Friday, June 4, 2010

Free Virtual Music Supervisor's Assistant Adds New Artists At Music For Film And Television Website


June 4, 2010 -- New Artists have been added to the Music for Film and Television website, a music marketing collective that brands itself as a virtual Music Supervisor's Assistant. Music for Film and Television (MFTV) finds quality independent music ready for film and television licensing. Through music submissions from around the world, MFTV initiates artist screening and listening processes, then creates artist profiles and catalogues tracks for easy review. Links to artist websites are available for more info and tracks. All MFTV artists are professional caliber and personally available for contact and discussions.

New Artists in April and May ...

- 9 Ball: (Orange County, CA) Indie Pop Rock

- A Troop of Echoes: (Providence, RI) Instrumental, Rock, Saxophone, Dance, Postrock, Postpunk

- Cary Kanno (Chicago, IL) Acoustic Rock, Singer Songwriter, Funk, Rock, Hip Hop

- Catch 22 Music (Swansea, Wales, UK) Horror, Rock, Classical, Lounge, Ambience, Funk

- Chris Mason (Chicago, IL) Alternative Rock, Rock

- Chris Morris: (Oceanside, CA) Pop, R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop

- DJ Questionmark: (La Conchita, CA) Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock Dub Step

- Dom Borer: (London) Indie Brit Pop Rock Folk Acoustic

- Eddie Sea: (Chicago) Soul, R&B, World

- Entropik: (Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK) Cello-infused Classical, Ambient, New Age, Electronica, World Music Licensing

- Fast Eddy (Raleigh, NC) Rock, Pop, Country

- Gregory Elkins: (Raleigh, NC) Cinematic, Instrumental, Electronic, Americana, Experimental, Rock, Ambient

- Hamilton (Bedford, NH) Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Jazz, New Age, Orchestral

- Herb Hartley (Sims, NC) Country, Jazz, Latin, Movie Soundtrack, Commercial spots

- James Cahall: (Ukiah, CA) New Age, Solo Piano

- Jan Davis Guitar (Los Angeles) Acoustic Guitar, Flamenco, Classical Guitar, Latin, Jazz, Adult Contemporary, Surf

- Jesse J. Smith: (Seattle) Instrumental, Rock, Classical, Electronica, Jazz, Pop, Holiday, Southern Rock

- Jonathan C. Ulmer: (Las Vegas) Instrumental/Orchestral, Commercial, Video Game

- Joshua W. Scott: (Seattle, WA) Singer Songwriter, Acoustic Rock

- Laman (olujade) Richards (NY, NY) Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Instrumentals

- Mad Harry (Cambridge, UK) Pop, Female Vocal, Dance

- MRDC: (Lions Bay) Electronic, Electronica, Ambient Groove, Modern Rock, Hip Hop

- Nick Smith: (Charleston, MS) Pop, Electronica, Rock, Hip Hop, Cinematic

- Pam Shaffer (Los Angeles) Singer-Songwriter, Indie, Electro-Acoustic, Pop

- Phil Wright: (Carlisle, England) Commercial Pop Rock

- Robert Lauri: (Paris) Pop, Score, World Music, Urban, Soul, Funk

- Rudy Pusateri (Castelvetrano, Italy) Rock, Pop, Country, Metal, Orchestral, Jazz, Urban, Electronic, Acoustic

- Sergei Stern: (Haifa, Israel) Rock, Pop, Orchestral, Cinematic, Electronic, Acoustic

- Subject to Thoughts: (Brownsville, Texas) Progressive Rock

- The Fab Rudies: (San Diego) Alternative Punk, Pop, Ska

- The Stan Sermons: (London) Rock, Pop, Alternative

- The Syndakit (NJ/MD) Pop Rock, Electronica, Hip Hop

- Trevis T – Rap: (Atlanta) Hip Hop Instrumental, Reggaeton

- TruthSeekah (Mobile, AL) Rap Metal

- Vershon Parker (Virginia Beach) R&B and Hip Hop Instrumental

- Wet Paint Forever: (Somerville, MA) Lo-fi, indie, analog, organic instrumentals, abstract pop

- W.F. Floyd: (St. Petersburg, FL) Easy Listening, Smooth Jazz

- Young Dread (Pawleys Island, South Carolina) Urban, Reggae, R&B, Hip Hop

Music for Film and Television is a collective resource for music supervisors & production companies to network with professional level independent musicians to combine talents through the art of placing music to film and TV. The MFTV website features an organized selection of diverse music ready to license for score, source, background, theme and trailer music. Tracks are immmediately available for convenient listening without any sign-ups or fees. The official Music for Film and Television web address is

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Music Matters Scoop: China's Plan To Fight Piracy

from right to left: Christopher Martius, Bill Zang,
Yushu Le Guyader and Thomas Reemer

By Eric de Fontenay

I don't usually go to conferences expecting to get scoops. Oh sure, you have lots of announcements - so and so have partnered, such and such launches new service, blah, blah, blah... Didn't he announce that at another conference last month? Even during last year's Music Matters, the launch of Google Music China had been covered well beforehand, though it was neat to actually get a demo. So I had to literally stop and rub my ears when I could have sworn that I'd caught a scoop at this year's Music Matters.

The setting was a presentation by 88tc88, which had introduced at SXSW its Web-based translation service for Western bands wanting to enter the Chinese market - more about that here. Joining Chairman Thomas Reemer, CEO Christopher Martius and Partner Yushu Le Guyader (who provided translation) on the stage was Bill Zang, Vice President at Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group. Owned by one of the largest media conglomerates in China, SSCEG is at the core of the Chinese government's efforts to develop comprehensive multimedia entertainment services for its domestic market while fighting piracy and addressing royalty collection.

Let me stop here to remind readers of a little fact. Until relatively recently, copyright in China was illegal. All intellectual property belonged to the people, ie. government. If you wrote a book for example, the government would 'own' it and reap any 'profits,' while providing the author with a salary, housing, medical and education. So when some rant on about piracy or the lack of enforcement, this should be put in context. The Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China was adopted in 1990 - we in the US on the other hand have had a Copyright Act on the books since 1790 and we still can't seem to get it right!

On the other hand, the government does often seem capricious in its enforcement of copyright. They like to point to last year's shutdown of 200 pirate movie sites, including the largest video BitTorrent site. It just so happens though that the crackdown coincided oh so nicely with the launch of CCTV's major online video initiative. Nor is it clears whether the shutdown didn't have more to do with fighting pornography - a much bigger taboo for the government - rather than piracy. Having said that though, the fact is that for both economic and diplomatic/political reasons, the Chinese government will increasingly get serious, get tough and tackle the IP issue in the broad sense, not just piracy.

For one thing, China is no longer the low-quality, copycat manufacturer people still seem to imagine. As its economic power has grown, so has domestic innovation. It is following the path of Japan and South Korea, except at warp speed. You've certainly heard that they now have the fastest train, 2nd most powerful computer,... you get the picture. Nor is all this growth in IP restricted to patents & gadgets. Anyone who has hung out at Beijing's indie clubs like D-22 and Yugong Yishan, or strolled through its 798 Art District quickly realizes that China has a big cultural muscle it is anxious to flex. So it will become an economic imperative to protect its intellectual property which the government will increasingly view as a strategic asset.

Secondly, the Chinese government wants to attract more Western culture and the know-how that comes with it. To do this, they are building three national music industry parks, located in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangdong that are slated to be operational in 2011. These high-tech parks will serve as performance stages as well as provide facilities for Western and Chinese musicians and professionals to collaborate. But of course, in order to attract Western musicians and firms, they need to tackle piracy.

This is all good, but it is at this point where I start get sceptical. It's fine to talk about tackling piracy and shutting down sites, but without a strategic plan to develop a legal market for IP content, it's pretty much talk. So it was with a little surprise (shared by my friends at 88tc88 who assured me it wasn't in the script) that I heard Mr. Zang get very specific and present the outlines of a plan: The Chinese government will use watermarking technology to embed a unique code into every creative works released - music, film, graphic,... - allowing the government to easily identify, fine and shut down websites peddling pirated material as well as track all plays for royalty collection and disbursement.

"That's it?! Aren't we doing that already?" you say. Sure, watermarking technology has been around for well over a decade and while not a panacea, has become an important tool in IP management and protection. But it is the fact that the government is publicly outlining a strategy and process to tackling the problem which is a watershed... and the scoop. Even more encouraging was the emphasis on using the technology not just to fight piracy, but also properly compensate rightsholders for the use of their music. Just consider that China has the potential to be the largest music market in the world, easily surpassing the US and Japan.

And unlike in the West, when the Chinese government sets its mind to something, it usually gets done.

Rick Starmer - Ave. C & 9th

Rick Starmer - Ave. C & 9th

The latest track from Rick Starmer sounds like a go-go band gone smooth jazz. Numerous percussion instruments - cowbells, bongos, whistles etc. - accompany a sultry saxophone and warm bass line. Skillful piano vamping ties the tune into a funky sort of dancehall-jazz fusion. This unique blend is jazzy but the simple groove an unpretentious melody make it all the more appealing.

Rick Starmer's new album, Because I Can't Paint, will be made available everywhere on June 1 on Sunset Classics & Jazz (SC&J).


Monday, May 31, 2010

In Dedication To Our Troops - HRI:UNArts: Wounded Warrior Transition Initiative


This last January, CMA Artist Stephen Michael Apatow Aka H-II [1] had a chance to meet with one of our wounded warriors who helped him better understand some of the challenges facing many soldiers now in transition. The focus of the discussion was professional medical review of conditions developed during their time of service, and specifically complex challenges that were a direct result of inadequate care. For the soldiers, now in Warrior Transition [2], a staffing shortage combined with inadequate medical and legal assistance touch the surface of the problem. Many soldiers classified as not retainable by armed forces standards are being forced to stay in medical complexes, separated from their families, because paperwork associated with their medical discharge has been tied up (in some cases for years). Meanwhile their families struggle to survive. [3]

When I heard about a two year window, for a typical 2 month procedure, I recalled a story from a former Navy Seal who served in Somalia, was released on a medical discharge and suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) [4]. The story:

While on patrol, accompanied by another soldier, two United States Marines were found mutilated. In short, these soldiers in self defense, killed everything that moved back to the barracks. This traumatic incident compromised their capacity to serve and within two months, following debriefing and a short counseling session, the soldier was released back into civilian life.

It was the fast track medical discharge, that flashed back into my memory. It was the inadequate medical help provided post release and the struggles that he faced with great anguish. He was a lucky one because he was able to pull it together, unlike many of the 131,000 veterans who are homeless on any given night [5] that were not able to adjust or veterans who commit suicide (estimated 120 per week in 2005). [6]

Every member of the armed forces deserves the highest level of honor, respect and standard of care that includes medical and legal support for resolution of complex challenges associated with their service to our country. In the context of these needs, Humanitarian Resource Institute is expanding the scope of research materials available on the HRI Medical Self Care web site (Operational Medicine based) [7] and (2) requesting a national community level initiative to provide pro bono medical and legal assistance for all veterans and soldiers in active duty.

One of the greatest unmet needs that exists in our community today, relates to the unmet needs of our active duty soldiers, veterans and their families. [8]

In dedication to our troops, CMA Artist Stephen Michael Apatow Aka H-II [8] produced the soundtrack "Special Forces Prayer," accessible on AirPlay Direct:

Learn more about the Special Forces Prayer - Origin and History online at:


1. Stephen Michael Apatow, Founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute and the United Nations Arts Initiative. Url:
2. Warrior Care: U.S. Department of Defense. Url:
3. Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA): DOD: Military HOMEFRONT. Url:¤t_id=20.40.500.570.500.
4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Url:
5. Background & Statistics: National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Url:
6. Estimate: 120 Veteran Suicides Per Week: Institute for Public Accuracy, 24 March 2008. Url:
7. Medical and Veterinary Selfcare: Humanitarian Resource Institute, Pathobiologics International. Url:
8. National Community Support for Armed Forces and Wounded Warrior Project: Humanitarian Resource Institute, 27 July 2009. Url:

Stanley Kubrick by Clown Parlour

Watch the video on MusicDishTV:

Darren Lee is one of the hottest young directors coming out from UK. He has worked with some of the best upcoming British bands and also with American and Australian groups, filming music videos for Silhouette, Aaron Shanley and Miss Paula Flynn among others.

'Stanley Kubrick' is a single being released by Clownparlour, an alt-rock project created by Michael Mormecha, front man of the group mojoFURY, who has been an active member of Belfast's music scene for years. Stanley Kubrick by Clownparlour grasps you, intently wrapping you in this surreal atmosphere made of magical places and deep individual tracks, where you become conscious that your self-discovery process inevitably involves those near you.

For more on Darren Lee visit

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Radio Station On Live365 Robert Lauri On The Air


An international and French programme is offered to listeners. The “broadcast scheduler” provides information on broadcasting times. The music environments are so varied and new that there is no mistaking that they are the work of a single artist.
And yet...
Robert Lauri has been a writer, composer, an excellent melodist and performer for more than 30 years.

Robert Lauri's songs reflect his great skill in creating innovative arrangements. Although each composition is imbued with its own magic, a common thread runs through his creations: dreams and relaxation.

The album, United Souls, is a perfect example of Robert Lauri's talent for composing in a wide array of musical styles ranging from urban, contemporary classical to early music via hip-hop. When listening to the film music on the album, The Other Side of Robert Lauri, we escape through his emotions and imagination. The albums, Si je meurs par hasard (If Perchance I Die) and J'y crois encore (I Still Believe) are two compilations of timeless songs imbued with poetry and magic. The album Liberté (Liberty) was recorded in Paris and New York. The lyrics are deep and sensitive, over innovative arrangements with multiple rhythms. Other exclusive songs in the contemporary country style, melodies to pop, country and Salsa rhythms are also integrated into the programme. The instrumental arrangements enhanced by beautiful guitar chords confirm Robert Lauri's capacity for innovation. His repertoire comprises a whole range of songs and chords designed to convey emotion and sensitivity.

Another musical world is the Alef concept by Robert Lauri and Chantal Allon. Yaacov Alvo adapted the psalms of David and Michel Bernholc created the musical arrangements. They were performed in prestigious venues worldwide. Yaacov and Robert Lauri did the vocals. Their album, Resource, is part of the international programme. One powerful song on the album, Emuna, recorded in Los Angeles, is Hamavdil. Emouna's lyrics are interpretations of texts from the Torah. Robert Lauri wrote the words and an American rabbi translated the prayers into English, Rabbi Jeff Marx. Some of the songs are in English and others in Hebrew.

Robert Lauri has also written for other artists. Some of these songs can be found online. However, an unpublished catalogue of songs for fans searching for harmony between the musical arrangements and the beautiful poems may yet be revealed.

The Robert Lauri on the Air radio station offers so many different worlds that listening to it is like browsing the world and its cultures.
VIP members can take advantage of special services around the launch of an album or a promotional campaign.

To listen to the radio station:

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