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Some Questions Answered

26May

I've been asked by some listeners about two things:  who does our music and what is this 48 Hour Film thing you guys keep going on about.  To answer the second question first, the 48 Hour Film Project is an international short film competition/festival that I and the other Architects take part in each year.  We compete in the Atlanta leg of the festival and are gearing up again for this year.  The competition involves filmmakers assembling teams and on the kickoff day, the teams are given a line of dialogue, a prop and a character name/occupation that they have to incorporate into a short film that they will make over the course of the next forty-eight hours.  Each group is then given, at random, a genre in which to work.  A week later, the films are screened at a local theater and prizes are awarded for various things such as best use of prop, best actor, etc.  The Best Film of the festival goes on to compete nationally and, maybe, internationally.  If you would like to learn more about it, go to www.48hourfilm.com.  If you are in the Atlanta area and would be interested in taking part in such a thing and meet some of the people you've been listening to, contact me here at Podbean and leave me an e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, etc address with which to contact you.

As  for the first question, who does our background music, that's a simple answer - nobody.  Our title music was composed and performed by a very talented musician whose name I have totally neglected to get permission to give out.  I'll follow through with that and, if permission is granted, give you details on how you can enjoy more of his music.  The background music comes from a different source.  We use a generative music device called the MADPlayer.  Many podcasts have used it for much the same purpose.  It came out in the early part of this century and it generates music by using a series of loops, algorithms and the like.  Once the music is generated, you can edit the loops and instrument voices to a degree to "make it your own."  It works very well, but failed to catch on as it was marketed half to serious musicians and DJs and half as a toy.  Nevertheless, it caught on with a few people.  Enough so that I was able to get my hands on one and use it for our show.  For the sake of the curious, I have posted one of the tracks we have used in the music bed for demonstration purposes.  If you like it, I'll post more.

Enjoy!

- Chris

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