To review....

This week's submissions include:

  • There is a Fountain
  • Hybrid Funk
  • Comic Tedium
  • Modern Spaghetti Western

The last two weren't submitted until Friday, so it will be awhile before they work their way through the queue.


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Week 9 Scorecard

My submissions have made it through the queue this week, and I got 4/5 accepted. Pizzi Intro, Simple Winds Loops 1, 2, & 3 all made it in, the Blue Jazz Loop didn't. The summer total is now 26/40. A much better showing than last week.
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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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Week 8 Scorecard - Painful post

I've never had to make a post like this. I only managed to submit three songs last week because I was busy with other projects, and all three were rejected. Ouch.

So I am not a single item closer to my goal of 175 by the end of summer. That brings my summer total up to an abysmal 22/35.

With this many rejects racking up, it may be time to create a "reject page". Honest truth? Some of them deserved it. Not all of them deserved it. I'm actually pretty happy with some of the stuff they are rejecting. It may be time to shop around for other alternatives for some of the tracks Audio Jungle turned up it's nose at. If I can find an alternative sales platform, and those tracks start selling on that platform, I'll feel a little better about myself, and will face Australia and blow a raspberry at whatever overly-picky reviewers are canning some of those tracks. Research time.

I'm still going to make that goal. Just you watch.
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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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Week 7 Scorecard

Got 3/5 approved this week, bringing the summer total up to 22/32.

The ones making it in were the Jazz Combo Loop, the Light Broadcast Intro, and the Rough Edge Loop - that's right, the one I was pretty sure wasn't going to make the cut because it didn't seem very "commercial". The ones that made the cut were the two that I actually thought were the most promising of the lot, the Happy Pop loop and my Mellow Jazz song. The mellow jazz one kind of hurt. I liked that one. I guess the reviewer didn't.

No matter, I'm working on a fresh batch for week #7, and I'm on track to have 175 by September. I already have 170 in, so let's hope I can keep getting 3/5 approved a week.
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Caving

Just for the record, I'm making my "Rough Edge Loop" my 5th submission for week 7. It's been rainy and miserable for several days and I'm afraid my arthritis is really letting me know it. My joints are screaming, and I the usual half-dozen ideas I usually have started by now just aren't there this time around. I will be starting monday morning with nothing in the works.

I'm not sure they'll see commercial value in it, but I'm tossing it in anyway to make my quota. Sometimes they reject things I think would do very well, so maybe this week they'll take one that I'm uncertain of. Either way, it prevents me from hustling and rushing something in order to make my self-imposed quota. I'd rather get a clean start tomorrow morning with a new set of 5 for week #8.

Every "back-to-school" flier that shows up on our doorstep is reminding me that I'm fast running out of weeks. The good news is that I'm up to 170 items up for sale on Audio Jungle, and only five from my summer goal. It's looking more and more like I'm gonna get there.
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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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Week 6 Scorecard

All 5 of last weeks submissions have worked their way thru the queue over the weekend, and it was a mixed bag. 3/5 made the cut - not a stellar week, but I'll take it.

The Pizzicato String Loop, Oriental Journey, and Ukulele and Marimba Theme made the cut, The Metro Strut and Free Range Organ didn't. That brings the summer total up to 19/27. I'm not setting the world on fire here, but still on track to get to 175 items for sale by the end of the summer. If it takes 5 submissions to get 3 in, I need about 13 submissions to get there. With a little extra effort, maybe I can get there by mid-August.
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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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A good week for milestones!

I reached another one today, my first $150 month. I love how it happened, too - someone bought an extended license for a 10 second audio clip. It was this one.



Someone decided it worked well enough for a project to spend $27 on that 10 sec. audio clip. It's nice when that happens.

I'm not sure where to set my next milestone. $175 makes sense, or I could just set the bar at wherever sales end this month. I'll decide next week. Time for another trip for ice cream. Maybe I should consider that continued success on these milestones may affect some other personal health goals. But I figure even people trying to lose a little weight can eat ice cream occasionally, right?
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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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Week 5 Scorecard

Results are in from week #5 submissions. I got 3/5 this time around. The "Accordion Duet," "Whistle & Ukulele Loop," and "Harp Boys & Chime" all made it in. "Clav Dance" and "Spy Vibe" were both politely rejected with a form letter. Se La Vi.

My running count for the summer is now 16/22. The more times you're at bat, the more often you're likely to get a hit.
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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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Soundcloud....full?!

I never thought that it could happen, but I guess it has - my free Soundcloud account is finally full. I have uploaded two hour's worth of music to that account.

What do I do now? I hate to shell out the cash for an upgrade. It's $6/mo or $55/year, and would take me up to 4 hours. My profile says that I have 49 people following me and have had 43 plays in the last week. Hmmmm.

Cost/Benefit analysis: Not exactly setting the world on fire with followers and there are hardly any comments. The 43 plays in a week statistic is actually pretty surprising. I have absolutely no way of knowing if anything I post on Soundcloud ever leads to an actual sale.

A recurring $6/mo fee seems steep considering the way I use the platform - it's just a storehouse for my files so I can generate links to my website. This website is more of a journal than anything else. I haven't made any honest efforts to ask anyone to read it. It turns out that I kind of stink at social media.

Solution - pay for August and quit. HolyHammer Audio is basically a June-August project. I'm way too busy dying the school year to crank out 5 songs a week. I can't even manage the tiny branding clips on a regular basis. After I try it out for 1 month, it will freeze out future uploads (unlikely to matter until next summer), and I'll lose access to my oldest songs (and I don't care.)

Next summer I can either clean out old material to make room for the new stuff, or buy 3 months instead of the whole year and see how they handle that. Sounds like a plan. I'm glad we worked this out.

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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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Milestone reached!

I finally bumped up to the next sales rate level on Audio Jungle! Forgive the exclamation mark, but it took a really long time.

All it really means is that I now make 51% percent profit on the music that I sell for the first time. Until now, Audio Jungle has always taken half. The more sales you make, the higher your commission rate, so it's nice to finally turn the corner. I know, it's just one percent more, but it goes down as a symbolic event anyway.

I tend to celebrate such milestones with ice cream. Probably Perry's Parkerhouse Cherry. I know it's pink, but I like it anyway. Don't judge - it's just ice cream for heaven's sake.
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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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Week 3 Scorecard

Results are in from last week's submissions, and I went 3/3. That brings me up to 9/12 for the summer so far.

I have already submitted three for this week. I've got enough in process that I should be able to get my quota of 5 this time around. I hope.
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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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Week 2 Scorecard

My final submissions have worked there way through Audio Jungle's review process. I got 3/5 for week 2 submissions, bringing the total up to 6/9. "Warm Fuzzies," "Harp and Pads Ident," and "Island Bounce Loop" all made the cut. "Free Electron" and the "Tremolo Strings & Piano Ident." weren't accepted. You win some, you lose some.
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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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Tremolo Strings & Piano Ident.

This is a 5 second long branding audio clip I made to accompany studio animations for credits. Can be used anywhere a little short background audio is needed for branding or identification purposes. Nothing fancy.


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Island Bounce Loop

A little background audio for an island party. It makes a perfect loop at 58 seconds. With a little judicious cutting and pasting, the first four measures can be looped at the beginning or end for more flexibility.

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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" is in

For convenience sake, I'm calling the "Wobble Bass Talkover" my first official submission of the summer. I'll just call the two before that 'warm up freebies'.

Why? Because that way I start the summer submission season with 150 items for sale on Audio Jungle, which is easier to keep track of than 148. Pathetic, I know. It's just the way my mind works.

In any case, "Wobble Bass" was accepted by AJ, and is already up for sale on the site. Jazz Cat is #2, and #3 has already been submitted, and will be my next post. So that makes me 1/1 for the summer so far. Well, it's a start.
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A second try

A second shot to see how it's handling additional posts.
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A second try

A second shot to see how it's handling additional posts.
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Rebirth of HolyHammer Audio

Behold the rebirth of the HolyHammer Audio Blog.
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