I’m excited to give you guys a preview of some of the music that’s featured in “For Three.” As has been well documented on this blog, one of the most difficult things for me to do was to musicians generous enough to donate a song or two. Luckily, I did have 18 good souls who let me use a song. I’m in no way legally obligated to promote them (aka – that’s not “part of the deal”). They were good to me, though, and in turn, I want to be good to them and hope that if you find something that you’re interested in, you check them out and buy a song, album, t-shirt, or whatever. All of them have quite an online presence, so at the very least, you can shoot them a tweet or Facebook message saying you think it was really cool that they are part of “For Three.”
I spent the better part of the past couple months with one earbud in. Whether it was at work, in the car, at lunch, mowing the lawn, or cleaning the house, I was listening to music. My goal was to find as much good stuff as possible. I especially was looking for music that sounded big. Cinematic. Music that takes you somewhere.
It was a struggle. I heard a lot of very average songs. I found a lot of good songs, too. Probably a couple hundred of songs that fit the criteria (“Hey, that would work for this scene.”) When you are making a fundraiser documentary with a budget of zero dollars, you have to find songs that will work for a scene and sometimes not “the perfect song for this scene.” (Luckily, I did wind up getting a few songs that I feel like are PERFECT with the scene they are in)
I don’t know how I wound up on Emancipator’s webpage. I really wish I did. Like a lot of musician websites, they’ve got a player with music in it. From the moment, it started auto-playing, I thought “…oh, this is good.” A few tracks into my listening experience, I was just hoping and praying Emancipator would be willing to give me one song. And even though I requested one song (and was granted permission for that song), I would have been willing to take about any of about 20 different songs.
If you aren’t familiar with Emancipator, his real name is Douglas Appling and he hails from Portland, Oregon. I’d describe his music as trip hop. If you don’t know what trip hop is, think of kinda mellow music that generally has a lot of samples and a smooth, slick bass sound. The song I use in “For Three” is so good I had to use it throughout two chapters (the first two “scenes” after the intro credit).
Emancipator recently came out with a new album entitled “Remixes.” I actually got a song off the album before it came out (June 21st). If you need music to have around the house, do yourself a favor and pick this up on iTunes or Bandcamp. If you need to be convinced, check out his free downloads section. If you really get the itch and you’re in the area, check him out in concert. He’s playing NY, OH, OR, WA, and CA at some point. You can check out his official website for tour dates, songs, videos, and much more.
Do yourself a favor and check out this 4 minute clip of Emancipator from his tour and then check him out all over the web.
EMANCIPATOR – “Live At The Fox Theatre” 02.24.11
Emancipator is Doug Appling
With Ilya Goldberg on Violin