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[aired] a song for a coat

Charlotte & George, an online British-French children’s fashion boutique based in Paris, opened its virtual doors in mid-2016. This past October, C&G’s owner Sarah wrote me seeking to use my track Since I Heard The Sun off Almost X (bandcamp | freemusicarchive) in a video showcasing a new “magic raincoat” they carry. Designed by British fashion house Holly & Beau, the coats change color in the rain (the “magic”). Sarah found my track via a Creative Commons license search (all of my music is licensed cc-by-nc-sa), requested permission for commercial use and made a lovely gesture asking whether I wanted compensation.

So what’s it worth?

I’ve been asked more than once, “Why aren’t you famous?” All I can do is shrug. Sometimes I answer “Because I’d rather you pick up the next round”; other times “It’s a punishment for refusing to use google as a verb.” The question I most get, though, is “What do you do?” I’m on the more weightless end of the what-you-want-is-in-the-limo success scale.

I’m obscure, not unknown is a fave affirmation. I’ve seen my tracks travel the world, and the simple release of a song has seen positivity and stories come back at me from strangers in random wonderful ways. But obscurity also means anyone’s finding my music, let alone spinning it, still isn’t a rational event.

So when people take time to let me know why or where or when they connect with a track, I’m always a bit mystified; not because someone thinks the track is supercalafradulous, but because my track must have been so supercalafradulous and the timing so right that, for a few minutes, all the clutter of this life faded away for someone listening. When that happens, I am allowed to know someone felt what I felt as I wrote and recorded. I am allowed a crystalline connection between a perfect-something I wrote and a perfect-someone-else. For un-perfect flawed me, that’s the songwriting drug right there.

But what’s it worth?

Now, Almost X was my 10th record, and the last few years have been good. I’d been interviewed on NPR, made some best-of lists and connected with a slew of wonderful people who found meaning in my songs. That said, any indie self-released-one-horse-town knows your value is only as high as your last work. And let’s just say my 2015 record Sunrise Highway, well… underperformed. Whether that was fair or not, I’ll leave that to you, but it was loose, fun, full of crashing guitars and contained a few favorite songs that I finally recorded correct. But for some unknown reason(s), the record didn’t take as well as its predecessor, 2014’s sprawling clawing-at-the-world paean to justice, rights, escape, and love Particle Theory, which all my other records will always be judged against (a happy admittance). Sunrise Highway song There Goes The Sky ended up on some compilations and got a bit of airplay, but still, when Sarah’s note arrived, I had just released Almost X amid thoughts that maybe my recent successes were not a launch pad, but rather the world giving me the signal to stop — to go out on top, with my boots on.

Needless to say, my music almost never buys dinner. On the one hand, this is a liberation — I get to make whatever music I want. On the other hand, however, I’m hungry. The most difficult aspect of creativity is to keep any judgment on your art’s value to the world at arm’s length from any value you assign to yourself as a person. Asking me what my work is worth always ripples waves of confusion through me. It’s worth everything and nothing at the same time.

The desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath. 
Alan Watts, The Wisdom Of Insecurity (1968)

In any case, my insecurities notwithstanding (or perhaps with them overarching), I needed to name my price since Sarah actually contacted me about the track’s CC license restriction — most producers don’t. In the last few years, concurrent with my increased (albeit limited) exposure, my music’s popped up on random commercial youtube channels resulting in hundreds of thousands of views for which I’ve gained no ad revenue.

Now, the unauthorized uses do result in other views, more visits to official sites, word of mouth, and search-on-engine action. And every once in a while, a gilded soul will send real money my way via Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, or the “Tip The Artist” link at my freemusicarchive.org artist page. So I let it go. And direct record sales are a unicorn now, anyway. Through recent years most of the hard currency generated by my songs has come from streaming sites like Spotify, Rhapsody and Deezer(!?), in $0.0067 per-stream drips. (Yes, I receive regular accounting statements with line items in fractional cents). As a musician you achieve intimate acute awareness of the concept of a loss-leader, even if you never studied consumer-goods pricing strategies.

Sarah’s honorable request to use the track proved her integrity in this dirty-robot world. I thought about asking for cash, and if she’d offered whatever she believed it was worth to her, I would’ve given her my bitcoin address and left it at that. But, she left the assignation of value up to me, and sometimes there’s more value in being a conduit than a receiver. The coat looked genius.

“I don’t need cash,” I wrote her. “How about one of those magic coats for my nephew, Austin. His birthday’s coming up.”

“A song for a coat,” she chimed back. “That sounds perfect.” 

So there we netted out — she was free to use the song and I would receive a “monster magic raincoat,” size 5–6, to give to my nephew Austin for his birthday.

Charlotte & George’s video went out, garnered thousands of views on a couple of platforms for them, and a couple weeks later, a wonderful air-mail stamped package arrived from Paris in time for Austin’s party.

Rain was not falling on the day, but we tested the magic of the coat on Austin in my parents’ living room using a spray bottle, and he loved every second. Now, after wearing it a few times for real, he can’t wait for the next rain. The true magic in the coats, upstream, is in alleviating kids’ fears of inclement weather.

Win-win-win.

In the Internet’s highwire infancy (often in a 3-page business plan with one positive-linear-sloped graph on page 3), the World Wild-West Web promised infinite direct connections among people outside traditional entertainment, commerce and journalism channels. For artists, this environment promised a new economy around creativity, in which they would gain ever-increasing control of how their work is used and valued. 

“Are we there yet?” asked the musician and writer from the backseat in the way-back-when.

“Almost,” said the driver in the now. “But the future present won’t look much different. The old world was not displaced — just given blind spots. We’ll have to get even smarter. Open our eyes and ears a bit wider.”

In this story, I wrote a song and then a few months later the stars aligned to give my nephew a coat. My track became a future present. A fractal of a 21st century creative economy? Maybe, the future’s still here, lying in wait for a watershed. Or maybe just waiting on a magic coat to change your perceptions of the rain.

All the luck and fortune to Charlotte & George. If you’re looking for a well curated collection of kids clothing and a means to support a still-fragile, vital new relationship between art and commerce, they’re one click away.

story mirrored on medium.com

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[aired] chasing an acting dream

Sandro Intervju from Oliver der Nederlanden on Vimeo.

Chasing Flight soundtracks an introspective interview with Swedish actor Sandro Khafor, shot by Oliver der Nederlanden and Magnus Lindkvist. Wish I knew Swedish, but the word for actor, skådespelare, is a sharp looking one.

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[dispatch] Road To The Well Festival Win

September 05, 2016 at 08:48AM
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Last night (09.04.2016) the wonderful and dark indie film Road To The Well (dir. Jon Cvack), which used my Americana track Man Again, won Best In Festival at the 2016 Long Beach Film Festival.

source track:
Man Again (FMA bonus track on Transient Lines)


[aired] truth is a lonely timelapse

Gorgeous timelapses of the Meinerswijk (Arnhem), Netherlands, countryside set to my Truth Is A Lonely PLace [disquiet0138] off Particle Theory (2014) [bandcamp | freemusicarchive]. Shot and edited by Netherlands photographer and filmmaker Floris van Loon (http://florisvanloon.nl).

Published on May 25, 2016
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With this video no monetization is intended.

Music “Truth Is A Lonely Place [disquiet0138]” by Westy Reflector

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there goes a london life…

Wonderful use of “There Goes The Sky” in a video diary by London artist Jenn Cooper, aka Psykotyka. When my songs travel around the world and report back, they fulfill their destiny.

Published on May 8, 2016
Lots of over thinking and staring at the ceiling…
Follow my journey on IG : @psykotyka
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Music: There Goes The Sky by Westy Reflector

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Infinite Destination: A Story Of Us

Infinite Destination off Hola, Sayulita! (bandcamp | cdbaby | spotify | itunes) and Reflected.10×10 (bandcamp | freemusicarchive) finds perfect traveling companions in the writers of roughontheroad.com, an engaging, open-hearted chronicle of a wandering, motorcycle-driven life.

Motorcyclists gravitate towards my tracks for their videos. Hopefully they find in my writing kindred spirits of independence and open roads.

YouTube liner notes:

Published on Jan 23, 2016
We – Greg Stone and Jessica Ferndriger – are international aid workers and motorcycle travelers. We met in South Sudan, moved to Liberia, embarked on an eight month motorcycle trip from Canada to Chile, and we ride our BMW GS motorbikes daily for commuting and travel. Visit us at www.roughontheroad.com.

Music: “Infinite Destination” by Westy Reflector

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drifting / spinning swedish chefs

Jonas Dahlbom and Pia Nilsson make up the Swedish chef duo of @fortheloveandfood. Dahlbom is a Swedish “Top Chef” and self-styled music enthusiast who plays Ace Frehely in a KISS tribute band called “Wicked Kisser” (as a rule, btw, Swedish heavy metal cover bands RULE).

The use my track Drifting Moon / Spinning Earth off Particle Theory (2014, freemusicarchive | bandcamp) to drive the video for their recipe of FLÄSKKÖTT, VITLÖK & SOJA (Pork w/ Garlic & Soy). It looks all caramelized and salty and sweet. All my fav modes, culinary and otherwise.

Dahlbom was Chef of the Year 1996 at the Swedish Championships in professional cooking and repped Sweden in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or 2005 World Championships in professional cooking, where he earned fourth place overall and won “Best fish dish.” He returned to the Bocuse D’Or this year as coach for Tommy Myllymäki, Sweden’s 2015 representative. He lives in Åre, Sweden, where he runs the restaurant “Dahlbom På Torget.” Soon, however, he is moving to Stockholm with his two kids and girlfriend “for new adventures.”

Dahlbom’s girlfriend, Pia Nilsson calls herself a “gypsy soul.” A former music student, she was born and raised in the small town of Linköping, Sweden. A 10-year veteran of the hospitality industry, she’s traveled the world as a part time model and bartender. In 2008, she found herself in Åre where she had spent many winters. In winter 2013/2014, she met Jonas and as she says, “fell head over heels in love with him. We share the same interest in the best things in life which [are] rock’n’roll, a tasty meal and being alive.”


ride to live to 66/55

A video by Madeleine Gleed “exploring the passion that some people have for Harley Davidsons.”

Audio: 66/55 off still echoes (2013)


drifting moon / sita murt

Behind-the-scenes of a still shoot for Spanish fashion label Sita Murt. It’s the first collection for the company since Murt’s death from cancer in December 2014.

Shot by Albert Burzon for Burzon*Comenge, this vid’s tracked with Drifting Moon / Spinning Earth [off Particle Theory (2014): bandcamp | freemusicarchive].

file under: cool people / hot clothes

Making of realizado para el shooting de campaña Sping Summer 2015 de Suita Murt
Fotográfo: Nacho Alegre
Modelo: Lindsay Lullman
Director: Albert Burzon
Editor: Santi Vidal i Esplà
Cámara: Galo Bertran
Música: Drifting moon spinning earth – Westy Reflector

A finales de enero transformamos un frío domingo soleado de invierno en un día primaveral, para la sesión de fotos de la colección Bloom SS15.
Lo teníamos todo preparado: una modelo muy especial, un fotógrafo que sin duda sabe captar la esencia Sita Murt/ y el mejor escenario para transportarnos a un día primaveral, en algún lugar de la costa de inspiración mediterránea.
Sin embargo no tuvimos que salir de Barcelona, ya que en los Jardins Mossèn Costa i Llobera, situados en Montjuic, encontramos la personalidad y versatilidad para viajar a un verano, por ejemplo en Cadaqués, gracias a la colección de cactus y palmeras procedentes de climas cálidos, que permitieron a nuestro equipo de escenografía y estilismo, encontrar esos detalles característicos de los microcosmos de los pueblos pesqueros.
Os dejamos algunas imágenes de cómo se hizo y esperamos que os guste el resultado, que podréis ver, muy pronto, en el catálogo de Bloom SS15!
Muchas gracias a todos quienes hicieron posible este día y a ti por confiar en Sita Murt/.


i must have curl

Quick trip through a wave curl, via RidersMedia, with Argentinian surfer Matias Manna, set to i must have love off still echoes (2013) [bandcamp | freemusicarchive].

Clip del dia #30: Matias Manna – Chapa.
Música: “i must have love” por Westy Reflector (westyreflector.net/)
Càmara: Paola D’Anunzio
Edición: ridersmedia.com/


#DaCaLuF 165: Night Sky Passage

Encore un beau paso entre le Chili et l’Argentine …
“Another beautiful passage between Chile and Argentina …”
Musique: “night sky dead letter office [disquiet0065]” par Westy Reflector

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The Bellais family from France (DAvid, CAmille, LUcile et Félix) is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for two years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf


#DaCaLuF 159: Entomology Windfall

Des belles lagunes et des petits insectes chiliens…
Beautiful lagoons and small Chilean insects.
Musique: Windfall par Westy Reflector (westyreflector.net)

http://dacaluf.com/saison-1-episode-159-oh-une-petite-araignee/

Petite rando au Chili pour admirer les beaux panoramas de la région. Il faut tout de même penser à baisser les yeux pour ne pas écraser les bébêtes qui se promènent sur le sentier.
Small hike in Chile to enjoy the views of the region. Still, think to look down to avoid crushing the critters that walk on the trail.

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The Bellais family from France (DAvid, CAmille, LUcile et Félix) is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for two years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


Niçoise Release #TorradaFresh

Words Of Release [off Goodbye Monday Blue (2009) and Reflected.10×10 (2012)] catalyzes a tuna salad niçoise in the latest episode of #TorradaTorrada‘s #TorradaFresh with Luanda Gazoni. The YouTube description has Luanda giving my work a wonderful shout-out, too, and the feeling’s mutual. Amo from Brooklyn to Brazil, Luanda!

:^D

Published on Feb 24, 2015
Minha Versão da Salada Niçoise #TorradaFresh

Inscreva-se no canal: http://goo.gl/oDyF5s

Receita Completa com medidas:
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Apresentação:
Luanda Gazoni http://instagram.com/luandagazoni

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Blog: https://www.torradatorrada.com

Música: “Words of Release” – Westy Reflector (pesquisem as músicas dessa banda!amo!)

Curtiu? Então compartilha 🙂

Agradecimentos:
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Zipline Surfer Sans Limites

Zipline [off Hola, Sayulita! (2010) and Reflected.10×10 (2012)] soundtracks a critical ride in a short chronicle of up and coming French surfer Gatien Delahaye, shot by Guillaume Brossard of smooz.fr. Here’s to dreamers and endless waves.

Gatien Delahaye | Surfer sans limites from smooz

Le CNED permet à tous de vivre leur passion tout en continuant leurs études. Gatien, lycéen et surfer de haut niveau a la chance de faire partie du pôle espoir de Guadeloupe. Son rêve, devenir pro, son objectif à court terme, obtenir le bac… Retrouvez l’article complet sur :
smooz.fr/2015/02/gatien-delahaye-surfer-sans-limites
“CNED allows everyone to live their passion while continuing their studies. Gatien, high school and surfing senior has the chance to be part of the hope of Guadeloupe Pole. His dream of becoming pro, his short-term goal, getting the ferry … Find the full article at:
smooz.fr/2015/02/gatien-delahaye-surfer-sans-limites


Windfall: DIY Valentines Day Style | RachelTalksStuff

A wonderful Valentines Day creative commons use of Windfall [off Windfall (2004) and Reflected.10×10 (2012)], this time by fashion and style blogger Raquel Painço out of Braga, Portugal. As of this writing, almost 2000 views.

DIY | Prendas | Comidas | Outfit ♡ Dia dos Namorados

Trouxe um vídeo super dinâmico para vocês e para vos mostrar algumas ideias para alegrar não só o vosso Dia dos Namorados mas também os outros dias em que vos apeteça caprichar 😀
“Here’s a super dynamic video for you with some ideas to brighten not only your Valentine’s Day but also the other days you want to feel perfect. :D”

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#DaCaLuF 152: One City, Many Canals.

My track one city [off transient lines (2013)] travels through the fjords of Patagonia on a 4-day ferry voyage with the Bellais family. It’s another fun little vid, and the final shot just makes it for me.

4 jours sur le ferry Navimag à travers les canaux de Patagonie.

Musique: One city par Westy Reflector
http://westyreflector.net

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The Bellais family from France (David, Camille, Lucile et Félix) is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for two years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


Truth Is A Lonely Place In Ephemeral

Lee Rosevere and I wrote and remixed | two | versions | of “Truth Is A Lonely Place” in August 2014 for a Disquiet Junto challenge to compose a soundtrack to an endlessly-looped silent film by Josh Azzarella. Lee’s remix track eventually found its way into Disquiet.com Mark Weidenbaum’s Fall 2015 installation of the video at the San Jose Museum Of Art.

I released both tracks in November on my record, Particle Theory, as stand-alone audio pieces bookending my track Roadside Justice. I wrote Roadside Justice the same week as the challenge last August and the title “truth is a lonely place” was taken from its lyrics.

Randomly, both our tracks were picked up from the freemusicarchive by Malta video game designers Alan Duca, Mark Magro, Jean-Pierre Brincat, Moira Zahra and Mark Scicluna, and looped continuously through their experimental game called Ephemeral, developed for the 2015 Global Game Jam in January. They won a couple awards (including “Most Unusual Game”) and high praise from Calum Fraser at AlphaBetaGamer. Animated by Zahra and written by Brincat, the game is described as thus:

Two beings plummet simultaneously towards their death. Letters and faint lights tumble along in the background. How will they deal with this predicament?

Eerie and wonderful all at once, given the source material that Lee & I composed to. Azzarella’s silent video is a “never-ending-loop” of a man falling from the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001:

Untitled #8, 2004 from Josh Azzarella

It’s a loop come full circle…

Read more about the original track and disquiet junto challenge.

Read more about Marc Weidenbaum’s installation of Azzarella’s video at the museum’s Momentum Exhibit, which runs through 22 February 2015.


#DaCaLuf 144: Grey Sky Undertow on a Glacier


“Grey Sky Undertow” off Transient Lines (2013) soundtracks the Bellais family adventure on the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina.

DaCaLuF – épisode 144 from David Bellais on Vimeo.
Le célebre glacier "Perito Moreno".

Musique: "Grey Sky Undertow" par Westy Reflector
http://westyreflector.net

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The Bellais Family is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for 2-years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


Long Road Ahead in “Billete de ida”


A short film out of Spain opens with the lead character listening to Long Road Ahead [Goodbye Monday Blue (2009) and Reflected.10×10 (2012)] on headphones. Such an xclnt integration of my track into a scene.

Cortometraje “Billete de ida”, realizado durante el Curso de Cine para Jóvenes El Volander 2013-2014. Dirección, guión y montaje: Elena Casabella. Intérpretes: Mónica Gómez, Álex Lavarias, Margarita Piquer, Valeria Roca, Mario Perdomo. Ayudante de dirección y cámara: Mario Perdomo. Cámara: Elena Casabella. Script: Víctor López, Santiago Ruiz. Sonido: Víctor Jeanpierre Calero. Profesor del curso y ayudas de iluminación y montaje: Miguel Ángel Mengó. Música: Westy Reflector, The New Mystical Trobaudours, Dead Horse One.

Sinopsis: Nora es una joven sin demasiadas esperanzas, amargada por su conflictiva situación familiar. Un día ve cómo a un chico se le cae un sobre de su bicicleta. Nora decide buscar al dueño del sobre para devolvérselo.
Nora is young, without much hope, embittered by a troubled family situation. One day she sees a guy drop an envelope from his bike. Nora decides to look for the owner and return it.


Windfall Comfort Zone


Enlightened look back at an Israeli illustrator show from January 2015 set to my track Windfall [albums: Windfall (2004), Reflected.10×10 (2012)]. The show gave a set of illustrators a medium constraint (square format light-box) and told them to go crazy. So awesome – constraints are the new freedom

Show info:
January 1-31 2015, Binyamin Gallery Tel-Aviv
Curator: Avital Manor
Production: Avital Manor, Gil Manor, Yinon Zinger
Logo and Graphic design: Daniel Coss
Artists:
Yael Albert, Aviel Basil, Alon Braier, Katya Bariudin, Teddy Goldenberg, Ella Cohen, Liron Cohen, Sari Cohen, Daniel Coss, Timor Davara, Efrat De Botton, Shimrit Elkanati, Eitan Eloa, Nizzan Fridman, Ofer Getz, Nir Golan, Tal Granot, Lihie Jacob_Rotem, Lanir, Anat Levy, Avital Manor, Oleg Milshtein, Hila Noam, Tal Shaffir, Noa Snir, Tal Stadler, Keren Tagar, Niv Tishbi, Einat Tsarfati, Zohar Winer, Nadav Weisman, Yinon Zinger
Video info:
Gil Manor: Animation
Avital Manor: Video Concept & Design
Music: Windfall (Westy Reflector) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Show Curator and Coordinator: Avital Manor
32 works of contemporary illustrators interpreting the concept “Comfort zone.” A large square format light box was designed to give illustrators working limits and challenge them to leave their comfort zone. The light box led many of the artists to use light as a key element in their work.
The decision to use the medium of a light box is multi-faceted: first, more physical dimension (both of depth and a light box)… And the use of light adds a dimension symbolic of self-irony. In Hebrew (and other languages), the concept of “illustration” comes from the verb “to shine, to shed light on something.”