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happypuppyrecords on 10/01/2017 at 01:31AM
Clearly I'm still having a mental block when it comes to writing up blog entries when there's something new.. because there's been a whole bunch of stuff since January and I haven't posted here about any of it.
Suffice to say, you should just click the link to the Happy Puppy catalog page and browse for yourself. But I will tell you about something I've just uploaded, leaked one day early on the FMA!
For those not in Vancouver, hopefully you will still enjoy this project, but if you ARE in Vancouver, I think you'll get a kick out of it.
This whole thing started because I was Inspired by the Canadian group Wild Strawberries' GO Project. They wrote a song for each stop on the GO train line in Toronto. Wild Strawberries are one of my fave bands, you should check them out.
Anyway, my project "Canada Line: A Musical Suite in Real Time" is a non-stop collection of songs - named after each of the stations in the first zone of the Canada Line route.
Where the Wild Strawberries project names a song after each station on the GO line, this album goes one step further.
Not only is each track named after the first nine stops on the Canada Line, it's also combined with a field recording of the skytrain, beginning of the Canada Line including station announcements, starting at Waterfront Station and ending at Bridgeport
Each track/station seamlessly segues from one station stop to the next, and also plays in real time, with each song running the actual length of travel time between the stations.
It's available in two formats.. one where the whole album plays in one continous track (recommended!) and then each song is isolated separately, in case you want to use it in a podcast or whatever, without the skytrain field recording.
AND I should also point out that this album is not endorsed or funded by Translink in any way.
Have you got your Compass Card ready?
happypuppyrecords on 01/13/2017 at 05:35PM
Hey there! Lee Rosevere here.. thanks for reading this - the first official post as Happy Puppy has moved our homebase to the FMA. And I got something new..
It never ceases to amaze me how giving away my music for free has come back to me in many ways - videos, podcasts, short films.. it's led to some amazing opportunities for me. Most recently, young adult author Kevin Sylvester used some of my music as a soundtrack while he was writing his most recent book MiNRS2.
This blew me away - I read the books, and really enjoyed them - so much that I challenged myself to write music to make sort of an 'unofficial' soundtrack or score to the books.
The whole process took 5 days: 2 to read the books, and 3 to compose all the music. Full album is here - you don't have to be familiar with the books to enjoy it (I hope), but it certainly helps.
happypuppyrecords on 01/02/2017 at 03:44AM
Hey! Happy new year to you, thanks for reading this.
So.. there's some changes coming to this 'lil blog here.. I know, I don't update it much and I'm not sure how many people actually read it. But I'm hoping this will change, because coming soon.. the Happy Puppy Records website is going down and I need a new home for it.
My current internet provider was giving me free (although extremely limited ) webspace with my account, and they've decided to turn that feature off. This leaves me with a few options, which I have been thinking about for a couple of weeks.
I've decided that this here page on the FMA will be the new home for HPR.
The reasons are numerous, but let's just say that things have changed on the internet since I first uploaded the hand-written (and extremely basic) code for the HPR site. The idea of having your own 'website' is a bit of an out-dated thing. Yes, there are places like wix.com, but all of those have a fixed template that make your site look like everyone elses. I'm not sure the level of control they give you.. like, can you just upload a hand-written html page and publish it? I doubt it. Can't do that on tumblr or blogspot, which are huge disavantages to me.
However, if we're being completely honest here, the idea of writing code by hand, uploading the files, writing the blurb, editing the catalog page, updating the news page, and then posting about it became extremely tedious. I lost the desire to maintain the page and therefore updates were sporatic and unfocused. I was perfectly happy just uploading the latest release to FMA or Bandcamp and being done with it after that.
That's the main reason I've decided to make this FMA page the new home for HPR. Minimal maintenance, automatic catalog updates, built-in announcements on the front page, etc. I hate the idea of giving up something that is 'my own' - but I have to acknowledge for whatever reason, I didn't want to maintain a site anymore. I still love making music, just not the coding part of it.
So, very soon the happypuppyrecords.ca URL will point to here, and the old site will be no more. And that's ok. Most people have found my music from FMA anyway, so I won't lose anything.
Thanks for reading - I have a bunch of old HPR albums that were never posted on FMA, so I better get cracking. See you in 2017!
happypuppyrecords on 06/19/2015 at 12:05PM
Music For Podcasts is a new album from Lee Rosevere that is.. well, just that!
Need a song for the beginning of a serious, yet whismical story? Try "Let's Start At the Beginning" (like NPR's Planet Money just did!)
How about a moment of dark reflection? There's "Looking Back".
Going all 80s and a need something Jane Fonda would work out to? "Max Flashback" is ready.
Or an emotional ending to your inspiring and moving story? "Going Home" might work.
And to make things easier with podcasts that have sponsors, all songs are licensed as BY.
happypuppyrecords on 12/27/2013 at 05:18PM
So this is the first year that I've actually kept track of which were my favourite netlabel and Creative Commons releases of 2013 (other than the ones released by Happy Puppy, that is) and also added them to the Free Music Archive.
All of these got played a lot, and were mostly discovered while putting togethet the CCmixtapes series earlier this year.
happypuppyrecords on 10/09/2013 at 01:56PM
Uncle Neptune's old timey ditties have been affectionaly described as a cross between Kermit the Frog and Tiny Tim. After a long 7 year absence from the web, Happy Puppy Records is re-issuing the first Uncle Neptune album with the permission of the Uncle Neptune estate, with further albums in the catalog to come.
After releasing his first album in 2001, Uncle Neptune received some notable national attention thanks to Richardson's Roundup on CBC Radio One. Then in 2005 the world found out about the wonderful music thanks to a mention on the popular site Boing Boing.
Uncle Neptune retired from the internet in 2006, never to be heard from since. We thought this was a terrible shame that nearly a generation of internet users never got to hear any of his delightful and timeless songs (save for one track appearing on a Kazoomzoom compilation).
But recently Lee Rosevere at Happy Puppy tracked down sources close to Uncle Neptune (thanks Billyblob!) and we are preparing to release as much as Neptune's music as possible, beginning with his debut album.
Please enjoy this music and share it with your friends, and if you do, it would make the world a better place if you would visit Jamie Ward's bandcamp page and support him and his current projects, and it would make Uncle Neptune very happy.
happypuppyrecords on 09/20/2013 at 03:00PM
Manos: The Remix of Fate is still seeking submissions for their October compilation! Recently, Benjamin Solovey found a pristine work-print of the infamous bad film and has restored it for upcoming release on Blu-Ray and DVD. He also put up the soundtrack for free (pay what you wish) download on Bandcamp and the Free Music Archive under a BY-NC-SA license, which includes music cues and dialogue.
Happy Puppy Records would like to celebrate this release by asking the Creative Commons music community to download the soundtrack and remix it! Any genre, any style... just no explicit adult material please. By submitting, you agree to license your track under the same BY-NC-SA license. If you include outside samples in your remix, please ensure they are of a similar sharable license.
Send your remix via dropbox, wetransfer, soundcloud or email if it's less than 25 mbs. 320 Mp3s or FLACs only. Deadline for entries is October 1, 2013 so we can have it ready for Halloween, which will please the Master!