A mysterious bear named Podington took the Internet by storm in 2007, releasing three beautifully crafted songs a week. Podington’s podcast rubbed shoulders with KEXP’s Song of the Day and NPR’s All Songs Considered atop the the iTunes charts, while his story captivated Morning Edition, The Globe and Mail, Wired.com’s Listening Post, and and dozens of influential music blogs. The experiment inspired countless new works of art, and translated into commercial success over the years with licenses for clients Google, Microsoft, Mtv, NPR, Paul Frank, Chillingo, This American Life, MoMa, Make Magazine, Steelcase, Chevrolet and many more.
The true identity of Podington Bear remained a mystery throughout the entire project. Then, upon the release of a retrospective box set in July 2008 his identity was revealed. Chad Crouch, proprietor of Portland Oregon’s influential HUSH Records, and former bandleader for the group Blanket Music was the big-eared culprit.
Since then, Crouch has continued to record instrumental music as Podington Bear, while significantly broadening his ouevre to include minimalism, neoclassical, ambient, soul, and simply more of what people were attracted to in the first place: Music that surprises and delights irrespective of genre.
Crouch released an extensive library of music entitled The Sound Of Picture Production Library for creative pros and amateurs, free to download and free to use under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License. (For a commercial license, or clarification of terms please contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Who is Podington Bear? Really.
Prior to July 2008, Podington Bear’s identity was unknown. Some short interviews appeared in WIRED.com and The Globe & Mail before he revealed himself as Chad Crouch, record label proprietor, visual artist, designer, unskilled tradesman, and musician (a’course) via a press release, and this interview with Joanne Colan:
Podington, what kind of software do you use?
I use Reason and Live mostly, on a Mac.
Do you license your songs for film, internet, and TV and other media?
I do. I have licensed music to This American Life, Google, Microsoft, Chevrolet, Mtv, Paul Frank Industries, Steelcase, Logitech as well as short films, interstitial music, video games, and internet clips. I’ve also composed original music for radio and TV spots, and scores for short films. Does your production require a diverse catalog of instrumental music? Hop on over to soundofpicture.com for 300 tracks.
You were making 3 songs a week for a year? That’s 156 songs. How can you make 156 songs without sucking?
It took me 18 months.
Can I use your song in my You Tube Video / home movie?
Please do, according to a Creative Commons BY-NC License. (Credit me.) And send me a link so I can see what it looks like!
Can I remix, or sing over, or slice and dice one of your songs and share it with people?
Please do! All of my original work here is offered up with an Attribution-Noncomercial Creative Commons License. Making an indie film? Festival licenses are free too!
More questions? I’m all ears: email@example.com