Another Branding Clip



This is a short clip for branding purposes that features an acoustic guitar, light synth pad, piano, and pizzicato strings. Smooth, mellow, and relaxing.
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Two short offerings

I've turned my focus to short recordings right now, either because my output has been so low over the summer, or because there is very little of it left. I still have a few longer recordings in progress, but don't want to rush them.



This is a short, simple and comical recording for branding purposes. I had projects for children in mind. It's actually about 5 seconds with two seconds for the audio tail, and features bassoon, clarinet, xylophone , tuba, and glockenspiel. A lot of instruments in 5 seconds, but it's still simple. Call it a 5 second lesson in tone quality.



This is another short recording for branding purposes. Six seconds of relaxing strings and piano with a cymbal swell for a little understated drama. It's relaxing and settling, like coming back home at the end of a trip. A period for the end of your sentence.
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Small Island



A 40 second audio clip meant to bring to mind walking on a beach in the Caribbean. Personally, I liked St. John. It was a lot less commercial and more unspoiled.

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On Target



This is a short track for a corporate motivation video. Just over a minute long including the fade out. Ukulele, bells, bass, claps, and strings.

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Simple Children's Theme

This is a short, simple children's theme. Not that the children are simple - the children are brilliant, and have great taste in music.

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Mallet Folk Loop

A generic renaissance/medieval folk loop from an old world country that doesn't exist. It uses a marimba/kalimba, celtic hammered dulcimer, cello, hand drum, and cymbals. It's lilting, merry, and has a contrasting B section in a minor key. All this in a short file that loops perfectly at 36 seconds, with a cymbal swell to masque the transition.



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Medieval Nocturn

A simple medieval/renaissance lute melody written as a nocturn. Great background music for that moonlight walk around the parapets with your lord of lady.

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How It's Done

A little background music for corporate demonstration videos. An indeterminate genre, but a spunky and cheerful little tune.

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Modern Spaghetti Western

This one sounds like an old western without the ultra-cheesy elements that usually go with old western soundtracks. These include the "vibraslap rattlesnake" sound and men grunting nonsense syllables. The background rhythms are a little more modern too. I figure the electric hollow body guitar and minor key are enough.



Not one of my favorites, but it was something off the beaten path. If I always do the same styles and genres, I feel like I'm getting stuck in a rut.
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Comic Tedium

A one minute soundtrack as a little background music for a comic montage of someone doing silly things to avoid boredom to pass the time. Sparse instruments and a latin beat. Includes a fadeout at the end.

This one came to me in the world's most boring dream. I don't even remember what the dream was about, but I remembered the music. I rolled out of bed early and recorded it before I hit the shower so I wouldn't forget it.



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Hybrid Funk

I always liked the attitude of funk. This is a recording of my own little funky tune, except I spiced it up with more modern instruments and effects chains. I know they did just fine with Hammond organs, but I just wanted to hear what it would sound like with a wave-table synth and mile-long effects chains. There's still plenty of analog fatness in there, too. I'd like to think it's the best of both worlds.



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There is a Fountain

This is an old hymn whose tune I always loved, but no one ever sings anymore. I suppose it's not surprising - the first line is "There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanual's veins." Catchy tune, but the lyrics are a little....creepy."

I always loved the tune, though, and it's in the public domain. Why not? It's short and sweet - just 1 minute of appalacian acoustic folk.



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Happy Uke Tune

One minute and two seconds with the tail, this is a cheerful little ukulele tune for motivating people in corporations. Doesn't it just make you want to smile and earn money?




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Folk Tune

Don't bother to ask what country it's a folk tune from - I pretty much just made up the tune from scratch. It's just one of those indeterminate "old country" sort of songs you hear when someone on a travel show is romping around some European province on a Vespa. That's what I was going for anyway.

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Middle Eastern Thing

Since "Oriental Journey" was one of my best seller's last year, I thought I'd try another culture or two. So here's something Middle Eastern sounding…



It uses some of the traditional instruments, but the tune is my own invention. I was too lazy to bother figuring out which specific scales they favor, so I just went with what sounded right to me. We'll see if the AJ staff thinks it's viable or not.
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Short Theme

This is the number 2 submission of the summer. I actually have bigger projects in the works, but knock off some of these short ones to give myself a break. I seem to do better when I have 3 or 4 songs to work on at the same time. It's better if I can switch to something else for a while and come back to it later with "fresh" ears.

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Sarasponda

Sarasponda is my first official submission of the summer. It's a dutch spinning song, but my version has a definite appalacian folk feel. What can I say - I've never been to Holland.

I picked this one because It's one of the songs I like to play on the mandolin I got for my birthday. After 3 months of practice, I'm certainly proficient enough to produce a commercially viable recording on the instrument, right? We'll see.
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First Recording of the Summer

The first offering of the summer is a quick little EDM song I cranked out more to familiarize myself with new equipment than to produce anything usable from a commercial standpoint. Still kind of catchy.

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Upbeat Piano Intro

This 20 second lead-in features piano, bass, percussion and light synth to create an up-beat, grandiose introduction. It's my 1st submission of week 10. I should have results from last weeks submissions soon.

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Blue Jazz Loop

This is the last submission (#5) of week number 9, The Blue Jazz Loop. A pretty simple, standard blues progression loop featuring upright bass, drums and jazz guitar.

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Simple Winds Loop 3

This loop is the third in a series featuring piccolo, clarinet, and bassoon in a simple, playful and cheerful little melody. The last one, I think - I could do these forever, but no point.

This one is my 4th submission for week 9.

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Simple Winds Loop 2

I've gotten a little behind on posts. I've been a busy guy helping some old friends with recording a new album.

Simple Winds Loop 2 is the second in a series. It features the same simple instruments I used in tool 1 (piccolo, clarinet and bassoon), is the same tempo and length, and keeps the same happy-go-lucky, playful mood of loop one. I figure I'll do a series of three of these. Submission number 3 for week 9.

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Pizzi Intro

This is a short & sweet introduction for podcast, broadcast, production, or branding purposes. Clean, simple, warm, and cheerful. It features pizzicato strings, piano, warm pad, and a glockenspiel stinger.

This is song #2 submitted during week #9. I'm trying to transition into more short submissions. During the school year, 30 second audio clips is all I have time for, and that's often a stretch.

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Simple Winds Loop

This simple, child-like loop features bassoon, clarinet, and piccolo only for a clean, relaxing, happy loop.

This is submission 1 for week 9.

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Amazon Loop

This rhythmic loop uses mallet and mixed percussion to provide a musical background for the amazon, rain forests, or jungles in general. It has a real tribal feel. No sound effects, just a musical backdrop for you to add your own.

This is submission #3 for week #8.

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Hammered Electronic Loop

This gritty loop features a dirty, distorted electric piano backed by a processed hammered dulcimer, synth bass and acoustic percussion. It has a nice drive to it, but feels mid-tempo in spite of the quick metronome marking of 160.

I was looking for a nice combination of distorted and clean to give this loop a dirty sort of drive without being overly muddy. This song is submission #2 of week 8.

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Scattered Electronic Loop

This is an electronic loop that uses a gated, scattered electronic sequence background with a interesting, quacky sort of synth lead. The background percussion is acoustic and uses a latin rhythm pattern, although it doesn't feel very latin in the context of the arrangement.

The overall mood is tense and precise. I envision it as background music for a game that requires intense concentration. At 96 BPM, the tempo isn't rushed, but it feels strained and stressed anyway.

The song makes a perfect loop at 30 seconds. This is song #1 for week #8.

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Mellow Jazz

This relaxing mellow jazz tune features electric piano, upright bass, acoustic guitar and drums. It's down tempo, smooth, and soothing. I was looking for something to gently slow people down and relieve them of stress. Song number 4 of week 7.

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Happy Pop Loop

The name says it all. This one is a 30 second loop featuring acoustic guitar and pizzicato strings. It's bright, cheerful, upbeat, and just the sort of background music someone out there needs to provide a little frame for a discussion of the next product we all desperately need, without even knowing it yet.

This one is my 3rd submission for week #7.

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Light Broadcast Intro

This is a short theme song (15 seconds) that I wrote for podcast/broadcast audio projects. Light, cheerful and positive, I had sincere, but less weighty projects in mind when I did this one. This one is my second submission for week #7.

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Jazz Combo Groove Loop

This is a 44 second grooving little jazz loop using a traditional small jazz combo. Electric Piano, Bass, Vibes and Drums. This one makes a nice smooth loop at 44 seconds. A little background music for broadcast purposes - fade out at your leisure.

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Jazz Combo Groove Loop

This is a 44 second grooving little jazz loop using a traditional small jazz combo. Electric Piano, Bass, Vibes and Drums. This one makes a nice smooth loop at 44 seconds. A little background music for broadcast purposes - fade out at your leisure.


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First Ableton & Push attempt

This is my first attempt at a complete song recorded start to finish in Ableton Live using Push. I was just looking to do a simple 30 second Uke and Whistle loop, but it didn't turn out that way.



This marks my attempted usable track made with Ableton Live and Push. It's pretty horrible. There are so many things wrong with it that I don't even want to think about it. But I did it completely with Live & Push, so there's that. The next trick is to do something that's actually good. Sometimes that learning curve just looks like a 90 degree angle from where I stand.
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Classic Jazz Combo Loop

This is a short, classic jazz loop that uses a traditional small jazz combo - bass, drums and vibraphone. Simple, short, and jazzy. It makes a perfect loop at 44 seconds.

Jazz has been doing pretty well for me lately, so I might as well knock some more of it. I suspect that these get used for promotions for jazz festivals that happen over the summer. Probably too late to actually do much for the rest of this summer, but there's always next year. It's not as iff jazz ever goes out of style.

This is song #2 for the week. Or maybe only #1, depending on whether I cave in and submit the Rough Edge loop.

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Rough Edge Loop

This is a down-tempo electronic loop that uses distorted bass, synths, drums and harp. Gritty, in a minor key, and mysterious. It makes a perfect loop at 44 seconds. It's my first song of the week, and I may or may not submit it. This is one of those ones that just comes out, but I can't help but wonder if it will make it past the reviewers. Not that it's horrible, it's just hard to see a commercial application for it.

I'll probably just leave it on the hard drive unless I can't make my 5 song quota for the week. I'm hoping that the next things that come out will have a little more curb appeal to them.

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Ukulele and Marimba Theme


I took a few days off for an extended weekend trip to see the video games live concert in Baltimore, but I'm back in the saddle. I can see that I forgot to post my last submission before heading out, so here it is.

This is a short, mellow children's theme song. It includes a 2 second audio tale, but if you truncate it to 32 seconds it loops well. I'm calling it the Ukulele and Marimba Theme and categorizing it under "children's music." 'Cause that's what it sounds like.

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Free Range Organ

My wife tries very hard to keep the family eating healthy - non GMO, organic, free-range, you name it. I sometimes thwart her efforts and annoy her in my charming fashion - "Now waiter, is the salad made with free range lettuce?" - but I do appreciate her going to such lengths to keep her family healthy.

"Free Range Organ" is a sad attempt at a pun. Somewhere out there, there is someone in a situation not unlike my own that may snicker. Or not. Yet I insist on my little puns, even if I am the only one who ever laughs at them.

Oh, right. Here's the song. It's my 4th submission for week #6.

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Oriental Journey

I composed this one with a slow and peaceful journey through the orient in mine. It's calming, relaxing, and meandering. It's the sort of music I would like to hear playing in the background if I should ever walk through a zen garden over the little bridge that crosses the koi pond.

I did this one because I have never actually tried anything like it before. I don't imagine it's the most authentic sounding oriental piece out there, but it's how a middle age white american THINKS oriental music sounds, and sometimes that's exactly what you want. Who needs the confusion of authenticity when you can just crank out a sensible cliche'?

This is song submission #3 for week #6. #4 is already "in the can," but I'm saving it for submission tomorrow to spread things out. The longer and more often my studio icon sits on the main page of AJ, the better.

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An experiment was carried out....

As a possible solution to the "September thru May" issue of music storage, it occurs to me that I actually have a good bit of storage space for this website that I don't really use. So what if I try hosting some of my OWN songs for a change, rather than farming everything out to Soundcloud? What if....

So here is a short loop that I just knocked off to experiment with. It's actually submission #2 for week #6, although I haven't uploaded it into the queue of AJ just yet. I'm going to upload a batch of three tomorrow. It's uncreatively named the "Staccato Strings Loop." I'll bet you can guess why without even listening, but please do anyway.


Staccato Strings Demo

It's not as dance or pretty as Soundclouds player, but it does the job, right?
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Metro Strut

I'm calling this one the "Metro Strut" because I spend so much time strutting around metropolitan areas. OK, maybe not.

It seems kind of cocky and funky to me - I can just picture a guy dressed up like a tacky pimp strutting his stuff down the boulevard under the neon lights to this music. I have to call it something. This one is song #1 for week 6. I should have final results from last week sometime tomorrow - my last two songs are near the front of the queue.

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Spy Vibe

I had technological thrillers on the mind when I wrote this one. Sometimes I read a book that hasn't been turned in to a movie yet and imagine what the soundtrack would be like if it were. This is one of those songs.

This is the night in the book (and perhaps future movie) when the sneaky hero breaks into the lair of the villain using nothing but moxy and a half million dollars worth of technological toys. It sounds just like this.

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Harp Boys & Chime

This is my version of audio for an angel getting its wings. Wings, a halo, and a harp appear, and the new angel ascends to come to rest on a puffy cloud. We've seen in in 100 cartoons.

This version uses harp (of course), pads, strings, boys choir, and chimes. It's only 10 seconds long, 'cause I figure that's how long an unhurried trip to the nearest cloud would take.

I was thinking of the audio I would want for a "game over" sequence if I needed one. This is it.

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Whistle and Ukulele Loop

This short loop features ukulele, whistling, bass, and light percussion. Cheerful, and relaxed, it loops perfectly at 30 seconds. This would be song #3 for week 5.

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Clav Dance

It's tough to describe this one. I almost called it "Funky Space Cowboys," because that's seriously the first thing that sprang into my mind when I gave it the final listen and pronounced it 'done.' That clavichord patch sounds western to me for some reason. The right side of my brain overruled the left, and I just called it "Clav Dance" to keep things simple.

This is song #2 for week 5. Song #1 was the last post, "Accordion Duet".

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Accordion Duet

It's actually a trio if you count the bass player, who insists on it. This is an easygoing waltz of indeterminate european ethnic origin. Clearly "old country", I'm just not sure which one.

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Dit Doo Dah Loop

This one marks a first attempt for me. I spent hours sampling & tweaking audio of my own voice singing 'Dits' Doo's" and Dah's", dumped them into a sampler, and banged around for awhile to see what would come out. This is what came out.

I have never actually submitted a song with vocals on Audio Jungle until now. Not exactly 'legit' singing, but that's the next step. That's one of the goals for the summer.

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Funky Swamp Loop

This 30 second loop mixes reggae and funk with a little swamp guitar to create an upbeat, but minor groove. If you want a little background music for a party in a spooky swamp, this loop will do the job.

When I was a kid, Scooby Doo was the after school cartoon of choice. Not that we had much of a choice back in 70s - we only had a handful of stations to pick from, and only one or two played cartoons after school. Anyway, the Mystery Machine always seemed to break down near spooky old mansions in swamps, but there never seems to be a party going on. Maybe if they had some appropriately funky music, they would all have a reason to throw one. So here it is.

Maybe the next one will be zydeco. It's probably the world's best swamp music. The only problem is that no one ever searches for that term because they've never even heard of it, except for the exceptionally cool folk from New Orleans.

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Walking Jazz Combo

A smokey jazz loop from a bygone era. This short loop (36 seconds) features a combo with a walking bass line, brushes on a drum set, and a vibraphone. Laid back, relaxed, and cool.

This is the third submission for week #4. "Jazz Cat", the one that I recorded back on June 19, has actually sold twice in the short time it's been for sale. Hey, people want jazz? I'll do some jazz.

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Dance Mod

'Mod' as in 'Modification.' My son is currently excited about modifying software to make the characters in games do things they can't normally do - such as dance. This little electronic dance loop was inspired by his enthusiasm.

It's electronic, fast, exciting, and funky. I used acoustic drums for the basic beat, but the rest is full of busy sequenced synthesizers and electro-pop sounds. This little tune makes a perfect loop at 52 seconds for fade out at your convenience. Just the thing to show off your video game hero's new moves.

This is submission #2 for week #4. The last submission of week #3 is near the front of the queue, so results from last weeks (sad) 3 submissions soon.

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Pizzicato Theme Song

This is my first offering of the week, a short theme song (35 sec) that I did for podcast or broadcast productions. Clean, happy, and catchy, with a very thin texture. Upbeat and plucky.

I have been pretty miserable at making my quota so far this summer. Last week I only got in 3, and I'm still waiting to hear if they all make the cut or not. I'm not punishing myself too much because the last two that I submitted were both cut, probably because they were rush jobs in order to get 5 in.

I'm being a lot more picky this time and spending more time refining. I figure I'd rather take my time and submit fewer songs, but ones that hopefully have a little better time making the cut.

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Latin Twilight

This is a little cheerful background music with an easygoing, Latin feel. Relaxed, carefree, and casual, with a little sophistication.

This is the music I want the house band to play if I ever find myself somewhere watching the sunset over the ocean on the balcony of a laid-back night club with a few sophisticated friends. If I should ever make any sophisticated friends.

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Pizzi and Glock Loop

This is a short loop I made for commercial background audio. It uses pizzicato strings, glockenspiel, bass, and percussion. It's light, clean, upbeat, positive, and bright. It makes a perfect loop at 1:04.

This one marks my second submission for week #3. No report yet on week #2 submissions -they're still working their way through the queue.

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BrightWarmBusy Theme

The name says it all. This is a 20 second theme song that is bright, warm, and busy. It strikes a nice balance between happy and sincere. I used a piano, orchestral bass, percussion, and dulcimer with a tape delay effect. This song is the first submission of week #3.

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Free Electron

Free Electron is a little song I wrote with game audio in mind, although it could work for other production projects too. Anything that needs a little "electronic" sounding mid-tempo groove to set the scene. This is the last submission for the week, and I got it my quota of five for week #2.

I'll post the results of my week two submissions when they are all reviewed, but it may take awhile. The last two didn't get in until the 11th hour.

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Tech Ident

This is a 4 second long ident I did for branding. Short, quirky, melodic, rhythmic, and technical sounding. A surprising amount of tweaking goes into these little things. They're used for studio credits in video, broadcast, or game credits. They're teeny and cheap to buy, but if a studio latches on to one, they buy it over & over for every project they release.

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Victor's Circle

This is a one minute (OK, 1:02 with the audio tail) instrumental underscore for the winner's circle. I mean for it to be a little happy music to be played in the background for someone being given the trophy, getting the laurels placed on their head, or having Champagne uncorked and squirted on them. That sort of thing.
Not so much for having the Gatorade cooler emptied over your head. Maybe I'll do that one sometime too, but it wouldn't sound like this. I'm not sure what it would sound like, but I think it would have to have a harder edge than this song.
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Wobble Bass Talkover Loop

Lately I've been experimenting with the ESX24 Sampler, a software instrument in Logic. It has lots of really awesome built in patches, but why limit yourself?

I built this one minute loop around the patch I made for the wobbling bass. I kept it simple and tossed in a drum kit and distorted guitar using a simple AB pattern with an 8 bar intro of just the bass and drums. It's a little bit more "electronic" sounding than most of my stuff, but it's fun to experiment. It's one minute long and infinitely loops for a fade out.

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A little Renaissance Music

I'm calling this one "Renaissance Faire". I was in the mood to do something medieval/renaissance/celtic sounding, and this is what came out. There's a mini Renaissance faire out past Sugar Grove every year that we sometimes visit. I needed to buy an ox-horn last time so I could call the kids to dinner even while they're wearing headphones. I thought it was an excellent, if ancient, solution to a modern problem. They love it. (OK. I love it.)

There is a big Renaissance faire held every summer between Franklin and Barkeyville at a huge campground. I've never been there, but would like to try it sometime. I'll bet I could buy something that would annoy my children even more! (In my defense, turnabout, is fair play.) Anyway, grab a tankard of mead and have a listen.
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A Good Start

Just a quick post to say that my first two submissions were both accepted and are available on Audio Jungle.

Also worthy of note is the fact that I'm only $365 away from bumping up to the next sales level on the site. It would mean I would get a whole single percentage more from each sale than I currently do. It might mean an extra trip to a fast food restaurant each year. If I'm lucky. We'll see.
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First 2014 Submissions

I just finished submitting my first two audio clips for this season, "Quick Pizzi" & "Floating Down."

Neither are anything earth shattering. The first is an 8 second branding clip, and the second is a 20 second clip to accompany descending stuff. You know; elevators, floating feathers, that kind of stuff.

I haven't submitted anything since last summer, so I started small to see how long the approval (hopefully) process takes, and if my audio quality is up to snuff.

Back in the saddle again.



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