Sunday, January 17, 2016

I make Creative Commons music to be liberally shared. One thing I like is that folks use my songs in their videos. The count as of this writing is in excess of three thousand videos that make some use of one of my songs on Youtube, and a couple of hundred more on Vimeo.

I learned from a teenager I mentored that lots of folks use Youtube as their music streaming service. I see some of my songs posted with a single still image. This is fine with me, so long as the license is followed.

I thought, though, that I could create a video or three that cater to this "listener-oriented" use of the video.  I took a number of my photographs of local north Texas sights, and used MyPhotoFilmStrip and OpenShot Video to create this
video of "Constellation Blackbird" by Gurdonark:

Monday, December 28, 2015

The kind folks at the Terse label asked if I would like to contribute to their holiday compilation "Terse Greetings".  The release contains the song I created, "Tiny Reindeer Dance":

The whole compilation is a fun, free listen:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Giordano Ciampini made this fun video which uses my song "Berries". This is called "Everything I Learned about Life,  I Learned in Mermaid School":

Everything I learned about life, I learned at mermaid school from Giordano Ciampini on Vimeo.

 Torontoist reporter Kaitlin Wright shows in this video that there are a world of times that only a sense of style and the right green finds will do.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

David Nemeth is a big supporter of Creative Commons and liberal licensing, who make abstract non-traditional music in his own right. His website "Acts of Silence" is an excellent resource for folks who like to discover liberally-licensed music that does not color between the lines.

Though my music sometimes colors near the lines, but merely makes a mess of it, I was glad that David reviewed my new album "Constellation Blackbird". He
"gets" my music, and makes me think about what I was up to, a bit.

Here is David's review of "Operation Blackbird":

Acts of Silence Review: Gurdonark, Constellation Blackbird

Monday, June 01, 2015

Director Jennifer Phang makes excellent near-future dystopian sci-fi movies. Her film "Half Life" caught my eye some years ago. I am pleased that my track "Fortitude Bumper" now appears on her new film, "Advantageous". The new film is a really great piece of story-telling, about a near-future in which new technology is used to perpetuate old stereotypes.

The song is an abbreviated rework of my 2007 release "Fortitude" from the "Seven Virtues" EP.  The film won an award at this year's Sundance Film Festival and is about to receive its debut on Netflix. It's a solid story about a future a bit more high-tech but a bit worse than our present.

I'd like to give a shout-out not only to Jennifer Phang, but also to
Timo Chen whose work in creating the vast majority of the soundtrack is a great listen and just right for the film.

Here's a great piece from Indiewire about the movie "Advantageous".

Advantageous on Indiewire

Here's the Facebook page for the film:

Advantageous the Movie facebook page 
I enjoy listening to Studio 360, a radio program produced by WNYC. I was pleased to see that one of its recent podcast features used as its background parts of my song "Constellation Blackbird" in an article about use of biological processes in art:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

I like to see my songs re-used. Here "Small Pond" from the new "Constellation Blackbird" soundtracks an analog demonstration of a virtual game:

Hermaton at Bosch Shine from Darf Design on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

I like that video creators pick up my Creative Commons songs and take them along on video rides ranging from space exploration to make-up application.

Here I present a video based off the gentle song 'Naive' off my new release, "Constellation Blackbird".  The video was shot during a bicycle ride on the Watters Creek Trail in Allen, Texas, and during visits to Bob Woodruff Park in Plano, Texas and to Green Park in Allen, Texas. These are sights and sounds of a single, somewhat rainy north Texas USA weekend.

Tom Laird hosts "Fade to Yellow", a weekly radio show featuring ambient, post-rock and other electronica music, plus interviews, on Austin's KOOP radio station. He also releases the show as a cloudcast on Mixcloud.

I am pleased that on Episode 169, he plays my song "Ramble" from the new album "Constellation Blackbird".  I think the whole show is a good listen, and my piece is a lesser but weirder part of the fun. I encourage you to check it out, as it has fun tracks and some good small-label interview material: