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kiemzi on 02/11/2013 at 10:30AM

Where the Music Goes: Multimedia Artist Jared C. Balogh

Jared C. Balogh's latest album, "For the Risk of Everything"

In setting out to discover how the music on the Free Music Archive gets put to use, a good place to start seemed to be with Jared C. Balogh. Since he started sharing his music for free online in the mid-aughts, he’s seen it applied in any way you could imagine -- from student films to promotions for a public television series. it can be a challenge to find time to make music and corresponding with people from around the world interested in using his music in their projects, and then keeping track of how it’s used.

When you hear the depth and range of his genre-spanning catalog, it’s no wonder that so many other artists hear things that resonate with their own work. While Jared’s been recording since the 90’s, he started his own label, Altered State Reflections, in 2006 and used it to launch his Trans Atlantic Rage project. He began recording under his own name in 2010, which he discussed with us about a year ago on the blog.

For our new Music for Video interview series, he took some time out to chat with us again, this time about how it feels to see your work used everyplace from motion pictures to podcasts.

What’s it like to have people constantly sharing how they’ve used your music with you? What are those e-mails like to get?

At times it is overwhelming, but I find ways to manage it. More than half of my time now is devoted to answering e-mails, IM sessions, updating websites, posting on social networks etc.... with all the usages of my music. I guess you can say it is a good problem to have. My time for writing music is dramatically cut in half. It is more than a full time job (7 days a week) several hours a day. I want to post everything on my website because I am honored and grateful that all of these people spend all this time creating something with the music I create. I watch all videos, films, documentaries, listen to all podcast, radio, newscast etc.... Then I leave a comments. I don't want to come off as being ungrateful. No ways do I want it to stop. I am enjoying every minute of it. It is fun and exciting!

Your work has been featured in 200+ videos, films and documentaries. Have some of the applications of your work surprised you?

Yes, that is correct. 200+ videos and counting. That also includes my audio projects Trans Atlantic Rage and Trans Atlantic Rage/Balogh. There have also been a couple of short films and independent movies where my music was used, such as, "Chris Wilders-Muerte en la Restaurante XING" (scene from short film) with music by Jared C. Balogh and the independent movie, "Time Expired" featuring music by Trans Atlantic Rage and Cabrini Green, which is really cool. Video/film/documentaries are not the only applications used but mixes, podcast, radio, news radio, art galleries, artist features, media projects, social projects, audio books, performing arts, tv advertisements, education, webzine, magazines, blogs, book promotions, political campaigns (I declined on that one). It is pretty crazy when I think about. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that so many people would be interested in the music I write.

For the most part, I am satisfied in the way people have used my music. I think that everybody interprets music and life in different ways. I really can't control what they create with it. I never had an exclusive theme or idea on how my music would be used or interpreted. I always write music in an open interpretation and with a universal style, seldom in a direct tone. I always write in the moment of what was being channeled through me at the time.

Will you show us your favorites?

There have been a lot of amazing applications but here are some links of some my favorite videos/film/podcasts/radio/etc.

The Lamp That Comes To Life (Video) (825K views!)
Peter Krawagna-Ein Kunstlerportrait (Video)
Lewis Carrol's- Jabberwocky (Video)
Trivia (Video)
Made Of Play- Board Games and Modern Industry (Documentary)
Brandon Ray-Demo Reel 2012 (Video)
Kercheval Family-Homecoming (Mini Documentary)
Poetry In Motion (Mini Documentary)
Do You See Me? (Music Video)
Escape Landing: 60 Moon @ Voodoo Rocks (Video)
Toy Rocket (Video)
Sunrise (Video)
Better Of Dead (Prelinger Video)
Personal Differences (Video)
Smile (Mini Documentary)
Programme 006- Plant Consciousness and Communication (Mix)
Onda66 (Podcast/Mix)
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal 1/12/2012 (Radio)
Busy Doing Nothing With Charlie 4/19/2012 (Radio)
Macht Dose (Podcast/Mix)
Radio Euterpe (Radio)

I particulary thought the student film "Metatase" was super cool even though I don’t speak Spanish. In fact, a lot of your work is is used for educational purposes, student films and documentaries. Do you feel there is a quality to your work that lends itself to such uses?

That is interesting you chose the "Metatase" video because, the video artist contacted me awhile back via e-mail saying they were going to use my one song for their school video project. I left their e-mail in my e-mail queue. Several months passed and they never contacted me with any updates. So I e-mailed the artist to see if they made the video. They wrote back to say that they did indeed make the video and I think the artist said they didn't send it to me because they didn't think it was good or complete. The artist then sent me the video. I watched it and I liked it. You can see all the time, effort and thought that they put into the video (stop action). It seems most artists are the most critical of their work.


Have these correspondences ever led to further collaborations?
Yes, they have led to more musical collaborations, as well as with video, film and documentary makers, radio shows and podcasts. I am hoping in the near future it will lead to the music I write to be played live. I have hundreds of compositions on sheet music waiting to be played live. I am working on those connections and if anybody that is reading this that is interested or know anybody please contact me.

What do you get out of working with lots of different people?
Over the last few years, I have received a worldly education you can say. You have to be a good psychologist and understand different cultures. I remember there was a time where I was on Facebook and I had three I.M.'s going on from different parts of the world. I had my online language translator working hard (lol). I have probably worked with somebody in every country in Europe to a few countries in South America, Canada, Middle East and now Far East and many in the U.S.A. It is amazing how many people throughout the world know English, their native language and other languages. Most Americans only speak English. The funny thing is most international people apologize to me because their English is not very good. I tell them that is ridiculous and that their English is better than most Americans. Being an American composer and musician, I am truly amazed on how dynamic most international artists and musicians are with language, world culture and music.

Along the lines of working collaboratively, what brought you to use a Non-Commercial ShareAlike License for your work?
I think we found each other.

What artists on the FMA have you been enjoying lately? Want to make us a mix?
Wow, this list is going to be long. Yes, I would love to make a mix. To name some but not all, the artist/bands I have been enjoying lately are: Lezet, Lee Rosevere, Pollux, Building and Mountains, Dead Doves, Blake Fleming, Pablo Ribot, Undress Beton, Brown Wing Overdrive, The Melvins, Balboa, Lame Drivers, C-Doc, Zoo, Mi-Gu, Divorce Money, Melting Clouds, Murmurists, Ergo Phizmiz, Mudhoney, Listen With Sarah, A-1 Mr. Son, The Album- Adiffuser: En Attendant Noel, Surrism-Phonoethics "Source The Peak" compilations, Classwar Karaoke "Survey" compilations and "Porn Music For The Masses" compilations.

OK, last question. Do my job for me and write yourself a question and answer it.
What are my other interests other than music that I have? Painting, sculpting, photoshop, hiking, mountain biking, playing with my dog "Isis", playing basketball, watching the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers, Ultimate Fighting Championship and programming on Netflix.


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This is part of a Music for Video series where we track down all the distant shores on which the FMA's messages in bottles wash up. Join the conversation in the comments section below.

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