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SONG USAGE & LICENCING
Can I use your tune [insert song title] on my school project / wedding video / [insert your project title]
Sure, just check that your release complies with the CC licence I use and SEND ME A DOWNLOAD LINK. Besides sharing your work here on my website, I like to add it to my private archive / collection. For videos, the higher the quality the better.
Hi, we’re a commercial tv network broadcasting in more countries than you can imagine. Can we use your song for free?
Despite demoscene is about free digital arts, “commercial” equals “you get paid for doing it”. If my works are involved and you plan making money, I expect to do so too.
Give it some thought anyway, you’ll get good publicity through our corporate network!!
I think the internet gives me enough of it, so thanks for the offer but I’d like the cash too.
I’d like to remix your song [insert title here]. Do you have the stems somewhere?
Not readily, but do contact me and I’ll see about making a set for you. If your remix is kick-ass enough, I’ll gladly consider including it on some future release. Maybe you’ll even get paid, who knows!
SHARING, DOWNLOADS ETC.
I absolutely love your works! How and where I can follow what you do or keep up to date with new releases?
Thanks! Thanks to this new website, I now have something as advanced as RSS feeds (O_o !). You can also find some icons at the bottom of this page that link to social (or other) sites where I’m at. So grab the RSS or follow me on Twitter, and you’re up to date. One strictly music-related way to follow my releases is this Spotify playlist, where I’ll gather any releases I have out on digital distribution. So if you use Spotify, do subscribe!
Dude, where are the downloads? I remember visiting all your previous sites, and you had downloads there! WTF?!
Thing is: I really love working on music projects and sharing them, but I concluded that to further my career in music (taking it “to the next level”, whatever that is) I’d certainly need something in return instead of having every song freely downloadable. Problem is I’m yet to figure out a concise set of tools (or the technical implementation) to go about this, so please, have patience and let me work on it! All my works are streamable here at the website (or say, on Youtube), so “no downloads” doesn’t mean you have no means of enjoying my works.
What about the songs used in demoscene executable releases? Surely those should be downloadable if “demoscene = free digital art” ??
Well yes, but the previous still applies and I hope you understand my point. If you’re absolutely dying to download a particular song, get the demo executable and check its data directory. Eg. most mfx or Kewlers demos simply need their datafile extension renamed to ‘.mp3’. The downloads are there for free, but you need to work a little extra ;)
Is the song [insert title here] available at a higher bitrate mp3 than 192kbps? If so, where can I get it?
At the moment, no. I’m planning to put some of my works on digital distribution (Bandcamp etc.) but instead of simply uploading the existing versions I’d rather re-work the mixes to make these “new” releases more worthwhile to you.
What DAW program do you use?
Ableton Live, Reaper and Acid 7 depending on the task at hand. Acid has been my primary DAW ever since I switched to PC/Windows, but since Sony seems committed to flushing it down the toilet the other two are increasingly taking over. Acid 7 will be nuked once I don’t need to access all the incomplete sketches I have in my song archives.
What plugins do you frequently use?
I mostly do freeware VSTs, and among those the go-to ones would be at least Variety of Sound, ReaPlugs, Interruptor.ch and the Kjaerhus Classic series plugins. On the commercial side, my favourites include a few Audio Damage plugins (BigSeq2 ftw!), Z3ta+ and what came bundled with Acid 7 (eg. Izotope Mastering Effects Bundle) and Ableton Live.
What tracker(s) do you use for modules?
ModPlug is the primary choice, the newer OpenMPT is good for a few special things. If it needs to be something more “oldschool”, then Fasttracker2 is the go-to choice. The bulk of my tracker module works (1992 – 2001) is based around Octamed Soundstudio (as in, “Amigaaaaaah”!), but I don’t shy away from Protracker either.
What audio gear do you have?
Too many of them to list here, but the gear that is in use the most would be MOTU Fireface 800 audio interface, Roland PC-180A (MIDI) & Akai LPK-25 (USB) keyboards, Roland SonicCell & Access Virus B synths, Adam A7 active near-field monitors and a Prodipe Pro10s subwoofer.
I heard you also have some self-built gear. What are they?
There are various builds, some are serious and others way, way less so. Most of these projects are documented on My DIY Blog. Click around and see what you find!
I seriously dig the remixes you’ve made, are you available for remix work??
Thanks! I likely am, but please get in touch with your project details so we can check if our schedules can be made to match.
I need some advice for composing / mixing / mastering, can you help please?!
Don’t have the time, sorry. I’m available for hire with all of the above though ;)
THIS AND THAT
What’s up with your artist name?! You better not be mocking Little Richard!!
Far from it, gotta respect the man! The name is actually derived from the lyrics of one of my rap favourites, Kool Keith. Back in 1997, I couldn’t afford cutting custom vinyl dub plates for turntablism purposes (as in, making scratches using your artist name), so the “shoe-string budget” approach was to pick a name that was already on vinyl and “available”. Bridge these two, and so I found myself selecting a name from Kool Keith’s and Tim Dog’s (performing as “Ultra”) 1996 album release “Big Time“. If you want to look up the track, it’s called “Industry is Wak”. One kick ass track..