The Bit Farm Newsletter: Q4 2020

The Bit Farm Newsletter
Happy Thanksgiving! Inside this Issue: Get Paid For Your Streaming Plays: Meet The MLC, Reopening Studios To Clients, Client Releases: The Albums, Client Releases: The Singles & Music Videos

Happy Thanksgiving From The Bit Farm!

We are sure that 2020 has, in some way, posed unique challenges to all of our friends and clients. And yet we are impressed by your resiliency and are so grateful to have worked on your music throughout the year. Stay in touch with your community, take care of your physical and mental health and keep creating. We look forward to hearing what you come up with.

Big kudos are due to all of the musicians and engineers around the world that found a newfangled ways to keep the music alive. A few of you pioneers we’ve mastered projects for are listed below.

Inside this newsletter:

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“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest of times, and to the latest.” – Henry David Thoreau

Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) To Collect & Pay Royalties For Streaming Plays

Pursuant to the historic Music Modernization Act of 2018, The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) is a nonprofit organization designated by the U.S. Copyright Office to collect and distribute royalties from Digital Service Provides.

Starting in January 2021, The MLC will issue and administer blanket mechanical licenses for eligible streaming and download services (digital service providers or DSPs) in the United States.

The MLC will then collect the royalties due under those licenses from the DSPs and pay songwriters, composers, lyricists, and music publishers. The MLC is committed to performing this important responsibility effectively and transparently.

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Reopening Studios To Clients

Did you ever really close your studio? Here at The Bit Farm, we’ve kept mastering music with unattended / remote sessions. While we don’t know when that will change, we do know that we need to think about it in detail; and for recording studios, the process is more complex than for our mastering studio.

Fortunately, the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy has some thoughts to help start the planning process. Download their "Considerations for Recording Studios As They Reopen."

Client Releases: The Albums

"Nothin’ Lastin": A new album of original songs by Hal Cannon

There’s not enough space in this post to list Hal Cannon’s accomplishments. He writes a lot of songs too. A lot of songs… 🙂

“Nothin’ Lastin” is Hal’s new album of original songs; songs he wanted to develop in a new way.

Mixed by Dave Tate.

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Garth Smith: Classical Piano For The Sabbath Day

Garth Smith is an award winning pianist/composer/musician accomplished in several styles of music including rock, country, classical and jazz. His current endeavor is creating spiritually uplifting piano arrangements of popular LDS Hymns.

His latest 14-track album, Classical Piano for the Sabbath Day, features beautiful classical song arrangements performed by Garth Smith. That album was mastered here at The Bit Farm.

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Bucket of Witches Self-Titled E.P.

Bucket of Witches is a bluesy rock, funk and soul powerhouse from Salt Lake City, Utah consisting of Mikael Lewis (guitar/vocals) Eric Watson (drums) and Chase McKnight (Bass). 

Bucket of Witches formed when SLC band, Fyre & Reign dissolved. Mikael and Eric continued working together and eventually added Chase McKnight, of Queenadilla and Breezeway, on bass, to form the existing trio.

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Client Releases: The Singles

Kate MacLeod: The Secret Forest Lament (Single)

Writer Rachel Kolibas says “(Kate) MacLeod’s voice can easily put you in a trance: slinking its way through your bones and slowly releasing every tension in your nerves. Then, before you know it, her voice has left nothing but peace in its wake.” Read Rachel’s full interview with Kate HERE.

Kate’s new single, ‘The Secret Forest Lament’, displays both the allure and contrast within her voice and musical style.

Mixed by Michael James Greene.

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Mandie Pinto ‘Light’ Single

Mandie’s passion for music is seen and heard in the lyrics she writes, the songs she sings, the music she plays and in her desire to develop leaders and encourage gifted musicians.

Her ‘Light’ Single exudes her musical passion.

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"Jesus Is The Light" Single

Blenda McGary & One Voice Children’s Choir have released their ‘Jesus Is The Light’ single. It’s available for purchase or streaming on Spotify , Pandora, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, iHeartradio and Pandora.

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Music Videos

Mandie Pinto "Light" Video

An awesome collaboration between Mandie Pinto Music and Pinto Productions. Produced, Directed, Shot, and Edited by Tony Pinto. Co-Produced by Tara Pinto. Additional cinematography by Elise London. Special thanks to Jeanine Swanson and Mandie Pinto.

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Dan Jonas "In The Lion’s Den"

A trumpeter, composer, and educator, Dr. Daniel Jonas is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, and teaches all jazz curriculum.  He also teaches Music Theory, Jazz History, History of Rock and Roll, and Trumpet.

He says his album The Spirituality Suite was written as a response to his own struggles with spirituality in the twenty-first century.

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