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tacoMusic says

somewhere around 600 give or take. mostly for TV work, bout 44 for AJ. need to get a lot more pieces prepped for my AJ catalogue i think lol

That’s a lot of composing Russell! Pretty big achievement, I salute you.

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tacoMusic says

Hi Ben,

Thanks for this, however, there are a couple of things that need to happen with this before it is truly useful as a widget on external sites:

  • The height of the player needs to be controllable otherwise large collections take up too much space on a page (normally, this could be sorted with CSS, but as this player relies on an iFrame, it makes it impossible to do something like height:200px; overflow:auto; on the div containing the tracklist)
  • Sort by other things than just date – this is important if you’re listing top-selling tracks in a collection or want to sort alphabetically for example

Is it realistic to expect these features to be implemented soon, or are there too many other things that need to be done before this (like the search engine and licensing issues)?

Thanks,

Taco

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tacoMusic says

+1 Miguel is your man for this type of music – very very talented guy, I’m a fan!

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tacoMusic says

Thanks for sharing SanSonbcn, looks interesting

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tacoMusic says

Thanks for the kinds words, friends. It has been an interesting and wonderful year. One I’ll never forget and will always hold dear. Here’s to another great year (hopefully full of more than 542 sales ;) )!

I wouldn’t sneer at 542 sales Phil, quite a few of us haven’t even got to half of 500 yet…me included! :)

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tacoMusic says

Pretty sure if you’re exclusive then it prohibits earning from that track elsewhere i.e. that track is only for sale exclusively within the Envato network…

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tacoMusic says

Hi,

My understanding is that you’ll need an extended licence as it’s for broadcast on TV. The proof of purchase will be the receipt you are sent by Envato and it would be nice to credit the authour of the songs if you’re client (and yourself) are happy to do so. If you need more than that, ask the authour to draft something together for you confirming purchase.

I wouldn’t wait on a staff response, they can take a while, especially around Christmas when things are busy.

Hope that helps,

Taco

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tacoMusic says

@Cstudio23, it’s interesting that you’re saying this as someone who purchases music here, it certainly shows that there are some decent people out there who care for the industry its authours even if they are a customer. I appreciate that a lot.

I have serious concerns with the lack of self-respect many composers have for themselves here and in general when it comes to valuing the work they do. Like you say, offerring tracks for advertising and other normally high-paying uses for disproportionately low fees devalues not only the composing industry from a financial perspective, but also from one of credibility. It’s a massive middle finger to those who work hard their entire life honing their skills and becoming professionals. Selling cheap devalues everything they do too by association.

When it comes to extended licences, it really is the equivalent of Poundland here (I have no issue with regular licences, that makes music available to most people which is fair). I don’t sell my extended licences (for commercial usage) anymore, I negotiate them myself as every composer should for the future of the profession and for my own future. The decline of professional composers as a group will be massive if individual composers don’t change their mentality around this, it really is destroying the industry.

By the way, while getting a credit from a big company is great for your showreel, it doesn’t mean anything if people associate you with a lower tier of composers who charge nothing for their craft. In fact, I’d even argue it harms you as it categorises you as ‘cheap’ and certainly doesn’t guarantee you any future work – I know, as I’ve had various placements with big brands in the past and having worked in the advertising industry for while, I know that NOTHING is guaranteed.

That said, I don’t take anything away from those of you who do get placements with your music with big companies, I just agree with Cstudio23 that you shouldn’t be devaluing your work so that corporations pocket all the profit for your hard work.

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tacoMusic says

Here has been my experience for slower sales periods (in no particular order):
  • Wed-Sun of Thanksgiving weekend in the US (end of November)
  • The 10 days from around Dec 23 to Jan 3
  • The 2 weeks around typical US spring break (end of March or early April)
  • The month of July

Exactly the same here – will be interesting seeing next years sales

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tacoMusic says

That’s a serious-looking flute – is it necessary to wear a basket on your head when you play though? Those shoes are amazing too, but probably not good for running away after you’ve walloped someone with the Shakuhachi! Look forward to hearing your music with it :)

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