Warm Fuzzies

"Warm Fuzzies" were these little necklaces we made at camp when I was a kid. They were little balls of yarn, and the idea was to give someone a hug, then pull a single strand of yarn out of your ball and tie it to your partner's necklace. Just a little physical metaphor for a nice feeling.

I wrote this little one to try to capture a little of the "warm fuzzy" feelings of my childhood. I just happened to limit those feelings to one minute because that happily coincides with the amount of time that radio spots in need of audio run. What a coincidence.

This is the number one submission for this week, and it's actually bigger than it looks. I included both the straight-through version you hear below, and a looped version to give people flexibility for projects longer than 60 seconds.

Last week I submitted all of the songs for the week in one massed lump. Probably not the best way to do things. This week I'll submit them as I finish them. When I do that, my icon shows up on the main page of Audio Jungle spread out a bit longer. I may get a few more listens by submitting one a day, rather than a clump all at once. Not sure how much difference it makes in the end.

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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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Jazz Cat

This one is just a short, 30 second loop. For any broadcast, audio, or video project in need of a little cool.

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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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Approaching Milestones

Renaissance Faire was just approved for sale on Audio Jungle, which makes my 149th item. I consider 150 a milestone worthy of celebration. Probably ice cream. Parkerhouse, if you must know. Yeah, I know it's not very manly, being pink and full of cherries. I just like it. Get over it. Seriously. It's just ice cream.

Another big milestone approaching is the next funding level for my AJ account. With less than $200 to go in sales I will bump up to the next level, and finally get a larger cut of sales than Audio Jungle does. That 51% has been a long time coming.

I'll soon be making (and posting) goals for the summer. Not sure which direction to go here. I'd love to short for 50 additional songs over the summer, but that's kind of a stretch. I don't want to put myself in the position of cranking out stuff I'm less happy with in order to make a self-imposed quota. Sometimes I think I might be better served pouring a lot of energy in to fewer songs. The only problem with that theory is that I have a handful already listed that I worked my butt off on that have never been purchased, and others that I cranked out in a half hour that have turned out to be some of my best sellers. Go figure.

I think I'll just stick with writing & recording whatever pops into my brain and let the cards fall where they may. I really should try something with vocals in it this summer though. You would think a choir director might actually sing on a track at some point. Heck, if I'm nervous about students judging me, I'm good enough with Autotune to make myself flawless. Mwah ha ha.....
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Small Celebration

I just had a really big sale on AJ, and so am pausing to celebrate and pat myself on the back.

What people actually buy on Audio Jungle (aside from the music files themselves) is a license to use the music for commercial projects. So the songs are more expensive that they would be on a site like iTunes or Amazon MP3. A standard license for my "Bottle Jam" song costs $17. Not too shabby.

An extended license for that song lets people use it in larger commercial project that can then be resold to other end users. Like the kind of project someone does for a larger advertising campaign. THAT costs $85, and is a much bigger deal. I just sold one of those.

I'd love to be cool enough to brush it off and say "Oh, yeah...I sell those extended licenses all the time. No biggie." The truth is that extended licenses are still pleasant surprises to me.

The extra cash is nice of course, but the nice thing is to know that someone thinks highly enough of something I've written & recorded that it's worth dropping that kind of cash on. I wouldn't mind getting to the point where it isn't a big deal. For now, it's still cause for a mini-celebration.

This one isn't posted to Soundcloud, so if you would like to hear it, you can use this link... http://audiojungle.net/item/bottle-jam/48638
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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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