Thursday, March 04, 2021

"Dreaming Again" single released on Spotify

We've released "Dreaming Again" as a "Radio Mix" single on Spotify. It's actually a collection of songs that get going after the therapy group gets a bit too inebriated at Frank's Tavern. It starts with the end of the Drinking Song and works its way through Secret Emotions, Dreaming Again and Some Dreams Come True. It's sung by Blake Nawa'a and Tony Domenick and it was completed in February 2021.

Preparing for an audition, need the libretto and/or music. WTH...check out out the blog post "WYSIWYG Six-Minute Performance Teaser" on mounting the scene "Dreaming Again" and use SOUNDCLOUD to rehearse...Good Luck!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

"For the Best" single released on Spotify

We've released the single "For the Best" on Spotify. It takes place at Frank's Tavern as Denise and Carl wait for the therapy group to arrive for some after hours fun. Denise is really putting the move on, she tells Carl he should get out more, enjoy life and "smell the roses". It's sung by Anne Jenness and Tony Domenick and it was completed in February 2021

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Forbes article features yours truly

Here's an article in Forbes that describes my music like the memories of an enchanting voyage. It mentions several of my shows and the affect they have on people; for what it's worth, once you find a compelling story, it's really all downhill from there. I'm always looking to capture and communicate the essence of the world we live in through music.



Sunday, February 21, 2021

"I'm in it for good" single released on Spotify

We've released the single "I'm in it for good" on Spotify. It was our first attempt at coordinating all the various aspects of a recording studio virtually. We didn't want a lot of complexity so we picked a solo song from WYSIWYG to test the concept and it turned out great. It's sung by Blake Nawa'a and we completed it in August 2020.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Distributing your Musical's soundtrack "Indie" style

"Indie" is short for "independent" and independently released music is not financially associated to any of the three major labels (Sony, Universal and Warner). "Indie" does not refer to a style of music; it refers to the financial circumstances of its distribution.

Creating an "Indie" label or brand is pretty easy, but you need to get a GTIN from GS1 US so your brand can be uniquely identified online before your Musicals' soundtracks will be available on Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon and the plethora of other streaming music sites. For example, our newly-formed "Indie" label name is April Alsup Records. The good news is that most of the streaming services will pay the artists royalties directly for each time someone listens to your Musical's songs.

WYSIWYG EP Release
Online Scene Segue - Spotify EP Release
February 12, 2021

We've been using Soundcloud for a variety of music theater applications. Their platform is very powerful for music theater composers because not all music is suitable for the airwaves; for example, we provide rehearsal and guide tracks for theater companies, casting directors and actors that are preparing for auditions and/or performances.

Unfortunately, Soundcloud doesn't have significant market share for streaming commercial music tracks and if you plan to monetize your Musical's soundtrack with a radio mix then you'll want to look into their distribution functionality called "Repost". It supports all the major streaming channels and it is free for Soundcloud premium members.

"WYSIWYG Online Scene" EP released on Spotify

We've released the EP "WYSIWYG Online Scene" on Spotify. There are 2 songs (Up to Us and Secret Admirer) with some short dialougue in the middle. The scene takes place online and the songs represent the juxtaposition of "love" and "lust" on the web. The singers are Tony Domenick, Blake Nawa'a and Anne Jenness and we completed it in November 2020.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Flying a Drone Indoors

Flying a drone indoors can be challenging, but WTH...if the space is large enough and your drone is smart enough it can be a lot of fun and take the place of a boom shot for some applications.

Friday, January 01, 2021

A new URL designation for Musicals

I'm not sure how many people noticed, but last year a lot of new TLD (top level domain) name options were added to the web. I think "the powers that be" realized that the current set of TLDs, (i.e. com, org, net, edu, gov) was just too limited. With all the industry overlap, it was becoming harder and harder to find short, easy to remember internet addresses and many of us had just resorted to using long convoluted names like "www.wysiwygthemusical.com" or "www.theageofsisyphus.com".
In any case, the new TLD "show" caught our eye because Oxford defines the term as "a play or other stage performance, especially a musical". We have several shows in development right now and WTH... with the new year, it seemed like a good time to update and standardize all our shows with the new TLD. These days if your website is secure you don't really need the protocol prefix and the default subdomain is www in most web browsers.

Here are our new URLs:

We'll plan to redirect our older URLs for the time being since a lot of people use those addresses in links on their web pages, but at the end of the day, having a similar, easy to remember moniker that accurately describes our various works, was very appealing to us. What do you think? We'd love to hear from you!