PERMISSIONS AND LICENSING FOR SOUNDTRACK’S
Ethically speaking, it would be quite respectful to write to us and ask for permission to do so.
We have seen throughout the years, that some DJs or music enthusiasts simply rip the music and then make their remixes, copywriting that creation and then selling their work via online portals under their name. This is not fare or respectful. So we suggest in any case get in touch with us to see if collaboration could be possible or permission must be given.
Lots of the filmmakers, who are writing to us, are requesting the usage of music for their projects and not seeing it as collaboration. In their view (most of the time) it should be free, in spite of a fact that they place quite a lot of funds and energy into their projects. Also, most of their projects are self-promotionally oriented.
We are quite selective, what projects we feel inspired to support with a soundtrack and what projects to deny such privilege. It’s not about the money or “a payment or a budget” though about fare share of the energetic synthesis of a co-creation. It’s a rare moment when someone is actually asking to collaborate, but mostly “to use”.
We suggest to everyone: before sending a request, please check with yourself what is the place you are coming from with a proposal.
It might bring a new vision into your life about the fairness of sharing.
FOR GUITAR PLAYERS AND STUDENTS
My current musical guitar friend was made by a wonderful guitar maker based in Germany, Armin Hanika.
It’s not a guitar brand what is important, but how each of us can connect with it, express through it, and most importantly, feel ourselves… For years I’ve played a very old guitar, which I’ve got for $100, that’s all I’ve had at that moment. But what a feeling it was!
A genius, which I’ve met on my travels, once said: “I see you play this old instrument. Seems its time for you to try something new. I have a guitar that is rarely played. Come, try it, if you like it, just take it. A guitar should be played, not stored in the cabinet”. And he gifted me with an instrument that have changed my life. Infinite gratitude to Oleg Ponomarev, a great being and a genius musician.
Unfortunately, a guitar from Manuel Rodriguez Guitars, which could be seen in “The Song of the Golden Dragon” performance in Landshut, 2011 got damaged while traveling and eventually, will be repaired.
MR house of guitars generously has made an offer to make a new type of instrument that I will present to the world when the moment comes.
Sometimes I also play the guitar from Antonio Bernal (Seville, Spain).
D’Addario classical nylon strings, hard or normal tension.
It took years of experiments to feel the right sound that works for me.
Some may say: “there is too much reverb”, some say: ”too much this or that”, yet if a chosen sound works for you, stay with it. Feel it.
A combination of the elements what makes it unique.
I still try things out though currently, I play with TC-Electronics, Electro-Harmonics and Boss pedals.
When I studied the guitar as a kid I did read & write notes. Though after 11 years of a break, I have forgotten everything and never had an interest to write things down. Unless it would be an orchestrated piece, combining “free spaces” I still don’t have an interest in capturing something that could never be the same. An individual is changing each day and so does music. We could truthfully play “the same song” every time only if we also express that true feeling we feel every time. In this case, it would never be “that same song” cause we aren’t the same but different in every moment.
There are some dear souls who did some arrangements of a few pieces online, you can easily find them on YouTube. What is important is to feel, to be inspired and find your own way to express your soul’s song, which is uniquely beautiful and yet sings those many songs of One Great Ocean we are all.
Your only purpose here is to be yourself…and life teaches it very well.
I don’t teach guitar in a standard way of “teaching the technique”. There are lots of great guitar teachers doing their work. And very often in life, it’s not the physical teaching what is educating us but what comes as an essence.
There would be a possibility quite soon to have a week-long guitar workshop, though it’s going to be a very different experience than to come to a guitar class.
Keep an eye on our site updates.
Both qualities are important: structure and improvisation. Study some chords, some songs; enjoy playing them and then “stretching them”. Destroy them and see what stays with you.
Play a chord, stay with it. Play another one. Stay with it. Connect them. Feel if there is a connection. Move next. Explore. Experiment.
Every teacher you’ll get will teach you what he or she knows. Yet a true teacher would be the one who creates space for your song to appear.
Music isn’t a career to me, it’s life. I have never seen a dream: “I want to be a guitar hero or a musician in general”, and I don’t associate myself with it today either. When I’ve started to play on the streets I just lived my life and keep doing so today.
And life includes it all: pain and healing, sorrow and joy… within the polarities there is a great guide that keeps it all together and it’s in all of us…just feel…
I’m not a musician, I’m music. And so you are!
PERSONAL QUESTIONS AND COLLABORATION
You can introduce yourself and your interview idea via the contact form below. Please be creative with a questions since to unusual ones there is much more chance that the answer will be given. There are quite a few interviews already floating online and would be good to read them beforehand, so as to know what was asked already.
Yes, all is possible though it depends on your intentions and a project you have in your heart and mind. Please use the contact form below for clarifications.
Countless times I also feel inspired by a various beings, including musicians, performers, writers and filmmakers though it doesn’t mean that our paths will cross or even necessary to be explored.
Sometimes an inspiration could be already enough to light up our hearts.
At the same time, what meant to be created and shared inevitably happens if we take a step.
It’s impossible to hold a personal meeting with all of those beings wishing to meet. And it might look like we want to know “another person”, while in actuality we just want to meet ourselves. All is possible yet there are no guarantees of such meetings taking place with consideration of our busy schedule.
I have “landed” in the land called Ukraine, though at that time it was named the Soviet Union.
And I have never lived in Ukraine yet since birth my main language has been Russian and it still is.
Life. People. Love. Pain. Transformation. Sun. Skies. Silence. The Ocean.
Feeling it all is already so huge. What else I can advise? Live your life, explore, be inspired!
I don’t know, if you ask more specific I might have an answer.
Too many words have been written on such a subject. Do, be and explore yourself.
Who are you really in love with when you feel it?
It might look as someone is in love with an image they perceive.
Though it’s not true. We have a tendency to identification with the one who stands in the spotlight. And we feel good about it and think that this is love.
So now, if you read this line, try to feel…
Who do you love really?
I did my experiments and still love doing it sometimes to friends I’m connected with via a net of life. Though dedicate a personal message to every request is impossible. There is so much that has been said in every song. You can send a song to your loved one and write YOUR personal message, which would have a way deeper meaning because of the connection you have.
I live a nomadic life and it’s impossible to carry with me all the offerings. The best gift you can give to anyone is to open your heart and share such qualities with the world!
CHILDREN FROM “ESCOLA DA VILLA” GRANJA VIANA, OUTSIDE SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL HAVE ASKED
I love percussions, though I only play it when I feel.
Also, I love a flute, which I more and more resonate with.
And the voice which loves to express itself from time to time.
Yes, sure I do. Often I see them “sleeping” as huge mountains or hills. Also, I see them in people and most importantly I see them within myself. There are many kinds of Dragons just as there are so many kinds of stars in the skies. But some of us can see “the real dragons” and if such a gift is with you, eventually you will know why you have it.
I do get confused sometimes. But mostly, when I speak, I don’t think what language I use, I even speak when I don’t know the language and each of us can do it also.
It feels as I have been, but I will have to go and check it out.
Thank you all for writing to us, making comments and feeling inspired.
It’s impossible to be in contact with you all, though we do read all of the incoming messages.
Every heart that opens fills the whole world with love!
We are the world & we are love!
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