Call for artists – Celestia Radio

A query emailed to us a couple weeks back:

Hey! Among the many thing I never expected to happen was to become the technical person for a fandom radio station. We are growing from a single fandom station to All Fandom All The Time. We are fan supported and make no money. Though one of the station owners pays the ASCAP license so we can play those tracks if needed.

I’m currently looking for more artists who are willing to give us permission to play their music on the station. No downloads and I’m not asking for freebie tracks – I’ve bought any tracks for new artists that I’ve reached out to. In the past I would have reached out to Harold (I knew him as HMS on Livejournal) to find willing artists but sadly he’s no longer with us.

Currently we have Tom Smith’s permission, Seanan McGuire, and Vicky & Tony. I can’t afford all of Tom’s stuff yet, and Creature Feature is out of print, but I’ve added any other tracks of theirs that I had. Would it be possible to get a hand through you to find willing artists?

The plan is to have a full artists reference page for anyone we have in the rotation. I just have to work out some sort of database on the back end.

Final caveat – the station started life as a Brony (My Little Pony) fan station. But we aren’t any more. And it’s adding filk as fast as I can get permission. (In between day job, injuries, family illness, etc. )

— RandomGreymane on Celestia Radio

If any filk artists want to have their work featured on a fan radio station, get in touch with admin@celestiaradio.com! You can listen to them at celestiaradio.com

For folks who follow us on WordPress:

I just wanted to apologize for the long, long delay in syncing our Tumblr posts and responding to folks. I work at an immigration legal nonprofit in the US, and as anyone following current US politics can probably guess, that’s been requiring rather a lot of my energy recently. I’ll be trying to get back to folks who’ve messaged us on WordPress over the next few days.

Love,

The Brain Mod

sophus-b asked:

What is your recommendation for non-tumblr-dependent sound hosting? I was considering Soundcloud, but if I’m reading their TOS correctly, anything that uses copyrighted elements risks getting one’s entire account terminated. To name an example, I was working on a version of Pure Imaginations based on the “World of OSHA Violations” joke, but though that *is* a parody, it’s also a copyrighted tune. Do you know of any sound hosting services that allow transformative works?

I personally have…no idea.  I use Soundcloud, but I haven’t tried putting up a parody.  Does anyone out there know?

Anonymous asked:

Do you take donations to help support your other location?

We didn’t have a donation system before, but your question prompted me to set one up! If you want to help us keep filkyeahfilk.com hosted, you can now donate at http://ko-fi.com/filkyeahfilk.

If you want to donate in something other than Ko-fi units of $3, you can message me off of anon or through the contact form on our site, and I can get in touch with my Paypal information. [Since it displays my actual name, I’m not comfortable posting a Paypal link online for the entire world to see.]

Keeping the site online costs me about $100 per year, so if folks wanted to help offset that, I would be incredibly grateful. Thanks for asking! <3

-The brain mod

Announcement from Tumblr

Hey everyone, we hopefully won’t be going anywhere, but with Tumblr currently hurtling towards its LiveJournal-style doom, this is a good time to remind you that we have this entire blog cross-posted at filkyeahfilk.com

I own and independently host the site, so even if Tumblr goes, we’ll be around as long as I can keep paying the hosting fees. This weekend I also made sure that we have our own backups of any files that were originally hosted at Tumblr, so the music and images we’ve gathered should stick around regardless of what happens. 

With love,
The brain mod

Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves (illustration) – nokeek/Illustory

seananmcguire:

nokeek:

Dorothy just wanted something that she could believe in,
A gray dustbowl girl in a life she was better off leavin’.
She made her escape, went from gray into green,
And she could have got clear, and she could have got clean,
But she chose to be good and go back to the gray Kansas sky
Where color’s a fable and freedom’s a fairy tale lie.

Alice got lost, and I guess that we really can’t blame her;
They say she got tangled and tied in the lies that became her.
They say she went mad, and she never complained,
For there’s peace of a kind in a life unconstrained.
She gives Cheshire kisses, she’s easy with white rabbit smiles,
And she’ll never be free, but she’s won herself safe for a while.

Susan and Lucy were queens, and they ruled well and proudly.
They honored their land and their lord, rang the bells long and loudly.
They never once asked to return to their lives
To be children and chattel and mothers and wives,
But the land cast them out in a lesson that only one learned;
And one queen said ‘I am not a toy’, and she never returned.

Mandy’s a pirate, and Mia weaves silk shrouds for faeries,
And Deborah will pour you red wine pressed from sweet poisoned berries.
Kate poses riddles and Mary plays tricks,
While Kaia builds towers from brambles and sticks,
And the rules that we live by are simple and clear:
Be wicked and lovely and don’t live in fear

Dorothy, Alice and Wendy and Jane,
Susan and Lucy, we’re calling your names,
All the Lost Girls who came out of the rain
And chose to go back on the shelf.
Tinker Bell says, and I find I agree
You have to break rules if you want to break free.
So do as you like 

we’re determined to be
Wicked girls saving ourselves.

For we will be wicked and we will be fair
And they’ll call us such names, and we really won’t care,
So go, tell your Wendys, your Susans, your Janes,
There’s a place they can go if they’re tired of chains,
And our roads may be golden, or broken, or lost,
But we’ll walk on them willingly, knowing the cost

We won’t take our place on the shelves.
It’s better to fly and it’s better to die
Say the wicked girls saving ourselves.

(Seanan McGuire)

This is breathtaking.

erdariel asked:

Hi! Sorry if this is a stupid question, but do you think poetry could be considered filk too? Because I wanna try writing some filk stuff, but I’m terrible with music, and even changing the lyrics of already existing songs so that it still works with the music seems like a bit too big challenge to me (especially in English, since it’s not my first language), but I can write poems. Not very good poems, I have to admit that, but poems anyway.

Definitely!  I’ve heard a few people read poetry at filk events.  Sometimes it’s a song they don’t feel confident enough to sing but want to share anyway, and sometimes because they found or wrote a very filkish poem that was never intended to be sung.

Go forth!  Write things!!  And there’s always a chance that someone else will be able to set something you write to music later!

Quick update

Hey everyone, sorry for the big lull in posting – things got hectic for both me and the Dog Mod with finals and the holidays, and then winter exhaustion sort of set in. I’ve queued up a few posts, and will be working through our inbox over the next few days, so we should be getting back to our regularly scheduled filk shenanigans.

Love,

The Brain Mod

Erin and Rand’s filk album

erin-go-blog:

erin-go-blog:

As you may know, my husband and I are working on an album together. I’ve already shared our Indiegogo link once, but I wanted to take a moment to highlight a really special fundraising perk.

In 2013, we were invited to be the Filk Waifs (Toastmasters) at FilKONtario and our dear friend @seananmcguire​ agreed to write our bio for the program book.

Of course, if you know Seanan at all, you’ve already guessed that what she supplied was no ordinary bio: she wrote an original short story, casting the two of us as characters. That story has only appeared in the program book, until now!

Campaign pledges of $30 or more get you a digital copy of that bio/story! And that’s not all the Seanan you’ll find on this project!

One of the tracks is a parody of Seanan’s song “Dear Gina,” with lyrics by me and @meravhoffman​. The song imagines that October Day has gained sentience outside book world, realizes that Seanan is the one doing all of these horrible things to her, and threatens revenge. 😀

(Additionally, Seanan is going to supply us with some vocal tracks!)

I hope you’ll click the link and find out more about our project!

Via Bella CD: Indiegogo

Reblogging for the evening crowd.