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Free MP3 instrumental tunes, the occasional vocal song, and spoken-word podcast stuff from Derek K. Miller in Vancouver, Canada from 2006-2009. All Creative Commons licensed unless otherwise indicated. Tracks from 2004-2005 are at the archive page.

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Name: Derek K. Miller
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Writer, editor, web guy, drummer, and dad in Vancouver, Canada.

24 March 2009

Derek's heavy-metal debut (video)

Paul Thurrott and Leo Laporte have used my tune "More Red Than Red" as theme music for their Windows Weekly podcast since 2006. But on their latest episode, they thought about maybe replacing it with the title track from the album "Enigma," by Microsoft's retired chief of Windows development (and longtime guitarist) Jim Allchin. So I tried to dissuade them:

The "Turrican Van Halen" reference is part of the Windows Weekly show—it refers to the old Commodore 64/Atari/Amiga game "Turrican."

I made this available as Inside Home Recording TV Episode #5. You can also download it (H.264 video) or watch it at Viddler,, Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.

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05 March 2008

Tsunami video from VFS (video)

Back in late 2004 and early 2005, following the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, I wrote a series of blog posts that turned into an online article about tsunamis. This past few months, three talented students from Vancouver Film School (Jamie Peterson, Erica Edwards, and Shalinder Matharu), in consultation with me, adapted it into a two-minute instructional video graphic (25 MB MPEG video) using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects (no, those are not real paper cutouts—I asked). Very cool! I've posted the video in iPod-compatible format for iTunes or QuickTime. © 2008 Vancouver Film School.

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01 December 2007

Putting up the Christmas tree (video)

We put up and decorated our Christmas tree today. So I made a time-lapse movie of it. The music is my earlier recording of "We Three Kings." Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.

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23 February 2006

Neurotics Promo 2002 (video)

VIDEO PODCAST: Back in 2002 I put together a short (3 min 25 sec) promotional video for the "Fab Rock" cover band I play drums in, The Neurotics. I’ve now reformatted it to play in iTunes and on iPods, so you can use my first ever video podcast to witness the power, passion, hair, pants, glittery jackets—and the love. Oh, the love. Enjoy the video (19 MB MPEG-4 QuickTime download).. © 2002 The Neurotics. All rights reserved.

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