Words: Peter “Uncle Bibby” Locke
So, I’m a music composer, among other things, and I put some of my music on a website called the Free Music Archive. It is downloadable and usable by anyone as long as they properly credit me. I can find examples of usage by searching for “unclebibby” on YouTube. Here are some of the videos where my music has ended up.
1. “Cat has a face”
This is sorta like a music video for one of my songs, consisting of photos of a cat, edited to match the music’s rhythm. The account’s other videos are pretty much all video game videos, but this ain’t no video game. It’s a real dancing cat, man!
2. “Casa Sanremo Lancome | Night”
This fancy Paris nightclub apparently heard this song that is primarily me humming a melody I’m making up as I go along and thought “This is what we want to associate with our nightclub.” Thanks, guys. Sorry, guys.
I don’t know exactly what this is but from what I can tell it’s a young Japanese vlogger making a vlog about scraping canned foods against the sidewalk, for some reason. The title, when run through Google Translate, becomes “Do human beings are open cans even if there is no can opener” which makes me think he’s trying to open the can without a can opener. You’ll have to watch the video to find out what happens.
4. “Microfono Hard Disk • Fai da Te”
This guy is explaining how to rip apart a hard drive and turn it into a microphone. He just happened to use my music at the start of the video. Man, if audiophiles this hardcore like my music, I must be doing something right.
5. “Christmas Tree Beard - A How-To Time Lapse Video HD”
This video is about turning a beard into a Christmas tree. It uses a song I made on my iPhone using the Nanoloop app. I think this is the true meaning of Christmas.
6. “Our Winners Review All Good Scents Fragrances For Men!”
Of all the videos that use my music, this one makes me the most giggly. It features four young men reviewing two perfumes for their viewers. My music is used over the intro and played quieter over the actual review. I think the perfume probably smells like my music sounds.
7. “Mandala Stop Motion Animation”
This one is just plain cool. Someone animated their process of drawing a mandala and put my music over it. It reminds me of Chad VanGaalen’s music videos.
8. “BTS | VASA Fitness | Photoshoot 2.8.15”
So, this gym made an advertisement and then made a behind-the-scenes video for the ad featuring my music. It’s nice seeing my music associated with healthy people. Healthy people are few and far between.
9. “Building a fly brain (HD)”
This is a Taiwanese university simulating a fly’s brain and presenting it using my music. I sorta wanna put this on my resume: “Composed music for Taiwanese university so their fly brain video sounded more magical.”
10. “Greyhound plays Nintendo”
I forgot that this video had my music in it cuz it’s the kind of video I would have watched regardless. It’s a dog playing a video game, for real. And it has my music real quiet in the background!!!!! Holy crap!
BONUS: “Skweelo Gigas - Flippant on the Dancefloor / السكويلو الﭼﭼس ـ لا يا جدع, هو مدبوك”
I didn’t immediately appreciate this video to the extent that I do now. My brother helped me realize that this is a young boy dancing to my music for a full two and a half minutes or so. This is amazing considering that it seems like they added the music in afterwards, which means he was likely dancing to no music whatsoever for a full two and a half minutes. This kid and his sister should get a Guinness World Record for Best Vid Eva.
I think what this teaches me is that people all over the world are in need of good music, especially if it’s free. Everyone on Earth is a potential friend to everyone else, you just have to make the connection! And music is one of those connections.