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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Distribution

I mentioned some weeks ago that a preorder was getting started for the Sept 1 release of my latest album, “Tonal Eclipse.” As of right now it is fully available on Bandcamp (yayyy! Go pick up a copy!)

I was sincerely expecting all the usual streaming options to be up and running by that time, too, based on my previous experience with the same distributor. Unfortunately, this was not to be the case.

My submission for “Tonal Eclipse” kept coming back with issues with it, like improper track or genre labeling; that part’s pretty normal for me. But the newest issue that plagued this submission was the automated message that there seemed to be a cover song on my album that I didn’t have proper licensing for. That was a surprise.

At first I thought it must be the title of the first track—“Tonal Eclipse (Of the Heart)”. *wink* But after resubmitting again and again with tweaks and submitting a couple of support tickets for more specifics on the exact issue… I finally got an unexpected answer.

The problem was my inclusion of my soundtrack from the recent short film “I Spy a Foodie”! I’ve released my soundtracks with this distributor before (“Shady Oaks Takedown” for example), and I’ve never had this issue. Once I replied with the fact that this music was indeed my own and I had permission to release it, I got a prompt and friendly reply back that the distributor just needed to see signed proof of this, which I sent this morning.

So, all this is to say that the full release I planned on happening a couple days ago should be happening very soon, barring any unforeseen issues that might come up. And I’m not upset at distributors like mine who take great care not to release something that might get everyone sued. I only wish the time spent back-and-forth asking for more information to clarify the issue had been cut in half.

Perhaps improvements could be made to create a separate appeals process for releases, rather than having replies sent into the queue with all other general support tickets. That would be nice. 🙂

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Need Some New Music to Fill Your Home?

Bandcamp is forgoing its share of sales for 24 hours to support indie artists!

If you’re lucky enough to be in a position to spare some funds, please consider sharing your good fortune by buying music directly from artists on Bandcamp. 

This Friday, March 20th from midnight to midnight Pacific time, Bandcamp’s share of sales will go to the artists you choose to support, and as always, it will reach them in 24-48 hours.

You can also send your favorite music to a friend (there’s a “send as gift” option below every item on an album page and in your collection), or give them a Bandcamp gift card and let them make their own selections.

Own some unique independent music today and support your favorite artists!

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New Soundtrack Demo Video

Now available is a video featuring nine selections of my music from a variety of moods and genres! Which one is your favorite? 🙂

Originally posted on NovelSoundtrax.com

Track list:

0:00 “Intrepid
1:36 “Krav Maga” from Shady Oaks Takedown
2:45 “Transcendence” from Jumpy Space Fight (video game)
4:38 Finale from I Spy a Foodie
6:27Leviathan of the Ancient Deep” Movement 2: Sighting
7:26 “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep” Movement 3: The Hunt
8:50 “The Hero Leaves His Mark” from A Little Something About Noel
10:09 “Phillipy is Fragmented” from The Book of I
11:17 “I Am Water” from The Book of I

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New Leviathan Tees!

Share your enthusiasm for “Leviathan” with this beautiful, custom tee or sticker! This lovely t-shirt (courtesy of Teespring) features an artistic rendering of Sarah Wallin-Huff’s own 6-string, dragon-shaped, electric violin, on which she has performed her Leviathan Concerto, and lots of other music and styles! Click to view slideshow. All funds raised go directly toward the recording…

via Brand New Leviathan Tees! — i Support New Music

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You’ve Written a Piece–What Now?

This is a great resource I stumbled upon for composers looking to get some musicians playing their music!

…Ask performers within your network if they might be interested in playing at the concert you’re setting up… For clarity, and because it is good practice, you should draw up a written agreement… Your next challenge is to find a venue for your project… Your work is 30 min in duration, which is not enough for a full concert, so you get to select other compositions to complement your own work and complete the programme. Skillful curating is an art form in itself… Any performance is an achievement, so make the most of it!…

Lots more details are available at the article. Get your work out there, and enjoy the ride! 🙂

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What’s Your Life-Jam? Make Your Musical Vision a Reality with Novel Soundtrax!

Introducing the new and improved home for all the musical services I offer, Novel Soundtrax!

Built on experience beginning in 1990, Novel Soundtrax is the home for:

I love creating musical experiences that “guide the listener through an unfolding story.” I love creating and being a part of musical experiences that have “a rich, artistic depth that encourages spiritual, mental, and emotional exploration of the human condition.”

I am always excited to share my love of music with you, and I am honored to serve you any way that I can. 🙂

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Kudos to GoStrings.com!

I just wanted to send a quick shout out to GoStrings.com – I was thinking of them as it came time to reorder new strings for Flora… I love their Build Your Own Custom [Violin, Viola, Cello] Set option!! It’s so unique, and so smart! 

I’ve used this option for both Flora (my violin) and Minerva (my viola). I once took the time to compare prices between all the online retailers I’ve used in the past, or have had friends use, and, for the strings I need, the Build Your Own set at GoStrings is the cheapest option by far! Having me build my own custom set, they’re able to offer each string at a huge discount, so it ends up being way cheaper than going and buying each string on its own – which is the only other option when you don’t use all 4 of the same string. Plus, for my Flora, her favorite G, D, & A stings are super hard to find anywhere else, I’ve discovered… 

FYI, I also got my beautiful BAM case from them during an incredible sale they were offering!… 😉

I only have one request for GoStrings…that they set up a general returning guest option, for those of us who don’t have a Yahoo or aol account… ;-p

Go check them out! They’re great!