Well I didn’t hear from Johnathon Coulton (JoCo) but I did hear from one of his minions, who said, “Hi Kat — Joco’s disfigured henchman, Scarface, here. Thanks for your message. All of Jonathan’s music is under creative Commons licensing, so as long as you’re not making money you can use his music in your art most any way you like. HOWEVER — the only songs excluded from this are the two portal songs, as those are owned by the video game company that commissioned them. If you want to be totally sure of your usage, you can email (message reducted by this poster), who might be able to help you more with this one. Best wishes — Scarface”
Even though I’ve already determined what I’m doing is covered by the law, I shall make contact to this portal contact and see what happens.
Let’s talk a moment about the filk my friend wrote for me. I think I’m ready to record. The lyrics are… well they’re not 100% how I like ’em but they probably never will be that. =^-^= I had to take my friend’s lyrics and make them fit the song. Her lyrics had great points but too many syllables.
In case you forgotten, the tune is from Johnathon Coulton’s “Want You Gone” from video game fame Portal 2. The filk is referencing Kim Harrison’s Ever After, a book I really should read if I can find the time. And this is where the fact I don’t play an instrument comes in, because obviously this means I can’t make my own musical arrangement. Well, if I wanted it to be straight tambourine I guess that would work but it doesn’t really.
The only voiceless musical arrangement I can find is by Coulton himself, so I found him on Facebook and shot him a message today. One should do that anyway, so okay dokay fine.
Hopefully he’ll get back to me on it. In the meantime I may take a look on triberr and see if I can find a guitar player willing to play it for me so that I can step a bit away from Coulton’s music – I love his arrangement piece. I think using it is slightly disrespectful.
And hopefully he’ll say yes.