Tag Archives: Music for Video

I Wonder What Mrs. Mangelly Would Say Now

Way back in 1977 – I was about 10 at the time – I wanted to learn the piano. But we had to be concerned with something called a “weight allowance” – the maximum weight the US government will agree … Continue reading

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Hark!! The Breadman Cometh

Every afternoon until well into the evening, at approximately half-hour intervals, you can hear an odd whistling sound loop in the village where we are staying, just outside of Weligama, at the southern tip of Sri Lanka. At first I … Continue reading

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Check out Namibia’s ‘Shishani’

One of Namibia’s rising young talents needs your help! Namibian musicians have a hard time “breaking out” – primarily as a result of Namibia’s small population – just over two million, around the same size as the city of Houston! … Continue reading

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Young Afghans Perform at the Kennedy Center

This is the finale of a stunning performance by a group of young Afghans at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Touring from Kabul, they were teamed with a group of youngsters from Maryland to play music that got a … Continue reading

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The Right Music for a Video. But Not Quite.

Sometimes finding exactly the right ‘feel’ music for a video is the most fun part of video editing, and other times I dread it.  Because I already know that it’s going to be impossible to find music that won’t be … Continue reading

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Underwater Videography: Things I’ve Learned

If you’ve ever managed to take along a camera snorkeling, you probably had the same reaction I did when you got your finished footage home to the computer:  “It looks nothing like it did when I was actually snorkeling.”  Colors … Continue reading

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“One Day on Earth” Music Video

The “One Day on Earth” project, which collected video from all over the world on 11.11.11 (and also, by the way, on 10.10.10), has stitched all their footage together into a full-length film, which is to be screened at many … Continue reading

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Best music for hanging out with giraffes

When you’re editing vacation videos, it’s always fun to come up with the best music – ideally one that conveys the right mood, maybe something that relates to the place you’re visiting.  But sometimes the best music to convey the … Continue reading

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Rob Morsberger – show review

The Boston Herald describes his latest release as the “album is the kind of hyperliterate pop-inflected singer-songwriter outing that went out of style when Warren Zevon died. He can write a hook that could make angels weep.” The Boston Globe: … Continue reading

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Mmm mmm mmm…Jammin with the Crash Test Dummies

I had the opportunity to catch the Crash Test Dummies the other night at Jammin’ Java – a cool little coffee house/restaurant/bar.  Best known for Brad Roberts’ distinctive bass baritone voice, they had a few pretty big hits including “Mmm … Continue reading

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Charlie Hunter rocks Jammin’ Java

Never heard of Charlie Hunter?  Well, I hadn’t either – but he has recorded 17 albums, so the joke is on me, I guess.  Last Sunday I was talked into checking out “an evening with Charlie Hunter” at Jammin’ Java, … Continue reading

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Music mashup using video editing software

So while it may appear obvious to others, it turns out you can use video editing software to create music mashups. I had noticed the similarity between certain tunes and wanted to give this a try, but couldn’t bring myself … Continue reading

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Film Tricks: singing without singing in “Kind of a Funny Story”

I recently saw the film “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” in which the main character, Keir Gilchrist, plays an academically gifted (but parentally pressured) teen who inadvertently finds himself checked into an adult psychiatric ward as a result of … Continue reading

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Full-Length Album Composed on Sony PSP

That’s right, on a Sony Playstation Portable. Killing time at various airports, trains, on the beach, and during the kids’ sports practices, and using the game Beaterator, I’ve composed and recorded a full-length album. I’ve stopped short of designing cover … Continue reading

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New Music

I created some more music.  Feel free to download it and use it for stuff (Creative Commons / Share Alike) – all I ask is to see what gets done with it, really.  Maybe eventually I’ll put this on a … Continue reading

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Recording Live Concert Footage

When I was a kid, often you couldn’t take a camera into a music concert – probably they wanted to make sure they had the market cornered on posters and publicity photos back then. Now, in the days of ubiquitous … Continue reading

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A Pair of Articles on Royalty-Free Music

Videomaker’s free online magazine published a couple of great articles which, in combination with my earlier post on where to get royalty-free (and other low-cost or flat-fee) music to make your videos legal, is a great resource for ensuring (a) … Continue reading

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Words Matter Too

Finally giving credit to the “lyricist” part of songwriting, an interesting article in today’s New York Times talks about growing interest in charging royalties for song lyrics.  The article points out: For decades, printed song lyrics lived in relative obscurity, … Continue reading

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Things to do on a Plane

So I spent a couple of days flying around in a plane for no reason (don’t ask).   The not-to-be named airline which ferries Dutch troops back and forth to Kandahar go out of their way to spend pretty much … Continue reading

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Making Music on a PSP

In spite of the lengthy list of online royalty-free music sources I listed in my previous post, finding the right tune for your images can be a challenging and time-consuming process.  So I’ve recently acquired some new gadgets to help … Continue reading

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Adventures in our Nation’s Capital

Just returned from a grueling,longer-than-expected trip in Washington, D.C.  It wasn’t all for naught – though I had to wait until Friday for a series of grueling job interviews that had been scheduled for Monday, it resulted in a job … Continue reading

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Searching for a Soundtrack

Debunking common myths about music for video editing, followed by a long list of free and / or inexpensive sources of music for your video project. Continue reading

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Two More Contest Entries

I’ve re-tooled an old video from Washington DC – in fact, this is the video that inspired me to start this site (with some friendly encouragement) – and entered it into Lonely Planet’s video contest. Also, my video joins at least two others in a quest for a $1500 prize in Reel Insights’ monthly contest – this one is “A Family Struggles with Going Green.” Continue reading

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In search of raw materials…

Those of us who aspire to make video on a budget that is significantly less than, say $100 million have our own challenges. One of these is finding raw materials – legally – to incorporate into our work. Music is the obvious shortcoming- unless you’re also a songwriter and musician, you probably can’t afford to pay the prices you’d like in order to practice your craft. But what about sound effects? Stock video? Even with the growth of low(er) cost licensing sources, you almost have to be a copyright lawyer to navigate all the fine print! Continue reading

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Rumblefish: A possible source of music

With all the fuss nowadays about copyright infringement, it’s important to ensure you are legally using the music you incorporate into your videos. This applies even if you’re just YouTubing or making a wedding video. Check out Rumblefish.com for an inexpensive source of music with a decent selection and a great search function. Continue reading

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