Kevin Hartnell-“CC BY-SA 4.0” (creative commons music) on FMA!

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(a collection of music released under a creative commons license on FMA)

Over the years I have amassed a large number of tracks that didn’t seem to go anywhere once they were completed, or almost completed. Rather than leave them parked on a hard drive, I decided to turn them loose and submit them for possible inclusion on the Free Music Archive website. I assembled a collection of twenty-one tracks and sent in the submission. They were accepted five days ago and are available now for streaming or download.

For those unfamiliar with creative commons licensing, it’s a license you can append to your work that, depending upon which license you choose, can allow others to use your work without payment and even without credit if you choose. Why give it away for free? Well, in this case, the music was just sitting around without any particular application outside of providing me with a creative outlet. Some of it had been written years ago and didn’t go anywhere. With that in mind, why not turn it loose and see if it helps out others? So far there have been almost five-thousand downloads, so maybe they are already being put to use.

You can find the tracks here: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_Hartnell/

If you are looking for music to use in audio dramas, podcasts, films, youtube videos, games, commercials, or anything else you can think of, the Free Music Archive may be an excellent resource for you, especially if you don’t have the budget to pay for music.

Support creativity, support the arts, support each other!
Kevin

wytCHord, coming soon! Streaming new song at Metal Nexus!

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wytCHord, a new doom metal project has been in the works and is finally nearing a release date. The new project features Vince Green (THAL), David Jones (Black Mountain Creeper), and myself. I began tracking drums back in March and had a great time laying down the grooves to the excellent songs Vince and David brought in! Fans of heavy riffs should smash the link button and visit Metal Nexus where they are featuring a brand new track exclusively! Listen to “The Queen They Left To Die” and drop by to like the wytCHord Facebook page. Let us know what you think!

http://metalnexus.net/exclusive-premiere-and-stream-of-wytchord-the-queen-they-left-to-die/

“Kraken Mare: The Score”

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On November 10th, Matthew McLean from YAP Audio Production and the Audio Drama Production Podcast contacted me needing someone to score his latest audio drama. I gladly accepted the offer and began working on music for his excellent science fiction/horror story “Kraken Mare.”

What is “Kraken Mare” about? “Nine years ago the Wells-Dyson satellite picked up images of what appears to be some sort of wreckage on the floor of Titan’s biggest hydrocarbon ocean – Kraken Mare. The discovery prompted eccentric billionaire Jennifer Barrie to fast-track an expedition to the mysterious moon of Saturn. The three British astronauts who have just arrived in Titan’s orbit have only one job – find out what’s lying under Kraken Mare. And potentially answer one of humanity’s biggest questions. Are we alone in the universe?”

When I began working on scoring the story, the first thing that struck me was the fantastic soundscapes Matthew had created. On top of that, quality acting and writing truly inspired me! It was a pleasure to create music to help illuminate the production. I wrapped up scoring and sent over my mix to Matthew on December 17th. The following day YAP Audio Production released “Kraken Mare” to the public which has already received quite a few positive reviews!

Today I Audio Drama Production Podcast Logohave released the score through Overlook Hotel Records as a free download. What I am asking in return is, if you like the music (or the audio drama or any of the other great works YAP have put out), please consider making a donation to their Patreon account to support their works. They are lovely people that have been building a growing and supportive community of modern audio drama producers. They also release a regular podcast (the Audio Drama Production Podcast) that helps to educate people on how to make their very own audio dramas. Have a listen to the story below and let us know what you think. You can find quite a few of us hanging out on the ADPP Facebook group, so drop by and say hello! Maybe you will find yourself making your very own audio drama, too! Thanks for listening!

“The Sounds of Nightmares: Music Composed For Campfire Radio Theater”

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For about the last year and a half, I have been writing music for a podcast. What the hell is a podcast? Aside from a silly word, Wikipedia says ”A podcast is a form of digital media that consists of a series of audio or digital radio episodes, subscribed to, and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. The word is a portmanteau of “(i)Pod” and “broadcast.”‘ Essentially, it generally seems to be, an mp3, you see, and most of the time, available for free. You can find every kind of podcast imaginable. From Politics to Religion, Sports to Sex, and even one of my favorite topics, Audio Drama! More specifically, horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories are my cup of tea.

So, back to my point. I have been composing music for a horror anthology series podcast called “Campfire Radio Theater.” If you read this site then you may have already heard me mention this series. Both John and I are big fans of the classic CBC horror series called “Nightfall,” so it was easy to be on the same page as far as music, sound design, and production. John is a very talented audio drama producer. I became a fan of “Campfire Radio Theater” immediately after hearing the show. In fact, one of my favorite audio dramas of all-time is “Twilight Road” from the series.

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I have compiled over forty tracks from the episodes I have worked on and created “The Sounds of Nightmares: Music Composed for Campfire Radio Theater.” For those already familiar with the series, you will hear music from “RIP” (a story on the topic of Jack the Ripper) (parts 1 and 2), “The Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse,” “Night Delivery,” and “Whispers From Hell.” The music may all be horror-based, but there are various styles of music in the collection. I also created a few new arrangements of “A Violet From Mother’s Grave,” a song written by Will H. Fox in 1881 (public domain), to be used in “RIP.”

The entire album is streaming for free at Bandcamp. I made the release a fund raiser for Campfire Radio Theater. I was a fan before I began working on the show, so this was another way I could support CRT. If you choose to download the collection, it’s a mere $5 (or pay more if you like). All proceeds go directly to Campfire Radio Theater to support the creation of more episodes and cover hosting costs.

With World Audio Drama Day and Halloween rapidly approaching, this is a great time to immerse yourself into a good scary story and give yourself the creeps! Thank you for taking the time to listen! It is greatly appreciated. Please share the music and links with anyone you know that might enjoy them. :)

Kev
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Campfire Radio Theater: “Whispers From Hell”

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Campfire Radio Theater: “Whispers From Hell”

The latest installment of Campfire Radio Theater has arrived just in time for your Halloween entertainment! “Whispers From Hell” is an entertaining and scary story sure to please fans of the horror genre. As much as I enjoy writing music for horror stories, the ending for this particular episode was great fun to compose! Talk about anxiety-inducing intensity. Sheesh! I have been writing music for the show for around a year and a half now and continue to enjoy the process greatly. Now that the work of rebuilding my home studio has begun, my excitement is growing even more!

If you have a moment or two spare, please have a listen! I highly recommend listening in the dark with headphones for optimum enjoyment!

Speaking of writing music, I will be releasing a collection of music written for Campfire Radio Theater. It will be a fundraiser with all earnings going directly to Campfire Radio Theater to help fun additional episodes and pay for hosting costs. There are 41 tracks with two “hidden” tracks not found anywhere else included in the download as a thank you to supporters of Campfire Radio Theater. Tracks from “RIP” (parts 1 and 2), “Whispers From Hell,” “Night Delivery,” and “The Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse” are represented in the collection. More soon!

Thanks for listening! Halloween is right around the corner…waiting…in the dark!
Kev

Trinity & Triage Release New Track: “Tilting”

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Trinity & Triage have released a new track today called “Tilting.” This melancholy sound of this song perfectly encapsulates the various changes going on in the lives of the band members. In particular, Ralph Feetham recently had a severe fire in his home that damaged the second floor. Fortunately due to the presence of smoke alarms and quick thinking, everyone is fine. The same cannot be said about some of the guitars. Ralph is busy trying to get things back in order and we wish him and his family all the best during the turmoil created by this horrific life event.

On this side of the fence, I have finally begun the remodeling process of the basement after waiting around a year for a waterproofing company to complete the repairs of their repairs after major mistakes made during the initial work.

There are quite a few songs started by the prolific Mr. Feetham waiting for work to be done. It’s a matter of time (and lots of money) at this point.

Have a listen to “Tilting” on our SoundCloud page and leave a comment. We would love to hear from you. There are also free Trinity & Triage stickers available. If you would like one, head on over to the Trinity & Triage Facebook page and send us a message with an address to ship it to. Thanks for listening. We greatly appreciate it!

Cheers!
Kevin Hartnell
Overlook Hotel Records
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Trinity & Triage is:
Deanna Quijada · Vocals
Ralph Feetham · Guitars
Kevin Hartnell · Synths