HUSH is pleased to announce a resource for creative work or entertainment: a 300 piece music collection dubbed The Sound Of Picture Production Library, from artist Podington Bear, also known as Chad Crouch. The entire collection is free for NC-BY Creative Commonspersonal use and as a tool for producers, directors, game developers, etc.
Visit soundofpicture.com to search and audition individual tracks by mood or instrumentation category, and / or Download the entire 300 500 cue collection in four parts:
A couple months ago a made this batch of songs which I kinda liked. They are notable for being different from anything I’ve done before:Â Ambient.Â Now I’m thinking it’s time to set the audio free into the world, so voila, Sound of Picture Vol 3.
Download for free, or suggested donation in the HUSHshop.
Total bargain alert! We’re having a special sale beginning today: That’s right: 3 albums (aged 3+ years) on sale for $3 each, for 3 weeks only! This will be a limited-time offer with rotating specials from our back catalog. Available in the HUSHshop.
I’m going to be the guinea pig and step up to the plate with a sampling from my own discography over the years. Beginning in 1997 we have my only canonical vocal solo release, entitled Portland, Or. Jumping ahead to 2004, my band Blanket Music released Cultural Norms, maybe the snappiest offering from Yours Truly, and has the footnote distinction of breaking into the CMJ top 20. Pitchfork spake thus:
Crouch understands the difference between getting in people’s faces, and inviting them to come to him… he easily could have erred in the other direction by pitching headlong into the cultural wars. Instead, he found a perfect balance, and this is his most compelling album.
Five years on, I’m not sure if I understand anything really, but I am inviting you to consider owning this artifact and judging for yourself.
Lastly, the short-lived Toothfairy mini album Formative is an interesting foray which looks back and forward simultaneously. The lyrics paint a detailed pastiche of adolescence while the electronic palette is certainly an antecedent to Podington Bear, my outlet for instrumental ditties.
So, have a listen and consider for your collection.
[dispensing with my usual third person plural voice, here's some straight talk from Yours Truly]
I’ve started a YouTube Channel for my Sound of Picture songs. I think this type of music thrives when combined with imagery. In this case, I’m breaking form by pairing the music to moving images instead of simply photos.
Furthermore, I’ve started composing ambient music, which will be deployed as per usual via the Sound of Picture podcast. Two of the compositions, “Rubber Molecules” and “Electron Map” are featured in the following:
I’ve been thinking of them as antiviral videos simply because they require a different sort of attention span than YouTube tends to nurture. But, perhaps the HD resolution will delight in an unexpected way on the “People’s Tele”. So, subscribe (push that yellow button), no?
Hot on the heels of Vol 1, we have 20 more short instrumental tracks to accompany photographs collected for your enjoyment and/or use (under a CC BY-NC license) by Chad Crouch. For more on that, there’s this Creative Commons blog entry about Crouch’s (aka Podington Bear) Sound of Picture project.
Enable your album art window, or gander at your iPod to see the corresponding photos! For quality-conscious content creators both volumes are now also available as lossless quality downloads at this bandcamp page (however the tracks are missing their corresponding photos, so the HUSHshop is the recommended source for most users).
Keep abreast with the Sound Of Picture Project via the free podcast.