Posts Tagged ‘video music’

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…

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!

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.

Cool guys don’t look at explosions

June 2, 2009

Really, they don’t. Andy Samberg and Will Ferrell’s performance from the MTV Awards. (Thanks, Zach Wise, for the link!)

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What do you think of music in this video?

May 15, 2009

Ever met a musician who overplays? His fingers fly over the fretboard or keybard, but he never really stops for a breath. That’s because he’s never learned to use silence as a musical tool.

One very effective way to use music in video and other multimedia projects is to use its very absence. That is illustrated beautifully in Edmund Fountain and Catriona Stuart’s “For Their Own Good,” a project they did this year for the St. Petersburg Times/ (Disclosure: I’m a former colleague of both journalists).

It’s a moving story, wonderfully told. The spare, piano-based music is just right for the project. And just as the piece approaches its emotional climax, the music abruptly stops – focusing attention on the most moving moment.

You can see and hear the piece here.

Angela Grant over at News Videographer recently asked her viewers their thoughts on the way music was used in the project. You can see my comments, and hers, on her site. Check it out – it’s an interesting difference of opinion.

Video journalism in the spotlight

April 10, 2009

Here’s a post at Mastering Multimedia with links to The Digital Journalist, which dedicated its site recently to video journalism. If you click you’ll see lots of links to rich information about improving your video work. Enjoy!

Best practices: Nice music in documentary video

April 9, 2009

Martin the Tailor from Ed David on Vimeo.

If you click above you’ll see a nice documentary video by Galen Summer and Ed David, which was pointed out to me by Desiree Perry. (Thanks Desiree!) It’s a quiet story of a tailor. Notice how music is used to subtly but effectively propel the story. Neither manipulative nor extraneous, the music here hits the sweet spot. Enjoy!