djpretzel

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About djpretzel

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  • Birthday 07/25/1979

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    Male
  • Location
    Fairfax, Virginia, USA

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    http://www.djpretzel.com
  • Skype
    djpretzel

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  • Biography
    David W. Lloyd is a software engineer, musician, producer, and graphic designer from the Metro/DC area of the United States of America.

    Mr. Lloyd is the president and founder of OverClocked ReMix, an organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of video game music. He has popularized unofficial arrangements of this music by encouraging fans to submit mixes to the website he developed and maintains at http://www.ocremix.org. He has composed and produced numerous such arrangements himself, under the name of "djpretzel", in addition to original compositions available on his personal website at http://www.djpretzel.com. He has appeared alongside industry professionals like Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall at game music events, and has been interviewed by Salon, Electronic Gaming Monthly, and others for his work with the site. He runs an associated record label, Overclocked Records, to help promote the original and arranged music of artists involved in gaming and computer culture.

    Mr. Lloyd is also an accomplished software engineer with ten years of experience in web-related technologies. His skills include experience in .NET, Java, and PHP software development, relational database design and administration, graphic design and web development using Photoshop and Dreamweaver, and extensive familiarity with Documentum-based software solutions, web services, and XML/XSLT.
  • Real Name
    David W. Lloyd
  • Occupation
    Software Engineer
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    856880622
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    djpretzel
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    djpretzel
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    djpretzel
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    djpretzel

Artist Settings

  • Collaboration Status
    2. Maybe; Depends on Circumstances
  • Software - Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
    Bitwig Studio
    Studio One
  • Software - Preferred Plugins/Libraries
    [Plugins]: Kontakt, Omnisphere, Trilian, Battery, Reaktor, Sylenth1, Zebra2, Hive, Alchemy [Libraries]: Spitfire Albion & BML Series, Heavyocity, Impact Soundworks
  • Composition & Production Skills
    Arrangement & Orchestration
    Drum Programming
    Lyrics
    Mixing & Mastering
    Recording Facilities
    Synthesis & Sound Design
  • Instrumental & Vocal Skills (List)
    Vocals: Male
  1. Ads on OC ReMix YouTube Channel

    @Rozovian So last year we filed a 990-N, because we're under the $50K limit and had only been a 501c3 for a grand total of one month & change, in 2016. https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/annual-electronic-filing-requirement-for-small-exempt-organizations-form-990-n-e-postcard For our 2017 taxes, I'm planning on doing the full 990, which does spell things out more explicitly. We need to amend our bylaws, get those online, and check some other boxes, but information like you're requesting WILL be made publicly available in Q1 2018 when we go through this process.
  2. Ads on OC ReMix YouTube Channel

    @Patrick Burns is correct, for the record - we weren't planning on explicitly keeping track anymore, just enabling it for the whole channel. Stating consent here has the effect of voicing support for that plan, but that plan would enable everything, for all videos. Given that YouTube apparently can enable this at will, and given that tracking each & every artist preference could get.... elaborate.... especially with collaborations, the idea is that the content policy itself does and would cover this, across the board. It's an important distinction/clarification.
  3. Ads on OC ReMix YouTube Channel

    #1 was a legitimate misjudgment on our part - my part - as to the timing of going live to get basic metrics vs. a full roll-out, and how that would be perceived; I'd need to review the full thread again to remember if I apologized for that misjudgment, but if I didn't, I do. A good faith assumption was all it took to understand what happened, and we didn't get a good faith assumption from some folks, but ideally we wouldn't put ourselves in a position to NEED a good faith assumption #2 never made any sense to me, personally; whether we pay for YouTube or not is irrelevant. That's basically saying you should only run ads on the platforms that represent an expense to you, and only use revenue generated on any platform to pay for that platform, and nothing else? That's NEVER been true, because even a decade ago, when it was just banner ads, we used funds for promotional runs of physical albums as prizes at conventions.... so that's using web ads to pay for something not strictly related to web hosting. This conceptualization of funding & expenditure is very odd/rigid/limiting... #3 is worth talking more about, I think. We have no intention of ever enabling unskippable ads, so those are off the table. #4 tell me about it...
  4. Ads on OC ReMix YouTube Channel

    Hopefully we can avoid a repeat of the drama that occurred on a previous thread discussing this matter. On Tuesday of last week, all videos on our channel mysteriously had ads enabled without any action on our part; previously ads were limited to a small percentage of videos from artists who had opted in, so we could get some metrics. We have disabled all ads as of today, including for videos that previously had them enabled. This batch change is currently processing on YouTube. We did inquire with YouTube/Google as to how this change could have happened, as none of us made it directly or intentionally, but they couldn't help us: It's difficult to understand how an entity so large wouldn't track such actions on a per-user basis, but it's apparently the case. TL;DR; what's changed since the last time we had this conversation is that OverClocked ReMix is now a project of Game Music Initiative, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization... We've got a board of directors that has met three times this year, we've got separate bank accounts that are not in my name or included on my personal income taxes, no single individual can sell the domain or its intellectual property, and there are legally-binding rules about how the money can be spent, and for what, above and beyond the existing content policy. While the ads were not enabled intentionally, we waited to hear back from Google before disabling them, because we wanted metrics for the entire channel being ad-enabled and because the original plan was to wait for 501c3 status and then revisit the topic. Our submission agreement has always allowed for advertising in the context of mixes, so long as that revenue is used for the site: Originally this change rubbed some folks the wrong way and there were heated words about how YouTube ads were somehow profoundly different than website ads; I'm not sure if anyone still feels that way, but either way, "context" is an umbrella term that was never intended to be limiting. The Internet changes and we need to change with it, as best we can. So, basically: We have removed almost all ads from our websites. We only want to run promotions for VGM & related stuff that's relevant, and keep that minimal and non-intrusive. Right now, GMI & OCR are funded primarily by our support on Patreon (you gals & guys are the best!) However, I've never been comfortable with a single point of failure, and feel like YouTube ads are a good secondary source of support. From the last week of metrics, full ad-enablement on YouTube adds up to about $25 a day, give or take. For any one artist, myself included, this would be less than a dollar a month. In addition, YouTube ads *apparently* help SEO and enhance the visibility/reach of the videos, which is important. I'd like to reach a point with artists where we've built enough trust, through our words and actions but also our new legal status, where this change is understood and appreciated, but we should by all means continue the conversation and see where it takes us. We previously committed to: Filing for 501c3 status in this calendar year. (DONE) Updating the content policy with clarifying language surrounding "advertisements in the context of submitted material" meaning more than just banner ads, with YouTube as a specific example. (PENDING) Reaching out to artists via forum email addresses, social media, etc. for additional feedback on this topic prior to enabling ads on the back catalog of 3000+ videos. (THIS THREAD + NOTIFICATIONS)
  5. Yes, but to be honest I think we need to reevaluate having myself, @JJT, & @zircon as co-directors - what we really need is ONE strong leader to be a rainmaker, bother people, cut people, be brutal, be loving, and get things moving again. We'll put a call out in January & see what can happen. It's possible my time will free up but I can't count on that. The WIPs are promising and the project still needs to happen, we just need a single, willing & able mastermind!
  6. OC ReMix Announces Official 501c3 Non-Profit Status as Project of Game Music Initiative, Inc November 24th, 2017 Contact: press@ocremix.org FAIRFAX, VA... OverClocked ReMix today announced its status as a fully-sponsored project of Game Music Initiative, Inc (GMI), a newly-formed 501c3 non-profit charitable organization devoted to the promotion of video game music as an art form. Established on November 26th, 2016, the mission of GMI is as follows: EDUCATE the world about game music as an art form, PROMOTE game music and game composers, RESEARCH game music and contribute to the body of free and open knowledge, PRESERVE the history of game music and archive relevant artifacts, PROVIDE resources for existing and aspiring game composers, PROTECT the right to explore game music through transformative works and assistive technologies, and SUPPORT any projects that advance these goals. OverClocked ReMix founder David W. Lloyd expressed his enthusiasm about this development and the need for such a transition: "For seventeen years, OverClocked ReMix has been a community effort, but has been owned by a single individual, myself, and not officially registered as a 501c3 charitable organization. Game Music Initiative was created to support this project, and others like it in the future, and provides permanent assurance of non-profit status while also enhancing financial transparency & operational continuity," Mr. Lloyd noted. "This transition paves the way for exciting developments ahead, makes all donations from US citizens tax deductible, and builds on the foundation of trust and long-term commitment that OC ReMix has developed since 1999." More information about GMI, including its board of directors, can be found at https://gamemusic.org. An FAQ is available and will be updated to address any questions surrounding this change of status. About OverClocked ReMix Founded in 1999, OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org) is a community featuring thousands of free fan arrangements & albums, information on game music and composers, resources for aspiring artists, and a thriving community of video game music fans. About Game Music Initiative Established in 2016, Game Music Initiative (https://gamemusic.org) is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation, research, & celebration of video game music.
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  8. Rampage (2018)

    Negan! I mean, it's silly, but if they could just do movies like this with BASIC competence, they could at least be fun... Maybe?
  9. Right, but that's just for licensing the music. The permission to raise funds via Kickstarter is, at least according to some, a separate cost/right entirely, since it's not a fixed price-per-track licensing - backers can (and do) contribute more, for other types of benefits... @GSO Grand plans usually require enthusiastic participants/collaborators, and you'll get more of those when you have a track record of successful projects, whether free or commercial. So yes, to echo what's been said several times, it feels like you're starting very large, and that your energies would be more productively directed at building up the type of successes that would lead to being able to put something like this together more effectively.
  10. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! OC ReMix and YoshiBlade present Candy Corn II: The Sequeling! October 31, 2017 Contact: press@ocremix.org FAIRFAX, VA... BOO! Celebrating Halloween, OC ReMix is proud to present YoshiBlade's Candy Corn II: The Sequeling, a follow-up to Halloween 2016's release of the original Candy Corn EP. The Sequeling features seven game arrangements and four vocal drama tracks inspired by the legendary television show "The Twilight Zone," including EDM takes on games like Super Metroid, Final Fantasy VII, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and more. The album was produced to help promote video game music, was made by fans, for fans, and is not affiliated with or endorsed by copyright owners; the games, characters, images, and original compositions are copyright their respective owners. "The Twilight Zone... was THE inspiration for this album as the tracks were more about questioning what you know as opposed to the BOO! of Candy Corn I," says creator YoshiBlade. Candy Corn II: The Sequeling also marks the fifth Halloween album release for the OC ReMix community. Last week OCR released Ghetto Lee Lewis's Heretic Sinphony, arranging the music of DOS FPS Heretic, last year saw YoshiBlade's arrangement and skit album Candy Corn, 2015 featured the Castlevania-based album trilogy Vampire Variations, and Joshua Morse created the site's first solo artist album with his 2009 Castlevania tribute Sonata of the Damned. About OverClocked ReMix Founded in 1999, OverClocked ReMix is an organization dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of video game music as an art form. Its primary focus is ocremix.org, a website featuring thousands of free fan arrangements, information on game music and composers, resources for aspiring artists, and a thriving community of video game music fans. ### Download it: http://ocremix.org/info/Candy_Corn_II:_The_Sequeling Torrent: http://bt.ocremix.org/torrents/Candy_Corn_II_-_The_Sequeling.torrent Comments/Reviews: http://ocremix.org/community/topic/46501/
  11. @timaeus222 @Olarin @YoshiBlade @BLAHMASTER @WesternZypher @DarkeSword & others: Tags (still in beta) are now clickable from ReMix pages (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03538) & can be browsed at http://ocremix.org/tags Yay! We have much work to do! Who's down for more batches?
  12. Secret of Mana: Resonance of the Pure Land - History

    @Bahamut I've been chipping in on album eval and am through the first two discs - I don't think you'll be disappointed, @Jorito's taken the ball and run with it, sounding great so far!
  13. Native Access with Kontakt 5???

    Well, NI support forums PROBABLY gonna be more help... @zircon very busy these days... I'd be tempted to recommend reinstalling Native Access and seeing if that addresses the problem. What lib are you trying to add? Are you sure it's a library? MANY folks get confused on the difference between libraries (encrypted, protected, install via Native Access) and regular old NKI "libraries" that don't have a special process...
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