The Production Library features 500 instrumental cues (songs) sorted by keywords from Podington Bear. They are free to use for non-commercial works, and easily licensed for commercial uses. Find out more at soundofpicture.com.
Highly regarded by creative professionals and amateurs, The Free Music Archive is featuring the latest album from Podington Bear on their site. This profile and interview illuminates the decision to release work in this way, and expands on the history of the artist Chad Crouch, known here as Podington Bear.
Why did you use the CC BY-NC license for this project?
It seemed like a reasonable thing to do. It’s like the Velveteen Rabbit: For me the music becomes more real if it’s not just heard, but played with and cared for.
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
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:
Portland, Ore – Mayor Sam Adams today announced the launch of “Listen Local,” a pilot program that replaces the City’s previous on-hold music with music by Portland musicians. The program seeks to highlight the vibrant, diverse and creative character of Portland to callers near and far and shine a spotlight on local musicians.
“From our entrepreneurs to our artists, what starts in Portland tends to be watched – and bought – around the world,” said Mayor Adams. “Portland’s economic prosperity is being built on our innovation and our creativity. Listen Local showcases both.”
Also included on the track list are HUSH roster artists Nick Jaina and Podington Bear
The kids are back to school, the TV networks are premiering their fall lineups, and the leaves are starting to change. And so it goes, Podington Bear has put his paw in the ring with a Podcast format change that would seem to say, if you can’t beat them, join ’em. The bear–who savvy readers may know is actually typing this–debuted with a podcast format that consisted of one song per episode and over the past couple years racked up about 190 such episodes. No voiceovers, no ads, no jingles.
Well bring on the jingles, because it’s time for The Podington Bear Show: the radio DJ style show where P Bear (Chad Crouch) makes it up as he goes, sharing some of his latest tracks/compositions/ditties in a half hour mix, every Friday. Here is episode 1 of the slightly arbitrary Season 3.
In bear terms, it’s been a while since we’ve heard from Podington the musical bear (who often goes simply by the letter P). While the latest update no musical windfall to those who know him, it may just be a feast for the uninitiated.
P Bear has taken yet another step toward that buzz word of “free culture” by offering his complete catalog online for free download (Again, that is. It was originally debuted for free download in a stream of podcasting, and gradually rescinded throughout ’07-’09) via bandcamp.com**:
The latest album offering has been coined Growly Tum. Could it portend P Bear’s appetite for music construction has awoken again? We shall see. It features two hitherto unreleased tracks book ending the uncollected ‘Season Two’ first fruits:
Growly Tum is also available in the HUSHshop for free or a suggested $2.49 donation (320 kbps mp3)
Other P Bear Favorites:
**As with many things in modern music merchandising there is a catch: Apart from the new Growly Tum, and Remixes Vol 1 albums (available for free at full quality), the free downloads on Bandcamp.com are limited to 128K mp3, accessed via a fairly inconspicuous link when prompted to pay via the “Download Album” link. For a pay-what-you-feel sum (of $2 or more) you can pick your favorite format in up-to CD quality for the entire collection.
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.