Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Autumn sounds coming, and stress management with hypnosis

For those of you who have been waiting for some gently lulling autumn soundtracks, there may be one or two coming soon! I recently did some recording in Central Massachusetts and Southern Maine, and came back with some sounds of wind blowing through the autumn leaves, and also some bird and cricket recordings from an "indian summer" day. The bird and insect activity in the Fall here in New England is much quieter and more "restrained" than it is in the peak seasons, so if you found that the Spring bird recordings and the Summer meadow recordings were a bit too busy for your tastes, these Autumn recordings could end up being what you're looking for. The completed soundtracks will be available in the upcoming weeks.

I'm also working on a "stress management with hypnosis" session, to round out the "triumvirate" of hypnosis recordings. The three most popular issues that can be treated with hypnosis are smoking, weight, and stress. We've had soundtracks available for the first two issues since the Moodstreams site opened, and soon will have the complete set of three! Look for the stress management session in the upcoming weeks.

Until then, love life and stay calm, confident, and relaxed.

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Discount Offer

So for people who read my blog, I am offering a discount on purchases made at the Moodstreams online store. When you add items to your cart, enter the discount code "BLOGREADER" into the discount code line, and you will get 25% off of your purchase price! This discount is good through December 30, 2008. So go ahead, do your Christmas shopping!

Aren't you glad you read the blog?

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Affiliate program

Hi fans of relaxation and meditation,
I'm proud to announce the creation of our new affiliate program! Now anyone with a website can sell Moodstreams soundtracks (you know, the ones people love to relax, meditate, and get hypnotized to) and earn 10% commission. Here's how it works: If you have a web site, you can set up an affiliate link to Moodstreams to either 1) sell our products directly on your site, or 2) send potential buyers from your site to ours. In scenario 2, all purchases the buyer makes after being directed from your site to Moodstreams will earn you 10% commission on the total sale. Neat-o!
The affiliate program is run through E-junkie, our shopping cart provider. To register, simply go to the Moodstreams home page, scroll to the very bottom and click "Join our affiliate program!". You can either opt to sell/link to individual products, or sell/link to all of them.

Here's how you get paid: You will be sent an email for each sale originating from your website. Each month's earnings will be paid via PayPal within 15 days of month end. You'll also have access to the affiliate area at E-junkie where you can keep track of your affiliate sales.

What a deal. This gets you some cash, and drives business to us.

Sound good? Good!

Take care and just relax.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Moodstreams video on YouTube!

I just put up a new promotional video for Moodstreams on YouTube. Check it out! This is the link to the higher quality stereo version, so you can hear all the great sounds:

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Friday, October 17, 2008

New: ALBUMS are now available in the Moodstreams catalog

Greetings relaxation fans!
In response to those who wanted to buy nature sounds in compilations rather than as individual tracks, I have created three new theme albums of popular soundtracks. Each album contains shorter versions of four or five similarly themed soundtracks bundled together for a total of about 75 minutes of listening. So instead of individual half hour (or one hour) tracks, you get a bundle of tracks that are about 15 to 20 minutes each, adding more variety to your listening.

The albums I am now offering are:
"Alaska Rivers": The four soundtracks I produced from recordings of the salmon migration along a river in Southeast Alaska. The sounds range from subtle to dynamic.
"The Sounds of Spring": Recordings of birds singing at dawn, spring peepers, a rainstorm, and a couple of different sounds of flowing water. Great variety here!
"Moving Water": A collection of different tracks of--you guessed it--moving water in various bodies, such as a waterfall, a tiny creek, river rapids, and a pacific tidepool. Great for people who want to relax, meditate, or sleep to the uninterrupted sounds of H2O in motion.

Check these albums out in the catalog. I'm sure you'll be pleased with what you hear.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Reduced Prices on Pure Nature Sounds!

The prices for Pure Nature Sounds in the Catalog have been lowered, making them even more affordable! Most Nature Soundtracks are now only $5.99 for MP3 and $9.99 for CD.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Improved online store at Moodstreams

The online store was recently updated to be more streamlined and functional. Basically the catalog and online store have been merged into one entity, whereas before the online store was kind of an entirely separate entity from the Moodstreams web site itself. The new setup uses a Javascript shopping cart that exists within the catalog page itself, so there are now fewer steps involved in making a purchase, and everything is more user-friendly and intuitive!
It always takes a lot of time and effort to setup a new shopping cart, but it should definitely be worth it in the long run, because the online purchasing will be much smoother now!

Also, you may have noticed I redesigned the catalog so that the nature sounds, brainwave entrainment, and hypnosis sessions are in separate tables now, instead of just being in different columns of the same table. I think the new changes make the catalog much easier to browse!

Friday, October 10, 2008

New soundtracks and gallery additions

After being hard at work (which is also hard at play) in Alaska recording sounds at the end of September, I have produced four new high-quality soundtracks that are now being offered in the Moodstreams Catalog.

One of the amazing natural phenomena that I was able to observe in Alaska was the annual salmon migration, in which thousands of salmon will travel upstream on any given river to reach their spawining beds. It's an arduous journey along hazardous waters, and those few salmon that survive are rewarded with the opportunity to spawn in the same waters in which they themselves hatched years earlier. Observing it firsthand was an incredible experience. The rivers were full of splashing salmon, which in many stretches were practically shoulder-to-shoulder, like cars on a highway at rush hour.

After getting all the recordings together after the trip, I found that I was able to tell a story of the salmon migration through sounds. I had recorded several different stretches of this one particular river where we did our work, and each stretch was marked by a distinct sonic style, due to the landscape, waterscape, and wildlife of the area. Among the recordings worthy of producing into stand-alone soundtracks, I had a riffle, a waterfall, an area of flatwater populated by a colony of gulls, and an area where the river emptied into a lake deep in the wilderness.

These four recordings became my Alaska Salmon Migration soundtracks, and while each soundtrack stands on its own, they can also be interpreted as "chapters" in the story of the salmon migration as these fish intrepidly traveled up the river. The colony of hungry gulls a mile or two inland represented one of the early challenges; the waterfall was the single largest and most difficult water feature that had to be navigated; and the riffle was the last barrier to cross before reaching a large, calm mountain lake and some much-needed rest.

Listen to the samples and hear for yourself! I hope you enjoy them.

The latest at Moodstreams

After blogging at ouhypnospace (a sort of myspace for hypnotists) for a while, I've decided to add this blog and have it linked right to my web site. Here you will find out all the things that have been going on at Moodstreams, the site for high-quality soundtracks for relaxation, meditation, and hypnosis, including site updates, new recordings and samples available, new photo gallery additions, etc. Whenever I update anything at the web site, I'll be sure to make a note of it here.