NEWS

TuneSat

I spoke with a really cool rep from TuneSat today. Attached is a little peak at their interface. They have a digital fingerprinting technology that will track your songs as they appear in broadcast. They are much more accurate than ASCAP’s sampling surveys/techniques (though, to ASCAP’s credit it has improved a lot over the last few years) and have gotten music companies/composers a lot of additional money. In fact, their technology has resulted in so much extra discovered placements/money for composers, it has overwhelmed ASCAP. I know for a fact when I’m talking to the back end royalties folks, they are completely overwhelmed trying to keep up with it all.

I’m wondering if anyone who is a “semi-pro” indie composer, basically someone doing music/licensing thing part-time but making good money at it, is using this service? For a full on music library or production house, the investment is not so much. But at $27/month (first tier of pricing to track 50 songs, goes up from there) and a year contract, this is not overwhelming, but significant to an indie composer on a very tight budget. can anyone give me some feedback? It’s not the monthly rate, but the year commitment, that is slightly intimidating.

But i’ve gone into my budget and eliminated other waste, like my $10/month box.net account (dropbox for me now, even though it has less features), and now using Blue Host/Word Press to host all my sites for a much more economical/manageable solution. And I’m sure to truly see results, you have to be using the service for long enough…as we composers know, there’s a long turnaround time for any music appearing in broadcast–you can expect to see the records from ASCAP and payment until 9 months later.

I work with a couple of companies who own my tunes exclusively and are pretty tight on tracking things, but I have a half dozen other partners that do the “re-titling” thing with my tracks. Who knows where my stuff could have been used without my knowledge. Any way you slice it, “found money” is extra

Psykick Girl’s Wendy Darling Remix


We Speak Silently by psykickgirl
Here’s a remix I did this summer of the very talented band Wendy Darling‘s track, “We Speak Silently”. I *think* the band may have parted ways, but singer Cori Price is currently working on some killer new material.  She sent me some tracks in progress and I really like what I’m hearing.  I hope we’ll be working together again soon!

Exclusive vs Non-Exclusive Contracts with Licensing Companies

Exclusivity in contracts with licensing partners is something I am nervous about.  It’s a tough call, because the “re-titling” process is looked down upon, but offers me more flexibility to proliferate my music (although I’m careful to limit things so that I am not “spamming” myself everywhere).  At the same time, I think I have seen (well-established) companies work harder and the monetary rewards bigger with exclusive situations.  For example, I have a couple partners (Harpo, Musikvergnuegen) that
compensate me upfront for writing tracks for them, then the arrangement is that they exclusively own those tracks but I collect
the writer/performer royalties for my lifetime.  Both companies have been doing GREAT with getting the tracks placed a lot and lots of revenue coming to me (both from front end licensing fees and back end royalties).  However, a few other exclusive deals I had amounted to nothing and I had to work hard to end those contracts…some really good tracks “went to waste in hiding” in my opinion, for several years while a company tried to get its operational ducks in order, etc.

Welcome comments about your experiences and opinions!

Competitrack to the Rescue

If you think that ASCAP has records on hand of all your music being used on TV commercials, and are PROACTIVELY working on getting you those back end royalties….THINK AGAIN.  Also, don’t expect any companies you work with that license your music to be tracking that stuff carefully either.

Now I can only say great things about the folks at ASCAP that handle that stuff…ONCE YOU HAVE GATHERED ALL THE EVIDENCE AND CONTACTED THEM.  That means, the invoice sent to client and commercial promo checklist (both of which you can acquire from the company that licenses your stuff, if you don’t do it directly yourself), an mp3 of the song used, all the ifo about the registered title on ASCAP (the track ID, your member #, track name, etc) and finally…

I’ve been using a site called competitrack.com. They are amazing!  If you know the advertiser/product (in my case, Aquafresh Whitening Trays) and the approximate time period in which it aired on TV, you can do a search for the commercial and watch :15 second video clips.  Within minutes I found my track and the reports showed that it aired 4,000 times.

I turned in these reports along with everything else to ASCAP, and followed up weekly with an email/phone call to check on progress.  As a result, ASCAP finally confirmed everything and deposited 7K into my bank account.  That’s right.  $7,000.

I have about 5 other cases open with ASCAP, one of which is confirmed and will be paid out in the next distribution Jan 4th.

So make sure you get all the details from your licensing partners!  It’s “found money” for both them and you, so they shouldn’t be resistant in the least when it comes to getting you all the documentation you need.

Finally!

After many years of custom-coding psykickgirl.com, I finally got smart and switched over to the WordPress platform and all of its lovely, built-in features.  It will be a lot easier to update my site with news–all kinds of great things have been happening with my music licensing!  I regret all the breaking news bits that have already come and gone.

Anyway, welcome to the site and enjoy yourself!

NitroGlycerin

I see it from your point of view:
You think he’s the best thing that ever happened to you.
But why is it so hard for you to see the light?
This dog’s bark is foreshadowing his bite.

Clear your head of a “happy-ever-after”.
This design is gonna end up in disaster.

Let go of the fairytale
that’s conditioned in the mind of a female.
The situation’s getting very strange.
You’ve got to make your move before it’s too late.

Change your life while you still have time.
Something’s got to be done.
Too scared, too slow, too sad to know that
You’re under his thumb.

He can only get through to you
with the language of black and blue.
Does it feel as if you can never do things right?
From where I stand this man is always looking for a fight.

(You don’t have to play yesterday’s game)

Change your life while you still have time.
Something’s got to be done.
Too scared, too slow, too sad to know that
You’re under his thumb.

I Can Picture You

These hands…they want you…
Fingers constantly in motion.
And these lips, they taste you
when I breathe in, breathe out
I’m so excited by the notion.

I Can Picture You,
If Can’t Have You.

So strange how I found you
When I stumbled unprotected.
Now your fire burns my blood
And you’ll drown under the
Undulating waves of my love.

I Can Picture You,
If Can’t Have You.

(People say I’m obsessed.)

I Can Picture You,
If Can’t Have You.

Jehovah

You came to my door with daughters in tow.
You wanted to share everything that you know.
You’ve got the map
You’ve got the plan
You know exactly where you stand.
You want to tell me all about what’s wrong and right.
You came to bring the proper light into my life.
But I don’t live I darkness.
I’m not so confused.
I don’t live by a book that serves so very few.
You came to share with me the absolute truth.
I tried to tell you that it’s all just a ruse.
But you wouldn’t go.
“The word makes it so.”
“But we only know what they want us to know.”
We stood and talked about the state of the world.
Through the rusty screen door I just stared at your girls:
Eyes cast down, no solitary sound.
Were we saying stupid things or were they profound?

I hope your words endure
I hope your daughters survive
I hope this crazy world
Doesn’t just eat them alive.

You came to my door this morning at ten
Talking about the final judgment of sin.
My future life: big Paradise
I can have it all if my faith is blind.

I hope your words endure
I hope your daughters survive
I hope this crazy world
Doesn’t just eat them alive.

Remember to Breathe

Why can’t I seem to evolve?
I’m always trapped in the dream.
A sucker for what’s being sold…
Always forgetting to breathe.
How do I go to this higher state of grace like you?
I just know I could change a world or two.
What was the reason for this?
My spirit shudders and bends.
Desperate struggle for bliss
In the arms of a lover again…
I wish I could throw back my head
And laugh at life like you.
Strange how the smallest things
Have worn me through.

Remember to breathe.
Remember your first kiss.
Walk backwards through your life and look at everything you missed.

Sometimes the miracles hide
In gossamer space between words.
They float on the darkness of night
When true forms of love are transferred.

Remember to breathe.
Remember your first kiss.
Walk backwards through your life and look at everything you missed.

Born With Soul

I was Born with Soul.
And the stars smile everywhere I go.
Life and I take flight.
I know I’m on to something good
‘Cuz it feels so right.

You were Born with Soul.
And your mama taught you everything you know.
You and Life take flight.
You know you’re on to something good
‘Cuz it feels so right

When you’re crossing the water
do you ever look underneath the bridge?

We were Born with Soul.
And the stars smile everywhere we go.
Why should we wait?
We know we’re on to something good,
so let’s start today.

When you’re crossing the water
do you ever look underneath the bridge?

We can go insane in this free place.
Never break the chain!