With additional time in the studio due to the Coronavirus I have been writing and recording a ton of new music. A friend of mine loaned me a 1950's Gibson ES-125 and I have been putting it to use! It's a great guitar to use if you want that vintage 1950's rock & rock sound and it works great for Jazz music as well. I have written several 50's Rock (think Elvis) songs as well as several Jazz tunes. In addition to the Gibson 125, my Gretsch Country Gentleman is a wonderful guitar for Jazz. I particular enjoy the relaxed, smooth Jazz guitar pieces. More to come!
Take a Listen: Happy Retro Jazz Guitar
Coronavirus is rewriting history books right now and it is interesting and sad times for our world as so many struggle with this horrible disease. The Teachey family is doing our best to stay home and away from the masses. I have always been a "hugger" and it is so hard to not be able to express affection to so many people that I love and come into contact with - especially my kids and grandkids. But I know we must err on the side of caution. My heart breaks for so many who have lost loved ones because of this terrible pandemic. God promises to never abandon us and I am hopeful for our future. This too shall pass. Be safe!!!!
The Whoosh sound effects market is absolutely huge. It's one of the most searched sounds on Elements and AudioJungle. I have been spending the last few days producing various Whoosh effects. It's especially fun to add various elements such as wind, fire, water into a whoosh effect. A few days ago I even recorded the sound of water spraying on the windshield of my car with a couple of microphones on the inside dash to capture the sound. From that I was able to create a unique water whoosh effect! The possibilities are endless.
Listen to a sample: Whoosh Big Opening Title
So when the creative bug hits you go with the flow! I've have been working on some Music Beds that fit the soundtrack for Action Rock Sport Fashion projects. My key instruments for this project is my Fender Strat, Gretsch Country Gentleman and Fender P Bass guitar. I've been filling the studio with blazing rock arena guitar and the volume level is HOT! After all, if you're playing rock 'n roll then the music is dialed up BIG! Let's shake those window panes. The extreme sports/fashion scene is huge and it seems to be a current common customer search.
Take a listen: Action Energetic Rock Sport Fashion
Happy to announce that 123RF.com will be distributing Apple Hill Studio sound effects. 123RF is based out of Malaysia and have a huge international presence in the stock photos/music/sound arena. We're excited about the additional revenue this venue will provide.
Grateful that our sound effects and music beds continue to thrive in sales on various websites. AudioJungle has over 10,000 authors and currently we are listed at number 35. We expect to keep moving up the ladder as we add more content. Creativity is a wonderful blessing and there truly is always something new and unique to record. We just need more hours in our day!
I'm having a blast writing and recording new cartoon music beds. I have some grandkids who are young enough to help me know if I'm on the right track and watching them smile and dance to my music tells me I am! I chose some time ago to concentrate my efforts in producing cartoon sound effects so producing cartoon music tracks is a great fit for me. I'm enjoying beefing up my orchestral plugins to help accommodate this direction. I recently began using some of the plugins from Embertone.com. I especially like their mouth trumpet (displayed prominently on The Cartoon Chicken track below). Embertone has a nice collection of plugins and a number of freebies that I have found extremely useful in creating cartoon music tracks. Adding in an acoustic ukulele and accordion helps bring my tracks to life and gives them that "children's vibe" that's so needed in cartoon music. More tracks to come!
Take A Listen: The Cartoon Chicken
Well, tis the season to be happy & jolly! I have enjoyed getting into the spirit of Christmas this year by composing several Christmas themed instrumentals. I especially enjoy creating pieces that help you focus on the child-like innocence and magical vibe of Christmas. I have been using piano, music box melodies, sleigh bells, woodwinds, strings & percussion for the most part. The new BBC Symphony from Spitfire and Ravenscroft 275 Piano are two of my go-to softwares. I also enjoy Spitfire's Soft Piano and the Oliver Patrice Weder Toolkit for my productions.
Take A Listen: My Christmas Wish
This past week I took a dive into producing some Middle Eastern soundtracks. I started with one and enjoyed it so much I followed it with three more compositions by the end of the week! I've been using traditional instruments from EastWest Sounds and the new BBC Symphony Orchestra along with live instruments to produce these tracks. On one of the songs I even added in my first guitar which was a gift from my Dad when I was 9 years old. It's an inexpensive little "Western Auto DelRay" acoustic that actually sounds quite horrible to my ears now. It has some serious "twang" to it but worked great as a background sound on one these new compositions. My Neumann KM84 microphone pair captured the twang quite well and when I tripled tracked it and mixed it down it helped bring out a live feel to the track.
Take a listen: An Oriental Voyage
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