Brandon Strader

Composer and Studio Services

New Arrangement ‘Timeless Calamity’ from Chrono Cross!

Hey! Sorry, no new music to share right now, although I do have a couple of songs very near completion that I am hoping to finish soon. This arrangement of Time’s Scar is actually from July, and I forgot to share it here.

Just a quick update to say I haven’t totally disappeared. I’m just looking for a new job right now, and there’s a little bit of uncertainty and anxiety involved with that whole process. Right now, finding a decent and dependable job is my top priority, and sadly music is secondary right now. Hopefully not for too long. On another note, I’ll be turning 29 in two days. Unbelievable, I don’t know what to think of basically being 30. Anywho, I hope to provide more uplifting news in the future, and maybe share a song or two, but nothing new right now. Keep being awesome!


Follow-up Statement on OCR, Projects, etc

Hi. You may have seen my previous blog post on this site about stuff that happened on OC ReMix. In that post among other things, I said that I wanted all of my songs to remain up on OCR and proceed with the projects on the site. I have the utmost of gratitude for the artists and appreciate them deeply, and as well I appreciate the site staff for the hard work they put into keeping the site running and the project team with the assist who keeps that working. The problem is that I did a bad job of showing that appreciation, or more accurately tossed it back in their faces outright with assumptions of bad faith.

The truth is that I was really hurt by how the change was made without notification, probably more than I should have been, as this echoed events that were taking place in real life although much less serious. But in short, I overreacted to the monetization of the YouTube videos. I made some claims (such as the staff probably being paid) that I had no evidence of, and that was wrong. Other bad faith assumptions about various nefariousness were also wrong, and that was cleared up with communication.

The problem is that the heated debate got too personal. In the end I was making assumptions that were hurtful, and in return I was feeling hurt by statements or assumptions towards me. The ironic thing is that after seeing OCR’s future plans and how they are going to work towards them, I am fine with it — and it would have been great to continue working with the community. However I have been banned. The Final Fantasy 8 project (not sure if I ever announced it here) will be taken over by djpretzel, JJT, and zircon. While I love FF8 and would have seen it through, I can’t see as far ahead as 2019. I should have stuck to smaller projects that could be finished sooner. ToN is taking over Hometown Heroes and I’m quite glad about that too, he’ll do a great job. I would have loved to cover I am Setsuna for that album.

That brings us to the Final Fantasy 3 album which is really important and special to me, and a lot of other artists. The simple fact is that I don’t know what to do. Of course it has to be finished, and I want very much to finish it, and finish my songs for it too.

There’s a secret album that is 90% done which we had our hearts set on releasing at OCR… I may have messed that up.

While my stance about the secrecy of the monetization hasn’t changed, it was wrong to ever get into ad hominem territory. This never should have been a personal issue, and quite frankly I should have realized that sooner than a couple days ago. I gotta put my bruised ego and hurt feelings aside and hope that things will improve in the future or that at some point we could find peace with the situation. I don’t think either side really intended to hurt the other as much as what took place.

Still hoping and the meantime.. sleep, work, sleep, work on repeat.
God bless and thanks for reading.

New Arrangement ‘Cynic’s Mind’ from Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late!

Welp, I just used the last of my energy writing the game’s title again… am I kidding? Not even! It’s been an insane few weeks. Work has been absolutely awful, and I haven’t had any time off except to sleep and a few personal hours that vanished like tears in rain. But never you fear, for there is a new fan arrangement afoot!

This is from.. ok, nevermind. You see the title up there! That’s what it is from. It’s an arrangement of the Erudite Eyes theme. The style is similar, but less electronic and more rock. It’s weird, I can do electronic music, and I can do hard rock and metal, but if I try to combine them it always ends up being more of one than the other. In this case, it’s more guitar riffs and chuggs. I-I’ll try to g-get better. ;_;

Anywho, hope you like it. Pretty short notes this time, but there’s really not much to say. The song was quite tricky for some of the guitar parts. It’s faster and heavier than the other stuff I’ve been playing with lately. I think you may get a taste of different musical directions in the future. Until next time, take care! L’uomo mangia il gatto!

Statement Concerning OverClocked ReMix

Follow-up Statement:

This post is remaining public for the sake of transparency / historic record, but may be made private at a later date.

“They can come back, but they have to do so legally.” ~Donald J. Trump

Most of you probably don’t know that recently, OC ReMix attempted to monetize videos to get revenue on YouTube. They started doing this on June 14th, 2016 but recently were forced by public response to take it off until such a time that their ducks are in a row. The monetization had been active for 2 months without any of the artists being informed or asked permission, and none of the remixes were legally licensed so that revenue made would be shared with the publisher or rights holders of the music.

There were a lot of issues with this taking place, bocrprofitgate1ut the most glaring issue is that they did this without asking or informing anyone. They did it in a really shady manner, and tried to justify having done it by saying “nobody noticed for 2 months”. When confronted with this betrayal and questions of legality and ethics, some staff shared their opinions, while others — such as site owner djpretzel / David W. Lloyd — became very defensive, and ultimately brushed concerns aside. At the end of the short discussion, I was blamed for “misrepresenting” the situation, or making OCR “toxic” by airing my concerns, speculation, and grievances.

My biggest problem from the start was that they had gone behind our backs — we, the artists, who essentially provide all of the content for OCR — and did this without asking and without permission. Then, when confronted about it, they justified generating revenue on this platform outside of OCR (YouTube) by saying it’s “the same as advertisements on the OCR website.” I personally don’t see it that way. YouTube is a free service, and “remixes” need to be legally licensed so that the rights holders get their fair share of the revenue. If the YouTube aspect had been in the agreement to begin with, or if we had simply been asked if it was alright, this probably wouldn’t have been such a big deal. Site owner djpretzel / David W. Lloyd has stated that the Content Policy will rightfully be updated to reflect changing technologies, as the original policy had been written in 2007.


The second thing that bothered me about the situation is that rather than apologize, and simply state that they’re going to try to work harder to appear ethical and work more diligently to adhere to legality as much as possible, I was demonized and scapegoated by site owner djpretzel / David W. Lloyd. I was, more or less, accused of “poisoning the well” as he brushed aside the negative concerns surrounding the situation. I have often, for multiple years, been critical of OC ReMix’s lack of accountability and transparency. Going forward, I will probably also be critical of their lack of trust and good will. As someone who provides content for the website, and essentially a customer (if you would consider OCR to be a company), I am in no position to be scapegoated any more than any other customer would be for asking questions.  That’s unprofessional, and demonizing me over the situation is embarrassing and shows a lack of character, something that has been coming more to the forefront with how OCR conducts its business.


As a result of this whole disrespectful display, and waste of my time, I am ready to remove all of my personal content that I produced alone from OC ReMix. However, I decided to do what OCR was not capable of and leave this decision up to the fans. Only 8 people voted in the poll I pinned on Twitter, sadly, which is hardly a sample size worthy of note. But in an age where people don’t really care that much to begin with, this is probably the best I can do outside of running the poll for a month and publicizing the situation in other ways. So in brief: I’m not going to request my content removed from OC ReMix.  However, as a result of this petty, inept nonsense, I am going to be seeking other avenues to release and promote my own content — legally, and in a manner that I can’t be exploited in some way. This may mean many less submissions to OCR, and more legally licensed, high quality projects released through Loudr, available on iTunes and Spotify, in addition to original music released through similar platforms.

(ed: I forgot to mention YouTube. I will still put all my new mixes on YouTube unless they’re made for a project.)

I have no intention to end any of my current projects. The only difference you might see is less fresh content going towards OC ReMix from me personally, yet the projects that are currently active (FF3, FF8, others) should ultimately not be affected. I can only hope that the revenue generated by upcoming projects allows the staff to look past their grudges, as the artists involved deserve to have their content heard if they agree to release their content through OC Remix.

“Leaving it up to the fans is the best possible course of action, in my opinion. I will leave my content available on OC ReMix for those who wish to still see it and enjoy it on that platform. I may not be happy, but if my music brings joys to others, I’ll live with it.”

Thank you for reading,
Brandon E. Strader

New Arrangement ‘Save Chloe’ from Life is Strange!

Hey! Here’s a new fan arrangement from Life is Strange covering Golden Hour and Blackwell Academy by the amazing Jonathan Morali. You might notice my change of language here — I find it more accurate and more fitting going forward into the future. At some point, I will differentiate works by being fan arrangements from games, covers of existing band songs, and hopefully original stuff. I still need to change things to match graphically,  and can’t retroactively change some things, but this is how it’ll be! I have so many plans I need to catch up on but believe me, it’ll happen!

Life is Strange is one of the most important games I’ve ever played, and it has an amazing soundtrack of both original compositions by Jonathan Morali and a nice licensed soundtrack as well, which both go hand in hand to present an amazing indie music atmosphere. Although my remix pales in comparison to the original, I think it is one of my most successful mixes in terms of accomplishing what I set out to do from beginning to end.

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