Posts Tagged ‘music for video’

A cool video for “Tatooine”

October 7, 2010


Classic, simple animation and a cool song, Tatooine, by Jeremy Messersmith. Thanks to Desiree Perry for passing this along…


SND video uses “Mad Designers” as music theme

September 24, 2010

Here’s a promotional video done in 60’s-era animation style by Brian Williamson to promote the Society of News Design’s 2011 conference in St. Louis. Brian asked me to produce a piece of music for the video, and I tried to come up with a Mad Men-esque sound to suit the visual style. (Which was a treat for me, as Mad Men is my personal favorite show).

For you musicians, I used Cakewalk’s Sonar, synths from Dimension Pro, a Hofner-style bass, a Strat with Line 6 amp and effect sounds and drum samples from Smart Loops.

Let me know what you think!

The newest top YouTube video of all time: Lady Gaga

April 15, 2010

Here it is, the biggest YouTube video ever, courtesy Lady Gaga (with a bit of help from Beyonce.’) Enjoy….

Olympic curling: the music video

February 23, 2010

It just so happens I work out over lunch, so I’ve had to pleasure to watch some Olympic curling. Thanks to Erica Smith, I realize there is an actual curling music video! This is Hammerfall, a heavy metal band, in a video of their song “Hearts On Fire” that honors the Swedish Olympic women’s curling team. Rock on curlers!

Understanding the remix culture

February 11, 2010

Here’s an interesting take on the remix culture — why people remix videos and music, and how it becomes a part of real relationship-building. I don’t know who the creator, “Normative,” is, but I enjoy his insights. And who doesn’t love John Hughes movies and soundtracks?

Thanks to Simon at Bloggasm for finding this…

Stunning images, music: The Third & The Seventh

February 4, 2010

This piece of computer animated scenes focusing on architecture is a fantastic multimedia experience. Even more impressive: creator Alex Roman not only created the CG images himself, he also recorded the haunting musical score, using Cakewalk’s Sonar and East/West orchestral samples. He said the soundtrack is “based on” works by Michael Laurence Edward Nyman. (The Departure) and Charles-Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns. (Le Carnaval des animaux)

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True confessions

December 17, 2009

Here’s a fascinating project called PostSecret in which people each tell a secret. The results are touching, humorous and even painful sometimes. Listen to how the three pieces of music chosen for this project help propel the story along…. Incredibly well done.You may find the brave voices captured in this short film haunting, shocking and humorous. In some of their faces you’ll see joy, anguish and grace as they trust you with their confession.

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Who is this Christopher Ave character?

December 9, 2009

Are you new around here?

I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself to anyone who recently stumbled on this blog, to reveal who is behind this oddball mix of multimedia tips, music musings and Beatles trivia.

I’m Christopher Ave. Nice to meet you.

I’m a musician who creates original tunes for clients and for pleasure through my side business, Music for Media Productions. I have delivered tracks for videos, multimedia projects and radio commercials. I produce a podcast for Wealth Magazine, and I’m recording and producing some music for other artists. A couple of my own “pop” tunes are available on iTunes, Amazon, Lala and elsewhere. I periodically perform around the St. Louis area, where I live. And I play guitar in a worship band at my church, The Journey.

If you’re a journalist, you may have heard one of my songs, “Copy Editor’s Lament (The Layoff Song),” my commentary on the news industry and on copy editors in particular. And yes, there’s a video:

I’m also an incurable Beatles fan who has had the pleasure to have written about the group. I especially enjoyed the few times I’ve gotten to speak with the band’s balance engineer, Geoff Emerick, a supremely decent fellow, and I’ve talked to several authors who have studied and written about the group extensively.

On the journalism front, I direct political and government coverage for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and its website,, including supervision of our bureaus in Washington and the state capitals of Missouri and Illinois. I have been a fulltime professional journalist since 1987 and have worked for newspapers in New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, Florida and Missouri. I’ve also written about music technology over the past several years, including reviewing some products that help musicians record their masterpieces.

So what’s this blog all about? What I’m trying to do here is write about the creation and use of music, especially in multimedia platforms. If you design web pages, record music, create television advertisements or just listen closely to music, I hope you’ll find something interesting around here. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints, hit me up right here!

Parody: George Martin insists on discussing the Beatles

November 9, 2009

In this hilarious parody by those jokers at Big Train, Beatles’ producer George Martin shares his memories about the group…. regardless of what he’s asked or what’s going on around him.

Using music in news television

July 29, 2009

Shawn Montano, a news video editor who blogs here, has a wonderful, hands-on post about how he uses music in his stories. Among his themes: Music can really help a story, but it’s easy to abuse. I would add that it’s often better to create your own music, or find someone to produce what you need, than it is to stumble through online directories of canned music.

And don’t forget: NEVER steal music! That is, don’t use music that you don’t have the rights to use. The results can be costly.