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TortoiseTree says

I do it depending on the style. Like if I’m doing a soul, RnB or jazz track where lots of tensions, chromatics and upper structure triads are used I can “sneakily” go through keys and modes without it being too obvious and it all still sounds coherent. Some of my more film scoring style tracks are very modal hence again I can “sneak” around scales without it being too obvious.

In both occasions I’ve still scored sales. Now, if it’s a pop or rock track and you’re doing the ol’ raise it a half step to give it a fresh breath of air… that won’t work unless you do the whitney houston move as Patrick stated earlier. It sounds too obvious and it puts focus on the music, which it isn’t suppose to as chances are your music was used to support someone else’s project.

Mind you, if it’s a normal pop song which people buy to listen to on it’s own… I absolutely applaud key changing, particularly raising the half step or a minor 3rd!

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TortoiseTree says

I diversified my portfolio recently with some songs.

Sparkle And Shine (upbeat boy/girl song)

A Long Way Lost (downbeat Coldplay-esque boy/girl song)

Those Days Are Gone (harder more driving rock track)

I have a couple more about to be put in the queue with this vocalist. One is U2 pop-rock style, another is…hmm. Christian rock? lol..

And if you’re into country music…...

Whiskey In A Wineglass

Cool stuff Gareth! Listened to some of it, really liked it! I’ll add them to the collection right now!

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Yeah man, I checked it out. I think it’s a really good idea to get an identity around here. A lot of the authors who have succeeded her innovated and started something new and it has helped their success. PinkZebra always has amazing images (where do you get them from man?) with each of his songs AND he was the guy that innovated the whole colour-system/his own subcategories and putting those in the preview thumbnails. Tim McMorris has a fantastic number system-contents page which he has in all of his pages to make them easier to navigate. Gareth Coker has these thin strip links which are very elegant and allow him to put a lot of visible links in very little area. These are a few amongst many authors here who aside from composing/producing amazing music are very creative and innovative with their marketing and web design and use that to their benefit!

So, keep at it man. Be famous for being the guy that does the witty item descriptions. Be quirky and fun!

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TortoiseTree says

This brings up an issue and I wonder if any of you thought this. Magix (Music Maker, not this Audio Cleaning Lab) was my first audio-type program I ever used/got comfortable with. It’s an OK program but really is child’s play compared to Logic, Reason or Pro Tools.

I find it a bit sad that they needed to buy audio here despite being a music company and having musicians and their own audio files from their music maker program. Tim once commented in a forum that he uses Reaper as his DAW, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t use Magix (I could be wrong though). It feels like they wanted to use Tim’s great song and style to quietly imply that their product would deliver such sound quality, thing is we all know he didn’t use it.

Before all Magix commercials used audio from the actual program, which is why I initially bought their stuff but now this just seems sad. I’m sorry but this made me lose respect for Magix…

On a brighter note, great job Tim!! Great to see your stuff being used everywhere!!

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TortoiseTree says

Yes, Juno… then that Train tune that the ladies love to hear… Somewhere over the rainbow… it is used in the theme for “Arrested Development” and “Bob’s Burgers”... It’s taking over! again! The instrument itself is highly accessible even to beginners and kids with tiny hands… I think that helps the trend too…

Yeah… “Hey Soul Sister”. Being quite a big Train fan I know the story behind that song. It was originally written/recorded on guitar, but the producer felt it sounded too generic so he did it again with a ukelele he was fiddling around with and voila! He changed AudioJungle history!! LOL Just kidding, I think Ukelele was already on the way in and he cemented it!

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On a side note I didn’t get what all the buzz was about that movie and I felt it was “just ok”. People told me it would be really funny…

Agreed! “Just OK” is a perfect way to describe it, even though I like all the actors involved in it and the story was pretty good. I felt the same way about Little Miss Sunshine – sort of derivative of much better films but given a lot of buzz for whatever reason.

Is this a good way to derail this thread or what?

LOL Yeah! I was ok with “Little Miss Sunshine” Fortunately I watched it before it became a sensation so it wasn’t spoilt for me with the over-hype. At the same time, after when everyone was talking about it I didn’t see the hype either.

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TortoiseTree says

Guys, go back to the corporate/motivational section… one of them pulled their song out… probably freaked out when he found out the song that everyone was talking about was his. I’d do the same to be honest…

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TortoiseTree says

I actually think I know where it started from (for this generation anyway). There was this song in the movie “Juno” that used the Ukelele in a pop/alt. pop style and since the movie was a hit I began hearing it in commercials too. I can’t be bothered to look for the song… but I’ m sure that’s what started the whole trend.

On a side note I didn’t get what all the buzz was about that movie and I felt it was “just ok”. People told me it would be really funny…

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TortoiseTree says

Sometimes people are going to accidentally have something that sounds exactly the same and maybe we can be to quick to accuse them. Check out something funny in the first page of corporate category. Lets see if anyone notices, and with a 12 plus day review process there is no way this could be deliberate. (Hint) you will here it instantly, so don’t waste more than 5 seconds on each of the two. At this time the 2 tracks i’m talking about are just more than half way down. There is also a cookie cutter bonus, but I’m not going to call it out.

That is crazy! Initially I thought… oh yeah I might hear the same chords or instrumentation but OMG… to think they are right next to each other!! I actually thought I’d clicked on the same link twice… Thanks man… that made my day!

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