Dec 17, 2014, 21:08
Wedding musicians can’t be late to sound check. Songs must be learned. Sound adjustments must be 
made. Wedding coordinators must feel in control.

That’s why first-call Atlanta saxophonist Sam Skelton politely explained to me that, as much as he would 
love to play on the track I was producing for Coca Cola, he wouldn’t risk being late to his wedding 
gig by recording on a Saturday afternoon. 

Naturally, I plugged my ears and obsessed only about making my client happy. Remember when Coca Cola 
first started running TV spots in movie theaters? Well I had the privilege of being the first 
composer to work with Coke on the concept. And as much as the Lenny Kravitz knock-off I initially 
wrote wowed Coke’s Generation X creative director, management deemed it too heavy metal for movie 
theaters. Back to the drawing board. And no…the deadline couldn’t move. Work it out, music boy. 

So as a replacement I wrote a Kenny Loggins knock-off. And instead of face-melting guitars the track 
featured happy trumpets and happy trombones. And on the last 32 bars of chart – mostly out 
of laziness and contempt- I just scrawled “ad lib sax solo.” 

Deep down Sam knew that my engineer and I would – as with all musicians – nit-pick 
his performance, change our minds about creative direction, take breaks to troubleshoot broken gear 
and generally make the whole thing all about us. That’s why he knew he would be late to his sound 
check. 

“30 minutes…tops,” I lied. “We’ll take what we can get. I’ll write parts that aren’t too crazy and 
we won’t be all anal about stuff….(add Hollywood agent inflection)…You’re the best, baby. We’ll have 
you out of there in no time.”

Sam agreed to do the date, knowing I was full of crap. That’s why he arrived at the session wearing 
his wedding tuxedo with a look in his eye that said “Try to keep up, mother f%&*@rs. I have places 
to be.”

Back in those days, even the best session players needed a couple passes to really internalize a 
track. Engineer Pete Hauenstein and I were rarely at a loss for constructive criticisms to make; it 
was just a question of which ones to say first. 

So when Sam – while sight-reading the chart and glaring at his watch – ripped through this alto sax 
solo on his very first take, we were stunned. 

Listen to “My Mutant Power is Saxophone”

Until that moment I wasn’t even aware the instrument could even make those sounds in the altissimo range. After he finished, Pete and I stared through the glass partition, slowly reached up to press the talk back button and 
dumbfoundingly muttered, “That’s cool, man. I think………….I think we’re good here.” That performance is one my favorite memories from the jingle days. 

Sam continues to gig all over Atlanta; and not just on alto sax, but virtually every woodwind 
instrument there is. He is the closest thing to Mozart I’ve encountered in my travels and he’s also 
one of the most in-demand instrument repair specialists in the southwest. 

Hats off to my respected colleague, Sam Skelton, for recording such a kick-ass sax solo. Well done, friend.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 28,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.

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Dec 13, 2014, 14:15

Rock music is a musical genre or style that began as “rock and roll” in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s in the United States and then in the United Kingdom. Rock, which is generally focused on the electric guitar, was influenced by rhythm and blues, country and folk, among other genres.  Our royalty-free music library contains heavy rock, pop rock, soft rock, vintage rock, blues, southern rock, acid rock, psychedelic rock, rockabilly and more. We wanted to highlight some of the outstanding royalty-free rock music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) that could be used for a range of purposes including film / movies, documentaries, TV and radio commercials, online video ads, corporate videos, web videos, trade show videos, background music and on hold music. We have a great selection of royalty-free rock music for your media projects.

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “rock” yields nearly 6.500 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=38&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=41&y=8

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “rock and roll” yields the following 55 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=rock+and+roll&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=35&y=5

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “hard rock” yields over 400 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=hard+rock&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=30&y=5

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “pop rock” yields over 600 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=pop+rock&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=30&y=4

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “southern rock” yields the following 62 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=southern+rock&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=0&y=0

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “electric guitar” yields over 7,000 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=52&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=35&y=5

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “metal” yields over 400 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=metal&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=0&y=0

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “heavy metal” yields the following 131 royalty-free production music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=heavy+metal&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=0&y=0

MusicRevolution.com also has a number of CDs, available in both physical CD and download CD formats, with hand-selected royalty-free music tracks.  We assembled a great collection of royalty-free rock music on “Rock, Vol. 1” –

http://www.musicrevolution.com/cd_details/rock_vol_1/ .

This is an excellent collection of heavy rock, pop rock, soft rock, vintage rock, blues, southern rock, and psychedelic rock. The guitars on this royalty-free music CD scream, weep, seduce, lull and comfort. This is a collection of royalty-free rock tracks that is worth checking out.

With over 32,000 tracks of royalty-free music online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 32,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990′s.

 

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Dec 6, 2014, 16:10

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Member since: December 19, 2010

Tracks in portfolio on MusicRevolution.com: 55 (click here to hear all tracks) http://www.musicrevolution.com/search?artist=441

–Background

Jon Mortimer is a professional musician with over 30 years of experience in theater, film and television as composer, arranger, musical director and keyboard player. Jon’s music is descriptive and evocative and embraces everything from classical orchestral to present day electronic styles.

 

–High profile projects or clients you have worked for?

I recently did a 10 part DVD/TV documentary series for Mercedes, otherwise diverse music for ARD and NDR TV in Germany. I compose and arrange a lot for theatre and live shows too, among them being a water circus called Crescend’O which ran for two years at Euro Disney.

–Primary instrument?

Piano

–Favorite music-making piece of gear or software you currently use?

Cubase 7. I’ve been using Cubase in its various versions since 1996 and I find I can totally rely on it. I couldn’t do without Sibelius for score writing either.

–Piece of gear or software you wish you owned?

The Cinesamples library and Berlin woodwinds.

–Film score or song you admire? Why?

There are many of course, but the film Ratatouille with music by Micheal Giacchino comes to mind as the music is so full of character and of course superbly orchestrated.

–Music education background?

My high school had a very good music department, so I played guitar with the big band, percussion with the symphony and wind orchestras, keyboards with my own bands, then went on to study piano, conducting and composition at the Leeds College of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire.

–Memorable “Aha!” moment during your musical education?

Realising you can get totally different chords just by changing the bass note.

–Most embarrassing music-related moment?

Probably when I turned up to a gig and opened my flight case to find there was no keyboard inside. That was embarrassing.

–Moment you first knew you would be a musician?

From the age of 11 I was totally absorbed in music. From then on, music was it for me I think.

–Advice you would give to a younger family member interested in a music career?

Develop your skills and knowledge as early as possible in the area that you want to make a career out of, and then get to know as many professional people in that area as you can to inspire and help you step in.

–Five songs or albums you’d take with you to a desert island?

Beatles White Album

Beethoven complete Piano Sonatas by Willhelm Kempf

Noa

Gino Vanelli Night Walker

Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto played by Vladimir Ashkenasi with the LSO

–If you could master another instrument, what would it be?

I play guitar reasonably well but always wish I could play it better.

–Favorite time of day to work in your studio?

Anytime is good really, but mornings are definitely good.

–Any studio collaboration you experienced that stands out in your mind?

My first big studio production to record a full soundtrack with pretty much everything still to learn about hard disk recording.

–Some of your favorite tracks that you would want us to feature in the blog.

Dramatic Opener http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=14976 is a very bad title for a piece that was actually written a long time ago as an overture for a Musical called Rias Wish. It features solo trumpet by Larry Elam, a friend and great player of international status, who sadly died in a car accident a few years ago.

To Look Back On Love http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=23903 was originally intended as a song, but I reworked it as a violin solo with strings and classical guitar accompaniment and would make a strong theme or closing music for a serious dramatic film. The solo is played by Matthias Bromman, who recorded it in one take with great expression and phrasing.

It Had To Be http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=53319 is the last piece I submitted. There’s a trend to begin pieces with a repeated open 4th figure so I thought I’d do one too and see where it went to.

The Burden of War http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=23902 was a track that I wrote as a MusicRevolution track demo for a video about war veterans and it ended up in an industrial film produced in South Africa.

I’d like to thank Music Revolution, Mike and Chris, for your support and interest in my music.

 

We thank Jon Mortimer for sharing some of his musical background with us and for contributing his tracks to MusicRevolution.com, the Royalty-Free Music Marketplace. If you need dramatic, descriptive and evocative music ranging from classical orchestral to present day electronic styles, check out Jon Mortimer’s music on MusicRevolution.com.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 32,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990′s.

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Dec 2, 2014, 22:33

Non-musicians often guage the talent of musicians by asking them how many instruments they play. It’s an easy way to make conversation and an easy number to count. As a rule, I always refrain from saying what I really think. A gallon of water can be poured into several glasses or one big jug. Either way it’s still a gallon of water.

Multi-media artists who traverse across different artistic disciplines think that way too. Someone like Tom Waits – both a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and Golden Globe nominated actor – sees it all as the same energy source. Where it’s being pointed at any given time is between him and whoever’s paying his fee. Whatever boxes and labels the audiences must put him for their world to make sense is probably fine with him.

This Android commercial features the song “Party Hard” – a metal anthem by an artist whom I think represents the next evolution of cross-discipline artists in the creative class.

Andrew W.K is a musician, TV show producer, motivational speaker, TV commentator and – in my opinion- the best advice columnist since Dear Abbey. I’m not kidding. One perusal of the weekly column Andrew writes for The Village Voice reveals a mind with serious horsepower. The responses he provides to super-deep questions like
“Should I Feel Guilty for Being White?”, “How Do I Find a Best Friend?” & “How Do I Keep the Demons In My Mind At Bay?” are empathetic and practical. He’s processed the crippling scars most of us have borne by adulthood in a way that yields an antibody the rest of can mass-produce and use.

Be sure to check out Andrew W.K.’s advice column at
http://www.villagevoice.com/related/to/Andrew+W.K./

Kudos to Android for featuring music by an artist with this kind of depth.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 30,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.

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Nov 29, 2014, 15:57

The “Select Influences” feature is one of the innovative aspects of the “Advanced Search” function on MusicRevolution.com.

While musicians and music buyers may describe music by using terms such as “classical”, “orchestral”, “symphonic”, “cinematic”, “inspiring” and “strings”, they often think of the production music that they are looking for based on the sound and feel of a popular artist or band, such as Coldplay, or a famous composer such as John Williams or Hans Zimmer. This is why we built the “Select Influences” option into the “Advanced Search” on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com).

For example, if you are trying to find a royalty-free track that sounds or feels like music by John Williams of “Star Wars” fame, click on “Select Influences” in the “Advanced Search” on MusicRevolution.com, scroll down and click on “John Williams”, then click “Search”. The search for “John Williams” yields over 500 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by John Williams

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=John+WIlliams&vocals=1&results=20&x=39&y=6

And a search for “Hans Zimmer” composer of music for “The Lion King”, among many others, yields over 800 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Hans Zimmer

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=Hans+Zimmer&vocals=1&results=20&x=38&y=5

A search for “Philip Glass” yields nearly 100 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Philip Glass

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=Philip+Glass&vocals=1&results=20&x=29&y=5

A search for “Vangelis” yields 133 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Vangelis

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=vangelis&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=Vangelis&vocals=1&results=20&x=37&y=5

A search for “Danny Elfman” yields over 850 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Danny Elfman

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=Danny+Elfman&vocals=1&results=20&x=40&y=10

A search for “Aaron Copland” yields over 100 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Aaron Copland

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=Aaron+Copland&vocals=1&results=20&x=42&y=5

A search for “James Newton Howard” yields over 500 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by James Newton Howard

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=James+Newton+Howard&vocals=1&results=20&x=47&y=7

A search for “Howard Shore” yields 75 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Howard Shore

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=Howard+Shore&vocals=1&results=20&x=36&y=8

A search for “Morricone” yields 58 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by Ennio Morricone

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=Morricone&vocals=1&results=20&x=45&y=9

A search for “James Horner” yields 70 royalty-free tracks that were influenced by James Horner

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=James+Horner&vocals=1&results=20&x=26&y=9

While we don’t represent these great modern composers, MusicRevolution.com has a great selection of royalty-free music that was influenced by these and other famous composers and musicians.

With over 32,000 tracks of royalty-free music online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 32,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990′s.

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Nov 23, 2014, 23:09

With Christmas just over a month away, we wanted to highlight some of the excellent royalty-free music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) that could be used for Christmas and the Holiday season for your media projects and for background music. We have an extensive selection of royalty-free Christmas music.

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “Christmas” yields over 700 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=christmas&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=20&y=6

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “xmas” yields over 100 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=xmas&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=38&y=10

If you are looking for a royalty-free Jingle Bells music track, a search for “Jingle Bells” yields 79 different royalty-free versions of the classic public domain music Holiday track—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=jingle+bells&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=37&y=8

If you need a royalty-free version of Silent Night a search for “Silent Night” yields 40 different royalty-free renditions of this classic public domain music Holiday track—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=Silent+Night&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=37&y=4

If you are looking for a royalty-free The First Noel music track, a search for “The First Noel” yields 18 different royalty-free versions of this classic public domain music Holiday track—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=the+first+noel&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=34&y=2

If you are looking for a royalty-free O Come All Ye Faithful music track, a search for “O Come All Ye Faithful” yields 29 different royalty-free versions of the classic public domain music Holiday track—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=O+Come+All+Ye+Faithful&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=41&y=8

A search for “holiday” yields over 2,000 royalty-free Holiday music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=holiday&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=24&y=5

A search for “New Year” yields the following royalty-free production music tracks, including 13 different royalty-free versions of “Auld Lang Syne” —

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=Auld+Lang+Syne&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=25&y=8

Holiday, Vol. 1

MusicRevolution.com also has a Holiday CD, “Holiday Vol. 1” (available in both physical and download CD format) with 10 hand-selected royalty-free music tracks for Christmas and the Holiday season for your projects and for background music –

http://www.musicrevolution.com/cd_details/holiday_vol_1/

 

And for Christmas and Holiday background music for your business, office, retail establishment restaurant or hotel, MusicRevolution.com’s Internet Music Stream offers a playlist that provides a continuous stream of great Holiday music http://www.musicrevolution.com/music_streams

With over 32,000 tracks of royalty-free production music online, there are many other possible music choices for your Christmas, Holiday or New Year’s media production, background music or any other project on MusicRevolution.com. MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 32,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990′s.

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Nov 15, 2014, 16:03

Location: Blue Island, Illinois, U.S.A.

Member since: March 3, 2010

Tracks in portfolio on MusicRevolution.com: 109 (click here to hear all tracks) http://www.musicrevolution.com/search?artist=90

–Background

In 2000, Vincent and composer partner Kathyjo Varco formed the music production house Big Sound Music and released a collection of compositions, ranging from quirky lullaby’s through truly-funky street rhythms, all the way to earnest and quite moving orchestral themes.

 

Vince Varco initially scored several campaigns for political guru David Axelrod, and then broke into broadcast television with compositions for Speed Channel, Discovery and The History Channel. His knowledge of music, at its core, shows through in his sensibilities when writing for any genre and has a way of tapping in with precision. Rooted in classical music, Vince has proven his skills as a well-rounded composer in the music field. He’s best known around Chicago for his hard-hitting delivery with Rock and Reggae bands and earned a Chicago Musicians Award for “Best Keyboardist” by the Illinois Entertainer.

Composer/songwriter Kathyjo combines her many musical influences, ranging from Pink Floyd to Billy Holiday, along with a life time of performance to create broad palettes of music for Big Sound Music. Her compositions have been featured on the Discovery Channel and CMT to name a few, and her clever jingle writing has left quite a few of us unwittingly humming along. An innovative songwriter, Kathyjo’s firm grasp of nearly every musical style gives any track that ‘instant recognition’ factor lacking in so many brands today.

 

The following are Vince Varco’s responses to our interview questions—

–High profile projects or clients you have worked for?

I’ve worked with Fortune 500 companies like P&G, Cisco, Disney, and General Motors as well as some high profile political campaigns like Patrick Kennedy, and Richard Daley. Ad agencies, marketing agencies, independent film companies as well as touring and recording with many bands across the spectrum including some well-knowns like reggae artist Ziggy Marley.

–Primary instrument?

Piano, Organ, Keyboards

–Favorite music-making piece of gear or software you currently use?

VSL- Will wonders never cease!

 –Piece of gear or software you wish you owned?

Dangerous Music 2-Buss

–Film score or song you admire? Why?

The list is long but generally of a unique and lasting nature. I admire any production that either pushes the boundary, makes an indelible mark, or gives the listener something to hold on to.

–Music education background?

I was privately educated from age 7-18 in Classical and Jazz piano, sight-reading, harmony, and composition. I spent a further 4 years in college studying composition, electronic music, and social sciences. The rest I learned by just being curious and paying attention.

–Memorable “Aha!” moment during your musical education?

When I realized while practicing at age 8 that for me it would be better to be the one putting the notes on the page than to be the one playing them.

–Most embarrassing music-related moment?

I once opened a show with a 5 min solo piano improvisation and upon the applause was supposed to make my way back to the keyboard rig which involved a minefield of monitors, dancers, other musicians, etc. Being as this was unrehearsed I found I was so blinded by the solo spotlight that when the stage went dark I stumbled and bumbled my way to great effect back to my next mark. Quite a noisy journey, and very embarrassing!

–If you had a time machine and could record or perform once with any artist, who would it be?

Beethoven

–Moment you first knew you would be a musician?

At my very first piano lesson when my teacher played and I was so thrilled by the sound I knew that for me there was nothing else.

–Advice you would give to a younger family member interested in a music career?

Beat that interest right out of them and see if they are still game….ultimately that is what it will take to keep getting up and keeping on in the music business. You need to be willing to sacrifice your whole life with no guarantee of success and also a success that is constantly fleeting and need constant attention to maintain.

–Five songs or albums you’d take with you to a desert island?

Beethoven’s complete symphonies (Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Solti)

To be honest, I rarely listen to other music anymore as when I am not working on my own music I need to let the brain and ears cool. This is part of the love-hate relationship that is fostered by a musical career. I would probably just enjoy the quiet and the music of nature.

–If you could master another instrument, what would it be?

Drums

–Favorite time of day to work in your studio?

12pm-10pm

–Any studio collaboration you experienced that stands out in your mind?

Assisting composer Bill Russo on a Stan Kenton Redux at Capital Records. In spite of the big budget, the accolades of even being asked to do such a thing, the great recording space and musicians, Mr. Bill canned the whole project much to the producer’s chagrin because the session players, although the best, were too ‘straight’ and couldn’t get the right ‘feel’ to do the music justice. As Bill said, “What is the point of recreating something that is less than what already has been recorded.” Very valuable lessons there.

–Some of your favorite tracks that you would want us to feature in the blog.

“Noctis Vigiliam” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=53294

“Triumphatori” http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?trackid=53293

–Which of your tracks sell well?

I have tracks in many genres. For filmmakers, my scoring does well and as do my techno bombs. For DIY Youtubers, the more cliched seems to do well. There is no telling.

We thank Vince Varco of Big Sound Music for sharing some of his musical background with us and for contributing BSM’s tracks to MusicRevolution.com, the Royalty-Free Music Marketplace. Big Sound Music delivers distinctive content-specific music. The BSM Collection is a complete resource for clean, lush, instrumental music production of the highest quality. Big Sound Music collection embodies many genres and is made possible by ongoing collaborations with some of the best instrumental talent in Chicago.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 32,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990′s.

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Nov 13, 2014, 12:38

MusicRevolution.com has over 32,000 tracks of high-quality, royalty-free music online. MusicRevolution.com also offers a variety of royalty-free music subscriptions that are a great value. For limited time, buy a 1-Month Complete Subscription (regularly $249.99 for up to 10 downloads) for only $199.99 and Save $50. That’s less than $20 for any track in our production music library. Tracks can be downloaded in either WAV or MP3 format.

Check out our subscriptions today at http://www.musicrevolution.com/subs_options.  This special offer to Save $50 expires November 30, 2014.

With a variety of royalty-free music subscriptions and over 32,000 tracks online, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 32,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants, hotels and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990′s.

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Nov 8, 2014, 12:40
Over time I predict a question will come up more frequently in the minds of music-creators: Should I join SoundExchange? Will I make any money by joining?
After tracking the court proceedings that have stemmed from Pandora’s emergence on the music scene – and after speaking with a SoundExchange representative this week to better understand how they operate vs. ASCAP, I’d have to say that generally the answer is “yes.”
And if your music is currently being played on Pandora or Spotify; and you own the master recordings, then the answer becomes “absolutely yes!”
Streaming services like Pandora and Spotify need content from the major labels (remember them?). Years ago, when those licensing conversations began, the entity who negotiated on behalf of the major labels was SoundExchange. After all, they had already been doing it for years in terrestrial radio (remember that?).

And negotiate they did. SoundExchange promptly influenced US legislation to ensure they would be deemed the nationwide administrator of all “sound recording” royalties whenever said sound recordings were digitally transmitted in a “non-interactive” way (basically the listener can’t select which song they hear).

Congress gave SoundExchange a big ‘ole stick that they weren’t afraid to use. Once the leglislation was in place, they decided to charge Pandora 50% of revenue. You could almost hear Spotify’s investors crying over their leatherbound business plan packets.

Although SoundExchange initially won this tug-of-war initially on behalf of major labels, they have wisely chosen to extend their royalty collection power to small/unknown labels & artists like us. They’re fighting for the little guy…..and winning. Whereas performing rights organizations like ASCAP & BMI are constrained from collecting any serious money from digital stream services due to an outdated court ruling, SoundExchange saw streaming technology coming years ago and perfectly positioned themselves to be the financial gatekeeper. They took a page from the same playbook  the Harry Fox agency used when phonographs first came into existence (we’ll talk about that in a later blog).
You’ll see similarities between your PRO membership and your SoundExchange membership: Both memberships are free. Both have a clause that permits you to negotiate deals directly with music buyers when that’s in your best interest (as publishers, we like that flexibility…alot). SoundExchange does not conflict with any PRO membership you may currently have. You can have both.
There is a difference between the exact part of your track for which ASCAP will claim its jurisdiction and that which SoundExchange will (I explain that here). But over time that distinction will only become relevant to major labels and music deals where there are multiple fingers in the pie .
So get your free membership to SoundExchange, comrade. And get piece of mind in knowing that the company who’s actually getting decent checks from the big digital streaming providers is mandated by law to turn around and remit that money to you.

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Mike Bielenberg is a professional musician and co-founder of http://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with over 30,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of musicians mbielenberg@musicrevolution.com.

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Nov 4, 2014, 12:27

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. With the U.S. Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014, less than a month away, we wanted to highlight some of the royalty-free music on MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) that could be used for your Thanksgiving media projects and for background music during this holiday.

Thanksgiving

 

 

We have some excellent royalty-free Thanksgiving music. A search on MusicRevolution.com for “Thanksgiving” yields 12 royalty-free music tracks—

 

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=thanksgiving&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=32&y=1

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “thanks” yields the following 42 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=thanks&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=40&y=0

A search on MusicRevolution.com for “thankful” yields the following 34 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=thankful&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=32&y=3

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and reflect on the things that we are thankful for. A search for “reflection” yields nearly 200 royalty-free music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=reflection&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=29&y=7

A search for “reflective” yields over 600 royalty-free production music tracks—

http://www.musicrevolution.com/search/?keyword=reflective&application=0&mood=0&genre=0&instrument=0&influence=&vocals=1&results=20&x=30&y=2

MusicRevolution.com also has a royalty-free music CD, “Acoustic Guitar, Vol. 1” (available in both physical and download CD format) with a number of hand-selected royalty-free music tracks perfect for your Thanksgiving projects and for background music –

http://www.musicrevolution.com/cd_details/acoustic_guitar_vol_1/

And for Thanksgiving background music for your business, office, retail establishment or restaurant, MusicRevolution.com’s Internet Music Stream offers an “Acoustic Vibes” playlist that provides a continuous stream of soothing music perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday http://www.musicrevolution.com/music_streams

With over 32,000 tracks of royalty-free music online in our production music library, MusicRevolution.com (www.musicrevolution.com) has some of the best royalty-free music available anywhere.

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Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com, a royalty-free music marketplace with over 32,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music from an online community of professional musicians. MusicRevolution.com also provides custom music production and custom music streams. The entire MusicRevolution.com production music library is available for third-party distribution and bulk licensing for background music for retail, restaurants and businesses, and for other commercial applications. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990′s.

 

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