We near the end of this very short month, which means it's time to remind you I have a Patreon!
At $1+ a month: get new finished music and stories early. Usually science fiction.
At $3+ a month: get world building, illustrative stories, character outlines, works in progress that will probably never see a proper release, and so on. Lots of weird little experiments!
At $5+ a month: MIDI files, synth presets, probably sound effects soon.
Boosts help a lot!
I just sent out two Lens posts for patrons with the Patreon app. One is my inadvertant glitch hop due to weak CPU, the other is me doodling with a good demo sample library I found that lets you use it in commercial projects royalty-free (https://blackoctopus-sound.com/free-downloads/).
New world building post: Pronouns, gender, and sexuality in far-future fiction. "Diversity of experience and presentation is always canon, even if I struggle to write it." https://www.patreon.com/posts/pronouns-gender-16899647
Announcing Digital Scofflaw Music Maker Club -> https://www.patreon.com/posts/announcing-music-16225580
Lesson from using social media for 10+ years: some people talk a lot. A lot of what they say might even be good and interesting! But...their volume overwhelms everything else in the feed. Following them loses the breadth of many voices for the depth of one limited perspective.
People who tweet/toot more than ~10 times a day really need to start a blog (which you can sub to by RSS!) and make way for the masses who just have one little thing to say.
I just posted the first entry in my weekly melody project: https://www.patreon.com/posts/melody-1-16113619
Subscribers get the pianofied demo 3 days early: https://www.patreon.com/posts/melody-1-demo-16113509
Until now I've focused on sound design with synths and composition, but neglected the most fundamental aspect of the music. The plan for 2018 is to start a weekly melody project to help boost my music-making skills.
I'll post one melody in MIDI format each week for the $5+ crowd and a short demo using the melody for everyone else. Subscribers at all levels will get the demos in their personal podcast feed.
The presets on my Patreon are actually CC with a _very_ liberal license. I see them as being the same as guitar or flute. They're just instruments and it'd be silly for me to try and impose ownership on things made with them, or modifications.
Observation: none of the people who've asked me to put my work into the creative commons -- and it's quite a few -- have actually contributed in any way to me being able to afford giving my stuff away.
This gives the sense that it's pure ideology and they don't care how it affects me.
I am content with ordinary copyright for ordinary uses and am always happy to talk licensing or work for hire until the world stops being run by capitalists, who accept pay for food and rent in dollars.
Passively consuming the cool niche stuff you enjoy is a great way to ensure you're stuck with mainstream stuff.
Some of us struggle to stay motivated if we're not getting feedback. Tossing our stuff out into the void is anxious and scary, and it's hard to keep doing it if we don't hear anything back.
Pay, boost, link to, and thank the people who make the things you enjoy. Otherwise you might lose them to a dull normie job where they're paid money to do things and don't have time or energy to create.
I haven't been feeling very social lately, but I wanted to let you know Tidal finally put my music up through DistroKid, half a year after I submitted it and months after I was done with that music project (Riley Reverb).
You can just download it for free now. https://rileyreverb.bandcamp.com/
I shuffled around goals on Patreon. Going forward, I'm focused on platform independence. To do that, I'll need a newsletter. And until CAN-SPAM is revised for this decade, I need a physical address for the footer. First goal will go toward that to start. https://www.patreon.com/digitalscofflaw
Pocket sent me an email saying I'm in the top 5% of readers this year. Its report says I read 371,945 words/8 books.
1: Very few users
2: Most people don't read much after saving it to Pocket