Thursday, April 14, 2016

My song "Potato Dawn" takes a fun trip to Scandinavia in this charming short film by Jose Manuel Rios:

Trip to Scandinavia from Jose Manuel Rios Valiente on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

I use different Creative Commons licenses to release my work. Some folks only use attribution non-commercial licenses that bar commercial uses without a license.  I do that sometimes, but I prefer to release my work Attribution only, to permit commercial uses. Sometimes, I require share-alike, which tends to make things a bit less commercial.

Here is the kind of things that happen when I license BY. Here young Gabrielle models thrift store fashion, with her mom's expert narration, with the modeling scenes set to my tune "Kindergarten":

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: