Posts Tagged ‘music for media’

Hallelujah Chorus flash mob

December 3, 2010

Now THIS flash mob gets me into the Christmas season! Awesome display of the power of unexpected — and beautiful — music.

Fresh eyes (and ears) on journalism

March 1, 2010

Today, British multimedia journalist and blogger Adam Westbrook launches a new series called Fresh Eyes on Journalism. His idea was to ask several people active in disparate fields to talk about the future of journalism. My contribution, about music and journalism, was posted today. Enjoy!

The Sandpit: awesome images, captivating music

February 26, 2010

A day in the life of New York City, in miniature.

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more about “The Sandpit“, posted with vodpod

This incredible film by director Sam O’Hare was done with 35,000 still photos – that’s right, 35,000 images. I was particularly impressed by the music, written by Rosi Golan and Alex Wong of the music design firm Human. The piece was composed and produced specifically for this project. Note its changes in texture, reflecting perfectly the rhythms of New York City.

Here’s what O’Hare had to say about the music:

“Towards the end of the process I approached Human to provide music for the piece, and they very generously donated their time to produce a beautiful sound track for the film. It captures the feel of the film beautifully. I wanted the track to speak to what it is like to experience the many rhythms, pulses and moods of the city and the composition, especially the peak, does this beautifully. The vocals add narrative and pacing to the piece, and really help draw you through it.”

There’s lots more info about how O’Hare created this project here.

Thanks Desiree Perry for pointing this out. Enjoy!

Multimedia rules to live by

January 6, 2010

Here is a good list of tips on improving your multimedia projects, courtesy of the multimediashooter blog.

A year in the life

January 4, 2010

This month marks the one-year anniversary for this odd little blog. I hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by half as much as I’ve enjoyed writing and linking.

If you’re new around here, MusicForMedia exists to explore the creation and use of music, especially in multimedia platforms like video and interactive web applications. And because I’m a Beatles freak, I find time to work in some Fab Four content pretty regularly. (And last year’s developments in Beatledom made that quite easy!).

We started small last January, with a bare handful of readers those first few days. But I’m happy to say that a few more people started dropping by. By year’s end more we had more than 75,000 visits.

The most popular post, by far, was my piece on the anniversary of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album, which itself attracted more than 35,000 views. The post included the memories of Beatles’ Grammy-winning sound engineer, Geoff Emerick. I used the piece to argue that Abbey Road was the finest pop/rock album ever made.

Drawing a combined 10,000 views were two posts about the release of the remastered versions of the Beatles catalog.

Also popular was my initial post about my song, “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song).” The power-pop ditty laments the state of print journalism today through the eyes of a laid-off copy editor. (You can see the recent video here.) Also, my reviews of music products by Cakewalk, IK Multimedia and other companies drew significant traffic.

So what lies ahead in the new year?

Well I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the latest news on music and its uses. I’ll continue to review products that can help you create or manipulate music and audio. I’ll share occasional tales about my own music-making adventures. And, of course, I will continue to write about the Beatles, as there’s no shame in revisiting the world’s best popular music now and again.

What would you like to read about in 2010?

Ten tips for using music in multimedia

November 23, 2009

Music is an all too frequently overlooked facet of multimedia production, says Eric Maierson of MediaStorm. I especially appreciate this tip:

Music should not be used as simply background sound. It’s an integral part of multimedia, as important at times as your images, narration, or video. Effective music editing creates a rhythm, a call and response, with your other media sources.

It’s great advice, so read it now!

A quick solo performance…

October 7, 2009

Here’s a snippet of me performing James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” at an office United Way gathering this week.

And here’s part of a rendition of the Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” at the same event – performed 40 years almost to the day that the song and the Abbey Road album it graced was released:

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Thoughts on society, the media… and music

August 31, 2009

I recently got to participate in an interesting conversation with the “Manifestation Maven,” author, speaker and life coach Kimberly Schneider, who interviewed me for her show on After we talked about society and the media, she played a couple of my studio tracks and I performed a couple songs live. Enjoy!

Ten songs about print journalism

June 1, 2009

Music journalist Mark Kemp sifted through 70 years of music history to find these tunes about newspaper journalism. Enjoy!

New version of PolitiFact theme song

May 27, 2009

It was nearly two years ago now that the folks at the St. Petersburg Times/ asked me to write a song for a then-top-secret project called PolitiFact. (The wonderful political-fact-checking website, brainchild of Bill Adair and Matt Waite, went on to win a Pulitzer Prize this year.)

I thought a natural theme would be “Gimme The Truth,” which became the first part of the chorus and the song’s name.  We even did a video, produced by Adrian Phillips, that you can see here:

After last fall’s election season ended, Bill asked me to revise the lyrics for a more general, government-watchdog feel. I did so, and my friend Eric Deggans and other Florida-based musicians re-recorded the song. You can listen and dowload it here.

Here are the new lyrics:

Gimme the Truth 2

I need to know just what is meant
By the folks in government
Won’t you tell me what to believe
When I hear them telling me:

“I am the best, I am so great”
Show me how they really rate
Cause I need to know who is a hack
Won’t you tell me PolitiFact?

Gimme the Truth
Show me who lies
Cause you can see it in my eyes
I need some proof
To help me divine facts that are hidden from sunshine

Gimme The Truth (3X)