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Thursday, October 30, 2008

New email address for Bjorn Lynne

After using the address bjorn@lynnemusic.com for about 8-10 years, and having the address posted publicly on the web site for most of that time, this address now receives as much as 2,000+ spams each day. Even with pretty hard spam filtering, some of it is coming through to my email inbox and is quite an annoyance... so, it's with a heavy heart that I have to let go of this email address.

My NEW email address is:

I'm trying to thwart the spammers a bit by posting it like this, instead of in plain text.

Asian-pacific domains -- scam or genuine?

Today I received a rather interesting email from a Chinese domain name registration company. The company wrote to me and claimed that "(company x)" had applied to register the Asian-pacific versions of the domain names to which I own the .com domain.

Specifically, I own shockwave-sound.com and the claim was that (company x) had applied to register the domains shockwave-sound.cn, .com.cn, .asia., .hk.cn and .tw.cn. Additionally, they said, (company x) had also applied to register the "internet brand name" shockwave-sound.

The email went on to say that, as the owner of shockwave-sound.com, I had the right to "dispute" the attempted registrations by quickly registering these Asian-pacific domains myself. I could do this through this company, and that would effectively put a stop to (company x) being able to register these domains.

I answered back that I was obviously interested in protecting the Asian-pacific versions of my domain name and also this "internet brand name" which, I have to admit, I've never heard of before.

The Chinese domain registration company then sent me a registration form in which they are inviting me to register shockwave-sound.cn, .com.cn, .asia, .hk.cn, .tw.cn for $30 for 1 year, and also to register my "internet brand name" shockwave-sound, for $100 per 1 year. They are saying that I can fill in the form and register the domain names with them within 5 days, to ensure that (company x) does not take these domains and take the "internet brand name" shockwave-sound.

The way I see it, there are two possibilities: (1) This is a genuinely helpul company who want to help international domain owners make sure that their brands/domains are not registered to some dubious/competitive company who wants to "take" their domain names and their "internet brand name", OR, (2) this is a very sneaky ploy by a Domain Registration company to sell me .cn, .hk etc. domains, perhaps at a overblown price, that they they would not normally be able to sell to me because, well I just wouldn't normally be interested.

Does anyone have any comments or suggestions?

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Help me sell my music and make a few bucks doing it


As many of you will know, my music work in the last few years have been more and more aimed towards selling music tracks for commercial use, not so much for personal-listening use. Like most other musicians, I started noticing around the year 2000 that it was getting more and more difficult to sell CDs to “consumers” (i.e. to individual people who buy the music just to listen to it), so I started to venture into the world of “music for professional use” (i.e. selling it to people and companies who want to use the music in a media project).

I’ve had some success with this over the years and I now have a music catalogue consisting of about 3,000 music tracks – that includes my own compositions as well as tracks by other musicians that I work with. These are sold through my site www.Shockwave-Sound.com and for the 8 ½ years that this site has been online now, it has enjoyed a steady increase in traffic and sales.

Anyway, to my point. I would like to invite you to help me to promote this web site, and in the process, make a 10% commission on any sales that you generate. The system is simple, like other Affiliate programs. You make a link from your website (or from your Blog or even from your Facebook page etc.) using a unique link code that I give you. If somebody clicks on that link, my site knows that the user came from your link. If this person ends up making a purchase, you will be paid 10% of the purchase sum. Even if the user doesn’t place an order right away, but comes back to my site any time within 7 days, you will make the 10%.

So…. If you are interested in helping me to sell my music to commercial users more often, and make a 10% earning while doing it, then please respond to this email and let me know. I will make a unique link for you to put on your web site.

Please email me at the following address for your unique web link. (I'm sorry I have to hide the address in a graphic like this, but it's necessary, to thwart the spammers' web bots)...:

New music track: "Let's Go" in MIDI & MP3

Hi folks,

I just wanted to send a little note to say that I’ve posted a new General MIDI track on my web site. The track is called “Let’s Go” and I guess you could say it’s kind of “game music pop”. :)

General MIDI isn’t exactly “cutting edge” technology any more, but there’s a surprising number of people still listening to and enjoying MIDI tracks. These days, mostly when I add a new General MIDI music track, it’s because I’ve already composed the tracks using “real” instruments and it’s then a reasonably quick job for me to make a General MIDI version of the same composition. So anyway, you can hear the new MIDI track now, it’s called “Let’s Go” and can be heard at my MIDI Music page.

Should you wish to hear the same track in it’s original form with guitar etc., you can hear it at http://www.myspace.com/bjornlynne (it’s one of the tracks featured in the music player on that page).

It's nothing big or groundbreaking, but I hope you'll enjoy it. :-)

- Bjorn

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

An article about YouTube Safe Music

I wrote an article for Shockwave-Sound.com about how to properly credit music use in YouTube videos and how this relates to performance royalties. Should you be interested in reading it, head on over to this page at Shockwave-Sound.com.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Letter from Era Scarecrow regarding "Dissolve" and "d" tracks on the Divinorum: Talisman CD

Talisman Track 11 - 'd'. Is that only suppose to have about 1 minute (out of 3+) of music and the remainder sounds rather blank... i noticed when i ripped it, that it's a 3 minute song but only took up a tiny amount of space, and i can't hear anything on it. hmm...

- Ryan, aka Era Scarecrow



Hi Ryan,

It's done like that on purpose. I wanted to give the album a long, fluttering, gradually dissolving end, as if dissolving into fragments floating off into space. Really, those two tracks were first done as a single one track called "Dissolved". I then decided to put a track marker about 2/3rds into the track, just where the track started to get really "dissolved" or "disappearing" if you will. So I divided "Dissolved" into two tracks: "Dissolve" and "d" in an attempt to be a little bit clever. :-)

- Bjorn