Typically, when I release instrumental music on the Internet, I do it with a Creative Commons license. Anyone can use the music I post for any reason, so long as they credit me.
This can yield interesting results.
I especially like this one, “Lily’s Musical Instrument Homework,” from October of last year. In this video, a small child adds a beat to one of my jams (“Chords I Like,” which you can check out here). Okay, let’s be honest — I’m kind of sure that Lily’s dad helped her put this together. Whatever. It’s awesome:
I have to say, though, that for every gem there are multiple turds.
This video makes no sense to me. Thanks for using my music… but why does this exist?
That song is apparently very popular amongst those who make pointless videos.
Look! Here’s another! This guy bought a new camera. Check it out world! A new camera.
My favorite, though, is when my music is used to soundtrack people playing video games.
I’m kidding; actually that’s my least favorite because I think that the vast majority of video games are a waste of time* and posting/watching video game accomplishments on Youtube is baffling.
Yet apparently this is a thing.
People not only post their video game accomplishments to Youtube (with musical accompaniment by the likes of me), but other people actually watch them. This video has almost 20,000 views, which is completely fucking stupid:
Here’s another one of those. My opinion of humanity is enhanced by the fact that this doesn’t have anywhere near as many views as the last one:
* I’ll clarify here, that I know that games are getting richer and more narrative and that there are people designing more-creative and less-violent games these days. I’m not referring to those games.