Welcome to the News section! Below is a list of my latest tracks, projects and placements. Here you can see what's going on in my studio: ongoing projects, placements in Film/TV and Video Games, etc.
The Osterlen Museum in Simrishamn just opened their new "Petroglyfiskt" exhibition about Bronze Age and the figures from an old ancient tomb: Kiviksgraven. In this project, Craze Music was responsible for the audio production! In this interactive exhibition, you participate in an acient ritual with dancing figures. By capturing your moves with Xbox Kinect, you will dance to the rhythm of old drums and bronze age horns together with the other figures in the procession. About the project: Great people to work with in the team and a very interesting experience! You can read more about it (in Swedish, Sveriges Radio)
Here's what happening at Craze Music
- Landed two new music license agreements with Broadcast rights!
- My sound production for Osterlen Museum: Kivikgsgraven - Bronze Age Exhibition complete! See separate article.
- Wrote some new cool tracks: For the Sake of Glory and Quirky Little Tale
- Completed some Happy Ending tracks (Those have been on my hard drive for far too long. Not in the store -> No sales!).
- Then spent some boring time to improved keywords on different license sites to boost sales.. gotta do what you gotta do..
Back to work! **Cheers!**
The new up'n'coming Polish game developer company Synergy IT just licensed my track "My Little Adventure" for their their game: Heroes for Dice+. The game is not yet released, but it's coming soon at Google Play for Android and App Store for iPhone. Definitely something to look forward to as it's using a new electronic dice for more fun game play!
The cool people at the company Battlesheep just contacted me and let me know that my tracks has been licensed for their their game: Bounty Monkey! So of course, I had to check it out. Just installed it on my Android phone and it works like a charm, and the game is fun too. :-) Now, when I check out this kind of cool games, I'm amazed of how many brilliant games there are on the market, and I'm honored to be part of a growing market of mobile platform games, especially when it comes to small talented indie developers, like Battlesheep! Also this specific game makes me very happy, as two of my all time favorite tracks are used in the game: "Glory to the Brave One" and "Pirates in the Bay"! So guys, check it out
All right! I'm too stressed to write a bullet list. Lots of stuff is happening at Craze Music.
Ahh... I'll write a list anyway... :-)
- Involved in making the soundscape for a museum Exhibition about the Bronze Age in Southern Sweden, ongoing!
- Just got my competition winner track "The Raving World Orchestra" relicened fora good amount.
- Passed 500 licensed tracks some time ago - that was cool!
- At the moment, I'm fully busy to finish some big orchestrals to deliver for some big clients. One of those tracks...is... FANTASTIC!
- ... and then, I've got a big bunch of sketches waiting to be finished... but again, main focus on big kick-ass epic orchestrals! After all, that was really why I invested in brand new studio equipment last fall, and I'm telling you it kicks butt and delivers stunning quality without getting into technical issues and problems! Now only my fantasy is the limits! :-)
Back to work with The Latest Track!
Ok, I'm lagging behind. This is where I typically do a wrap-up from the year that passed.
So here we go... :-)
- 2012 was a fun and interesting year. While writing this, I've licensed near 500 tracks commercially, world wide, including some cool placements during 2012: a couple of short films and commercials and big multinational company show case videos.
- Some great connections with new music agencies has been established and this is pushing me to take some new steps to create even better tracks in all aspects, meaning composition complexity, sound and commercial value.
- The 2012 financial result was very good, although a lot of it was immediately re-invested in brand new studio equipment and Latest-and-Greatest music libraries. In 2012, I could see that with my old studio gear, I couldn't produce arrangements equal to The Best of the Best (Two Steps from Hell, etc), so that had to be fixed! :-)
- During the coming year, 2013, I will focus a bit more on fewer but stronger tracks. I've seen that most of my tracks do sell, not only "big tracks" but also simple tracks with good melodies. However, with such a strong competition on the market, it's hard to get well paid for simple tracks and that's why I see a need to take a step upwards to compete with the best of the best.
- Since the music business is a serious business to me, not just a hobby, I will make sure to stay on top, gear-wise and production-wise, and that should make sure the coming 2013 result becomes even better than 2012!
Stay Cool and See you soon again!
Time flies when you're having fun! ... Well, I have to admit it's not always fun with 1.5 year old kid getting all kinds of sickness & child diseases from day care,
then enduring sleepless nights and days when I have to stay home and tend to Little Alex 'cause he's not allowed to be at daycare...
BUT... apart from that, it's been a busy month. The final transition has been done to my new Music-Monster-Machine-system with FAT memory resources and ramped up CPU-power... and I must say: the system rocks! I've just put togehter what I feel is a medium sized trailer template with awesome power and cool FX and it uses 5GB RAM (...I had 4GB RAM on the old machine). On this new machine with 32GB RAM, it's all good, and I can just keep adding stuff, and the project load time is still less then 30 seconds! Also, the rendering from Cubase is much more stable without clicks and pops, even on very low latency. Anyway, here goes the short summary of this month:
- I learned that my track "The Desecrated Sanctum" was pitched for "The Dark Knight Rises"! Holy moly! ... well, in the end it wasn't chosen, but it's awesome to know that my music agencies pitch my work for this kind of huge block buster movies!
- "Trickery Tricks - 45s" (yes, same title again!) was licensed for opening credits in a short film! Hey - MY track is played when the film starts, how cool is that!?
- Wrote a new track: "My Little Adventure", including 5 versions
- Did some longer versions of: "Drunken Sailor's Tavern"
- Finalized a sketch from an old not-used-customer-versions: "Beyond the Forbidden Garden"
- Finalized a sketch from an old not-used-customer-versions: "Threatening Tension Builder"
- Finalized a sketch from an old not-used-customer-versions: "Threatening Path of Sorrow"
Take it easy, folks!
Time to take a couple of notes about what happened in October!
This month has been filled with work on my new system - the new Music Monster Machine that I'm building:
- 6 Core CPU, 32GB Memory, upgrade to Cubase 6.5, RME PCI Express soundcard, 2 SSD drives, etc. It will kick some serious *ss!
Will take some time to finish all the software installations. Today I've got a toolchain with 30+ different tools and scripts running on the old machine, so backing up and moving everthing over will take a couple of more weeks. However, I'm keeping my old system live in parallell, so I've been able to write some new tracks meanwhile. So here's a short summary:
- "Trickery Tricks - 25s" was licensed for TV broadcast, to run during 3 years in Russia!
- Wrote a new track: "Mr Jolly and Mrs Fun", including 6 versions
- Wrote a new track: "Humpty Dumpty Doo", including 10 versions
- Wrote a new track: "The Swaggering Pirate", including 3 versions
- Finalized a track from the sketch table: "Bard's Solo", including 5 versions
- Finalized a track from the sketch table: "Core of the Epic Battle, including 2 versions
September report is here!
This month, I finished a couple of tracks that had been on the sketch table for far too long. Sometimes, it's an external event that triggers the decision. In this case, there was an interesting opportunity for patriotic instrumentals. So I finished "March of Honor" and "Return of the Victorious". First track become pretty good. The other one, not great, but OK.
Then... another big thing happening... I started to work on my new fresh power trailer template... and my head hit the famous brick wall - regarding CPU/Memory. So... I'm investing in new top-of-the-line equipment. Brand new 6 core CPU, 32GB Memory, water cooling system, new professional sound card, new Cubase version, etc. I'm in the music production business to stay, so I'm investing heavily to go in an compete with the big guys like Nick Phoenix, Hans Zimmer and Tomas Bergersen. So that's the sound you will hear from me in the future... I hope! :-)
Hmm... What more?
- "Rise of an Empire - Alt Ending" was licensed for TV broadcast in Belgium - yeah!
- Placed 4 tracks in a Gnome Game... actually by game dev studio from Belgum as well... (what are the odds?!)
- One of my songs just hit Licensed-15-times, that was nice! Which one...? I'm keeping that to myself and close friends. :-)
- I visited a couple of guys having their music production studio in central Lund very close to the Old Cathedral. It would be great to move my own music studio to that place, but at the moment, that investment feels a bit heavy, so I'll hold my horses for the time being... but it's definitely on the agenda.
A new mile stone has been reached: Craze Music has now licensed 400 tracks for commercial use, world wide in a variaty of use cases, ranging from MTV trailers, radio/TV broadcast, video games, film placements, amusement parks, museums, exhibitions and more! Through a network of very professional partners, music agencies and libraries, this was reached in less than 3 years. Big thanks to everyone that helped me reach this mile stone. Surely a lot of people could be credited for that. Here's just a short list of people that I've been working with recently that comes to my mind:
- ... the very dedicated and helpful crew at AudioSparx who keep featuring my songs (Hello Barbie, Rodney and Lee :-)!
- ... Petey Z, helping me to push my mixes to the max with the goal to create an overly powerful sound!
- ... the fellow composer Stephan Lindsjo who's been a great speaking partner in this tough business
- ... the team at Lund University who brought my music into the Virtual Reality world at the cool archeological excavation site of a Viking Age village in Uppakra!
- ... my very supportive family who continously encourage my efforts to write more and better music!
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A collection of fun, bright, airy, playful and mischievous instrumentals of light orchestral arrangements. A visit into the magical forest or a tour on the Ship of the Tricky Pirate. Themes or background instrumentals for fairy tales, cartoons, Children TV and whimsical video games.
License at AudioSparx or with a %40 price cut directly from me: email@example.com
Hey All - here's a late August report coming up!
It's been hectic days. As some of you may know, I have a one year old son, and these days I've been getting him into day care. Being a father is fantastic, but it also takes quite a lot of time and energy. Nevertheless, I'm soon back on track with music writing and I have high hopes for a very productive autumn. Anyway, here are the latest highlights:
- Playful Stroll was licensed for world wide use as main title in a video game.
- Created some new power tracks for use with TV Game Shows, sports events, trailers, etc.
- I've put together some new musc compilations: Mischievous and Playful Adventures and Stingers, Trailers and Power Themes and I'm right now in the process of uploading them to my partner sites.
- I got into a new big music agency with regular placements in TV shows.
- After some right-on-spot-good-feed-back, I've started to work with the quality of my mixes, trying to make them compete with The Best of the Best in this tough market.
Darn... It's boiling hot in my music studio today. But hey - all you lazy beach people, it's time you get up on your feet! Craze Music is back with some serious summery butt-shakin' latina rhythms with edgy brass and tricky beats.
Now, don't make me disappointed - I wanna see some cool moves, so shake it real good! So... is this track really butt-shakable? Yes, I can confirm, indeed it is. Its "butt-shakability" has been thorougly tested by myself, and I must say the result was... ASS-tounding.
(Sorry, I usually don't pull off that kind of jokes, but this one was too good to let go. :-)
Anyway, so what track is this? Well, it was called "The Chase - 15" from start, and was written for a $1,000 film trailer opportunity. It was selected among many competing tracks and forwarded to the final music supervisor, but then it seems I was dropped out during the final selection stages. Whatever, that track was too good to let go, so today I extended it to 30s:
"The Chase - 30s" ... or "Action and Butt Shakin' at the Beatch"? Your choice. :-)
I also plan a couple of stingers and maybe a 60-second version, so that's probably another 4 hours work on it before I consider it done. Then, hopefully, I'm gonna land some good placements for it - time will tell!
I'm lucky to be part of this high quality library, IndieTracks, with only hand picked tracks.
This is the type of library where you send your 10 best tracks ever. If you're lucky, they will pick some of those tracks. You MIGHT get another chance later on to send 10 more.
I'm saying "MIGHT"... there is no guarantee. It's tough to get in there, and I'm proud to be with those guys.
So what's this fuzz about? This week, 26th of July 2012, I was chosen as their Featured Artist. To that, I can only say "WOW!" Big thanks, IndieTracks, for giving me this honorable position! I will do my best to contribute to Your site with top-tracks-only, and if I don't have 10 really good tracks, I will wait until I have. If that's going to take 2 years, that's what it will take.
To everyone else out there who's looking to license music: if you're going for top-quality-tracks-only (guaranteed no MIDI sounding stuff), to IndieTracks you go! .... Over and out... /Christian
All right, it's about time for some news, so here's a summary of ongoing activities!
- Bards Tale was licensed for internet TV Broadcast.
- Dark Tidings was placed in a short film (see previous post).
- Bard's Tale was licensed for commercial use in the app "Monster Village".
- I've had some focused workshop with the Lund Historical Museum and University crew to continue with the soundtrack for the ancient Viking Village app for iPhone/Android.
- Created & licensed 2 tracks for a big corporation trailer, ordered by a multinational company active in 150+ countries.
- Signed with a new music agency.
- Working hard to write some more new cool tracks in the orchestral/epic/dubstep/electronica genre for some coming big-fat-action TV shows ('couple of new tracks should pop up here soon...)!
- ... and then I've done some polishing on my tool chains to speed up time-to-market and to ensure correct and high quality delivieres - it can always get better!
My track Dark Tidings - Short Version was just placed in a film by Pillar Stone Productions! Always nice to get film placements, and I will definitely check out the film "Charter Roll" when it's released. :-)
I'm taking the opportunity to update the Craze Music News today as I just reached 333 licensed tracks for commercial use, including MTV, TV shows, museums, video games, amusement parks, etc-you-name-it! So let's aim for 500 licensed tracks this year. :-) Anyway... here goes the news:
- Finally, I was able to publish my new Pirate's Den album that I've been working with for a long time. It's been a lot of hard work as I created some brand new tracks, and I also re-worked "Pirate's in the Bay" to a more right-to-the-point version where the dark male pirate choir joins in from start. Check out my Top-10-Artist's Choice: "Pirate's in the Bay - 1 Min Choir..."
- I was contact by a new Film/TV music agency in New York, and we had a great Video Skype call! So I will now study their clients in detail and write music in their style as they have a big need for new fresh music. I must say I'm totally thrilled with this new opportunity!
- Finished and uploaded around 50 new tracks (some re-mastered/re-worked, some brand new) within the last month.
- Some days ago, Delivery 2 was finalized for a game under development where I score their exclusive soundtrack. More about this when I'm allowed to disclose details.
- Licensed a bunch of tracks to an RPG/Fantasy game-tool. More info about this soon when their trailer is up.
- Finalized a new nice automated tool-chain used in my working process, creating preview versions, song links, playlists etc, at this site. Unfortunately that led to some broken songs links here, but that should now be fixed. (In the future, this should not happen as the automated process prevents manual mistakes, like mismatches between links and track names, etc.)
Full speed ahead!
- First delivery has been done to an ongoing game project, and I'm working hard to finish the rest of the InGame tracks.
- Several Craze Music tracks were licensed for use in another game under production, "Save Our Village", for iPad HD developed by Red Sprite Studios.
- I was lucky enough to be contacted by a Film/TV licensing agency in Canada to join their hand picked composer team.
- During the beginning of April, during a full day seminar/exhibition on how to use digital productions to enhance the experience of history and culture, I met some very professional people and got some new interesting contacts.
- One of my tracks, were showed on the exhibition by the team I'm working with on an iPhone app. This app will present the Uppakra Archeological Excavation site in a new "Hollywoodistic" way with majestic and powerful music and cool 3D environments. It should feel pretty much like walking around in Skyrim! As we speak, the excavation site is right now revealing a full sized Iron Age town, one of the largest discovered in Scandinavia, from the time of the Vikings! I mean, how cool is that!?
Time flies when you're having fun, especially during a crazy busy month! Here goes latest news:
- I'm currently hired for a new intriguing game project developed in United Arab Emirates by a highly professional team where I will be scoring the complete soundtrack exclusively for this project. The collaboration is excellent, and as a consequence some really cool tracks have popped up from this nice team work, and I've had the opportunity to try out some new interesting genre mixing which is pretty new to me. At this time, I'm not allowed to disclose any information around the project, but... there will be more about this later! :-)
- As is often the case during an ordered job, many other ideas and sketches for new tracks are created, so the productivity has taken a leap upwards, which is nice.
- March has been a cool month - 3 of my products have been placed for Broadcast/TV use with likely future royalty payouts!
- I continue to measure song plays on various sites, and this month is a new record breaker with ~5000 plays on commercial music sites and agencies.
Oops, I'm hopelessly behind when it comes to updating my home page. Anyway, here's the latest news:
- I'm totally thrilled to be working with some really super professional people at the Historic Museum in Lund.
They have found a HUGE excavation site with 28,000+ items from the Iron Age (in Sweden, Iron Age = Age of Vikings) and they will have a modern iPhone app to market and experience the site.
And in this app, of course, there will be some music: a big Hollywood-style-bashing-fantasy-epic-powerful-kicking track (that I love to work with)!!
I was on the museum a couple of weeks ago, and it was so cool with these old coins, gold items and dark feeling, so I am really lucky to be working on this.
Below is a sample on the track in production, Dark Epic Power Trailer:
- During end of February I got a TV placement for one of my favorite tracks, Glory to the Brave One! Below is a sample of my re-mastered Glory to the Brave One - 40 sec of Epic Power:
- At the time of writing this, it seems I will very soon start working with a couple of video games. I've been in contact with some teams, and it seems both of these teems has something really special going on, so I'm looking forward to that.
- So what else? I've been busy, as usual, working with some marketing activities, some track remixes, some new compositions. As a result of the marketing activities my songs were played almost 3000 times on various sites during February, both at commercial sites and fan sites which I believe is personal record for 1 single month.
- Then, I've worked a bit on this page, and I've made some tools to automate play lists, trying to make sure that all my tracks are automatically placed in some suitable playlists here, but there is still some more work to be done in this area...
Hello again and welcome to 2012 - a New Year with new Opportunities! Here comes the first News of 2012:
- After getting my final royalty statements and sales reports from 2011, I could conclude that I licensed more than 170 tracks for commercial use during 2011 which is a nice improvement compared to the 40+ tracks during 2010.
- January 2012, has started nicely where I have been lucky enough to license 40+ tracks for commercial use.
- Then I was lucky to be selected by a new Music Agency in New York that work with music licensing for Film/TV.
- One of my songs was selected by a Dramatic Instrumentals trailer production company (among 259 competing songs!).
- One of my songs was selected by yet another Classical/Orchestral trailer production company (among 131 competing songs!).
- Ongoing ordered job - Trailer for a Free Sun Powered House.
It's time to summarize the year. 2011 has been a truly great and exciting year at Craze Music. Here's a summary:
- Licensed 110+ tracks for commercial use this year (compared to 40 during 2010).
- 3rd prize winner in the International Songwriting Competition with 15,000+ competing entrants!
- Finalist in Great American Song Contest with Rejoice in Triumph.
- Finalist in UK Songwriting Competition with Adventurous Epic Action Thrill.
- Music placement on MTV to be shown on "MTV at the Movies Awards", aired in 60 countries!
- I've worked and scored the game music for some really talented indie game crews such as Rock Pocket Games, the Abydos Online project and Ironcode Games.
- This year, I also joined some great music agencies with really tough entry requirements.
- And just today, I actually reached 300+ fans at Jango Airplay!
- End consumer music sales has finally started to take off. It's really cool that people enjoy my music for private listening!
Happy New Year Everyone!
The mysterious and cool puzzle and problem solving game Pahelika Revelations was just now released by the hard working guys at IronCode Gaming! The game is a follow-up to the very successful Pahelika Secret Legends. It has been a great pleasure to work with this dedicated team. Writing music in the mystery genre has been really interesting and rewarding. Special thanks to Pallav Nawani - a great working partner that has been very helpful during the development of the soundtrack. I look forward to work with this very professional team again in future titles. The game is available at IronCode, so get busy downloading! :-)
Hola! It's been a busy month, as always. Here's the latest news:
- Signed with a major music agency to pitch my song "Rise of an Empire".
- Licensed Mad Professor for a video game.
- Licensed The Treasures of Ra for a film production company.
- Finished & Uploaded around 20 new tracks to my primary online vendor.
- Finished the complete soundtrack to Pahelika Revelations!
- Sold 3 Epic Cinematic Adventures at Amazon.com.
- Today, I finished a new song that I call Drunken Sailor's Tavern. It will pop up here soon.
- Got some new ordered jobs that I will begin with this weekend.
- Right now, I'm working with some cool sketches that I did a couple of months ago:
some really fat epic a**-kicking arrangements!