Robert Peak's videos are nothing short of stunning. Robert is a friend of mine in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. In creating this aerial video of the town of Romney he used the second part of my Appalachian Awakening. It starts at 2:36. The first track is from a stock music service that he uses (no composer credit is available).
I officially joined Zudo Music! I have been looking for a music licensing company that is a good match for my music. In particular, I have envisioned a smaller or "boutique" company where my work will be appreciated for its quirkiness and stylistic range. In talking with J. Galenti and hearing his vision, it seems to me that we have a match.
Zudo's non-exclusive agreement is straight-forward and the prices for their 12 types of music licenses -- from a wedding video up to a studio feature film -- are reasonable. Happily, all of the 28 recordings I submitted to Zudo have been accepted for their catalog.
Zudo Music, based in Santa Fe, is a new production music licensing company. It will be launched this summer. I am excited to be on the ground floor with this venture.
I decided to no longer sell music downloads at Bandcamp and Reverbnation. The links to my recordings at Bankcamp have been removed from my Store page.
This is due to having a concern that someone could buy inexpensive MP3 downloads and use them in unauthorized ways. With that in mind, I will focus on music licensing as a way to receive a financial return from my music.
One of my goals for this year is to focus more on music licensing. Composing for film or TV does not interest me. However, several composer friends told me how my originals could do well as placement music in film, TV, theater, etc. That inspired me to explore this new direction. If some of my tracks can receive placements, the money will help to fund new recordings of my music and enable it to be heard.
See the Music Licensing page on my website for details.
The Green-Roofed Barn has been added to my website. This tune draws upon Scottish fiddle music; however, it has a quirky spirit with the violinist going into hyper-drive.
Thanks to Weebly, my website should work on any desktop or mobile device. That said, until recently all of the work that I have done on my site has been in desktop edit mode.
For the past couple of days I have looked at each page of my site in mobile edit mode. I discovered that minor changes were needed in the formatting of several pages. I also discovered that embedded code for Vimeo video players, which I had been using, was problematic for mobile. So, I went back to using the Weebly built-in Youtube function. From what I can tell, my site has been improved for smartphone users.
The Sailmaker's Cat has been added to my website. It is an older fiddle tune that I recently found in my music files. I remembered that I liked this tune and decided to dust it off. Fiddle players (and other musicians) are welcome to give it a try.
The Early Childhood Music Education Foundation was founded by musician friend Rich Pulin. Please visit the foundation's website and read about its mission and projects. If it inspires you, consider giving your support.
Rich Pulin's 'Pulin 4 Jazz' internet radio program is on each Saturday afternoon starting at 3:00 (Eastern time). Rich is based in Las Vegas. He is going to feature Baltimore Rowhouse and New Tango No. 1 around 3:30 this Saturday. I will have a short on-air conversation with Rich between my recordings.
Roger Aldridge, jazz composer living in Olney, Maryland.