No wonder it sounds so good - they're real instruments! Thanks so much for doing that for us.
- Leo Laporte, host of This Week in Tech
Thanks for all you've done so far. You're a talented guy and we're happy that you like us enough to provide us with such good material.
- Jennifer White, host on 107.7 the End in Seattle
Mark, love that TWiT intro – I think it’s perfect!
- Dorothy Yamamoto, avid TWIT listener
There are thousands of podcasts floating around on the internet, and most of them are not that good.
Many people will decide whether or not they want to keep listening to a show within less than a minute.
The easiest way to draw people in from the beginning is with a custom theme.
A theme song will make your podcast sound professional right from the start, and that will keep more people listening.
Look at the most popular podcast in the world, This Week in Tech.
Their theme (which we made for them) sets up the feel for the whole show.
When you hear that music you know what's coming next - a good time.
Without a theme all you have are a bunch of people hanging out and talking.
Add in that theme music and you have a show that people want to hear.
What many people do not realize is that it is illegal to use copyrighted music in your podcast unless you own the copyright. The only way to include a theme in your podcast legally is to either make one yourself or have one made for you. With a catchy original theme, people will have the music stuck in their head, and are much more likely to remember your podcast and recommend it to their friends.
Currently, Podcast Themes is run by 1 person: Mark Blasco. That's me, the one who wrote and recorded all of the music on this site. I know how hard it can be for someone who is not a musician to find affordable high quality audio production services. My goal with this site is to provide high quality custom recordings for people who do not have the resources to do it themselves.
We provide professional themes and audio production at affordable rates - sometimes even for free. If you were to go to a recording studio and ask for the same service, they would have to hire a composer, hire musicians, and spend hours recording and mixing everything. It may cost you $2000 for a simple theme song. We have all of the equipment and knowledge to do the same thing in house, keeping the costs way down. Our plans range from short simple themes to elaborate custom sound collections. We have plans starting at $50. That is less than the cost of going out to dinner, yet can dramatically increase the number of people who will listen to your show. We can even provide some themes for free.
Listen to some of our previous themes and take a look at our prices. You will see that we offer professional theme music for a fraction of what you would pay anywhere else.
Over the last year I've been working on a few albums, writing some musicals, and remodeling the studio. All of that is finished now, so we're back up and running here at podcastthemes.com. I've been doing several projects where the clients didn't want the music posted on the site, so that is why there haven't been many updates. If you want to hear more of my recent music, feel free to check out markblasco.com.
Since several people have asked why there haven't been many audio samples posted lately, here is the rundown of what I have been working on:
Earlier in the year I wrote and filmed a short musical about composting at the University of Washington (It won an award, so I guess I should be calling it an "award winning musical"). That was followed by several video entries into Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible Competition (one of those entries, Mr. Terrible, won the competition, and was included in the worldwide DVD release.
Currently, I am working on several album projects, including the new Cirrus Bay album (which I am playing drums and bass on, as well as recording and mixing), an album for folk singer Virginia Blashill, several songs with Donovan Richards (on which I am producing, as well as playing drums, bass, and some keys), and then I am also working on some of my own stuff.
I should have the final version of the Kindness Grew Up song "Memory" finished within the next couple of weeks. Right now it just needs the vocals recorded and a couple of small edits before mixing.
My notebook is filled with other ideas, including a set of short musicals about zombies, another dozen or so songs for both the Kindness Grew Up and They Are Deadly Sparkles albums, and the beginning of my demo reel for film scores.
I know it's been a little while, but the audio samples page has been updated with a couple of new themes.
So, a while back I wrote a couple of songs for a competition to join the Evil League of Evil. Here is one of them. Enjoy!
For some reason a part of my database has been corrupted, so I will need to rebuild it. In the mean time, some of the samples and more recent news entries are missing. It shouldn't have changed or erased any of the audio content, but if you have trouble accessing one of your projects, please let me know so I can fix that as soon as possible.
There are a lot of new audio samples up on the audio pages. While I have been working on projects over the last few months, I have forgotten to update the website. Well, now there are some lovely new bits for you to check out.
Just posted is the new theme to the Linux Action Show - it has a rock superhero feel, and I really like this one. Check it out!