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New Stock Music January – February 2016
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New Stock Music January – February 2016

by ElvenEleganceFebruary 21, 2016

New stock music available to be purchased for use in creative projects including films, games, and other visual media.

The music list below includes music of various genres including ambient, atmospheric, electronic, Japanese Inspired, EDM, Dubstep, and more.

 

Corporate Elves

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/58801860/corporate-elves.html

 

Elven Tree Homes

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/58801859/elven-tree-homes.html

 

Fox Spirits and Elves

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/58801853/fox-spirits-and-elves.html

 

Energized Travel

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59739974/energized-travel.html

 

The Executive Atmosphere

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59852252/executive-atmosphere.html

 

The Classic Room

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59852229/classic-room.html

 

The Irish Ninja

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59852234/irish-ninja.html

 

The Elves

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59852224/elves.html

 

Happiness

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59852221/happiness.html

 

Abstract Lounge

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59852222/abstract-lounge.html

 

The Samurai Executive

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59839832/samurai-executive.html

 

Water Elfs

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59852237/water-elfs.html

 

Pond

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59841044/pond.html

 

Japanese Dream

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59933545/japanese-dream.html

 

Friendly Leprechauns

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59942979/friendly-leprechauns-atmospheric-ambient.html

 

Water Spirits By The Lake

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59325075/water-spirits-lake.html

 

桜 Falls

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59841065/falls.html

 

Traveling on a Journey in a Car

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59996621/traveling-journey-car.html

 

北海道 – Hokkaido

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59996610/hokkaido.html

 

Winter Season Shift

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59996585/winter-season-shift.html

 

Kyoto Streets

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59996580/kyoto-streets.html

 

Shift

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59965624/shift.html

 

Gnomes In Space

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59996639/gnomes-space.html

 

The Gnome Armada

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59996759/gnome-armada.html

 

Epic Japan

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/60061479/epic-japan.html

 

Movement

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59996671/movement.html

 

Grand and Atmospheric

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/60099827/grand-and-atmospheric.html

 

Water Elves

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/59841043/water-elves.html

 

The Premier Journey to Japan

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/60219886/premier-journey-japan.html

 

Japanese Dream

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/60219894/japanese-dream.html

 

The Opening

https://www.pond5.com/stock-music/60385371/opening.html

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池 Pond

by ElvenEleganceSeptember 8, 2015
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♫ The Japanese Fields
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♫ The Japanese Fields

by ElvenEleganceAugust 16, 2015

This is a song I made while thinking about fields in Japan.

Apps Used:

Gadget by Korg on the Ipad

The koto is one of my favorite instruments. At the moment, I am using the “koto” sounds from the music apps I use. In the future I would like to have my own koto and use it in my music.



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Japan – The place where I would Love to Live…
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Japan – The place where I would Love to Live…

by ElvenEleganceAugust 11, 2015

I would love to live in Japan

My goal is to inspire people in Japan and internationally as well as to promote Japanese Japanese Culture, especially the traditional cultures that exist in Japan.

Japanese culture provides me with constant inspiration and I would love the chance to live there one day soon.

If I had the chance to go to Japan again, I wouldn’t hesitate to go the same day if possible.

I am looking for sponsors.

 

Hokkaido

I am especially interested in the Island of Hokkaido. I love cold weather and nature and from what I have found from research and seen from pictures, it is the perfect place for me to be. The skiing in Hokkaido looks amazing.

http://www.niseko.ne.jp/en/niseko/index.html

Cape-Kamui-Shakotan-Hokkaido

 

Art and Creative Projects

I am intersted in creative projects and collaborations with other artists.

I recently did a collaboration with Flute Ninja where he played the Shakuhachi flute with one of the songs I made.

“Forest Ambiance” Ft Flute Ninja (Shakuhachi Mix)

You can find more of his music on Soundcloud and ReverbNation:

soundcloud.com/flute-ninja

www.reverbnation.com/fluteninja

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Equipment

Here is some of the creative equipment I have available to create content once I am in Japan:
Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera
Canon 7D
Professional Film Lighting Kit
iPad Air (for creating music)
I also have a studio mic and a shotgun mic that can be plugged in to my iphone and ipad for mobile use.

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Links:

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en.visit-hokkaido.jp

To find more links on Japan, you can reference my other article here: Japan – Websites – Guides – Resources

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Other Notes:

I purchased the photos of this post from a great website called pond5.com and used Lightroom to enhance them.


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Looking for a New Way to Make Coffee?
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Looking for a New Way to Make Coffee?

by ElvenEleganceAugust 9, 2015

The French Press is the tool I use for making coffee. It is easy to use and makes great coffee. Someone I know introduced me to this a while ago.
It is simple:

  1. Add the ground coffee
  2. Add hot water (can also be made with cold water but could take longer)
  3. Wait about 5 minutes more or less depending how strong you want the coffee
  4. Press down
  5. Finished

 

 

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The Space Cat
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The Space Cat

by ElvenEleganceAugust 9, 2015

This picture was created in Adobe photoshop by using different kinds of blending on various layers.

If you are interested in learning more about blending and Photoshop, Lynda.com and Adobe has videos on the subject. Lynda.com is not free, but it has organized step by step videos and guides on a variety of subjects.

 

The-Space-Cat-1

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Japan – Websites – Guides – Resources
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Japan – Websites – Guides – Resources

by ElvenEleganceJuly 26, 2015

Japan

Whether you are looking for travel info, have questions, or want to watch a Japanese video, there are plenty of useful resources to help you find what you need.

Japan has a very interesting culture and filled with beautiful places to visit.

Below are various links to various websites and resources about Japan to explore.
This page might be updated from time to time.

General Info and Guides 

  1. www.jnto.go.jp
  2. japan-guide.com – Japan Guide has a very useful and responsive Q&A section where you can ask questions about Japan, travel, culture, and more
  3. www.japantoday.com – News
  4. www.gojapango.com
  5. gaijinpot.com – Jobs and Information
  6. www.japan-community.com
  7. road-station.com

 

Tourist Info

Hokkaido

Honshu

Shikoku

Kyushu

 

 

News, Culture, and Entertainment: 

 

Social Media 

Facebook Pages

Visit Japan – www.facebook.com/visitjapan

Japan Community – www.facebook.com/japan.community

Japan Art & Architecture – www.facebook.com/Japan.Art.Architecture

JapArch (Japanese Architecture) – www.facebook.com/JapArch

Tokyo Camera Club – Japanese – www.facebook.com/camera.jpn

Tokyo Camera Club – English – www.facebook.com/camera.us

GaijinPot – www.facebook.com/GaijinPot

Ryukyu Life – www.facebook.com/RyukyuMike

 

 

JVLOGGERS

These are links to various Jvloggers on youtube. There are many other Jvloggers to choose from that has various styles and focuses. You could find others by exploring related channel links or by searching terms like jvlog, jvlogger, Japanese Video Blog, ect.

Gimmeabreakman

Gimmeaflakeman

BusanKevin

unrested

 

Cats

Maru:

 

Photography

Shopping

Rakuten is a good place to order things from Japan. They have a variety of things to choose from. I ordered my most recent Shinobue Flute from there.

global.rakuten.com/en/

 

Mobile Apps and Language

There are many good mobile apps to help plan travel, learn Japanese, and do research.

Travel Info

Triposo (General Travel, The Japan Travel Guide is an in app purchase)

Triposo Japan Travel Guide

 

Language

imiwa? (ipad/iphone)

Mirai Japanese (ipad/iphone)

Kanji Sensei (ipad/iphone)



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Music – サマータイム 尺八 笛忍者 Summertime (Cover/Improv by Flute Ninja)
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Music – サマータイム 尺八 笛忍者 Summertime (Cover/Improv by Flute Ninja)

by ElvenEleganceJuly 20, 2015

Listen to this new track by Flute Ninja.
Flute ninja is a musician who plays various types of Japanese flutes including the Shakuhachi and Shinobue Flutes.

 

サマータイム 尺八 笛忍者 Summertime (Cover/Improv by Flute Ninja)

In this track he mixes Japanese and Jazz sounds and in my opinion almost has a “Native American” ambience in part of it.

Flute Ninja’s Inspiration for the song:

“Well, Summertime was one of the first songs I learned on shakuhachi.”

Why Summertime?

“I don’t know, it was something about the tune, and it was a classic jazz piece. I wanted to learn how to play jazz on the shakuhachi. I saw a tutorial by David Zasloff on Youtube and started to study it.

I was amazed on how he played that song…that was back in 2010 I believe.”

 

Flute Ninja’s Links:

www.facebook.com/EarthlySoundProductions

www.reverbnation.com/fluteninja

soundcloud.com/flute-ninja

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Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera Review and Sample Footage
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Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera Review and Sample Footage

by ElvenEleganceJuly 20, 2015

I enjoy using the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC). It has excellent quality and is portable enough to bring with me to places without drawing excess attention. Canon and Nikon Lenses can be placed on the camera with the right adapters. I use the 24-105mm L Lens for my camera.

One thing to be aware of is the Crop factor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crop_factor

This can be adjusted with a Speed Booster” which can be expensive depending on what you need (around $100-$650).

 

Notes:

 

 

Link to Camera Info: www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicpocketcinemacamera

Price: $995

Sample Footage:

 

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Red Giant Made a Short film with the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera:

Red Giant | “Old/New” – Narrated by Patton Oswalt

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IPad Musicians – Creating Music on The IPad
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IPad Musicians – Creating Music on The IPad

by ElvenEleganceJuly 15, 2015
Have you ever wanted to make music but the software and equipment is too expensive?

If you have an IPad, there are many powerful apps that could help you create professional quality music.
Some of the music apps/plugins are a fraction of the price of their desktop versions.

Connecting Music Applications Together

Audiobus is a great app to link many apps together. You can have multiple layers of audio go to multiple inputs in a DAW. You can also run the sound through multiple effects apps.

Inter App Audio (IAA) is the built in system for connecting music apps together. This connectivity includes using apps as an “effect.” I like using Inter App Audio in Auria.

Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Quick Concepts and Ideas

If you have a song idea you want to record, Figure is a quick and good way to get that idea quickly for reference later or for expansion

It is a $1 app but amazing things could be done with it.

It can be used like a toy but also can be used professionally.

 

DAWs – Digital Audio Workstations

My favorite DAWs on the IPad are:

  • Auria
  • Cubasis

Auria by Wave Machine Labs has various plugin extensions including from FabFilter which range around $5 – $60 per plugin with the Fab Filter plugins being the most expensive but extremely useful.

As of writing this post, Auria does not have Midi instruments/sequencers yet but it is in the works in their “Auria Pro“.

Auria Pro

 

Auria fabfilter Example

Cubasis does have midi instrument capabilities but does not have the third party plugins like Auria does.

I like the midi capability of Cubasis and have used it in many of my songs.

Music Creation with Gadget

Gadget by Korg is a very powerful IPad app for making music. It uses midi sequencers and each track is exportable to various audio formats as well as midi.

It a large selection of sounds from various synthesizers and drum kits. They also have a few synthesizers/kits you can purchase which can add over 1,200 sounds depending on which you purchase.

Some of the extra sounds you have to purchase after downloading the separate Korg app like Module or iM1 which are in the form of in-app purchases. Module is the more expensive of the 2 but includes great piano sounds.

If you are to purchase the sounds of one of the synthesizers, iM1 could be a good choice. With the 2 sound packs they have (about $5 each), a few thousand quality sounds.

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