Iron Composer Challenge: Episode 1

Iron Composer Challenge! This is a new interesting thing. It is something of a competition where everyone wins. And someone loses. Each episode will have a secret ingredient. This week is Vibes! Go participate and have fun!

The voting will continue for a week, and on Sunday a winner shall be declared! At that time, the music will be able to be licensed for your projects*.

*I’m not exactly sure how this is going to work, but work it shall!

Time to Vote!

ContentID Form!

Help me help you and help others!

If you have had a ContentID claim against your YouTube video (because of my music), you can help me track down the bad parts of the ContentID database by simply filling out a form!

Claims Form

I understand not everyone loves filling in forms, so I picked a theme with cats wearing party hats.

Heart of Nowhere

Artist Statement: Apparently I started writing this piece on August 31st of 2014. Then, on October 23rd, 2014 – I discovered a folder on my desktop; “Walk in the Forest”.
Upon opening the folder, I discovered this piece in its uncompleted form. I don’t remember writing it originally. I don’t know why I wrote it… but I finished the piece off, and I think it is pretty cool.

There are a lot of unfinished pieces floating around my computer. Not sure what they sound like, but here are a few examples “Slow Awesome”, “Tango”, “Shaadi 81″, “Project Cheese”.

You can download this in uncompressed format here!

Cheers, all!

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Crunk Knight

The Kickstart Documentary continues!

I’ll be doing like… 5 interviews this week – I’ll try to post all of them here.

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But let’s get to the new music!

Crunk Knight

You can download this in uncompressed format here! Download comes with parts on their own!

This piece was for the first week of a new series “Iron Composer”, a competition with a secret ingredient. The first week’s ingredient was “Crumhorn” – that’s the nasal-sounding honking thing. The crumhorn peaked in the medieval era… and then it fell into decline. It has a cutting sound, but I think it was replaced by instruments with a larger range. Because an octave and a half is… difficult.

The Project

The Kickstarter project for the documentary is coming along! Over $2000 pledged by 50 people! (That is $40 on average) But I’d like to see a lot more people help out on this. It should be really cool. I’m super interested to know what I’m doing for sure!

I recommend the $5 level today… Come one, FIVE BUCKS!? That’s like… not all that much – and you get to be a part of awesome. :-)

Take a look at all the cool stuff you can get if you pledge more than $5!

My Studio

I did an AMA at Reddit yesterday.
“AR15Hunter” asked if I had any photos of my studio… I didn’t, so I took one!

Clearly visible in this photo:

  • Mackie HR248mk2 Studio Monitors (on stands)
  • TCL 50″ 4k Monitor
  • Drobo Mini filled with SSDs (behind the monitor on the right)
  • Mac Pro (behind the monitor on the left)
  • Tin of Altoids
  • Cards promoting the current Kickstarter for a documentary on me
  • Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 audio interface (under the monitor on the far right)
  • Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
  • Apple Magic Mouse
  • Ikea Desk
  • Logitech camera
  • Sunglasses
  • M-Audio Axiom61 MIDI controller
  • Technics P50 Digital Piano
  • Business card for Carmine Street Comics
  • Aluminum diamond plate power strip.
  • M-Audio USB to MIDI converter
  • Dell 28″ 4k monitor
  • Chair
  • Small uninterruptible power supply
  • Book: Animals of the Ocean | In Particular the Giant Squid
  • The Outside World (beyond window)
  • Rug
  • Shoes
  • Cable Modem
  • Philips Hue base station

YouTube Audio Library

I’ve been getting a lot of people asking for YouTube channel themes… there is a wonderful resource for this; The YouTube Audio Library.

Go there. Download music. Do you need to credit the music? Nope! Need to worry about ContentID? Nope! It is a really cool deal.

Also, there are 10 pieces of my music which are there exclusively! So, check those out too (search for “Kevin”).

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IN other news… AMA starts tonight at 8pm Eastern.