Youtube’s Content ID threatens Tapper’s Memorial Music Video….

I never thought this was a threat. I thought was POSSIBLE but it seems to be happening…for all the wrong reasons though…..

Ill just say what happened then below there will be a lot of processing of ideas, memories, most good. accented by moments, days or years of grief. It comes back when I lose a piece of that past. Like pictures, stories. I cannot replace my eulogy of my Dominique, which I did in a way she would have wanted – combining my musical talent with performance experience, sound recording and editing, from college, with what she taught me about shooting and editing video.

I can’t ever explain to anyone how much I still love her….my memory get’s worse. At the same time every record I have is constantly chipped away at. The final 8 seconds of my lament was “Matched Content” to something visual...it won’t just be you who can’t see it, or me who won’t be able to share that two minutes and two seconds of human emotion with you….I’ll lose it too! here is no backup …the laptop was stolen about two moths after I uploaded the .wmv file.

GIVE IT BACK TO ME! Or MONETIZE IT AND TAKE AALLLL OF THE AD REVENUE (this was done on my youtube vids looooooong before this website was approved to RUN ADs.) I don’t get paid NOR WOULD I IF I DID. 38 people have watched it all the way through it besides me sice I posted it…it’s probably 38 people who care about me. It’s sad enough that my least relevant ramblings on this site are worth more than an art project I spent six weeks on. It isn’t enough for me to give my artwork away for free? A third party wants to take it?

I normally argue “Fair use” and explicity state it on this site to protect the content and it’s availability…There’s about 100 copyrighted chunks of text I have left dangling unedited because I have not the time to clean it up but I need it available to interest to the public until i do…. 3rd party man…you can’t flag my original work for shit —THAT’s what you flagged! 8 seconds of ONE of MY TWO MUSIC VIDEOS!!!

Readers please —-visit my memorial page for Dominique….It’s at the TOP of the right column on this page. The video may get pulled soon. It expresses my feelings better than my words could ever do. The text is my best attempt at an epitaph…had I written one, it’s a poor excuse I know…better keep priorities where they belong. there are a few anecdotes and In my not-normal fashion I link and recommend her blog, explain how you can help her family and I also link and recommend her step-mom’s blog. Despite my bias it REALLY IS a good blog. I wouldn’t trash it either if I didn’t like it…I just wouldn’t mention it at all. Dominique’s stepmom is 1 on myshortlist of 5 blogs I’ve located of any redeeming quality whatsoever. I tthink I have spent at leats 2 minutes on over 4000 blogs this year. The page will stay up. The video may not play.

LET ME BE CRYSTAL CLEAR BEFORE MY WORDS GET TWISTED OR DISJOINTED:

1. This is not the fault of Google.com

2. Code running on their property Youtube.com that is called CONTENT ID is making mistakes. Harmful ones.  Please review TCP/IP Protocols HTTP, HTTPS and w3c, Standards. I’d would also Like to see if either client or server is ISO 9001 certified. My assumption is that YOUTUBE IS compliant, and will take no action against my youtube account or that post that my production residing there being threatened by a 3rd party

3. The 3rd party is located in Germany. I don’t trust Germany. Germany’s like….the worst country to have ever existed. ever. -not “Nazi’s” …Nazis. 

my intitial rxn follows (posted to a technical site that was relevant and active on this subject):avail: http://waxy.org/2012/03/youtube_bypasses_the_dmca/index.shtml

never thought this would be an issue…

My fiance’ passed away after a cancer relapse and part of dealing with it (which was not possible nor is it) was to make a music video that was original and self-published EVERY FRAME and EVERY SOUNDWAVE could not possibly be matched to a content ID submission. But the sound is irrelevant in this case, the last 8 seconds of VIDEO was claimed…it’s a short, three-panel-slide that says…
1. For ****her name****(only her first name due to my vast awareness of media law including privacy and copyright)
2. Rest in Peace My Love
3. fin

UFEA (????) made a claim on that 8 seconds of 3 strings with a gray background and blue left-border I made using the “windows media creator studio” I had at that time.

UFEA is like a european soccer league! wtf?
I’m the arranger, performer, recording engineer, I filmed MYSELF, I carefully edited it and it took me months to make it perfect I posted it to youtube for archive reasons and lucky I did cuz that laptop was jacked 2 months later. that was over 2.5 yrs ago…

Some soccer league can have my last words to the love of my life if I can have the 1:44 of audio and film back. My artwork (that one most of all) …I put there for safe-keeping. My youtube account isn’t monetized…I have no cameras or mics right now but my site is …BY GOOGLE…the policy says they aren’t responsible “UFEA” (???) is…I’m at loss but to rescue the audio and see if it’s possible to rescue the video. b4 it gets pulled. I disputed as soon as I read it was red-flagged…I know the law – I break laws sure – but not media laws im a musician/writer it’s my goddamn job! Thanks to the author of this page for highlighting something I WISH I HAD KNOWN yesterday. (The 1st two blogs were shams as usual)
Regards ..etc etc…

Legally AT BEST if you review the entire composition I Could be compelled to run ADS on it….I would at least get it back.

It isn’t the music btw! I will post the text of the warning here too. It’s visual content….the cast majority of the content is MUSIC. I tastefully edited the content match my feelings so I can remember them. Content ID found an issue with a fixed camera that is shooting me playing a farewell ballad to my lost love..my closet and lamp are in the background….I’m in the foreground. (For about an eighth of a second) Then three animated pages of text will scroll….“For Dominique” “Rest in Peace my Love” ….fin. 

In 2012 I transcribed a melody from “The Love Theme” (Dances with Wolves) by John Barry. from transcription to developing the melody into a solo, all the practice I put in– 30 or 40 takes …agonizing over the sound and video editing….

When my partner/best-friend/love-of-my life passed on in 2012… I kind of lost it. No I DID LOSE IT. I worked for months to create a very special music video for Dominique….something to remember her by. The day after we met, she came over and was asking me a lot of questions about who I was…and what I liked….about my hopes and dreams—so I told her about “Drum Corps” I told her about VK and SCV and the Renegades….unlike most non-drum-corps hacks she was interested I showed her the picture of 97 Santa Clara at DCI I had posted to my wall.

Then she asked if I would play for her. (Almost no-one outside my corps-circles pseudo-expert musician circles EVER asks me to play).

I picked my 1991 Kanstul 3v Baritone Bugle in G(w/ tune-any-note slide, VK stamp on the bell and original Jack Meehan all-purpose tuning system marks on it!)  and said “sure I’d love to.”

Normally I’d play a quick warm-up and then just improv…but I really wanted her to like me and my horn and the the combination of the two. I have a library of licks to pull out for any occasion…I’ve been a big fan of “Dont Cry for Me Argentina,” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita” I liked it when there were TV commercials for the show as li’l guy and I liked 1981 Santa Clara equally well. It’s my favorite song of all time…she was my favorite person of all time …It was as true when we first met as it is …closing on three years since she passed on.   *whew*…..

So that’s what I played. She liked the my sound…more than I thought she would. She was interested by it. she liked the sound. She liked me . It was 1 of 1000 reasons to fall for her immediately. She listened to drum corps music with me… it wasn’t forced on her the way i normally impress it on new friends “if you want to get to know me you have to listen to this….” No. Dominique WANTED to hear corps music. She listened to 91-97 BD. 86 BD, 89 BD…all 81 SCV, 84 SCV 87-92, My yesr – 97. 95 Madison. 96 Rockford. 89 Star. 93 Star + my accompanied commentary on each. She deserves a medal for sitting through that.

Her nickname for me was “Drum Corps Guy,” “you’ll always be Drum Corps Guy,” she said. She usually called me Christopher. I like that. I like being “Drum Corps Guy.”  We met in August of 2009. Half of the last 5 years…she’s been gone. Three months after my best friend Rich Skare died, Dominique died too. It’s still impossible to comprehend that kind of loss. I definately blanked out several months from Jan 2012 to about mid-July.

“Drum Corps Guy” was still around then though…he even bought a nice camera and a laptop for recording “Drum Corps Guy stuff”…

I started putting together a solo arrangement of “The Love Theme,” from “Dances with Wolves,” by John Barry. I always tear up during the flute solo….same as I tear up during the oboe solo in “The Love Theme,” from Braveheart. I was very slow in transcription as usual …but it’s in G (concert D). There’s several octave and majot 7th intervals. It took me longer to get throught it w/ a noticeable frack than it did to write it.

This was not meant for my repertoire of “licks” though… it was going to be a multi-level creative project to record my feelings at that time. I combined my ear training, brass technique, sound-editing skills from college and filming/editing education from Dominique…to put them all together and make something. For her. There were at least six weeks between putting pencil to paper and my final cut of “The Love Theme v2.wmv” arr. cwelke. In the end I recorded about 40 takes….maybe more. I spliced the best cut of 1 section with my best take the last (lest I did 100 or 1000 takes…) the audio is seamless…the video “ghosts” a little bit…but it fits my purposes.

I spent a great deal of time in post production on 2 minutes and 3 seconds of music and video…I layered in a sepia tone and learned how to max-out audacity’s ability to clean up the track. I used a default program that came with my laptop called “windows media maker” (or something like that) I have neither the knowledge or $ for Final Cut….same goes for Audition.

In all the finished product was good. I was happy with it. It caputures my feelings from that time…It made me feel good to watch AND listen to something I’d worked a long time on I felt better if nothing more than it distracted from sadness…when I was missing Dominique really badly…I pick up my horn and play my new arr. of The Love Theme, or Don’t Cry For Me Argetina, Clowns or You’ll Never Walk Alone…outside of drum corps, I like to play “I Remember Clifford,” with Lee Morgan’s version in mind….. “A Time for Love,” feat. Bill Watrous* or if I can’t play there’s lot’s of songs in my vocal range that are passable, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” -The Band, “Dead Fowers” -Townes Zandt. “Melissa” -Greg Allman…..

That’s all for now…There is a web-tool i mentioned on this site I’ll be using to recover my track from National Socialism and return to America where it was created and belongs. “Fucking Gremans man!! Fucking nazi’s….nothing ever chamges.”-Walter..The Big Lebowski, Dir. by The Coen Bros.

//extra material the Departed and the transcription process

Dominique was a published film critic. Everything I ACTUALLY know about writing for the screen is from her. She was equally interested in my music critique’ as I was in her film critique’ (and all the writing we did….)…

I have “reletative pitch” that means if I’m actively playing I can hear a note before I play it so I do not frack. I can also tell if I’m over 5 cents sharp or flat. Nut if you hit a random key on the piano and say “what note is that?”  I can’t tell you without testing. Likewise with no instrument if you say “sing an Eb”… It’d take me minute to remember a concert C…then I can sing the 5th, then the third….then picture the triad going minor and give you an Eb….in other words, I can sing/play in-tune  w/ precision and I have a framework in my head links notes and some chords in my memory….I wish I had perfect pitch but I don’t. Transcribing a solo is a slow process for me…w/o a chord chart I cannot transcribe in > 3 part harmony (even that is REALLY PUSHING IT)

I CAN ARRANGE so long as I have the chords written down, or tabs or whatever. Fortunatly a G Bugle makes the key of C, D, E, F, F#, G A and B very accessible and much of the old-school corps-classics are in major and minor forms structured on these keys.

My arr. of “Don’t Cry for me” is in of B (Emaj for Concert instruments)

My arr. of “The Love Theme v2” is (mostly) in G (Dmaj for “CI”) I added accidentals and grace notes, changed the tempo volume and added personal emotion that can only come from in a musician is a specific instance . It cannot be reproduced even electronically w/o losing significant fidelity. The original recording is is as close as I or anyone else can ever get.

I am again rendered speechless. fuck. me. this is such bullshit 12 hours on THIS ALONE. Not even close to finished with work I must do ASAP.

Note to readers and sources….

I’ve unearthed a great volume of data and located a breadth of sources and source material.
I will check my mail and touch base with important contacts over the weekend.
Quantity of information outweighs the quality in which I present it-equalization of the two is ongoing.

Apologies if you are waiting on me.

Thank you to all.

-Chris Welke

The (Original) Love Theme arrangement….

chris welke with dominique mainon, la,ca

In loving memory. Dominique. Mother, Daughter, Writer, Artist, Creator, Educator, Thinker, Researcher, Philosopher, Colleague, Nurturer and Friend. 1970-2012. RIP Dear Heart.

A better version….//draft located recently avoids FB backlinks…”raw cut”
WIP: Recover chops post-surgery to remake an at-minimum better recording.
This arrangement was created in memory of Dominique….who shined everlasting hope, knowledge, honor, courage and above all LIGHT and happiness into this writers life.
Dear readers – since so many of you listen to me and actually take to heart some of my suggestions and ideas…please visit the blog her loving stepmom created… it will enlighten you, warm your heart and give details as to the best way to help Dominique’s two children.
Mainly, if you go to amazon.com and purchase one of her wonderful nonfiction books on film theory and history, most of that money will support her family. She far out-shined me in writing ability, and if you maniacs find my web junk readable… (you do …why? idk…maybe see a shrink?) you will greatly enjoy her work. There is a great deal of unpublished works and stories and screenplays…even film that is as yet unpublished…how to get that done is a task I promised to complete, but 1000s of pages of notes, scripts, stories, storyboards and tapes are sadly missing (at least to me) we spent years assembling this work…it would be a great shame if this work is staling in a garage or storage unit or worse, in a landfill. All I have is 5 pages of notes (just brainstorm scribble she wrote down) and what I can remember….they are not my stories, Dominique painstakingly wove them over a lifetime…all I did was transcribe, organize, edit and consult. Some of the screenplays would blow your mind…2 or 3 of them I could recreate from memory, but the quality would be reduced and if I sold them? Of course every cent will be donated to her family. Finding the notes? hard. Finishing the work and marketing it? The three I can roughly outline in my head will sell. the rest that my awful STM has lost…same. “10 out of 10 studios WOULD BUY AGAIN.”
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SoCal Drum Corps Weekend…

transcription of SCV

I haven’t been able to hit a one-two-punch BD/SCV show since 2011. So this was a big deal. There isn’t much to review because I was mostly working and socializing. I missed every other corps, but that doesn’t bother me so much. I wanted to check out Devs in the lot and by the time I dropped by Santa Clara it was head-to-my-press-box-adjacent VIP section ASAP or miss the entire show.

The Santa Clara Vanguard – this show has a ton of potential. I’m not sold on the trombones yet but the first impact point, could reach enormous decibel levels once conditioning, cleaning, balance and tuning are maxed out. The white tunics are ballsy, they make interval errors bleed obvious, but by August it will be clean and the white will really make the visual effect pop.

I volunteered to work on Ms. Amana that day (made 240 burgers for lunch, went to ensemble reh. and returned to serve dinner). The run through was outstanding for late June, less tearing between side 1 and 2 & front-to-back than I expected and overall a great look and ensemble sound. Soloists were spot on. Battery tore it up, love the feature.

At the show, they seemed a bit tired. Still pulled it out in terms of effort but it didn’t grab me emotionally the way SCV usually does….it may have been because I had already seen them play earlier in the day far better. There were more tears (which is partially because of the acoustics at Citrus College), the impacts did not pop as hard and the mellophone soloist who is out-freaking-standing fracked for the first time that I know of. Gotta also give credit to multiple pass-throughs at high tempo and ONE intervals (you can tell because the hornline will detriangulate their arms from 60 degress down to 45). So cool.

The Blue Devils – Outstanding talent and potential. Best thing in the show: one snare drummer does a massive visual solo one-handed stick toss – saw him nail it in warm up and on-stage/field. Music is great, but feels like kind of a mish-mash. I just couldn’t feel cohesion to this show but again its ok it’s June…I’m certain the direction and idea of this show will be very clear in August, but where were:

a) The Screamers?

b) The Screamer Soloists?

Do we just not risk this anymore? It takes a lot of fun out of the show to not see at least ONE dude go for the double C…so…less balls in that category. Guard – straight up sexy. Talent of (almost…) every performer in both corps is expert or higher…just need to put them all together into a single unit performing a clear, emotional, cohesive, fun and entertaining show.

They will BOTH make it and I hope they smash Rockford, Rosemont, Garfield and Crown on the road.

The Left Coast is the Best Coast.

Much love to all drum corps members, alumni, friends, family, supporters, benefactors and most of all to the fans cuz we can’t do it without you.

Pictured: a snippet of “Electric Wheel Chair” by the legendary Murray Gusseck. You can purchase his signature sticks from Vic Firth. I did. http://www.vicfirth.com/artists/gusseck.php

Regards,

Tapper