Music

Hi everyone! My name is Ben and I make things. If you asked most people to describe me in as few words as possible, you would probably end up with "tall", "beard", and "music". It's fascinating how simple vibrations in the air can not only move people physically, but also resonate with people emotionally and conjure up stories or images unique to each listener. Really, the name Abstraction originates from music being a gateway rather than a destination.

Latest albums

Abstraction Discography

Maurico Del Hongo 3 Album Cover

Still There OST

Visual Out Album Cover

Visual Out OST

Maurico Del Hongo 3 Album Cover

Maurico Del Hongo 3 OST

Visual Out Album Cover

Color Jumper OST

Two Hour Track Challenge, Season 1 Cover

Two Hour Track Challenge, Season 1

#ForTheKids Album Cover

#ForTheKids

PixelMinuteGames Volume 2 Album Cover

Creationism

PixelMinuteGames Volume 2 Album Cover

PixelMinuteGames Volume 2

Elemental Album Cover

Spell Casting OST

Elemental Album Cover

Elemental

PixelMinuteGames Volume 1 Album Cover

PixelMinuteGames Volume 1

UnEarth Initiaitive Album Cover

UnEarth Initiative OST

Covered in Cats Album Cover

Covered in Cats

Stadtgeist Album Cover

Stadtgeist Soundtrack

The Maker's Eden, Act 2 Album Cover

The Maker's Eden,
Act 2 OST

DivCircle OST Album Cover

DivCircle OST

Three Red Hearts Album Cover

Three Red Hearts

Torn OST Album Cover

Torn Soundtrack

Just Drive Mixtape Soundtrack Album Cover

Just Drive Mixtape

Do This Justice Album Cover

Do This Justice

The Maker's Eden, Act 1 Album Cover

The Maker's Eden,
Act 1 OST

Thirteen is My Favorite Prime Album Cover

Thirteen is My Favorite Prime

Dream State Album Cover

Dream State

Moments of Silence Album Cover

Moments of Silence

Nature's Echo Album Cover

Nature's Echo

Formative Album Cover

Formative (1998-2004)

Video

There is at least one music production stream a week on the Abstraction Twitch channel twitch.tv/ben_burnes. The current broadcast schedule is listed there.

The official Abstraction YouTube channel can be found at youtube.com/ben_burnes and has more than just music! Here are a selection of playlists that are currently on the channel.

Commissions

Do you need music or audio in a current or upcoming project? I would love to work with you and your team to create unique and personal sounds for any type of media. I have been writing music for 20 years and absolutely love working with creative people to enhance their projects. It's so much fun turning the process of writing music into a true collaboration rather than being "just the music guy".

Beyond the knowledge of music, I went to college for graphic design and recently developed and released a game called Color Jumper. This varied background allows me to better understand how music integrates with not only the on-screen visuals, but behind the scenes code as well.

Whether it is a simple Chiptune loop or a full orchestral piece, I enjoy working on projects of any and all sizes. My rates are flexible and vary by project, it often depends on the complexity and amount of the music requested. The best way to find out would be to contact me through Twitter or email at abstraction@abstractionmusic.com and we can take it from there.

In addition to custom commission work, I run an active Patreon campaign. Every week, I release a new song that Patreon subscribers can use in whatever project they want. For more info, check out patreon.com/ben_burnes.

Demo Reel

Licensing

One of the best things about being a creator is being able to be a part of other people's creative work. I want to clarify what is and is not OK when it comes to using music in your projects. If any of this isn't clear, please get in contact with me through Twitter or email with your specific situation and I will be more than happy to clarify.

You may use this music in any media

This encompasses pretty much anything including streaming, YouTube, game development, podcasts, and film. But please, contact me through Twitter before you do; I want to know how you use the music so I can share your stuff!

You must legally acquire the music to use it

When using a song or album, you must have acquired it through legal means. If you grabbed the music through Bandcamp, through many of the available digital outlets, or received it from my Patreon campaign, you're good to go. Many albums I offer for free and there are plenty of free downloads on SoundCloud as well, and these are perfectly acceptable to use. However, ripping the song from Soundcloud or YouTube, or copying the files from a friend is not acceptable.

Attribution is required

If you are using a song, it is required to properly attribute it in your project's credits. When attributing music, list the song's title and give credit by name (Abstraction). Also, you must include a link to either the Bandcamp page (http://abstractionmusic.bandcamp.com/) or home page (http://www.abstractionmusic.com/).

I understand that much of this will rely on the honor system since I cannot monitor the entire Internet, but please keep in mind that everyone works hard at their craft and recognition like this helps more than you think.

Does your project intend to make money?

If your project intends on making any sort of income (sales, ad revenue, microtransactions, etc), please support my Patreon campaign. I feel that it is fair to kick back at least $1 of your monthly income my way. I prefer this method over managing project income and royalty payouts since that can be a real pain for everyone involved. Subscribing supports the current library of work as well as plenty of new music to use guilt-free in future projects. Plus it's a business expense!

You cannot redistribute the music in its raw form

What I mean by this is you cannot broadcast the music without adding your own content. Added content could be considered gameplay on Twitch, or a podcast, or in your video game or movie. You can't just upload the MP3 files to YouTube or stream the music with no additional content. You also cannot claim the music as your own, or sell the music in compilations or bundles.

Most music is OK, some albums are not

While I try to ensure that all my music is as free to use as possible, due to contractual obligations the following music has exclusivity.

Music within the following albums can NOT be used in video games:

Music within in the following albums can NOT be used in short films and movies:

If you are unsure, contact me

Dont be shy! I am an easy-going guy who wants to help your projects be successful. If you have questions about something, please get in touch I'd be happy to help. Easiest way to get in touch is through Twitter or email.

Contact

I am always happy to talk to new people. The best way to get in touch would be through Twitter since I am almost always connected to it. However, I understand that Twitter isn't everyone's style. If you prefer using traditional email, you can reach me at abstraction@abstractionmusic.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!