be-my-airplane:

Daughters of Darkness, a short stop-motion animation about the Furies. Everything was drawn/printed/created/filmed/edited in the span of about 2 weeks for English class~

Awesome work for school. And I’m flattered by the choice of music. Creative Commons rocks.

(via be-my-airplane)

My original music has been Creative Commons 3.0 NC for years. i’m all about it. Go nuts.

The reason I can’t make my cover songs CC-licensed is because I don’t own them 100%, so I legally can’t. I would if I could.

But yea, my cover songs are fair game. Send it over to me if you want when you’re done and I’ll retweet or retumblr it. I love sharing this stuff.

My original music has been Creative Commons 3.0 NC for years. i’m all about it. Go nuts.

The reason I can’t make my cover songs CC-licensed is because I don’t own them 100%, so I legally can’t. I would if I could.

But yea, my cover songs are fair game. Send it over to me if you want when you’re done and I’ll retweet or retumblr it. I love sharing this stuff.

asker

Anonymous asked: Hypothetically, if someone wished to contact you about an original score for a YouTube video, willing to pay if necessary, what would be the best way to contact you?

I rarely do outside work anymore because that’s not my passion, ‘ForOrchestra’ is my passion.

With that said, my contact is walt@fororchestra. Or feel free to go to my contact page if you prefer to direct message me via Tumblr.

FWIW, my original music is Creative Commons NC 3.0, so feel free to use those all you want on your Youtube videos.

Tell me it’s already done, Walter.
You can even lie. I will believe you.
Manipulated / adapted from this album art.
Emphasizing the final moments of RDA, I left behind the tattooed hand with an “8” for Vriska and popped a robot hand for Aradiabot. Also included a redirected meteor from Sollux, Gamzee’s Deuce Clubs (from here) and Vriska’s Fluorite Octet (by ohnobro, from here). And the Black King’s scepter fo a good measure.
So, yeah, Walt. The album art is already here - less one job to be done!
Cheers, bro. Looking forward for great achievements this year!

This is gorgeous. However, I legally can’t commercially use someone’s DeviantArt work and super-impose it onto mine (unless they were all OK with it). Even if I never got “caught” it’s simply a matter of integrity I won’t cross. I LOVE the picture’s composition though, so maybe I can attempt to hand draw the batons and fireball myself?

I was chattin with Strideritis who explained the Black King and each character’s themes to me, which has helped with how i’ll approach the piece (it’s unfinished).

Is everyone OK with this cool cover art idea?

Tell me it’s already done, Walter.

You can even lie. I will believe you.

Manipulated / adapted from this album art.

Emphasizing the final moments of RDA, I left behind the tattooed hand with an “8” for Vriska and popped a robot hand for Aradiabot. Also included a redirected meteor from Sollux, Gamzee’s Deuce Clubs (from here) and Vriska’s Fluorite Octet (by ohnobro, from here). And the Black King’s scepter fo a good measure.

So, yeah, Walt. The album art is already here - less one job to be done!

Cheers, bro. Looking forward for great achievements this year!

This is gorgeous. However, I legally can’t commercially use someone’s DeviantArt work and super-impose it onto mine (unless they were all OK with it). Even if I never got “caught” it’s simply a matter of integrity I won’t cross. I LOVE the picture’s composition though, so maybe I can attempt to hand draw the batons and fireball myself?

I was chattin with Strideritis who explained the Black King and each character’s themes to me, which has helped with how i’ll approach the piece (it’s unfinished).

Is everyone OK with this cool cover art idea?

My music video to ‘Dare To Transform’.

I imagined the piano being attacked by the notes. In the middle of this “war” the music notes are coming together to destroy it. So I wanted the piano to appear indestructible and monumental in size.

Releasing My Stems and Creative Commons?

This week I’m releasing my first true original song. It’s called “Dare to Transform” and it’s epic in soundscape and length.

I understand that a lot of remix forums, Youtubers, and many other groups of people are constantly scouring the web for cool content, but usually end up dry. They want background music but don’t want to get sued or taken down, or maybe they just want to express themselves with a remix.

So I’m thinking:

1.) Should I release my orchestra stems?
2.) Should I release the MIDI file?
3.) Should I release the sheet music?

In my song posts it’ll probably say “iTunes Bandcamp Amazon Stems Other”.

Obviously, that means you’ll be able to download the song for free, but I’ll still make it available for purchase should anyone want to support me. To be fair, I feel strongly that even downloading my music for free and remixing it is supportive.

Does that work? Or is it a waste of effort?

kimberlyanna91:

My grandma’s kitten Putter playing and being the silly little kitten she is.

The song used is “Memories” by Walt Ribeiro.

It’s painful yet reassuring to hear my music from 2006 and realize how much I’ve grown. Also, this video reminds me of when my parents would buy me a birthday present and I’d spend a week enjoying it, then 3 months playing around with the cardboard box. Good times.

asker

nervehellocafe asked: Hi (: I'm a big fan of your music and I'm wondering what of your music, if any, is royalty free or is allowed to be used in our own work? Cheers

Anything that is in my originals and CD I.I is fair game. I own those in full, so I can do things like license them Creative Commons 3.0 NC and give them away for free (which I do).

Sue My Way Out Of Starvation

The other day I posted about someone who remixed my Gangnam Style Orchestra with the original, which I loved. And recently ScrewAttack mistakingly used my music in a commercial video without my permission. But these instances happen all the time, and I’ve learned that not everyone understands music law. In addition, I’ve learned that the reason why these happen in the first place is because they love your work. They simply wanted to share it, not steal it.

But what people don’t know is that I can legally sue for up to $250,000 per offense. I come across people “illegally” downloading and remixing my music without my consent or compensation on a daily basis. I see it everywhere - on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Anyway, if I had to guess, I’d ballpark that I’ve seen about 200 offenses just in the past year. So let’s do the math:

200 offenses x $250,000 per offense = $50 million

Think about that: I could retire tomorrow, rather than starving at $500 a month.

I have some strong thoughts against that, and why I think suing is wrong in many cases, so let me explain:

I’ve been guilty of stealing, too. When I taught music lessons online, I used Google Image search to find thumbnail pictures to use on my blog. Much later I then discovered this was copyright infringement, so I stopped doing it. But that made me more understanding of what others go through. Ignorance doesn’t mean you’re a criminal, it just means you had no way of knowing.

And it’s not just me who sees this happening. Browse Pinterest or Tumblr for 2 minutes and you’ll see a bunch of pictures, videos, music, and original articles that were ripped off from the original artist without compensating them. That’s why I’ve learned to appreciate and be attentive about compensating the original artist - because I’m seeing it from both angles.

It’s taken milleniums, but art has always naturally advanced towards one thing: being open and collaborative. And it seems we’re finally there, which is an insane time to live in and experience. However, I don’t own the entirety of the songs I arrange because they’re cover songs, not originals. So I can’t do remix contests or lots of other cool ideas I’d love to do with you all.

We live in a remix culture. We live in a shareable culture. Word of mouth today is on steroids - that’s why I am one of the few who feel that the music industry is stronger and healthier today than it’s ever been (for both Major and Indie labels). It’s also why I find these times to be so exciting.

So how powerful is this new world and it’s parallel remix culture? Well, let’s take Gotye ‘Somebody I Used To Know’. When Walk Off The Earth came along and made their 5 peeps 1 guitar cover song that now has over 137 million views, this is what happened:

Everyone scattered to find the original artist. Twitter blew up. Facebook blew up. Tumblr blew up. Gotye’s original song and merch sales went through the roof. It was on radio, TV, online, played in elevators, mashed up, illegally downloaded, and was everywhere. And then thousands of people around the world started to cover Gotye songs (without realizing they needed permission).

So what did Gotye and his publisher do? Rather than go on a sue-spree, he actually mashed up other people’s music too and witnessed this amazing culture himself!

That’s also why Psy ‘Gangnam Style’ is as popular as it is. Sure, it’s a great song and video - but it wouldn’t be where it is today without the parodies and sharing. The internet has brought it into their ecosystem, so today you’re not getting your song covered or shared once by Sting who has 10 million fans. Rather, it’s getting covered by 1 million people who each have their own super-small niche circles. And here’s the important part - those are hidden circles that you could never find or get into. It’s the long tail, and it’s the most powerful thing in the world.

The thing is that when you post something to the world, it’s the world’s to use, remix, make fun of, buy, steal, splice up, critique, download, share, derive from, and so much more. I’m not saying all of those are legal, I’m just saying that’s the reality of what happens.

But along with this hysteria and beauty is a new territory that very few know what to do with (including lawmakers). While it’s important to protect your work now more than ever, I’ve learned not to always be on the defensive because it’s crazy for everyone, and I think that the more we talk about it and strive to understand it together, then the better we’ll be as a whole.

At the end of the day I’m just an arranger who likes to write music and work with other musicians. I draw my muse from other people, just as they draw from me - and that circle of inspiration and collaboration is what I feel art is all about.

Instruments with faces are an endangered species. Let’s save the instruments!