Zoe Blade saved bacon I didn’t even know needed saving, some time ago.
When I was first trying to figure out what music would work with GET LAMP, I was editing sequences with no idea what would go in the background. It’s easy to fall into using just any old music you find on the internet, or even worse, use very popular, very commercial songs you have no hope of paying the rights to.
So in my searches, I happened along to Zoe Blade, a musician in the UK, whose sweeping chords and long, thoughtful pieces added a whole new feeling to the sequences I was putting together. We made contact and over the next months, we generated or pulled in tons of musical pieces that ended up all over the GET LAMP DVDs.
So Zoe (along with some others, of course), turns the feelings of GET LAMP into ones of contemplation, ease (or unease) and really brings so much to the table. I think it’s fair to say the documentary wouldn’t be half as compelling without her music.
She gets a credit if you flip through the Introduction section of Disc 1, along with Tony Longworth, who I’ll talk about in the future.
So, most of the music that we might think of as “GET LAMP Music” has turned up on an album that Zoe has now put out, called Hello Calm.
And, in a wonderful kindness, Zoe has released it in all sorts of formats, from FLAC to MP3, and is also releasing it Creative Commons BY-NC-SA, like GET LAMP is.
So go ahead and enjoy what could be thought of as “Music From GET LAMP”, although to be honest GET LAMP is “the movie with music by Zoe Blade”.