College Band Musical Decisions

With regards to our college band, along the way we made some recent musical decisions that would define our sound; the main one being using a synth. We decided on using a synth instead of a bass, as to have a more electronic and experimental sound. The synth also provides us with an array of sounds at our disposal, which we utilise well depending on the section of the song; for example a lighter sound with clean guitar and then a heavy distorted tone with distorted guitar in the breakdown. Our other musical decision was to include a sample pad, which will be activated during various sections of the songs. The samples will be of famous dictators/public figures and taken from various YouTube videos, and then ripped off using http://offliberty.com/

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Copyright Dispute Conclusion

After sending off my dispute to YouTube against UMG, I today received the news via e-mail that the copyright claim they have made still stands. Thus making the video obsolete and cannot be viewed by anyone besides myself via my own account. This is a common problem for a musician to come across with YouTube and other owners, obviously with regards to specific content being used. This is an experience I will take from, as I now will be more aware on what content can and can’t be used in the future.

Copyright Dispute

Capture This is a screenshot of the ongoing dispute with the copyright claim on my latest YouTube video. Due to my dispute, it has currently allowed viewers to watch the content without any problems, although I will have to wait on the response from UMG to see whether they will allow me to keep the video up. The screenshot shows that fact that there is a potential 30 day wait to hear from them, but until then my video will be able to stay up as a normal video would. The actual reason for the copyright claim is because of the backing track I downloaded online as an MP3 and then put into Logic Pro X, as the screenshot shows the content on which UMG are claiming copyright on. The website has backing tracks on there that are more than likely submitted by other users of the site, so there is no real way of telling how they were able to create the backing track in the first place, leading to this copyright situation.

YouTube Copyright Claim

After uploading my latest video (guitar cover of smooth criminal by alien ant farm), I had found out that other YouTube users were unable to view the video. This was due to UMG making a copyright claim on my video, as I was supposedly using content that I didn’t have the rights for. I have since disputed this claim, stating that all my other videos are also valid through using the same means, I am not making any personal gains from the content besides being graded for coursework, and other YouTube users are using the same content, receiving thousands of views and aren’t being chased down for copyright themselves, so I should be in the same position as them. I should receive a response from UMG within 30 days as to whether they will remove this claim or not, so there is a chance that the video will be available to the public, but there is also a chance that I will have to remove it completely.

Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal (Guitar Cover)

This video is of my 6th guitar cover for my freelance project, the song I have covered is Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm. The process with recording the video and uploading it is still going smoothly, as using Logic Pro X, NERO 2016 and a GoPro camera has been very successful for me so far. One thing I would potentially look into doing better next time would be with the mix of the audio, as I feel I could have potentially made the audio for my guitar slightly louder compared to the backing track itself, but fortunately it doesn’t ever get drowned out, so it ultimately doesn’t matter too much. Originally, having 5 videos was my benchmark, but I will carry on doing them if I have the spare time, due to other coursework commitments too such as guitar assessments potentially taking up the time instead.

P.O.D – Alive (Guitar Cover)

This is a video of my 5th guitar cover, which is of Alive by P.O.D. Like 3 of my previous videos, I stuck with the process of recording the video with the GoPro camera and the audio was recorded straight onto Logic Pro X, and then edited with reverb and a little bit of off screen recording for the final chorus. Also, the audio and video were then edited via NERO 2016 and exported as an MP4 file and then uploaded straight onto YouTube. Overall, the video went well, although there was one minor mistake with the end of the bridge section. So one thing to improve upon will be recording audio with no errors, but generally the sound chosen and the reverb fitted in well. I am still in the process of deciding my next video, despite hitting my 5 video benchmark for the project I intend to still upload more when I can. The video will most likely be either For Whom The Bell Tolls by Metallica or Inside The Fire by Disturbed.

YouTube as part of a portfolio career..

In this day and age, there are hundreds upon thousands of people who upload videos onto YouTube. A lot of them are even able to earn a full time living through these means. This is based on the amount of subscribers and views per video one regularly receives, as once somebody reaches a certain benchmark, YouTube will be in contact with you to offer a partnership. Once accepted, you will have advertisements put onto your videos, such as on the side of the page, and before and/or after the video itself is played. You would then be paid per video depending on the amount of views you receive, and you would earn on average a penny per view. Some YouTubers have millions of subscribers, receiving millions of views per video, which is essentially earning a good fortune; YouTubers such as Pewdiepie and KSIOlajidebt for example are in this position, having 36 million and 17 million subscribers respectively.