has been put into Sibelius software. This piece is for jazz soloist, 5 horns, and rhythm section. Flexible instrumentation is used to enable the music to be played by many configurations of instruments. The Sleepy Creek Samba page on my website has a link to the ensemble score. Bands that are interested in playing this piece can write to me from the Contact page. Over time, more of my hand-written scores will be converted to Sibelius.
An information page for the Interstitial Arts Foundation has been added to my website. I do not put a stylistic filter on my work. Sometimes the music fits (more or less) into a particular style, sometimes it is a blend of styles, and sometimes I do not know what to call it. When I discovered the Interstitial Arts Foundation I found a community of kindred spirits who are not constrained by artistic borders. Their creative vision is deeply inspiring to me.