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You Can Now Get MsP Songs on!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Not good with iTunes or don’t have an iPod?  We’ve now got you covered!  If you’ve always wanted to buy our songs but couldn’t because they were on iTunes, you can now start buying our songs on  Right now, Phase 3 is the only album that’s up, but all the other MsP albums (Phases 1 and 2, the Black and Blue Ink. EP) will be up for sale on amazon by the end of the week!

Click here to get Phase 3 – L.Y.R.I.C.A.L. Without Fear at!

More to come soon!


Copyright Made Easy, Pump Audio, and More Roll Call ’10 Updates

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Copyrights, I say?  Yes.  Made easy, I say?  Yes.

Between my first two solo albums (“Phase 1 – Neolyrical” and “Phase 2 – Lyrics to an Identity“) and the one I just released, “Phase 3 – L.Y.R.I.C.A.L. Without Fear“, there was a five year gap, 2005 to 2010.  Of course, within that gap, so many things have come to the internet, including ways to make it easier for us at-home musicians/hobbyists/aspiring musicians.  From a marketing aspect, you have MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter for your social networking, and you also have internet radio stations like Jango and Last.FM.  Even Performance Rights Organizations like BMI have ways to register music online.

Recently, ADM told me about this one site called Pump Audio who offers services in getting your music to filmmakers and such who need music.  Basically, there’s licensing involved, and you get a cut of the royalties when someone decides to use your music for their project.  Not a bad thing, right?

I have read about the positives and negatives about sites like Pump Audio.  Some talk about the royalties split, some talk about whether or not they give you the exposure that you expect, and some even say that they take your music and try to repackage it.  That last one is the scariest.  Money to me isn’t that important, since I have a full-time job that pays ok.  Exposure, well I can take any exposure I can get.  As far as repackaging it, although only 1 or 2 claim that and it was never truly proven, that scares me a lot.

With that story told, you should now know why I’m now talking about copyright, and hoping that this post will give people some insight on what they can do for copyright.  I’ll be updating this post with some more information to make sure I’m 100% accurate, as what is a resource when it’s not fully reliable?

FRIENDLY REMINDER: You copyright music.  You don’t patent or trademark music.

To start off, copyright law says that if you made it and it can be shown, you own it. (See the When is my work protected? question in the government’s copyright official copyright section)

That’s quite easy to say, but unfortunately, that’s hard to prove in court.

Secondly, let’s address the “Poor Man’s Copyright,” which basically is the method of mailing your work to yourself and using the postmark as proof.  The copyright site debunks that as well since there are ways to presend an envelope then put the materials inside.  So no go with that. (See the I’ve heard about a “poor man’s copyright.” What is it? question in the government’s copyright official copyright section)

The best way, albeit a little pricey, is to go with the REAL, AUTHENTIC copyright.  Meaning, you go straight to the government and submit your music to the Library of Congress.  If you’ve got the certificate of copyright, you’re good to go in court.

Back in the day, (sounding like an old man, yet not at or above the age of 30), there were different forms you had to fill out if you wanted to do it the right way.  Those familiar with the process know of forms like the SR form, or the PA form.  You would pay $45 and submit your music on CD along with the proper forms.  Like doing your taxes, different forms were used for different situations, and you really had to read the print to know what’s going on.  It would get confusing also.  One of the biggest questions for me was, do I need to send $45 per song?  I have a 16 track album, so that means I have to shell out more than $700 just to copyright an album?

Well the answer to this is yes and no, depending on what you’ve got.  If you are the sole writer/performer of all the songs, you could actually submit one CD with all the songs, and only have to pay $45 once.  Good deal, right?

If you’re like me though, that won’t work.  Half of my songs are collabs on my albums, usually.  Since I’m not the sole writer/performer, you can’t submit just once.  You need to submit each song separately due to the spread of copyright between different writers/performers.

Examples are on this page. Scroll down to see the examples.

Then there would be the long wait time, because you’d have to mail it, wait for them to receive it, and then wait for your certificate.  One thing to note though, YOU ARE PROTECTED THE MINUTE THEY’VE RECEIVED IT.  So when you mail, you would attach a return receipt, and you can deem the song as properly copyrighted once you get that receipt back acknowledging that they’ve received the package on whatever date.

Since the last time I’ve had my hand on this, the copyright office has done two things that have made this easier.

The first is now there is only one form: The CO form.  Great!

And as an allusion back to my whole 5 year gap and the internet thing, the copyright office now allows ONLINE SUBMISSIONS, or what they call the eCO.  The price of submitting an eCO is $10 lower, probably because of smaller admin costs. You can peep here if you want to see what’s up.

So with all that, we musicians can now do our copyrighting online!

I just tried it, and I submitted two songs up on one CD (both solely mine), and coincidentally the same songs I’m going to use for Pump Audio.  It was very easy to do.  I signed up, filled out the online form, paid through their ACH/Credit Card system, and submitted the mp3’s.  Can’t really get much easier than that.

Now that I know they’ve gotten  my payment and my mp3 submissions, I can consider those two songs copyrighted!  They’ll be sending me the certificate after going through the processes.  I can now send to Pump Audio without fear of them stealing stuff and not having any protection.

Hopefully that helped you out, if you wanted to know anything about copyright.  I’ll be studying this more to see if I can add in some more useful info.

And as far as Roll Call ’10 info, aside from the work previously announced, Brian Bullion’s submission looks like it will be an Incubus style track, and ADM is submitting a rap beat (yes, a rap beat!) for use in the compilation.  People are leaving their comfort zones to mix stuff up.  Let’s see how this all goes down!

More to come, as always!  Keep it locked.


Phase 3 – L.Y.R.I.C.A.L. Without Fear is for sale now on iTunes!

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Finally, after all the delays, the album is 100% complete and up for sale on iTunes!  Get it here:

iTunes Link for Phase 3 – L.Y.R.I.C.A.L. Without Fear

When you click on the link, it will open up iTunes and bring you directly to where you can buy the songs and put them on your iPod. =]

In other news, ADM and I got some work done on projeCt inhalOr, albeit just a little. =]  All in due time.

More coming soon!


A Choir At Your Disposal? Courtesy of East West

Friday, February 26th, 2010

The last time I felt REALLY excited to use a VSTi was when I got my hands on Project SAM Symphobia.  Listening to real orchestral sounds put me in a powerful space.  I credit Symphobia for helping me complete “Round and Round” off of “Phase 3 – L.Y.R.I.C.A.L. Without Fear,” which as you probably already know, is coming out March 1, 2010 on iTunes.  The original version used Cakewalk’s Studio Instruments String Section, which wasn’t bad, but it didn’t carry that epic feel.  I actually still use String Section for most of my strings needs, and bring out Symphobia for the heavy hitters.

But I digress.  I managed to get my hands on East West’s Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs.  Now mind you, this is a 42GB library.  FORTY-TWO GIGS!  Symphobia was about 20?  This is supposedly one of the best (if not THE VERY BEST) choir VSTi’s out there, so I’m looking to see what I can do with this.

So I’m very excited to see what I can make with this.  Once I get all this installing done, I’ll try to make something and I’ll put the results up.

If you’ve ever tried to use this VSTi, I’d appreciate some feedback comments from you.  Let me know what your experience was!  In any case, check back for some samples tomorrow.


Jango for Airplay, Flyers, and The Phase 3 Sampler

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Yeah, I said it.  Airplay!  Right now, “Mostly Boast,” off the upcoming “Phase 3 – L.Y.R.I.C.A.L. Without Fear” album (coming March 1, 2010 on iTunes, think I’ve said it enough times?) is making its rounds on the internet radio station called Jango.  It’s been played about a hundred times at this point to listeners, and has gotten some “likes” and gained me some “fans.”  Not a bad service, I must say.  250 listens for $10, and if it means more people are listening, then great! If you search for me on their home page, you’ll hear “Mostly Boast” right away.

Continuing with the marketing (broke-ass marketing lol for the common man), I’m getting flyers (via VistaPrint) printed out to help out with some more exposure.  They’re two sided, one side featuring Black and Blue Ink. (trying to get us some more exposure also), and the other has the promo for Phase 3.

Speaking of BBI, as announced on this blog a few days ago, BBI is going back to the studio to get you more insane lyricism than you can handle!  Tentative release date for now is in the Fall of 2010, for “The Lyricist Manifesto.”

And last but not least, I’ve put together a nice sampler of all the songs that are on Phase 3, which goes along with this marketing blitz (or lack theirof lol).  This is going on promo CD’s that will get passed around to garner more interest in the project.  Of course, you get to hear it here!  Right now!

More coming?  Absolutely!


Half House, Half… Not Too Sure

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

I was just playing around, trying to come up with some different sounds.  I ended up with this little catchy thing at 130bpm.  The second half of the 16 bar loop sounds like House to me, and the first half sounds like… pop maybe?  Not too sure.

Anyway, I’m still trying to find a fresh sound for Phase 4, while keeping to my roots.  I’ve still got the Jazz/Swing stuff on tap, as well as some other ideas I want to try.  Nothing solidified yet.

I’m guessing part of this is influenced by my visit to Ultra (club in Teaneck, NJ) this past Friday for a birthday party, the fistpumping nature of the Jersey Shore (which I’ve only watched once, and since people make fun of the fistpumping I thought I’d try the music out), and going through some of mine and ADM’s old music in the Chamber[303] days.

It’s nice to not be limited by anything.  Hopefully I’ll get some traction, and maybe record a track or two that would be the foundation for my next opus.  I don’t want to release anything though until Phase 3 has gotten around for a bit.  Remember, it’s coming out March 1, 2010 on iTunes!

Drop comments with your thoughts.  ADM might have something to say about this because if that one half isn’t house, I’m sure he’ll let me know. =]

Project inhalOr and Wind Beneath My Wings with Destiny Soprano are both on deck, as well as a few songs from Cocoa.

More to come!





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