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July Update: YouTube and Other Projects

Jul 6, 2015 by: Todd Bryanton

I want to start blogging more regularly, and give a little behind-the-scenes look at what I’m working on. For those who subscribe to me on YouTube, I realize it can be strange, because I might only release one video a month on my own channel. I’ll go weeks at a time not saying anything, only to suddenly pop out of nowhere to plug something: “HEY GUYS LOL NEW VIDEO LIKE FAVOURITE SUBSCRIBE!” <--and yes I spell it ‘favourite’, I am Canadian after all. But what am I doing the rest of the time? Staring vacantly into space? Sobbing uncontrollably?

While the answer to both is undoubtedly yes, the reality is I also spend most of my time as a freelance music composer, above and beyond being a ‘YouTuber’ (whatever that is). I love composing music, and I love the collaborative process. It does however mean that I often put my own projects on the backburner. I have exciting news coming out soon about my own Dr. Monster series. But in the meantime, here’s some of the other stuff I’ve been working on lately:

One of my regular gigs is composing music for Tom Ridgewell (TomSka). Tom and I have a pair of original songs with lyrics in development; I can’t give away too much at this point, but I will say that neither one of them is an asdfmovie song. The most recent video I worked on was PIZZA TIME. Pizza! Guns! Time Travel! It’s like a guided tour through the brain of TomSka:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ecPRYIkuaM

I also created a short intro theme and some underscore for Charlie McDonnell’s new Cereal Time series. I’ve decided to only work on projects that use the title format of [Food Name] + Time: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOGelyFJnrzeNWh0y5JfZOQ

At the end of May I had the chance to compose music for Slamacow's new Silverfish Encounter video. Steven's one of my favourite animators but I'm disappointed he broke the streak and didn't use a name like Silverfish Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfEjOUZgLE8

I spent a couple weeks recording foley for a Canadian feature film. If you’re not familiar with foley, it’s the process of recording the sounds of people’s movements. This can be really mundane things like footsteps when characters walk, or it can be really bizarre/specific sounds; for example in this project, I got to record the sound of a vasectomy by stabbing a raw sausage. Fun!

I recently started composing music for a Canadian kids feature film, and I’ve signed on to compose music for a Canadian sci-fi/thriller; I can’t say too much about either project yet but I’m really excited to get the opportunity to compose for different genres.

Two other projects of note: 1) I wrote a song for an indie game developer which will eventually be released on my YouTube channel and 2) I wrote a song for a local telecommunications company. I apologize if some of these updates are vague; a lot of the time it’s difficult to say anything about a project until it’s properly released.

Anyway, that’s a look at some of the things I’ve been up to the last month or two. I’m hoping to release a new blog late Sunday/early Monday morning each week letting people know what I’ve been up to. (Six months later: crickets)

Cheers,
Todd

 

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