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Ya know, a lot of people ask me "What is HITRECORD?" So, I made this new video to explain what it is & how you can contribute to our collaborative productions.


HITRECORD is different than your typical Hollywood production company. Anyone with the Internet can contribute to our collaborative projects & this website  is where we come to make things together, like Short Films, Books, Music, Art, and our latest & greatest production - our television show: HITRECORD ON TV.


You can contribute your Video, Image, Text, or Audio RECords to any of the collaborations we're working on, or you can start your own collaboration on the site.


And if your work gets used in a money-making production, we pay you for it. For their work in 2013, the community is receiving a grand total of $737,175.09.


So, thanks for stopping by. Hope you stick around, I'd love to work with you. Are you RECording?


Thanks again <3


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Good news! "Music From Season 1 of HITRECORD ON TV" is now available for pre-order on iTunes. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE


The full album will be available for download on Tues. March 4, but you can pre-order on iTunes now & receive an instant download of “You’re Not The Only One” (the album’s a bit cheaper if you pre-order it, as well ;)


Full track listing:


1) You’re Not The Only One (RE: THE NUMBER ONE)


2) Freestyle Something RE: The Number One


3) Oh, It’s Fantastic (RE: FANTASY)


4) Beastly Beauty (RE: FANTASY)


5) Front Lawn Freak (RE: TRASH)


6) Freestyle Something RE: Trash


7) The Spaces Between (RE: SPACE)


8) Still Here Score (RE: THE OTHER SIDE)


9) Adieu (RE: THE OTHER SIDE)


10) Stay Away (RE: THE OTHER SIDE)


11) Freestyle Something RE: THE OTHER SIDE)


12) The Other Side Monologue / End Credits


13) The Money Tree (RE: MONEY)


14) Freestyle Something (RE MONEY)


15) Weep For The King (RE: MONEY)


16) Either/Order (RE: PATTERNS)


17) We Can Go Back Again (RE: PATTERNS)


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You can check out the album’s hitRECord Community Credits HERE


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Thanks again <3


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A PROLOGUE:

Perhaps you know – or perhaps you don't – but this wide and wicked world is a trillion times stranger and more wondrous than your teachers ever told you. You may believe that you already know up from down, and light from dark, but the fact of the matter is that matter is much more complicated than it might appear.  You doubt me?  Oh, you should never do that, my love.

Take shadows, for example. I suppose you have studied a little about shadow and light at school, and fancy yourself perfectly knowledgable upon the matter.  In fact, I'm sure you know that the sun's movements in the sky shift the shape of your shadow during the course of the day, so that in the morning it stretches out lean and languid behind you, and at noon it huddles dark and timid at your feet, only to spill out slow and stealthy throughout the course of the afternoon until, come sunset, it is stretching long and lean and languid once again. I bet you knew that. And knowing that, I dare say you've all but forgotten the matter since you last had to tick the boxes and write out the tidy facts you'd learned.

But your shadow hasn't forgotten you.  I say shadow; really I should say shadows. You have more than one.  What you might not know, my darling delinquent, is that every object in the world casts its own shiver of shadows, and although we pay them scarcely any attention, they are the most faithful of followers.

Should you ever find yourself outside when the sun comes bursting slowly over the horizon, bright as molten gold and sweet as spilled honey, painting the sky in hot and hopeful colours, try to drag your eyes away from the horizon just for a moment, and look behind you. That long, slender, wavering shape lying pliant on the ground is a Longray. Your Longray. It will cling loyally to your feet in the early hours of the day and in the late hours of the evening, stretching out like taffy behind you or before you, copying your every move with painstaking precision. The Longrays are proud and elegant, and they hold secrets in their hearts.

Your Longray, however, can only stay with you when the sun is low in the sky. As the sun rises, it will gradually sidle closer and closer to you, hunkering down as low as it can bring itself to go until the set time when its morning duty is complete, and it can trade places, quick as the flick of a dragonfly's wing, with the second of your suncast shadows: the Midlight.

Midlights are an affable people, and your Midlight will follow you happily wherever you walk in the outside world, sliding uncomplaining over dirty pavements and broken glass, or jumping from grass to tree trunks and back to grass again. They are not so tall or so self-important as the Longrays, and they love to bask on the sun-warmed ground. Midlights are fond and forgetful, and they love to be of use.

As the morning passes, your Midlight will meander gradually closer and closer to your feet, until at last it is time to slip silently back to the shadow realm of Umbra and hand over the job of watching you to a third shadow: the Noonday.

Noondays are rather timid creatures, much in need of reassurance, but they try to hide their nervous natures by being loud and brash and endlessly talkative when they are among their fellows, though in our world, of course, they are as silent as rainbows and reflections. As it follows you about your business, your Noonday will twist and twine around your ankles like an affectionate cat, winding itself tighter towards you as the sun reaches its zenith, then venturing out further and further as the afternoon creeps on, until it is stretched out as far as it can possibly go (which is not, bless its inky little toes, very far at all) and the time comes to swap places with your Midlight once more.

As the sun rolls unstoppably back down towards the horizon, your Longray will eventually return to follow you around in the gathering dusk until the sinking sun finally falls out of sight, and your Longray can return home for a soothing cup of Black Tea and congratulate itself on a job well done.

These three, then, are your sun-cast shadows, and if you live a daytime, outdoor sort of life (if you sell hotdogs on the street, say, or if you work as a lifeguard, or a construction worker, or a door-to-door magazine salesperson) they will probably get to spend a great deal of time here in our world. If, however, you are one of the millions of souls who spend most of the day trapped inside four walls (say, studying long division, or making macchiatos, or designing more efficient kinds of washing machines) you will probably be out of reach of the sun for at least part of the day, and of course, all of the night. That, my poor imprisoned duckling, is when you find yourself accompanied by a Gloam.

The Gloam are flimsy, fluttering, fragile shadows much given to fragmenting into several shimmering shards. They are the shattered shadows cast by light other than the sun, and they are poor, pale, rambling creatures given to speaking in riddles and snatches of nonsense. Other shadows give them a wide berth, and mutter about their madness, but there is more to the Gloam than meets the eye.

So you see, dear one, you may have thought that you already knew black from white, top from bottom, strange from charming and science from fiction, but you will learn that universally accepted truths are not always the truth that the universe accepts.

Why, I could spin you a thousand stories about the shadows of Umbra and the rigid caste system by which they abide.  There's dear Mr. Goodwinter, a Longray of extremely celebrated character; Flick the picture Gloam who haunts the dim cinema; or Ombrio, the young Midlight who wishes to see the priceless colors of a rosy dawn...

But we'll tell these tales another time, dear heart.  Rest now, be patient and give thanks while the steady sun brings us all around again.
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Screencap of an archive of the very very very first version of HITRECORD.ORG -- dan helped me put this up on the internet six years ago today <3

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am beside myself with joy and anticipation :oD It is my sincere pleasure to present the very first episode of HITRECORD ON TV! Watch the entire first episode here before it premieres on television. WATCH EPISODE #1 HERE


Everything you're gonna see on this show was made collaboratively on our site -- hitRECord.org -- and the work of 426 Contributing Artists is featured in this particular episode. There's gonna be 8 episodes this season, each revolving around a different theme, like RE: Space, RE: The Other Side, and RE: Money. And since this is our first ever episode, I figured the theme of this one would be RE: The Number One. HITRECORD ON TV will be coming out on January 18th on a new cable channel called Pivot.


I'm deeply proud of this show, and I think you're realllllly gonna like it. Honestly, making this thing together with all the artists from around the world in our hitRECord community has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life so far. So, without any further ado, enjoy the show!


Thanks again <3


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