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February 05, 2013

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Flannista

Just listened to about 18 seconds of "Wonder of Life" by ranga_create on the audio jungle home page.

It's actually a couple of minutes long. I was afraid that if I listened to the whole thing, I'd fall asleep and miss my airport car service when it arrives.

treesta

Good morning, Flann. I think I'll pass on listening to audiojungle. Travel safe. I hope your favorite folks at the airline treat you with extra TLC today.

Flannista

treesta -- I have to suffer alone?

I'm sitting in the US Airways Club, trying to figure out if I want to log more raw footage or read the morning paper. I think I shall choose the paper and then writing in my journal.

Can't wait to play the audiojungle cuts I chose for Mike.

Flannista

Is it just me or does anyone else in the sassosphere agree that music can make the difference between an adequate video/film and a great one?

Matissta

I can attest to how bad some of the music was that I had listened to. Flann played several songs she liked, or I should say, tolerated. The "good" ones were acceptable, but I only listened to a handful. I did also listen to "bad" ones which were really bad.

I couldn't help but wonder how these people made money. $14 per purchase? You have to make a lot of sales at that price. I also wonder do these people have musical experience and/or musical training or just people who like to dabble. I do know I hope these people have other jobs.

Flannista

Matissta -- I read the "profiles" of some of these composers and have a hunch that a couple may be legitimate soundtrack composers in L.A. who post their rejects on sites such as these to make chump change.

I'm a little worried because I have a reputation for picking really stellar music for TRM "in-house" videos, but the person in charge of this video wants it to be "external-facing" (yeah, she uses that phrase all the time) which means I can't use music that has a copyright because her budget for music is about 100 bucks.

Nine years ago, TRM's company shelled out $50,000 to use four minutes from the "Henry V" soundtrack for five years. It was their on-hold music and was used in everything. Now I've been tasked to find music "just as good" that TRM's company can use for everything, but my budget is just 100 bucks. I can't wait to hear what they say about my fee for listening to hours and hours of this stuff. Seriously, it may have been cheaper to buy decent music.

treesta

Flann, I do hope you log and charge for every hour. They really do want a BMW product for Hyundai prices.

Flannista

My analogy is that they always want Mercedes products for Buick prices, but your analogy works just as well, treesta.

nowayasista

I like some of the sound effects better than the music. I think if I were on TRM's board and someone told me we had just spent $ 50,000 for our on hold music, I might object. Then again, 9 years ago, there was a lot of corporate spending on silly things. Still is, but not to the same degree.

My favorite is the explosion track. I think it would be perfect.

PEACEsista

Favorite = "Tuba Across the River"

Least favorite= Everything else I listened to.

You have my deepest sympathies, really. Do you think they are trying to force you to quit by making it impossible for you to do quality work ... and by making you suffer? It's a real question.

Flannista

Finally in the studio with Mike. Just read this post to him. He said, "Sorry you had to listen to all of that".

Flannista

PEACE -- you may be onto something.

PEACEsista

Yup ... and only $11, so you'll come in under budget!

PEACEsista

(Only, I suspect that you were referring to the forcing you to quit part.)

Flannista

Mike just listened to the music tracks I selected (13 of them) and said, "Good job. I don't know how you did it, but you found some good tracks."

I don't know whether or not to be flattered.

treesta

From Mike, be flattered.

Flannista

Thanks, treesta.

Mike showed me how these composers basically write one melody and then add different "instruments" and change the title. It's a racket -- and sounds like one.

Flannista

Wanted to address noway's concern about the "expense" of good music.

Remember how perfect the Higgs Boson music was for that Physics video Mike and I did? It was a real coup that we obtained that music for free.

Because more and more of us hate to read, more and more companies are investing in the "sonification" of their brand, so consumers can instantly "hear" the brand and not have to read a syllable. No one answered a question I asked earlier, but I think music can make or break a video/film. That is probably why I have about 350 complete soundtracks in my iTunes Library.

PEACEsista

Unfortunately, making it work means that you are likely to be listening to a lot of crap music for future videos, too. Sorry. On the brighter side, you are helping to support the unknown musicians of the world, as opposed to the already famous ones ... and that is a benefit.

babysis

You are grossly underpaid. But you knew that. Seriously, as bad as the music was, hearing "audiojungle" in the same voice repeatedly may haunt me in my sleep.

Not only do I think music can make or break a film, I know it can make or break a commercial. Obviously some companies are forking out huge bucks for that even today (example: several Super Bowl commercials, particularly Mercedes Benz). My son asked me to scour the internet recently to find the music to a commercial (turns out it was "30 Violin Orchestra" by Jorge Quintero), also used in numerous clips on youtube, like "Hardest Hits in Football" which is probably why he liked it so much.

Anyway, as always, you pull the rabbit out of the hat, Flann!

Flannista

Thanks, babysis. I'll have to look up that "30 Violin Orchestra". But your comment reminded me of "Diamond Music" -- remember this tune? Some jewelry company paid big bucks to use this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-X_J36zxeg

Flannista

That would be "300 Violin Orchestra", babysis . . . not "30". Makes a big difference I guess. And thanks, because I'm very tempted to use this music as the "on-hold" music for TRM:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCebJodm0lY

As soon as I started playing the above link, I thought of the movie "300" and the phrase, "Tomorrow, we dine in hell". Last weekend, I listened in hell.

PEACEsista

Dogs and cats can be incredibly destructive when they are bored or scared. We have seen many examples in our years of pet ownership, including: the cats tipping over the flour canister on the kitchen counter and tracking it all over the house; the cats finding my yarn supply and turning our two-story duplex into a giant spiderweb; the dog, tearing out the screens and storm windows on the house trying to get back in during a thunderstorm.

Of course, children can be incredibly destructive, too, as when throwing the football, or wrestling, in the living room and like cats it is usually just to have some fun. My children have destroyed more furniture, artwork and collectibles than the pets have.

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