Who is the world's most heard composer? 99 out of 100 people get this wrong!
We are working on a documentary about a man who unwittingly became one of the most heard composers in the world by releasing free music, with his work ending up in millions of videos, thousands of films, and many odd places.
Composer Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com has helped thousands of artists across the world by releasing his music royalty free. Anyone can use his music – including you! FOR FREE! His music has ended up in countless films, shows, video games, apps, online videos, and pretty much anywhere you can think of. Ever watch a YouTube video? Then you’ve probably heard his music.
In 1996, during the early days of the web, Kevin MacLeod, a software programmer with an interest in composing, founded a personal webpage Incompetech.com (named so after his fascination with incompetence and technology). After music he created for a composing job was rejected, he put the music on his website for free hoping that someone out there would find a use for it. Royalty Free: The Music of Kevin Macleod documentary tells the story of how in 18 years since Incompetech’s humble beginnings, it has grown from a few songs to thousands that have been heard by millions of people worldwide.
The producers began to research him, wondering how someone whose music was so widespread could be so unknown? The more they learned, the more questions they had: What do other composers think of his business model? What is the significance of Incompetech post the YouTube copyright crisis and SOPA/PIPA (Stop Online Piracy Act/Protect Internet Protocol Act), where copyright laws are choking the Internet’s creative potential?
Thanks to the Kickstarter campaign, the project was lifted off the ground. As of right now, the documentary is finally reaching the final stages of post production. We are currently working on animations, audio correction, color correction. It is the matter of next few months until the documentary is presented to the world!