Saturday, December 24, 2016

Annual Holiday Track: Angels We Have Heard On High

Merry Christmas! I am a bit late to post my annual "holiday single." This year, I decided to record all parts simultaneously, in one take. I am playing the Ebow guitar and A Little Thunder bass parts at the same time, and my lead vocal has a harmony vocal because I used a harmonizer pedal. This is actually the ninth and final take of the recording session.

You can download "Angels We Have Heard On High" (in stereo) HERE. You can download the LibriVox version (in mono) with other fine holiday performances HERE.

A funny (kinda infuriating) thing happened when I was posting my past holiday recordings on Instagram. I received a "copyright" notice for the rendition of "O Christmas Tree" that I recorded in 2010. Here's all evidence laid forth in a neat-looking collage:

The mono version of "O Christmas Tree" was released into the public domain through LibriVox as part of its Christmas Carol Collection 2010. In 2014, someone called "Jones Reading Company" uploaded the compilation to various music services so they could make some money from public domain gifts to the world. I can almost guess that the standard copyright-sniffing bot gathers its data from commercial websites, not from public domain/Creative Commons websites.

I never released the stereo version of "O Christmas Tree" to the public domain. That is the version I enjoy more, and for all intents and purposes, it belongs to me. While the copyright of the stereo version belongs to me, I make it available to download for free.

When I uploaded my video, Instagram almost-instantly took down my video of my music that I performed every note on. Angered and confused, I instantly appealed this "copyright notice." This is my music. The stereo version is mine. The mono version belongs to everyone. No one can claim copyright over what belongs to the public domain.

Thankfully, Instagram restored my video. When I uploaded two additional parts of the song, I didn't have any trouble.

For now.

I am more than happy to escalate any issues that involve copyright trolls and invalid copyright claims. You gotta fight for your right ... to party, of course!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, happy every other Winter Solstice holidays, Happy New Year, ...

... and cheers!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Just Checking In

November was a crazy month for sports fans and political sports fans alike. I don't need to repeat what virtually everyone who has Internet access already knows or disputes or whatever. Needless to say, my October rant is still relevant to me.

This week on Instagram, I have been posting photos that were shot with a 250mm zoom lens, zoomed all the way to 250mm. It's a cool little experiment because I usually default at the 35mm to 55mm range for my LEGO photos.

After revealing the winners of the October contest, I stopped posting on my other Instagram to focus on writing content on that very same account. A Terrible Realm will finally be a proper story!

I've turned my other other Instagram account into a (hopefully) fun contest. The purpose of my other other Instagram account is to repost the work of others, as a daily "feature." The first account to have seven different solo features -- one for every day of the week -- will win a small prize in a game called "Feature Bait Bingo"!

I believe that's all the time I have to write on this blog. I hope the December holiday season will be good. I probably won't post again until around New Year's Eve, so I will take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the other holidays that happen around the same time.