EVENTS THAT HAPPENED OR WILL HAPPEN
HUSSALONIA INSTRUMENTALS APPEAR IN THE HYPHEN PROJECT
11 March 2017
Canadian filmmaker Gabriela Warrior Renaud used a number of Hussalonia instrumentals in "The Hyphen Project," a 2016 short film that follows her journey to making Hyphen, a forthcoming feature-length documentary which "explores cultural identity by sharing stories and experiences of mixed-race Canadians."
THIRD PARTY CLAIMS COPYRIGHT ON PUBLIC DOMAIN EP
22 July 2013
In 2006, Hussalonia released a 4-song EP called The Public Domain EP. While it is not legally possible to release an original work directly into the public domain (a work enters the public domain 70 years after the death of the author), the Hussalonia founder claimed to do so as glib commentary on the contemporary worries surrounding copyright law and artist royalties. The Hussalonia founder also wanted to encourage other artists to use his work royalty-free. The project was a sucess. Songs from The Public Domain EP regulary appear in student films and YouTube videos without fear of copyright infringement.
A third-party company has recently placed a copyright on the songs and re-released the EP under the name Royalty Free Rock Music. The album makes no mention of Hussalonia anywhere in the liner notes, instead crediting the music to the "Roaylty Free Institute." Now when video artists wish to upload videos to YouTube containing songs from The Public Domain EP, YouTube's copyright algorithm tag the songs as owned by The Royalty Free Institute, forcing the user to take down their video or add a link to the Royalty Free Rock Music page on Amazon.This should come as no surprise, as Amazon's vanity label CreateSpace started selling the CD in 2009 for a mere $11.99 - not a cent of which will go to Hussalonia. (Please don't buy it!)
When contacted for comment, the Hussalonia founder said, "This is what happens when you try to say that no one can own something; someone says they own it."
The Public Domain EP remains a free download at Archive.org.
HUSSALONIA ON WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE
16 September 2013
We are thrilled to announce that "Never Be Famous" by Hussalonia appears as the "weather" in episode 31 of Welcome to Night Vale, a podcast that follows the spooky on-goings of a fictitious Arizona town via a faux-public radio broadcast. At this writing, Welcome to Night Vale is the most downloaded podcast in the US, Canada, Australia, and It's #3 in the UK. According to Wikipedia, each episode enjoys approximately 150,000 downloads. This will, without a doubt, be the largest audience Hussalonia has ever reached.
But what of it? The Founder has never been one to care about reaching the masses. No, he's excited beyond description because he's a huge fan of this highly literate, poetic, absurd, surreal, existential, and often hilarious ode to old-time radio drama.
Listen to and download the episode here or on iTunes.
THE HUSSALONIA FOUNDER PARTICIPATES IN THE ONLINE INDENTITY PROJECT
26 July 2016
The Hussalonia Founder was recently interviewed by Virginia Streit, creator of The Online Identity Project, an online not-for-profit project that explores the impact of digital cultures and online environments.
In the interview, The Founder discusses the fluidity of identity, the insidious prevalence advertisements and music’s relationship to digital technology. Among other things, he says, "The problem that the Internet creates is that we are forced to create a one-size-fits-all version of ourselves, a virtual 'you' that mingles with your friends, family, co-workers and — if you’re an artist — your audience. That can be difficult (or impossible) to do."
You can read the full interview here.
HUSSALONIA FOUNDER TO LEAD A SONGWRITING WORKSHOP
21 March 2019
The Just Buffalo Literary Center is now offering writing workshops for adults and has asked The Hussalonia Founder to lead one on songwriting. The workshop is titled "It’s Only a Paper Moon: a Songwriting Workshop for Everyone." With equal measure paid to lyrics and music, songwriters will leave with the analytical tools to better refine and focus their own writing, while the non-writing song lover will leave with a greater appreciation for the magic that makes songs work. Though the workshop will occasionally get a little technical, no songwriting experience or musical training is required. The workshop will culminate in the collaborative re-writing of a pre-existing pop song.
This one-time-only, two-hour workshop will happen on May 14th, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Just Buffalo Literary Center, 468 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203. The cost is $40 for general admission and $30 for Just Buffalo members.
Click here for more information and to reserve a space in the workshop.
HUSSALONIA IS ARTIST OF THE MONTH ON STEREO HYSTERIA
02 February 2013
Stereo Hysteria is a fantastic podcast fashioned towards discerning music nerds like yourself. The current one-hour episode is entirely devoted to Hussalonia! Podcaster Charlie Crane conducted a telephone interview with the Hussalonia founder last week, portions of which appear throughout the episode. The Hussalonia founder gives this his stamp of approval — Nefarico™ be damned! Listen to the full episode for free here.