Freeloader Friday: Airbird, Lost Boy ? & More

No OriginHey there beauties, Melissa here! Although Chris definitely knocked last week’s Freeloader Friday out of the park, it feels great to be back and ready to share another awesome batch of free tracks with you all. Let’s get this show on the road!

If you thought nature-inspired music started and ended with musique-concrète composers, think again. Producer Joel Ford proves he can manipulate natural sound just as beautifully as the avant-garde school in his latest track “Ecology.” Released under Ford’s pseudonym Airbird, “Ecology” is a weightless, yet sharp combination of new-age rounded synths blended perfectly with shimmering chirps and tweets from an orchestra of birds. While these elements spill over the top end of the sonic spectrum, the main melodic line comes from a saxophone sample that carries just enough weight to keep the track grounded. A playful dialogue between electronic and acoustic ensues, as the saxophone dances its way through the song’s ambient, glistening atmosphere. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Well, just wait ‘till you hear Airbird’s newest EP, No Origin, when it drops on September 16.


Follow This Sample Social Media Rollout For Your New Music Video

music videoThis article, written by freelance pop music journalist, Hugh McIntyre, originally appeared on Sonicbids. We’re excited to be working with them to exchange industry tips and trends for your business.

Making music videos can be time consuming and expensive, so if you’re going to do it right, make sure you really do it right. That means ensuring that what you end up with looks professional, is edited properly, and most importantly, that you promote the new work to the best of your abilities.


Welcome, Rebecca!

Rebecca-FisherIntroducing Rebecca Fisher, Director, Theatrical Publicity

Hi everyone! I am Rebecca Fisher and I am so happy to be joining The Orchard team as Director of Theatrical Publicity.

I’ve come here from the publicity agency PMK*BNC, where I worked for two years on a variety of films including CAROL, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, THE IMITATION GAME, IRIS, and LIFE AFTER BETH. Prior to PMK, I was at another agency called Block Korenbrot for eight years, where I worked closely with Sony Pictures Classics on a range of wonderful films including AN EDUCATION, A SEPARATION, IN A BETTER WORLD, and SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN. I also worked on Pablo Larraín’s NO, which was nominated for a Foreign Language Academy Award. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work on his new film NERUDA, which we just acquired out of Cannes.


Feel The Album Leaf’s Waves Wistfully Wash Over You

Between-WavesDive into the ambient depths of Between Waves, the latest project by indie transcendentalists The Album Leaf. Six years after after releasing A Chorus of Storytellers, frontman/sonic genius Jimmy LaValle and his band turn a new “leaf” with a fresh approach and fundamental change of pace.  

Longtime fans of The Album Leaf will immediately notice something new in the cloth of Between Waves: vocals. Distancing the band from the instrumental structure of former releases, LaValle injects literary lyricism in several of the album’s tracks. It is one of many noteworthy testaments to LaValle’s ability to successfully reinvent the band by continually challenging its sound with new techniques.


Live Streaming on YouTube Goes Mobile

youtube-live-mobileWe recently discussed the influence of live streaming on social media, the many amazing platforms that offer the feature and the impact it can have on boosting your channel’s fan base. Now, YouTube has upped their stake in the live streaming game by allowing channels to create live events on mobile.

The feature launched last month at VidCon for select creators and is expected to roll out more widely soon. Before it does, here’s a rundown of what you need to know. (more…)