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Over the river and through the woods to Nai Nai’s house we go!

Ascending the Vale


We’ve all been there… wandering through an impenetrable forest, half dead with 2 arrows sticking out of your leg. And yet we continue – because it is probably good for the narrative. Then hope! Oh thank the old gods and the new!! An unmapped settlement of woodland inhabitants takes you in and brings you back from the brink of certain death. You don’t even care that it is a scurry of giant squirrels that came to the rescue, or that the healing soup they give you is largely acorn-based, and vomit-inducing.
Pastoral and beautiful. The download comes with a loop for if you never want the feeling to end.
You can download the full uncompressed files here!

River of Io


I would like to state, for the record, that this is the worst river cruise I’ve ever taken. The zombie crocodiles were bad enough, but the chase for the stolen artifact statue that was taken by the Ice Monkey Lord was really quite too much. And now I’m missing my left shoe. So why are we up sneaking around UFO landing sites? NONE OF THIS MAKES ANY SENSE!!!
You got some clandestine stuff going on? This track will probably work for any sneakiness anywhere.
You can download the full uncompressed files here!

Shenyang


When I do music based on folk traditions, I tend to name them after cities. Like this one: Shenyang. It is a little village of 8 million people that I’ve somehow never heard of. Oh sure, I’ve heard the name, but I don’t associate it with anything specific. Chicago: Hot Dogs. Amsterdam: Offensively tall Dutch. Moscow: “Stop a Douchebag”. Shenyang: No clue. How did I miss this city??
You already know if you need this piece, it has a more satisfying low-end than actual real Chinese music, and it should fit in with your modern productions well.
You can download the full uncompressed files here!

Posted in Music

New Music in the Public Domain

Got a use for any of these?

You can get them at SoundCloud or at freepd.com.

Posted in Copyright, Music

Future Score

Episode 1: Saturday November 12, 1PM Central

On Twitch.tv

     A Man Upstairs - Spoken Word Audio - 3.5 minutes
     Estimated time: 45 minutes

     Mr. Leg, the legless pigeon - Intro Theme - 8 seconds
     Estimated time: 20 minutes

     Dead in Space - Feature Film - 1.5 minutes
     Estimated time: 2 hours

     Opinion-Ville - Theme Music - 10 seconds
     Estimated time: 20 minutes

     Extra-time Bonus:
          Thumb Wrestling Mockumentary - 7 minutes/multipart
          Estimated time: 7+ hours

The concept

2016: Google Magenta – an AI that creates music – is announced. It isn’t great, but shows promise.

2018: Magenta is paired with advanced humanizing techniques and high-quality synthesis. It starts to sound pretty good.

2021: Several dozen AIs are on the scene, specializing in Pop, Horror, Comedic, and a host of other genres. Most user created content uses these early AIs – as they are cheaper than licensing existing music.

2023: The first major feature film composed entirely by a computer opens.

2024: More music is created by AIs than people.

The year is now 2026. Working composers have pretty much been replaced by AIs that take existing music, analyze media, and crank out endless variations.

For now, I’m doing it the old-fashioned way. Taking the DNA of music samples you choose, I combine them into something new that fits the needs of your project. I imagine this is how things will work in the future – but I’m doing it now! Just a LOT slower.

For Content Creators

Fill out this form to get put in the list of projects to be scored:
https://goo.gl/forms/lQmtobPPaibsY0z32

You will receive an email prior to the scoring if your project is selected, so you can watch it being scored live on Twitch.tv!

For Viewers

Follow me on twitch.tv
https://www.twitch.tv/kevinmacleod
and/or Twitter
https://twitter.com/kmacleod

I’ll announce the times and lineups a day ahead of each live-streamed session on Twitter, and Twitch.tv will inform you as I go live.

Posted in General, Music

4 Time-Saving Tips for Creatives

Caught this video this morning, and I agree with every one of the Tips in the film.

TLDW:
1) Fail Faster
2) Embrace Creative Laziness
3) Pick your Battles
4) Let Nothing be Sacred

This is the world that I live in, and it was great to see it present so beautifully.
By the way, the artwork is really beautiful!

Bonus cool music from Bryan Teoh and Kevin MacLeod.

Posted in General, Sightings

All happy, all the time!

Fireflies and Stardust


Some beautiful rural americana-type music. I mean, just listen to that!
It is an 8 piece ensemble, and everyone is playing a lot of notes, yet it remains so simple.
Okay, the violins aren’t playing that many notes… had to pick up the 2nd violin off the waiver wires, and there wasn’t enough time to get her up to speed on the offense for this piece. So we made an executive decision, and kept things simple. We should still be able to get some good yardage here, and hope to win on defense.
You can download the full uncompressed files here!

On My Way


If you’re not adding to the narrative; get out of the way! This piece gets out of the way… You can put it under any monolog, dialog, timelapse… actually, with a timelapse, you could probably find something a little more interesting with some pacing, or something. So… this is for those sure nice videos. Guaranteed* to offend as few people as possible!
*”Guaranteed” is used in this context for entertainment purposes only.
You can download the full uncompressed files here!

Rainbows


Light and refreshing as a summer’s day! I really just should lift ad copy for laundry detergent and fabric softener for this one. Springtime Fresh Scent! Pure and Simple! Brightens! Gentle on Fabrics! Great Value! Easy-pour Bottle! Marimbas!
You can download the full uncompressed files here!

Posted in Music

Fearless Dixie Thoughts!

Fearless First


Before you complain about the bass, that is the entire point of this mix. It is scary-bass… yet somehow subdued. If this bass was a car, it would be a cement mixer… That’s a terrible analogy. Forgetting for the moment that a cement mixer isn’t a car… I guess they have the ones that are mounted on big trucks – and those trucks share a lot in common with cars, you know steering wheels, engines, tires, and the soon-to-be-anachronistic internal combustion engine. Anyway, if you don’t like the bass you can pretty easily EQ it to a reasonable level, or buy the stems and remix it yourownself.
Before you complain about the use of the word “yourownself”, I wrote it. You understood it. It is a word. There is also some dreamy flute in here.
You can download the full uncompressed files here!

DarxieLand


A rousingly comedic romp on the dark side of Dixieland music, featuring a wonderfully questionable trumpet player!
You can download the full uncompressed files here!

Thinking Music


Comedic “hard thinking” music. Chances are you won’t need the entire piece if you are making a film. I made it so you can cut it up into different sounding sections of various seriousness. If you’re using it for a video game, everything flows together well, or you could loop sections that work best.
You can download the full uncompressed files here!

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