Brandon Strader

Composer and Studio Services

Category: Conspiracy

General category to cover most of badbear’s posts

Statement Concerning OverClocked ReMix

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.

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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.

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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

Did I start a Kickstarter?

Uhm… yes. Yes I did!

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It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a very long time. The actual process to get verified by Amazon and Kickstarter was a huge headache. It took weeks and weeks. Then I let the accounts sit for months and months. The plan was to make a Kickstarter for my new album, UnCaged. Things happened, I started having less and less time to make that album, and eventually it was just a memory.S'more

Now I am here with a Kickstarter for… making ‘smores? Wait, that can’t be right — can it?

Well, yes… it started as a joke after seeing the success of Potato Salad — and common feelings that Kickstarter has “jumped the shark” like so many things do these days — but quickly evolved into something more. When this
project is done, all of the backers will receive a free copy of my next EP — at least I think it’ll be a little EP, maybe half an hour or so of music. They’ll also receive pictures of s’mores and maybe even a s’more if they’re particularly generous with their pledges.

But why not just start a Kickstarter to fund the EP? Wouldn’t that make more money?

Short answer is I’m not interested in funding for the EP. I’d rather people just listen to the music and enjoy it. I don’t want to put a whole ton of arbitrary rules on the music, or list 5,000 people as “executive producers”, or write songs about a unicorn’s rainbow fart quest because that is what a backer wanted. Instead, we’re going to make some s’mores — and it’s going to be a fun little experiment. And it’s going to be delicious.

The Console War, and Why PlayStation 4 is Great

ps4-hrdware-large18Greetings! I thought I would try something new on the site, and write opinions on events or news stories that are relevant to me or my interests in addition to posting music. I’ll post the latest songs on the site soon, but for now, I’d like to talk a bit about the console war. The new next-generation consoles just dropped – Sony’s PlayStation 4, and Microsoft’s Xbox One. I’ll say this upfront — I chose the PlayStation 4. In the last generation, I chose the Xbox360 to be my first HD console. Lost Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed blew my mind, and made it totally worth it for me. And still, I got the Xbox360 Elite pretty late around September 2009. So why did I choose to get the PlayStation 4 this time around instead of the ol’ Xbone? Continue reading

Experimental Studio Stream

Hi! As a part of my attempt to dominate streaming media, I have prepared a ustream.tv account as well as an ongoing Skype account. I am planning to install both of these on my netbook which will be placed possibly on the mantle along with an HD Webcam. With an overly complex system of wires, I have discovered a way to broadcast a constant video stream of my recording studio while also supplying an audio feed that will cover my full PC sound, including music recording and Skype. I’ve actually installed Skype on the Netbook, though logically I will need to run it on the Studio computer instead. I hadn’t thought of that properly. If I tried to run it from the Netbook, I wouldn’t be able to hear anyone talking to me. Apart from that it would have worked perfectly.

So basically what I am saying here is that I’m planning to hook up an ongoing video feed of my studio. It may involve more fooling around than actual music making… It may be like a window looking into my life, which I’m not entirely sure will work out well. But that’s why it is an experiment. Who would want a 24 hour stream of my studio? Especially with the large gaps of time when I am sleeping or at other places. Oh well! Nobody who ever tried anything cool thought about all of the pros and cons in advance. Keep an ear out for news in the near future!

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