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Adventures in Music Licensing & Scoring September 202


"As the Earth Turns" UPDATE



“As the Earth Turns” is NOW available on DVD and Bluray! This will be a PERFECT movie to play on Halloween, that very few people have ever seen.  Ask me about the film and how it came to be. (I am doing virtual and in-person presentations, too)

Get your collectable copy now!

This has truly been an amazing journey.  Three years of scoring, producing, researching, learning about filmmaking, editing, festivals, distribution, and another persons life and dreams.  Huge thanks to my co-producer, Kim Lyford Bishop for helping make all of this possible.  

“As the Earth Turns” is a tremendous film for anyone that loves silent film, indies (especially filmmakers), Pacific NW film, sci-fi, and the ability of what a 20-year old was able to create in Seattle, in the 1930s with very little resources (and went on to Hollywood and direct an Academy-Award winning documentary).


"One of the most exciting discoveries in the archival offerings of Seattle International Film Festival...This is a festival must-see for fans of classic film. It’s a marvelous discovery."
Seattle International Film Festival


"Had Steven Spielberg been a 16-millimeter camera-toting teen in the 1930s, his home movies might have looked like “As the Earth Turns.”
Michael Rechtshaffen, LA Times


“The musical score...beautifully complements the film and simultaneously sounds modern and retro”



Included: (Over 85 minutes of content)

• “As the Earth Turns” 45 - min 1938 never-released silent sci-fi film by Richard Lyford  (new score by Ed Hartman)

• Introduction by Ed Hartman

• Theatrical Trailer

• Missing Footage from “As the Earth Turns”

• Scene from “Ritual of the Dead” (new score)

• Scene from “The Scalpel” (new score)

• “It Gets in Your Blood” (Richard Lyford documentary)”

• “Depression Flats” (Richard Lyford home movie)

• “Let’s All Go to the Kitchen” (Intermission film by Ed Hartman) 

Movie INFO:

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Adventures in Music Licensing & Scoring

August 2021


Royalty-Free Music

What is it?

For my filmmaker friends:

I am a composer (and film producer). There is some rather confusing information out there about “royalty-free" music, especially from music libraries. First of all, all music you license is “royalty-free.” Filmmakers and production companies never pay royalties. Those are paid by networks (NBC, HBO, etc.). You can use a track directly from any composer or songwriter and it will also be “royalty-free.”

Some royalty-free libraries will offer a track for on multiple-projects. That can sound tempting, but you need to make sure it will be perpetual (forever) and for use beyond festivals, including television broadcast. The contracts from these companies may be written heavily in favor of the library. A filmmaker needs a good contract that clears all rights for any use in the future. Personally, I do know that some track stealing can happen in bottom-feeder libraries. I would hate to see a filmmaker invest time and effort into putting a track against picture, and then have it have a copyright issue later. That can really screw up E&O insurance, which can require involved clearances.

All I am suggesting is that you might reach out to local composers and see what they have to offer. Many of us can create custom tracks for your film virtually overnight. (I did a full orchestral track for a Vancouver Web series that was in the style of Carmina Burana in less than two hours! Do you really want something that is used in a dozen other productions? In the end, how original do you want your film? Stock music, like stock footage, can work, but your own is usually incredibly better.

BTW: I also teach music licensing, and can answer questions about how to license music for your own film or show. My music is in a number of very high-quality libraries. I can also make it available directly for less (I have over 600 tracks). Custom scores are honestly the best way to create something special and unique. If your film attracts awards for the score, that can only help promote the project and attract better distribution.

I can also offer suggestions about festivals and distribution from my experience. My personal film projects have resulted in over 400 festival selections, awards, and nominations. It’s all about the laurels! Distribution can vary quite a bit, and festivals are getting into it, as well.

Please reach out. I can do a quick zoom call anytime.

Ed Hartman

Upcoming Appearance


Ed Hartman will be a guest speaker on Syncsummit,

Thurs July 22, 2021 at 4pm (PST)

This is a great virtual event featuring music supervisors, music libraries, sync-agents, publishers, tech companies & music industry folks.  Be there!

#musicsupervisors #syncagents #SyncSummit #musiclicensing #sync #composers #filmmakers #indiefilm #musicbusiness #musicindustry #filmcomposers #musicforfilm #syncmusic

Ed Hartman

Ed Hartman, Soundtrack: The Blind Side. Ed Hartman scores percussive, orchestral, jazz, pop, rock, Latin, world and electronic music. Ed's music has been heard on television (HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, MTV, Discovery, Green, TLC, WE, Travel, Women, Animal Planet, MSNBC) and in feature films, shorts commercials, documentaries and even a planetarium.