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    Key Jay X8
  1. Kind of more of a cover + original arrangmened section piece rather than a complete original. Either way, I think you guys might like it
  2. Kickstarter minefield...Squared

    Sounds about right, Part of me wants to do this "right", but unfortunately doing it "right" in my case could turn up vastly more expensive and cost way more than the project is worth. Like you said, given my name in comparison to OCR, OCR definitely has more traction in regards to negotiation power, but I might have a small size advantage since I'm not considered a group (if you get what I mean) aka every other remixer on Soundcloud lol. I didn't want to avoid paying a license fee, but thats what happens when you leave it to a system too ridged to make something like this a lot more streamline given the increase in remix culture over the past few years; the music business at its best I suppose.... IDK, at the very least I can see what licenses are available through Loudr for at least some protection (since I may be doing limited cd prints and all) along with the very VERY thin chance of being protected under fair use. Even though I can find the contacts (thanks ASCAP) I also dont think its worth raising unnecessary red flags with Sony and Disney either by trying to get in contact with them due to the high likelihood of being denied as an individual anyway Worst comes to worst, I get pulled and I'm left to finish the smallest possible product out of pocket as a private online only distributable. Its all risky, but might be worth the shot I guess. If anything, I'll see how much I can mitigate my initial cost by utilizing possibly some of the musician resources here.. Thanks for the response! If you have anything to add or any other caveats to the above, please don't hesitate to comment
  3. Kickstarter minefield...Squared

    Ok to start, I'm well aware (for the most part) of what happened with the Final Fantasy 6 album when it was shut down and relaunched. I tried searching for information on the talks with whom and what (either between Square or Kickstarter), but sadly was only met with speculation of what may have happened (if anyone has any further information on this or on campaigns similar and their legal processes, please let me know). This topic interests me because in the long run, I'm actually considering Kickstaring my own EP project based off of Kingdom Hearts (ohh sure, Square was bad enough, but you HAD to try the Mouse now huh?! lol). Of course, I trying to nail as many legal implications as I can. It will be freely distributed and I'm on the fence about adding CD prints as a reward offering atm as that part seems to be somewhat of a grey area and tends to inflate the asking price against the project's actual needs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't acquiring a compulsory license and a mechanical license for the song only apply to cover songs and not full derivatives like remixes? If so, I'm confused when I see albums like the FF6 one or albums like Chrono Cinematica saying they're fully licensed and distributed across networks like iTunes (which I though sets their tracks at a minimum of $0.99??? not sure) even when the work can be considered derivative (to both album's defense, I have not heard either, but if they are classified as a remix, they technically aren't covers). On another note, if OCR did go through the process of contacting the publisher/copyright owner for the works directly what may have been the process of negotiating a derivative works license and mechanical use license? Well I guess better question might be, would someone like me even be able to get/negotiate a derivative works license (I can probably get a mechanical license from Loudr) from the likes of Square, Sony, or Disney (depends on which songs I'm doing obviously), let alone afford it.....ohh and I want to do a studio video so yeah....sync license...yyyyyeah...Also would a mechanical license even be necessary since you're not selling the work anyway (my guess to this answer might be that you are still streaming it (maybe) so you have to take those plays into consideration since you buy per plays)? Honestly I think most remixers fly under the radar when doing things like this (aka every unofficial "Turn down for What" EDM remix out there) unless it blows up or gets large attention like the FF6 campaign, especially considering OCR's name, but still, should I attempt? Should I deter this creative idea that I've had for a while just because of some outdated copyright procedures and litigation tactics?! Needless to say, I've still got some ways to go before actually launching my campaign; I've got a convention coming up that I want to hopefully generate interest from, I'm thinking about a launch party, etc. I'm not even 100% on the final asking price yet...or even the final track count. But at the very least I'm trying to keep the maximum project cost below $5k. Heck, I may be able to squeeze a smaller EP as a worst case scenario, but definitely at a slower pace and with fewer tracks and people that I want on the project. Lastly, I've read that its sort of a legal grey area to consider a kickstarter donation in comparison to a store purchase. Namely because the time of legal ownership is different, and the essence of what is being purchased is also different. In a store to product relationship, what is being bought is a product. In kickstarter's view, you're purchasing the manufacturing not the product thus shouldn't be viewed as a presale either. I only mention this because I needed to figure out if Kickstarter still constitutes as a sale of a product even if I'm distributing the final product as a free download and even with limited print physical copies. I know this is a bit wordy, but since there might be a few people here that might have some detailed info on this topic, I thought to give it a shot to get some insight. ATM I don't mind flying under the radar to take a chance at a mini project like this either. Just seeing if there's more I could do to limit my risk before hand. Thanks in advance!
  4. Hey all, Not entirely sure if this is worth submitting at all as I don't think you can technically consider this a "remix", but I still thought I'd post it here considering it does use actual game audio, though a lot more original content then I think is allowed. In any case, I hope you all enjoy!
  5. Hey all, I thought I'd share my most recent demo with you all . I originally compiled this for a local indie game studio. I have a new one in the works for GDC (when ever I can finally get down there that is) and I'll be sure to post that as well when complete. Let me know what you think, any improvements I could make for the next demo, and most of all, ENJOY THE SHOW! https://soundcloud.com/key-jay/2013vgmandfilmdemo
  6. Not a bad arrangement at all sir . I do kind of feel that the snare hits could come up just a bit more, and that the poppy rhodes like sample is being ducked under the mids too much and can be brought out more. Does it hurt my impression of the track, not at all. Just something I noticed.
  7. Remix Name: Send in the Clowns Listen Link: https://soundcloud.com/key-jay/send-in-the-clowns-adventures/s-SWD5u Commentary (And a few Chuckles): http://youtu.be/BVsI5za8NFo Voice Actors: Joker - Myself Harley Quinn - Marissa Rangel Original Track Name(s): Harley Quinn Theme (Boss 1) and Joker Theme (Boss 2) Original Game: The Adventures of Batman and Robin Platform: Sega Genesis Year Released: 1994 - 1995 Original Composers: Jesper Kyd Original Source Material: Harley Quinn Theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2LGasEffcA Joker Theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8opFZdIZ-vI ENJOY EVERYONE!
  8. Would really like some feedback on this one. This has probably been one of the most difficult things I've mixed and would like to see what you guys think of it .
  9. finished Sand Trap (Sandopolis Remix)

    Thanks everyone!
  10. Remix Name: Buster's Elements of Adventure Listen Link: https://soundcloud.com/key-jay/busters-elements-of-adventure/s-DQDzd Commentary: Original Track Name(s): Sandopolis Zone (Act 1 and Act 2) Original Game: Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure Platform: Sega Genesis Year Released: February 7, 1993 (North America) Original Composers: Shinji Tasaka Hideto Inoue Tsuyoshi Sekito Original Source Material: Cavern Theme: Volcano Theme: Water Theme: ENJOY EVERYONE!
  11. Remix Name: Sand Trap Listen Link: https://soundcloud.com/key-jay/sand-trap-sonic-3-knuckles/s-L6uze Commentary: Original Track Name(s): Sandopolis Zone (Act 1 and Act 2) Original Game: Sonic 3 & Knuckles Platform: Sega Genesis Year Released: October 18, 1994 (North America) Original Composers: Sachio Ogawa Masaru Setsumaru Yoshiaki Kashima Tatsuyuki Maeda Tomonori Sawada Masayuki Nagao Jun Senoue Miyoko Takaoka Masanori Hikichi Howard Drossin Brad Buxer Cirocco Jones Michael Jackson (not credited) Original Source Material: Sandopolis Zone (Act 1) - Sandopolis Zone (Act 2) - ENJOY EVERYONE!
  12. finished Kirby's Dream Land - Green Greens

    Ha ha! Not bad. This was a fun listen
  13. finished This War Between Us

    Thanks Jakesnke17, Really appreciate the healthy feedback. If you have something you want me to listen to, I'll gladly do so
  14. finished This War Between Us

    Come on, Anything guys?
  15. Hey all it's been a while , A couple of years back, I was developing a music pack for game developers but put the project aside for other endeavors. Fortunately for me that was a good thing. Recently, I’ve taken the time to revitalize one of the tracks. I originally did the track in 2008 and have the original there so you can see the difference (and all the things it suffered from). Check out what 4 years has done The track was intended to be a battle theme for RPG style games. The original version only had one theme, while the new version has three. The first was intended for normal battle, the second for ascended battle (maybe the character released a new power, or a secret boss pops up), and the third was another ascended battle theme (almost like a final rush to end the long boss battle). This track will be available to buy for leasing really soon and it will come with PT session. Enjoy! http://soundcloud.com/key-jay/sets/this-war-between-us/s-3sZjg