<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" /> <style type="text/css"> body { font: 12px 'Lucida Grande', Geneva, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; color: #000; } a { color: #000080 ; text-decoration: none ; } a:hover { text-decoration: underline ; } .subtext { font: 10px 'Lucida Grande', Geneva, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; color: #666666 ; } </style> <title>iCompositions Newsletter - March 18, 2007</title> </head> <body> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.icompositions.com"><img src="http://www.icompositions.com/site/newsletter/images/headmar1807.jpg" alt="iCompositions Newsletter" border="0" /></a></div> <br /> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="590" align="center" style="font: 12px 'Lucida Grande', Geneva, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; color: #000;"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="184"> <!--Left--> <b>In this issue:</b> <br /> &bull; 10 Million Plays<br /> &bull; New Free Loops Package<br /> &bull; Importance of Data Security<br /> &bull; "Criminally Overlooked"<br /> <img src="http://www.icompositions.com/newsletter/images/smallline.gif" alt="" width="184" height="25" border="0" /> <b>Last Week's Top 5 Songs</b><br /> <span style="font-size: 11px ;"> 1. <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=58148">On My Mountain</a><br /> 2. <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=58143">A GLIMPSE OF YOUR EYE</a><br /> 3. <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=58173">CHILLWALKER (chilledbeats)</a><br /> 4. <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=58163">MUSICLEFT - Other Eyes</a><br /> 5. <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=58174">113TH SMOKEY DREAM</a><br /> </span> <img src="http://www.icompositions.com/newsletter/images/smallline.gif" alt="" width="184" height="25" border="0" /><br /> <div align="center"> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com"><img src="http://www.icompositions.com/images/affiliate_icon30.jpg" border="0" alt="iCompositions" /></a> <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.macdesktops.net"><img src="http://www.macdesktops.net/images/affiliate_icon30.jpg" border="0" alt="MacDesktops.net" /></a> <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.dashboardwidgets.com"><img src="http://www.dashboardwidgets.com/core/i/affiliate_icon30.jpg" border="0" alt="DashboardWidgets" /></a><br /><br /> <a href="http://www.leopardtracker.com"><img src="http://www.icompositions.com/site/newsletter/images/leopardtracker.jpg" border="0" alt="LeopardTracker" width="140" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /> </div> </td> <td valign="top" width="16">&nbsp;</td> <td bgcolor="#cccccc" valign="top" width="1"></td> <td valign="top" width="16">&nbsp;</td> <td width="370" valign="top"> <!--Right--> <b>10 Million Plays</b><br /> <i>by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/powermac99">powermac99</a></i><br /><br /> <img src="http://www.icompositions.com/newsletter/images/10milstats.jpg" alt="stats" align="right" style="padding: 0px 0px 4px 6px ;" /> Earlier today, someone played a song on iCompositions for the 10 millionth time. That's right. Excluding deleted songs, the current catalogue of music in the iCompositions Music section has received a combined total of 10 million plays. <br /><br /> Upon reaching milestones like this, it's customary for me to thank our community and everyone who's worked so hard to make this site what it is today. However, I want you to know that I'm not doing it because it's customary; I am grateful to each and every member of this community for your dedication, your submissions, and your support. I am especially grateful to the iCompositions team, the moderators, developers, server admins, and administrators, who work so hard to make this site a pleasant place. Thank you all. <br /><br /> Unfortunately, because we don't keep track of individual plays (only each song's play count) we can't pinpoint exactly who had the 10,000,000th or which song they played. So why doesn't every member of the community celebrate as if they were responsible for the milestone. After all, everyone who has ever uploaded a song, left a comment, or just listened is responsible in a way. <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4751">More information &raquo;</a> <img src="http://www.icompositions.com/newsletter/images/medline.gif" alt="" width="385" height="34" border="0" /> <b>New Free Loops Package from BeatHive.com</b><br /> <img src="http://www.icompositions.com/core/images/news/New_Members_Only_Free_Loops_Package.png" alt="beathive" align="right" style="padding-left: 3px ;"/> iCompositions and online loop marketplace <a href="http://www.beathive.com">BeatHive.com</a> have teamed up to present our ninth package of royalty-free Apple Loops available exclusively to iCompositions members. Containing 101 Apple Loops, the BeatHive+iC package spans a variety of instruments and genres. <br /><br /> With the addition of this package, iCompositions' free loop count reaches 1025 in total. We're proud to offer our members the largest selection of royalty-free Apple Loops on the internet. <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/freeloops">Get the loops &raquo;</a> <img src="http://www.icompositions.com/newsletter/images/medline.gif" alt="" width="385" height="34" border="0" /> <b>The Importance of Data Security</b><br /> <i>By <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/mattf">mattf</a></i><br /><br /> <img src="http://www.icompositions.com/core/images/icon-padlock.png" alt="padlock" align="right" />I'm on the move constantly. On any given day, I'm on at least five different networks, three of which are extremely hostile, one that is moderately safe, and one that is relatively safe. My ultimate goal is to keep my data and out of prying eyes and hands. Part of this is a continuation of the backup discussion I started a couple of weeks ago, and I'll introduce a few new concepts from my security strategy. <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/news/article.php?pid=233">Continue reading "The Importance of Data Security" &raquo;</a> <img src="http://www.icompositions.com/newsletter/images/medline.gif" alt="" width="385" height="34" border="0" /> <b>jdwyer05's "Criminally Overlooked" Music Recommendations</b><br /><i>By <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/ciheins">ciheins</a>, special guest contributor</i><br /> <br /> Hey all! Welcome to the new year! This classical shout out is now going to include some new age, because really, I am finding that the lines are blurring. Actually, they are blurring all over the genres and that is very cool. This particular shout out is going to be themed classical collabs in honor of the 3rd birthday of iCompositions. Let me tell you it was work to find classical collabs. This is not the genre most people collaborate on just by the nature of the beast. I went through all the pages and I think I pulled just about all of them out. There were some in there that I thought were more of another genre, so I won't mention them here, but I am certain that they will be mentioned eventually because they were really good songs. One kept me laughing for days.<br /> <br /> Let me start out with a classic. <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/iam0pen"><b>Iam0pen </b></a> started to write an opera with the theme of mental disorders. His first one is done with <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/Illuminator"><b>Illuminator</b></a> and the piece is called <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=41170"><b>"Non Ho Intenzione"</b></a>, which means it's not my intention. It is very cool. It was written about someone with multiple personalities disorder. The music is well arranged and the singing, of course, is wonderful. The lyrics are very haunting.<br /> <br /> Another song that <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/Illuminator"><b>Illuminator</b></a> does with <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/Eldalyn"><b>Eldalyn</b></a> collab is <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=43117"><b>"Phantom Of The Opera"</b></a>. It is based on the music from the Weber show <i> Phantom of the Opera </i>.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=44865"><b>"Orchestra And My Guitar"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/colalucaenzo"><b>colalucaenzo</b></a> started off this 3 part collab.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=45184"><b>"Orchestra e Chitarra"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/seles58"><b>seles58</b></a> and <b>colalucaenzo</b> is the second movement. It is not very much like the first movement and has a very classic feel to it. It then adds electric guitar which is a bit unexpected but nice.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=46417"><b>"EMC Orchestra"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/ramzar51"> <b>ramzar51</b></a> and <b>colalucaenzo</b> is the final movement of this unique concerto. Is a very haunting 3 movement concerto utilizing unusual solo instruments for orchestra. That being a saxaphone.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/ziurerdna"><b>Ziurerdna</b></a> has written some very beautiful classical work which has inspired others to collab with him on those themes. The first one is <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=55288"><b>"Piano Project"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/jjbonney"><b>jjbonney</b></a> and <b>ziurerdna</b>. Ziurendna wrote the piano part and jjbonney added the rest. It is very relaxing and restful. I highly recommend it for a stressed out day.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=55312"><b>"Redemption"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=55312"><b>georgeptingley</b></a> and <b>ziurerdna</b>. The 2 songs may sound similar, but the orchestration is different.<br /> <br /> There are many, many, many, more of these done, but after a couple, they start to sound repetitive. Other artist did use other genres so they aren't necessarily in this section, but still worth a listen.<br /> <br /> Another song that was used a lot by other artists is an example of that is from by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/MasonOller"><b>MasonOller</b></a> and <b>ziurerdna</b>. <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=50346"><b>"For Anyone"</b></a> This piece is very minimalistic and modern but there is a beauty in the orchestration that overrides what most people consider modern. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=48520"><b>"Harp chords"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/DaedraLarsa"><b>DaedraLarsa</b></a> and <b>ziurerdna</b> is a really cool piece. The orchestration takes this harp piece to a soaring height.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=50368"><b>"In the Hands of Dante"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/Mikee"><b>Mikee</b></a> and <b>ziurerdna</b>. This particular song is very slow, errie and modern. It is fairly lengthy, but worth the listen. The original was all piano by Ziurerdna. They say great minds think alike. If you want to hear the originals check out ziurerdna's page.<br /> <br /> Another icomper with a lot of collabs is <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/Mystified"><b>Mystified</b></a>. We are going to start with <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=51156"><b>"Holy Child, Blessed One"</b></a> by <b>Mystified</b>, <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/NoelProject"><b>NoelProject</b></a> and <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/atwood1956"><b>atwood1956</b></a>. As usual, Mystified's voice is a very clear and beautiful soprano. The orchestration is traditional and very pretty. This is not the only one they did together but one of 3. The other two are <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=29440"><b>"A New Unknown"</b></a> and <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=37867"><b>"Alone God Sufficeth"</b></a>. <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=29440"><b>"A New Unknown"</b></a> only on parts 1 and 4 can you hear Mystified. The orchestration is beautifully done on this piece and is well worth hearing all four parts (that is why I included the complete version here instead of only the collab parts). Each part is very different in feel from the other. It does run 17 minutes so make sure that you are prepared for the aural journey. <br /> <br /> In <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=37867"><b>"Alone God Sufficeth"</b></a> it is only voice and guitar and it is very lovely. It was based on a quote from St. Theresa.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=33838"><b>"Balok's 'Pathos' (remix)"</b></a> by Mystified and <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/Balok"><b>Balok</b></a> The original was written by Balok and Mystified added the clarinet and a few others (read the page). It is beautifully worked and is very tranquil. Another song by these two is <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=31806"><b>"Lost Moments, Mystified"</b></a>. This one has Mystified doing her usual vocalization along with a lovely instrumentation done by Balok.<br /> <br /> Our next song is written by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/monoCream"><b>monoCream</b></a> and performed by <b>monoCream</b>, <b>mystified</b> and <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/bibanova"><b> Bibanova</b></a>. It is called <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=49908"><b>"Dungeons in the Secret Castle II"</b></a>. If you haven't heard this one it is another really haunting piece with Mystified doing vocals, monoCream writing out the bulk of the piece with some vocal additions recorded by Bibanova. It really calls up a nice story.<br /> <br /> Balok has also done many a classical collab. Ironically, most of them with Mystified but here is one that he did with <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/jolofsson"><b>Jolofsson</b></a>. <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=29166"><b>"M I R A C L E (Balok remix)"</b></a>. It is a very moving piece with nice changes to give you a better feel of the piece.<br /> <br /> One Balok did with another big collaborator, <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/DavidBowles"><b>DavidBowles</b></a>. Is <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=41714"><b>"Of Horses and Windmills"</b></a>. It is based on the story of <i> Don Quixote </i>. You should listen for all the Spanish feeling in this music. It is wonderfully periodic and stereotypical but that is what I love about it. You can see Don Quixote tilting at the Windmills.<br /> <br /> DavidBowles did one also with <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/becwil"><b>Becwil</b></a> called <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=43655"><b>"Collaboration-Eldritch Bacchanal"</b></a>. It's a very interesting piece based on ummm.. can I say that on this site? Ha ha.. just read the page and it explains everything. It's a very cool song and is has a middle Eastern flavor. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=46440"><b>"Garden of Peace"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/Tobz"><b>Tobz</b></a> and <b>willim33</b> is very relaxing. Both of these artists are about <i>13</i> when they wrote it. For their age it is surprisingly sophisticated.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=16853"><b>"Desired Constellation - ORCHESTRAL REMIX"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/eurostrike"><b>eurostrike</b></a> and <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/kellynicolemoran"><b>kellynicolemoran</b></a>. This is a very sweet song. The orchestration is very straight forward and supports the singer.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=49503"><b>"Longing for Edo"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/Can"><b>Can</b></a> and <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/jamo"><b>jamo</b></a>. I really enjoyed the violinist on this one and it wasn't me! It sounded so nice to hear the live violin and with such a wonderful melody supported by a nice but not overbearing accompianment.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=55196"><b>"Lunes Lluvioso (Ultra Edition)"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/surak777"><b>surak777</b></a> and <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/PlusUltra"><b>PlusUltra</b></a> is not what you expect from either of them. To tell you the truth, I wasn't expecting to ever see surak's name in my column because he usually does a different genre, but as always, it's a great piece.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=39078"><b>"Epitaph of the Unseen Man (Jayman Mix)"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/rEach"><b>rEach</b></a> and <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/jayman"><b>jayman</b></a>. This song starts out fairly peacefully with a hint of the military to it. It is a sad story and I beg you to read it while listening to the piece. It is very fitting.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=27721"><b>"Regret 4 A. ('93)"</b></a> by <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/MayBeHorizon"><b>MayBeHorizon</b></a> and <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/artists/ORANGEAUDIO"><b> ORANGEAUDIO</b></a> These two I also would not have expected to see in my column because of the genre's they normally work in but they did really good work on this piece. The piano in it and the string work is wonderfully done.<br /> <br /> And of course you can't talk classical collabs with out mentioning the 2 cadavres. <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=39816"> <b>"Orchestral Cadavre"</b></a>. And <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=57915"><b>"OC2"</b></a>. There are many artists on these two songs. Unfortunately Orchestra Cadavre 2 was accidentally deleted and has now been reposted as OC2. I especially don't have all the artists for OC2 because of the lack of information left, but at least we have the song! <br /> <br /> I hope you have enjoyed listening as I have in searching them out. I hope this wasn't too boring but the collabs are really neat to see in a genre that has very few. The next classical <b>Criminally Overlooked</b> will be more of the traditional soloists, so see you next time!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.icompositions.com/news/criminallyoverlooked">More "Criminally Overlooked" &raquo;</a> </td> </tr> </table> <div align="center"><img src="http://www.icompositions.com/newsletter/images/bigline.gif" alt="" border="0" /></div> <div align="center"><a href="http://www.mugnetwork.com"><img src="http://www.icompositions.com/newsletter/images/mugnetwork.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a></div> <div align="center" class="subtext"> &copy; 2007, <a href="http://www.mugnetwork.com">MUGnetwork</a> and <a href="http://www.icompositions.com">iCompositions</a>. 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