Saturday, August 21, 2010

Music and Pictures - See the next post for the slideshow

I love slideshows. I've done them for as long as I can remember. I started back when I shot pictures with my Canon F1 film camera. I shot thousands of slides and I spent hours pouring through the best photographs. I then considered all the music in my album collection for the best piece of music to go with the pictures I'd selected.
Back then, the only people that saw the slideshows were personal friends who came to our house.
We'd gather in the living room, turn out the lights, and fire up my two slide projectors and a lamp dissolve machine that synchronized the music and the slides.
These days, the technology is so incredible that you can do in a matter of minutes what it took days to do before.
The show I just posted is a collection of photos I shot with my iPhone. I used a piece of music  by Anja Lechner from her CD Chants, Hymns and Dances. I didn't get permission to use the music, but I did send her an email asking for permission. Obviously if she doesn't want me to, I'll take the slideshow down immediately. Either way, if you need some beautiful music to get your day started out right, check out Anja's work.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
September 15th update: I got an email back from Anja Lechner's record label saying to remove the music from the slideshow. I immediately complied.
They said they don't approve the use of their music "as a matter of principle". I hear what they are saying. I'm a songwriter too, and I wouldn't want my music used if it wasn't helping me in some way.
I had about a dozen people ask me about this music. I'm not sure, but I would not be surprised if some of them had purchased the cd or songs from this project.
At any rate, the slideshow is not available until I write a piece of music to go with it.

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