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I want to thank all of our bloggers for their contributions the past few weeks and offer my encouragement to keep it up! So far it’s working exactly as I hoped, with interesting commentary about film scores feeding through the “comments” function into healthy debate and discussion at our message board.

Our next project at the site is a facelift for FSM Online with more indexing and search capabilities of the great articles Tim and Jon and their team have created in the first few years of the project. Stay tuned!

A few requests of the bloggers:

1) Please don’t forget to set your “teaser” anchors. Huh, what, you say? Non-bloggers, ignore this—bloggers, it’s the last item in the “editing instructions” in the article creation window. This affects the “teaser” text displayed from the start of your article so the teaser doesn’t break off in mid-sentence or word.

2) Please use the “import from word” icon if you are importing your article from another source. This makes sure it’s in the proper font and eliminates all sorts of style weirdness. And always, save your article before uploading it lest it blink out of existence as happened to me the first time I wrote this column not too long ago…gr….

3) A request that I do not make lightly: To the extent that you mention film score CDs, if you can link to the appropriate product page from SAE (our retail partner), it would be greatly appreciated (e.g. Planet of the Apes is a classic score). I was hesitant to ask this and I’m doing so publicly so it doesn’t look like the entire point of the blogs was to push product. I believe in the separation of “church and state” in editorial terms which is the freedom of editorial content from business considerations. (This is why we have never reviewed FSM CDs in the pages and online screens of FSM, because it would be unethical.) However, it’s natural for film score blogs to discuss film score CDs, and for those reading the blogs to want to buy them—and it might as well be from us. When you think about it, the entire free area of this website is financed by our CD sales, and these improvements lately have cost more than a pretty penny. I do realize, by the way, that this is work I am asking of the bloggers to program all these links which is why I leave it to your individual discretion.

I’d also welcome a discussion of this in the comments field of this article. It’s important that we have integrity around here; call us old-fashioned. Fire away below:

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Lukas, as one of the new bloggers, I wanted to thank you publicly for allowing us to do this. It's been fun and I hope to try to post at least once a week. I'm really enjoying my fellow bloggers' entries.

As for the links to CDs on SAE, no problem (do we get a kickback?). Just kidding! Of course if I feel really lazy in a blog I can always make sure I don't mention any scores on CD that SAE carries. Wait, on second thought, that requires research that would take the same amount of time that it would to find the link. Nevermind!

I think it's helpful to have the SAE links as a reader, so I include them, if it helps LK move units, that's great, but I do wonder why some FSM Online reviewers choose to link to a record label's web site, instead of SAE. For instance in the latest issue of FSM Online, Steven A Kennedy links to Buysoundtrax for one to hear clips of the Rozsa for Guitar CD, while SAE has the CD adn has the same sound clips.....

While I've already said my piece on the "cross-posting" of the CD reviews, I think the blog thingies work pretty well in the same format. Of course, people could post the exact same thing as a messageboard thread instead (that's what I do....or at least did), but somehow, they feel like it's more "formal" and demanding to do it in a blog format. So why not? If interesting aesthetic discussions can ensue from someone writing a blog post instead of a messageboard thread, then all the better. If that's what it takes. I've advertised for such discussions for a long, long time. It is almost as if the FSM members are now creating the FSDailies themselves, leaving the FSM staff with the free time to do other stuff. ;)

As Mr. Ford already said, thank-you for the opportunity! Given my lack of musical expertise, I've managed to write some lengthy pieces. I hope they've been entertaining.

And I will insert SAE links in future articles (where applicable, of course).

As Mr. Ford already said, thank-you for the opportunity! Given my lack of musical expertise, I've managed to write some lengthy pieces. I hope they've been entertaining.

And I will insert SAE links in future articles (where applicable, of course).


I have to agree. This is enjoyable and I feel I am in very good company.
Thanks, all!

Lukas Kendall says: ..... I was hesitant to ask this and I’m doing so publicly so it doesn’t look like the entire point of the blogs was to push product. I believe in the separation of “church and state” in editorial terms which is the freedom of editorial content from business considerations. (This is why we have never reviewed FSM CDs in the pages and online screens of FSM, because it would be unethical.) However, it’s natural for film score blogs to discuss film score CDs, and for those reading the blogs to want to buy them—and it might as well be from us.

I can see why it might be deemed a slightly less valid exercise, to review one's own CDs in FSM etc. in terms of 'objectivity' but I can't really go so far as to think it 'unethical' or journalistically questionable.

The perfect way round this is to begin blogs or threads or articles outlining your approach to a CD project, justifying your views of its merits, and then invite discussion to follow, which is more or less what you're doing now. But the FSM light need not hide under a bushel.

I'll mention it one more time, then pipe down: the cherry on this New Front Page sundae would be an RSS Reed.

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