Season 2: Momentarily Suspended for R&D.

Some of you have noticed that I haven’t added new songs to the podcast for the last two weeks.  Just to give you a little insight, I’ve decided recently that as much as the podcast has served me well, my programming concept is a bit flawed.  I’ve come to the conclusion that one song per podcast episode is not ideal.  The reasons are twofold:

1. The way iPods and iTunes software handle podcast episodes is much different than songs in a library–given that most podcasts are magazine-like in format (dj’ed mixes, talk programming, etc.)–so one song just doesn’t cut the mustard for me as an end-user. Too many stops and starts, and too complicated to figure out how to just play.

2.  It offers little incentive for a podcast subscriber to pony up for the songs when bundled into a user-friendly, high quality album format.

If you can’t beat ’em join ’em? I’ve begun testing longer-format audio programming for when this train starts rollin’ again.

In the meantime, I’ve been having fun with my anti-viral videos for my Sound of Picture project.  They are not that intersting, but I think they’re pretty.  I do them mostly to encourage other to think about making better use of my compositions for their own work.  Watch a few here and consider clicking “subscribe.”

ps.  And keep an eye open for Sound of Picture Vol 3: Ambient to hit the free/donation shelf soon!  I’m surprisingly proud of it.

Sound Of Picture YouTube Channel, Ambient trip

Hello folks,

I’ve started a YouTube Channel for my Sound of Picture songs. I think this type of music thrives when combined with imagery. In this case, I’m breaking form by pairing the music to moving images instead of simply photos.

Furthermore, I’ve started composing ambient music which will be deployed as per usual via the Sound of Picture podcast. Two of the compositions, “Rubber Molecules” and “Electron Map” are featured in the following:

I think of them as antiviral videos simply because they require a different sort of attention span than YouTube tends to nurture. But, perhaps the HD resolution will delight in an unexpected way on the “People’s Tele”.  So, subscribe (push that yellow button), no?




Sound of Picture Vols 1 & 2 available FREE.

Hello folks, Happy New Year!

Well it’s a new year and I’ve resolved to try some new things. First on the list is bandcamp, basically a site that works as efficiently and cleanly for music as Vimeo does for video. That is to say, hop on over and download the first two collections of Sound Of Picture (each one packing in 20 songs) in up-to-CD quality for FREE.

And all you budding filmakers, put me to work in your masterpieces!

ps.  For this body of work I’ve started using my own name in an effort to appear more professional to those who would disregard a bear.  More new things to come… I’m going to switch it up a little with the podcast.  xo -P

“Toast” soundtrack featuring P Bear

I must say that I was extremely delighted to when I got an email a few weeks ago from Joey Connolley alerting me to the Creative Commons license use of my music for his incredibly charming film Toast, written, shot & edited in 36 hours. Have a look.

Toast from Joey Connolley on Vimeo.

It’s no wonder this took 1st Place in the fest, as well as “Crowd Favorite”. Joey and Co will be submitting the film to other festivals, and he asked if I would agree to sync rights for this, as it takes the project into more comercial waters. (For the record, I grant festival licenses freely to all filmakers.)

For more on Creative Commons and using my music please check out this Creative Commons blog post by Cameron Parkins on my other musical outlet Sound of Picture.

Best of luck Mr. Connolley!

Season Two Begins.

Podington Bear is back! Starting today, a new surprising season of Podington Bear begins. New songs will be posted every Friday.  These songs will be collected and issued logically as albums, for which preview mixes will be added to the podcast stream indefinitely.  (Like albums #1-13 presently.)

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Sound of Picture Vol 1 now available in the HUSHshop for free/donation! Just click over to HUSH Records for the first edition of Sound of Picture in convenient zip album form.  Then reveal your album art window in iTunes to see each of 20 photos corresponding to the instrumental tracks.

Get it here.